Yesterday:We went to the hospital for Danielle's weekly checkup and it looks like everything is doing fine and we're on to just waiting for this little guy to come out. The doctor said they wouldn't let her go past May 31st or June 1st without inducing her so at least we know that at the most we'll have to wait about 2 and a half more weeks. We're getting used to Beijing and finding more things to do so we haven't been quite as bored these days. After the visit to the doctor, we went to eat at a delicious Italian restaurant called Annie's. In China pretty much every store or restaurant is the name of a woman with an apostrophe and "s" at the end. Then we went to the National Center for the Performing Arts to watch a group of German men play brass instruments.And they were incredible. We couldn't decide if we liked them or the orchestra better, which is quite high praise coming from these people...we're huge fans of orchestras. We went to the place hoping to buy tickets for about 12 dollars. But the 12 dollar tickets were out and we were going to have to pay about 18 dollars per ticket, which we didn't want to do. So we stood around, tried to buy tickets for something else another night, and admired the building (it's supposed to be in the shape of an egg...and the whole thing is surrounded by water). While we were doing this, a man walked up to us and asked if we wanted some really good tickets. Josh expressed to him that we didn't want the good tickets, we wanted the cheap nosebleeds. But he offered 3 tickets to us for a grand total of 30 dollars. And these were no nosebleeds. These were tickets that were each worth 45 dollars...and we got three of them for 30 dollars. Danielle and I ended up on the 7th row and Josh was a little ways back but for the second half he sat right behind us. It was just perfect...and we will forever be grateful to that little Chinese man. So we went inside and walked up to the ticket lady and she said that Danielle and I could not enter because we were wearing flip flops. Apparently flip flops aren't fancy enough for an event like this. They convinced her that Danielle's feet were swollen and so she needed to wear flip flops but I had no excuses. So she told us they had some "cloth shoes" that I could wear...whatever that meant. So we followed her back to this counter where they got these hideous black, velvety heels with this awful strap across the top that wouldn't stay hooked. And to add to the hideousness, they didn't even match what I was wearing. So I walked around in these black heels with the straps dragging on the floor all night. It was hysterical. And this picture just doesn't do it justice at all.
We were headed off to the pearl market again. I ended up with 4 pairs of toms (for Alex, Hope, Grace, and Katelyn), 3 ties (for Issac, Jesse, and Grandaddy), a raincoat (for Ashley), a scarf (for myself), and pair of kid's chopsticks that are much easier to use (for myself). Josh and Danielle ended up with 2 pearl necklaces (for people who are teaching their classes while they're here), 30 pairs of pearl earrings (to give to a friend to give to her sister to give to her students), and a pearl bracelet (for a friend). It was a successful day! And on the way home we stopped for some ice cream from McDonald's. Once we were inside our apartment building we were heading over to the elevator when Josh said, "Well hello..." We all looked and right outside the door of the elevator was a little white dog...just standing there. The elevator door opened and he got right in like he was on his way somewhere. Josh tried to get him out but he got a little feisty so we let him ride up with us. But when we got off he just stood there. So we sent him down on the elevator to floor 1, hoping that when it reached the first floor he would get off and return to his master. Who knows where he is now. But I can imagine that he didn't get off and was stuck in the elevator for about an hour. And then the next person who opened the elevator door was in quite a shock when they saw him sitting there.
I just thought I'd share this little bit of Justin Bieber with you. I picked up a magazine while riding in a taxi yesterday and it fell open to this page. Coincidence? I think not.
I don't read Chinese but I'm assuming this is a list of his nicknames? And an equation of what a belieber is..."Believe+Bieber". And I don't know why this is underlined...ignore that.