• The receptionist and the food seller

    And so when Wesak Day (the Buddha’s birthday) rolled around, I signed up to be a volunteer. I mean, why not? It sounded like the perfect excuse to get out of the house, meet new people and…

  • Dessert, to the uninitiated

    We were in the middle of dinner at home on a Thursday night when Hip2bDad broached the idea of going out for dessert. It took a while for the idea to sink in. Usually you’d hear me…

  • The sweet, the sour and the crispy

    We jumped for joy the day it rained movie tickets. I mean, what are the chances of scoring not one but two free movies? Hoobaheck, if it weren’t for free movies, we wouldn’t even be going to…

  • Tigers in the woods

    This is one of those weekends that Hip2Dad isn’t playing the El Nino Open. I say, what a great decision! Better to be enjoying a day in the comfort of home than chasing golf balls all day…

  • To the movies, 21st century style

    So I received a text message from a stranger: 오늘 밤에 영화를 볼까요 우리? (Shall we go for a movie tonight?) I was almost expecting a chime of excited voices and a whole lot of high five-ing…

  • How I like my apple pie

    Pie has been a topic of much debate since Thanksgiving when Costco was selling their scrumptious pumpkin pie like hot cakes. Everyone had at least one pumpkin pie in their shopping cart. Some folks had ten?!! Or…

  • Reflecting on 2014

    Here we are, on the last day of yet another year. For me, 2014 has been a little surreal in more ways than one. I woke up on New Year’s Day 2014 in Vancouver, Canada and we’re…

  • Christmas at home

    Hello Christmas morning! I’m up at 7:30 in the morning and it’s 39* out. The sun is stirring from his slumber. I can see him through the bare trees. And I’m standing in the hallway shivering in…

  • Happy Holidays 2014!

    Here we are on Christmas Eve having spent the past few days running around as if we were celebrating which we don’t, not in the religious sense anyways but I’ve always loved the holiday spirit. We’re just…

  • Turkey days

    Woah, is the long weekend over already? Is it December already? And on the first day of December, we have loads of sunshine!! Yup, that’s California for you. It’s 70* outside, sunny but cool as we head…