Archive: August 2012
我自己的MBA课，下学期准备上礼拜六的课，目前报了一门，12 - 3pm。上完课正好去学校的gym游泳。反正小朋友们礼拜六下午几乎一个下午都是画画了。还在犹豫要不要上另外一门，早上8点半的，大概不会上了吧，太累了，何必呢。礼拜六成了我们全家的学习日了。
Beyond your imagination.
The video I watched this time in MOMA is her "Official Welcome":
Jesus christ, she certainly will get on many people's nerves
And she won't give a sh!t.
One of the most influential artists of our time, Cindy Sherman creates provocative photographs that explore wide-ranging issues of identity and representation. Working as her own model, she deftly transforms her appearance using wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props to create intriguing tableaux and characters inspired by movies, TV, magazines, and art history. Source: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/448#ixzz23pZ6iXfa San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Another brilliant human being.
Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories
Here is the intro from MOMA:
One of Japan's most prominent photographers, Naoya Hatakeyama is known for austere and beautiful large-scale pictures that capture the extraordinary forces we deploy to shape nature to our will — and, in photographs made after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the equally powerful impact of natural forces on human construction. Whether photographing factories, quarries, mines, or his tsunami-swept hometown in northeastern Japan, Hatakeyama is a keen observer of landscapes in transition, witnessing scenes of transformation with calm precision. The artist's first solo exhibition in the United States, Natural Stories brings together more than 100 photographs and two video installations spanning Hatakeyama's entire career. It offers insights into his practice and place in the rich history of Japanese photography, and into the ways in which humanity and nature both clash and coexist. Source: http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/458#ixzz23pS9bQHD San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
了不起的小老头。Brilliant genius. 五五，这个展要是在纽约有，你一定要去看啊。
Today's Monday. A new week. Should be exciting.
Will move back to my own home today. Almost everything should be ready today. The new house is beautiful, well, except one thing: the engineering hardwood floor I bought by myself from Lumber Liquidator. "Red Oak" turns out truly deserves its name. So red, so "oak", with so many busy wood patterns. I didn't go to the house last Friday when they opened the box - well, I was having such a good time in SF - and here it is. I found it out on Saturday but it's been too late. What can I do. Nobody's fault. I cannot blame the lumber liquidator guy because "that's how natural wood looks: random patterns, random color, and it's actually good" - per my contractor. If I was there when they opened the box, I would have it returned and change it to Bamboo or something lighter and much more uniform. I guess it's good to keep it there anyway, for 1) remind me always not take anything for granted unless I see it with my own eyes; and 2) it may be indeed not so bad, as my contractor said, he likes it and the other worker also likes it, and all Americans like it - hopefully. It's just one small room anyway.
Other than that everything else is exactly what I planned, even better.
There'll be still some work left to do this week. Hope my contractor have no other job next so he can finish all the rest.
Bought some furnitures and home deco items over the weekend, in Lamps Plus, TJ Maxx Homegoods, and IKEA. Nice stuff. More to go, less money left. Don't know when I could get all I want, and by that time maybe I'll start another round of renovation. Man how I love to 折腾
Yesterday when I was driving the kids to ice cream, we were talking about cars and their names. I saw a yellow Boxster passed by and I told them it's a boxster. Henry asked why its name is Boxster. I said they just decided to give it that name, and I don't really know why, but it's an expensive car.
Florence picked up and said: "yeah, it's expensive because it's so cool and so many people want it. You know, if more people want to buy, it'll become expensive. If not so many people want it, they'll reduce the price"
I couldn't believe my ears. Where did she get this theory about how market works. I never told her. She hit it right on the nail. I told her how smart she is and she felt complimented.
We parked on the parking lot in front of BR. Off the car, I told them every car has a name, for example, mom's car is Pacifica. Henry touched the letters and tried to spell Pacifica. He said it should be "Pa-ki-fi-ka" because it's a "c". Florence taught him, sometimes "c" spells "c" instead of "k". We moved on. Right next to us there was a red Jetta. I told them it's a Jetta. Then there is a green Jetta right next to it. How odd, two Jettas next to each other. And right next to the green Jetta was an Audi. So, here was how Florence passed by them:
She said: "Oh, this is a Jetta; oh, another Jetta; oh, and this one is an Olympics"
I couldn't help laughing even when we stepped into Buskin Robbins.
Kids are so great.
今天早晨起来，6点多，推开我的门，第一句话就是“where is the tooth fairy? ”然后就要哭了。我马上出去邀请了tooth fairy到他的房间，请fairy在枕头下放了20块钱。
搂着老大在床上安慰老大受伤的心（差点也流了小眼泪），我说 :"don't tell Henry mom gave him the money. He thinks it's tooth fairy. "
老大拿了20，破涕为笑，说 "yeah, that's how young people think"
kids always surprise you. that's why they are so wonderful.
儿子掉牙后，马上意识到，好多音他都发不准了。th, sh, v, f, ...
然后他照照镜子，一笑一个小豁口，乐死我了。他自己也笑的不行。今天早晨说，I will be embarrassed.
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