Tuesday, June 29, 2010
( 10:56 PM ) teahouse
Hey, Hot Stuff
This morning, during my commute to work, I was standing on the subway platform, lost in my thoughts.
An old man with white hair and rosy cheeks, who was probably in his 70s, came up to me, touched my arm, smiled and asked, "Excuse me, miss. Are you all right?"
"What?" I asked, snapping out of my reverie. "Oh, yes, I'm all right," I replied. "I'm fine."
"You are definitely fine!" purred the old man, winking at me and then walking off.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
( 10:29 PM ) teahouse
A World of Books
When my parents moved back to Asia several years ago, we helped them put all of their stuff into storage.
30 years worth of stuff they had accumulated while living in the United States, was all crammed to a 10 foot by 5 foot storage space in New Jersey.
This summer, at their request, the Husband and I have been slowly cleaning out that storage space, in an effort to reduce the amount of unnecessary stuff.
Over the weekend, we went to the storage unit and found my old set of World Book Encyclopedias that Santa Claus gave me for Christmas, 1984.
It was still in great shape. And I have so many memories of doing book reports using its volumes, and flipping through to read random articles when I was a kid.
I remember how my parents would make me wash my hands before I could touch the encyclopedias, so I wouldn't leave smudges.
I remember helping my dad update it each year when we got the "World Book Year Book" with new articles.
I remember surreptitiously looking up "Sex" in the encyclopedia, as a curious 13-year-old.
I remember wondering why there were no articles on Bon Jovi or Madonna, my favorite musical performers in the 80s.
I really wanted to keep it. But the Husband and I accepted the fact that we couldn't. It's out of date, the volumes are very heavy, and there is NO room in our apartment to store it.
What's more, the charity we tried to give the volumes to said that they can't sell old encyclopedias; there is no market for them. So they'll probably break down the paper and recycle the volumes.
That made me feel a little sad. An era has gone by.
I know we can't save the encyclopedias for our kids. Children of the new digital and internet age, they'll laugh at us.
But they'll never know the smell of those books, and the pleasant "crack!" of opening an encyclopedia volume. #
Friday, June 18, 2010
( 12:28 AM ) teahouse
The other night the Husband and I went for a walk after dinner.
One of the dangers about going for a walk in a city like New York City is that you see strange things.
In particular, strange signs that cannot be explained.
Like this one:
Makes me wonder what the barber is doing with all of that gold.
And this one:
What is pharmaceutical catering? It sounds pretty unappetizing if you ask me!#
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
( 8:40 AM ) teahouse
The Truth Revealed
Wow..it's clear to see from the comments on yesterday's post that everyone is pretty much in consensus about what my good news should be!
And to think, knowing the truth, I actually did think it was something really awesome and a big deal..
But now I'm embarrassed to be so excited about this. Something that's not a baby, but cool nonetheless.
Please forgive me in advance for disappointing everyone!
Well, here it is..
I got my black belt!
Yes, a baby would have been great news. But for now that's in God's hands. And so far it hasn't been in the cards for us yet.
But the meantime, I can kick everyone's butt while I'm waiting for that baby to show up! #
Monday, June 14, 2010
( 12:09 AM ) teahouse
Another Step in the Journey of Life
I have some exciting news to share with everyone!
But I have to wait until I can post some photos so I can make a big announcement.
Here are a couple of hints:
1. It's something I'm really thrilled and excited about, and the Husband might be even more excited about it than I am;
2. It's the beginning of a whole new adventure; and
3. It's something that starts with the letter "B."
Tune in soon for the big news! #
Monday, June 07, 2010
( 11:54 PM ) teahouse
Do you know what's funny?
When nasty opposing counsel sends a nasty email message, setting forth all of the things he refuses to negotiate on, and generally just being a jerk.
But what's even funnier, is when after reading all of those mean things, I see at the bottom of the email:
"Sent from my iPad"
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
( 11:15 PM ) teahouse
So the elevator in my office building has one of those little tv screens that flash the latest news.
It's mesmerizing for everyone in the building. It makes the ride up to the office just a little more bearable to read the latest news, stock quotes, gossip, etc.
But occasionally it malfunctions.
For example, this morning, the following headline was displayed: "Memorial Day traffic is predicted to be very bad along the East Coast this year."
Huh? Memorial Day was last weekend!
Then, there was a headline about how "Gary Coleman is in critical condition in the hospital."
I thought to myself, "Oh, my goodness! Was Yahoo news wrong last week when it reported he had died? How ghastly for his family!"
Apparently it hasn't updated itself in nearly a week.
I just hope none of my coworkers relied on any stock quotes. #