Scenes From My Week 07.30.13

As a birthday present, my family treated me to a massage at my favorite spa in town._1070212

It’s a great place for R&R, they do a wonderful job, and part of what I love are all the little details, like orchids on the pillows, candle lanterns to light your room…_1070214

…and pretty cups of tea to soothe you before and after._1070216

Little details go such a long way!

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Scenes From My Week 07.23.14

Life is slowly settling back down to normal again, and we were able to even spend some time this weekend getting out into the city a bit. Sometimes, it’s too easy to get holed up in the house taking care of the basic necessities._1070193 _1070194

And then sometimes getting out into the world for a bit, and shoving the to-do list aside is one of those basic necessities. Fresh air for the soul._1070195 _1070197

In other news, we’ve just had our floors redone. We used to have dark slate tile floors, but whatever kind of sealant they had on there was coming up in sticky pieces that adhered themselves to everything they touched, including Cy’s skin. It would get stuck to his hands while he crawled, getting them covered in sealant and pieces of slate that he would then stick in his mouth. I assumed this was unhealthy. I called our landlord about it, and miraculously, graciously, she put in new floors for us.


It’s laminate, and it doesn’t match any of the other wood in the house, but I think it’s actually quite pretty. It’s much lighter so it brightens up the house. Plus the laminate is super smooth and soft, making it so much easier to clean, and better for Cy to crawl and tumble around on. So all in all, I call it a win._1070181

I was going to end the post there, but now I want to say there’s actually quite a bit going on over here and I want to tell you all about it, but it won’t all fit in one post. I’ll need to tackle it one piece at a time, in whatever spare moments I can snag when Toby can watch Cy for me: a bit on where I am in the grand scheme of things, on homesickness, the trip home and coming back again and how that’s affected me; a bit of news, and a leap of courage I’m about to make; and thoughts on traveling with a baby, to name a few.

I don’t mean to torture you with such annoyingly oblique details! I just want to say there’s a lot on my mind, and I’m sorry if this space has been spare lately, but lots of new stuff is coming real soon. So please stay tuned!

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Little Things Thursday 05.22.14


I made some cold brew and immediately wished I had thought to do this sooner, to help combat the ridiculous heat that has been plaguing us the past several weeks.

_1060880Cold brew is coffee made by adding cold water to coarse ground beans in a french press and letting it brew overnight in the fridge. SO EASY.

But also so flavorful–I really appreciated the citrusy tones popping out of these local Thai beans. I have the same kind of coffee every day, but the flavor was suddenly more apparent.


The best part is, when you’re really craving that 4 p.m. pick-me-up…it’s already right there waiting for you!

It was necessary today. Today was a two-cup coffee day.

In other news, the Thai prime minister has been ousted and the military has taken over and declared martial law here in Thailand, but don’t worry “it’s not a coup.” [Ed: Just is a coup.]

Other good stuff on the interwebs this week:

This young lady talks about 10 ways in which world-schooling totally ruined her childhood… Do you wish you could have been world-schooled? Would you world-school if you could?


This guy’s worst day has become NY’s hottest attraction… An amazing, thought-provoking reflection on how public grief co-opts private mourning.

Linking up with Little Things Thursday!

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I’ve been wanting to join in with Kim’s Little Things Thursday for months now, but with caring for a newborn and such, I was mostly overwhelmed with trying to adjust to becoming a mom. Some women seem to wear the mama cap easily; I find it hard to multitask motherhood. I’m either focused 100% or things fall apart. Thankfully life is starting to reach a more even keel (knock on wood) and I’m finding ways to snag just a little time to get back to some other things I love–like blogging!


So here are some things going on around here…

- On Monday, we decided to get out of our ruts for a little bit and go for a nature walk. Toby found a local dam and reservoir nearby (just by hunting some sign of nature out on Google maps…), and so we ventured out to see what we could see. It turned out to be such a pretty spot, with a little hut-like restaurant where we could get some drinks and snacks too. It was kind of lucky we were out there too because, as we were relaxing, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit!

