Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Congratulations Celebration, Cross-country Skiing, Craigslist, and Curiosity

On Saturday, one of my husband’s co-workers took us out to have lunch at Thai Elephant (a fantastic Thai restaurant ).  It was our first time there and we loved it!  The food tasted authentic and the layout of the restaurant is cool (the chefs cook food in the kitchen area that is open for all to see).  We ordered Tod Mun (fish cake patties), Chicken Satay (marinated chicken flamed-grilled on bamboo skewers), Tom Khaa Goong (coconut shrimp soup with mushrooms, galangal, tomatoes, and lemongrass), Pad Thai (fried rice noodles with shrimp, chicken, egg, bean sprouts, onions, and ground peanuts), Red Curry Duck (roast Peking duck in red curry with spinach, pineapple, and tomatoes), and Thai Fried Rice (flavorful pan-fried jasmine rice with chicken, green onions, tomatoes, peas, and egg).  For desserts, we ordered Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango and Homemade Coconut Ice Cream.  We also ordered Thai Iced Tea (sooooooo  goooooood!)  We had always wondered what kind of tea they used.  Well, we decided it’s time to find out so we asked a waitress there.  Guess what…they use Thai tea mix.  She showed us the package.  On the way home, we stopped by an oriental grocery store and bought 4 packages.  Now we can enjoy this terrific tea anytime :) .  The reason for the celebration at the restaurant is that my husband got a new job.  We all are very proud of him and are excited for him!

We are also very excited about our approaching vacation before he starts his new job.  During our vacation, we are going to try a new sport, cross-country skiing.  My husband is a skilled down-hill skiier.  Our kids have never tried any skiing yet.  I have tried down-hill skiing once and it was not a pleasant experience.  I fell but the worst part was when the skiier behind me didn’t stop in time and the tip of her ski rammed into my bottom.  Excruciating Ouch!  Anyway, we were shopping for skis, poles, and boots for all 5 of us at REI.  It took us a longgggg time to get everything that fit everyone.  When we got to the cashier, we were told that we had to fill out (thick) paperworks for each pair of skis we wanted to buy (their policy). What???  We were all exhausted and my husband’s stomach was not feeling good.  We left disappointed.  But the Lord had something better in store for us.  We looked at Craigslist to see if we could find even a few things that we needed, especially the kids’ stuff because they would outgrow their things soon.  Well, from Craigslist…the Lord led us to find my skis and boots from a private party and all the rest for everybody at a ski rental store that is closing (having a huge sale).  We ended up saving over $500 (from what we would have spent at REI)!  We’re so thankful!

Today my 8 yo son was helping me make a list of what to take on our vacation.  After listing all the common necessities, I wrote down "binoculars" (for wildlife watching) and he added, "camera."  Then I asked, "What else do we need to take?"  To which my clever son replied, "Curiosity!"  I don’t think we will forget that one but just in case…I did write it down on the list .

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