Tuesday, December 25, 2007

      ( 12:05 AM ) teahouse
Merry Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. For me, it's all about being with people I love, singing Christmas carols, keeping warm during the winter and eating good food.

So here's hoping we all have a good holiday, surrounded by loved ones, and that we get everything we want from Santa.

I'm off to bed so that Santa doesn't pass me by.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

      ( 12:00 AM ) teahouse
Purely Physical

One of my friends recently started seeing this new guy.

I haven't met him, but so far seems like he's a sweet guy. He's always calling her to hang out, telling her he's been thinking about her, sending her thoughtful gifts.

She told me, "I find him really attractive physically. He has a really great body, but to be honest, I don't really like his face."

Yesterday she offered to show me a photo of him.

She said she'd taken a photo with her cell phone camera. So she opened it up and showed it to me.

I wish I could have replicated this photo..it was so strange. It was basically just his body. He was wearing a tight shirt and flexing his muscles, but the photo cut him off so that I couldn't see anything above his neck! Yes, his head wasn't even in the photo.

When I pointed it out, she shrugged and said, "Well, like I said, I don't really like his face, but he does have a nice body."


Monday, December 17, 2007

      ( 10:36 PM ) teahouse
Come Back, George

I created an account on Where's George. It's this cool site where you can keep track of dollar bills you use based on their serial numbers. Then you stamp each dollar bill with the following words:

See where I've been! Track where I will go next! Enter my serial number at www.WheresGeorge.com

Then you send it on its way, and see if someone else picks it up and enters it into the site.

I've been on this site for a couple of months now and I've already entered about 20 $1 bills. It's fun slipping them into the tip jar in a coffee shop, or using one to buy a newspaper, or donating it to the collection basket at church.

So far, no hits yet.

But if you see a $1 bill with these words on it, log on and enter it!


Thursday, December 13, 2007

      ( 2:26 PM ) teahouse
Home Microdermabr-Asian

So last night as I was getting ready for bed, I went into the bathroom to put toner on my face.

It's just this bottle of mild pink solution into which I dip a cotton ball and then wipe all over my face. Usually the cotton ball turns black and then I look at it in horror, followed by relief that I got all of that dirt and makeup and sunscreen off my face.

Well, last night I did it quickly in the dark. After I finished brushing my teeth, I reached for where I always keep the bottle of toner, poured some on the cotton ball and rubbed it all over my face.

"Mmm..tingly..." I thought. Then I got into bed.

Five minutes later, I was screaming in agony.

I jumped out of bed, ran into the bathroom and flipped on the light.

Instead of the bottle of toner, I'd grabbed the bottle of nail polish remover. And that's what I'd slathered all over my face!

Yep, I think I gave myself a facial peel.

It actually looks pretty good. Well, what I can see of it through the stinging of my eyes.

And I think I took off one of my moles.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

      ( 8:49 PM ) teahouse
Ode to December

I've been reading a lot, and hearing a lot from friends, about how stressed out they are because there are only TWO WEEKS between now and Christmas.

That's only 14 more shopping days.

But what I want to shout is, "Stop and smell the roses!"

Or the holly and the pine needles. Because after all, this is December.

And I think December kind of gets the shaft. Because we're all looking forward to Christmas, which is at the end. Or New Year's, which is at the very end.

December is a wonderful month! Let's slow down and enjoy it!

My best friend and the Fiance were both born in December. So was Beethoven, who gave us 9 wonderful symphonies, a bunch of terrific string quartets and concertos, and one awesome opera. Go Beethoven!

I know he looks surly in this photo, but deep down he does cherish my appreciation of him.

December 8 is Mothers Day in Panama. December 10 is World Human Rights Day. December 12 is Independence Day in Kenya!

December is a great month. Usually things slow down at work. It's usually when we see our first snowfall here in New York City.

It's when I like to relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a hot bath at home, and think about the year.

I usually spend at least part of December in an eggnog-induced stupor.

And December means Advent, a great time of year when we wait for the arrival of Christmas, and sing hymns like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." My favorite hymn of the season.

So here's to you, December. I appreciate the contribution you make to every year.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

      ( 9:48 PM ) teahouse
Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

Thanks, all, for your sound advice and support.

I'm still trying to figure things out. I'll keep you posted. Just trying to stay on the straight and narrow path, and move forward in life without getting derailed.

In the meantime, it's been a good weekend.

Today I had brunch with one of my favorite fellow bloggers, TCho.

What a cutie! We did a couple of my favorite things - we ate, and we shopped.

Here's a photo of the remains of our gluttonous Sunday brunch.

I learned that T likes his burgers rare, as you can see from the far end of this photo. And I like to rip up my French toast and leave the crust, as you can see from the near end.