We only felt a bit of a tremor–Cy barely noticed anything was happening!–but apparently it was quite strongly felt in the city. The epicenter was near Chiang Rai (near where my organization, The SOLD Project is). The kids are all fine, though some families’ homes have suffered some structural damage.

_DSF2963- On the plus side, we now have a new nature spot to escape to any time we want to get out of the city!

- In other news, Cy is turning 8 months old on Saturday! That platitude is so true: the days seem long, but the years are short. Time is just flying by so quickly. In less than a month, we’ll be back in the U.S. for a little visit. In the meantime, Cy just get his first two teeth coming in, his favorite thing to eat is Grandma’s pumpkin made specially for him, he loves to climb stairs (to his mama’s chagrin), he laughs hysterically at goat and pig noises and any time you tickle him, and his new project is trying to throw the rope for the dog. He can only lob it about an inch or two, but he giggles when they start playing tug of war together.


And here’s some fun stuff I found on the interwebs this week:

On how not to be disappointed this Mother’s Day

Anthony Bourdain on the amazing stuff to love about Mexico

And Thai men who love to dress like Mexican cholos….(but if you could speak Thai, you’d hear them speaking so politely and respectfully!)

Anyway, that’s just a few of our tidbits! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going on with everyone else!

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Scenes From My Week

We decided to get out of the city for a bit, and headed to a restaurant tucked away in the mountains. Great food–even better scenery!photo(51) photo(52)

Then I got a hankering to make almond chocolate pear muffins. Best muffins ever–I think because they’re made with almond flour instead of regular flour. They were so moist, crumbly, and delicious, I think I’ll use this recipe in future as a base for any muffins I make.


Meanwhile Cy discovered the joys of pumpkin….Just all kinds of YUM! this week._1060569

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This weekend, friends of ours introduced us to a fantastic French bakery hidden away in the woods, amidst pond and palm fronds. It’s only open on Saturdays and the key to this place is to show up at 9 a.m. prompt because by 9:20 everything is gone._1060462

There were almond croissants, and chocolate croissants, and plain ones, if that’s your cup of tea. Danishes and tarts, and artisan breads of all kinds.


I would share a picture of the almond chocolate danish I ate devoured, but I gobbled it up far too quickly to snap a shot. I may or may not have had chocolate smeared on my cheek in my haste._1060467 _1060468_1060471

Needless to say, we’ll be going back for more!

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It’s been a nasty smoky season up here in Chiang Mai…so we escaped!! To a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand, where we walked on the beach


played in the pool


and ate lots of good food.

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Best way to escape the smoke ever!_1060426

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My favorite tea shop

My favorite tea shop

Cy the Gnome

Cy the Gnome

Yep. Definitely a gnome.

Yep. Definitely a gnome.

Selfie in a beanie - it was probably too hot to wear a beanie, but I really wanted to anyway.

Selfie in a beanie – it was probably too hot to wear a beanie, but I really wanted to anyway.

Breakfast with the fam

Breakfast with the fam

And a Tigger too!

And a Tigger too!

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My boy is 6 months old!

My boy is 6 months old! He makes good friends with the waitstaff and chef.

This week, we discovered a new breakfast joint called The Larder Cafe. It would be an understatement to say we plan to go there again.

My breakfast started with a latte, and muesli topped with yogurt, passion fruit, kiwi, figs, strawberries, dragon fruit, and watermelon.

Then it finished with this:
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Oh. My. God. I wanted to order three.

It was one of those meals that you think about long after it’s over.

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We took a trip to Chiang Dao this weekend. It’s a pretty little mountain side town, where we went last year for Toby’s birthday when I was 7 months pregnant. It was fun to go back with our (almost) 6 month old boy!

The retreat where we stayed

The retreat where we stayed


Fresh passionfruit juice

Fresh passionfruit juice


Yummy snacks

Yummy snacks

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A gnarly old tree

A gnarly old tree


Mountainside stroll

Mountainside stroll

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