Catching up

It’s been a busy few weeks of work followed by the Chinese National Day holiday, which actually lasts a week. The kids have been off school, making work harder to do (I don’t especially want to take the time off since traveling in China during this week is unpleasant). We’ve been visiting friends, going outside in the unseasonably warm weather, generally loafing. I try and catch up in the evenings on work.

I’m having some trouble loading pics right now, so we’ll hold off on those for the moment, but here’s what’s been going on:

There have been three different massive fireworks displays in Century Park this week, right across from our apartment complex. Unfortunately we don’t have a park view but we did go out front for a look-see, along with the teeming masses who pooled up at the big intersection and oohed and aahed. The boys ran around with some kids they know and didn’t pay much attention to the fireworks.

Aidan lost his second tooth in about as many weeks yesterday. The Tooth Fairy has been busy. In fact, He asked me to put in word with the Fairy that he wants more money. Sadly I have no influence with the Tooth Fairy and he’ll get what he gets. The front right incisor was the lucky one — the same one he crunched when he fell on a chair some years back in Hyattsville. We’ll see if the new one grows back in properly. As I recall, there was some doubt from our dentist.

We bought a fish tank last weekend. It’s about 48 gallons according to my metric conversion, so it’s a biggee – more than twice the size of our old tank. Lisa is rapidly populating it with tropical fish. The boys, who have shown a knack for finagling free things from Chinese shopkeepers using nothing more than charm and their surprise Chinese language skills, are also contributing to the rising aquatic population as well. They scored 10 free fish and some plants from a shop the other day when Lisa wasn’t looking.

I picked up the first and second seasons of Rome recently. It’s really good.


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