And did you notice the big empty dish in the middle, between our plates? That held a LARGE mound of bacon, of which I had eaten ALL before I even got around to taking the photo. Bacon!! Muwahahahahahaha.

I had such a nice day. I think I'm going to ask T if he'll be my gay boyfriend.

This evening the Fiance and I got a Christmas tree, and set it up with lights and ornaments and everything. And listened to Christmas carols on my stereo while we did it. Here it is:

Right now the whole apartment smells like pine needles.

I'm in a pretty good mood right now. Who wouldn't be, after a nice day like this?


Thursday, December 06, 2007

      ( 10:33 PM ) teahouse
Getting Personal

Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I very rarely post about my personal life. This blog started off as a place for me to make witty and/or sarcastic observations about everyday life as a lawyer in New York.

But I haven't been posting too regularly lately.

The truth is, I'm depressed. And in order to figure out why, it will be necessary to get personal. Very personal.

Today I made a list of all of the wonderful things in my life.

1. I have a wonderful family - parents who really care about me and didn't eff me up more than your average set of parents tend to do. A really awesome Sister who's a close friend and a terrific person. A great extended family in Asia who's watched me grow up in pictures, including a couple of really cool cousins who IM me and wave hi to me from their webcams regularly.

2. I have the world's greatest Fiance. He's kind, supportive, smart and makes me laugh. We're getting married in just a few months and he's hiring me a wedding planner so I won't be stressed out about the wedding. He's not shy about expressing what he wants, and every step of the planning has been made by the two of us together. I'm the luckiest girl in the world that he asked me to marry him one day when we were in our favorite spot in Central Park (and gave me a pretty phat engagement ring). I have the whole rest of my life to look forward to with him.

3. I am blessed and lucky that at a relatively young age, I own a piece of real estate in Manhattan. This has been due to no particular ability or achievement of my own. My parents helped me out a great deal and pushed me to buy my apartment. Even though the mortgage is a burden, I'm very glad I took it on, as I know that home ownership will have a significant impact in my net worth as I get older.

4. I have really good friends. I've always been one of those people who gather friends - everywhere I've lived, every job I've ever had, I've always left much richer in friends than when I arrived. I'm the sort of person who writes letters and emails and keeps in touch with random people from many years past. I worked for a judge several years ago, and I still write letters to her secretary, who retired from the U.S. courts system 5 years ago and lives in a small town in the Deep South. I still occasionally talk to the mother of my ex-boyfriend of 10 years ago. I've made friends of people who interviewed me for jobs. I just enjoy those connections. Once again, I often think that this is due in no part to any spectacular abilities of mine; I have just been really lucky.

5. I have great health. Yes, my allergies are bad, but I'm getting shots and taking medication. I'm in the best shape of my life - I can run 5 miles, and my martial arts training means I can kick the butt of the average American male in my age group. Due to my propensity for wearing hats and staying out of the sun, I have pretty good skin for my age. I also recognize that I'm lucky for having (this embarrasses me to post, but in the spirit of being personal, I will) uh, a slightly larger chest than is average for an Asian woman of my build.

6. I live in one of the greatest cities in the world, and it's all at my fingertips. I can go to the Opera whenever I want to; I can stroll in Central Park. And I have a car; I can take off for a drive anywhere, anytime. I have an iPod Nano and a whole library of music available to me. I can go to the library and feel the plush carpet and run my hand along the hard covers of the worn books. I can roll down hills. I can make snow angels on my balcony. I live 10 blocks from the best gelato in the City. I can make hot chocolate with whipped cream in the morning. I can spend a Saturday in bed with a good book and a glass of wine and my blanket that my grandmother crotcheted for me 30 years ago. I have jacuzzi jets in my bathtub, and I can take a hot swirly bath whenever I want. I can walk down the street and watch the tourists. I can sit on the balcony and feed the pigeons. I can pad around in my fuzzy slippers and flannel bathrobe.

Yes, I am a very lucky person.

So why is it that in spite of all of these wonderful things I can list, I've found myself paralyzed with fear, brought down by the gloomiest thoughts, and unable to get out of bed so many mornings? And why can't I sleep anymore?


Sunday, December 02, 2007

      ( 4:00 PM ) teahouse
Winter Wonderland

This morning I woke up to a surprise.

It was snowing!

Winter has come early this year. Flakes were coming down thickly.

Here's a photo from my balcony door. As you can see, my little plants have all died.

It's stopped snowing now, but it's still really cold outside.

Maybe I'll go out and make a snow angel on the floor of my balcony!


THIRTYSOMETHING (!!) year old Asian American New Yorker, lawyer, amateur musician, curious girl taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Don't mess with me - I'm short and I look demure, but I carry a big purse. And I've just embarked on the journey of married life in Manhattan.

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