Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mango? Papaya? Vince's head?

Jeremy tells me that he has an admirer at work. Apparently, the
lady who prepares the fruit at the cafeteria has a “thing”
for Jeremy. She'll see him walk up to the counter and she'll ignore
the ten people waiting in line to serve Jeremy first. Everyday,
Jeremy always gets a mango and a papaya. Today, the fruit lady saw
him coming and even though there were 10 plates of sliced papaya out
on the counter, she told Jeremy to wait and she ran to the fridge to
get a special papaya. “The best one!” she said. I
asked Jeremy if he was the only white guy who got fruit and if that
was why he got preferential treatment. Jeremy replied that he was her
best customer (he goes everyday and gets the most expensive fruits)
and that's why she likes him.


I'm glad that Edda's in school these days while Vince is out on
break. I don't often get to spend time with just him. Today we went
to the science museum (again! Didnt' we just go yesterday?) to play
in the newly opened water park. Yesterday we didn't bring our suits
because we didn't know about it. Today we were prepared. The little
boy at the bottom of the picture was a little troublesome for Vince,
just your regular playground/waterpark politics, nothing too serious.


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Oh yes, I also cut off Vince's head and served it with some fruit.


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I caved in...

Alas, the 4th gen iPod that was free courtesy of Jeremy and Vince (I remember the little people involved) has finally bit it. The hard drive was making weird clicking noises and it wouldn't resync about 1 in 4 times. Of course, when it didn't resync, that would mean reformatting the damn thing and installing all my music again. So today, I bit it and bought a 60gig white iPod. I am officially hip now.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Transformers!


Something
evil's watching over you
Comin' from the sky above
And there's
nothing you can do

Prepare to strike
There'll be no place
to run
When your caught within the grip
Of the evil
Unicron

Transformers
More than meets the
eye
Transformers
Robots in Disguise

Strong enough to
break the bravest heart
So we have to pull together
We can't
stay worlds apart

To stand divided we will surely fall
Until
our darkest hour
When the light will save us
all

Transformers
More than meets the
eye
Transformers
Robots in Disguise
Transformers

Autobots
wage their Battle
To destroy the evil forces
Of the
Decepticons

It's judgment day and now we've made our stand
And
now the powers of darkness
Have been driven from our land

The
Battle's over but the war has just begun
And this way it will
remain til the day when all are
one

Transformers
Transformers
Transformers
Transformers
More
than meets the eye


Today Vince and I went to the Singapore Science Museum
while Edda was at school. Vince is a little afraid of the place
because it's dark and there are strange noises and weird things
flashing. He spent most of the time watching a loop of the cartoon
“The Transformers”. He was so excited! Donald, he's going
to raid your collection. The theme song really sent me back to our
childhood, hey look at these old friends:

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On a side note, I've been really emotional for the past
few days, I think a mix of the labwork being messed up and my monthy
hormones kicking in. But there is nothing like crying in the middle
of a special needs school to make you feel like you aren't alone, I
won't go into the stories that I heard from the teachers and the
other moms, it's not my place to tell them here, but they all made me
feel better and this afternoon, my crazy mood seems to have lifted. A
good thing.

Biking on Angel Island

Went biking on Angel Island today. It was seriously, perfect weather, clear skies - The works. Funny being the mechanic of the group. I was busy setting everyone up, borrowing bikes from Arif and Hasnain. And we only went 5 miles! hahahah. oh well. it was fun anyways. Never had been to Angel Island before. It seems like quite a romatic place. We had to take the ferry from Tiburon in. It capped an end to a great weekend.

From left to right: Jack, Choon, Lynn, Ghim-Hong, Pei-Sun, James...

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Emilie and Ben's Wedding

Well, went to Emilie and Ben's Wedding on Sunday. It was a really realyl nice affair. They had it in Memorial Park in Pescadero, outside. It was a wonderful ceremony and I have to say, it's the wedding that I think would be the closest to how I would envision mine being. There was a good moment where they passed their rings around to everyone in the audience to "bless" them. I thought it was a great way to involve everyone.

