It has been a really busy week. I checked in Crystal Gateway Marriot Sunday evening for our yearly conference, then came back to DC to my original amazing suite hotel “AKA White House” Wednesday afternoon. My days were filled with meetings… and… more meetings and work. They leave me mentally exhausted by the end of the day. They were all useful meetings with colleagues, to learn about their work, life, issues, projects. I find very interesting because it opens my mind of what’s possible, what others people are struggle with, which put me into perspective of my own issues and challenges. But the most important part, despite being tiring, that I like is the face to face, one to one chatting. It is so different than email communications when you have to second guess what they mean, how close the person is to you, how much they trust/distrust you, and same wise you transmit all these information to the other person. The fact that a coffee chat doesn’t come with a topic to discuss per se, it opens up more discussion. I enjoy that a lot.
What I’ve been eating
last weekend I met with friends and had brunch at True Kitchen. I started with kale aid
Whole food salad bar
one evening I met with friends for dinner at Queen Amannisa that served authentic uyghur food, my first time. We shared a couple of dishes
asian stir fryblack fungus salad
spicy tofu which I finished all by myselfmy friends shared a typical dish: lamb with homamade nan
finally we shared assorted uyghur desserts that are very similar to middle east desserts, a concoction made with honey and nuts
Trader joe’s cauliflower stir fry with soy sauce… yum yum
with added grilled asparagus
kabocha every night 🙂
When I had to work, I go to business center of my hotel so I don’t get distracted. The big apple screen was a plus!
Almost every evening, after I’m done with meetings or work, I go out for a walk to unwind. DC is beautiful. As I walk around, I had a strange feeling. DC used to be my home but it doesn’t feel like it anymore. Where is family? Buenos Aires? Shanghai? DC? Manila? Somehow they don’t feel home unless my family is there. Home is very family is.
I miss these girls sooo much, to the degree that I feel that they’re growing without me so fast. I know grandma takes good care of them but I know they need their mom as much as I need them.
A friend of mine almost decided to go to do a master thousands miles away from her family. I strongly told her that’s a bad idea because I know her and I know she won’t survive that. I wouldn’t. I need to hug them and kiss them every day!