Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ying Ze Park

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Any designers out there in blogland?

I want a layout that is more me. I suck at any sort of computer oriented design (just put knitting needles in it and I could manage quite well, though) and am hoping one of my readers has a knack for this type of thing.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Holy awesome giveaway!

In honor of her 300th post and 100 followers this lovely lady is offering an AMAZING giveaway!

Check it out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Won't be watching that movie any time soon...

Yes, this was in McDonald's. I know what you are thinking... "WTF!" It's ok, that is what I thought too.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I love my life...

3 reasons:

1. The oldest Taoist temple in China.

2. Nanyan Palace on Wudang Mountain

3. Seeing it all for the first time with my amazing husband and gorgeous son.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

House of Poop

That would be us.

Donnie has what he believes is food poisoning.

Quinlon also has unexplainable diarrhea and I am on day 7 of diarrhea with no explanation or break.

Remember the toilet and it's royal crappiness (pun intended). It is clogged again, of course.

Fantfreakingtastic day to me.

It's not that I actually feel that bad. Other than the ever present diarrhea, I feel fine just thirsty. So I am stuck being nurse to two sick boys. But now the toilet is unclogged and I've made great progress on cleaning with the boys both napping so my mood is definitely improving. I'm just praying for a smooth evening and night.


"Mood:Let's Have Sex"

As posted by Donnie's cousin who has a daughter slightly older than Quinlon, is 19 and unmarried and (last we heard) moving from guy to guy.

Ironic? Sad? Not sure, but I am definitely shaking my head at this one. She is a good kid and I hope she is taking care of herself and her daughter and I am trying to refrain from making assumptions here, but really? ::sigh::

Back to your regularly scheduled blogs.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

You guys are bad.

Cheering for a pregnancy... shame shame

Ok, so (not so)secretly I do want another, but in the same breath Quinlon is still so high needs that I don't know if I want to add extra weight.

Honestly, I have been getting weird vibes about the whole getting pregnant thing. And another sign was when Donnie even remarked in passing that he wants more children. This is a marked change from about 2 months ago when Quinlon's sleeping/not sleeping antics had him so stressed he swore never again.

But being Taoist, I cant say that we would be upset if it did happen since we aren't doing much to prevent other than being more careful when I know I am fertile (lucky me who has had my regular cycle back since 6 weeks post partum). Our view everything happens in its own time. Not a moment sooner or later.

But it's not like we're the type to have an oops. There have been several close calls already with no such result and after having to TTC for a year with perfect timing 95% of the time, it makes me doubt we will have an oops.

Enough of my baby making musings. Only 9 hours until I get to see the love of my life!

Friday, July 17, 2009


Seriously, it's like my best friend.

Any time I don't listen I regret it.
It's always there to help me out of bad situations.
It tells me the truth whether I like it or not.

So why am I having intuitive visions about pregnancy when it is physically impossible for me to be pregnant?

I think my BFF is playing a practical joke.... I hope

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bad day? Ya think?

I have some stupid stomach bug that struck yesterday (a whole other story that I am not sure if I am ready to humiliate myself in blogland by making public) so to begin with today was in deficit.

Then, I get ready to go to the bank to FINALLY make the wire transfer I have needed to do for about a week only to find that there is NO money in my wallet.


I could have sworn there was over 600 yuan in there yesterday. I run through my day and I had all my money at the grocery store which was our last stop. All I can figure is that between the grocery store and home on the bus or walking through the neighborhood someone pick pocketed me.


Right after I discover this and start to panic, Quinlon randomly trips and smacks his mouth on the corner of the chair. Hysterics ensue.

I calm him down, call Donnie, who's reaction is to criticize me and make me feel even more stupid. (He later apologizes profusely).

3 poopie diapers later, it is becoming clear that Quinlon has the same bug I do. Fabulous.

We go eat lunch and he throws food on me several times. YAY!

After lunch I stop by the fruit stand to get bananas and apples to try and help with our tummy troubles and then completely confuse the number 7 and number 10 in Chinese and argue with the lady that I don't have enough $$ because I only have 9 yuan. Finally, it dawns on me and I feel like a complete idiot.

So I go home, and buy some gorgeous looking yarn to heighten my spirits... then a few hours later my pp account is put on suspension because they suspect another person has hacked it. No one has hacked it, I am just using a IP address randomizer to get through China's firewalls so it looks like another IP is accessing the account and spending money. FAB!

What else, universe?

ETA: Why do I tempt fate... another nail in the coffin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


What does it mean to you?

Have you ever experienced it? If yes, explain

There is a point to this, just humor me, kthxbai!

What do you do....

when your 15 month old suddenly regresses back to screaming and fighting you when it is nap and bed time?

Yesterday was awful. We went and laid down together at his regular nap time, he nursed, I rubbed and patted him. He finished nursing then fought to get up and run away. I tried to keep him still and it just escalated so after a few tries, I said screw it. Figured he would come to me when he was ready to nap.

Repeat above steps 4x.

Finally he fell asleep nursing while I was typing an email at 4:30. Yes, that is right, 4:30.

Then bedtime was nearly the same scenario only he did lay still eventually but took almost 30 minutes of rubbing/patting/soothing to finally fall asleep.

Then today, sleepy signals arise we go lay down. Full tummy, clean diaper, cool room, acceptable level of noise... nada. Turns into the screaming writhing toddler wrestling match that I hate.

And now, as I am typing he just fell asleep sitting in my lap after I told him no to milk because he was just comfort nursing.

WTH, really!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Show stealer...

That would be Quinlon. Some friends of ours got married last month and DH was asked to perform the ceremony in his Taoist priest capacity. He did wonderfully, of course, but as usual, the little dragon was the center of attention.

Here are a couple of shots from the wedding.

The beautiful bride and groom


The ceremony

After the ceremony Quinlon made rounds and basically was passed around for over an hour and came back to me sticky and covered in watermelon, but OH so happy.

And at the reception, he was again the star when he went on the dance floor and broke it down for everyone.

Monday, July 13, 2009

thanks, universe...

Taiyuan is dusty all the time. So my floors look like shit. Usually I can stay on top of it and keep them swept and mopped but I worked 10 hours each Saturday and Sunday and the babysitter didn't clean... She is required to, but she also didn't try NOT to make a bigger mess.

I had a bunch of food in the fridge about to go bad so I made a huge lunch and just a moment ago as I was trying to fill a pan to soak it flipped over dumping all the greasy water on me and the floor and the broom and the dust mop. Well, there goes cleaning the floor for a while until they all fucking dry.

The toilet was also acting weird. I told babysitter to be careful and try to use it as little as possible and not flush pee TP, just throw it in the trash. Apparently she poops a lot. Now I have a fully clogged toilet that is FULL of someone ELSE's shit and I don't know how to call a plumber.

Did I mention that I am about 2 weeks behind on laundry and Quinlon has pooped twice today and I can't even spray the diapers because the toilet full of shit soup will overflow.

But now Donnie has someone coming to fix it. Thank Goddess.

And Quinlon has been asleep for 2.5 hours and counting. Good naps and repairmen are awesomesauce.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I've been blocked from blogger and finally found a proxy server that works!! Chinese internet access can be tricky because of how much they censor media.

Pitifully few of you even noticed I was gone, how dare you! Hmmph!!

I say that jokingly because I am uber bad about noticing when someone is absent because I follow so many damn blogs and am pretty oblivious a lot.

More to come once I organize my thoughts and can sit down uninterrupted and post about life's events lately.