Look at that sky! It may not seem like much to celebrate, but have you seen this?
Today, I’m writing a post about our dog Jake, because today is his 13th birthday. We got him when I was 10 years old, which is so weird to think about. When he was young, he was a right psycho…chewing everything he got his hands on, jumping six feet in the air when you’d throw […]
This is what Beijing looks like this morning: I was supposed to go with Bill to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) appointment (for his back pain), but I decided not to go. Why should two people breathe this stuff in when one is too many? As of right now, the pollution index is about 342 which is “severely […]
So this past week, we found ourselves back in Jersey for a week of relaxation, visiting with family, and a lot of cooking and/or eating. We took the time to have our grandparents come over, visit my mom’s cousins, go to a 50th birthday bash, have friends from Texas over, do a little shopping, get […]
My life here in the suburbs has been mostly quiet and peaceful so far. That is, until the aliens landed. Some of you may have heard that this year is a big year for cicadas. Ya’ll here in the northeast know what I’m talking about, right? Those ginormous winged creatures dive-bombing you when you’re trying […]
When shopping with local vendors in China, every transaction calls for haggling. If you ever come to Beijing, you will most likely end up at a large clothing market like the Silk Market, or the one that’s closest to us: Ya Xiu (雅秀), located near Beijing’s Sanlitun Village (三里屯). My advice to you is to […]
This past week was the Dragon Boat Festival, a 2000-year-old holiday in China. I’d never really heard of it before coming to Beijing, but apparently, the story goes that the holiday commemorates the suicide of ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan. Supposedly, Qu was banished for opposing his king, wrote a lot of famous poetry about […]
While my sister and I were staying in Beijing with our parents last summer, we were introduced to the weirdness that is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So yeah. Here’s that story. Our mom booked us appointments at the local hospital, wanting to see how our health stacked up against non-Western medicine. We followed along, like […]