Archive for December, 2006

Twas the night before Christmas and I accidentally deleted all the pictures on my camera. All the pictures I had taken in the week I had been in Hong Kong.


I am sick. This puts a serious cramp in the pictorial tour I was going to give you of this city that I am loving. Seriously, I think I love it. But instead I am working hard to take lots and lots of pictures in the last few days I have left so hopefully I will have more to show you when I get home. I am in Hong Kong for two more days and then leave for Thailand on Thursday. 5 days in Thailand and then I am home and back to real life.

So despite the picture mishap, I do have a couple to share from my Mom’s camera. But first, I was tagged by Tienne and Lark for the “6 weird things about me” meme. This really wasn’t hard for me. Perhaps I should be worried about that. So here goes:

  1. I make wishes–every chance I can get. For example, when a clock reads 1:11 or 11:11 I always make a wish. That is not really the weird part. I take the wishes very seriously. I think about what I am going to wish and word it in a way that I won’t regret (Sleeping Beauty really made an impression on me.)
  2. I love falling asleep when other people are around me. Not any people, but trusted friends or family. I used to ask my roommate to do her homework in my room while I was falling asleep because there was just something about it that was so comforting and pleasing.
  3. I love meat but I have issues with it. Nothing processed–cold cuts in general are out. I have a hard time with ham–it seems dirty and slimy. I like clean meat and really I am the only one who can determine what that means. I won’t eat anything that comes to me looking like its live self. Cornish Game Hens…out. I really should be a vegetarian but man I love a good steak.
  4. I have a naive faith in and a romantic idealistic take on celebrity romances. For instance, I really believed JLo and Ben were going to go the distance. I really did.
  5. I can’t ride a bike. Never learned. I have tried to a few times but I have a problem with being out of control and balance. I don’t like falling.
  6. When I was little my imaginary friends were slugs. There was a town called Slugville of which I was the only human visitor. My interest in slugs stemmed from two things–one, my brother would kill slugs in our front yard by pouring salt on them and I thought that was mean and two, even as a kid I thought it unfair and mean that people only seemed to care about the cute and cuddly animals. The mayor of Slugville agreed with me.

So there you go. Weird, eh?

I will leave you with only few pictures from my so wonderful trip.

We rode the Star Ferry boat on Christmas day…


to see this amazing skyline complete with fireworks and a laser show.


Today we saw the biggest Buddha I have ever seen…


And just in case you are worried, I am knitting.


Yes, that is the second sleeve of Venezia. It is finished now, most of the sweater is seemed–it all goes well, I will have a finished post before Thailand. Happy Boxing Day everyone!

The following 13 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

At least you are still there and can recapture some of your pictures. Your trip sounds so exotic. It’s one of my dream trips! Enjoy your last few days.

Posted by: margene | 12/26/2006

My husband lost our camera on the last day of our trip to Italy. Left it at a restaurant. It contained the only photos of all my cousins who no one in my family had seen for nearly 2 decades.

As for the slug thing, my kids had a picture book when they were little which I believe was called, “The Slug Book.” It came in a gift pack with a little stuffed slug. Adam loved that little stuffed slug.

Posted by: susan | 12/26/2006

It looks like you’re having a great time. 🙂 I love that venezia – I want to see it all finished.

Have a great week before new years!

Posted by: natalie | 12/26/2006

You look like you are having a great time! Thanks for doing the meme too – yeah, we’re all weird together!

Posted by: tiennie | 12/26/2006

You are a sport to play the meme thing. I really, really dislike things you must “pass on or be cursed in the kitchen forever” and such. But this one seemed different, and I hadn’t the heart to disappoint Cheryl. So thanks for playing. Also, your trip sounds like so much fun! Be safe. Blue skies, Lark

Posted by: Lark | 12/27/2006

That is so sad! I hope you are able to capture some other things – but you can always journal them as well – keep the memories alive! The pics you did get are great! Big Buddha!

Love the V sleeve 😉

Posted by: Lolly | 12/27/2006

Hey, just a quick note–you still might be able to get the photos off your camera that you deleted. Just do NOT format the memory card until after you get home. It depends on the camera and the storage, but sometimes you can get photos back even after you’ve deleted them (right now they are saved in a tiny compressed state). You’ll probably have to take them into somewhere like Inkleys, but you MIGHT just be able to get them back.

Posted by: Kim | 12/28/2006

Being the son of a gardener, I grew up killing slugs. Salt was fun, but it was more fun using water and ammonia in a spray bottle and shooting it out with them.

Posted by: Jeff | 12/28/2006

Hurry home. You are missed. We can’t go on without you. Hurry hurry hurry home.

Posted by: Posted by: Zadalouise | 12/28/2006

Ack! All your pictures GONE! But it sounds like you are having a wonderful time- I’m envious!

