Here I am, on the eve of leaving America to move to China for our year abroad. It’s been a lovely whirlwind of family and friends that’s often felt like my own Olympic of goodbyes.
My emotions by Wordle:
The week started with a last goodbye with the readergirlz divas where we toasted each other for our great year and conspired on new literacy programs. And then my mentor, Janet Wong, who refused to let me take her picture. She didn’t say anything about me blogging about her though.
Then it was on to the annual Meat-and-Corn Fest at our friends Bill & Kristin’s home. If there are any people who can make miracles happen, it’s these two.
Yes, yes, Kristin is a genius and bestselling author (The Motherhood Manifesto) and political activist (Moms Rising). But Bill? He can preside over Congress. He can start businesses. And most importantly, he can bake! Here it is, my very own China pie a la Bill.
Then my sister and kids ventured to the Puget Sound Blood Center with me. There, we met some of the crew who, after hearing about Girl Overboard, thought we might have some mutual interest in getting more minorities to give blood and register for the National Bone Marrow registry.
And then! At last! My buttons from the wonderful Kyle at Button Arcade arrived just in time. (Love Button Arcade.)
Shhhh…it’s supposed to be a surprise. But I just had to share since there buttons are so darn cute! Can you name all the books and authors? (Major shout out to Lorie Ann Grover who coordinated this project for me as a PRESENT to me! I love that woman.)
It’s a good thing they offered. Because I need a lot. (Of books, that is. And friends. And family.)