14 Jan Oh, hello there, 2016
I’m not sure how we got here, to mid January, without passing Christmas along the way. I vaguely remember a Christmas tree that fell over. And cookies and eggnog.
Sometime around November, someone pressed fast forward. I spent a week in China on assignment, exploring the city of Macau. An hour from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry, Macau is an unlikely marriage of European and Chinese cultures. It was colonized by Portugal until 1999, when the land was returned to China.
The city is now owned by China, but is governed semi-autonomously. Macau’s competing influences and its varied history are reflected in its geography. The city includes a peninsula, plus two islands that are slowly becoming one island. Wandering around the city and beaches, you’ll see ruins of Roman Catholic Churches, Spanish-style architecture, Chinese shrines, and temples. Fishing is still a mainstay here, but so are casinos (the only legal gambling in China).
On this trip, I had the opportunity to explore the varied coastlines by running the 21-kilometer Macau Half Marathon. In doing so, I saw the city from a perspective that very few tourists (or locals) have.
I’m excited to share more about this adventure when my articles are published. Suffice to say, it was a journey unlike any other.
I was home from Macau for less than 48 hours before dashing off to my cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. Then, back home, we began a series of much-needed repairs and upgrades to our old split-level home: Replacing the crumbling tile floors, painting, and more.
So, here I am. I’m just beginning to think about 2016 and what lies ahead. Despite many requests, I don’t think I’ll be giving up my writing career to go into the doll business. But I welcome more opportunities to use my creativity to help my children and to advance important conversations about parenting and gender.
I’m also working on a special writing project that will (hopefully) launch this fall.
I’m continually thankful for my community — both personal and professional. Thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 so memorable. And cheers to 2016!