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julia surprised us by bringing her “kid”, a new bunny.  some people protested but in the end the bunny won and it stayed on the deck and in the living room.  kai was fascinated by his new friend and would wake up in the morning and yell “buhhhhh!”  we’re still working on two syllables.  he was nice enough to pet it a few times in between poking it and throwing things at it.



okay, here’s a way outdated thanksgiving post.  even though we haven’t been in the states for a thanksgiving for several years, i can’t complain that we went without delicious turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. (and sometimes we had two or three thanksgiving meals!).  be that as it may, we still enjoyed being back in tiburon with julia/jan and jonathan/julie for the big turkey meal.Kai at 18 months.jan on the deck

we’ve come to realize that all of the kids enjoy cooking.  and some of us have a real passion for cooking.  you know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen, so we exchanged quite a few emails divvying up the assignments and the result was a fantastic meal.  family gatherings are tending more towards meal-centered activities these days.  i don’t mind!


we have officially left hong kong for awhile.  the movers came, we packed, they packed, and almost all of our remaining stuff disappeared into boxes, headed for a big crate that will fit into a bigger container that will sit on a bigger ship that will cruise the bigger oceans headed for the united states of america.  we said goodbye to as many friends as we could see in our remaining days and promised to be back sooner than later.

i’m not much for goodbyes – i would rather just say hello again when the time comes.  alicia managed to sort out some get-togethers though where we were able to see lots of people and enjoy some last bits of hk, including having my cousin come through for a couple of days just before we left.  he managed to get me up to the peak for midnight tour which i had not yet experienced and thoroughly enjoyed without the normal crowds.  it was a fitting way to end my most recent stint at work.

tiburon hills

we arrived in tiburon a few days ago, and have been pushing through kai’s jetlag with mighty resolve.  i think we are close.  in the meantime we are enjoying the clean environment here.  the autumn air is so fresh and crisp, the leaves trickle down from the trees and the smell of eucalyptus has already inspired me to take a couple of nice runs.  we hit in ‘n out right off and marvelled at the offerings at the grocery store.  has it really been that long?  i guess i adapted to hong kong life a little more permanently than i expected to.  we’ve been gone for three and a half years now, and i am sensing that there will be an adjustment period before we are as comfortable again here.

we are looking forward to a nice thanksgiving with the family, and wish the same to all of you.

the only thing that never changes is change itself…

change comes often.  unexpected. self-perpetuated. force-fed. achieved through hardship.  change can be good or bad, personal or not.  but it comes, and we deal with it.

most of the changes that have affected me over the last few years have been welcomed by me.  viewed positively.  increased my joy and satisfaction with life.  we know that we have some big changes coming up over the next couple of months too, and i am looking forward to these changes.  i am hopeful.

life is short.  it’s easy to get caught up in things.  take some time to evaluate.  look at the trees.  look at the forest.  think different.  dare to dream.  and chase those dreams.  but be prepared for change.  change of goals.  change of course.  change of mind.

and i wish the best for our new president, who has a long and difficult road ahead.

we celebrated kai’s first halloween in redhill, near the school i went to growing up.  one of the few places in hk where there are real houses.  along with that territory comes american candy (although much of it was leaking a sweet ooze from the humidity) , and people who go all out in decorating their homes & dressing up (even their dogs!)


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