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Cheeky Little Trip to Xi'an

December 22, 2015
A "cheeky little trip to Xi'an" is how my British friend referred to our very quick weekend getaway to the city. I went with Lauren, Scott, and another really cool guy that works at our school. It was a whirlwind trip, but so worth it. Of course visiting the Terracotta Warriors interested me, but I wondered if that's all there was to do in Xi'an. Did people just go, glance at the warriors for a few minutes, take some pictures and leave? If so, did I really want to go out of my way for just that? Rachael told me that she felt the same way last year and had her doubts about it, but urged me to go because she was sold once she went. Since the round trip flight to Xi'an from Shanghai AND our accommodation was less than $200 USD, I figured I would do it. I mean, I think I spend more money than that sometimes on just a regular weekend out here in Shanghai.

We booked a flight out at around 8:30, but our flight got delayed by 2 hours. We made the best of it, chatted and joked around at the airport, I pigged out on White Rabbits (a local Shanghainese candy), and took some lovely selfies with my friend Lauren's selfie stick. We passed the time and it was even kind of fun! Because of the delay, we didn't get to Hang Tang Hostel until well after 1 AM. We had some issues getting the private room that we paid for and ended up having to wait for what felt like an hour to get it sorted out. We had to get up bright and early to be ready in time for our Terracotta Warrior tour, so needless to say, we were all a little groggy the next morning. Luckily, our tour guide, "Lady Jia Jia" didn't talk for too long so that we could rest on the bus. We opted for a 1/2 day no shopping tour, and I was just glad that there was such a thing! I was not there to shop at all. 

Once we arrived, we visited Pit 2, Pit 3, and then Pit 1. Before looking into this trip to Xi'an, I didn't even know there were different pits! Jia Jia warned us to not be disappointed by Pit 2 or Pit 3 because she was saving the best pit for last. Pit 2 and Pit 3 did have many soldiers that were in pieces. There were also a lot of soldiers with bodies and no heads. Interestingly, the original army was armed with actual weapons such as swords, spears, and crossbows. Han soldiers came in, stole the weapons, and smashed some of the soldiers, which explains the current state that they're in. Also, the roof fell down as a result of an earthquake, so many warriors were completely shattered and have to be reassembled. There is also a Pit 4 that is empty, leading us to believe that perhaps the massive project of making the terracotta army was never entirely finished.

We stopped to get our photo taken with copies of the warriors set up for tourists. It wasn't that much if you give the workers their your own camera to use. You can also buy the (overpriced) printed out picture of yourselves if you want.

On our tour we learned that there were over 7,000 terracotta warriors built for Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb so that they could protect him in the afterlife. Qin Shi Huang is also credited with the Great Wall of China and one theory is that China is even named after him, as Qin is pronounced as "Chin." Although Qin Shi Huang did contribute positively to China's history, he did have the workers who helped create the Terracotta Warriors killed in order to keep the location of the pits a secret. 

One pit was discovered in 1974, which is crazy since the warriors were created during the time of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC.) The warriors were initially quite colorful, but now they are just white due to oxidation. On the Statue of the Kneeling Archer, traces of the original color can still be seen.

Each statue has incredible details and unique facial features. There are four different types of warriors: a general, soldier, archer, and officer. Besides the soldiers and weapons, chariots and horses were also discovered and can be seen today as well.

As promised, Pit One was the most incredible. The best part was at the very end by the exit when we were able to stand facing the warriors head on instead of just viewing the sides of them.

At the end, we visited the gift shop and I bought miniature replicas of some of the warriors and horses. So much for not wanting to shop, huh? Jia Jia took us to a place with "very good food" for lunch and after roughly 90 minutes on the bus, we arrived back in Xi'an. Jia Jia arranged it so that we could be dropped directly off at the wall that goes around Xi'an. We paid the entrance fee and walked around on top of it for a bit. All of us were starting to get super tired and cranky so we stopped at a nearby cafe. We pushed ourselves to go out to the Muslim Quarter, but once we got there we got a second wind! The Muslim Quarter is so lively and dynamic that it distracted us from our sleepiness. We walked around for at least an hour, sightseeing and sampling snacks and street food along the way.

