Thursday, October 08, 2015

october break recap.

Modo

Modo

Modo

Modo

Annie's

cribbage at Moka Bros

Moka Bros

bear blanet at Oysho

Twosome Coffee

IKEA dishes

IKEA beer

Moka Bros

Houhai

Houhai

churros in Houhai

churros in Houhai

boating in Houhai

Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

boating in Houhai

jing-a brewing

jing-a brewing

bath shelf

sunflower seeds

Canadian election

Last week I posted our—rather unambitious—goals for October break. Here's a recap of what we did and didn't do: 

Massage: Done. In fact, it was done before I wrote the list but hey, who hasn't written something down just so they can cross it off? 

Manicure + pedicure: Grey on my fingers and wine on my toes. It's silly how happy this combo is making me. 

IKEA: Do you see those dishes up there? And the beer? Success. 

Update résumé: I'm not getting a new job, but I am getting a new passport to go with my new name(!), so HR needs an updated résumé to switch my visa. P.S. Did I tell you guys that I signed a 3-year contract? I don't think I did. I signed a 3-year contract which includes benefits like maternity leave, and insurance for spouse and dependents, and a pension of sorts, which all feels very grown-up and a little scary. (Before you get all, Ooh! Maternity leave???, read this tweet.)

Seal windows: Tony handled this like a boss, so yay, less pollution for us this year! Just in time for the hazardous air quality we've had the last few days. 

Vote: Voted! Delivered to the embassy! #oustHarper (I think this is the first time I've mentioned politics on the blog. Will I get hate comments? ;)

Slow Boat: Didn't happen, but we'll be going for brunch soon. A French toast tower and beermosa? Yes, please. 

京A (Jing-A): I had the grilled cheese and it was delicious. When in doubt, add the bacon. 

Sneakers: Tony has wanted new basketball sneakers for awhile now, and although he is usually one of the least picky people I know, this he is picky about. Alas, no new sneakers for him. 

Take a bath: So simple and yet so hard to make time for. (But somehow I have time to lay on the couch and watch multiple episodes of Criminal Minds. Hmm...) I did have a bath though and like every time, I immediately resolved to do it more often. 

Watch Forrest Gump: We've both seen it multiple times but Tony really wanted to watch it again. So one rainy afternoon, we did just that.

Read a book (at least part of one): I read the first few chapters of The Royal We and have stayed up too late every night this week to read more. 

Blog (read + write): 4+ posts were written and 23828 posts (slight exaggeration) were read. 

Other highlights included: The return of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder; I bought bunny slippers; T and I played crib (I won); a Mexican Fiesta dinner party hosted by Melissa; Cards Against Humanity and magic tricks; a lunch date at Modo; dinner at Annie's; a sale on dill pickles (a big deal in China!); brunch at Twosome Coffee; an afternoon at Houhai; dinner at Taco Bar; a new food processor; many episodes of Criminal Minds; so much relaxing and laughing. 

All in all, a great vacation. 

P.S. My very first staycation in Beijing + dirty feet.

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