Many of you know how hard it is for me to ask for or accept help. I'm stubborn that way, often to the detriment of my sanity. (Stop laughing. I'm pretty sure there's some sanity left in there, somewhere.) I'm trying hard to fix this, and was thinking this weekend (not for the first time) just how lucky I am to have all of you in my life.
Thank you to Erin, who texted me the other night and offered sanity in the form of a cocktail at our new local place. Sadly, I had to take a raincheck, but that text brightened my day. And for offering to coordinate meal delivery or go to the grocery store for us before we come home. All this, while prepping for her dissertation defense next week.
Thank you to Milena, who offered her Saturday morning for breakfast or a walk. That hour-long walk around Highland Park put me in such a good mood for the rest of the day; I burned off so much nervous energy and loved having a chance to catch up with her.
Thank you to Jamie, who happened to be a CommonPlace Coffee on Saturday and let me barge in on her study session and share all those really useful phrases from my Mandarin guidebook. "These drugs are for personal use only." "I'm high." "How do we protest privatization?" "He is only using me for sex."
Thank you to Linda, for the kind words in email that I read when I rolled over the other morning and checked my phone. I started my day with a smile.
Thank you to the Street People, who went all out and threw us an amazing, wonderful shower.
Because it's P-Street, there was no shortage of delicious food. There were homemade samosas and dumplings, delicious beef satay, cheeses and fruits and dips, Lisa's spanakopita, and a decadent cake from the neighborhood gourmet bakery.
Thank you to Rebecca and Esko, who brought over a bundle of maps and information from their years living in Beijing, as well as the name of their favorite driver.
Thank you to John, who gave himself an eye twitch and quite possibly lasting emotional scars trying to sort out the airline mess. And, y'know, for being an awesome husband. And for making a really great green mango salad last night.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has said "what do you need?" and "what can I do to help?" and who has been kind and encouraging and excited for us and willing to talk me down off a wall. How did I get so lucky to have so many beautiful people in my life? *wipes away sappy tears of gratitude*