The next day, we had to wake up at the crack of dawn again in order to catch our flight back to Shanghai, but we didn't mind because of what we just got to experience! Like I said, I was hesitant about going to Xi'an, but overall it was a great trip, and it was truly awe-inspiring to see about 2,000 warriors in Pit One! 

Is seeing the Terracotta Warriors something that's on your bucket list?

Potential Traveling Plans for 2016

December 21, 2015
As I look ahead to 2016, I can't help but think that it will be a great year for travel. For Chinese New Year's, the foreign teachers get an entire month off (paid!). A month is a pretty good chunk of time to go on a decent trip! Most of that trip is actually booked and planned out already. In addition to the month we get off for the Chinese New Year, I'll also get two months off in the summer to visit other destinations.

Thanks to The Rachael Way for letting me edit her pic taken in Ko Tao
1) Maldives- I've pretty much wanted to go to the Maldives ever since I found out about this beautiful island country. I brought up wanting to go there to Scott, but thought he might want to use China as his base to explore other countries instead. Happily, he was all about accompanying me in the Maldives. Rachael will be joining the two of us, and I know that we are in for an AMAZING trip. We will be staying for 5 nights in a bungalow right over the water. How nice will it be to just be able to jump right in the ocean from our place?! Or, we can sit out on the deck above the ocean and just hang out, read, sun bathe, etc. Scott and I have already bought snorkeling masks, and we were talking about getting our diving certification while we're over there. I'm a little hesitant, but Scott is trying to convince me. I guess it depends on the price. We are also considering dining at an underwater restaurant.

2) Sri Lanka- We will be flying straight from the Maldives and into Sri Lanka for 9 days. I have to confess that I usually go on trips with a plan, but for this one, I sat back and let Scott figure out what we would do. He wanted to and said he enjoys it, so Rachael and I are kind of going with the flow for this one! Everything he put on our itinerary sounds right up my alley. We will be going to Galle and will be exploring the town, beaches, and turtle hatchery first. Our next stop will be Sinharaja to go to the rain forest reserve and then to Udawalawe Elephant Park. Finally, we'll be visiting Yala National Park because of the animal sanctuaries.

3) Ko Tao, Thailand- Scott really wanted to go to Thailand since he had never been before. I went three other times, but not for very long. This time, I knew I wanted to just stay on one island and chill out. It was between Ko Lanta and Ko Tao, but Rachael raved about Ko Tao to me and I trust her, so that's where Scott and I will be going. We preferred a place that was less touristy than Phuket and Ko Phi Phi, but we didn't want to be somewhere completely deserted. I think Ko Tao sounds just right for us. As far as accommodation is concerned, after looking at probably fifty places, we decided to stay at the highly reviewed Chintakiri Resort. We had a lot of trouble because it was harder to find places that have two twin beds instead of one king. Scott and I love each other but not that much. :)

4) Jiuzhai Valley National Park- The last time I was in Chengdu, I didn't have enough time to make it to Jiuzhai Valley National Park. This famous tourist attraction has gorgeous vistas, alpine lakes, and waterfalls. Ideally, I'd like to go hiking (nothing too intense) and then do a home stay at a local Tibetan village. The problem with going here is that it's too much to try to do on just a weekend trip. I've read it's an 8 or 9 hour drive from Chengdu and we'd already be flying in from Shanghai. Of course, I do get breaks and there are some three day weekends, but much like Yangshuo, Jiuzhai Valley National Park gets overly crowded on Chinese National Holidays and I don't want to go to a place like this to be shoved around and surrounded by so many others. This really is a dilemma...Scott and I are going to have to talk this one through and figure out a plan.

