Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Shipment Came!! (And other Ramblings)

By Megan

So - our stuff was picked up at our house in Manassas VA on June 10th.  It finally arrived at our door in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 24th.  PHEW!  That's a long boat ride :)

I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it feels to have my things.  Its funny how much this helps me feel more at home.  At least now I've learned that if there is anything I might want/need within a few MONTHS of living, then I should just pay for extra suitcases and not ship those items.  Of course, we did end up buying some things that we knew we had coming- but oh, well.

Bad news - I may have ruined our Nintendo Wii (The ONE thing Caden has been asking about since June 10th).  Yes, today, while plugging it in, I accidentally used the 110V instead of the 240V adaptor.  I BLEW a fuse (and when fuses blow here - man do they BLOW - I'm so glad I didn't get hurt).  Now, I can't get the Wii to work - so I'm scared I may have even blown the fuse inside of the Wii console - DANGIT!!!!!!!!  Caden started to cry, I feel horrible - and so frustrated with myself for making such a stupid mistake.  I'm an idiot.

Onto other things:  We officially booked two nights at the Casa Del Rio hotel in Melaka (Malaysia's official historic capital) for next week.  I'm excited to have a short get-a-way, and excited to see another part of Malaysia.  Many colleagues are flying to beaches on the east coast, but Melaka is only a 2-hour(ish) drive, which is all I'm up for at this point- I'm feeling quite pregnant already.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hallelujah!

by Megan

Smiley Face 1:
We FINALLY have CABLE!  It is amazing how much having TV with some American shows helps me feel a little more at home here.  Haha - I love my shows!

Smiley Face 2:
Another celebration - this is our 3rd week of work.  After this week, we get off Monday-Thursday of next week (for Hari Raya).  If the government also calls Friday an official holiday, we'll be off Friday too.  If the government does NOT call Friday a holiday, then we have school on Friday and Saturday.  Weird.  Anyway, we are planning to go somewhere for a night or two.  Maybe Melaka.  It's supposed to be a nice short trip (a few hours drive) - smaller village with British colonial influences.  So, if we do that - I'll be sure to post about it. 

Smiley Face 3:
I've been feeling VERY pregnant lately.  Sore back, Cankles, swollen feet.  So, my friend Kate, her 9-year-old daughter Sarah, and I got pedicures.  It was SO nice.  The best part - it was only 44RM (which is around $15.00!)  SO CHEAP.  I even got a fancy design on my big toe.  Very cool :)  I'll totally be going back there.

Smiley Face 4:
Today we went to KLCC (big mall under the Twin Towers with outdoor eating and park).  We had some lunch, and bought an oven that will fit a 9x13 pan. I can bake again!  I'm very excited to have this.  I miss my recipes :)
 
Watching the water fountain at KLCC park - (while eating yummy treats)

Smiley Face 5:
As we were leaving to run some errands today, Caden yelled back to our Amah (maid/nanny) "I love you Julie!"  I feel so good knowing he's happy with who we're leaving him with every day :)

Now - if our shipment with all of our stuff would just arrive - then I'd be adding a HUGE smiley face #6.  I can give a Half Smiley though...We found out our stuff is in port here.  So hopefully (fingers crossed), we should be getting it within the next week or so :) 

In case anyone is interested...here are pictures of my two humanities classes: