心语迹痕

September 21, 2009

生活杂记

Filed under: 心痕 — by Yilise @ 7:37 PM

家里买了葡萄,因为一周出门较多,拖了一个星期还没吃完。昨天想起,夜里拿来当宵夜。但还是吃不完。我家那口子看我皱眉头,就对我说明天一定把它解决。

时间转到了他口中的明天晚上。我家那口子照例在九点钟去运动。他回来不久,我从房间出去,看见他一边用电脑,一边嘴里嚼着东西。

“你吃什么?”
“日本毛豆。”
“为什么是毛豆?葡萄呢?葡萄你吃完了啊?”
一脸忽然觉醒的样子让我知道他完全忘了葡萄的事。
“你不是说你今天会把葡萄吃完的吗?为什么没吃?那葡萄收很久了你不是不知道。再不吃就坏掉了。那很浪费你知不知道?你都没有想到台湾的灾民,还有非洲的难民,他们都没有东西吃,你还那么浪费!那个毛豆是冷冻的嘛,现在不吃也不会坏,干嘛不先把葡萄吃掉?都不会分先后次序!”

我家那口子整个傻眼。“你干嘛为了葡萄这样骂人啦!”

攸然觉醒,才发现,我怎么好像在骂学生一样?好久没骂人骂得那么流畅了。自己都觉得有些奇怪的我,只能丢一句 – 你不把葡萄吃掉就别想睡觉,而回房了。

想想,其实还蛮怀恋那骂人能骂得如行云流水的日子,連氣都不用換呢。

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我家老公最近一直覺得自己胖了。 作為老婆的我,也蠻狠心地沒有安慰他說些什麼沒有啦或我還是很愛你啊之類的話。坦白講,他確實沒有在瘦啦。

前些天收到一個朋友forward來的郵件,一般被我歸類為垃圾郵件之類的那種。主要在說些什麼水果要飯前吃,飯後吃會有毒素等的可能是真的可能是危言聳聽的東東。不過其中也有講到說如果想瘦的話,可以嘗試吃三天的水果餐。

那晚想起來時就跟我那口子聊起這個東西。他興致勃勃地說好啊,我們來試試。我回答神經病。只能吃水果耶。不餓死才怪。

做人家老公的回答冷酷絕情:“ 只有你會餓死。我有五條香蕉可以吃。”

所嫁非人啊。

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家裡新買了榨果汁機,我們開始習慣每天都榨些果汁或奶昔喝。

那一晚,決定做藍莓奶昔喝喝。在挖雪糕的時候,驚呼了一聲,因為剛挖的一大勺雪糕竟然因為出力太過,一不小心整勺都掉地上了。我家那口子坐在電腦前,問怎麼了。跟他報告了後,他就:“喔”了一聲,當沒事地繼續他的電腦游戲。

奶昔做好了,剛好是兩杯。把一杯端到老爺子面前。捧著另一杯走到沙發上邊喝邊看書。我那口子喝完了,很自動地走去廚房清理廚房內的殘局。在洗好榨果汁機後,忽然想起剛才的事,問道:“你剛才掉在地上的雪糕呢?”(因為一般需要清洗的事都是留給他的)。

我邊看書邊回答:“已經在你肚子裡了啊。”

“什麼?!?!?!你竟然給我吃掉在地上的雪糕!!!!”

嘿,這一教你你老婆多節儉環保多有美德啊;二教你老婆驚呼時應立馬沖上前慰問,懂嗎?

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前些日子,我興致勃勃地決定做韓國一個我很喜歡的飲料,叫shikhye。是用糯米和薏米粉制成的,工很多,花了我兩天的時間。把家裡的瓶子都用了,害我老公這幾天喝水都很麻煩。

終於弄好了後,坦白講,不成功。這個水應該是甜而微辣。成品卻是有些酸。而我家那口子,最是忌酸。喝了一口就皺眉。可是在我的瞪視下,還是應承每天會喝上一杯。一天一天過去了,一大瓶的“愛心飲料”終於喝得快要見底了。這一天,他在倒飲料喝的時候,看到沉澱在瓶底的糯米,問道,這些米怎麼辦?

在看書沒怎麼專心的我,隨口回答:“可以吃啊。”

我家那口子當場傻眼,表情扭曲:“飲料我都喝了你還要我吃這些米???”

有沒有那麼痛苦啊?

September 20, 2009

喜歡不喜欢

Filed under: 心痕 — by Yilise @ 10:00 PM

昨天上日語課,講到了喜歡與不喜歡的東西。老師一連串問了我許多,要我以“是的,我喜歡某某某回答”的句子形式回答,得到的卻是我都不喜歡的回答 ,訝然笑道我不喜歡的東西竟然那麼多。問我原因,卻答不出一個所以然。

不喜欢就是不喜欢,没有什么原因可言。

不喜欢不代表讨厌,可是绝对就是不喜欢。

在這一方面,我很倔強。

其實不過是造個句子。我可以就隨便些,就說一句:“是的,我喜歡吃蝦子”。老師就可以進行下一句了。可是我明明就是不喜歡,就說不出口。

對事,對人,都如此。不喜歡一個人,就無法對他表露出好感。就算一群人聚會,能不說話,就不說話。無法做到示好。

這也許很不好,可是坦白講,我很喜歡這樣的自己。

September 18, 2009

of pilates, rueda and more

Filed under: 心痕 — by Yilise @ 7:40 PM

Haven’t written in awhile… not so much because nothing much has been happening. Also realized that althou this journal is called streaks and scribbles, I haven’t really being scribbling much. So today is going to be an update of much randomness in the spirit of scribbling anything recent that comes to mind…

Went to the brand new Google campus today for a pilates audition/interview. It’s the best audition/interview I had since I got here and began trying out for auditions ~ and I went for A LOT of interviews/auditions. I had it easy back in Philly because my certification instructor was also the head of the pilates studio where I was doing pilates. So the minute I passed the certification and before I even got the piece of paper in hand, I was hired. Connections are really important, in China or not.

After landing in Kirkland and not knowing a single soul, not to mention having connections…. I thus began my pretty much month-long experience of pilates auditions/interviews at a wide variety of places.

I’ve went to gym auditions/interviews, physical therapy clinics, a childcare centre-like place with idea of holding pilates classes for moms while their children went for art or language classes… basically anything with an idea for pilates.

The Google gym was the best audition, because it was one that the lady in charge of hiring actually had me take her through a half-hour pilates session, instead of sitting down and just having me talk about my experience and aspirations. She actually changed into work out clothes and went through all the exercises! In the many previous auditions, I only had to teach once. And the guy in charge of hiring then did not go through the exercise but only observed. I have to say, it really makes a difference. I haven’t taught since July, and teaching today again makes me realize that I actually really do enjoy teaching. The lady commented that I give good cues, which makes me happy ☺

Of another note of reviewing past interests, today is also the day I revisited one of my old loves – salsa rueda! There’s a rueda dance class on Thursday evenings that I’ve been meaning to attend for forever. However, because of various reasons including the fact that evenings are reserved for P, I haven’t managed to make it down even after two months. But this evening, P is going out with his friends for a bachelor’s party, so I decided to take the car and try it out.

And I realized how much I have really missed rueda. I haven’t danced rueda for, I don’t know, 2 years? To think of the fact that I’ve actually went through Rueda 1-3 at JJ and also took the casino bootcamp at Jitterbugs. Giving up rueda after all that is one thing I really regret. There is something magical about dancing rueda. Salsa is something so sexy and passionate, but when you dance in the context of the rueda, it adds an element of the whimsical, of fun – everyone dancing the same move and moving within the circle. You might not know anyone in the circle, but everybody is sharing the same moment and there’s a feeling of closeness. Sometimes, it reminds me of village dances – the old traditions of dancing around a tree or a bonfire. There is something about such dances that makes them special… However, it’s hard to find a group of people that knows the same amount of calls and are of the same standard and this makes rueda something that’s very difficult to keep up with.

