Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cactus 仙人掌

LZ gave me this bright yellow cactus. It was a surprise when I came home from school one day. Don't let the cuteness fool you, it's very dangerous! But we love it anyways.

Of course, the day after it came to live with us I knocked it on the floor and it lost a limb. Sorry little guy!

FunFact: In Chinese the word for cactus means immortal's palm.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Commenting Glitch

I just found out blogger is not as great as I was hoping. Sometimes it messes stuff up without telling me.

I didn't realize you had to be registered to leave comments. That should be fixed now and anyone should be able to comment without registering. Hope it works. Thanks to those of you who already commented! Keep it up!

The Big Fight

Yesterday evening I had a huge fight with my computer. It has been on its last legs for a while now but it logically chose last night, right after I wrote six pages of my first assignments for school, as the ideal time to throw a fit. After many grueling rounds the fight finally ended in a tie. I did manage to get my files out by going into DOS and copying them to a floppy disk (remember those?). But the computer was so stubborn it just would not work again. It may be time to walk away and get a new computer but wouldn't that be letting it win? I don't think I'm ready to give up just yet. Next time it will be a fight to the death.

Monday, September 18, 2006


Here she is, my latest ovine creation. While she may look the same as the rest of the flock, she has her own distinct personality. She can usually be found by the window, contemplating the first few leaves falling from the trees. This will be her first winter and she hopes her warm woolen fleece will make up for her inadequate acrylic legs and head.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Nubby Potato

Last week we discovered the Central Square farmers' market which was a great find. Although it still seems expensive (after you've lived in China everything will always seem expensive), farmers' markets are always a good thing to happen upon. I found these adorable little nubby potatoes:

So naturally I brought some home and put them on the windowsill to take pictures of them. The farmer in the market told me what variety they are but I forgot. I'm sure my agriculturally-inclined sister will enlighten me. They're almost too cute to cook!

Just now when I said the farmer in the market, I was reminded of a great abiyoyo anecdote. One teacher pulled out a picture book that goes along with the song "The Farmer in the Dell" and a kid got really excited and yelled out "The farmer in the deli!" Kids say the darnedest things.

The Nest

We moved into our Central Square mini apartment on September 1st. We came into the apartment, looked around, and lo and behold, what could be on the windowsill but *gasp* a bird's nest:

There it is in all its glory. A very auspicious sign!
I suggested we use it to make that infamous Chinese delicacy - bird's nest soup, but LZ didn't think it was such a great idea.

Now, to make this blog more interactive, I have a challenge for all of you:
What is wrong with this picture?

If anyone gets it right and has a good explanation, maybe they'll get a prize!