5) Morocco- In the summer, Scott and I were thinking of taking a two week trip to Morocco. How spoiled am I to get to go on all of these trips with one of my best friends?! I'm not trying to brag, but am just grateful for the chance! Anyway, we have some ideas of what we want to do, but need to plan and research it more once we get back to China in February. Like many tourists, we would start in Marrakech and go to the souks. The former Portuguese Colony of Essaouira is also on our list. So is a desert stay in the Sahara, seeing the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, visiting the "blue city" of Chefchaouen, and going to bath houses in Fes.

6) Turkey- This was originally on our list, but we'll see how things go. As of now, we both still want to visit but will just avoid the areas around the Syrian border. For this trip, we wanted to hit Istanbul, Cappadocia (hot air balloon rides, valleys, pottery classes), Canakkale (to visit Troy), Olympos, Kekova (a village on the coast), Dalyan (ancient city), and Pamukkale (white cliffs), just to name a few places. We were thinking of doing a tour for this trip, which makes me a little nervous just because I've been on some absolutely fabulous tours but also have been on a couple that I wish I hadn't taken!

Where do you plan to go this year?


December 14, 2015
This isn't exactly a Bucket List, and this isn't exactly a list of goals, although some of what I write on this list could be categorized under each topic. I was just telling Rachael how there is so much to do here and that I have a growing list of what I would like to check out or accomplish during my free time.

1) Visit Hangzhou West Lake. This is a freshwater lake surrounded by gardens and pagodas, and it can be an ideal spot for a day trip from Shanghai. Scott was just telling me how he was reading an article about how this destination is underrated and often skipped over. We just found out that we won't have to work on New Year's Day, so we were thinking about spending New Year's Eve at a nice guesthouse by this lake.

2) Get teeth whitening. My sister got her teeth professionally whitened by her dentist and highly recommends it. I don't feel that my teeth are majorly yellow, but I do feel like they have gotten slightly stained from coffee and tea. Rachael has already looked into finding a place for us, so now we just have to find the time to actually go and do it!

3) Have high tea at the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund. I was reading reviews of this, and the tiered trays full of sweet and savory snacks look amazing! I also heard positive feedback regarding the service and presentation.

4) Go to Shanghai Disney Resort. Shanghai Disney will be opening this year while I am here!! Of course I'll probably wait a bit since I anticipate that it will be overly crowded at first.

5) Take a trip to Harbin for the Snow and Ice Festival. Rachael blogged about going there last year, and I've been wanting to go ever since reading her post. Scott and I have already booked our trip and will be spending Christmas there!

6) Do a Christmas craft. I'm pre-writing this post, but by the time this gets published, Rachael and I will have already made our craft! We will be making rubber stamps so that we can make homemade Christmas cards. If my stamp looks good, I'll probably make a card for each one of my students.

7) Make some wall art. I did go to IKEA for my first time ever last week and got some items to make my apartment more cozy and more like home. However, my walls are still bare and boring. I did buy an adult coloring book a few weeks back, so I'm going to work on coloring a few pages to hang and display in my bedroom.

8) Taste tea all day at Tianshan Tea City. A few of my friends went one day, but I had other plans and have been wanting to go. They told me it is a great place to try and purchase tea from!

9) Swim in the infinity pool at the Four Seasons in Pudong. As soon as I came across this pin, Scott and I discussed getting a room there for our birthday weekend (yes, we have almost the same birthday) in order to enjoy this luxurious pool with sweeping views of Shanghai.

Image via: Four Seasons
10) Try acupuncture. I want to go to a legitimate place for this that specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but I also want the doctor to be able to speak English so there aren't any issues in communication. I found a place that I think I'd like to try called Shanghui Health, but after you get analyzed, the doctor comes up with a treatment plan that may require several additional sessions. Knowing that this is rather time consuming is why I haven't tried acupuncture yet. When I go, I want to be able to have the time to commit.

11) Be a tourist in Qibao. Qibao is only a little over 10 miles away from Shanghai's city center, but I heard that it is a traditional, ancient area famous for shadow plays and cricket fighting.