I’ve also realized that muscle memory really does exist. I may not remember the names of the calls or the exact steps. However, when dancing in the circle, and the instructor calls the move, somehow, my body knows the steps and can execute them without thinking! This proves that the many, many hours of practice at union sq isn’t for nothing. The instructor decided to start a series of consecutive lessons for the next six weeks and I’m going to join. Rueda is simply too fun to give up, although I don’t know if I’ll really go dancing that often – seeing as P still refuses to learn. The dance center also offers modern and lyrical jazz, and I might try those out as well.

In addition to the pilates and dance, P and I also started our Japanese classes. I think this is the first time P and I are actually taking classes together! This actually used to be a dream of mine – to be able to take classes together with him. I’ve often wondered what it would have been like – to be classmates. But I always thought it would never happen. Even back in JC, we were in totally different faculties, not to mention our utterly different unis and majors. But now, after my relentless insistence, my dream actually came true! Hahaa, albeit after many, many years. But this also made me realize that P’s 10 A1s and perfect GPA scores did not come for nothing. It might actually be a good thing that we were never really classmates, because if we were, the stress might have caused us to break up. He is darn hardworking! I went into the Japanese class having took Japanese for six months back in my past life of 2002. Thus, I actually do recognize a number of hiragana and know some phrases. P, being forced into the class by me, did not know a single hiragana and only know a single phrase of “anatawa inu desu” which I taught him during our Europe trip. Despite much complaining and saying he isn’t going to put in any effort at all, he came home from class and began practicing hiragana every night, and even went online to find test sites and repeatedly took the tests to learn and practice. And after only 3 nights, he now recognizes more hiragana than me!

And thus, life here is starting to truly settle. It’s with the beginning of these activities that I actually really start to feel that we are living here, and not just passing through.

Kirkland is really a lovely place to live. The lake is lined with parks that are beautiful to stroll through after dinner. P and I tend to take after-dinner strolls once or twice a week at different waterfront parks or beaches, and it’s usually during sunsets. The light is stunning, and there are sounds of waves breaking over the shore… strolling along the beachfront or on the jetties while chatting about our day is one of the best ways to end a day. I already know this is the one thing I’ll miss most about Kirkland when we leave… Downtown Kirkland also has a number of interesting galleries that are fun to browse through and there are occasional art fairs. There are enough sushi restaurants to keep me happy on days I don’t feel like cooking as well as a couple of waterfront cafes with gorgeous vistas of the lake.

On days we want something different, we’ll drive across the bridge to Seattle and find KTVs at the university district or unique teahouses. On weekends, we have semi-regular meet-ups with a group of P’s Singaporean colleagues which keeps our social life somewhat active.

I’ve also began to get more into my work, which really says something considering how much I complained about it the last couple of weeks. Perhaps, it’s the settling in that’s helping… And the fact that friends and family are coming to visit in the next couple of months gives me something to really look forward to.

So, life is okay ☺

September 8, 2009

日子

Filed under: 碎碎念 — by Yilise @ 7:48 PM

其實想想日子是很好期待的。前些日子七夕才過沒多久。現在就是090909的浪漫日期。之間還外加了個長周末。長長久久後沒過多久,就該是中秋了。秋天出外賞個楓葉,感恩節也就來了。感恩節之後,就歡度聖誕,慶祝結婚紀念日並開始倒數2010。剛剛倒數完,就差不多該過農歷新年了。農歷新年後,別忘了還有元宵佳節呢。元宵之後,又是浪漫的西方情人節。情人節後,就是我的生日啦。我的生日之後,就是他的生日了。櫻花季節,郁金香季節也來了。五月份還有memorial day的長周末。六月份天氣好好出外玩樂。七月份又一個independence day的長周末,接著就是八月的紀念日。再來,牛郎織女又該見面了。又一年過去了…

對一個貪浪漫愛玩樂的雙魚座女生,這樣的日子,應該是很快樂的…

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