Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Some Answers

Alright, so perhaps I do have a bit of a flair for the dramatic. I wasn't named Buhler High School's "Most Active Thespian of 1997" for nothing. Maybe I felt my crabby rangoon ratings were down, the comments hadn't been what I'd hoped for recently. Regardless, there it is. That big, shocking announcement that my husband has, indeed, quit his job. It's true. Sure got you talking, didn't it?

We have a back-up plan, of course, but it was good to hear from all of you (me being the comment whore that I am), and Wow! thanks to everyone who wanted us to move where they are. After a year of relative isolation, it was nice to hear how many people know and love us back home in the states. Really, thanks to everyone--you made us feel great!

So here's our next step:

We're moving to SAN DIEGO, CA!!!

Matt is joining forces with a college buddy of his who started a web design company last year. It has been a long few weeks in the Kirkland household as we carefully (and prayerfully) considered our next move. And we're very, very excited to be moving to California! Granted, it takes us down a couple of notches on the cool factor by demoting ourselves from Hong Kong to San Diego, but we're ready to face any challenges a sudden onset of nerdiness might throw at us. (To be perfectly honest, we're really just in it for the Mexican food.)

And our time frame, you ask? Well, we're hoping to be back on American soil in about 1 month. Yikes!! We have so much to do! Oh, but what a sweet relief it will be to communicate with people again, and to stretch my arms on the street and not knock 30 people over. (I was having some serious elbow issues yesterday. Note to self: Never ponder something momentarily on the streets of Hong Kong with your hand on your hips and your elbows sticking out. This is a SERIOUS recipe for disaster.)

So my biggest question to all you good folks out there...will you still read my blog if I'm no longer living somewhere wildly exotic? I promise that I'll still be clumsy and have awkward conversations with strangers and create many a conundrum for myself. I'm a natural at that. And let me tell you, San Diego is sure to be just as daunting and mysterious to me as Hong Kong has been (minus the squid legs). I imagine I'll encounter some mighty culture shock on my re-entry into the USA. I haven't seen a cowboy in ages. Or driven a car. Or tried to get a real job. This could get interesting...


We'll keep you posted about when and where we'll be landing on American soil. Thanks again for all the great emails and comments these last few days.

13 comments:

Dani said...

Well... I'm comin' to visit in San Diego then dammit! :)

...and it's okay to be a comment whore... you know we all are... even those of us who don't admit it.

See yah in the states! Whatever you blog about will be just fine!

Will you still be a Crabby Rangoon? ...or are you going to be a Sandy Eggo or something?

Crystal said...

Hey! San Diego...was just there three weeks ago and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! You will LOVE it out there...but, please, keep the Crabby-Rangoons coming as much as possible...at least for the last month!! Best, great luck!

LauraLunch said...

San Diego is still pretty cool. We'll all want to visit you there, too. Happy Moving! We're excited to see you back in America and excited about Matt's new venture. Keep up the Crabby Rangoon! You can't take it away now that you have us all hooked.

Jane said...

San Diego? HOW EXCITING! Never been there...and I have a feeling we're much more likely to make it to CA than HK! Although, I saw a sign on the side of a bus stop yesterday for the Hong Kong Shopping Festival...that sounded pretty tempting. The sign said, "Hong Kong. Live it. Love it!" How many people can say they have actually lived it and loved it?! You're the only ones that I know. Enjoy your last month there and keep the blog posts a-comin. (Don't worry...I'll always be a faithful reader no matter from what country your posts come.)

Andi said...

another faithful reader here. no matter where you are. and, we're much more likely to make it to CA (another palce i've never been!) than HK.

John Hendrix said...

I will read as long as you are crabby at least SOME of the time.

Three cheers for the U.S. and A.!

matt kirkland said...

@dani: Sandy Eggo? Pure genius.

Caylyn said...

Yay, that sounds wonderful! I guess we won't make it to visit you in Hong Kong, so can we visit you in San Diego instead? And I think you should still keep the blog so I can stay updated with the Kirkland's life.

Dani said...

@Matt: I'm a damn genius Matt... have been for some time... Did you not already know that?

Crabby Rangoon said...

Hey Everyone!

Thanks for all the comments! Crabby Rangoon will live on. And, yes, please everyone come visit us in Sandy Eggo. Can't wait to see all your shining faces again soon!

Kayleigh said...

Ugh, I just ate an Eggo and if it was Sandy I think it would make me pretty crabby.

matt kirkland said...

Kayleigh!

You crack my butt! (is that appropriate to say online and to your sister-in-law?)

-erika

Jennifer Z said...

Hey, Dh and lived in San Diego for a short stint shortly after we got married. It was a lovely place that we decided we needed "real" jobs if we ever wanted to move back there. (He worked as a Barista at Starbucks, I was a hotel desk clerk. lol). I know a neat coffee shop there were we made a lot of 'life decisions' over cups of coffee sitting on the deck. Brings back great memories.

It might not be HK, but it is a world apart from Kansas too. If it is anything like it was, you can get totally plastered for less than it would cost to buy a pound of hamburger. How's that for different than Kansas. lol. I was going to mention that they also have great seafood, but if the other post I just read is any indication, you probably won't want to look a seafood for a while. They do have 36 inch pizzas though with slices bigger than your head. mmmm. I miss that pizza.