Sunday Afternoon 6/19/2016

Happy Father’s Day to those who are celebrating today! Brett got his present when we were in Honolulu (new badger hair shave brush from The Art of Shaving), and the girls are baking him a strawberry-white chocolate bundt cake because he said he’d like some cake. We’re also taking over his duties today other than making the coffee, but that’s just because he gets up so much earlier than the rest of us and doesn’t want to wait for his coffee.

13445490_10208222613500273_3618143521543520426_nThe secretary at the girls’ elementary school, a Facebook friend, sent me the above photo this past week. She took it right after the school year began in 2005 – Meiling was nine, in the fourth grade; WenYu was seven, in the second grade; and YaYu was five and just starting kindergarten. She had been home with us for just six months, and still barely spoke English. One thing that caught my eye in this photo was the girls’ clothes – all had either been handed down or came from resale! YaYu was the third girl to wear the red shirt and blue pants (nicknamed “the comfy pants” by the girls). 2005 was before Brett’s work hours were cut and we got in over our heads in debt, but we were already practicing our frugal skills!

Here’s what’s going on this afternoon:

  • Reading: I’m still reading World Gone By. I didn’t get into it much this week as I’ve been doing lots of other outside reading (news, etc.). Brett is still on his Steinbeck kick. He finished East of Eden, and went to the library and got two more: Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.
  • Listening to: Except for an unusually loud bunch of roosters yelling at each other, it’s nice and quiet here today. Everyone here is reading.
  • Watching: Instead of watching what I thought we would last week, we instead downloaded and watched the six-part documentary The Jinx, about Robert Durst. The whole thing was compelling, but the ending blew us away – totally not what we were expecting. Then WenYu and I decided to watch Twin Peaks again, so we’ve been watching about three episodes a night of that. It still holds up (and makes me want pie and coffee) after all these years, although the fashions and hairstyles from the early 90s are dated (did we really wear that stuff?). Brett and I have slipped in another couple of episodes of Land Girls, but tonight I am looking forward to the return of Endeavor on PBS!
  • Cooking/baking: I made Brett a kalua pork omelet for his Father’s Day breakfast this morning. The girls are baking the cake later today, and dinner tonight will be Greek-style lamb burgers with feta cheese and a cucumber-dill salad.
  • Happy I accomplished this past week: Brett and I got our monthly Costco shop done, and spent $200 less than usual. Other than a box of ice cream bars for the girls we did not buy anything that had to go into the freezer out in the garage – it really needs to be defrosted. Otherwise it was a pretty quiet week.
  • Looking forward to next week: Nothing special is coming up this week – hopefully we’ll be able to get to the beach once or twice.
  • Thinking of good things that happened this week: Our new living room chair arrived! YaYu’s tutoring sessions have started off OK. She likes her teacher, and the teacher is impressed with YaYu’s proficiency. She’s going to work on getting YaYu ready to pass the AP Chinese exam in the spring. And, we put $8.21 in the change/$1 bill jar.
  • Grateful for: One day last week I was digging in the freezer looking for something, and complaining to myself about the disorganization when I realized I should instead be grateful that we have so much food, so much that it can get disorganized. That was an eye-opener, and another wakeup to be more mindful and grateful for how much we have. We are wealthy when compared to most of the world.
  • Bonus question: Are you afraid of spiders? Not really, although the giant cane spiders here sure make my heart beat a whole lot faster when I see one (which is rare). Thankfully they would like to interact with humans about as much as we would with them, which is very little. I have been bitten by a poisonous spider a couple of times though, and it wasn’t fun. Anyway, I’m not afraid of most spiders, bugs, or geckos (so I get called by the girls to either kill them or get them outside), but I am terrified of snakes, lizards, and toads. There are thankfully no snakes in Hawai’i – they are not allowed into the state, and planes coming from areas with snakes are checked carefully to make sure none has hitched a ride.

That’s what’s going on here. How is your Sunday going? How did your week go?