Areca Nut (aka Betel Nut)

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Apparently, the palm tree growing behind our house is an Areca Palm, because Nam pulled these off it today. I tried chewing betel nut a few years ago with Nam’s grandmother (it was….interesting), and know a bit about it from talking to an old vendor at the market after that. This type is called “mak luang” (yellow betel nut) in Thai. I’m not actually sure if yellow is a variety our just a stage of growth, though.

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Muay

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I pulled the kids from Tae Kwon Do a while ago because their sensei was a dumbass. We were looking for a good Muay Thai coach for a couple years, and may have finally found one at a new fitness center that sprang up nearby. Nam and I will be working out at the same time, a couple times a week, so that’s good. At our first session, our trainer pushed us so hard, I almost puked. Good times.

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Fever baby

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In the middle of a crazy day, things just keep coming.

Mina came down with a pretty high fever on a day that includes me getting up early to teach (and thus skipping my MA classes), a dance recital for both kids in the afternoon, Nam and Max flying to Bangkok in the evening and staying the night, etc., etc., etc.
She is intermittently waking up with feverish dreams and asking if she is still on earth or in space, and other trippy shit like that… I wanted to tell her to embrace it, but she just feels icky and now, mommy has to leave, too. Woe is us.

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Chanko

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Taught students to make chanko nabe (sumo food) during a special choking cooking class last Saturday…

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The kids were really happy.

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