Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Happy Lunar New Year

let me first say:

Happy Chinese New Year! to one and all. :)

you know, i've been updating the LJ more often than this blog, lately - i don't know why - maybe it's the convenience of the LJ's Friends page. so if you are really interested in what i am up to these days, the LJ is probably a better place to look. but we'll see.

Chinese New Year. it's really good to be home for Chinese New Year - it's the first time in four years - but so much has changed over the last four years. yes, the family visiting is still the same - we still start with my dad's older brother, and then move on to my grandpa, and on the second day my extended family on my dad's side descends on our house. but all the other visiting that i remember, that we used to do, has been truncated, reallocated slots or just dropped altogether, and i find disconcertingly large slots of free time hangin' about in our CNY visiting schedules. (which means that we get to come home and take a nap, not necessarily a bad thing. especially when you have a huge sleep debt, like me.) but -mostly because of the ex-chiefs' reception today- we are not traipsing about to one another's houses nearly as much; and i haven't seen the other navy kids at all! (though admittedly that is partly because, well, we're mostly all grown up and scattered to the four winds now.)

so it's familiar, but not familiar at the same time, which is really disconcerting, and sort of strange. ah well, she says, times change, and people with them.

it's nice to know some things never change, though. i'm on laundry duty this week, since my maid is on Chinese New Year home leave, and this morning i managed to dye one of my tshirts violently pink, and gently tint the rest of the load of clothes i washed this morning...damn red shirts and their lack of colour-fast dyes! :)

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