It's Friday and that is a wonderful bit of news. This was a short week for me with Monday as a holiday and then being off to take Fletch in for his cataract surgery. But short weeks always feel busy and those days at work seem to be more full of "stuff."
Thank you all for the well wishes for Fletch. This was his second cataract surgery (he had his right eye done a year ago). The surgery went well (though it took his eye longer than normal to dilate, so even though his surgery was scheduled first, the doctor took another patient ahead of him). Even with that little delay, we were at a diner for breakfast by 9:30 a.m.! His eye was a bit uncomfortable that day (he said it felt like he had a cardboard splinter in his eye), but Advil seemed to do the trick as well as the two kinds of drops he has to use 4 times a day.
That evening we went over to Mailing's parents house to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The New Year (Lunar New Year) is actually Saturday, but Mailing's Dad was leaving for Japan yesterday, so we celebrated early. Her parents had already made ALL the dumplings by the time we arrived, so no dumpling making this year. The dumplings were much prettier too compared to what we make - lol. There were more side dishes, but here's a shot of the table with the dumplings on it:
They were so delicious - as were all the other dishes (steamed pork, fermented cabbage, broccoli, kimchi). The "creatures" at the end of the table are rats! That's because the New Year will be the Year of the Rat (just for the record, I am a Snake [not pleased with that] [my element is water] and Fletch is a Pig [his element is fire].
Mailing had made a delicious cake for dessert. Made with sticky rice and both black and white sesame seeds. DELICIOUS!!!
Before dinner, Zhongren (Mailing's Dad) showed us a house he had recently made:
Isn't that so cool? He got the idea after visiting Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. The roof is made from grasses in their yard. The doors in front have rice paper in them and they slide back and forth. It reminds me of the Japanese Garden in Fairmount Park that we visited. Here's a shot looking inside:
The bundle inside is actually rice and the red figure is a Rice God. It is very, very cool. He is such a creative person.
A fun evening for sure.
Yesterday morning I took Fletch to the eye doctor for his post surgery appointment. All is well and the doctor is pleased. He does not need to go back until February 4th (and will be able to drive himself at that point). So, I ended up getting into work late yesterday and was slammed for the balance of the day. Lots of financial reports, etc. This morning I just have one financial conference call at 10 and the balance of my day looks good:)
I did manage to finish Fever on Wednesday and enjoyed it. The end of the book sort of petered out for me, but overall I did enjoy it. And, I've started Disappearing Earth which is good so far (I've only read maybe 25 pages or so). There was knitting accomplished too:
I'm enjoying using the variegated yarn for the cuff and foot for a change. This is sort of a dark picture, but you get the idea. (The embroidered pillow on the chair is one my Mom made years and years ago.)
I'm looking forward to the weekend. It is supposed to rain (and rain hard) on Saturday, but I have plans to meet up with Dee and I know we'll have a great time in spite of the weather. Whatever your are up to, I hope it's a good weekend for you.