First, here is the funniest photo.
I asked Mr. O to take a photo for the three of us and he snapped one and only. I just cannot trust him with taking photos of me.
And look at PP’s face. It’s the 6-year-old kinda thing.
PP entered the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fair for the first time this year as a Kindergartener. We have been collecting plastic take-out and yogurt containers and other recycling materials to work on this piece. He named it, “The Awesome Car Ramp” to demonstrate engineering skills.
We spent about two hours to finish this car ramp. I was in between making dinner and helping him cutting the containers. We used almost a whole roll of clear tape. It looks very rudimentary, but that’s the beauty about encouraging kids at this age to have hands-on experience with science and engineering skills.
I am a strong proponent for STEM education for early childhood education. We do a lot of STEM projects at home to keep them away from boredom. This was an extension of my “homeschooling” program for them. :) (I am taking all the credits!)
The car ramp was a crowd-pleaser at the fair as many kids lined up to test the ramp.
Don’t let the snow deceive you, really, because it’s almost 70s here…
I mean, indoor…inside my house, it’s almost 70s degree. Outside? Gosh, perhaps it is 17 degree? Oh I just checked, it’s 34-freaking-degree in Fahrenheit. How is that for the Lunar New Year weather? Better than sub-zero, that is!
I remember that one year when O and I took PP to Minnesota for the Lunar New Year, it was 2010 and we were still living in Boston at the time, and it was perhaps a relatively warmer year out there in the east coast. Upon getting out of the airport here, we were knocked out with nearly zero-degree temperature, and it went down further to -20F for the remainder of our stay. It was so cold that O’s snot became icy-frozen when it came out of his nostrils. Gross, yes, but it was true!
Despite knowing how cold this place could be, we still decided to move here. Hallelujah!
My little puppy Peanut wanted to play in the snow yesterday after dropping PP off at the bus stop. I did not put a snow-pant on for him because I did not think he would stay out for too long. He still had fun but cried after 10 minutes when his jeans got soaked by the freezing snow.
And I found this little piece of icicle clinging on the branch of a tree. It looks like a bat with its wings bound and unable to fly freely.
I could only stayed for a few hours to help mom wrapping and tying bánh tét before the cooking phase. At the end, we wrapped 27 bánh tét with savory filling (pork belly and mung beans paste). As soon as mom put the cakes in a gigantic pot of water to start the cooking, which takes about 10 hours, she turned around and prepare the filling for sweet bánh tét, with coconut, black-eye peas, and bananas.
While she was doing her job, I was assigned to cutting the inedible parts and shredding the dried bamboo shoots to prepare for the braised pork belly in coconut water, thịt kho tàu.
Ok, I goofed around a bit…
Mom was in the background, laughing at me for being goofy.
Wrapping sweet bánh tét.
Mom said that this is the last year that she is making traditional Lunar New Year, Tết cakes, bánh tét. I think I will take over next year. I think. Not so sure. That shoe is too big for me to fill.
Ngày sương mù, ngày tuyết
Hai ngày lười biếng chỉ nằm nhà
Ăn rồi nấu, rồi ăn.
A foggy day preceded the snow storm. The fog was so thick.
That was yesterday.
Then the snow storm began at 11 a.m. this morning, and it is still falling until the next morning. Trời tuyết đầy đường như vầy thì Tết ở đâu?
Nói vậy chứ cũng làm xong một hũ dưa món, một hũ hành tỏi, hai hũ đồ chua, và một hũ cải súp lơ ngâm dấm đường.
Thứ Sáu này mới giúp mẹ gói bánh Tét.
Dù sao cũng phải tìm cái Tết trong trời tuyết trắng mịt mù này.