First Meal…
Baby / Food

First Meal…

If you can call it that.  We planned on the first meal being much more about “exploring” food rather than eating it. We weren’t disappointed.  The table ate a lot more of our yuppie organic probiotic brown rice cereal mush than Will did. As I suspected would be the case, he thinks rice cereal is … Continue reading

A Few Changes & Some Hot Pot Housekeeping
Around the House / Around Town / Baby / China in Photos / Food / Moments / Thoughts / Travel

A Few Changes & Some Hot Pot Housekeeping

Apropos of nothing, the above notice hangs, unheeded, in every Chinese men’s room.  Thank you to Chris for finally documenting it for me. I’ve been waffling for months now over this blog.  Whether to keep it, whether to trash it and start over with something new.  Whether to self-host, rebuild it from scratch, purchase a … Continue reading

“I know its hard to hear me over the end of the world going on out there…”
Around Town / Baby / China in Photos / Moments

“I know its hard to hear me over the end of the world going on out there…”

…but wow, Chinese New Year.  Our bed shook last night as families lit industrial-strength fireworks off of their tiny balconies in the apartment complex next door.  Across the street the very high-end restaurant/brothel put on it’s own, admirably professional-grade, show.  The volume of noise was actually indescribable.  It was as if each restaurant and apartment … Continue reading

The Little Recessive Gene Lottery Winner
Baby / Family / Thoughts

The Little Recessive Gene Lottery Winner

At nearly 6 months old, it looks like our little one-quarter Chinese, three-quarters assorted European heritage baby has won the recessive gene lottery of sorts.  He’s still got those baby blue eyes, fine reddish-blonde hair and a skin tone so pale I’d call the shade “translucent chalk.” In Thailand we took to calling our pale little Scandinavian-looking … Continue reading

My husband went to Shangri-La and all he brought me was a billion beautiful photos…
China in Photos / Family / Travel

My husband went to Shangri-La and all he brought me was a billion beautiful photos…

…and a gorgeous bracelet of prayer beads.  Blessed by a monk pulling gift shop duty at the monastery.  True story.  Monasteries in China have gift shops.  Anyways, it’s beautiful and I love that Chris asked the monk to say two prayers on it–one for me and one for Will.  I don’t know what kind of prayer the … Continue reading