It wasn’t a good night, but it was a good day. Both kids were extra needy last night. Multiple wake-ups to screaming baby and clingy toddler. After a broken sleep, I was up at 7:30 to get ready for countdown in China with Mom, Dad and Yuhan. WeChat has a cool feature for multi-screen sharing, so we used it to be together virtually to say goodbye to the Year of Goat and welcome the Year of Monkey.
Later in the morning, Anya and Serena went to Nana and Opa’s house for a visit. Griffin was sleeping and I was reading in hopes to finish the Think and Grow Rich book. For some reasons, I really wanted to finish it on this last day of the Year of Goat. Perhaps the idea of closing a book on the last day of the year was attractive to me. I ended up finishing the last chapter. It felt good.
I spent the whole afternoon helping Mom cook Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner. We made eight dishes together. It was great fun learning how to cook Chinese dishes from Mom. I think she enjoyed my company. She told me a lot of family gossips that I’ve missed over the years being in Canada. It was a nice bonding time with Mom on such an important Chinese holiday. I felt bad about having my Mom here so far away from our families and friends. That sad feeling quickly evaporated when my in-laws came and we all enjoyed good food, good drinks, and great companies.
Some recollected random thoughts of the day:
- Goat also stands for the Greatest of All Time.
- Griffin is a goat. My Mom is a monkey.
- Which book should I read next?