Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Nature's Candy

First off, I'd like to apologize for leaving you hanging...I know you've been sitting around, holding your breath, waiting for me to detail another outrageously exciting adventure! But the truth is, I've been so busy that I haven't had time to catch my breath for the past couple of weeks. So, with that said...I'll proceed with today's post...

Ah yes...Nature's candy. Did your Momma ever try to entice you to eat your fruits and veggies (usually the ones that you don't want to eat) by describing them as nature's candy? Well, mine did, and in fact, she still does. I'm not so sure that I ever had a problem eating much of anything with the exception of raw tomatoes, cucumbers, kiwis, strawberries, and any other fruit with tiny seeds. I refused to believe that these nasty things could ever be anything remotely described as candy. I wasn't buying it! But, this nature's candy bit worked on my little baby bro, Quinn! Yep, he fell for it and he ate beets! Ha! She got him! Now, that's something else I won't touch with a 10 foot pole! at lunch, some friends and I were having some laughs over a twig of Lychees. Please refer to this photo for a visual reference for what a twig of Lychees actually is. Well, I insisted that the Lychees that I've had, have had a hint of onion taste to I didn't want to have another disappointing experience with them. Thanks, but no thanks! Actually, I have this experience with a few of the different fruits I've eaten here. There's a vague whisper of an onion in some of fruit here, I promise! Well, that's what I thought until today. After refusing to eat another piece of fruit from Thailand, I began to hear my Momma's voice in my head. "Try that's nature's candy. Go on!" With the fear that she would come out of that thought bubble in my head and put that Lychee right in my mouth for me, I thought I'd better give it ONE more shot. If indeed I DO find that it IS a piece of nature's candy, I'll be blown away! I peeled that little bumpy outter shell that protects the little pearl of fleshy fruit inside. I starred at it, threatening it under my breath--"You'd better not have the faintest hint of onion. You'd better be nature's candy!" With confidence that I could prove my Momma wrong (again) I threw back my head and popped that Lychee right into my steel trap of a mouth. I took a moment to take a deep breath to detect an onion....but I DIDN'T! It was deliciously sweet and enjoyable! I did it! I found a piece of nature's candy!!!! And I LOVE it! I LOVE NATURE'S CANDY!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Rain, rain, go away...

I was really enjoying the rainy season. However, I made that assessment after only the first week of rain. It's now been rainy for 2 weeks and I'm not so sure I like it as much as I did. It's been raining all night every night and then for most hours of the day too. When there's a break in the rain, everyone rushes out to get where they're going before the next downpour! Here's the sky before it rains.

Then, what happens next is this...

These are both shots of streets that we walk every day! The same shops are still open, the same dogs are still lying in the street, and the same trash cans are still out. Oh yeah...what smells worse than trash? Give up? WET trash! What's worse than wet trash? Wet trash on a 95 degree day! So, just because it's raining doesn't mean that you don't get out and carry on your normal just do it a little wetter than usual. Some days I wonder why I even bother blow drying my hair!!!

What's the weather like where you are? Drop me a comment and lemme know!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

When it rains it pours!

The rainy season has officially begun! I love far! It has rained every day since last week it's been awesome! Before that, I hadn't seen rain since I moved here. So, this has been a nice change! I now have to roll up my britches to keep from dragging them through 4-inch deep puddles...but that's ok.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo (which means nothing here in Thailand) we found a great Mexican place here in town and had an amazing Mexican meal...nachos and quesadillas and tastey salsa!!!

Then, we caught a songtau and headed to the mall. When you catch a songtau, sometimes you just never know exactly how long it will really take you to reach your destination. You pick up peeps along the way and if their stop is before yours, well, they get dropped off first. Sometimes it's a LONG ride. Today was one of those rides. Good thing we had our handy dandy camera with us to entertain us while taking the scenic route to get to Airport Plaza.

Thursday, May 3, 2007


Don't get me wrong...Chiang Mai is a cool place. But, when it comes to HOT things...Chiang Mai's also got it goin' on!!

  1. Our temps: For the past few weeks we've been sittin' around 100 (and hotter) degrees consistently! When it rains, even the rain drops feel hot!

  2. Our concrete: Don't plan on going outside without shoes! The little pads on your paws will get scalded!

  3. Our food: Why is it that when it's over 100 degrees outside, we still go to a noodle shop (that's outside in the heat) and eat hot soup with hot noodles in it? Then, we load it up with hot chilis? We must be suffering from heat exhaustion!

We got our air conditioners (we only have them in our bedrooms not in the whole house) serviced this week because they had been working so hard that they had used all of their cooling stuff. So yeah...we're chillin now!

As those of you in the states enjoy spring, think of us often--we're counting on you take in a deep breath of every cool breeze that blows your way.

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