My internet has been very off and on lately, more off than on, so I’m going to try now to both play with Cee and finish my Thailand trip. We’ll see how that goes.
If you were given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do? (This is just a dream question, remember anything can happen in SYW.) I would buy a house on the coast, oceanfront of course, large enough for my kids and friends. It would have a small yard, for which I would have a gardener. And maybe even someone to come in and clean every week. I would donate to medical research, and organizations that work to help those who need help. I would get weekly massages and pedicures as needed or wanted. I would travel.
In what do you find the simplest of joys? Cuddling time with my Shasta, time with my kids, listening to the birdsong and watching the antics of the little critters outside my window, a glass of wine with friends.
What would be your ideal birthday present, and why? Time with my kids. Unlimited broadband internet that is reliable and fast. Why? Well, because. These are the things that make me happy.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. The things I said are my simplest of joys, with the exception of time with my kids because I didn’t have that this past week. Otherwise, smiles have been far fewer than the grumbles about the lack of internet access CenturyLink is providing, what with proclaiming this area in “permanent exhaust” – hey, you get a credit for getting 1/3 or less of what you’re supposed to get, a whole $10 a month. Wowie zowie. Thinking it might be time for a change, despite the fact that the change would cost more and have limitations.
So, now, more Thailand experiences/photos. If I can upload the photos.
Breakfast, a girl who loves her breakfast, and a breakfast view.
Fruit stand, where we got smoothies on our way to our favorite massage place.
Our favorite massage place – where we went several times because why wouldn’t you when you can get an hour massage for between $10 and $15?
After massage it was time for dinner, but where we wanted to go (Italian, of course, in Thailand) wasn’t open yet so we kept walking until we found a place that sold hamburgers and chicken burgers. Of course, go American when in Thailand. But while we ate, it decided to monsoon. This is how we looked when we got back to our room, dripping wet, after traipsing through the flooded streets with lightening striking far too close to us.
More breakfast views on another day.
Happy hour at the beach later that day – but, once again, the rain came so we moved undercover to enjoy our two for one beers and watch the rain while staying dry this time.
Treats left for us in our room – Rambutin, which has this very odd and tasteless gel inside. Pretty, but not my choice for a good piece of fruit.
Sunsets on some dryer evenings, as well as a friend we met on our way back from the pool.
We finally got that Italian food we wanted one evening, then we took Greek food back to our room one evening. No Thai food while we were on the island. Don’t ask.
Time now to leave – we went back to Nonthaburi on Saturday, spent Sunday in Kat’s apartment because it’s air conditioned, eating salads delivered to her apartment for very reasonable prices, because they do that there. Then to the airport to start the long trek home.
Hours later, coming into LA – from which I went to Portland where I tried to nap while I waited for my final flight.
Finally, finally Medford. Where one of my bags arrived, but the second did not. Whoops. It seems it went to Seattle without me – but it was delivered to me at home later that day, so no problem.
Did I enjoy this trip? Yes – I enjoyed the part of the trip where I was on land with my daughter and her friend. Did I love the flights? Not so much. The thing is, my kids have been doing these kind of flights twice a year for all the years they taught overseas – there must be something about being younger that allowed them to go through that so often.