I drove one of Li Pei Jean's friends from Palo Alto, Theresa Chang, who was married to the late Richard(?) Chang who was a classmate of Mom and Dad. Have you guys met her before? She sorta seemed to recall meeting you, tho it was hazy. Also, what year did you guys graduate from Tai Da? Anyways, we had a good time on the drive over and talked about a lot of things. She's heavily involved in church, and actaully knows Pei-Sun, Choon's wife, from a vocal choir that they both sing in. Small World. She of course, inviited me to church, which was expected. I think I managed to deftly manouver out of that one. :P

Dinner was interesting also. I got put at the very last table in the list - table 22! haha. Table 22 happened to be the table of all the Mech E Tai Da alums. Everyone was sitting down, so when I arrived, all of them were wondering who the hell this young guy was. Some people knew right away that I was Dad's son. They said I looked more like Dad than Mom. One friend, some dude with an eye patch - they never said their names of course - thought I was someone else's son until everyone set them straight. Another guy, i think, has a daughter, Lorraine that lives in Oregon. I think we suposedly had dinner with her at MIT, but I don't remember. They seemed keen on the idea of setting me up when Mom and Dad come in July. I also talked a long time to this guy, KT Wang, who sat next to me. He was from Chattanooga and came to retire in the Bay Area. We had a good talk, he mentioned how the young generation doesn't like to listen to what the older generation has to say. I agreed for the most part, but I think it's defnitely easier to talk to people who are not your parents.

When Li Pei Jean came around to do a toast, she made r obligatory speech of how was single and of how mom promised her 2000 bucks to set me up. She also mentioned how I was like a son to her, and honestly it was really touching.

The other thing that I found out was that Emilie and Ben had been dating for 10 years before being engaged, and 12 up until now. crazy!

 
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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Big zits.

So there has been some administrative screwup with Edda's blood
work. They had ordered a bazillion tests and the one test that we are
anxious about has been screwed up somehow. We know the test had been
ordered and that the blood sample needed to be sent to Texas, but
somehow we don't have the results yet. Our neurologist is talking to
the director of the lab and trying to straighten stuff out.
Meanwhile, we just wait. I get mopey and pessimistic and Jeremy tries
to bolster my spirits up which results in Jeremy being a little bit
more snappish at the children which results in all of us being a bit
on edge.


We went to the dog park again today. Now that we have experienced
minivan, I don't know how we are manage without one in the US, look
how well we fill this one up:


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The most exciting news of the day is that Jeremy and I went on a 4
hour date! Edda's aide from school, Gowri was up for babysitting so
she and her daughter came over and Jeremy and I went out! Don't we
look cute? Can you see the 2 enormous zits on my face?


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And the kids had a blast with Gowri and her daughter Vino.


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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hmmm., the weekend.

So I'm sick today. Not to bad, mainly a stuffy nose and sneezing. Jeremy's on the lookout for a new video camera.. Any suggestions? I want to post movies to this blog, how cool would that be?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Yeehaw! It's the weekend!

Well, I've been moping around for a few days. There are many
reasons, but the one reason that frustrates me the most as I am
typing this blog entry is the fact that my computer is infected with
various viruses and spywear because I have not been vigilant. Jeremy
ran something or other to clean up my disk and they found 53 things
to kill off, but these things can't be killed off so easily. So
everything is running veeeerrrryyy slowly and so it's a pain to get
caught up on all the important celebrity gossip. Might just have to
reformat...


We went and picked up Jeremy from his work because it's the
weekend (yah!) and went to Causeway point to a Korean BBQ place.


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I left Edda's school uniform on all day because I was lazy.


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How dirty can one white shirt get?




Thursday, May 25, 2006

HAG

Well, nothing like having two sick kids at home, watching TV all
day and surfing the Internet to make one feel like a bit of a loser
trapped in the house. I remember when I was little and had the cold
or the flu, it was great to bring all the blankets down from the
bedroom and set up on the couch and veg in front of the TV all day. I
fondly remember watching The Price is Right. So that's what we did
today – except for the Price is Right, we didn't watch that.
But we did set up a sick bed on the living room couch and hung out
there all day.


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Even Ruby got in on the act.


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Maybe she wants some sympathy as well. Or maybe she's offering to
take care of the kids while I take the afternoon off to go to the
spa. Hmmm... I wish...


Oh yes, and since we don't have a TV (American Idol? Huh?), we
watched DVDs on the computer until 10:30 am when Vince broke the DVD
player on our ancient desktop by forcing it open and close a
bazillion times (whoops!) and then there was no more Dora the
Explorer or Bob the Builder or Wiggles. He promptly called Jeremy at
work and told him that he needed to buy a DVD player as soon as
possible. And when Jeremy got home, he asked where the replacement
was because he thinks that Jeremy makes computers at his work which
is almost right, but not really.


