(Image by Megan Gilger)
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
"The sky always gets so blue this time of year. Spring blue. Somehow, it makes it feel less cold."
This photo and these words are from March 4th's post on the blog Habit, "a place to capture and celebrate the bits of our daily lives." I saw them and thought, yup, so true!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Lately it seems like I've been seeing these Diptyque candles pop up all over the blogs I read and I've been filled with that envy we sometimes experience of people we don't know in real life, I wish I could afford a $60 candle.
Then, the other day, a blogger posted a photo on Instagram of, you guessed it, a Diptyque candle. And again, I thought, I wish I could afford a $60 candle. But all of a sudden I was like, Wait a minute! I can afford a $60 candle. I just choose not to buy $60 candles. My whole attitude was changed! I wasn't jealous of people smelling $60 smells anymore; I was instantly happier with my much cheaper Ikea candles.
And that of course, made me start thinking of all of the things I do choose to spend my money on. And then I started thinking about how lucky I am. I make money and I'm able to afford the things I really want. I mean, no, I can't afford huge shopping sprees or extravagant trips, but if I really want something, I can usually afford it. And those bigger things, I'm in a position to save for them.
Right now, my priority is paying off my student loan and I'm saving for Tony to come visit Canada this summer.
What are your priorities? What are you saving for?
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
You may have heard Pharrell's "Happy," but have you seen "'Happy' in Beijing"? I saw this video last week, right after seven (I think?) straight days of pollution at hazardous levels. And I'll admit, while I sometimes say I don't like Beijing, I'm usually pretty happy here. This video was a great reminder of that.
I've bookmarked it to watch whenever I start hatin' on my current home. And I'm sure I'll watch it after I move away (whenever that may be) and feel nostalgic. So many things in this video make me think of what I'll call "my Beijing": Heyrobics exercise class instructors, big bunches of colourful helium balloons, candied fruit on a stick, raw meat hanging in markets, pineapple being sold from a cart on the street, tuktuks, the architecture, delivery bikes, Sanlitun, and yes, even the masks and pollution.
I love my home and for now, I'm happy in Beijing!
Now, who wants to come visit??
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I don't know how many pictures of a blue sky I've posted on this blog, but today's deserves to be celebrated. After endless days of pollution, the air quality index being "hazardous," opening up the curtains this morning and seeing a blue sky felt like a miracle. Walking to school this morning I think I actually had a bounce in my step. If my life were a musical, I would have broke into song. Now that I think of it, I was humming.
This morning one of my boys took my hand and said, "Today's so shiny!" Another said, "I love the sun, Ms. Amanda!" Another yelled, "Sky is blue!"
Yup, today's blue sky is a reason to celebrate.
Update: Celebrate, we did. By going to Häagen-Dazs and getting ice cream. Macadamia nut and chocolate for me, strawberry cheesecake for him.