Friday, December 31, 2010

The King’s Speech

Saw "The King's Speech" last night.
Wonderful movie!
Surely deserves to be the Best Picture of 2010.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coffee & Biscotti

Just shoveled the snow off my driveway.  Now having hot coffee with gingerbread creamer and enjoying the delicious biscotti prepared by my Chinese teacher's husband.  很好吃!

Hike through downtown Redmond 2010-12-28


A six mile hike through downtown Redmond! The Adventure! The Danger! The Exotic Food!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3 Signs that you may be rich.

3 signs you may be rich: You have at least one treasured memory, 1 friend, and 1 book you haven't read yet.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My teacher not well, but better today than last week

今天我的朋友告诉我了, 我们的老师还全身都不舒服.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shopping with my wife

After our river walk (where we saw that bald eagle), Shari and I went shopping.
I noticed that other husbands were accompanying their wives.
The husbands had no expressions on their faces, no emotions, walking like zombies.............

Thursday, December 23, 2010


不错 = bùcuò = not bad; pretty good. It means "so-so" in English, doesn't it? But it's a sincere complement in Chinese.



你放心好 = nǐ fàng xīn hǎo = put your heart at ease

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chinese Jokes

My good friend, Bill Ng, sent me the below jokes, so that I might better learn the Chinese jokes.  I'm still translating, and, with the help of my Chinese teacher, I am learning the Chinese humor.

Thank you, Bill, for sharing these with me.










Monday, December 13, 2010

Chinese practice 2010-12-13

My assignment this week is to focus on the following nine words:

1. 头

2. 买

3. 卖

4. 病

5. 疼

6. 痛

7. 医

8. 院

9. 住

Then, I must learn these three new words:

全 = 人+王

身【shēn】 body

嗓【sǎng】 throat; larynx; voice =口+桑

I must make a phrase with each new word.

全部【quánbù】 whole; complete; total; all.




or 饭都吃完了.


or 功课都做完了.
or 功课全部都做完了.



or 茶全部都喝完了.




嗓门 = voice

好嗓子 = good voice

大嗓门= loud voice

Yugo Sauk

Now preparing "Yugo Sauk", an old world recipe containing sauer kraut, tomatoes, and onions.  Slow simmering for 4 hours.  I will let you know how it turns out.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Chicken Dish with Sherry vinegar sauce

Yesterday, I made a chicken dish with Sherry vinegar sauce.  It was very good, although my wife questioned whether it was worth all the time I spent on it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cooking dinners

I'm cooking dinners to give my lovely wife a break.  Yesterday I made beef stew.  It was great!  Tonight I will try making a chicken dish with Sherry vinegar sauce.  Tomorrow, I may try making chunky gazpacho with Sautéed Shrimp.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Paradox of Ages


We have bigger houses but smaller families;

More conveniences, but less time;

We have more degrees, but less sense;

More knowledge, but less judgment;

More experts, but more problems;

More medicines, but less healthiness;

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We build more computers to hold more information to

produce more copies than ever but have less communication.

We have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;

Tall man but short character;

Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It’s a time when there is much in the window,

but nothing in the room.

Written by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Card 2010


Now gathering photos and preparing text for our 2010 Christmas card.  I hope to have it completed by tomorrow and mailed on Monday.


My lovely wife just suggested we travel to Guatemala.  Any advice?

Arm Wrestling with my Parakeet


Sitting here, watching the snow fall, arm-wrestling with my parakeet, and wondering if I should take the next bus to Trinidad.

Deer in our back yard

This deer was in front of our window this morning.  It was one of six in our back yard.

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