It’s been crazy the past couple of days. Work has taken over my life recently, just a lot of stuff going on and sometimes it feels like I’m running around like a headless chicken. There are times when I get super frustrated at my boss, because he causes a lot of the stress and pressure that I feel. I thought bosses were supposed to help deflect some of that stuff. Well, good bosses at least.

It’s fine, I think as I’ve gotten older, and gained more perspective about what’s most important to me in my life, I don’t let work things bother me as much. It just isn’t in my personality. I let a lot of small stupid things go, and try to focus on the big picture. I think that’s one area my boss is lacking in. Everything that comes in is super urgent and a fire that needs to be put out. But sometimes, taking a step back and seeing what’s really important can not only save him a lot of headache and work, but also saves the people under him a lot of headache (especially me).

Man, I just realized that being this vague means a lot of what I write is confusing and like, very cookie-cutter. OK, I’m done with the bitching for today. Moving on to happier and more random stuff…

Today is my 31st birthday. I feel the exact same as last year. The years all just kind of blend together now. I don’t feel any different than when I was 26 or 27. But my wife bought me a Black Swan cake that was super nice.

My sister and her boyfriend also came to visit from the US. Well, she’s actually going to Japan for vacation, but had a super long layover in Beijing. So we went out to eat duck at 四季民福, which BTW, my wife and I both think that they have the best duck in Beijing (they’re a chain, but definitely high quality). Here’s a picture of us at the restaurant. Also with my cousin on the right.

Anyway I’m happy to see my sister. I probably won’t get a chance to see her more than once a year, so it was great that she made a stop to Beijing.

Alright, I think I went a little over my 15 minutes. Took me forever to figure out how to get my picture from Wechat onto here. I need to figure out a faster way to upload pictures.

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