Monday, June 30, 2014

No place for idle hands.

Just have to say this first: I'm getting tired of "Really?" The first time I heard it was from Steve Buscemi in Portlandia and I thought it was very clever. Every time since then I've been thinking, "oh, REALLY is one of those "thing" words now," where one becomes instantaneously clever, and without all the prerequisites. "Just Sayin" (there's another one).

But as for the cartoon, this is a true story, and it is very annoying, but I'm ashamed to say that I lost my cool a little. Which is why I can relate to expats, and I'm in awe of those who are still holding their ground. So if I had any advice to expats still extant or just getting their one-way tickets to who-cares, it would be "don't lose your cool." You will. So you get it back again. And again. When you lose your cool for good, you will start thinking some unkind thoughts and this will make you an unkind person. Then you need to come home to properly regret your behavior. Easy for me to say because I did come home, but then my home is more Vietnamese than American. So I guess for everyone everywhere, not just expats, "don't lose your cool." And sorry Mom.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Choose your own adventure 3!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Choose your own adventure 2!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Choose your own adventure!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Transient Audience

Friday, June 13, 2014


Jenny's mom is the queen of her kitchen. Every spatula and whisk has its proper place, every drop of dew is wiped, every bit of gunk is strained, every grain of rice is placed. There's no interfering. So when she comes to our kitchen, there's a constant struggle for supremacy. But she wants to take everything from me even though she has absolutely no idea what to do with them, and I end up wrestling with her to avoid us getting stabbed or burnt horribly. The wrestling doesn't usually help.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Visiting Parents

Well, the new futon (that I broke my foot trying to build) was a success, but we had to put the loveseat in front of a bookcase where it is eating up 30% of the living room. Our Ikea extending table is extending out of a window where it moonlights as a pigeon coop. Our TV is actually nested under the desk. When one person goes to the bathroom and another person leaves, they have to spiderman over/ under each other in the hallway. It's not easy, but folks, I implore you--is this not the Vietnamese way?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Three Interviews!

Chúng tôi vừa có thêm 1 buổi phỏng vấn với tạp chí Asia Life. Tổng cộng là 3 buổi phỏng vấn cho tạp chí!

I'm very happy to announce one more Vietnamese Wife Western Husband intervew! That makes a total of three:

Oi Vietnam magazine
Dep magazine (English version here)
AsiaLife magazine

They are very separate interviews, so they could probably be shuffled together to make a little biography. I'm so grateful, and of course I have yet another reason to marvel at my truly remarkable wife. I mean LIFE. Well, both really. Thanks everyone for watching!

The book in question at Amazon HERE. And on Kindle HERE. Sneak peaks at book #2 HERE.