Links to laugh at and Mekong adventures

Happy Wednesday! Mike and I are spending the day flying down to Vientiane and driving into Thailand. Then we will turn around immediately, line up on the other side of the border, and come straight back into Laos.

This is long story that I don’t want to write too much about because it tempts me towards feeling frazzled and making unwise public comments about the powers that be. Instead I’ll just say that flying down to Vientiane, then crossing the Thai border, then going to to the Australian embassy to get Dominic’s four month vaccinations (on that note, happy 5 month birthday yesterday little man), and then flying back up to Luang Prabang will make tomorrow feel about as long as this sentence.

I have a number of topics I want to cover on a Writing Wednesday, but our little jaunt is making this week feel squeezed and I don’t want to shortchange any of them. I’ve received way too much sad news via email and facebook recently so, in the spirit of smiling, today I’m simply going to share a couple of links that have made me laugh and some photos of what we got up to on the weekend.

Without further ado, the links:

The 50 most brilliant, obnoxious, or delightfully sociopathic Facebook posts of 2011: This made me laugh until I almost cried during a recent 4AM feeding, and anything that can make me laugh that early is some seriously funny stuff. My favorite was the fourth last one about chicken casseroles.

2011 lesson #2: Don’t Carpe Diem: Loved this post over on Momastery so much I immediately subscribed to her blog: “Every time I’m out with my kids – this seems to happen: An older woman stops us, puts her hand over her heart and says something like, “Oh– Enjoy every moment. This time goes by so fast.”… But as 2011 closes, I have finally allowed myself to admit that it just doesn’t work for me. It bugs me…”

Australian Tourism: Questions Answered: This is a list of real questions asked by potential tourists and the (not so serious) answers posted on the Australian Tourism website.

Now, the photos of our Saturday rock-climbing adventure on the Mekong. I hadn’t quite banked on the steep scramble up the banks while carrying Dominic in the Ergo, but I’m so glad we went. It was a great day out.

Here we are, all ready to go boating on the Mekong. More pictures in the slideshow below.

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What about you? Read anything that made you laugh out loud recently? Leave the link below.

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8 responses to “Links to laugh at and Mekong adventures

  1. Oh wow….well good luck and hope there are some fun moments squeezed in Lisa. Happy bday Dom! Keep hoping and smiling…sorry that bad ..sad news has found you recently. Hugs.

    • Thanks Sandra. We did have at least one fun moment (can we say buying several cheap TV series and 30 children’s movies on DVD??) Yes, there are some benefits to living in Asia.

  2. In response to your question, “anything make you laugh out loud lately?” Yes, Lisa, your blog! Your poignant, frustrated, humorous and flat-out honest reports from the young motherhood front (not to be taken literally but, if it applies, and it seems to, well, then go on and be literal about your taking) have me thinking yep, yep, that’s just how it was!

    I love you and your reports. Bob and I have a similar photo to the one in this piece, only taken in Maine with a baby Bobby in his arms…40 years ago. I don’t remember motherhood as being speedy but it was real, always.

    Love to you. Keep on keeping on, day by day or minute by minute, whichever works best.

    • Awwww, thank you!! And speaking of frustrated… this was last night’s facebook status update at 10pm after we finally arrived back home:

      The day you don’t want to have: 5AM start, flight to Vientiane, two border crossings, 2 baby vaccinations at embassy clinic, five hours of waiting for scheduled evening flight home.

      Then the announcement you don’t want to hear: Evening flight home is delayed more than two hours.

      Then the sight you don’t want to see: Everyone in airline uniform rushing to the tiny restaurant to order a case of beer.

  3. What a cute little adventurer he is, he sure knows how to live, letting everyone carry him up the climb.

  4. ha! I stayed up way too late reading that fb thing last night and was similarly amused by the chicken casserole ingredients.

    Shots and travel….uh….I’ll pray for you.

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