On the subject of illness, we had purchased a very fancy
(otherwise known as expensive) thermometer that you stick in your ear
and takes a temperature in about 10 seconds and gives a digital
readout. Very handy for measuring temperatures of sick squirmy kids,
otherwise you have to do the temperature “in the butt” as
Vince calls it which is not fun or attractive for anyone involved.
Well, it's lost and I spent a lot of time looking for it. I even
asked Rukia, our housekeeper, if she knew where it was because she
knows the organization of this house better than I do. But it is
nowhere to be found and I want to get another one, but I know as soon
as I buy it, I will find the first one. Argh....


By the end of the day, we were all getting grumpy at each other –
a bad case of HAG (House Aided Grumpyness), so Vince and Jeremy made
cookies.


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The consumed amount was, Doris and Jeremy – 4 cookies each,
Vince – 1 cookie, Edda – 1 bite. The rest quickly given
away to our neighbor.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Prata time!

Nothing exciting happened today. Just the SOS. Same Old Stuff.
Vince was running a low fever today - probably acquired from the IKEA
petri dish. Not really enough to make him lie still/puke/stop asking
for food or anything, but he was definitely off his mark today. So he
stayed home from school. Edda went to school and after we dropped her
off, we walked to this nearby prata shop that I've taken to going to
regularly. This was Vince's first time and he was being a pain, but
eventually he acquiesced and went in and had a prata which are these
delicious fried breads which can be plain (Vince) or stuffed with
cheese and tomato (Doris) and then you dip them in curry sauce.
Yummy!


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OK, I know he's eating a donut in this picture. He wouldn't sit
down in the prata shop until I bought him a donut at the 7-11 and I
really, really wanted a prata since I hadn't eaten any breakfast and
it was almost 9:30 already.


Here's the prata picture:


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Can you see the curry sauce? Yummy. Notice my plate is totally empty.
I eat very quickly. Vince eats very slowly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Edda likes school.

Just a little Edda update. She's doing so well, I'm so happy for
her. When we first came back from the US, she hated school. Every day
when I picked her up, the teachers would tell me that she had wanted
to nap during class or that she was just upset and crying the whole
time. We left her there only for 90 minutes or so, not the full three
hours, but she was not happy most of the time. Then came the week of
illness and then again another week of crying at school. It was very
disheartening to me. I hate hearing Edda cry, I just want to pick her
up and take her home. On the wall, there are pictures of each kid in
the class and their schedules velcroed underneath and this is Edda's
picture from the first weeks of school:


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How sad is that? – that was the best picture they could get!
Poor girl.


But last week something happened, she finally got used to
everybody, got used to the schedule and got healthy! She loves school
now. When I pick her up (the full 3 hours) she's so hyped up from
school, I have a hard time putting her down for a nap.


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This is the scene when I pick up Edda. Vince joins in to sing the
goodbye song. He's in the back plugging his ears because someone in
the class is screaming. But you can see Edda (the only face you can
see besides Ms. Joyce) and she's so excited about singing! It's
really great. Also the teachers today insisted to me that Edda said a word. I guess during circle time, they say the word "STOP!" and she apparently said "top!" in response. !?!!! Who knows, she may be verbal yet. I hope she isn't like Vince and his Chinese and that she'll use some of the words she learns at school at home. We will see, we will see.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Swimming starts today

Weather was a bit cool this time of the year in SC. It is getting warmmer and hotter now. This morning, the temperature in office was in the 90's since they turned off the air during weekend to save the energy.

I tested the water last night, it was ok to swim. After super, I swimed 300 strokes and daddy was walking along the pool to watch me just in case. I was the only one in the pool. Normally, I do 500 strokes. Today, I did only 300. I will give myself a week to catch up.

Apartment living is not that bad except I miss my garden. We did lots of work in the garden last couple time when we were at home. We planted a rose and a dark red peonis. The white peonis are doing well. All most all plants and flowers survied without proper care in the past four years. Our pessiman (?) tree has lost of fruits this year. We had just two last year. Our fig tree will have fruits too this year.

I also planted two cherry tomato plants and some bitter mallon plants. My friend Mrs. Ling helped me to water them when it is too dry.

Life in Aiken is peacefull and routine. We learned to down load Chinese songs from Yahoo China. There are many old song which I like.

Our friend has lung cancer has a wonderful response of his new treatment. His tumors are disapearing gradually. That was a good news.

Art and parking. It's not all about parking. There is art too.

