are we nuts?!

are we crazy to uproot ourselves from family, a supportive community and the ease of living in america?

over the past couple months we’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible with family and friends, starting with nate and emi driving west across 3/4 of the US with his sister, connecting with nate’s roots in the south and climbing mountains in colorado in a sort of farewell ode to the USA.

when the topic of in-laws comes up, i have very little ammunition in the battleground of complaints. nate’s parents have always been welcoming, his sisters have been kind and once emi was in the picture, there was a whole new layer of generosity and support. we left asia when i was 7. since then, i’ve lived at least a 7 hour flight away from extended family. we went back often but i wonder what they thought of us; these cousins that show up once a year with their bad chinese and awkward attempts at bridging cultural gaps. my brother was always better at this, with an innate ability to disarm everyone, from staid, older relatives to our cousins who usually just giggled and stared at us.

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the canoe

every so often, nate fights the urge to fill a backpack with survival essentials and escape into the adirondacks. his options are usually limited for wide open spaces but last weekend we explored the nearby estuary. come to find out, it was actually a bird sanctuary without birds.

nate’s recent project has been building a canoe. he found a book on boat building, bought some wood and began building. so far the pieces are glued together, and now it’s just a matter of applying epoxy to keep it afloat. our basement has become a boat building workshop, much to the chagrin of our landlord who knocked on our door and started talking about how he doesn’t like what’s going on the basement.

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winter phun

i was introduced to winter at the age of eight, when we first moved to France and my parents decided to take us on a road trip to some godforsaken land covered in snow. until then, we lived in the tropics of southeastern asia or the deserts of the middle east, so my mother felt it was necessary to deck me out in ski gear for a walk through town. i was to be paraded in public wearing mint green ski gear with pink detailing. the pants were too small, adding that wedgie factor. i protested vehemently, wailing and kicking and stomping. the irony of this is that i now consider buying a snow suit every winter to wear in everyday situations like grocery shopping.

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homesick holiday humbug


holiday season! festivities! gaiety! obnoxious spectacle of lights and blow up lawn ornaments! i will never understand the appeal of lawn ornaments, let alone inflatable lawn ornaments, let alone covering your entire lawn with ornaments. pretty sure it just creates a driving hazard and does not actually contribute to spreading holiday cheer.

rant done.

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