It’s Monday and it’s the Year of the Monkey!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


Please note that they were excited to wear their “Chinese outfits”

Happy New Year! It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year which is traditionally celebrated for 15 days. Of course it’s just another Monday here in California, but I’ll be dressing up the kids in their Chinese outfits for preschool. They attend a bilingual Mandarin-English preschool so they’ve be learning the Chinese New Year songs and the school has been all decorated for the New Year.



We had reunion dinner with two families who have kids around the same age and the boys have played together since they were babies. But this is the first time we’ve celebrated the new year together. We had potluck and our contribution was sushi and a bottle of Riesling. The kids had the best of times running around and playing and it was way past bedtime when we finally got home and put them in bed. On a Sunday night! Oh well. This happens just once a year. 

Also, I spent a bright and sunny Friday morning indoors at the library. Priorities!





Comics and more comics!


 The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki

It’s taking me a while to read this partly because I’m reading lots of comics as well. And also because I’m really liking it and just wanting to take things really slowly with this book. Funny that it’s taken me several years to finally get to this but all I want to do is read it slowly, savouring it. 



Grey’s Anatomy! 



We tried out a new Mediterranean eatery, Yalla, on Saturday night. Take out that is. I had a fattoush salad with falafels. Pretty tasty! 


Lots of water 


Slow cooker pork belly with rice and vegetables

A baked fusilli with sausages and some vegetable. Maybe cauliflower. 

Hamachi Kama or yellowtail cheek. I bought some frozen ones at the Asian supermarket and they are so easy and so tasty. About 25-30 minutes in the oven with some salt. Then squeeze lemon juice over before eating. Serve with rice and vegetables. Perfection! 

Snow artist stomps awesome fractals with just his two snowshoes

How (& Why) To Avoid the Second Cheapest Bottle of Wine (Food52)

Added this to my list of picture books to borrow: Snappsy the Alligator (Design of the Picture Book)

I really want to eat these Chocolate Stout Truffle Mousse Bars with Pretzel Crust. And since it’s not like I can run out and buy it from somewhere I guess I’m going to have to figure out if it’s something I can make!

A list of epistolary novels from Paste magazine

Last week:

I read:

The Making of a Marchioness – Frances Hodgson Burnett (thoughts on this soon!)

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – Sonny Liew

Bad Houses


(I hope to do a weekly summary of the comics of February. Stay tuned!)

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Happy Lunar New Year!

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin



  1. Your children look lovely in their Chinese outfits. 🙂 And I love you the library picture. So cheerful.

    I am waiting to read your thoughts on ‘Apocalyptigirl’. It sounds interesting. 🙂


  2. Your boys are getting so big – and they look happy in their New Year’s outfits!

    Enjoy your comics! I have Nimona to pick up from the library this week. 🙂


  3. I’m glad to know you’re enjoying The Makioka Sisters and taking it slowly because you like it. I love those books…the ones that demand I draw out the relationship for a bit. I’m also gobbling lots of comics, and it’s the best.


  4. your kids look adorable!! not sure which i liked more about this post, the food, or the books!

    oh, no, wait, i know. it’s the food. Everything you talked about sounded amazing. I got really hooked on Chinese dumplings about five years ago at a Lunar New Year party. have been making home made ones every since.


  5. Happy New Year! A friend once told me that you need to sweep your house on the lunar new year–good thing I did that yesterday. LOL! Your boys look adorable and WOW all that food! Looks amazing.

    Fun list of epistolary novels. I’m a big fan of them but have only read a couple on the list. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was one of my favorites from last year.


    1. Yeah you’re supposed to sweep away the bad luck of the old year or something like that. And technically you’re not supposed to sweep during the New Year itself. Then again other customs include not scolding children, like that’s going to happen!


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