12) Head out for some cocktails at Shaker Xperience. Here you can make three of your own drinks behind the bar. The bartenders are there to help and answer any questions about the cocktails you want to make. It sounds like a fun way to spend an evening with friends!

What do you have on your must-do list?

Why I Almost Didn't Go to China

December 10, 2015

It's hard to believe that soon I'll have been living in China for four full months. Time is flying by so fast and every week it seems like I'm either traveling, exploring Shanghai, or attending an event. Trust me, that is not a complaint! I couldn't be happier with my choice to move to China, but last year I started having health problems and doubts about whether or not moving to China was the right decision for me. At one point, I even told the program I went through that I would not be able to work in China at all this year. Let me explain...

Last year both socially and professionally, I had a rough time so I began to consider working overseas again pretty early on, which was my initial reason for even getting a Masters in Education and a teaching license to begin with. Although my previous experiences working abroad had been positive, I was still a little hesitant to be 100% committed to the idea of living abroad again. While I wanted to leave the high-stress working environment I was in behind, I worried about whether or not my future school might have a whole new set of problems that could potentially come with it. I decided that I would feel more comfortable working at a school if I could talk to someone that I trusted who was already working there. Since my friend Rachael was employed at a school in Shanghai, I started messaging her and asked her all about the school, curriculum, the city, and the housing. I liked what I heard, so I decided to apply as soon as I possibly could even though I did have a few reservations which I'll list below.

Worry #1: "Am I too old for this?" When I worked as an ESL teacher in Korea, I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, and had no teaching experience. The majority of expat teachers in my school were in their early 20's like me or else in their late 20's. I couldn't help but worry and wonder if I would be the odd one out as someone in my 30's.

What persuaded me: Rachael reassured me and told me that she was the youngest teacher and that most teachers were in their late 20's and early 30's. She mentioned that there were a bunch of young teachers, but there were also teachers that were a lot older. She convinced me that I was being silly and to go for it!

Another factor that influenced my decision was that at the public school I was working for in the States, I was one of the youngest teachers. Many of the teachers at my previous place of employment were much older than me and still were struggling to make ends meet on their salaries. I had been told several times that they lived paycheck to paycheck, couldn't afford to pay their bills, and had very little savings. I heard the same thing from several of the cooperating teachers I'd worked with in Ohio. That was a bit concerning, especially since those teachers had been working for the school district for many years and were obviously making more than what I was making. If I stayed at the school or district I had been working for, yes, I would be more established, but it was not ideal financially.

How it panned out: Like Rachael said, yes, there are young people fresh out of college, but there are also people my age and older. Plus, it's not like everyone knows how old I am, so it's not as big of a deal as I made it out to be! In fact, the co-teacher I'm paired with is two years older than me.

Worry #2: "What if I can't tolerate the pollution and get really sick?" This one really scared me because at the end of my third year in Seoul, I had chronic laryngitis. While part of it was from teaching, I don't think the pollution helped any. It got to the point where it affected my life. I wouldn't go out on weekends because I felt like I had to rest my voice. I stopped hanging out with my friends because I felt like I was forced to stay in. My throat hurt almost every day and losing my voice all the time started to affect my teaching. I saw an ear, nose, and throat doctor who told me that I had vocal nodules and that the only way to cure them was to talk less. As a teacher, I told him that was practically impossible. He advised me to just tough it out for my last few months in Korea and that when I returned to the States that I should get a vocal coach to teach me how to speak properly. He said I needed to retrain myself on how to speak or else get surgery, but that the nodules would just come back if I abused my voice again. In the States, I was able to rest my voice because I was a full-time student for a year. My chronic laryngitis went away, and I was more conscious to not talk loudly/scream when I didn't have to. Needless to say, I was concerned the air quality in Shanghai combined with teaching would cause me to have vocal problems again.

What persuaded me: I hadn't had vocal problems for years and since I'm aware of steps to take to avoid getting them back, I decided to take a chance. I couldn't not take this opportunity based on a fear I had.

