The Greek vs. the Chinese

May 21, 2007 at 5:00 pm (the Greek, Uncategorized)

So now that I’ve outted myself, I really need to start posting more often. The problem is what to write about? Hmmm…

Well this past weekend was the annual Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland. Which was very lucky for us, because that meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday or Saturday night! For those of you who haven’t experienced a Greek Fest before, it’s basically My Big Fat Greek Wedding x1000. There are thousands of crazy Greeks all over the place, eating Greek food, listening and dancing to Greek music, drinking Greek beer and wine, etc. etc.

It reminds me of the time when we first got engaged (my husband is Greek — I’ll call him the Greek — how original!). So my brother was visiting from London (that’s where he lives now). And we (the Greek, my parents and I) had just picked him up from the airport. We were at dinner, when the Greek and my bro started talking about our wedding plans. The Greek said something about how we were planning on honoring all the Chinese and Greek traditions (my family is Chinese). My bro gave the Greek a strange look and said, ” but, you’re just a white guy, right?” LOL. To this day, we love reliving this story. To my bro’s defense, this was before My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out. By now, he realizes how crazy the greeks really are!

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Does 1x every 6 months constitute a blog?

May 19, 2007 at 12:28 am (Uncategorized)

I belong to an online community many of whom blog regularly. I’m ALWAYS on this board chatting away, but I rarely read my online friends’ blogs. I’m not sure why? Maybe I feel too boring for the blogging world. I mean I’m a married mother of 2, have a nice steady job working for da man, I vote, drink regularly, bla bla bla. What’s there to write about? And not giving of myself, I feel like I shouldn’t receive either? Well, I guess that means that I’ll have to start posting again, because I clicked on one of my online friends’ blogs and found a link to another online friend. One who hasn’t been posting much lately because she’s been hurt by some online drama that affected our little online community. And I really care about this friend and I want to read her blog. So here I am giving of myself, so that I can receive of others.

So what’s exciting that’s happened to me lately? The most exciting things that happen to me don’t even happen to me, they happen to my children. Yes, here is where I become a boring mom, talking non-stop about her children. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before….. huh? too bad, you’re hearing it anyway — I mean, it’s my blog!

My little girl just turned 3 and my little man just turned 1. It’s an old cliche, but time sure does fly. It’s so fun watching them develop their own little personalities. My girl, I’ll call her princess, because right now, that’s her favorite thing. Princess is such an interesting little person. She definitely knows what she likes and dislikes. She has an opinion on everything. But she’s SO generous too. Whenever she’s eating something she likes, she wants to share it. Ok so she really doesn’t eat that much. Whatever. It’s still generosity. It’s the complete opposite of me. When I eat something I love, I want to hoard it all to myself. I look at this tiny little aspect of her that’s so unlike me and wonder where did THAT come from? It’s amazing that even though this little being came from me and her daddy, she’s her own little person. She’s unique. She’s different from him and me. WOW.

My little boy, I’ll call him the wee man, because that’s what my scottish boss calls his son and I’ve always liked the sound of that. The wee man is all boy. He’s fearless. He’ll go down the big slides if we let him. He’s always climbing. But he LOVES his sister. He’ll stop whatever he’s doing to mimic her. He copies her non-stop. It’s so cute. He’s also just about to walk. He can stand himself up from a sitting position now. I can’t wait until he walks, because to be honest, I’m sick of carrying him everywhere…

My co-worker the other day asked me if we were thinking of having a third. To which I gently but firmly replied in the negative. She replied that she thought I would have more because of the incredible glow I get on my face whenever I talked about my kids. A third…. hmmmm… I do admit I still get the baby bug from time to time. But I’m pretty sure we’re done.

So how do you stop writing? I feel like I’ve written a book, but a book without a point, so I can’t find a logical place to stop. I mean usually you stop when you’ve made a point, but since I don’t really have one, what do I do? Ok, I’m going to stop… NOW. See you in 6 months…

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uh yeah…

October 23, 2006 at 9:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I guess I haven’t been writing regularly, huh? In my defense, I have been rather busy this past year. I gave birth to our second child at the end of April of this year. Our oldest is almost exactly 2 yrs 1 month older than her little brother. So our hands have been totally full!

It’s kinda interesting writing a blog. I’m really struggling with a few things here.

One, I can feel right now that I’m searching for my voice. It seems like at present, I really haven’t found my style, my voice, my identity as a writer yet. I’m hoping as time goes on and I (hopefully) write more, that this style becomes more in focus. I think that it’ll happen gradually and one day I’ll realize — boy! I’m a writer!

Another, is how much to reveal of myself to the blogosphere. I’ve always been a very private person, never sharing much of my feelings. However, there’s a new level of sharing to be contemplated when it comes to cyberspace. Do I want personal details to be available to people I don’t know? Such as my name, my kids’ names, where I live, what I do. It’s a scary thing to put yourself out there like that. On the other hand, how can I keep this blog interesting or vibrant without sharing something of myself and my family?

Being a parent, one of my favorite blogs is dooce.com. She is such an incredibly talented writer who has a real knack for drawing people in with her writing. However, not much is held private about her life, her husband or her daughter. I’m not sure I can be as brave as she is. I’m not sure I want to be.

Well, we’ll see what the future brings. Decisions like these are probably too early for me to make. Afterall, I’m only on post #2….

BTW, I have to change this template. It’s in Chicago Bear colors and I HATE da bears….

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Wow! I thought I was signing up to post a comment

March 30, 2006 at 5:15 pm (Uncategorized)

on a friend’s blog and lookee what happened! I created my own blog!! I’ve always wanted to start writing regularly. So maybe this is serendipity! The universe telling me to get off my dead ass and do something about one of my dreams….

I remember when people were debating whether Tukie Williams should be executed or not. My boss said that it didn’t seem right that he should be granted clemency just because he wrote a couple of books. But words have been the most powerful force in history. Words have changed the world many times over. Just think how different this world would’ve been if we hadn’t had the written works of Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, Sun-Tzu (gotta throw in some Chinese guys!). Just think if the Bible, the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights had not been written.

I stand by the power of words. Hopefully that will kick start my ass into writing regularly….

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