Monday, July 20, 2015


// How do you know your partner is the one?

// This photo and its caption is just one of the reasons I love Brandy.

// This studio apartment is dreamy. I want to live there.

// One of the best posts I've read about how to reach "inbox zero."

// "An apology letter to my body."

// I started using a DivaCup this week and I'm already a fan. "How and why to use a DivaCup"

// I think I'm going to change my name when I marry T, but this was interesting to read.

// This packing guide will be useful for my next vacation!

// I did get my dad all 11 seasons of Cheers, but... "25 Of The Best Responses To Amazon Prime Day". (#16 is my favourite.)

(Photo via Cup of Jo)

Friday, July 17, 2015

happy friday!

Blogging has been all over the place for me this summer. I thought I'd have more time to write posts and publish them regularly and... nope. I know, I know, I choose how I spend my time. And during this season of my life, being home for a short time, a wedding, family, etc. the blog is not my priority. But I have so many ideas and I really do hope to have them up soon.

In the meantime, the main things that made me happy this week were wedding-related:

+ My Nan asked T and I to pick up a caesar salad kit at the grocery store and when I saw the best before date, I danced around and said, "Our wedding date! This makes me excited!!!" I pretended to be less crazy than I am, and started to walk away, before deciding to embrace the craziness and went back to take a photo.

+ Tuesday was a marathon wedding day. I got my dress hemmed, we dropped off balloons to be filled and delivered the day of, we figured out the food situation, met with our officiant, had my hair and makeup trial, met with our coordinator, chose the exact spot for the ceremony and reception, and finalized plans. Big thank you to Melissa for taking us and helping us!

+ I'm 99% sure I'm going to change my name. I made a few phone calls to try to be sure I'll have enough time before we go back to China. I'm not looking forward to the hassle, but when I look at T and think, "I'm going to be a Zhang!" I'm pretty sure I glow.

One week!

What made you happy this week?

Monday, July 13, 2015

happy monday!

Probably the happiest thing that happened recently was that Tony and I got our marriage license on Friday! I haven't been that excited or nervous going into Service New Brunswick since I was 16 and doing my driver's examine. 

As soon as I had that piece of paper in hand, all of the other wedding stuff I still have left to do felt less important. "We're getting married!" I told Tony, before kissing him—probably aggressively

Other things that made me happy: 

// Spending time catching up with Tiffy. It's wonderful to have the kind of friendship where no matter how long it's been since you've seen each other, it feels like no time has passed at all.

// Picking T up from the airport, of course.

// Beating my dad at crib—again

// Dad sending me a text that said, "I think Tony is cool."

// A package and note from Rosie.

// Picaroons beer.

// Chicken caesar salad at Pizza Hut. (Just being real.)

What made you happy recently?

Thursday, July 09, 2015


T called me last night, teary-eyed, to tell me Goldfish died. 

At first I was just relieved that it wasn't something more serious, but then we both cried a little. 

We've had him for 3 years (the length of my time in China so far). Tony fed him and moved him by the window "so he can see what's happening outside" every morning, and moved him away every night "so the bright lights don't keep him awake." 

This is the fish that I bought for my first students in Beijing. The one a two year old, who could barely speak English, named Goldfish because his (the boy's; not Goldfish') favourite book was "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" The one G, after watching Finding Nemo, asked "Where's his mom and dad?" The fish that anyone who spent a bit of time with, would tell you that he truly did have a personality. 

It's amazing how many memories a small animal can give you. 

The crazy thing: Tony found him on the floor in the morning; we figure he jumped out of his bowl. "You mean he died because he jumped out?! Not because he was old or sick?!" I cried harder. We both did.
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