At that moment, I remembered that I have a blog, and that it's times like these that I most enjoy telling my story.
It's been an embarrassingly long time since I've experienced the magical combination of a few spare minutes, inspiration, motivation, and internet access that results in a blog post. Celebrate with me, friends. That moment is upon us.
And thus, I now give you Kaci and the World's first blog post of 2013. Try not to go out of your mind with excitement like these crazy people:
Okay so actually, that picture is from a hike I went on with the Outdoor Club of Libo on March 15th, which is as good a place as any to start this post. (February is going to be covered by my friend Meredith Freeman, who spent ten days with me in China during Spring Festival. Guest post coming soon!)
From what I can tell, the Outdoor Club of Libo is made up of sixteen to twenty Chinese people who all share these traits: 1) They own fancy cameras. 2) They really like to hike. 3) They really, really like to drink. 4) They really, really, really like to combine hiking and drinking, which sounds like it should be a cool idea but actually results in dehydration and a very early bedtime. Or maybe that's just me.
That day, we hiked to a "spring," which was actually a little bamboo pipe sticking out of a rock, which was supposed to turn on when you hit said rock with another rock enough times. We all took turns hitting that rock, but we never saw the water. Luckily there was enough beer in everyone's backpacks to ensure that no one was too disappointed.
After the proposal, Matt and I spent a wonderful ten days together in China. We did things like watch chickens being sacrificed and a massive meal being laid at Nainai's gravesite on Tomb-Sweeping Day (oh! the romance):