Saturday, April 30, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Then we went to McDonald's where they are giving away really lame stuffed dogs as the prizes in the Happy Meal. I did cave in and eat an extremly delicious Big Mac, I've been eating very lightly all week and after 2 days of aerobics I was needing some beef. I have to buy 2 happy meals these days as Edda eats her fair share of French Fries.
Then we got to Bard and waited for Josh and Jared to come over. They are cousins who live in Woodstock. Josh is a funny, funny man. During the years from 1994-1997, he was an extremely successful musician in Europe. I mean a record label with EMI, 3 number 1 albums, girls throwing underwear at him, limos and posh hotels, etc, etc. He had recorded a dance song for somebody and it became really, really popular. But he really is a blues, jazz kind-of guy. So it came and went and now he lives in Woodstock with his mom who has dementia and he has a charming 5-year-old boy named Jared who loves bikes.
We had pizza and we stayed over. On thursday, I went to the Rhinebeck hospital where their weekly playgroup occurs on Thurs mornings, we went and had a pretty good time. Went back to Bard for lunch with the in-laws and then home. Bob and Katherine are going to be gone for the weekend, so I have 4 children by myself tonight (Trudy, Ruby, Vince and Edda) and unfortunatly, Ruby has the runs. Smelly.
We had a playdate with Sammy and they have 2 TVs and TiVo! Hooray! I got to watch Oprah today. It featured a lady who is in jail for running over her husband after she found out he was having an affair.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Doris Lee: Yeah! Where are you?
jisaacmartin: In my hotel in Singapore
jisaacmartin: Very tired
Doris Lee: i miss you
jisaacmartin: I miss you too
Doris Lee: you got in 4 hours ago?
jisaacmartin: I don't understand this het lag bit, why should I be tired when it is not even bed time in NY? I slept OK last night
jisaacmartin: yes I got in at 6
jisaacmartin: and then to the hotel at 7
Doris Lee: it's bed time. it's 10 pm sunday night. You should be wiped out
Doris Lee: i'm going to bed in a bit
jisaacmartin: Anyway I have a phone call to make at 10 (a few min) and then I have to kill time until lunch
jisaacmartin: How was your day?
jisaacmartin: I trust the kids are asleep by now
Doris Lee: good! We had a nice morning, Martin picked up the car. We ate at home, took the long walk with the doggie and went to Bard. Didn't see the Beethoven concert, but did see Patty, Ira, Laurie, Melvin, Karen, Margurite, and Andy.
jisaacmartin: Cool, sounds like a good day
jisaacmartin: Obviously I have not much to report so far
Doris Lee: You mother made a fabulous dinner and we walked afterwards and they have Ruby which freaked Vince out because we were in Hyde Park before he realized that Ruby wasn't there and he was sooo tired.
Doris Lee: How was Singapore air?
jisaacmartin: It was nice
Doris Lee: Who are you calling?
jisaacmartin: The seats are pretty much completely flat and only slightly sloped
Doris Lee: Work or social?
jisaacmartin: a guy who worked in NY for a year
Doris Lee: Ahhh...
jisaacmartin: although I also really like the guy
Doris Lee: My parents are in Mexico now... Hee hee.
jisaacmartin: I did go out to the mall next door, but only the coffee shop is open
Doris Lee: They left a message.
jisaacmartin: Ah, they are in Mexico, an international trip
Doris Lee: Yeah baby!
jisaacmartin: Yeah, I got an email about it
Doris Lee: Cool
Doris Lee: Hmmm, what else?
jisaacmartin: I am going to go in search of a hair cut after my phone call
Doris Lee: Cool. Also look for toys and candy and toys and candy
jisaacmartin: right, they have good stuff in the airport
jisaacmartin: so I am not too worried
jisaacmartin: I think I will wait until my head clears before I buy anything besides coffee
Doris Lee: cool.
jisaacmartin: I was researching out finger lakes trip
Doris Lee: Yeah?
