July 2008 Archives
The other day, I visited Eddie's blog and found this post. I decided to leave a comment even though I never win anything and felt silly.
But then...I woke up one morning to a delightful email from Eddie that I won! Or, more accurately, Kurara, Eddie's cutie bunny, chose me! I'm really quite surprised! And I just love the way he carried out the drawing : )
p.s. notice how the font & color in my post looks exactly like that of Eddie's post? Um...I told Dav, when he was updating my template, that I wanted the font Eddie used ; )
Last Sunday, we finally had a dinner for David M., along with our neighbors since we hadn't seen them for a while`. Good to be back to our frequent dinner sharing and hanging out, and very nice to have time with David M. too. It felt good to be cooking again.
Michelle brought over the most giant bottle of wine that she got via work. We actually made a very decent dent into the wine!
Elida is super special to me...yes, having Ms. T has taken up my time and energy so that I miss having gobs of time with Elida. We manage, thanks to Elida's flexibility and understanding, but still. Friendships need time. So we made a date, and I took her out to dinner. I had a strong desire for a French Bistro and pretty much pushed us to here, and it was a wonderful dinner. Elida later took me too the Orbit Room where we got original drinks based on goodies they got fresh for the farmer's market that day. Not just yummy...but very neat to see the bartender and bar very much into appreciating a good drink...organic and fresh too!
As I said, apart from the super relaxing time at the Outer Banks, travel was rather crazy. Me being me, during my short stop back in Raleigh before heading to SF, I scheduled to meet up with Jen from my Tokyo high school. Dav picked me up at the airport with all our bags ready to go, then we met with Jen for lunch, then stopped briefly chez Ele & Will to say bye and repack our bags so I had T's stuff as carry-on, then zoomed to the airport thanks to Will's driving.It was worth it to get to see an old girl-friend who is now a mama too!
Part of this trip was to attend my cousin Sherry's wedding up in Erie. This meant making Dav leave with me a day early so he could wait in Raleigh as I "hopped up" to Erie for a 24 hour trip to attend my dear cousin's wedding. It would have been hellish with Tesla, especially since the return on Sunday was Erie-Cincinnati-Raleigh...then our normal trip home which was Raleigh-Atlanta-SF. Not something Tesla would enjoy even if she's a well-traveled good sport.
I was on the fence forever because the trip was so squeezed, but I realized I truly wanted to be there. Once I bought the ticket, I was immediately very happy.
And it was more than worth it. Family really is family. Even if I didn't know this side of my family when I was growing up in Tokyo, I don't feel any distance. Plus, I met up with my cousin I hadn't seen since I was...um, a toddler. We greatly hit it off. And I also met a cousin I didn't know existed...and neither did she!
I can't begin to express in words how special this was for me. I am so happy I was able to be there...to slow dance with my uncle, do funny photo-booth pics with Sherry and Peter, to meet Sherry's awesome husband who is totally in love with her, to get to hang out with my cousin Peter...on and on. A very special family moment for me. Here is a link to a few pics.
Anyhow, here is my flickr set, and here is Dav's.
We got back Sunday at midnight, and we went to work Monday morning, so getting settled back is taking time. I have more to share but for now:
- Lovely beach life was relaxing. Stepping off the plane to a cold SF summer night was a shock.
- Since I went to a wedding in Erie, my travels on Sunday were Erie-Cincinnati-Raleigh-lunch in Raleigh & join Dav and Tesla who didn't come to the wedding-Atlanta-SF. I've traveled a lot, but 4 flights in 1 day was a first for me. Thank goodness there were no delays.
- Met long lost cousins and new cousins at the wedding. Family is family no matter how distant. I'm 200% happy I went to the wedding, and super touched at how important family is.
- A week on the beach gave me time to think, and clarity about what I want/need from work hit me. I've communicated this with work, and look forward to changes. I've been coasting for a while, just happy with the flexibility that 6A provides. Now I need to make the content of my work meaningful to me.
- Got flowers from Michelle. Good to be back at our house, spoiled by our neighbors.
- Went to the library today and got Tesla her own card. We borrowed books, and with her card, there is no late fee. Plus, there are many fun story-telling times or performances at the library. I appreciated once again how awesome our neighborhood is for kids.
- When Tesla sat down to eat dinner tonight, she wanted a cracker, but I said she had to have 3 bites of a vege burger first. She normally loves vege burgers, but tonight, she chewed, then spit out the vege burger and left the table. No crackers for her. I laughed, and appreciated how no matter where we are, vacation or not, Tesla carries on being herself. Love it.
So while Tesla was enjoying her birthday with her gifts, checking out new neighborhood parks, and hiking with daddy-o and the Regenbogens, I went on a 3 day 2 night spa getaway with Yuka, Kimi, and Kari, my friends from junior-high/high school in Tokyo (ASIJ). We ALL were very much looking forward to this "us only" time. We get to meet occasionally (Kari and Yuka live in L.A.; Kimi in Concord), but we have not been all together since high school. We've had some of us together, but husband and kids too.
Within minutes, we were back to our high school selves, relating, catching up, joking, sharing, etc. I ...and all of us...forget how important it is to have girl time. No offense to guy friends and husbands, but there is something so special to be just girls. We laughed, got silly, talked about stuff that men in general yawn about or don't even know about. So free and relaxing. Best part was with these friends, we can be ourselves who understand the in-between cultural space we're in that is easy to ignore in daily lives. But together, it felt like, "ahhhhh." We speak the same mashed-up language, we understand our food preferences, we get what a hot spring is...and other things too hard to describe.
More pics will come from the others, but for now here's my set.
Yes, my baby cakes is two! I spend a fair amount of time these days just staring at Tesla, surprised at how big and kid-like she is. Her legs are getting skinny, she's very coordinated, and she'll communicate with gusto (although with words we still don't comprehend). There are hints of baby that I treasure...like when she runs, there's still a waddle and she waves her hands as if she's flapping wings. When she sleeps, she can be on her tummy with her butt in the air. She loves to suck her thumb. And since she still doesn't care how we dress her, sometimes she runs around in pretty funny outfits that look dorky but baby cute.
Anyhow, it happened to be that the weekend of her Juy 5th birthday was the perfect weekend when 3 other of my close high school girlfriends could all make it to a spa together...so after maybe a minute (or 10 seconds) of contemplating, I said, "hell yeah!" Last year Dav and I threw a party for her #1 anniversary that was a pretty huge gathering. It was fun, but I knew that if I was going to do a party this year, it'd be with max 2 other babies, not 15 kids. : )
I figured this year is my only year to keep it mellow. So Dav and I didn't fret. I was very touched, however, that friends and family sent cards and gifts. My mission this year is to take pictures of all the goodies so Tesla can later know that many did celebrate her #2. Thank you, everyone!
And Tesla's first doll set complete with clothes, shoes and combs. From Ian, Izumi, Tyler, and Julia. Tesla still doesn't quite get it, but she stuffs the doll in the doll house I gave her.
Again, thank you, everyone!!
I'm not only back from Tokyo, but just back from a 3 day weekend with my high school girlfriends. Sans kids and partners. It was fabulous...being back with my gals who have the same bi-cultural background. We were at a spa, and took advantage of the yoga, hiking, and spa facilities, but we also just loved being in our room catching up. It's good for me and all of us to hang out with old friends as girls...and women (our ages still surprise us). It was like as always. We're in older bodies, but we relate the same as in high school. So COMFORTABLE and so much FUN.
I have lots to catch up on, but enjoyed not blogging : )
hmmn: musings from the far east(erwood)
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