Today was spent shopping with Xueer. As I had mentioned Xueer has only been driving for 2 months and does quite well for driving in China which is crazy. Yesterday I learned that for a first year driver there is a big yellow sticker placed on the front and back of your car( i guess to warn the other drivers )so that is why the other drivers have been so patient with her. A few close calls but she goes slow so it really doesn’t make me nervous.
Xueer was determined to find some clothes for me since Mark had mentioned that I have a hard time finding clothes to fit because of my size. So we started to look and most of the clothes at this little mall were expensive and it isn’t like I really need more clothes :). Xueer mentioned that she thought I needed a dress so she picked out a black and white dress with flowers on the bottom which they happened to have in an XL. I actually didn’t bring any dresses to China so I thought why not. It was on sale (still not cheap at $80.00) but I figured we would be on a clothes shopping mission all day and now that my husband is supporting me why not. Xueer picked out lots of cute clothes of short shorts and leggings and I had to remind her that I am tooooo old to be wearing those clothes. Xueer is close to 30 so reminded me of shopping with my daughters.
Next stop to buy some flowers which is not like popping into Costco for a nice bouquet. After 90 minutes and a stop at 2 stores we had some flowers. The first store did not have a big selection so one of the younger workers who spoke a little English hopped in our back seat to drive down the street to their bigger store. First had to pick out a vase which took awhile to compare all the prices, then pick out some flowers as they are all priced individually, dicker about all the prices, and watch her arrange the bouquet. Xueer decided to buy just a vase so I treated her to some flowers. I told her that flowers make you happy. She thought it was all very expensive, but my whole arrangement was $10.00(after some negotiating) including vase so a real deal.
Worker who rode with us down the street. 15 years old and happy to speak English. Like her t-shirt.
Joan and Xueer. Notice my shiny face from just sitting. I am adjusting to the heat and humidity.