Scenes From My Weekend

Khom Loi (Floating Lantern), Yi Peng Festival

Thousands of lit lanterns float up into the night sky.

One of my favorite snapshots from the night.

My other favorite.

Every year, Thais gather to release lanterns into the night, a symbolic letting go of their sins. Saturday night was the Yi Peng Festival, when people gather in Chiang Mai, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, to release thousands of these paper lanterns into the sky. On Thursday will be the larger Loi Krathong Festival, celebrated throughout Thailand, where people release these lanterns and also float little lanterns made of candles, incense, and flowers down the river. These two events are among my most favorite festivals ever. It’s such a magical experience, and the lanterns look like a million buoyant stars, lingering.

It’s possible I have better (i.e. less grainy or blurry) photos that we took with our good camera, but they’re on my husband’s computer and he’s working, so we’ll just stick with these ones I got with my little, old phone.

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Scenes From My Weekend – AND a Giveaway!!!

I actually have hundreds of photos from this weekend, but I’ll limit myself to a few because today I have something super exciting to tell you about!! (Well, I’m super excited, anyway.)

Last week, I read this quote by Augusten Burroughs:

“Generosity feels something like gratitude and pleasure blended together.”  - from This Is How

And it really got me thinking. I mean, one, that’s so right. But also, it seems true to me that, when we feel grateful and happy, we become more generous – more open-minded to others, more patient, more giving, etc.

So, in honor of feeling grateful for my readers, old and new (and crossing the 100 fan threshold on Facebook).

And because this week is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on gratitude and blessings.

And because Christmas is coming up, a time to share and give….

I’m hosting a giveaway right here on my blog!! Jerin, from Out of the Blue, makes amazing vintage-styled jewelry (seriously, you should check it out…I’m in love with these Cameo Bobby Pins), and when I saw the necklace I’m about to show you, I gasped, and thought, “I want that.” That would be perfect for me my readers! And when I contacted Jerin, she most generously offered to contribute one for my giveaway.

People are awesome. Jerin is awesome.

Wanna see the necklace?

Here it is:

They’re word necklaces! Aren’t they charming? If I were to get one, my word would be COURAGE. What would your word be? The winner of this giveaway will receive a necklace with the word of their choice. (Or, if you’re gifting it to someone else, the word you’d want them to have.)

All right, so here are the rules to play. To participate, you can enter in up to three ways:

1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what word you’d wear in the necklace.

2) “Like” my Facebook page and post a comment on my wall with the word you’d wear.

and

3) Mention this giveaway in a blog post with a link back to this post and be sure to send me a link to your post too!

So that means you can have as many as three entries to win!

The giveaway closes at midnight, Friday, November 23 Bangkok time. (In case you’re wondering what time that is, there’s a nifty little clock for your reference at the top of the page. It’s easy to remember though: just add 12 hours from Eastern time, so that would be noon on Friday, EST.)

Bonne chance! And thank you.

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Scenes From My Weekend


Only a few shots this weekend
because I didn’t do much, unless you count writing & movie watching
- and “not doing much” was just fine by me -
But we still had time to send Dot on escapades
suited up as Bee Scout Extraordinaire
because, clearly, we’re not above humiliating our pup
for our own amusement.
(I think she secretly likes it.)

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This is probably stretching the definition of a weekend, including pictures from our flight home last week, but touching down in Tokyo was just so gorgeous at sunset, I just had to share. One day, I will actually visit this city. I’ve traveled through here six or eight times, but I’ve never actually stayed. One day, I will.

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The rest of the photos include:
roses my parents bought to welcome us home
a ghetto-ass plastic bottle turned vase, thanks to Pinterest inspiration
home brewed tea + old shirt
to create a tea-stained (on purpose) shirt
and my new favorite funky vegetable: wing beans.
Slice them up raw and toss them in salad, they’re like crunchy stars.
(Also good in soup.)

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I spent my weekend in the Carolinas (North & South).
It began with a day trip to Charleston,
where we consumed biscuits & gravy and ginger pumpkin bread
before doing a walking tour of the houses.
I just love colonial style architecture.
We ended that day at the Tattoed Moose,
where I ate duck fat fries & vanilla porter.
Then we took a day trip up to Lenoir, NC.
We went to a Molasses Festival
that had a camel, but no molasses.
There were pretty soaps though. And old tractors.
And men in kilts tossing logs, Highland style.
Then I got to watch autumn happen
up in the Blue Ridge Parkway
which is one part of the Appalachians.
What a sight.

Simply stunning.

What did your weekend look like?

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I never knew a Rogue Brown Nectar Ale
could make me so happy
but there you go.
A late night out with cousins
cookie baking, roller skating, and miniature golfing with nieces,
Rooibos tea
and strawberries
make for a fabulous weekend.

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Just a few photos this time
because we’re packing up and getting ready to fly out.
{the packing is basically done}
Meanwhile our house is getting shredded and rebuilt,
propped up by the cutting-edge technology
of bamboo poles lashed together with string.
I’m sipping coffee
and triple checking travel documents
because one time I tried to travel with an expired passport
- I accidentally grabbed the wrong one in my haste -
and that didn’t work out so well.
As I wait for our flight, I’ll pass the time reading
JK Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy.
I’m about a third of the way in and haven’t decided how I feel about it yet.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend
and I’ll see you all in the States!

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It was a busy weekend at work, so I don’t have many shots of
what I was doing. What I did get a ton of shots of was
the new puppy my coworker adopted.
He is fuzzy.
And adorable.
And pees as soon as he wakes up.
(I LOVE PUPPEHS  - did you see the puppy paw? -
PUPPY PAW!
But I don’t really miss this phase.)
My coworkers and I also spent a lot of time in coffee shops
getting caffeinated
- a necessity -
among super cute decor that I want to steal.
Don’t assume development aid workers are all about the
tea and yoga.
We embrace Mother Earth,
but we also want her coffee.

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from left to right, top to bottom:
Fresh mangos; mango & coconut served over sweet sticky rice
sold nightly street-side; mall ads
Din Tai Fung comes to Bangkok(!!) which means I don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get
Xiao Long Bao;
kitchens preparing Xiao Long Bao and other goodness;
just one of the fantastic displays in BKK malls;
street scenes; motorcycle taxi guys waiting to offer a ride;
little girl by the side of the road; books I’m reading (Rumi & Murakami);
view from the rooftop bar, where we went to celebrate Toby being able to see;
the cocktail (Spicy Mango Margarita) with which I celebrated; rooftop bar; flowers my mother bought to welcome us back home.

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From left to right, top to bottom:
My husband, Toby; Bangkok traffic; the view from the overnight train we took to get here
Bangkok back alley
Mongolian herbal & spicy soup
Steam rising at Nobu Shabu; the hallway in our hostel
Urban views
Toby eating lunch
Coffee at Au Bon Pain; pretty ceiling lights
motorcycles parked at the train station
Rutnin Lasik Centre where Toby will get his eyes lasered later this week
the rest is snapshots from the mall
and Toby making a face.

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