Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thanks to my dear friend, Crazymommy, the passionate blogger and around the clock mum to 2 kids like myself, I have been introduced to the importance of homeschooling my kids. I had the idea before but there was no drive and determination to do it then. But in this era, peer pressure and competition is a part of life. And being a kid now is more stressful than being one in my days. Sometimes I think maybe we the parents have too much information about everything or trying to live our lost years through our children by making them into persons of whom we didn't become ourselves.
Regardless, every parents do want a better life for their kids and being pushy is part of the parenting skills these days. The only difference is the degree of pushiness. I believe all kids are able to learn and we shall be the beacon to lead them to imaginations, interests, hobbies and dreams. I consider myself a Guide and not a Pusher and hopefully my kids agree with me too!
So, maybe I should just leave February to end without any more push! Come March, there will always be a better tomorrow and another try for everything.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Waking up with a half functioning brain is a norm. My body limbs do not co-ordinate with each other and my nerves are more difficult to charge than any old batteries. At times, the kettle filled with water sits on the stove and I forget to turn on the knob. Sometimes, I forget to take breakfast while buzzing around prepping the kids their most important meal of the day. And on Sundays, these symptoms of "brain malfunction" is more apparent than ever since Curry will be around to pick up whatever is left undone by me.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Had a glass of Pinot Grigio to go with the cake... Heaven!
Oh... by the way, I had a bigger slice of the cake to compensate my lost strength in the scrubbing of the grease after the deep frying saga. Well deserved.
Due to the big snowfall yesterday, the cabin fever struck! Too lazy to dress up and go anywhere. White is everywhere outside but our moods are kind of gray! The Chinese birthday Red eggs surely perk up a little blood rush inside of me and my brain is kind of stuck on what to prepare for the birthday dinner! Maybe we should just eat the cake all day long and be merry!
Chinese Red Eggs is a must for every birthday celebrated in my house. Although they are only given out to relatives & friends when there is a new baby arrival in the Chinese family, I prepare them every year for birthdays. To me, they represent a new start for the birthday person, full of eagerness in their reddish hue and ready to roll into another new year ahead. This is truly a tradition that I insist and wish that my kids will observe into their adult lives.
Curry's birthday cake is very nice. At first sight, it is undeniably a very "Man Cake" without all the frills and colors that coat any confetti cakes. Can't wait to dig in later.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Since January, Curry has been in control of the TV remote and his "flip-flopping" switching among the news/comments channel is comparable to Mitt Romney's stand in every issue!
If we are able to vote, I think we will vote the Democrats. But who will we choose among the 2 candidates? I don't know. Hillary appears to be more articulate in her speeches and her plans are practical but Obama is no less in ideas and determination. Both have their distinctive charms and poise which undeniably contribute to their popularities. The Republicans candidates don't seem to have much difference in personality nor plans from their peers, hence I don't think they achieve the "star" status in the media as much as their Democratic counterparts.
So, be it Clinton or Obama (if the Democrats do hold the helm in November!), I only hope for a better tomorrow and the war in Iraq to close its chapter.
Amidst all that, I find comfort in my cup of instant coffee of which I gulp down a cup or two everyday to get my cells & nerves charged up for the day. The aroma pokes my nostrils and wakes up my senses. The first sip warm my lips to my heart.
Hmmm... if only there was a piece of warm pancake drenched in maple syrup to go with my cup of Joe... life would be perfect. Weird times call for weird appetites I guess! It is late into the afternoon and I am craving for pancakes!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My spoken skill is bearable but I surely need to kick it up another notch. It frustrates me when I had to stop half way during a conversation in Chinese to recollect a word or two, not mentioning embarrassing when I had to answer in English instead to a Chinese question.
At my age with my limited brain power, continuously practising the writings of the Chinese characters is the best method. Kind of a memorizing game. I have mastered 60 characters so far and will attempt another 60 this year.
Curry (hubby!) prep his binoculars early and our girl, Missy E was so fascinated to use a real one instead of her Diego toy binoculars! She barely had strength to lift it (7lbs at least!) and the gap between her eyes were not as wide as the binoculars lenses gap itself and so she was looking into the dark & empty lenses and she said " Where? where? I don't see anything!"
It was also the end of the Chinese New Year celebration, the 15th day. Hopefully the remaining days of the Rat year will bring good and happiness to all.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This tomato meat dish was concocted in my mind within 5 minutes I saw the cherry tomatoes sitting untouched in their little plastic basket. Simple, quick and nutritious... what more can I ask for..... and no one complained!
Stir Fry Cherry Tomatoes with Mince Beef
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
400gm of minced beef (seasoned with salt, pepper & sesame oil)
2 stalks of scallion (reserved bottom white part)
salt to taste
1)Heat up pan on medium with oil and stir fry the white part of
2)Add in the minced beef and stir fry mix and let sit for 3
3)Add in tomatoes and stir fry mix to coat with meat.Add salt if
4)Dish up,garnish with scallions and serve with rice.
Long to see the greens again, hear the birds chirp and squirrels and chipmunks scurrying through the trees & roads. But hope is here as I saw some buds on the trees outside the garage, it is just the waiting which can be frustrating. Just when I thought the bright sunny sun is going to appear everyday... the meteorologist says.... "Glorious day... BUT guess what... a whole new Ball rolling in... blah blah blah!"
I was starting to springclean the house. Little did I realise that how much I have abandoned my interests in baking, cooking, reading and other aspects of my own life for the sake of upkeeping the best for my family. All the pots, baking supplies, books to read from years ago and things that I always wanted to pursue were left untouched in the same place collecting dust for the last 4 years!
As with all spring season, new life blooms and new hopes flow in my mind. Well into their toddlerhood now with their own thinking and perhaps their own search of private space, my kids can laugh and wail to their hearts content and I shall jump the boat and dive into developing my own space and time again!
Wishing myself luck!