Saturday, April 29, 2006

Care packages

Captain's Log, Stardate 04.29.2006

Blog book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway is THE REMEDY FOR REGRET and A WINDOW TO THE WORLD by Susan Meissner.
My Thursday book giveaway is MOTHER OF PREVENTION by Lori Copeland.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On Monday, I'll draw the winner for Susan Meissner's books and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

Care packages: I am one lucky girl. I don't know if it's just my parents, or if it's all Asian parents, or if it's parents in general, but my folks send me care packages all the time. It's just like college.

A few weeks ago, my dad sent my husband a case of home-made beer. Porter stout. Yesterday, I got a huge box filled with Styrofoam chips and three packages of taro chips, because they know it's hard for me to find those here in my area.

I admit, occasionally call home and ask for something. A few weeks ago, I asked Mom for any Asian-y jewelry she doesn't wear that I could wear for writers conferences. (She owns TONS of nice jewelry but rarely wears any of it, so I didn't feel too bad about asking.) She sent me some really nice vintage pieces that will crop up at RWA National and ACFW in Dallas.

Any of you still get care packages?

Technorati: Okay, here is something that's probably only cool to me. I'm checking my stats and find that if you plug in the keyword "Asian" in Technorati, my blog is the 12th one listed. That's pretty cool! Especially because I'm still sharing Google space with that Hong Kong singer Camy Tang.

TMI:

Writing: Going slow. Please pray I can write FASTER and be more efficient. I am really blessed by all the writing friends who have emailed me to encourage me, especially now with the pressure and stress of a contract. I'm not complaining (Robin), but I would like to be a better writer.

Diet: I'm trying a new addition to my eating habits. Before, I was concentrating a lot on eating vegetables with every meal and controlling total calorie intake. Now I'm going to try to do 300-350 calorie meals every 2-3 hours and see how that works out.

If you're also wanting some support in your weight loss (and obviously you're not going to get that here, cuz all I do is complain), head over to Rhonda Gibson's blog A New Day Begins Here. We're weighing in and being encouraging. However, if you'd like to continue the course of whine and cheese, tune back here tomorrow.

8 comments :

  1. Sounds like fun. I'd love to get a care package, but it's too expensive to ship them to Japan from the States. Enjoy your goodies!

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  2. LOL...maybe Asian-American parents...over here though, we are expected to take care of our parents once we cease to become dependents.

    And now it hit me...why your name sounded so familiar - the 'Tang' part at least. I only knew that Camy Tang as Tang Chui Ha...LOL

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  3. Yes, I still get care packages from my parents, which is funny because they only live 5 minutes away! It was quite convenient when I was first starting out so that I could "shop" at their house before ever setting foot in a grocery store.

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  4. Hi Camy,

    I accepted the four things challenge at lauradomino.blogspot.com. I'm like you in the food department. I really enjoy eating. Especially because my husband is talented in the kitchen.

    No, I don't get care packages. My mom shares her clothes now that she's lost a lot of weight. I get her "fat" clothes. Gee, thanks. Actually, I'm thankful - because they're nice clothes.

    Keep writing! I'll be bugging my bookstores for your books soon. Right?

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  5. Now here's one thing I've noticed about American Asian parents--they
    resist being taken care of until they're so completely unable to care
    for themselves that they're forgetting to take medication and falling
    down and hurting themselves or setting their stove on fire, stuff like
    that. Isn't that a switch from Asia Asian parents?

    Camy

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  6. Well, I don't know if the latter part is just a switch from Asia Asian parents. I know my mother was definitely in denial about her Alzheimer's. Most older people seem to still feel the need for independence. Maybe until now, Asia Asian women have rarely had that sense of independence. They were always in the family. They never went out to work, though I don't really know what that is like now. But it seems to me the whole social structure was completely different from the more Western-style one.

    I thought I'd alert you to the other Christian writer I know and whose blog I enjoy. She's doing a First Place book called "Everyday Victory for Everyday People" and deals with the same problems you've been discussing today. She's a published writer but seems to have rather few people at her blog. See what you think.

    She began that blog with "Do any of you struggle with healthy eating or maintaining an exercise program?" I personnally don't have a "weight" problem as such unless it's that I weigh less than I should. But I know I'm not eating healthy if I'm skipping meals, forgetting to eat, don't feel like eating, get IBS. Maybe all of us can even get together and make this work or at least try to.

    Her blog is a little more difficult to navigate but this particular entry is at http://bensonink.com/2006/03/30/first-place/

    I see that you've got the Breast Cancer Site link up. I go there daily and click on all the different ecological or humanity- oriented sites (only 6). I have never gotten any e-mail from them. I mention this in particular because I also tried the ...2care site. I got so fed up with the e-mails I got. There was no place to unsubscribe. So now I have it blacklisted and don't go there anymore though they have one site, for battered women, that is important to me.

    This group of 6 sites lets you click and shows you other ways you can contribute by buying products but you are never harrassed. I really am in favor of that.

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  7. Sadly, no care packages for me. Yours sound good, though. :)

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  8. Oh, yes, the topic was care packages. I rarely get any sent to me. However, when my sister comes she sometimes brings me some of my favorite foods: spare-ribs, red cabbage, Empire cookies, and French Creme candies (Christmas only). Seeing that I'm such a wonderful cook, I'll even take leftovers.

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