My little biaomei (cousin), LinFin, arrived Monday night. The first day was spent in the confines of the Jewel Box getting over jet lag; after a day’s reprieve, she has been up and running around the two Pu’s with me and the other tai tais. Today, after the first of what I think will be many trips to the US consulate, we had spicy ribs, dragon beans, and fried rice at my favorite haunt Bellagio, laughing over our mothers, who are sisters, and how they try to influence our hair styles. LinFin’s mother, Tia Susu, recently paid LinFin to cut her hair. LinFin, in her late thirties, cashed the check and emailed her mother a photo the day of the haircut. It has also been super-fun to catch up on her love life, which is long and storied. Her latest suitor, Mr. Burly, is in hot pursuit.
Sunday is LinFin’s childcare test run. Thing 2 and I are going to Singapore for a soccer tournament and Mr. Understanding, who has been gone all week, goes to Germany on Sunday. This is all a warm-up for my first trip to Spain in nearly twenty years. Andale, huerita! LinFin’s gonna be fine.