Spring has Sprung

Finally, the First Day of Spring is here. Today is the Vernal Equinox where we have equal amounts of daytime and nighttime. Tomorrow we will have more daytime thanĀ  nighttime.

This will not be the case for me today as my day will be a longer day and tomorrow will be a much shorter day as I cross the International Date Line during my flight. No equal amounts of sunshine and darkness for me.

Of course, the Signs of Spring are all around.

Yellow Rose, Spring Rose, Beautiful Rose, Fragrant RoseHere is a picture that I took yesterday of one of my rose blooms. This rose is also very fragrant and I really enjoyed the smell of spring.

I can just imagine what my rose bushes are going to look like in another week. They all have a lot of buds and they should be very colorful.

Tree in Spring, Leaves Appearing, Green Leaves, Spring LeavesIn the last couple of weeks the trees have been turning green again, but at the same time releasing a lot of pollen. This is the time of year when I have a lot of allergy problems.

Small Tree, Volunteer Tree, Spring Leaves, First Day of SpringHere is the smaller tree in my backyard. You can see that it already has a lot of leaves on it. The tree is currently aboutĀ  the same height as I am, but I am sure that by mid-summer that it will tower over me.

It has really been Greening Up over the last couple weeks.

Now for a quick breakfast before the long drive to the airport for a very long flight.





Applying the Packing Formula

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about The Packing Formula.

My packing for trips is mostly formulaic. I just have to adjust the inputs.

This trip is a little shorter than usual, so it affects the formula in an interesting way. I will usually over pack on a shorter trip as I need to make sure I fill up my suitcase. It is not that I pack things I don’t need, it is that I will sometimes dress down in the evenings instead of wearing my work clothes all day.

Clifford the Big Red Suitecase, Packing Formula, How to Pack a SuitcaseI am about ready to start filling up Clifford the Big Red Suitcase. What? You don’t have a name for your suitcase? You must not travel very much.

Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone - Shanghai, China - Pudong - Entryway - Shanghai Derby - TransportationOn this trip I am off to Shanghai to teach a one week course. I will most likely not spend much time in traffic as the course will be at the hotel I am staying at. That is good as I affectionately call traffic there The Shanghai Derby.

Yuyuan Garden - Night Picture at Yuyuan - ShanghaiI am hoping that at least one night we will go to the city center and visit the Yuyuan Gardens and Nanjing Road. I am hoping to get another taste of the best dumplings I have ever had.

You can see a night picture from Nanjing Road by clicking on Shanghai Nights.

Whole Fish - Chinese Food - Food Presentation - Sweet and Sour FishOf course, I am also looking forward to the good food in Shanghai. I also like the way that food is presented in China, especially when they put The Whole Fish on the plate.

There is a good chance that I will not be able to post during the trip. During my last trip to Shanghai I had to go On Hiatus as I had difficulty accessing wordpress during the trip. Maybe it will be better this time.

Now to finish packing!