Posted by: Allison | 12/29/2006

what a lucky girl to be in hong kong…i will live vicariously through you…for now.

Posted by: bonnie | 12/29/2006

did you cry when you deleted all your photos? omg, i would have cried! :0) love the ones that you retook though…it’ll all be alright.
gald to see some knittin is gettin done! ;0) x

Posted by: vera | 12/30/2006

Why you gotta hate on the ham? J/K I once had a Muslim roommate in college and this one Thanksgiving my girlfriend gave me a ham, which, not thinking, I promptly put in the fridge. Wow. By his reaction when he found it, you’d have thought it was a severed head I’d put next to the Sunny D.

Posted by: David | 12/30/2006

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Home for Chirstmas

This month has been crazy. My routine has been shaken up in so many ways–some good some not so good–that I feel like I have barely had time to breathe. I am beat. I really don’t know how I managed to get myself ready to go on a two and a half week vacation on the other side of the world but I did and after the longest flights ever, this morning I woke up in downtown Hong Kong.

I have never been here before but it is the strangest thing–it feels like home. For those who don’t know, my parents have lived here for the past year and a half and coming into their apartment last night gave me such strong feelings of belonging and comfort that I immediately relaxed. I am home for Christmas.

Now I know my blogging has suffered severely in the last month–so has my knitting for that matter. I am sure my bloglines has hundreds of feeds for me to read. Also, first order of business for my knitting projects is to finish Venezia. Once and for all. I should have been done with this a couple weeks ago but I just haven’t had time. I am half way through sleeve number two. I brought the whole sweater with me and will be finishing here. I also started a new project on the plane…I will reveal its identity as soon as I can get how to upload pictures figured out on my Mom’s computer. Then I will be posting pictures of Hong Kong too.

Finally, for all you who live in Salt Lake City or who plan to visit, check out Your Heart Out. A work friend of mine and his wife started this blog about the unique shopping and cool spots in SLC. The photography is awesome and they update almost every day. You for sure should go check it out. It makes me want to move to Salt Lake–um, if I didn’t already live here.

Well, now I am going to go enjoy a nice breakfast and maybe go work out at the gym in my parent’s building. Then perhaps I will go explore or shop or read or knit or just chill with Mom and Dad. Sigh…I can’t tell you how much I need this. It is good to be home.

The following 18 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Have a great vacation! I can’t wait to see Venezia. 🙂

Posted by: natalie | 12/17/2006

🙂 What are your parents doing there anyway (if you don’t mind me being nosy….)?

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 12/17/2006

I’m looking forward to seeing your finished Venezia. Mine has been stalled while I finish up all of my Christmas crafting, as soon as Christmas is over i will pick it back up again. Have fun at your parents house!

Posted by: bunchkin | 12/18/2006

I am SO happy for you. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Posted by: lisa | 12/18/2006

Have a wonderful vacation/Christmas “at home” with your parents & family!

With all of the moves that we made growing up, “at home” is definitely where ever my parents are. 🙂

I completely understand about being so busy recently – enjoy the down time.

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 12/18/2006

Yay! I’m so glad you get to be with your family this Christmas. Have a great time! Merry Christmas.

Posted by: holli | 12/18/2006

~i am so glad you get to stop riding that crazy merry go round you call work for a while and hang out at home
~oh by the way i think i will move to SLC to be closer to that shopping (te he he he)

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 12/18/2006

Wow! Have a great time!

Posted by: Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 12/18/2006

rest, relax and enjoy being with your parents. Hong Kong… how totally cool.
Home is indeed where the heart is,

Posted by: Teyani | 12/18/2006

Enjoy your holiday and Merry Christmas!!

Posted by: vanessa | 12/19/2006

Glad you’re feeling “home”!

Posted by: tiennie | 12/20/2006

That sounds so wonderful. There really is nothing like family. Thanks for the SLC link too.

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 12/20/2006

Oh, sorry to do this to you but you’ve been tagged! Read my blog for more info!

Posted by: tiennie | 12/20/2006

Hong Kong! Wow. You’ve been tagged for 6 Wierd Things About Me. See my blog for details. And have a wonderful vacation! Can’t wait to see Venezia.

Posted by: Lark | 12/21/2006

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time at “home.”

Posted by: Allison | 12/21/2006

Being in the position where I’m not really sure where to call home, I know exactly what you’re feeling right now!

On a side note, I visited Hong Kong a long time ago and it was exciting and definitely a change from the ordinary. Enjoy your time there, especially the time with your parents!

Posted by: Erin | 12/21/2006

Have such a wonderful Christmas! Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery and some family lovin’!

Posted by: Sarah | 12/22/2006

hey erin!
have a happy and safe christmas with your family. can’t wait to see pics of Hong Kong.