How it panned out: On days when the air quality is unhealthy, I try to stay inside as much as possible. I drink a lot of tea and warm drinks, and if I start to lose my voice I immediately rest it so that it doesn't get out of control again. A big difference between my job now and from when I worked in Korea is that I teach less since I work with a co-teacher. I'm not talking for 11 classes straight like I was in Korea. My co-teacher and I will alternate and the students also go to specials, so I'm not constantly talking for eight hours straight. Also, when I was teaching in Korea, I had never been to teaching college or had any training on classroom management. When the kids got loud, I would just try to talk over them. Now that I know better strategies to help control the class, I rarely find myself shouting...not my style!

Worry #3: "I'm not building towards something career-wise." I worried that going to China to teach wouldn't help my career since most districts in the States do not recognize years spent teaching abroad as part of your overall teaching experience. If I ever went back to teach in the States, this means that on the sliding pay scales, I would be paid the same as a 2nd year teacher, even though I've been teaching for many more years than that.

What persuaded me: At this point, I don't really want to go back to the States to teach. I really enjoy teaching in other countries and like that there's less bureaucracy for me to deal with in addition to better pay. If my years teaching in Korea and China don't count in the States, then so what? Those years will matter to future international schools that I apply to.

How it panned out: I'm so much happier this year than I was last year. Being able to teach abroad at legitimate schools was the main reason that I got licensed in the first place. I'm relieved that I didn't stay and teach another year where I was just so I could have another year of teaching under my belt in the States.

Worry #4: "My family wants me to stay State-side." My dad flat out told me that he wished I would settle down in the States, and I know that my sister also wanted me to stay. My grandparents won't be around forever, my niece is a baby, and it would be nice to be able to see my family members more often than if I were to move to another country.

What persuaded me: When I was tossing around the idea of staying in the States, even my sister who desperately wanted me to stay told me that I should just go to China because she knew I would regret it. She said she would miss me, but that she understood why I wanted to go and encouraged me to do so. (What a great sister, right?)

How it panned out: Although my family members prefer that I stay in the States, they have come to terms with my decision, have accepted it, and support me. My sister even downloaded We Chat, so we are able to message each other throughout the week.

Worry #5: "Will I lose my state teaching license if I don't teach in the state I'm certified in?" Last year, I was the holder of both an Ohio and South Carolina teaching license. In South Carolina, first year teachers have to complete an induction year, which means that we got observed many times and got assigned a mentor teacher. After the induction year is completed, first year teachers have to go through something called formal evaluation and then they can get their professional licensure if they pass. I was warned by some teachers in South Carolina to stay another year just to get my professional license and that otherwise all of the work I did for my induction year would be for nothing. Since I haven't been teaching in Ohio at all, I wondered if that meant I would not be eligible for renewal.

What persuaded me: While it would have been nice to have a professional teaching license in any state instead of just the initial one, I didn't want to stay in South Carolina for another year at the school I was working for. The district I was at wouldn't let teachers transfer to another school within the district until after teachers earned their professional license, so I would have been stuck there for another year. I also called a representative the Ohio Department of Education and found out that I can apply to renew my Ohio teaching license.

How it panned out: I'm going to let my South Carolina license expire and have no regrets about that. In order to keep my Ohio teaching license, I am going to have to take a distance learning course from China. It also seems like I might have to go back to Ohio to get my background check as well, but I'm not 100% sure about that yet. 

Worry #6: "The dating scene for me was terrible in Seoul. What if it's the same in Shanghai and there's no possibility of ever meeting someone decent?"

What persuaded me: The benefits of living in China were too great to pass up compared to the situation I was in at the time. I decided that even if I didn't go on one date that my life would still be better than it was before. Also, in South Carolina I didn't have time to date at all because of my workload, so it's not like going to China made me suddenly miss out on tons of great dating opportunities. 

How it panned out: While I think the dating scene for me here will be pretty dismal, it seems to at least be better than it was in Seoul. I'm hearing more success stories from other female teachers, anyway. 

