Friday, January 6, 2017

Boots For a Cold Day

I almost assumed we're in spring, before winter finally comes.
And it will stay for a three days this time?
There, when finally occasionally a day under 40F is on the way, how can you wait to pull out a lot of once or twice a year thing like coats, fur, hats, gloves, and boots. 

Boots are my smallest collection, next to flats. I need to grab some of them from the far and high places in closet.




Monday, August 22, 2016

Eat Dairy - Japan '16 Summer

Here we go. First day school, back to my 5am routine. And soon even a bit earlier.

I think this boat is also kind of a Japan I see. Fresh, quality, colorful, traditional, order, and healthy.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday America!

I love this great country and feeling so appreciate and proud to call it my home.  This year, we did not travel as we always did on the Independent Day, there is no reason not to party, cook and eat seriously.



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chinese Dragon Boat Fest 粽香四溢

Don't you feel, while, a bit awkward, if to name a fest to remember the first and most fundamental poets in Chinese history, a dragon boat day? Long story in short, even he drown and people racing boat to try to save him and put sweet rice snacks into water to memory him, I still think a National Poets Day or Chinese Memorial Day may be a better (but sounds less fun) choice.
BTW, in Chinese the fest name is Duanwu, perfectly fine and right for season.

It is the mark when is full swing of summer heat. Our tradition including kiddos wear five color strings on hands and a dot of herb liquor on center of forehead, to scare away the deadly disease and/or evils. Five things always on table to enjoy: peach, plum, salted egg, garlic, and Zongzi (Sweet Rice staffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves).
端午吃五子:粽子,桃子,李子,蛋子,蒜子。雄黄和艾草我是遍寻不着啊。





Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eat All the Way South to the Padre Island

You heard surprise party, did you ever try surprise vacation?
It's a gift to our middle school graduate. He loves beach, fishing, and seafood. Enjoy a lot of time thinking, along, and grow and smart.

The sea lives in every one of us. Seafood as well?  ^_^




Friday, June 3, 2016

Not Only Kid's Graduation 厨房也有毕业庆祝吧

On August 2013, I put $150 into my elder son's lunch account. As of 5/31/2016, the balance is $134.85. He ate twice school lunch in past three years: first day school, and once because the locker was not functional so could not get lunch box out on time.
When he is proud of all those titles and certificates and honors, allow me to pat on my own shoulder and review all these early mornings I rushed and rushed for their breakfast and lunch, send to bus station (sometimes drive to school directly) then back to rush rush breakfast for seniors and ourselves. Yes I got sick and took business travels, but by planed and prepared ahead so we never have to deal with those "tasteless meal in school", and "unbearable long line to waste my life".
Now, I will have another two years before send the little one to high school and crossing the fingers they can meet a great chef there.
I feel so rewarding we have all these great memories on food and time spending together to begin a whole new day everyday, and kids thinking about mom & home in the middle of a fun or tough day when they open their lunch box.


2013 到2016,咱家的大公子一共在他的三年初中吃了两次食堂,共计花费$15.15:开学第一餐, 和locker打不开拿不到午餐盒被迫买了一餐。寒来暑往,整做了三年早餐+午餐耶!耶!耶!如果我出差或生病,就提前备好材料或做好便当,真是一餐不曾拉下啊。孩子长高了,长壮壮了,长帅了,长聪明了 ---- 那都是我的功劳,哈哈哈

在我们一系列的毕业庆祝、拉开序幕之前,先评选出他最喜欢的早餐和午餐,对自己真是难得的回忆啊。




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cook and Eat Well on Mother's Day

I decided to cook a bit on Mother's Day am this year. It's just too much line and waiting to dine out twice on such a day everyone trying to show love & care at the same time.

It was a last minute decision, and quick and easy. But turned out much relaxing and satisfying: I am not saying going to keep this tradition, but well, the most comfortable place and eats is always at home.




Monday, May 30, 2016

A Much In-Needed Relaxing Long Weekend 很多烤肉的长周末


Our tradition is always play hard on Labor Day. But for Memorial Day, we relax, slow down, of course BBQ, of course shopping and go concert. We find out black and white pictures of family members who once were in wars and fight for own nation, and dust the unforgettable stories they once shared with us to the next generation.   

My best record this year is ----  three BBQ three days in a row. Oh the smell of smokes and meats and a hot summer just begins. 


学校还有三天才期末考结束。这个国殇日长周末,我们一如既往放轻松,吃喝补觉。最不可思议纪录是,连续三天吃烤肉。


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Year of Monkey 欢喜过大年

恍然一看,居然懒怠这许久了!
借口总是要有的。最成立的也是真正2015伤心榜排行首选啊:我的电脑硬盘完全、彻底、毅然决然毫无预警地,毁掉了。修电脑的家伙都没见过如此重伤,口气之婉转。
我那多少千万的照片啊啊,排了一半大半的文章啊啊,还有所有的文件记录 OMG.
更伤的是新一个iMac. 原以为不就一个大iPhone嘛,可真拗呀,不光拗手,脑袋也更不太跟得上,不是一个物种似的。
万丈高楼新一年,平地起。

那,就从除夕这一天开启吧。
中午请客。秉承一贯作风,好不好吃顺不顺意不说,量要够。不喜欢party完回家下面条的体验。

My hard drive was totally broken.
It hit my life in a very tough way. All recipes, notes, records, and ten of thousands of pictures...
Ahhh.
While, I'm finally getting ready for a fresh begin. Let's celebrate a great year of Monkey, full with active, smart, brilliant and hope!







Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rush Hour since 6:30am 翻翻孩子的午餐袋

Sleep for 7 hours a day has been listed as my top new year resolution each and every year.
Which means, while, it stays as new year resolution.

But I do enjoy the most my morning routine while counting the pain: breakfast for kids, lunch for kids, drop to school bus, breakfast for adults, check all reports, accounts and emails. AND finally, I wake up, while all gone for the day, enjoy my second or third round of coffee. And sometimes, a bit Facebook.

The most recent compliment I love is from one of my kids: mom, you know, you are kinda famous for your "hack of a lunch" within my friends.

一日之际在于晨。其实我真心渴望赖床。
但要可以如愿的话,不是太阳从西边起来,是咱家就没太阳啦。



Saturday, September 26, 2015

Care of Head 2015

I am not a picky eater, as so far you may know of.

But I am kind of picky on "stuff" touches me, not only skin care, make ups and perfumes, but also like personal grooming products, laundry and soap things, linens, towels (and silverware and cups. ^_^).

Per many many times been asked recently, here is my current list for this year to share.
I need to let you know that, even I do lots of homework and trying on all items, I am also a very minimum-request consumer: they never done any "Magic" result on me, they just not make things getting worse, or help to getting worse a bit slower. No change is super: aging in a grace way.



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Shoes 2015

It's always easy to shop, takes forever to remember taking pictures and blog :)
In this hot weather, I like a bit colorful, light color, and, high heels, as usual.
每年都不相信立秋这节气:还这样热,夏就过了?!
炎炎的一夏,陪伴我的鞋子,想想,很多怕又是忘了拍照留念了。