Sunday, October 05, 2014

october break recap.

About a week ago, I shared my plans for our week-long vacation.* Here's a recap:

Buy more plants (esp. hanging): We made another trip to the plant market and bought 5 more plants, 3 of which were hanging (but I only hung 2 of them—one in front of each window, the bedroom and the living room—the other is sitting on top of our water cooler with the hanger part removed). We now have a grand total of 9 plants in our apartment to which Tony said, "Are you trying to turn it into a jungle?!"

Hot pot: We ate hot pot Friday night and it was delicious, as always.

Print and frame photos: As you can see, this was not crossed off. But! We chose which photos to print, and we bought frames at IKEA. (Two of the photos will be 50 x 70 cm, so we had to take the files to a printing place and they should be ready this week. Good enough, but can't be crossed off. The list maker in me is a little sad.)

Great Leap: This one almost didn't get crossed off, but I convinced Tony we should go out in the cold Saturday night and eat a quick burger before coming home to watch West Wing. Greasy food never tasted so good. (If you're ever in Beijing, get the cheeseburger; you won't regret it.)

The Rug: It was my second time eating there and I loved it more than the first. (We went to the Sanlitun location.) I had the Summer Fancy Big Brunch and was full for the rest of the day.

See a movie at the theater: Ah, another item not crossed off. Tony checked on Friday, and there was nothing playing in English near us. Darn you, China! (Really, I cursed myself because I should just resume Chinese lessons.)

Watch The West Wing: Success! We finished the third season and are halfway through the fourth. "20 Hours in America" is still my favourite episode and I still dislike Zoey's French boyfriend.

Watch Grey's, Parenthood, Scandal, Downton: I don't like Maggie, I want to be a Braverman more than ever, I don't know what to think about the Olivia-Jake-Fitz love triangle, and I want to hug Edith. (Also, Mr. Bates, I'm holding my breath in nervous anticipation for you.)

Read books: I read Unbroken and am currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Movie night & sleepover with Melissa: Melissa spent two nights with us and it was great! The first night, we all went for Indian food, and she and I watched The Kids Are All Right (We loved it! If you haven't watched it yet, open Netflix right now!). The second night, we ordered Thai food (Tony ordered pizza), and we played Monopoly—twice. The first time, Melissa dominated and kicked our asses. The second, it was a close game between me and Tony, but he begged to stop so I won, right?**

Other highlights included: Tony and I both getting sick—him with a stuffed-up nose and fever, me with a stomach thing, the details of which would be TMI; a trip to the art district; many games of Crazy Eights; new candles being bought and prints being hung; Tony solving a work problem he spent literally hours on; trying the new French Vanilla latte at Starbucks; my order from Lush arriving; a bath with a Fizzbanger bath bomb from that order; and as always, waking up without an alarm.

*October 1st was National Day in China, like July 1st is Canada Day.

**Sure, it might have been almost 2 in the morning and we were all tired, but forfeiting is forfeiting.

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