Weekends as a Xiao Yi

Xiao Yi means “little aunt” in Mandarin, and that’s what I am when I’m down in DC.  I try to make the trek down there at least once a month to see my little niece Jojo.  One day she will start calling me xiao yi and I want to be there  so she can put a face to a name.  She only 7 months old right now though, so I guess I’ve got some time.

I hopped on the bus for the 4 hour trip down to DC friday night and met up with this guy.  My old Viking friend Aurora also lives in DC so I took the opportunity to meet up with her and her little man Macaroni for a drink.

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Saturday, My sister Kris and I hopped aboard her friend’s boat in Annapolis for a sail around the Chesapeake Bay.  I spent my high school years on the San Francisco Bay sailing with the Sea Scouts, and it feels fantastic to be out on the water.  I’ll take any and all invitations for sailing.  I spent a lot of the day on the boat thinking about how different my life would have been if I had joined the Coasties out of high school or if I had gone to Cal Maritime Academy instead of pursuing biology and teaching.

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Sunday was brunch day and auntie time with Jojo.  My sister picked the place and her friend Sean joined us.  We rounded out the afternoon with oyster shooters before dropping me off to hop on the bus for the ride back to Brooklyn.
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Sean helped me snap a photo of my new Zara sweater dress.  This dress is a bit out of my comfort zone with it’s clinginess, but it’s a weekend and it’s comfortable but edgy-ish all at the same time.   I’m digging Zara lately with the simple lines and colors in their fall line up.   Not too jazzed about the glitter in the fabric, but I guess you can’t win ’em all.

sunnies: knockaround – dress: zara – bag: freitag – shoes: madewell, borrowed from kris

JoJo Rei love

I took a quick jaunt down to DC this weekend to meet my new niece Josephine (JoJo) Rei.  She is just 3 weeks old right now and pretty much a feeding – pooping – sleeping machine, albeit a cute one in a bear outfit.  I was chomping at the bit to see her and cuddle her, so the 4 hour bus ride was worth it.  Also, it’s been 6 months since I’ve seen my mom, and she had salted pork jook (congee) waiting for me.  Bonus!

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xin nian kuai le!

Happy Lunar New Year!  I have fond memories of celebrating Chinese new year as a kid, great food, firecracker papers turning the streets of Chinatown red and lion dances everywhere (along with heaps of money that I never was allowed to keep!).  This new year  is extra special for me though, because I have a new baby!  Not really me, but close enough (actually, as close as it’s ever going to get).  My sister pushed one out yesterday, her first, my niece Josephine Rei.  You know how they say that even if you don’t like kids, you’ll love your own?  I hate kids, but I already love this one, and I haven’t even met her in person yet.  When I heard that my sister was in labor I was like a proud parent, telling everyone who would listen.  I even went out and bought my crew Dunkin Doughnuts for an impromptu celebration (I never advocate for teens eating horribly unhealthy sugar and fat ladden treats, but this time it’s special).  Josephine (JoJo) made it right in time to be a Dragon baby.  One thing is for damn sure, she already has a dragon grip on me.  I got to meet her right away over face-time (I love technology).  Normally I think all babies look a bit like aliens. but
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Gong Hay Fat Choi!  Happy year of the snake!