Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fall boots 2015 and Tokyo

Happy 11/11!

A change of scenery, I'm writing from the 33rd floor in a hotel in Shibuya today. The view from up here is just spectacular.  It's taken me almost 20 years to come back to Tokyo and until I arrived I had no idea how much I missed it.  To me, it's really not the city itself that I missed, it's the people.  My very special friends with whom I got to spend a very important part of my life. And now, 20 years later,  we've all changed. We've grown older and wiser, we have real life responsibilities, we are parents. But we share the same memories from two decades ago when we were young, fearless, and adventurous. I'm so thankful that I get to spend some time with these friends who will always have a special place in my heart.

Thank you husband for making me come to Tokyo with you. We're already half way through our visit here and yes I'm nostalgic. I don't have much to say about Fall boots this time.  Life is so much more.

Wait, maybe I do. Can't help it.

I walked around Shibuya yesterday and saw a Aigle store. I had to stop. Tried on these rain boots that are just perfect in every way. The heel height is great and the removable straps break up the bulkiness of a rain boot. The color I tried on was eggplant with pink stripe on top. Perfection!

Miss Julie by Aigle

More on Tokyo later but here's a little taste of it. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Neighbor Pat

Last Thursday was like every Thursday, I went from one thing to the next non-stop, all day long. No, actually, last Thursday was busier than a typical Thursday. Husband was out of town, I had a board meeting in the morning, and taught Art in Action in Zebu's class, in addition to all the standard after-school activities.  Somehow I didn't have time to squeeze in breakfast and lunch.  I'm used to it though, so I thought.

6:45 p.m. and we're finally home. While putting the bikes away and trying to figure out what to make for dinner, I heard a voice: "Hey Winnie, look at the sky!" It was neighbor Pat. My immediate thought was: "ugh, I don't really have time for this."  It's almost 7:00 p.m. and I hadn't made dinner.  I managed to force a smile, turned around, then walked towards Pat and said, "Hi, what did you say?"

"Look at the sky. It's beautiful tonight." Pat replied.

I looked up and sure enough it was beautiful. I took a deep breath, smiled, and thanked Pat for pointing that out. I realized at that moment how much I needed to slow down. I was so lost in the day-to-day madness and forgot to "smell the roses."

I walked back in the house, gave the boys big hugs and kisses, and made the simplest yet most appreciated dinner!

婆婆(grandma) egg noodles with 合掌瓜 (chayote), pot stickers, peas, and tofu puff

To wrap up the day, we received the cutest Halloween card in the mail from Yeye and Nano!

If you're like me and feel like your life has taken over, slow down, look at the sky, and feel the moment. It only takes a few seconds but it really puts you in a better mood. It worked for me.

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