The Sunday List: They have such perfect pink tulips in Vietnam

Hi there.  I’ve been away from this space for a while but I’m back and we’re fine.

Mostly we’ve been enduring the current political situation in Bangkok.  If you are interested in learning more, I recommend that you visit, the blog of Bangkok journalist Newley Purnell. 

There’s also been a trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hoi-An in Vietnam. Hoi-An, in particular, was very beautiful. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi-An is my new San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Vietnam was as hot as Hades.  (Note to self… must visit Vietnam in the fall or winter.)  I’ll post some photos here soon.

Back in Bangkok, there’s been slow-moving, shade-seeking, water-drinking and other strategies employed to cope with the close to 40 degree temperatures. Not so lovely.

I’ve been working a lot but since I find it both tedious and boring to read about the hours that other blog-people are clocking, I’ll assume that you feel the same and we’ll leave it at that!

Our summer vacation trips to Japan (June), Canada (June and July) and New York and Boston (July) are booked.  (I’d love to hear recommendations for recent Broadway shows you’ve loved.)  In anticipation of our week in Japan, I’ve been reading Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation.

In the company of dear Bangkok friends, we celebrated our anniversary with a potluck dinner featuring only salads and cakes. Heavenly salads and decadent cakes.

I bought a new desk from a teacher who is leaving my school.  It has cubbie holes and a spot for all of my framed photographs and this makes me feel very grown up indeed.

I’ve been eating a lot of mango.  I think the existence of mango proves that there is a God. And Spanish olives come damn close.

Have you seen the film Nine?  We loved it.  The Madonna episode of Glee made us very happy.

I am in the planning stages of my Princess Project, conceived at the intersection of reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and participating in  Mondo Beyondo, an online class about dreaming BIG.  I have hired someone to design the site which feels both weird and great.  I’ll be editing the crappy first drafts of my two completed princess novels over the summer and launching my year-long writing and editing project on August 1st.

There it is… you’re caught up.

And I really do think these are the most perfect tulips I’ve ever seen.


  1. I was thinking about the two of you and wondering how you were doing in Bangkok–glad to here you're enduring, even if that is clearly bittersweet. Be well.

  2. @CatherineHi Mexico City Catherine! Thanks, as always, for dropping by and commenting. I really appreciate it!@Soft AtmosphereThanks for saying hello!@AshleyThanks for your comment. The spring of 2010 was rough in Bangkok.@Miss KThanks for your best wishes on the Princess site. It's on the back-burner for right now.

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