I went to Vince's parent/teacher conference today because this is
the last week of class before summer break. All is well with Vincent.
His sharing is better this term than last and he still can't stay in
the lines while coloring or follow dotted lines – which is OK
by me. His comprehension of Chinese is vastly improving. He has no
trouble understanding the teacher – whatever question she asks,
he understands and answers in a mix of Chinese and English. He likes
Chinese class and sits and listens carefully and seems to take in
most of it. That's great to hear since he still won't speak a word to
us. I think improved understanding of Chinese is allowing him to
interact better on the playground. All good stuffs.


I was a little worried when Vince started his nursery school that
he might get his originality squashed a bit. In Singapore, they place
a lot of emphasis on doing what the teacher says to do and following
by example. But one look at Vince's art and also comments from his
teachers confirm that his creative juices are still flowing.


In one painting, the kids were suppose to used paints and sponges
to make a painting of a house. Every painting that was hung up showed
a sun and a house in bright, bold primary colors. However, Vince's
had a blue circle in the sky and when the teacher asked him if the
sun was blue, he just replied that it wasn't the sun, it was the moon
and proceeded to mix paints and colors to make a swirly night scene.
For another lesson, they were learning the names of shapes in
Chinese, so they used cut up rectangles/squares/circles to make
another scene. The teacher again encouraged a sunny day/house scene
and you can see that all the kids followed her instructions except
Vince who made this jumble of shapes depicting, rather abstractly, a
jungle gym where all the pieces are flying everywhere.


My strengths and talents are so different from Vince's –
it's interesting to see how he does things so differently than me. I
definitely would have followed the teacher's instructions, but I
would have tried to make the “best” picture in the class
– perhaps unoriginal, but I would have made sure the sun was
placed in exactly the right place and the roof and door on the house
would be perfectly centered. Jeremy says that he's more like Vince.
How much of the teacher's instructions can you disregard and still be
within the bounds of the assignment?


Oh, and if you can stand more parking problems...


Today I had to drive downtown to get a prescription filled. The
doctor's office is right on Orchard Rd, the main street in Singapore,
where everyone goes every weekend to shop and eat. I was filled with
trepidation, even thinking that I'd take a cab from Edda's school
instead of driving, but I figured I need to slay this fear by facing
it. So I studied the map and prepared myself for battle.


Everything was fine until I got to the parking structure. I got to
the entrance OK and I saw a sign that said car lift this way!
Jeremy and I had talked the night before that there was probably
valet parking I should take advantage of that and so when I saw the
sign for the car lift I figured, Hooray!, someone's going to park my
car for me. Yah! So I pulled into the garage slowly and I saw the
elevators and a guy standing next to the car elevators and I'm
driving towards him in a friendly manner and he's gesturing wildly
pointing – go the other way! But how could I be going the wrong
way? Aren't you suppose to park my car? Then I slowly realize there
is a line to get on the car elevator, so I maneuver my big car to get
in the back of the line and I realize with a huge sinking feeling
that I'm suppose to drive the car onto the freaking elevator myself.
Ack! I don't want to get on the elevator. I want someone else to park
my car! Please help me.


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So it's my turn to get on the elevator. I pull in. I turn off the
engine so I don't gas myself. I see the buttons on the wall. OK,
floors 4-8 are parking. Floor 4 is full, so I push floor 5. Doors
close, we rise to the 5th floor. Doors open. I drive out,
there is one parking space left near the car lift, but I don't
realize that it's the last parking space on the floor so I drive into
the garage. Behind me a Mercedes comes up the lift and takes the last
space!!! Arg. Now I'm stuck on this tiny floor with 20 parking
spaces, all full and I have to figure how to get to another floor.
Turns out, you have to back into a space in front of the lift to call
the elevator back to the floor. So after about eleventeen attempts, I
back into the space, I wait for the elevator to come, I'm hoping I
can push the button to the 8th floor, but of course, the
elevator takes me straight out to the first floor exit. Sigh.


I exit (at least my first parking attempt is free! Free! Free!)
and I circle the block and try again. No problem this time, I press
the 8th floor and the floor is relatively empty, so I
park. That's pretty much the end of the story. I got to pay $6 to
have the privilege of parking my car in the nerve wracking manner and
when I told Jeremy about it he said, “Oh cool! I've always
wanted to park in a lot like that.” Sigh, almost gave me a
heart attack. Needless to say, I got enough medication to last me for
months so hopefully I'll never have to park there again.

Not too bad.

