Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stopping to Celebrate

Taking a time out from your regularly scheduled blog to celebrate a couple of important anniversaries. First of all, I wanted to mark my two-year smoking cessation anniversary. I can't believe I've made it so long! Being back in the US has brought back so many sensory memories that seems to make it more difficult to stay quit, but I am bound and determined to make it stick. Secondly, my A-100 colleagues and I are getting ready to celebrate our 3-year anniversary in the Department this coming weekend. Hard to believe that we started on this crazy journey just 3 years ago. I also forgot to mark this last April as 10 years (yes, 10!) with the Husband. While it's easy to let the craziness of life with 6 kids, traveling the globe while often living out of suitcases for extended periods of time, kick you in the ass - it's more important to take the time to cherish the one who supports you along the way. I wouldn't have our life any other way!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My Brain Needs a Break

I know, I know. I promised updates, and I have not lived up to my promise. I can only say that arriving home after a long day of melting my brain (aka studying Chinese), then shuttling kids to activities, making dinner, cleaning, feeding/changing/playing with baby, helping/forcing kids to do homework, trying not to kill teenagers, baths & bedtimes, the last thing I feel like doing is sitting down in front of a computer and actively producing something. So, I'm just going to re-post stuff I've been passively looking at. :)

Totally freaking out about the school situation in Hong Kong.

These are specific to FS, but I had to post because some of them made me lol.

For the non-FS, you should know that my job is not as exciting as it sounds on paper!

If you're looking for a new place to live, this list might surprise you.

And for all expats (especially those of us who like to cook), I think this article hits home.**

*in spite of the fact that I swore I was going to put that in the back of my head since I can't do anything about it. 
**My "home" dishes? Mapo tofu, chicken fricassee, lasagna, chopped salad. Maybe not all at the same time. 

Friday, May 09, 2014

Not Dead

Although I sort of feel like it after a week of Chinese class. I got back from Manila last Thursday and jumped right into a full class load Monday morning. Truly out of the frying pan and into the fryer! I'll try to post a recap of events over the weekend, but I make no promises now that I am fully entrenched in language training purgatory. Rest assured all family members are alive and well. We made it through our 6 week separation with no shortage of tears but remain overall unscathed. Just so, so happy to be back together as a family.