Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year and Dogs

Fireworks are a big part of the Chinese celebrating. Just remember if you move here with a dog, make sure you know how they respond to fireworks. We hear them every night for hours and for days and days during Chinese New Year. We also hear them when people move into a new home to celebrate, be prepared so your dog isn't stressed or doesn't run away. Especially during Chinese New Year, some dogs may need a thunder jacket or even drugs!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Fire Monkey

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! We are now in the year of the Monkey! Any baby born in this year will be a FIRE monkey. We are currently celebrating by eating dumplings (jiaozi), spending time with family and listening to LOTS and LOTS of fireworks. 

You are a monkey if you were born in the follow years:

6 February 193225 January 1933Water Monkey
25 January 194412 February 1945Wood Monkey
12 February 195630 January 1957Fire Monkey
30 January 196816 February 1969Earth Monkey
16 February 19804 February 1981Metal Monkey
4 February 199222 January 1993Water Monkey
22 January 20048 February 2005Wood Monkey
8 February 201627 January 2017Fire Monkey
26 January 202812 February 2029Earth Monkey
12 February 204031 January 2041Metal Monkey

(dates from Wikipedia/image from Vector Open Source)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Air Purification via Plastic Wrap? - Pictures in Beijing

I'm still confused about this one. Maybe someone that is a car expert can explain this. The front of this car looks like it is plastic wrapped, and to get even more serious, the license plate is in front of the plastic wrap, and it stops right after the bumper?? I'm clueless, but it sure gave me a laugh the other day.

Maybe a DIY air purification system?!?!? 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Super Power: Jet lag

I'm currently doing two things in life, trying to connect with my oldest in a more meaningful way (she hates "how was school?") and trying to get my toddlers from two to one nap. So, somehow this all turns into me asking my daughter and then myself the question, 'what is your super power?' and I've been thinking about it for days. I had no good answer for her.

After much thought and trying to channel my inner 5 year old, I decided that getting over jet lag is my current super power. The last 4 trips, back and forth, twice to the US from Beijing, I've had no jet lag.

How in the world is this possible you ask?

Because I am so sleep deprived nursing twins for the last 1 year plus that it doesn't even affect me. So this got me thinking....I just need to treat going from two to one nap like the kids have jet lag. For me this seems more manageable. This also might mean for a week your kid goes to bed at 5pm and it awake at 4am.

So how do I handle jet lag with children?

1. Realize this too will pass, it won't go on forever. (best used at 2am, 4am, 4pm)
2. Try to push bedtime/naptime little by little, so you can finally get to a "normal."
3. Keep busy to try to ward off the lazy, sleepy feeling of boredom.
4. Take time, Rome wasn't built in a day.
5. Realize that for a few days or weeks life isn't going to be scheduled and learn to be OK with it.
6. Most important, sleep when your kids sleep. Or do your darn best to try!

So for now I'm going to enjoy my super power.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016

8% off sale: Pictures in Beijing

My friend and  I saw this really cool store with awesome Chinese style items at the local shopping center, I had a good laugh when I saw this sale flyer touting "8% off," run don't walk what a sale!!