Tuesday, November 15, 2011

{Do you Skype?}

I do! So will Jeff, he's just still working on getting his set up (slacker). If you don't know much about Skype, it's a nifty messaging system that will allow us video an voice chat for free from our electronic devices( ipad, iphone, laptop, etc). If I choose to pay, I can also make calls to cell phones from it ( I'm looking into it, that sure would be nifty! )

Anyway, if you have one, you should most definitely add me ( and Jeff when he gets around to it) to your list! If you don't have one, you should think about it!

skypename: ashley.a.mclemore

{Strike a Pose}

Well, I tried out an experiment by attempting to post this through my email. So far nothing has shown up, but I'll be keeping my eye out just in case there is some ridiculous delay. This would be pretty handy and crucial if it works out because of the unpredictability of the internet in China. While I'm not overly concerned about the censorship, I do like to be prepared for things and I want to be as ready as possible for the change in culture as it applies to technology before I go because let's face it, I'm definitely a product of our era. I'm going to deeply miss social media, and it's versatility.

That being said, I got an early Christmas gift today!

That's what I'm calling it at any rate. I really wanted a new camera to help document this upcoming year. Jeff wasn't exactly as enthused as I was but he was supportive none the less ( Thank you dear!). Nancy spent the afternoon with me striking poses and giggling as I played around with the different features. She's an awfully good sport.


One month tomorrow before I head out, and I'm more excited, terrified, and overwhelmed than ever! Thank goodness for Jeff and his knack for task-managing. :)

Stay tuned!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

We've Moved...

Hello fellow bloggers!

As my previous post mentioned, I've been struggling to find compatible sites to blog from ( That DON'T cost an arm and a leg) while I'm in China. Unfortunately Blogspot is not one of them. So, I've set up shop over at typepad instead.

The McLemores go to China <--- click it, bookmark it, enjoy!

I've honestly loved the blogging experience here of sharing my thoughts, following yours, and the interraction that comes from this community. I don't want to give it up, especially with such an exciting year of adventure up ahead!

I hope that you choose to take the extra little effort to check in on me over at type pad every so often. I promise I'll do my best to make it worth your while.

Happy blogging!

P.S. It should be easy as pie to comment and keep up with this new blog of mine, as I believe all you have to do is have a FB account to comment!

P.P.S I'll hopefully be able to post it straight to facebook even though I won't have access to facebook itself.

P.P.P.S I'm still sending emails and addresses just in case, so if you are looking forward to the handwritten communication, make sure I have your address(es). :)

Ashley :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

{Busy Bees and Packing Fiends}

You know, I feel absolutely blessed to not only have such amazing friends to support Jeff and I, but also to have so many connections to people who have been in our shoes already with wisdom to spare! Thanks to Mrs. Katie Harper I got the inside to this blog which *cross our fingers* will work without too many issues whilst in China. I'll still be sending out emails, so one way or another I'll be able to keep in touch.
There have been so many hurdles in getting prepared for this move, and slowly we've been jumping each one. We officially start the visa process this week, and if all goes well, I'll be leaving around the 15th of December, and Jeff will be following me on the 24th.  We'll be living in the city of Suzhou located just a couple hours north of Shanghai in central China. It's darn near the same climate as Kentucky, so hopefully acclimating to the weather won't be too much of a challenge.
Jeff is honestly more hyped up and excited than I am... I catch him researching all the time, and he's already making plans for all the things he wants to do while we're there. He's ambitious. He's already moved the majority of our things in storage... a month and a half early. Apparently someone is ready to go!
I really have appreciated all of the support from our friends so far. I look forward to this journey, and hope you keep up with this little blog so that I can take you along for the ride with me too. :)

(Originally posted 11/7/2011)