Doris Lee: I'm pretty excited about it.
jisaacmartin: Huang says Watkins Glen State Pa
jisaacmartin: rk is the best
Doris Lee: RK?
jisaacmartin: it is about 4-5 hours from our house and 2 from rochester/syracuse
jisaacmartin: rk is the second half of park
Doris Lee: OK
Doris Lee: yeah, i keep forgetting that patty needs to drive 6 hours home from Bard I always think it's only 3 or 4
jisaacmartin: So the takashimaya is just around the corner
jisaacmartin: this place feels like a cross between taiwan and a beneton ad
jisaacmartin: there is a lot of diversity
Doris Lee: COOL! What have I done without the takashumaya
jisaacmartin: I watched a chinese movie on the plane and I could almost follow parts of it'
Doris Lee: ha ha
Doris Lee: really! cool, which movie?
jisaacmartin: I think if I watched the kids chinese shows like you used to I might pick stuff up
Doris Lee: ah yes, the action movie.
jisaacmartin: It was made by zhang yimou
jisaacmartin: who made raise the red lantern etc
jisaacmartin: and it had jet li and maggie cheung
jisaacmartin: So an artsy action movie
jisaacmartin: the good part is they often talk really slow
Doris Lee: yeah.
jisaacmartin: So is Martin all set to take Vince tomorrow?
jisaacmartin: I guess I should go make my phine call now
Doris Lee: yeah, they took the car today to go to the Vanderbilt mansion
Doris Lee: ok. i'm going to bed. see you later!
jisaacmartin: good night sweetie, I miss you
Doris Lee: i miss you 2!
jisaacmartin: we can web cam tomorrow night
Saturday, April 23, 2005
At lunch, since Ruth was in charge, Vince had a blue drink, Doritos, cupcake and a pretzle for lunch. I went to the mall and enjoyed a few hours without the kids in preparation for my week.
I got my period today and I'm in a much, much better mood. We'll see how it holds out.
Friday, April 22, 2005
So Jeremy is leaving for Singapore tomorrow for a week and I'm mainly grumpy about that. The two kids for 10 hours is brutal enough, for a whole week! Bleh! Argh! (Heh.) Amazon, now that they've introduced Amazon Prime shipping, where you pay $80 for "free" 2nd day air shipments for a year, now has really downgraded their super saver shipping so it is as if a camel is bringing my cordless phone. Our trusty Panasonic cordless phone has decided to stop charging and so I'm replacing it with some fancy Motorola thing-y which is arriving by camel sometime next month.
Tomorrow is my last piano lesson, I'll have to pick it up again in Singapore where I believe the standards are higher and I'm a little bit freaked about it. I'm reading a book called A Personal Matter which is about a Japanese father whose first born son is born with a brain hernia and he goes around Japan meeting up with his ex-girlfriends and getting drunk and having sex with them. Hmmm, yeah, light reading. Jeremy tells me that most Nobel Prize Winners in Literature write pretty depressing books.
Today at Bright Horizons, it was Earth Day. We had purchased two really nice things, a butterfly bush and a redbud tree. It was a little bit disorganized, there was a dad there who was suppose to dig holes, but no one was around to tell him when to dig. He helped us a little bit, but for the tree, we hit rock 6 inches down. I'm pessimistic about them lasting any time at all. They are supposed to be watered and fertilized, but I'm pretty sure neither is going to happen. Oh well..
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The kids and had a great time today. I started my 1 week trial membership at the Fishkill All-Sport. I know I'm only going to be joining for 2 months, but they have an outdoor pool, children's classes, and day care. I think Jeremy may be in Singapore by mid-May and I need somewhere to go for a few hours in the afternoon now that Vince doesn't nap anymore. It was nice this morning, Edda was a little freaked out by the day care, yesterday during the tour, she was fine being left alone in the day care room - but this morning, I think there were a lot more kids and a lot more commotion and she was crying a little bit. Vince went to a Kids in Motion class where they got to play with bean bags and parachutes. I rowed an uninterrupted workout! Hooray!
Then we rushed home for Sammy's party at the apt. complex. Sammy's mom, Ormere baked scrumptious cupcakes and had Hi-C juice boxes. Two other kids came and they all ran around in the beautiful weather.
