On this date last year...
"My Valentine's Day in Taipei..."
I think I would have slept longer had May not called yesterday at ~ 11 a.m. She and Sally were coming over to hang out after lunch, so I jumped out of bed to try and clean up the apartment a little. It was a total mess! Sally (May's sister) has been with the TSMC offices in Amsterdam for the past year. Apparently she ran into Aunt Sophia and Uncle Bob at a concert there a few weeks back.
Now is that serendipity, or just plain BIZARRO!
Martin? Yes? No?
They hung out for awhile, during which time I spilled coffee all OVER myself. Serves me right for all the coffee I've spilled in other people's homes over the years. Sheesh, that was freakin' HOT. OUCH! Sally was telling us that so far, over 400 employees have left her company to go live and work in Shanghai. Ahem. Interesting. I forgot to take pictures of those guys (shoot!) but we had fun.
Right after they left, I managed to throw in a load of laundry just before my new IKEA dresser was delivered up to the apartment. THAT THING WAS FREAKIN' HUGE! I called Shinn right away and proclaimed, "Shinn! That dresser is freakin' HUGE. IT'S HUGE SHINN."
Shinn doesn't fall for my sporadic fits of drama, but oh well... I tried.
"Girl, you better pipe DOWN else I'm gonna have to..."
I had to go for a run (yeah... I freak out over a huge dresser and decide that I have to go running...) and then Shinn came over to help me put that thing together. I gotta admit, I could not have done it by myself. There are some things I can do in this world, but lifting up ONE TON of wood panels almost twice my height would not be one of them. It's a good thing that Shinn is a BIG guy, as in, big!
It took awhile, but we finally got it done. To that I concluded, "Wow, Shinn! That was not easy!" Shinn paused, looked at me without expression, and then said, "Well... it wasn't hard, either."
I figured something out about Shinn:
Shinn = Anti-Christine
I am a person of drama. He is a person of mellow drama. LOL!
Afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat at Friday's (my first meal of the day at 9 pm) and then met up with Wennie, Peter, Bill, and Linda, for drinks at the Hyatt. MAN. I am spending like all my time at the freakin' Hyatt! And after that, Linda, Bill and Shinn came up to check out my new dresser.
Linda ended up jamming BIG TIME on my piano -- yet another piano player in Taipei. Thirteen years of training for her, same as myself. She plays the same classical pieces I do, and the same CHEEZY stuff I do too, including Richard Clayderman! Goodness gracious, lol! Linda is the one person in Taipei I have
not yet made a profile for, so this page is dedicated to her.
WORK IT GIRL!
The next step of my 'exit strategy' is to actually return the piano to the rental company. Not sure if I'm prepared to do that just yet. I've had it for over four years... I could have OWNED the darn thing by now, but who knew I'd stay in Taiwan for this long. Not me, that's for sure. We'll see what happens. In the meantime, I took a few shots of my new room, pre-dresser. It's kinda cool.
By the time I got to bed... I was completely exhausted.
Today (Friday) was an official work day so I went to the office to do some prep work (though I could barely drag myself out of bed, was in a lot of pain... lol). Not even half the people showed up, so things were pretty quiet. I haven't really been focusing on ORIENTED this past week since I
didn't have any time whatsoever to breathe needed the break but it all kicks back in come Monday.
I'm going to try really hard to do absolutely nothing this weekend.
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