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Although I haven't been writing the countdown here, I've
been tweeting it and forwarding it on facebook. But no matter
what, I wouldn't have forgotten anyways! So surprise,
TODAY it arrived!

What a busy weekend. I ended up working Mariano's on Friday night
in Vernon Hills, concert on Saturday Morning then a family gathering
afterward that and this morning I worked at the Mariano's in a
split shift in Northfield.

So it's been a very busy weekend but that doesn't mean we won't
Celebrate the big day either! And it's the 40th so it's a big ONE!

When I was pregnant with Lilly On-Ling,
I ate Watermelon which DID NOT spike my blood sugar. But
what was funny, I ate more Cucumber's than watermelon
during that time. So I'm a watermelon baby and I guess
she's a cucumber baby. Same family of fruit no matter!

It's been an extremely difficult and tough few weeks for me.
Since 1998, it has always been. This year has been the
toughest. I didn't think it would have hit me soo hard
not having my father with us. Yet it has. I thought I would
have gotten through it much easier knowing I have Eric
& Lilly On-Ling on my side, but emotionally on the inside
it's been harder. I haven't shown it, but I haven't been
much for socializing as normally would be.

I wanted to make this summer special. With Lilly On-Ling
just turning one this year, I was hoping to take my family
to Abbott's in Colon, MI this year. So Lilly On-Ling
can see her grandfather in the limelight and see why he is such a
special man to soo many. Why he is so inspirational and a
wsuperstar in his own right. I wanted her to see people flock
to him as if he was one of today's celebrities. Well,
to many, he is a celebrity. If anything, he is even more
celebrated in the world than before. But this year is not
that year to go. Although I still wanted to go because it was
my birthday weekend, I am finding it emotionally too difficult.

Not having my father with us, is felt. Not just a home but
all over. I know how much he and my mom is loved by so many.

But I digress, I know he wouldn't want me to get this way.
So instead, let's get happy and Celebrate! Watermelon Day!


Everyone should eat watermelon today
and celebrate with me.
For its Watermelon Day!

I only eat watermelon once a year and its only on Watermelon Day.
(every August 9th).

The story for my new friends ...

What is watermelon day!?!!!?!?!?!?

My mom ate a huge hunk of watermelon this day,
and that evening her water broke. 20 hours
of labor and the following evening I was born at
6:02 pm. On a Sunday.

Why does my family celebrate Watermelon Day?!?!?!?!

I don't really talked about this, but here's the real reason why.
I don't like celebrating my actual birthday anymore.

When my dad had his stroke 15 years ago. It was a week and
a half before my birthday. Celebrating it in Monitored Care wasn't
the greatest feeling. It was my 23rd but it was just awful to
be in this situation with all the stress. On top of that, my father
was released from the hospital just days before my mother's
birthday. That led to more stress because of the adjust of
being home and the ever changing lifestyle that we had
to deal with.

Altho we celebrate life on July 29th, we needed a day that focused
away from the 29th but wasn't my birth date. So we used just
eat watermelon every August 9th. And that was that. It just felt
like it was more lively to make Happy Watermelon a yearly
enthusiastic event. Get watermelon, spend the day with the family.
something we can focus on instead of being reminded of July 29th.
Live life.

(this year and forward)

It has been a very difficult week leading up to today.
At first I wasn't sure why I had been so emotional and difficult but of course
without realizing it, it has to do with the one person in my life who brought
me into the world is not here.

Not even that but I also realized I won't be receiving any more red envelopes.
That was her tradition that share carried on for any special occassion.
Not just the Chinese New Year.

I have the only last one from Mother's Day 2009 safely put away.
When I was going through some items in my drawer where I put it at,
I broke down.

I remember one time she asked why I keep them....that it wasn't important
that I do. (most of them I did, the birthday ones I ended up wearing out in
my wallet for some reason).
And I said, "I don't know, I find them special even thought i'm older to keep."

After finding the last one she ever gave me with her handwriting from Mother's Day saying.
"Thank you for making me a mom"

I'm glad I tucked that in a special place.

I have been thinking about her a lot lately.
I cry still when I feel 'alone' even though I am not.
I cry when I'm scared.
I think I cry when I'm stressed but part of it she is just not physically with us.

I know its silly.
Silliness makes the world go 'round.

just don't forget to...
eat watermelon!

and celebrate with me.



Mai-Ling :: Pioneering Alternative-Classical Pianist

Frances Mai-Ling is pioneering the genre of Alternative-Classical music; taking classical piano to new level giving it a fresh sound of the traditional and the current trend of rock, pop, alternative. Creating a new genre that is powerful, for people of all ages can enjoy. Since 2001, she has taken her creation of Alternative-Classical merging the sparkling qualities of classical music with the emotional melodic style of many generes, all within an intimate setting of Mai-Ling and her music. She got her first start in show business with her parents magic show , but chosed music over magic. Mai-Ling is a trained classical pianist, with only having two years of piano lessons under her belt. Performing a program of original music. Mai-Ling is co-founder of EastWestNow Records. The first record label & collective that promotes artists of Asian Ethnicity. Focusing on artists who are half-Asian. Mai-Ling is HAPAnese (a term she coined being 1/2 Chinese & 1/2 Polish). She is also one-third of "The Shake n' Poe Project", where she write music to the text of Shakespeare. Founder of the creative artists group "Notes & Poets: Bringing the Creative Artist to the Stage." She has scored music for theatre and film, along with a various amount of side projects to her credit. Besides being a published composer, she is also a published writer and visual artist. Mai-Ling is an independent artist.

In addition to her creative arts efforts, Mai-Ling works with the American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Assocition. As an Go Red For Women ambassador and American Stroke Association ambassador. Mai-Ling formed the "Take Heart Awareness Cause" in 2005 to help bring her personal crusade of helping create more awareness of heart disease and stroke to the public forefront.. She has been recognized regionally and nationally with the "Heart & Stroke" Hero Award for her "outstanding efforts to create a healthier community, safe from the devastation of heart disease and stroke." She help's create awareness of the #1 and #3 killers among men and women in the United States. A portion of every CD she sells includes information and a portion is donated to the AHA for research and eduction programs. One of the first pioneers in merchandising her CDs for a specific cause.

She is currently working on a new release for the winter, a book project for next summer, and continuing her line of hand painted purses and jackets.

For more information about Mai-Ling please download her complete 40 page press kit at her website.


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