Then this afternoon, Sammy came over for a playdate. They played inside for 45 minutes and then we went to the playground outside. It was fun.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Also, the owner of the bike shop, Mike, was going to race in the 44-49 age group category. He's a big roadie, but was convinced into trying out mountain bike racing. He didn't even practice riding the mountain bike before he raced on Sunday. He still came in 24th out of 80 some. Pretty impressive.
Mike Riding Sea Otter
Afterward the dance floor opened up, and here's Choon and Pei-Sun tearing it up. They are really ood dancers...
Choon and Pei-Sun Swingin'
Jackie and her father
Today we went to the Fishkill All-sport. I'm going to try out a free week of membership and then hopefully join. I need something to keep me occupied during the afternoons.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
The hot weather today encouraged us to keep track of our sunscreen bottles; in the morning after Vince and Jeremy flipped some buttermilk blueberry pancakes, we walked around the apartment compex with Ruby. We lunched on dumplings and sandwiches. On Friday at Bright Horizons they'll celebrate Earth Day and the school requested donations of trees and perennials. We bought a redbud cluster and a butterfly bush. The redbed was suggested by Katherine and the bush will attract butterflies when the flowers bloom. After the plant purchase, we ate ice cream at the little ice cream stand attached to the grocery store. Afterwards, a trip to Target and home to clean and dinner.
This week, Jeremy is preparing for his trip to Singapore.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
This evening we changed the whole layout of the apartment. We moved our bedroom to the first bedroom and changed our bedroom to the guest room with the rower and piano. And now the computer being honored by being moved into our living room.
So we asked for a printout of what we ate, but they couldn't print it out right then, so they said that they would mail it to us, so here is the run down before I forget...
amuse beet soup
celery root chops
pork croquette and pickled cauliflower
moscato, tapioca, avacado and pea shoots
Fefinanes Albarino, Rias Biaxas - Spain 2003
Hot Smoked Sturgeon
fennel braised in saffron, citrus-grain mustard sauce
Francis Tannahill 'Dragonfly' Gewurtzraminer - Washington State 2002
mushroom consomme, chesnut noodles
Siduri Pinot Noir Sonoma County - CA 2003
Farro with Spinach
Villa Di Geggiano Chianti Classico - Tuscany -Italy 1999
Hudson Valley Cenison Loin and Sausage
roasted beets and braised red cabbage
Jean-Philippe Jaqueix Chateau Mouton, Bordeaux - France 2002
pistachio parfait, chocolate sorbet
Samos Vin Doux Moscato Isle of Samos - Greece 2003
Dinner was 3 hours long and fabulous. Jeremy was in a great mood because stuff at work went well today and we got more and more tipsy as the night went along. I finished most of my wine (they give really small glasses, not a full glass) but I could only taste the last glass of red and only sipped my dessert wine. But we ate every last bit and had a great time together.
We visited the pigs on the farm afterward (also to work off the wine before we went home) and saw that they were happy. They had their own huts to sleep in with heat lamps. Ha ha!
It was a new record of dining expense for us as the whole experience was $400 including the tip for the valet. Sheez! Another 10 years before this happens again. Ha! And I'm pretty sure Dame Judi Dench was at the next table!
I checked out my motel this morning. Yesterday, they really cleaned my room with heavy doses of air refreshner with their next customer in mind. It almost killed me. I opened door for a long time and turned on the bathroom air fan all night. But, it did not help. It carries through even right now. Too bad.
I am in the office and ready to go. Tomorrow, my friend in Las Vegas and I will visit another close friend in Los Angeles. Three of us were together a lot while in college. He just had a quadriple bypass surgery. Hope he is doing well. Mom never figured out why three of us are so close because of our personalities. Well, sometimes, no good reason why? Just like Mom and I. We are very different also. Right?
Friday, April 15, 2005
Today is the day of our date, I'm going to pull out and wear some jewelry and not eat after noon today. Yum! Katherine is coming over with Trudy to look after the kids and spend the night.