Okay, dinner at P'ng and Judy's went about as well as could expected. Jocelyn was there of course, and our interaction was kept at a minimum. I feel good about it. I didn't freak out or anything and kept a level head. Maybe a bit too excited at times, but possibly nothing out of the ordinary. Anywyas, yeah.

Also, I'm beginning to think that my camera is not as sharp as the on that you have Doris. I don't know why. Night shots in particular are very very soft. sigh. Do I really have to get an SLR now?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

OK, OK, the last one about the car. Maybe.

B.C. (before car), I hated taking extra taxi rides because each
time you took a ride, it was 10 – 15 dollars each way. Did I
really want to do whatever stupid thing I wanted to do and then tack
another 30 dollars onto to price tag? Usually not. But now that I've
spent all that money upfront, we are driving all over the lovely
island of Singapore without any thought to additional cost. It's like
it's free, but it's not really. So what did we do on our first full
day of having a car? Well the first thing we did was go through a
McDonald's drive-thru:


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Then we took Ruby to the dog park. She has been desperate for
doggie companionship for a whole freaking year and she did great! Not
too much barking at other dogs. Lots of butt sniffing and tail
wagging and running, running, running.


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We got gas. A full tank was:


gas prices


Then we went to the zoo where Edda managed to catch a kangaroo.


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Also at the zoo, Vince found a friend that he held hands with for
a good part of the afternoon. Something has really happened to Vince
in the past 2 weeks or so. He has finally figured it out. For the
first year we were here, where ever we went, Vince would just have
the hardest time getting any kid to say anything to him. He'd say hi,
he'd try to get involved with their games, he tried to fit in.
Nothing worked, the kids would all ignore him and go play with other
people. It made me quite sad because he had so many friends in the
States, I despaired that Singapore was going to be a lonely by
comparison. Now we are still going to the same places, seeing the
same people and he's able to make friends quickly and in almost every
public situation. I don't know what he's doing differently, but it's
working. It's great!


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Then we went to the grocery store where we bought every damn heavy
thing we ever wanted. Mainly lots of bottled water and laundry
detergent


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A wonderful day!

Congratulations Xin and Shwe!

Well, exciting day, as Xin and Shwe tied the civil knot of marriage in a lovely Half Moon Bay! (Their real wedding will be in India in November.) The exciting thing was that I finally got to sign my first offical marriage license today, since, after all, I am a minister of the Universal Life Church.

This was my second time as officiant, and since it was a small group of friends, and Shwe and Xin are/were pretty secretive about how they got together, We all told stories about the first time we suspected that something was up. It was a very fun exchange, and embarrassing mostly for Shwe, since he doesn't like to talk about this sort of lovey-dovey stuff.

We also went to the tide pools in Half Moon Bay, where we ran into my ex-gf Jocelyn, and her new-to-me bf, Mike. That was interesting, considering that I'm not talking to her right now, and don't really want to talk to her. Of course, she sorta forced herself upon me as usual. Whatever.

The rest of the day was lovely. We had a wonderful italian dinner, where the actual license was signed. Also we checked out the Ritz-Carlton in HMB situated on the lovely coast. I scouted out the spa, since I believe it's a potential place for the spa day that Joy owes me and Fenney for getting married first of the 3 of us! hahah. not too bad. It's $150-200 for the standard massages and treatments. I'm going to enjoy that!

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

The pancake saga continues.

So I got the pancake story all wrong. I was asleep! Remember Vince
wanted 3 pancakes just like the picture on the box? And then I was
confused because it looked like 4 pancakes to me? Well, he wasn't
looking at the front of the box, he was looking at the instructions
on the back of the box and they clearly state:


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So today Jeremy made:


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And Vince was:


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(He still didn't eat all the pancakes, he ate about half without
whining which I consider a good thing).


Vince planned our weekend for us. We asked him what he wanted to
do and he said today I want to go to IKEA for lunch and then tomorrow
I want to go to the zoo. So today we went to IKEA via the free IKEA
bus shuttle from the Woodlands MRT stop. They decorated the inside of
the bus to look like the inside of IKEA. Pretty nifty. Vince played
in the ball room a.k.a. the petri dish because you can just imagine
all the bacteria and viruses just kicking back and having the time of
their lives just jumping from one kid to the other spreading their
ilk all over Singapore from this one room.


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While Vince played, Edda was on the lookout for new bedroom
furniture and the theme was PINK PINK PINK!