Worry #7: "I'll be leaving Savannah, and I love it there. Should I have tried harder to make it work?"

What persuaded me: I tried to live closer to Savannah and loved it there, but then moved to South Carolina after I got a job there. I technically didn't live IN Savannah and lived in a smaller town in SC that I really didn't care for all that much. If I had actually been in Savannah it would have been a different story, but I had to have a reading endorsement in order to work for Chatham County Schools in Savannah and I don't have one/didn't want to have to spend thousands of money out-of-pocket to get one in order to maybe obtain a job there. Also, it did help that I had been to Shanghai before on a weekend trip and did have a positive first impression of the city.

How it panned out: Yes, I love Savannah. Every minute I spent there was time well spent, and I did enjoy it there A LOT, but sometimes weeks would pass and I wouldn't be able to make it into the city center. Admittedly, I do still miss Savannah sometimes, but I am way happier here and am also finding tons of fun and exciting things to do in Shanghai.

Worry #8: "What if I need to have back surgery?" I've had chronic back pain for years, but last year around this time, the pain started becoming unbearable and by mid-January it started radiating down my right leg. Since I would have had to take a day off to see a specialist due to the clinics not being open on the weekend, I put off seeing anyone for the pain until my spring break. (In retrospect, I cannot believe that I did that! I got 10 sick days per year but felt guilty about using them, but should have put my health first.) It got so bad that I would be limping and even had trouble standing by the end of the day. I couldn't sleep at night because it hurt too much. I ended up going to an orthopedic specialist who recommended that I get an MRI because of the disc damage he saw from my x-rays. I ended up having a herniated disc in two parts and a severe case of spinal stenosis. The doctor told me my back looked like a 60 year old's and that I would eventually be needing surgery later in life--that was a given.  He told me that I should take steroids and get physical therapy to see if that helped the problem and that later we could take more invasive measures if it didn't. He mentioned cortisone shots and a more immediate surgery.  At this point, I had to decide whether or not I'd be going to Shanghai the following year, and I decided to turn down the offer. If I had to have surgery and could barely walk, I didn't want to lose my health insurance and not be able to get around in China.

What persuaded me: I took a round of steroids, went to physical therapy for a month, and then got the cortisone injections. While my back was still bothering me sometimes, I didn't have any pain down my leg and was able to walk around more. I also talked to my doctor about it, and he informed me that if I did have to have surgery that he could do it in a day and to not let it stop me from going to China. I seriously want to thank that doctor a million times over for telling me that--especially because the first doctor I saw wouldn't sign a paper saying I was fit to work! Also, since I initially turned down the offer to work at my school, I thought I had lost my chance for this year. Luckily, because I had applied so early, there were still positions open when my back started improving, and I was able to be hired on.

How it panned out: I don't know what happened or why it happened, but I have had little to no back pain here. My bed is brand new and the mattress is firm, so I think that plays a part, but I went from being in excruciating pain to being almost completely pain-free. I do get regular massages here in China, so maybe that helps, too. I have lost a little bit of weight, so that also takes pressure off of my spine and helps with the pain.

As you can see, although I had some major reservations about working in China, it all ended up being okay. Well, more than just okay...I'm having a phenomenal year and am thinking about staying here for another year! Everything worked out in my favor, and I think I had a lot of signs to leave South Carolina. Thank goodness I went with my gut, took a chance, and am here now having a wonderful time!

What was a time when you were nervous to start something new? Did you ever change your mind at the last minute and make a life-altering decision?

China Quote Book Featuring Scott

December 1, 2015
When I was in college, I kept a quote book and filled it up with hysterical quotations from my friends and family members. If I was having a bad day, I'd pull out this book, look it over and dare myself not to smile. Ninety-nine percent of the time, this strategy worked and my mood was lifted. It's also a great souvenir to have of my college days. When I moved to China, Scott and I decided to start a quote book of funny things we each said to one another this year. Truthfully, we haven't been doing the best job, and I often forget to document the silly sentences that come out of my close friend's mouth. I did manage to jot down a few funny snippets from our conversations, so ideally they'll be as entertaining for you as they are for me.

