I bought a rotisserie-style chicken the other day at Costco. It's pretty tasty.
Of course I didn't realize until tonight that the head was still attached — beak and all. I was carving all the meat off thinking that's easier to store than the whole thing. I pulled off the twine and started trying to cut off the wing when I began thinking that it was especially difficult.
Then the damn head came untucked from under the wing. All I knew was there was this pitiful little chicken face and I made a really awkward yelping noise and threw the knife down.
I'm not really that squeamish and I certainly don't mind eating things that I know were once living, breathing creatures. I would just prefer not to attach a face to it (or rather I would prefer someone to detach the face from it before I actually see it).
The pig hooves and chickens feet and so on at the wet market don't really bother me so much. But seeing people pick out a live chicken and then hearing someone take it into the back and "prepare" it to be taken home, not my thing. I think my imagination is just a little too graphic (or maybe accurately graphic) for me to handle these types of situations.
Other exciting things today, this guy that was stalking Megan before she left called my cell phone during class today. In case you forgot, my cell phone used to be Megan's cell phone.
Long story short, a long time ago her scooter broke down and this mechanic helped her get it home and such — it was obvious from day one he had a super crush on her. Somehow he ended up with her cell phone number (ahem, Megan is way too nice) and started stalking her around the school. He called once after she left and I sent a message in English saying she's gone.
Apparently he forgot or something, so tonight I got my kids to help me text him in Chinese. Unfortunately they don't know past tense in English very well so they had me write "Megan will go to America" instead of "Megan already went back to America."
He messaged back asking when she would be leaving and saying he wants to see her first. Finally, my co-teacher just called him and told him that Megan left already and this phone now belongs to someone else, so please stop trying to contact us.
Oh it's nice to have someone that can stick up for you in Chinese.
Before school, Tess and I went to the stationery store and went Christmas galore. We bought a tiny little Christmas tree that's pre-decorated for only 300NT.
I also bought a ton of Taiwan-fabulous Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
I'm sure those of you whole expect mail and/or presents from me are thoroughly excited and intrigued now.
Let's just say that one of my 'Xmas' cards has a tiny Asian girl with a beer on it and that some of my wrapping paper is inappropriately '80s color schemed.
Lastly, after school I BOUGHT A PLANE TICKET TO AMERICA FOR CHRISTMAS!
I am going to be doing a ridiculous amount of travel in about two weeks:
Taiwan ---> Tokyo ---> Seattle where I'll spend two days.
Then Seattle ---> Austin where I'll spend about nine days (maybe I'll try to run up to D/FW for a day or so?).
Then Austin ---> Seattle where I will immediately hope into a car and drive ---> Vancouver (well, Whistler).
We'll spend a couple of days in Whistler snowboarding and then Whistler ---> Seattle.
I'll spend the night in Seattle and the next morning, ---> Tokyo ---> Taiwan.
So much traveling but I'm so excited!