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A Sham Christmas

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Christmas with the Shams was celebrated by gathering a hot pot of boiling water and cooking our meats, veggies, dumplings and noodles. Before eating each morsel, it was dipped into our own personal dipping sauces. I'm boring, my dipping sauce is a little Chinese BBQ sauce, a little soy and some hot sauce. Henry's is much more involved and includes a raw egg.

Then we watched Ryan tear into his gifts. :)


End of Year Wrap-up

It's not really the end of the year but I'm sure no one will post from now until then. So, Steve wants to make a tradition of going to Mexico during Thanksgiving vacation. Sounds like a plan. Now that I'm done with the sightseeing (they don't let you climb the stairs in Chichen Itza anymore), it'll just be pina coladas and mango margaritas on the beach for the four days.

Mexico was amazing. The waters were a beautiful blue. Went snorkeling for the first time and almost died. Okay, not really died but thought I was going to die (but Steve said it was physically impossible- what with the life vest and all). But them fish were scaring me- too close, mon! Just lying out on the beach, drinking drinks, soaking up the sun, listening to the waves, warm and cool at the same time- nothing beats that.

Anyone want to join the tradition?


a new year – Chinese style

I know the title doesnt make much sense, but I liked it. I know it should be a Chinese new year, or something along those lines. But it just didnt flow for me. For those that werent able to make it to this dinner because they had their own, here is what went down:

(I do have a few pix, which I'll post later.)

The pre-Chinese new year feast came and went in its glory. Dad made the food. As usual, it was excellent. We didnt eat much of the vegetables, but then again, we never do. Dad packed us some leftovers. I LOVE THAT MAN! Dinner was at 6pm, but I got there about 10 minutes late. HG got here 10 minutes later. Eric arrived by 6pm with about 6-8 bottles of wine. I dont remember the exact number. HG also had 2 bottles. As mentioned earlier, the food was delicious, and we gobbled as we always did. There was lots of talking, but for some reason, there was about 2 minutes of silence. That was very weird. There's never been any type of silence during dinner with this family, even before the kids were born. I'm sure that's normal for other people, but I felt very awkward. I made a comment that it was quiet, which ruined it.

After dinner, the men (minus Dad) stayed in the kitchen and yapped it up. A bottle of wine had been opened during dinner, but during their long conversations, another bottle or two or three were opened up. I stayed in the living room with the kids and mom. Dad was busy cleaning. We, half-heartedly, told him to go rest and that we'll clean up. I LOVE THAT MAN! Well, he cleaned up nicely, packed us some leftovers, and took out dessert. Along with his freezer-load of ice cream, there were oranges, and an awesome cheesecake from Eric's mom. (Thanks, Mrs. R.!- Don't worry, I asked also Eric to thank his mom for us. Who'da thunk it? I thought she was on the outs with this family, considering that we stole Eric from her family.) Anyway, we ate lots of ice cream, and eventually parts of the cheesecake.

Jay had his uncles playing an Avatar computer game, where you blow up your opponents pagoda. That little man is a cheater, but he's pretty decent. He kicked my butt in the game, but lost to his uncles. Let me tell you, those men are ruthless. They dont care that they're winning over a 7 year old boy. I had Jay playing Super Mario World 3 on PG's GameBoy, but he kept having me help him on levels he couldnt pass. Kay was all over the place.

After the kids were done yelling and beating everyone (yes, I said EVERYONE), it was time for them to go to bed. That was around 10:25pm. (Dinner was at 6:30pm, and devoured by 7pm-ish. This means there were lots of talking and playing. Dont worry, Oda, HG & I took loads of pix with your camera.) As Eric brought the kids upstairs to put them to bed, we were on our way out (Dad had the car warming). Of course, the rest of the men wanted to finish drinking, so I went out to turn the car off. PG & HG took it upon themselves to teach Steve a drinking game. I believe it's called "Chai Mui" (I'm not sure of the pinying, but from my 5 months of Mandarin, I think it's right). Even though he played it in English, he did learn how to say '5', '10', '15', 'open', and 'nothing' in Cantonese. He also learned 'listen up', and that PG is real good at the game (although he's unethical). It did take him a while to remember it, but mainly because they kept opening bottles and drinking. There was lots of trash talking. In the end, one whole unopened bottle and 3/4 of another bottle were left.

PG was supposed to go out, but obviously did not. I ended up driving HG, and myself and Steve, home. HG tried to moon some guy who cut us off, which led to Steve wanting to do it also. I started hitting both of them to stop. Eventually, HG put his belt back on, and Steve, begrudgingly, did the same. I took a scenic route back home because I didnt want to get on the FDR. The scenic route in the city sucks because there was traffic and potholes a'plenty. All through the highway, and until I got home, I was a total biotch and cut off anyone and everyone. Hey, I had to make up for all the time lost taking that stupid detour.

The next one we have should be even funner because HG should be graduating, and Oda should be pregnant. :-X ......I kid I kid.


A new year

Another year has gone by, and like many others, I can barely remember anything. What I remember most is working and going to school. Then again, I've been going to school (on and off) for all my life. (Side note, I should be graduating in Summer '07. woo hoo!) Steve & I didnt do much this past weekend. I cleaned. He sat. I reorganized furniture. He sat. I filed. He sat. Well, you get the gist. Dada came down New Year's Eve, and spent it with Steve & I. We did nothing but talk and drink. Yes, Dada had 2 (count them- uno, dos) shots of whiskey & absinthe. After we watched Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve, we chatted like school girls, and passed out. Dick Clark, btw, was slightly slurring and a second or two behind when counting down. Poor Dick Clark. I hope he'll still be around for '08.

Let's see what we did in 2006. In January, we did nothing. February was also a short month. March went by quickly. April was quiet. May ended my spring semester. June was the 6th month of the year. July, I was at mom & dad's for a few weeks 'cuz Steve was in Russia. August, we went to Maine. September, I did some more of nothing. October's Halloween was the first I actually dressed up. November, we went to my first Knicks game & we had courtside seats. December, we actually partied. And there was our 2006. Try not to be overwhelmed. :-)

2007 should be a good year. I might join a gym. I should be graduating. And eventually, I'm going to quit my job and be a bum. Woo hoo!

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Last Shopping Day

We went to the mall today in Pennsylvania for last minute Christmas gifts. It was a beautiful day today, really sunny and warm. The mall was pretty packed, but the line was pretty short at the Disney store. I picked up stuff there, Waldenbooks, Express, Macy's and American Eagle. I think I am officially done. We have a mountain of gifts here now around the tree, not quite under, because the tree is really really low and we really can't fit anything under it. Jayden and Kaylee have sooooo many gifts! They are going to be so excited when they're allowed to open their gifts.

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