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December 30th, 2015


11:15 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As usual I have still not gotten around to sending out my card and gifts yet, but at least I managed to post before the new year.

While chatting with flemmings, I just realized the it's been eight years since our little circle were all watching Woxinchangdan here on LJ, and fangirling about uncle Ming. Piglet is eight, and I remember that I was able to watch that tv series because I was up every night twice nursing him and watching the show at the same time. But finally there is another show which is equally, if not more addictive (in fact many time more addictive by my books), and I'm almost (but not quite) sorry that I no longer have the excuse of nursing Piglet/Thuglet to stay up and marathon the series.

So let me pimp Lang Ya BangCollapse )

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July 25th, 2015


09:23 pm
In honor of getting a fancy new phone(a nexus 6 which is about the size of a paperback), here are some pictures of my garden.

pictures of the gardenCollapse )

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August 22nd, 2014


11:00 pm
After wasting countless hours staring at pictures of slope garden and other horticultural porn, I did a little sketch of the slope. S said how about some rock steps and more trees, so I added a few, and now I have the start of somthing like a plan. And since crepe murtles do so well here we thought we'd plant a couple on a little ledge. I have also bought three azaleas, which I want to put on the slope somewhere, not sure where.
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August 18th, 2014


09:52 pm
When we were house hunting, S was set on having the house on an elevation, being old-fashioned about things like flooding and drainage and such. And boy did we buy a house with elevation. Our front yard is a 15ft high slope with 100% grade(45 degree incline for those of you who do not read landscaping books for entertainment), and covered with daylilies and poison ivies.

It is somewhat attractive for about 2 weeks out of the year when the daylilies bloom and the fireflies are out, but after that the stalks of the spent bloom persist for month and the leaves flops, and the vines hidden between the daylilies take over.
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This summer S killed as much of the poison ivy as we could find, so the slope is somewhat less of a minefield, and now we're trying to come up with a plan for the slope. so, ideas and inputs are much appreciated.

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August 15th, 2014


09:06 am
so let me display the fruits of my labor...hehe

do pictures of one's garden belong to the same category as one's petsCollapse )

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January 3rd, 2014


03:25 pm
Happy New Year everyone! 2013 is the year that RL happened and reading did not. With two thugs at home I expect RL will continue to happen, but hopefully reading will happen a little more as well.

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June 10th, 2013


07:34 am
Have bought a house. Considering that I have bought two condo before this should not be new to me, but somehow the fact that this is a freestanding structure with a yard and exterior which I must pay attention to simply paralyzes me. arghhhh! S keeps on trying to persuade me that it"s just like a town house, but somehow I"m not convinced. Howeve; spend yesterday there, and three neighborhood cats came to visit, and one sems to have adopted the house, so I'm somewhat reconciled not.

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April 20th, 2013


10:14 pm
The nice part of living where I do is that I'm right down the street from the library. The sad part is that the only area I get to see is the children's section. Well, let least I found this charming picture book today - Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch The story could not be simpler, but the illustrations are simply marvelous.

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09:26 am


Now that I no longer take the train to work, it seems like even the smartphone can not help me post more ti LJ, alas.  But right now I'm sitting in MVA, so i have a bit to catch up on my LJ reading. Was laughing over the undergraduate history illustrated that J posted when  S leaned over and asked, have you read The cow essay?


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February 2nd, 2013


06:46 pm


the one thing about dc which no one told me is that the broadcast tv here  is really  entertaining.  all the countries and organizations with agenda are on the airwave here. so we have two cctv channels, one devoted to the lavish documentaries about esoteric topics like the lost cities of Kuchi and Qun Opera, all subbed in servicable english. also two NHK channels, which shows mostly entertaining travelogues in the japanese style, and nature shows about native cultures of the world which i'm sure would not be considered politically correct anymore in the west, and of course the random variety show.  and al jazeera, which is also in the eye candy documentary business.


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