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It was a good adventure, the last adventure on a bus because (da
da da tum!) we are now the proud renters of a Toyota Picnic! (Car
pictures tomorrow!)

Friday, May 19, 2006

lala

Well, in the quest of more music, I'm trying out this CD trading service that allows people to trade their CDs for other people's CDs. I think it's a great idea since, well, I'm looking for lossless music that I can only rip from CDs and it's cheap - only $1 per trade. The only problem I have is giving up my own CDs that I really love to other people. I mean, There's a reason that I bought them. But I figure if I can let go of this concept of a CD being mine, then I'll get a whole lot more out of this service.

It's interesting psychologically to see if people are willing to give up their possessions.

Things that happened before 8:00 am today.

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Look at this picture. I look at it and think, hey, that's pretty good for a weekday breakfast – I guess I usually think that pancakes are too much trouble for Monday-Friday, but I don't know why – they really aren't any more trouble than scrambled eggs which I can whip out in 30 seconds. Pancakes just seem like a Sunday
morning thing to me and I also think that syrup is was too messy for
a weekday morning. All that stickiness makes me uncomfortable.
Breakfast for me is usually cereal or toast or even just a glass of
juice while I get a load of laundry in the washer or while I check to
see if anyone sent me email (nope!). Vince and Edda both get hot
breakfasts, Edda gets oatmeal and Vince's selection changes everyday,
but lately it has centered around pancakes. Today, while I was still
asleep with Edda, he asked for three pancakes. Earlier this week, he
requested two pancakes and I thought he would only eat one, so I made
2 really small pancakes, equivalent to 1 regular pancake and he was
so pissed at me, breakfast was very unpleasant, but both pancakes
were eaten eventually. So today, Jeremy made two beautiful
(full-sized) pancakes, because he knew no way was Vince going to eat
three, and placed them in front of Vince. He was not happy and and he
protested very loudly and I awoke to wails and tears and unhappy
Vince who apparently really, really wanted three pancakes,
just like the picture on the package (but now that I look at the box,
I see that there are actually 4 pancakes...) He wailed for a good 15
minutes before deciding to eat half of Edda's oatmeal. The pancakes
remained untouched.

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Look, unhappy pancake boy.



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I have always believed that Ruby loves to live with us, that she
would not prefer to live anywhere else. She loved living with us in
Austin where we took her to the swimming hole every weekend. She
loved living with us in New York, where her corgi pal Trudi lived
with my in-laws and we would go and see her at least once a week and
where there was snow and big fields to run around in and lots of
family around. She loved the kids even though sometimes they bit her.
She just loved being our dog daughter, even when we made her heel
or sit or wait for her food, even when we put her on a diet, even
when we made her ride 6 hours in the foot well of a Honda Accord to
drive to my parents' house in Maryland. I saw how much she loved
being with us every time we left her with a sitter or kennel or
walker because when we returned from our trip, she would run up to us
and lick us and jump on us and say please don't leave me ever again,
ever again, I missed you sooooo much. But now I don't believe
that Ruby would not prefer to live anywhere else. I have to say that
Singapore has been tough on Ruby. A lot of people here are afraid of
big dogs, so when we take her on a walk, a lot of people go out of
their way to avoid her, there are a lot of screams of terror as
little children run away from Ruby and I know she's a bit discouraged
by all this. The poor girl - she has never before experienced this
sort of reaction from people. Also, since we don't have a car, we
can't take her anywhere she can run off leash, so she's stuck with the
same neighborhood park where we walk her held tightly next to us. No other doggies,
no new sights. While we were back in the States, she stayed in Singapore with
Elaine, our dog sitter (who is amazing, kind and exceedingly
competent) and when we got back, I got the distinct feeling that Ruby
did not want to stay with us, she wanted to stay with Elaine (who has
a car and a corgi – Tosh). I have to say, that with all of
Edda's issues this year, I haven't been devoting that much time to
Ruby and I know she is depressed about being so isolated from other
people and dogs. This morning during the 2 vs 3 pancake fiasco, my suspicious were confirmed when Jeremy
pulled out the traveling crate that we use in cars and was most
recently used to go to Elaine's house and Ruby immediately went to
pick up the squeaky toy that Elaine gave her and ran to stand patiently by
the door with tail wagging and more eager than I've seen her in a long time as if to say - I'm ready to go to Elaine's, you guys go have
your fun, don't rush back or anything, I'm going to be just fine.

Kouign-amann, pancake practice, bacon.

Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann.  It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...