Thursday, February 07, 2008

Random Wonderful

Thirteen Random Reasons this is a wonderful Thursday:

1. It's a snow day! We got 30 cm of the white stuff last night. School buses are not running; my driveway not yet plowed, I didn't even want to attempt getting stuck. So my kids are home with me today, a comfy, cozy, stay-in day to enjoy the beauty of that white blanket hush that engulfed the street.

2. It's Chinese New Year. So I can put my feet up, enjoy the sunshine from inside the house and have a really good reason not to clean house.

3. My parents stopped by with Dim Sum - whoot!!! The snow was plowed by then. I love watching my boy eat dim sum. He went through two Siu Mai, two shrimp dumplings, two packs of sticky rice, a meatball, and his favourite sponge cake. Then he had room for more cookies and ice cream. Oh, to be 7 again!

4. I convinced my parents to stay and watch "The Painted Veil" with me. I watched it late the other night and fell soooo in love with that film. Such gorgeous cinematography, the Chinese landscape was breathtaking. I knew my parents would like the film with the beautiful backdrop and its love story. I was bawling my eyes out the other night watching it by myself. So I couldn't wait to watch it again.

It brought back memories of China for my Dad...he remembered working the rice fields as a child, and the leeches that would latch onto his legs. He left China at 10 years old; hard to imagine children that young working so hard. But that was the life.

My mother recognized the area being filmed right away because of the picturesque views. Her childhood memories included being carried around by villagers in a carriage as well, and throwing chicken feet to them to eat. They were all poor, but my mom's family had chicken feet to share with them. Yummy!

5. I did some work today, as in work-work. And it was all good. Especially as I didn't have to leave the house; didn't have to even change out of my PJ's if I didn't want to. But I did; something weird about participating in a business teleconference while wearing fuzzy slippers.

6. I'm still feeling the hugs from comments received on my cathartic post. It's amazing how long it can take those scars to heal - I don't know if they will but they've certainly made me a stronger person for it; I hadn't thought about those childhood experiences in a very long time.

I love my bloggy friends.

7. My girl gave some unsolicited hugs and kisses to her grandparents. That is a HUGE thing, from my usually stoic little miss.

8. I'm only choking every 8 hours or so now. So I suppose the inhaler is working.

Just don't tell me a joke. Ian almost made me die laughing.

9. Lipstick Jungle will premiere tonight. I don't know why I'm so excited about that. I used to abhor Brooke Shields; we're around the same age, and growing up her photos were everywhere and she was was so achingly beautiful while I was such a schmuck.

But I've garnered a lot of respect for her since she's become a mother, and been so open with her experiences with infertility and post-partum depression. And she's still achingly beautiful, showing us that sisters her age can really flaunt the hot-mamma-ness (a noun? an adjective? whatevah!)

I hope this show is all it's cracked up to be. And besides, it's a comeback of my one-time crush Andrew McCarthy. Who's not aged extremely well and seems to be a lot shorter than I remember. But he's still the sensitive guy. Not everyone can grow up to be McDreamy.

10. New Tunes. I've been at the library again. I borrowed the solo albums of Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Jully Black, Rob Thomas. I've been playing them here and there all day. My kids are just loving the party.

11. I think I'll just eat all day. I ran into a lady at the gym on Tuesday who hadn't seen me since November. She said it looks like I lost weight. This is all the motivation I need to stuff my face again

12. I created a playlist! I'm deciding whether or not to put it on the blog, because I don't want to have music unsuspectingly blaring from my blog at you (, just in case you're surfing and stumble on here in the middle of an important meeting or while the kids are finally napping - you don't really need to have Finger Eleven snapping you out of your reverie).

13. Hubby is coming home this afternoon, after being away for work for most of the week. And that's a very good thing.


secret agent mama said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love these random lists.. Great job, Karen!

Rachel said...

Happy New Year!!

donna said...

Sounds like a great day! Happy New Year!

Maria said...

Random blogs are always the most awesome! :)

Off to watch Lipstick Jungle on DVR - I had to watch Eli Stone first.

The Invisible Mo said...

Thanks for your comments on my list!
Ahhhhh...snow days. I remember snow days when the kids were still in school. The silence the snow adds to things, the mittens and snowsuits all coming in covered in icy pieces of snow. I used to always make some soup or chili for them while they were out playing. And the hot chocolate, too! I sometimes really miss my kids being little.

Family Adventure said...

That's a lovely list, Karen. Isn't it nice when we can find joy and comfort in the simple things?

I loved the Painted Veil, also. I can see why it would have special meaning for your parents, though. It is such a visually stunning movie.

What's with everyone in Canada losing weight? It has to stop. I feel the universe is making ME personally responsible for gaining it all for you guys. So there is no net loss, you know.

So have some dim sum on me, why don'tcha? :)

Happy New Year!


damozel said...

Happy New Year! A very sweet T13. I'm glad your husband is going to be around. Dim Sum---yum!

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Ginaagain said...

A snow day and Dim Sum... heaven!

bec said...

Happy New Year and thanks for sharing that list of wonderful things.

Lucky you--you could get Liam to stay home on the snow day. Would have loved a snow day "in". My ds was all geared up and at the door, bag in hand. He HAD to go to school...

Will have to find time to watch the Painted Veil.

Bloggers said...

I am totally feeling you on #13!! My hubby is a truck driver and I love it when he comes home after being away for a while. This last time he was gone for 4 weeks! Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Badness Jones said...

Mmm....aren't snow days nice? Especially since hubby's the one who has to do the shovelling....

#14 Bad took a nap at the same time that the Princess went to a friend's across the street for a playdate yesterday....leaving me the sofa and the tv remote all. To. Myself. Bliss.

Great list!

kailani said...

How was Lipstick Jungle? I was planning on watching it but didn't get around to it.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Happy New Year and Happy Snow Day! Glad you could enjoy a relaxing day with your kids and parents! That movie, Painted Veil, sounds really beautiful. I never know what movies to look for when we go to Blockbuster, I'll have to remember that one and rent it next time.

Have a great weekend and nice "reunion" with the hubby!


C said...

Glad you had a Happy New Year! Ours was uneventful, as I think we are the only Chinese family on this island!!! No joke!

The Painted Veil is one of my faves too! Tell me I'm not the only one who bawled my eyes out?!?!!

Dim Sum...I am so jealous! You may recall a post I wrote about Dim Sum around Christmas time. I LOVE Dim Sum! Are there any good Dim Sum places near you? Maybe next time I visit you, D, J and D, we can go!

Huckdoll said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Hope you enjoyed, girl. Happy New Year!

J at said...

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Great list, and yay for snow days! Not that we get them in my part of Calif, but still. :)


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