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almost like normal

almost like normal

December 18, 2011 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

well, hello. Last night I came home from working the table all day at the Brooklyn Flea and collapsed on the couch and pretty much went to sleep right then and there. I hadn’t gone to the bathroom or eaten anything all day, not even a coffee(!) because I didn’t want to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes which is what happens when I drink coffee on an empty stomach. I have no explanation for not eating except that I was sandwiched in between the donut people and the pork belly people all day, so I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t feeling it because I was smelling food all day. I suddenly had the chills when I got… CONTINUE READING

tree

tree

December 16, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life the biz

We’ve built up a nice collection of ornaments the past couple of years and it’s fun to pull them out and have the girls get excited about each one.   I have to fight from having guilty feelings every year for being so busy in December that the girls don’t get to do any fun holiday activities until Christmas Eve. This season so far has been particularly hard and it seems so unfair to them, but they don’t really know December as being anything else I guess. Family helps a lot. Grandma comes to visit for a week to give them the attention we can’t give them and Mark’s sister has started the tradition of giving each of them little… CONTINUE READING

“everything tastes better when you make them yourself”

“everything tastes better when you make them yourself”

November 29, 2011 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

Some dumpling making action over Thanksgiving weekend with my mom and the girls.   My mom claims that she hasn’t made homemade dumplings in 20 or so years. I do remember making them with her and my grandmother. She was telling the girls that when I was a kid, there weren’t that many Korean grocery stores and that they would have to make all the foods that are readily available now at stores, like dumplings and sheets of salted, toasted seaweed – you know, the kind that you can buy now already cut up in 2″ x 3″ rectangles in a foil packet. My grandmother would brush sesame oil on each large piece of seaweed, sprinkle some salt and then… CONTINUE READING

some days you just feel like a little dim sum

some days you just feel like a little dim sum

November 21, 2011 |  Category:   dining out family life

Sometimes you just have to give into your cravings. There is just no other way.   Did you have a good weekend? Ours started off well: a long overdue visit with some old friends of ours and the last outdoor Brooklyn Flea Market of the season before it retreats indoors for the winter. Today has been a confusing day though and I’m not sure what the week will bring. It’s Thanksgiving week. A big change of last minute plans. We won’t be together this holiday…still…need to think about the things we are thankful for.… CONTINUE READING

the last of the last

the last of the last

September 23, 2011 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

Seems like whenever we leave Washington, our flight is always early morning so we need to wake up many hours before even the first light breaks. The drive is in darkness, so there is nothing to see out the car windows. I always make sure that our last night is filled with sights, like dusk at the waterfront in Olympia, to carry us over to our next visit. So I’ll bring you back to New York next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Also, we are at the end of September. What?… CONTINUE READING

when we were young

when we were young

September 22, 2011 |  Category:   family home life Seattle & the NW travels

Going back to Mark’s mom’s house in Olympia, Washington is just about the closest thing to going back home as we can get. Certainly for Mark, as he lived at that house during his high school years, but in some small way for me as well. When we drive to my parents’ house on the weekends, it’s not to the house or neighborhood I grew up in. There are no childhood relics or memories there, so I suppose in one sense going back to this house with the red door, a place that I have also lived in briefly on 2 separate occasions, is the oldest “home” to go back to. Oh Olympia, you are a sleepy little town, but… CONTINUE READING

goodbyes

goodbyes

September 5, 2011 |  Category:   family home life

I have so many more photos to post from our trip still, but we’re home now. It’s always disorienting to come home from a long trip. It’s like hitting the un-pause button and everything that was on hold rushes back to you. It’s also never easy saying goodbye to family and friends that you only see once or twice a year. So many goodbyes. Mark told me something yesterday that really broke my heart. He went by my grandmother’s apartment to catch a ride with my uncle to my mom’s house to pick up our car which has been parked there during our trip. My oldest aunt, the only one who still lives in Korea out of my mom’s 4… CONTINUE READING

home seems far away

home seems far away

August 31, 2011 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

The internet is a funny place. While San Francisco was all about reconnecting with old friends, Seattle is about visiting and staying with newer friends made online. On our first 3 days in Seattle, we housesat our friend’s amazing loft with a view in Pioneer Square while they were out of town. We have never met them in person though. Now that we are a family of four, staying with Mark’s mom or sister gets a bit complicated since neither have the space to accommodate us. I am completely amazed by the generosity and trust of each of these 3 families who have invited us into their homes on our Washington leg of our trip (even for a second year)… CONTINUE READING

He’s gone

He’s gone

August 30, 2011 |  Category:   family life

Tobi at the beginning of his life. Tobi at the end of his life. Ridiculously surreal to be dealing with this over the phone 3000 miles away. We were on a ferry departing the San Juan Islands when I got a phone call from our cat sitter. I made the authorization to the vet to euthanize in the car ride back to Seattle. Mia overheard the phone conversations. She was very upset. Claudine was too busy with her sticker book on the ferry and was napping in the car so she wasn’t aware of what was going on. Mark later told her when they were sitting together on a park bench in Seattle that Tobi was sick and sleeping forever… CONTINUE READING

it’s a freakin’ cat miracle

it’s a freakin’ cat miracle

July 21, 2011 |  Category:   family life

No, Tobi the cat isn’t cured of cancer, but he has pretty much rebounded to his old self. For now. After a few days of not eating and laying around with a totally spaced out, checked out look in his eyes, he’s almost acting spry. Like he’s acting all nosy, sticking his head in the refrigerator every time it’s opened, just like he’s always done. Like he’s standing on his hind legs to peek up at the table and survey the spread when we’re all sitting down to dinner. He’s even batting at random dust bunnies or snippets of string that he spots from the corner of his eye as he walks by. He’s still skinny. He still doesn’t eat… CONTINUE READING

new bridges

new bridges

July 15, 2011 |  Category:   family growing up half life parenting

I’ve referred to my mom quite often in recent posts about childhood and parental role models, but not much about my dad. If you’ve been here for while, you may know that my relationship with my dad has been complicated and I keep it generally vague, partially because he started reading the blog about a year and a half ago (you think it’s awkward to get a Facebook request from your parents? Try having your parents read your blog!! Awkward x 10!). But as I’ve written before, the kids have been a great “buffer” in our relationship and he adores them. We see my parents quite often, every 3-4 weeks, and summers are particularly fun because my dad teaches the… CONTINUE READING

hanging in

hanging in

July 10, 2011 |  Category:   family life

I thought I would be making that call to the vet on Monday. He didn’t eat at all on Saturday and didn’t even have a glimmer of interest in his favorite dried squid treat. Just one sniff and he would walk away. He sort of sat down at the water bowl and would take the tiniest little lap with his tongue and then just stare out into space. He had that distant look that so many of you wrote about (thank you, btw, for all your comments and stories) and didn’t really want to sit with us. The evening was hard. My brother, who is a vet and the one who got us Tobi as a kitten back in 1997,… CONTINUE READING

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