Thursday, May 24, 2007

In Freakin' China Man!

Sometimes my life is a bit incongruous. I want to live a slow deliberate life, one filled with an understanding of the things and life around me. You know the sucking the marrow from the bone of life type of thing. Walden....pond...its all good.

But then life sometimes doesn't work that way. I am truly an Aquarius. With mixed desires and intentions. I want simple, but I crave excitement. I want slow but I drive at 90 miles an hour when ever possible.

But, I guess once and awhile the two sides of my neurotic life actually come together and I can grab a moment of appreciation even while traveling around the world.

To whit: I am in Shanghai this week and last night and after dinner as I was walking down Nanjing Xi Road I recalled that it was almost 15 years ago (by just a couple of weeks) that I was in this city for the first time. The first time I walked down Nanjing Road in Shanghai in June 1992 I was amazed by the place. I was in awe and in love with a city filled with history. I was in freaking CHINA people. I was a young law student and I was going to be an international lawyer by God. I was going to live and work overseas. I was going to be HERE...

So, last night I had the similar revelation. I am here. I am doing what I wanted I savored the moment and then nearly said out loud...I AM IN FREAKIN CHINA PEOPLE.... ISN'T THAT COOL?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Mothers Day-Vomit and All

So, yesterday was mothers day and for the most part I enjoyed my day. I guess I am growing up, and at 41 it is about time.

Here is how the day went.

7am get up with Declan, give him breakfast, notice my right arm hurts really bad. take vitamins, and my first 2 advil of the day.
8am Kiera and Jeff get up. Kiera says Happy Mothers Day. Breakfast, well, nothing is offered to me, so it is a bowl of cereal.
9am kids off to Art Class- Sit down to write the book, which is hard when your arm hurts.
10:30 kids home and make brownies with Jeff. Kids kick me out of living room to sign and give me a card.
11:00 Brownies in Oven, I call my sister
11:45 I am off phone and realized Brownies are still in oven... Jeff forgot them and yup, they are burned.
12: ARM IS KILLING ME- More Advil
Kids nap/rest... I write/rest
5:00 We pack up to go to Pizza, the beach plans were skuttled due to rain
6:00 Kiera says she is car sick... uh oh
6:15 at pizza parlor she says she is still sick, but eats anyway.
7:30 on way home, Kiera pukes all over me and taxi. Taxi driver is surprisingly cool about it. Kids in bath, I shower puke off me.
8:15 Kids off to bed, even Declan
9:00 screw it, its mothers day... I go to bed to read my book. ARM IS STILL IN PAIN More ADVIL
9:15 Jeff complains there is nothing to read and falls asleep.
9:55 I go ahead and switch off the light and think to myself. My arm hurts, my husband is snoring (and farting) my kids are sick (Declan was sick for two weeks and is just now better) but really all in all it was a pretty good mothers day.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Jungle Kitty

Because she really wishes that we left her in the "jungle" where we found her.
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