Nothing much going on around here during the last few days after Thanksgiving break and so there is nothing much to write home about.
I still avoid watching and following the news except for the occasional snippets on NPR while driving without the kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Without the news I am mentally healthier and less irritated about things going on around the world.
I have also picked up books from the library to get back to my reading pleasure. It is also to encourage the boys to read with me wherever they see me latching on a book. Win-win situation right there!
Christmas is almost here and for the last few days I have been struggling with PP about why we aren’t celebrating it. We have had conversations about culture and religions and how at certain times in our lives we encounter conflicts facing both. The consumerism aspect of a religious holiday such as Christmas has deeply become cultural; it’s a challenge to resist when everyone around him is into it. Sometimes I just want to throw in the white flag and surrender because I am indifferent and I want the kids to be part of the culture, but Mr. O and his religious principles prevent me from doing so.
I think I will still get each of them a present so that the first day of school after the holiday break he will have something to chat about with his friends. Oh gosh, a good example of peer pressure right there!
That’s a short update for the blog before it collects dust.
I took them on a hike and throughout an hour of walking through the eucalyptus grove and along two streets, all they talked about were the many different kinds of Pokemon.
Now whenever I ask PP if he still wants to go back to MN to live, his answer is “Noooo” and one of the reasons is because one of his bestfriends is May.
Linh messaged me, saying that we should come to the dinner hungry because there are a lot of food to fatten us up.
I hopped on the treadmill and ran, but mostly walked, for 3.2 miles to burn off almost 500 calories.
That’s how I prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving!
Day two of Thanksgiving break and I am still surviving with my two little troublemakers. As long as they have enough activities to do to keep them occupied then I don’t have to struggle with negotiation and demands for screen time. But that also means I am constantly on schedule to keep this routine down to keep them busy with meaningful activities. Mr. O is supposed to have this week off after two-weeks traveling but he is already assigned to another examination and working in the office to prepare for the job. He is going to San Diego next week!
We are not hosting anyone this year and I am free from cooking the Thanksgiving feast. Fortunately we are invited to someone’s house for dinner and that means we still get to eat the turkey and stuffing.
My break is over I am now back to the program!
Here is another installment, and perhaps boring narrative, of our family trip around the Bay Area. This one is dated back in early September; we rented a car and drove to Sunnyvale for dim-sum, and from there departed for Half Moon Bay.
The hopeless romantic in me love the name Half Moon Bay. And I have a reason for it.
There was a Vietnamese song back in the 90s, entitled Từ Độ Ánh Trăng Tan* (Loosely translated — Since the moonlight was waning away) sung by a male Vietnamese-American (I used to like you so much, Lâm Nhật Tiến!) with whom I had an infatuation back in the heydays. There were a few lines that he sang…
the day of your wedding
I returned to Half Moon Bay
counting each crashing wave
counting my sorrows
…oh so poetically dramatic! Vietnamese songs are so overly dramatic sometimes; but I like them!
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