I am just now getting around to posting about the Dumpling Festival we went to last Friday (Oct 12th). It was so much fun. It was put on by a local Friends of China group. We sat at a table with a couple from Taiwan, a couple Chinese girls studying at the local university in the veterinarian science dept. One of the (the one that wrote our names in the picture) was here for 3-6 months doing "experiments" she said. She was so cute. 26 years old and is working with animal embryos doing some high-tech stuff. She laughed about everything and was so fun to sit by. We had probably 5 different kinds of dumplings, several different chicken and vegetable dishes, a cold tofu and celery salad that was really good (sounds yucky but it was good!), pumpkin seeds that had been boiled in green tea and then baked (yummy!), boiled peanuts, steamed pods that looked like huge peas inside - not sure what they were called but the girl sitting next to us said that they would sit outside and drink beer and eat these in China! funny! We also had steamed buns with roasted shredded pork! All the food was very very yummy!!! I am so glad we went. Just getting to talk to the Asian people sitting at our table was very entertaining and informational! We had a blast!
I have been horrible about posting lately but to tell you the truth, this long wait is getting the best of me! I am at that, can't-hardly-take-it stage of the wait. It is so hard. I know all my Jan/Feb 2006 friends are feeling the same way. It is like we are so close but yet so far away! Seems like it is always 6-8 months away and never gets any closer! It was 6-8 months when we started in October 2005, October 2006 it was 6-8 more months... and here it is October 2007 and we are still being told 6-8 more months! The holidays coming up are giving me fits. I don't know if I can take another set of holidays without our Mia. The only reason I got through last Christmas was because I told myself that would be the last Christmas without her. Now here we sit knowing that isn't going to be a reality. It is just getting increasingly difficult being without her. :(