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archive for June 2005

corn makes you glad you were born

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

In winter, I love brussels sprouts.

In summer, I love corn on the cob. I like it boiled, steamed, grilled – no butter, no salt, just as is. The way I eat corn has turned a few heads in the past. I learned to eat corn from Kris. Tonight’s corn was fresh and sweet! I wonder if I can grow some corn at our new place?

the proper way to eat corn

The cool thing about eating corn in this manner is that I usually leave the last row for Kaweah.

the kaweah way to eat corn

frozen fish heads

Friday, June 24th, 2005

My parents have a habit of buying a lot of things when they visit us. They have a habit of buying things in general as an activity. My dad gets excited about visiting the Costco (all three of the nearest ones to Pasadena: Alhambra, Burbank, and Azusa) in So Cal because they are “different” from the ones at home. I’ve had to give away random stuff they leave behind (and they always leave something behind). They treat our house as a repository. Dad wants me to live my life the way he wants me to. I cannot count how many times I’ve caught him lugging a giant TV to the Costco cart only to march him straight back to the TV aisle. While packing the kitchen last night, I found this in the freezer:

You got it. Frozen fish head (and tail). My parents also cook when they are here. They are great cooks! But it’s a little odd to have them leave fish parts in my freezer. I know my father’s intention was to come back and make fish stock with the head and tail for his famous (and delicious) bouillabaisse. Well, he’s not going to visit before we move and I’m not transporting Mr. Red Snapper in our cooler to the new house…

do you know the way to san jose

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Like a good Chinese granddaughter and Chinese granddaughter’s husband, we set out at 4 am today to drive up and see Grandma for the weekend. Travel was fast, but there was still considerable traffic for such early hours. Californians are on the move now that school is out. Speaking of school being out… I stopped by Caltech graduation on Friday to hear Sandra Tsing Loh give the commencement address. I ran into Jack (my old house president) and the deja vu feeling was a little weird being back at my undergrad stomping grounds with a Caltech bud.

For some reason Friday was a crazy busy day.

city hall

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