Posted by: vera | 12/23/2006

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I heart John Tesh

I have many guilty pleasures. Things you would shake your head at in dismay if you heard. Like how no one, I mean absolutely NO ONE should ever know about the *NSYNC concert I attended. You see how if this got out people might look at me differently. Like I wasn’t cool or something. And wouldn’t that be a tragedy.

Well, I am going to admit to another gulity pleasure. I love me some John Tesh. Not his music or anything (you know from my above admission that my tastes run a bit more elegant) and not his hair (because it it BAD) but his radio show. Intelligence for your life. Have you heard it? I have a couple easy listening stations programmed on my radio. They are my go-to stations for when I get tired of NPR or more current radio and feel in the mood for something to chees-ily sing along to. Like Kokomo or any Peter Cetera song.

So by chance one day, I stumbled upon John Tesh’s show. He is AWESOME. The music he plays is pretty average but he imparts to his listeners nuggets of wisdom about life and love and health and work–interesting facts about our world to educate us and to make our lives better. You know what? I think he really means it. He seems sincere–like he really wants to help people. That John Tesh is a good man.

About a month ago I was driving home and was listening to a few minutes of his radio show. He was talking about how when we are kids the years seem to stretch and be so full and when adults the years just fly by. Haven’t you felt this? Anyway, Tesh tells us that the reason for this is that children have a lot of variety in their day-to-day activities. As adults, we settle into routines. Like we always drive to work the same way, eat the same breakfast, order the same meals, go home at the same time, etc. Repetition and routine makes the day go faster. John encouraged us to make small changes in our daily routine to shake things up if you will. I thought this was interesting so I am passing it all along to you.

My routine has been shaken up recently but not in ways I am really happy about. Some good friends quit at work which is sad on two levels. One, I will miss them, and two, there is a TON of work to do. The added stress of it all has affected my knitting output. Where I expected to show you a finished Venezia soon, it will now probably be another week. But it is coming along and I am really excited for it to be done. Not only will I have a beautiful sweater but then I can pick projects for my upcoming trip…did I mention I will be in Hong Kong in two weeks?!!! Because I will. Talk about shaking things up–I can’t wait.

I guess change is not all bad. So here’s to changed routines and here’s to John Tesh.

The following 10 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

I will confess to standing in line way back when in order to meet the boys from New Kids on the Block and if any even asks, I will DENY, DENY, DENY ever admitting to this! Hope things fall back together soon! Hong Kong? Boy, am I ever envious!!!

Posted by: tiennie | 12/04/2006

Ha, you think ‘N Sync was bad, how about I used to love Milli Vanilli! Yes, you know it’s true, ooh, ooh, I love you. I totally loved them and was bummed when it turned out they really couldn’t sing. I like that thought of shaking things up and not getting into a routine.

Posted by: Wanda | 12/04/2006

oh no this is almost as bad as the cheesy radio show you listened to in college ~something about being sleepless in salt lake? You are too cute~

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 12/04/2006

I’m not touching that props-to-John-Tesh thing, but the Hong Kong news is sure exciting.

Posted by: Posted by: susan | 12/05/2006

Yeah, we all have our guilty pleasures. Mine is Pink. Love her.

So, can you share what station it is you find Mr. Tesh’s show? I wouldn’t mind finding another alternative to NPR and Country Legends when those get tiresome, myself…

Sorry to hear about the extra work and stress. I assume your trip is business-related, so I hope you get a chance to kick back a little and have some fun. Seriously, talk about shaking things up. I’d love a good shake-up!

Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 12/05/2006

My dad is always sharing little John Tesh anecdotes he learns from listening to the radio show. My dad is pretty cool, so you are in good company!

Posted by: Amy | 12/05/2006

I listen to JT once in awhile especially when I’m stuck in traffic on my home…oh wow hong kong! I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun.

Posted by: vanessa | 12/05/2006

Well, I was going to suggest forcing yourself to find new ways to get to work, to take a new route each day for a week, no repeating allowed, but then I got to the bit about Hong Kong, and thought, heck! She don’t need no routine shaker upper. I’m jealous.

About John Tesh, many people know a lot of things about life, but have been silenced by a media pooh-pooh in favor of the latest about Lindsay Lohan…still, you have to love the freedom we have to listen to the JT’s of the world.

Posted by: Lark | 12/06/2006

I thought it was the opposite – repetition and routine make the day go slower!! (I tend to loose track of time when I’m busy and rushing about.)

Also, kids are at school from the ages of 5 – 17 (approx) – now if THAT isn’t repetitive I don’t know what is! Rememer how the school year would draaaag on, yet holidays would be over in a flash?

Just sayin’… x

Posted by: Nora | 12/16/2006

That is so funny about shaking up routine because I rarely ever drive the same way to a place twice. I always try to go a different way just to see different things. I never knew that was a profound thing to do!

Posted by: Sarah | 12/22/2006

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