The Hot Pot Blog


April 14, 2011

Thinking on Thursday

* It’s Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh and even Calvin and Hobbs all rolled into one.  How much better could it get?  Well, it’s $5, signed by the author/illustrator, James Hance, and the proceeds are helping to pay for his daughter’s medical care.

Somewhat needless to say, we’ve ordered it.  I doubt we’ll spoil our kid too much in most areas but when it comes to books, all bets are off.  Especially books that we think are awesome or just fun mash-ups like this one.

*You know those mornings when you open your email and realize maybe you should have waited for your morning beverage of choice before doing so?  Yea, I had one of those.  The home emergency/first aid kits I ordered from Amazon were returned to sender, the luggage I ordered for Chris as a antidote to all of the baby gear is stuck at a post office in Virginia.

Worst?  The distance master’s program at Tulane that I was getting all excited about?  Turns out, not so distance after all, there’s a 1 year residency requirement before you can take distance classes.  Big bummer.

I didn’t realize how much I’d been looking forward to going back to school, finally crossing a Master’s degree off my list of things to do.  I had hoped to do it when Thumper was still little so I could stay home with him while taking classes and hopefully graduate about the same time we’d be ready for me to return to the workforce.  Looks like I’ll need to think of a Plan B and that’s ok.  Sometimes Plan B ends up being the one you were meant to go for all along.

*On a happier note, our old favorite rabbit restaurant has reopened and (separately) I have recently discovered the delicious joy that is a Peter’s Tex Mex milkshake:

In a place where few non-Sichuan foods muster praise higher than “Chengdu-good” (i.e. mediocre at best but we’ve forgotten what the real thing tastes like) this milkshake is good-good.  Rich and creamy and thick, made with homemade icecream.  Chris and I split one every few weeks or so and I’m pretty sure I enjoy the anticipation almost as much as the frosty beverage.  Baby needs his calcium right? 🙂

*I’m currently obsessed with this song: Skinny Love by Bon Iver.

The chilled out sound fits my mood these days and it’s the sort of song that reminds me of the person I was back in college back when I listened to more of this melancholic sort of thing late at night while writing papers or  hanging out on a friend’s porch sipping a beer in the summer time.  I was a simpler person back then, more earnest, more idealistic, not always a great person in spite of my best intentions, but I tried really hard.

I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything in the world, but sometimes I like to revisit my Damien Rice, etc days.  They were really good ones.

*The next few weeks are going to be insane around here.  Chris is the logistics man for the biggest Congressional Delegation that will likely ever come through Chengdu (I can’t say who is coming, but it suffices to say they are very, very important, they want to see pandas, and they are keeping everyone very, very busy).  Right after the CoDel leaves, my aunt and uncle arrive for a visit a few days, and right after they leave, we’ll be moving (yes, again but we are happy about it).  About a month after that, I get on a plane to come back to the States until after Thumper is born.  Holy cow Batman.

Makes me want to go curl up in bed, listen to some of my good old folk/acoustic jams, start reading Bossypants, and enjoy one last night of laziness and quiet before all of the crazy begins.

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