- One of the key benefits of being on sabbatical half-way around the world: it’s much harder to be sucked into mindless internet surfing. As it’s the middle of the night in the U.S. when I’m most likely to engage in this behavior, there’s nothing to see. No new e-mails, no Facebook updates. So far, it’s made me fairly productive; we’ll see if it lasts or if I find some new form of distraction.
- Last Friday, we left the neighborhood to try a different restaurant. We went up a few stops on the public transportation and tried a nice Indian restaurant. The town we were in (Yuen Long) had two MTR stops, so we decided after dinner we would walk through the city from the stop where we got off to the other one. Of course, a few blocks away from the restaurant, those plans were dashed as Berkley pulled a classic kid move – the “I have to go to the bathroom this instant.” If you think those words are a pain in the U.S., try hearing them in the middle of an unfamiliar city half way around the world. A quick decision was made to change course and head back to the original MTR stop (all of which have public restrooms). So, we made an unplanned detour down a side street. Unfortunately, it was the wrong side street to choose as we ended up walking through the – ahem – adult district. No – it wasn’t shops. It was women – all sorts of women, hanging out on the street, looking for some action. Fortunately for us, the boys were CLUELESS about what was going on, but it made for some uncomfortable moments for the grown-ups.
- Berkley had a pet for a little while this week. Monday morning when Doug went into wake Berkley, he found a little lizard about a foot away (on the bed) from Berkley. The lizard scampered away when Doug when to check him out, only to be found by me on Tuesday. I managed to capture him in a glass (that's him below) and set him free, but not before the boys BEGGED me to keep him as their pet.
- I know I posted this on FB, but not having a dishwasher really sucks. Typically, we have at least three, if not four, loads of dishes a day: breakfast, our lunch, the boys’ lunch and dinner. We can’t skip one as we only have enough plates/bowls (4 of each) for one meal, and there’s no room to actually make a meal if there are dirty dishes around. Sigh. I guess one of the points to this whole adventure was to learn how most people live, so this is part of that. And believe me, I am learning my lesson. I may hug my dishwasher when I get back.
- I’m somewhat jealous reading about the crisp fall weather many of you are experiencing. We are still in the brutally hot phase, so a drop in temperature would be appreciated. Of course, I probably won’t feel that way in November and December when temperatures here are supposed to be in the upper 60s/low 70s.
- We interviewed several babysitters this week – all of them local students. I’m not sure any of them will have the fortitude to stand up to our boys. Quin and Berkley may end up chewing up and spitting them out. I’m thinking we may have to look to international students to manage them.
- It's hard to get used to the different style of dates around here. Yesterday, I looked at an expiration date on some tortillas I bought: 4/11/11. April 11th? Nasty. Then I realized that meant November 4th. Ahh - much better.