Scott quote: "This is a really good filter for us!"
Quote 1:

Scott: *Waves down co-worker and goes out of his way to say hi*
Co-worker: "Oh, hi. I'm just headed out to my birthday dinner."
Scott (after the co-worker left): *Sigh* Great. I was going to wear this outfit later this week and now that I've just seen her, I feel like I can't!

Quote 2:

Let me preface this next one by saying that Scott is super smart, but he has this problem where he will use a word that is totally wrong. He'll do it over and over, which makes it even funnier.

Scott: "That turkey really needs to shut up." (He was pointing to a rooster crowing.)

Here's another example of this via text message. He ALWAYS uses dollars and RMB interchangeably even though they are two separate currencies:

Scott: "To get into the beer festival, just buy tickets from the scalpers. They are $30."
Me: "Wait, tickets for this thing are 30 USD? I don't know if I'm willing to pay that much just to get in."
Another mutual friend: "The tickets are 30 RMB." (Equivalent to almost 5 USD.)

Quote 3:

Scott (with his back turned to me after having knocked right into me): "Oh, sorry!"
Me: "It's okay."
Scott (after having turned around): "Oh, it's just you. I'm not sorry at all then!"

Quote 4:

Me: "Okay, we really need to stop talking and get some sleep. GN."
Scott: "What word did you just say in Chinese?"
Me: "I didn't say anything in Chinese."
Scott: "I thought I just heard you say something in Chinese, but okay."
*Then our conversation went elsewhere for 20 more minutes...
Me: "It's so late. We seriously have to go to bed for real this time. GN."
Scott: "You just did it again! You just spoke in Chinese again! Why won't you tell me what it means?"
Me (laughing hysterically): "All I said was GN, as in an abbreviation for good night!"
Scott: "Ooooh, I thought you were saying "xiyen" and that meant something!"

Quote 5:

Scott (after dropping forks on the kitchen floor): "It's ready."
Me: "I know you. You just picked up that fork that fell on the floor and you're going to try to pass it off on me!"
Scott (laughing): "Well, they got mixed up so I don't know which one actually fell on the floor. It could be mine."
Me: "Then I'm not going to use a fork to eat my moon cake!"
Scott (looking distraught): "But you have to! It's dainty!"

Quote 6:

Scott: "I want to take a bath!"
Scott (2 seconds later): "Oh my God!! Why did I just take my pill!? I was supposed to take a bath, not my pill. I wasn't supposed to have my pill until 10 pm!"

Quote 7:

Me: "Which lipstick would look better? This one or this?"
Scott, staring: "Um, I'm color blind."
Me: "Oh yeah."

Quote 8:

Me: "The people in that town we used to live in together are a special breed. I don't miss them at all."
Scott: "Yeah, I was scrolling through my Facebook friend's list today thinking, "I don't miss you or you or you."

Quote 9:

Me: "Great! This cup is deformed and I just spilled pomegranate juice all over my new, white shirt! Hold on and let me use my Tide To Go pen."
Scott: "Hurry up, because I just got a whiff of vomit."
Me: "Um, that would be me because I think it's my Tide To Go pen that smells like that."
Scott: "Omg, it is the pen!!"

Quote 10:

At the Propaganda Museum in the gift shop

Scott: "Which poster do you like the best?"
Me: "The one of the women dancing in ballet slippers with guns."
Scott: "Oh. I really like this one the best. (Points to the one with a Chinese and Russian man who have their arms around each other.) Is it too gay?"
Me: "Who cares? If you like it, just get it."
Scott: "No, because if I hang it up on my wall people might say, "Oh, this is the gay house."

That's all I have for now! Hopefully you find some of the quotes at least semi-amusing and that I don't just have an odd sense of humor.

What are some funny quotes from the people in your life that you have written down?