Thursday, January 22, 2009

PUBLISHED! is official, my research article was just accepted for publication in American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology.  Pop open the bubbly! :)  It is a great feeling to have that all wrapped up.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I hope everyone has had a nice holiday season!  We have been busy as ever...hence my lack of posting (as usual!).

David's brother, Tony, was here in HK for Christmas.  He currently lives in Syria and we really enjoyed having him here with us to celebrate the holiday.  Christmas Eve, we had some friends over for lunch and then had some of David's co-workers over for appetizers and drinks that evening.  Christmas day was really fun!  Of course we spent the morning with the boys opening up gifts and then playing with gifts.  Then in the afternoon we all went to Lamma Island.  It was laid back and calm and we just tooled around the little shopping area.  The boys both fell asleep on the way home...they were exhausted!  Boxing Day was spent at a part of the Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island (it sits above the city in the mountain range that splits north and south Hong Kong Island).  We were able to rent a paddle boat and paddle around the little lake there.  They also sell bread there to feed the fish, which was fun for the boys, of course!

Unfortunately, David's Grandma passed away a few days after Christmas.  She was 94 and had lived a long and happy life.  She passed quickly, without pain or suffering.  Luckily, David was able to fly home to Missouri the morning of New Year's Eve and will be there for the memorial mass.  He will return to HK in a few days...I am sure it will be a whirlwind of a trip for him.

So, the boys and I rung in the New Year together here in HK!  They had some neat fireworks at midnight, which I was able to watch from the window of our flat.  Other than that, NYE was pretty uneventful.  Today (New Year's Day), I took the boys out to Lantau Island to Discovery Bay (an ex-pat community) to see some of our friends out there.  They got to play and had a nice time.

One of my New Years resolutions is to keep my blog more up to date (I promise, I will try!!!).  Here are some pictures of our holiday celebrations:

Happy New Year to everyone!  I wish you all peace and happiness for 2009!