Tuesday, June 30, 2009

      ( 5:20 AM ) teahouse
Back to our Roots

So after pulling an all nighter to finish packing and working, I'm about to get on a plane with the Husband to go to Asia to visit our extended families.

Over a year after our wedding, we've finally figured out a way to make the trip so our relatives can celebrate with us.

Yes, we'll be kickin' it, Asian style.

Kind of like these people:

No, that's not us. It's just some stock photo from the internet.

We actually look more like these people:

And that's how much we'll be smiling, during our trip, too. Well, after we get over the jet lag.

I'll be back in 2 weeks. I promise to behave and come back with good stories and photos.


Monday, June 29, 2009

      ( 12:08 AM ) teahouse
My First Meme!

Thanks to Jannie Funster, I'm going to take a crack at a meme.

This is my first one, so here goes...

1. Who is the hottest movie star?

So I have always had a weird thing for Edward Norton. Not your typical heartthrob, I know. Apprently the Husband met him once, but it was before he and I had met. Otherwise I would have gone along and drooled.

2. Apart from your house and car, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

Probably my laptop. Nothing very exciting.

3. What’s your most treasured memory?

When I was 6 years old and my dad called me at my friend's house where I'd been taken to spend the weekend, and he said, "Mom had her baby. You have a little sister!!" My poor little mind exploded.

4. What was the best gift you ever received as a child?

The 1984 set of World Book Encyclopedias from Santa! Yes, I was a nerdly child.

5. 4 words to describe yourself.

Hard-working. Obsessive. Intellectual. Worrywart.

6. What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?

The highlight of 2008 was definitely my wedding!

7. Tell me one thing I don’t know about you.

Instead of pantyhose, I always wear a garter belt and stockings. Every guy I've ever dated has thought that was the hottest thing ever.

8. If you were a comic book / strip character, who would you be?

I would be Angry Little Asian Girl!!

Whew!! Not bad for my first meme! Now you all know more about me than you ever thought you wanted to know!



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

      ( 10:21 PM ) teahouse
More Poop Time!

I was away from my computer for a few days because the Husband and I had houseguests.

And it's always stressful with out of town guests in a tiny, cramped Manhattan apartment.

Of course I love my friends, but there's always just not quite enough room around here.

There's no privacy, because people are always underfoot.

There's no good time to sit at one's computer and blog one's innermost, private thoughts, because the guests are always walking by!

There's no good alone time in the bathroom, pooping and reading a newspaper.

There's no good alone time in front of the tv, channel surfing and watching lame shows with names like 29 Kids and Counting and When Circus Animals Attack! and Plastic Surgeries Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong without having to explain one's poor reality tv choices.

We did get out of the house for a Mets game.

But to our chagrin, and in keeping with the entire month of June here in New York, the game was rained out.

So we went home, back to our cramped apartment.

Here's a photo I took of the big tarp they put over the baseball field to keep it dry.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

      ( 11:35 PM ) teahouse
Never Too Late to Learn

Tonight I was walking down the street towards home when I heard a familiar sound.

It was the sound of someone playing the flute.

Whoever it was, was practicing scales, and playing an etude I remembered playing myself when I was 9 years old and just learning to play.

I stopped and looked around, trying to figure out where the music was coming from.

After a couple of minutes, I realized it was coming from a limousine parked on the street in front of a fancy building I had just walked by.

I looked over, and saw the limousine driver, sitting in the front seat with his flute!

He was a middle-aged man, wearing his chauffeur uniform, with his hat pulled down low over his head. He was hunched over in the driver's seat, reading the flute music and practicing.

He was clearly waiting for his employer to come out of the building, and stealing a few minutes to himself in the meantime.

"You sound great! Keep up the good work!" I called out.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

      ( 11:24 PM ) teahouse

Earlier this week, the Husband brought me lunch at work.

He packed up some leftover pasta from the previous night's dinner, and walked over to my office to meet me.

Arriving in the lobby of my office building, he walked toward the elevators.

At that moment, a woman got off an elevator, saw him across the lobby, snapped her fingers at him and yelled loudly at him (so that everyone in the lobby could hear), "Hey! Is that my food delivery?"

The Husband looked straight at her, said nothing for 5 seconds, and then said slowly, "I'm not a food delivery guy."

Totally nonplussed, this woman shrugged and continued to stand there, looking around for her food.

Totally oblivious to the appalled looks on the faces of everyone else in the lobby.

When we finally met up, and he told me the story, I tried to make light of it.

"Remember that time I went to the nail salon to get a manicure, and the manager took one look at me and yelled that she wasn't hiring?" I reminded him.

"How about that time I was at the laundromat down the street doing laundry, and everyone else doing their laundry assumed I worked there, and kept asking me questions about how much I would charge them per load?"

Eventually we had a good laugh about it.


Monday, June 08, 2009

      ( 8:33 AM ) teahouse
These are the Voyages

To get over our blahs about the Star Trek movie, the Husband and I took a trip to Philadelphia this weekend and visited the Star Trek Exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

So much fun! We got to see old uniforms from the show, the actual bridge from the set, historical facts and figures on the main characters, and models of the previous versions of the Starship Enterprise.

We followed up our museum trip with a walk around lovely downtown Philadelphia:

This was followed by a concert at the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a late dinner in an Italian restaurant - Delicious fried zucchini:

And the best linguine with clams I've EVER HAD, even in my several trips to Italy:

Now the bad taste in my mouth from that movie has been replaced with the delicious clammy-ness of this dish!


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

      ( 8:57 AM ) teahouse
Spoiler Alert!

Over the weekend I saw the new Star Trek movie.

The Husband and I are huge fans of Star Trek. Plus, we had heard good things, so we were really excited.

SPOILER ALERT: so if you haven't seen it, don't read any further!

Well, we HATED IT.

Apparently any Hollywood producer can just take the name of an old tv series, and rewrite everything (without regard for the characters' personalities) and call it their own.

They took out everything interesting about Star Trek - the characters' personality tics, the quasi-scientific mumbo jumbo, the interesting stories - and make it into one big, bad, dumb action movie.

This could have been any action movie about anything; the story was that lame.

And how were these incongruities explained?

Oh, right, it was because of time travel...silly me!!

Yes, time travel will lobotomize all of our characters and make them completely different people, and wipe out everything they've ever done!

The highlight of the movie was Leonard Nimoy's appearance. The guy who played Spock as a young man was disappointing.

Spock's delivery is supposed to be unemotional, not dripping with sarcasm. Did his acting coach not teach him that?

And what was up with Spock hooking up with Uhura? WHAT??

And couldn't they have gotten an actual Japanese guy to play Sulu?

Oh, right, all Asians look the same. We'll get that Korean guy from Harold and Kumar since he's famous and might draw a bigger audience; nobody will know the difference.



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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