Also, I'm happy to report that I am 25% of the way to rowing 1 Million Meters and getting that damn T-shirt.
Have a good trip mom and dad! Be sure to blog on your laptop or by going to your nearest public library!
Thursday, April 14, 2005
So there are a milion toys in the house, stuffed animals, trains, balls, puzzles and Legos. I might as well throw all of them out except for Peter Rabbit who has become a central figure in our family life. Maybe I should put a place setting out for him at dinner.
Just finished making an orange cornmeal cake, which, if Jeremy is reading this at work, will be ready for our after-dinner dessert.
I'm thinking that what I want for Mother's Day is a trip up to the Finger Lakes region. I'd like to see Cornell again.
You're Prufrock and Other Observations!
by T.S. Eliot
Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic
and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying
to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really
heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Jeremy is booking tickets to Geneva from JFK sometime today or tomorrow.. Our friend's wedding is on June 25 in Grenoble and Katherine and Bob are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary the week before in the South of France. The plan is to have all 4 children and partners and their 2.5 grandchildren there as well. I think maybe Charlotte will come too. Katherine has rented a B&B on Lake Geneva. Very exciting. Except for the fact that we don't know exactly where we'll be living. The worst case senario is that we'll be living in Dresden, all together, and would have spent $3500 on unrefundable airline tickets. But Jeremy thinks that the Dresden thing is off and now we are just headed to Singapore after our European Vacation.
Ms. Pat told me yesterday that as soon as Vince goes outside for playground time, he asks her over and over again if it's time to go inside yet. It got to be so often yesterday that she asked me if Vince doesn't like being outside.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I talked to my prof about my frame today. Apparently, she wants me to design a jig instead to align the frame properly. Great! So I'm thinking that instead of making a frame for my final project. I'll probably end up making the jig for the frame. Ha! But it might be a good thing, cause then I'll have something that I can just pump out frames on...
The only thing I owned is to the Chinese sociaty which educated me to my collage years. So I will do more volunteering work in China. Most likely, I will teach some kids at my home town-Choung Ming Dao. Many of my friends like this idea and would like to help. I am very happy that my Aunt gave me her lot for building a house on. She is my father's younger sister and she is very close to my mother too.
Unlike last time, I am ready and prepared for the moment this time.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Edda sat in a puddle of leaking toilet crap. Disgusting. Hmm, what else?
Monday, April 11, 2005
now click on this link
to install the program. If you can't do this, let me know and I'll do a more step-by-step.
1. Have you been able to follow the directions and been able to charge the batteries and actually take pictures onto your camera? I can't help too much here because I don't actually have your camera or the directions, so you have to read the directions and figure it out.
2. Also did you camera come with a cable?
3. Also check your computer and see if you have a USB port.
I have a picture of the port and the cable below. Let me know.
Yesterday, Jeremy changed out the snow tires from our cars. He thinks I can't help because I'm a weakling, but I did manage to help him lift the tires into the attic. We cut all our hairs and then we went to the Fishkill playground and had a nice time.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Where are these chat rooms? How come I can't Google and find them?
I also can never find the famous Paris Hilton tapes or nude pictures of Brad Pitt. Maybe I'm just a lame surfer. Can you tell I can't sleep?
// Editted out....
I think my shopping mode has changed recently. I'm definitely looking for more enabling items. Basically instead of upgrading things that I already have, I'm trying to get things that would help me do things I couldn't possibly do with the stuff I have now... I guess I broke that already with my collander purchase tho.
We all went on a nice walk in the morning, then I headed to my piano lesson. I thought I practiced pretty much this week, but it was a poor lesson as I was slopping and a bit underprepared. My teacher throws me for a loop beacuse he keeps asking me to take on new pieces. I remember when I was little, it was a big deal to have two or three new lines of a piece done each week. Now every week, there is a lot of improvement that needs to go on on each piece (lots of comments about rythmn, voicing, pedaling, dynamics, fingering, phrasing, etc, etc, etc.) and also whole new sections to learn and new pieces to learn. This week in particular, I felt like I had a lot of new pieces and I'm still struggling to get the notes together.
