I’ve only watched the first two seasons of Homeland but I am hooked on this TV series. While browsing at the local public library I saw that there were prequel novels based on the show. I had finished the first novel, Carrie’s Run, and am now reading Saul’s Game. Here we are given a look into the background of the characters and the events that led to the issues facing the Middle East.
Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Hey Fat Choy! Whether you say it in Mandarin, Cantonese, another dialect or language, Happy Lunar New Year!
Mr. D and my immediate families don’t strictly observe this holiday, but many of our relatives and friends do. As a girl, I remember receiving the traditional red envelope, or hongbao, from godparents or my grandparents’ friends. And, of course, some kind of noodle dish is expected at dinnertime to represent long life. Hotels and restaurants would hang red lanterns and have dragon dancers going through their lobbies. Various special New Year treats and dishes would be on display around the city.
Like They Say About a Lot of Things, Start Them Young
I don’t remember my first piano and organ lessons. What I do remember is being so small and having to sit at the very edge of the seat in order to reach the pedals. I remember the first time I had to play on a grand piano for a recital, the keys were so stiff it took considerable effort to get them to make a sound.
When we found out we were pregnant with our second child, the first thing we thought of was how excited our little girl would be. Since she was about two and a half, she’d point to babies on our walks and comment on how cute they are. She also began adding “Please give me a baby brother or baby sister” to her evening prayers. Now that baby #2’s arrival is just weeks away, I can’t help wondering how she’ll take on the big sister role.
I am finally getting around to reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, starting with A Game of Thrones. I love the TV series but there is just so much more detail given to the characters and setting when you read the book that I have a hard time putting it back down and turning off the light.