Thursday, August 26, 2010
( 1:35 AM ) teahouse
The Great American Work Vacation, 2010 Edition!
I've done it all - I've finished a buttload of work, I've packed up, I've gassed up the car, I've set the automatic feeder on the aquarium, and I'm off!
The Husband and I are driving to New England for a much-needed week of relaxing and driving around.
I can't wait! I'd reached the point at work where, if I didn't leave soon, I knew I was going to strangle somebody.
While I'm gone, enjoy this song, which I think might be named after me. Or maybe I'm named after it.
And imagine me, driving around New England in my little Toyota.
See y'all soon! #
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
( 12:17 AM ) teahouse
All the Single Ladies
The Husband is out of town for the next 10 days for work.
He's in a remote location with limited cell phone and internet access.
This is the first time we've been apart for this long since before we got married. And honestly, it's taken some getting used to!
But after a couple of sleepless and lonely nights, I've fallen into a routine.
I've been trying to look on the bright side of this separation and list all of the fun things about having my apartment to myself while he's gone:
1. I get to monopolize the tv and stay up late watching artsy French movies on IFC and the Sundance Channel, without hearing him complain about how I like weird movies and he'd rather be watching ESPN.
2. I get to hog the bed - and I'd forgotten what fun that can be!
3. When the alarm goes off in the morning, instead of turning it off right away so as not to disturb him, I can blast NPR and get all of my news on high volume, the way I like it.
4. I can put something down, walk away and know it will still be there when I return. Woo hoo!
5. I don't have to share the bathroom with anyone!
6. There are a helluva lot fewer dishes and dirty clothes lying around, since it's just me!
So basically, it's like I'm a single lady again.
I love being married, but occasionally a little change keeps it all interesting. #
Thursday, August 12, 2010
( 8:56 AM ) teahouse
Since my sister is spending the summer in Europe, I've had the use of her car for the past couple of months.
We've been trying to take advantage of the wheels by taking trips most weekends this summer.
Since it's stick shift, and the Husband can't drive it, I've been doing all of the driving.
I've come to a horrible realization.
I'm a scary driver!
I'm not bad. I just get stressed out when I drive. So I curse a lot. And I grip the steering wheel tightly and sit really close to it.
I'm your average Asian woman driver who crawls along like an old woman.
And I ask my passengers to help me merge and change lanes. And I criticize the other drivers on the road.
Yeah, I can see why driving in my car can be a harrowing experience.
It's good to be self aware. #
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
( 12:39 AM ) teahouse
Sinister and Gauche
During my commute home tonight, I ran into an old acquaintance on the subway.
I hadn't seen or heard from him in about 4 years, so we spent a few minutes catching up.
He told me that in the last 4 years he'd gotten married, had a kid and then split up with his wife.
His daughter is now three years old, and his ex-wife has custody of her, but he sees her 3 days a week.
"She's growing so fast," he said. "And I'm just worried because I don't live with her, and my ex is fighting me for every minute of visitation. And I just feel nervous about not being enough of a presence and good influence in her life."
He continued, "For example, I think she's going to be left handed. She picks things up, and does things, with her left hand. I try to fix that, but I'm not with her enough to keep teaching her the correct hand to use."
Seriously, I did a double take. "What's wrong with being left handed?" I asked, incredulously.
"It just doesn't look right!" he insisted. "I try to remind her when I'm with her, but there are only so many hours each week I'm with her, so when I'm not around, who knows what my ex lets her do!"
Before he could say more, we arrived at his subway stop. "Ok, great talking to you! We should hang out sometime!" he said brightly, and stepped off the subway.
Leaving me speechless, with my mouth hanging open.
I swear, I couldn't even make up a story like this. #