Then I went home and by this time, Jeremy, Vince, Edda and Ruby were on their way to Bard. I spent 2 hours cleaning up our study, which was and still is a disaster area and trying to get my silly palm pilot to sync with Yahoo. Not working yet.
Then I went to a 4 pm concert that my piano teacher was performing in. It was pretty hilarious, I had a great time. These were 5-10 minute pieces given by the faculty of the Dutchess Community College. There was the asian guy who played the electric guitar with the strobe light behind him, there were the vocalists who sang about Matthew Shepard, there was the soprano who had about 10 oddly dressed groupies who sang songs about peace, there was a fiddler and there was a trio (piano, violin and cello) that my teacher was playing in. Richard, my teacher, was the ringer.
Then I had a wonderful restaurant dinner by myself. I ate very slowly and quietly by myself and had a great meal at Antonella's. Then I went to Lora Bonser's house where I went to a Body Shop at Home party. Lora lives in a beautiful house in the woods. It's pretty hard to find, especially if you have a erroneous map like I do. I also almost ran over a dog on the way there. Bought some lotions and stuff and came back home at about midnight.
Jeremy came home and told me about their day at Bard, the highlight of which is: Vince now pees outside in the yard instead of the toilet. He has marked with his pee both Katherine and Bob's house as well as our front porch.
Of course, I can't help but think about what my priorities are 10 years from now when I'm (oh god) 39. :P I would think character, family, money - in that order. I feel like I'm moving towards my character goals - growing and learning and experiencing life. I'm not sure I'm moving towards my family goals. Money, well, I feel like I'm moving away from that goal too since I have no money.
On the topic of getting married, Frank calls this issue "The Looming Deadline". It probably applies more to women than men, but basically it goes like this: People hold out hoping to find "The One", but when see that they are 32 and not likely to find "The One", then they might relax their stringent requirements in order to get married. Why not just relax your requirements right now and avoid the fate that you're setting yourself up for when you are 32? But people won't do that and they walk knowingly into their least desirable outcome.
Am I doing this too? Choon says I'm too picky about women. But I'm not sure that Frank's scenario applies in my case.
Saturday, April 9, 2005
A new book meme circulating around the sphere is going by the name “123.5,” and its rules are these:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.
"Men were driven by it, in his opinion."
Friday, April 8, 2005
My Broken Collarbone
Too bad we are here without Donald though. But, always have "next time". More tax time before 3 weeks trip. Will go to Washougal to get the river view window done.
Mom decides to build a house on her aunt's 30'x36' plot in ChungMing. Her aunt gracefully gives her the plot hoping that a more modern house will be built. We offered to buy the plot, but she said "no". Other two adjacents plots are for their two kids. Mom will let her aunt and uncle stay in the house as long as they like. It is fair.
Head hunters asked me to explore a prospect in Denver. See what will happen? It is permanent. Not bad there either. Just touring the country while working. Maybe we can get a townhouse or an apartment there also. Who knows?
Thursday, April 7, 2005
Sorta a good fillet weld... in the middle about 1/2 an inch long.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
My XM radio helped. I figured out how to change to unused FM frequency in big cities.
At lunch today, Vince managed to spill both a jar of mayo and a bottle of yogurt smoothie and I was flipping out a bit and he said, "Let me give you a hug, mom." It was very nice.
I'm working on my piano stuff, a Kuhlau sonatina. I'm pretty sure that Donald played it before. Working on playing the right hand louder than the left hand. Who knew, I always played the melody and harmony with the same hand strength. I did start the Bartok also, it's 6 books of progressively harder pieces. In book 2, it's still pretty easy, 2 hands in the same position and not moving across the keyboard, but, man, there is pretty much no tune. It sounds very weird. Oh well, I'm going to have to buy a recording to know if I'm playing it right.
Laundry is still a mountain over my head.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Monday, April 4, 2005
This evening we entertained ourselves by calling everybody in our phone book and leaving messages and singing happy birthday a bunch of people.
Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann. It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...