It’s Monday (April 12, 2012)


Happy Monday!

The kids were on spring break last week and we managed a short weekend getaway.

So many firsts this past weekend…

The first time we’ve been out of the Bay Area in over a year.

The first time we’ve been to Tulare County.

The first time we’ve stayed in a hotel in over a year.

Prawn pasta

The first time we’ve eaten out in over a year.

Also, the first dose of covid-19 vaccine for the adults. A drive through one, no less.
Driving towards the tent where we’ll wait for 15 minutes.

And a first time to Sequoia National Park for us. What a lovely place!
The General Sherman Tree is the most famous landmark in Sequoia – a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), and it’s about 2,300–2,700 years old
The kids said that this tree near General Sherman is General Sherman’s nose

I have to admit being a bit anxious at a few points during the trip. While at the hotel, the staff were all masked and the place was very clean. But there were some guests who weren’t masked…And also at the national park, although they ask you to wear masks, there were still quite a few people who didn’t wear them. It made me realise that being in the Bay Area, where everyone wears a mask, it does make me so uncomfortable when I come across people who don’t. Especially when indoors!



The Absolute Book – Elizabeth Knox


The Promised Neverland – an anime available on Netflix


Nothing at the moment!

Eating and drinking:

Blueberry muffin and tea for breakfast


I ordered some groceries from Weee! to be delivered tomorrow. It includes pea sprouts (dou miao 豆苗) which I adore. From the photo on the app, I believe it’s the da dou miao or the more grown version of the pea sprouts. I believe they are snow pea sprouts? Anyway, one of my absolute favourite vegetables. Sweet, a little bit crunchy, and delicious when simply stir-fried. There are some photos on this Serious Eats page, if you’re curious. I’ll serve it maybe with some stir-fried soy sauce chicken and potatoes, and rice of course.

Also, last week I bought some lamb loin chops from Costco, and will try to cook that up. Maybe serve it with Brussels sprouts.

Last week:

I read:

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water – Zen Cho

I posted:

Library Loot (April 7 to 13)

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


  1. Wow, the idea of people not wearing masks inside (at a hotel! where you don’t know where the other guests have been!) seems very shocking at this stage. But to focus on the positive: congratulations on your first shot! That is very, very exciting!

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  2. Sequoia looks so beautiful – glad you got to enjoy the visit! I would love to visit there someday but I’m on the east coast so I don’t think that will happen any time soon. Happy Reading!

    Visiting from the Book Date at #37


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