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Never take parking for granted

If you live in the United States of America and are reading this, will you please do me a favor? Be thankful for large, spacious parking lots and parking in general. It's practically impossible to find a place to park here in Hsinchu, Taiwan--except at Costco. I can always count on Costco. I'm learning to adapt to my new surroundings, but I'm craving a big giant parking lot (just to go park and sit in my car) and a plate of enchiladas about now.

I'm also very irritated that we still don't know whether or not we can move into our apartment tomorrow due to the owners adding some legal mumbo jumbo to the contract, so now the company is tied up reviewing it with attorneys before giving it the okay for us to move in. I'm going nuts in this hotel room. Patience is a virtue that I'm lacking today. To that end, I'm not even going to add a picture with this post. So there.

P.S. There was a 5.2 earthquake here yesterday, which apparently doesn't concern anyone since this was the 90th one this year. And there's talk about a typhoon hitting tomorrow afternoon.


Julie V. said…
Hey Kelly, cheer up! Once you move into your apartment you will be so happy and you can make a huge batch of enchiladas. As far as parking lot blues, can't help you there. good luck
Kelly said…
Julie, I need to figure out how to make corn tortillas or find a place that sells them here. Thanks, sis.
Bobbi said…
I promise to go park today and savor it! I have been to Japan so know a little of the traffic chaos and sparse parking availability. There's got to be a store somewhere that has corn tortillas. I've never made them but I know you use masa harina corn flour. Do you want me to send some? You could probably grind up corn kernels (like popcorn) in a small, hand-held coffee bean grinder (available through Target, etc.) to make your own corn flour. We did some stuff with a grinder like that when I was teaching the food storage classes. I am assuming you couldn't bring a big wheat-type mill with you in your moving stuff, so picking up a coffee bean grinder in the USA when you bring Lindsay to school might work well, and would be small and easy to transport back. What about brown sugar--do they have that? I couldn't get that in Germany years ago but it is available now. I can always send stuff to you, too, if you need. And the dumplings looked scrumptious!
KELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have been thinking of you tons lately! I can't believe all you guys are going through! The joys of a foreign country! Good luck and I look forward to seeing you soon! Travel safe in all respects!
Shana said…
Hang in there, girl!!! You're doing great!

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