Saturday January 17 2015

Shimmel Pegasus Grand Piano.[i]

Waking up at 10:08 a.m.

Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maca Powder, Maple Syrup, Chia Seeds, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Coffee with Cream and Honey.

All day shift at China Wok.


Nobody's worked a full day shift here at the restaurant since Tuesday so there's a lot of chores to catch up on like bagging the noodles, prepping the bags, stocking the sodas, and snapping the peas.

Spring Mix Salad with Almonds, Cranberries, Tomatoes, and Yellow Carrots. Root Vegetable Chips with Hummus. Pu-erh Tea.

It's a pretty normal day for a delivery driver – some stiffs, some generous tips, but mostly generic tips.

Cara Cara Orange.

While I wait for Ling to finish frying the crunchy noodles he chats with me about the differences between American work ethic and Chinese work ethic. He complains about how lazy most Americans are, the fact they need "days off". For him working at the restaurant every day is nothing – it's just a part of his routine. And in return money isn't a problem.

Back home and off work. Ana cooked mom and I a hearty pot of Lentils with Choy sum, Carrots, Onions, and an array of spices including cardamom. When it comes to food that Ana prepares she gets so self-conscious if there's even an inkling of disappointment. This time she misused the cardamom and you're given a burst of minty nuttiness whenever you bite down on a piece of it. It's not really a big deal to me cause I'm hungry and it's a nutritious meal. And I'm thankful.

Upstairs, hanging out with mom and Ana. I pull out the guitar so I can rehearse the Helen Reddy song with mom. Ana and I do a little singing also. We kind of get lost on a musical tangent until 2 a.m.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

[i] Shimmel Pegasus Grand Piano.

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