Itsara

September 18, 2012

Sleeping Arrangements

Filed under: Funny,Our Work,Parenting,Personal,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 2:38 PM

Cindy drew this. It is 100% factual.

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October 5, 2010

Putting on a Show

Filed under: Funny,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 5:57 PM

This is from a couple of months ago. Isaac and Nathan entertain their little sister.

September 28, 2010

A Silly Post

Filed under: Funny,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 6:46 PM

You know that hair whorl we all have on our head? I never really thought much about it before. I mean, it’s pretty much the same on everyone (or maybe I just haven’t noticed because, hey, who the heck notices hair whorls?).

Well one of our kids has one worth noticing. See if you can figure out which one.

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Man, he’s got like a little binary star system going on there.

April 11, 2009

Filed under: Funny,Our Work,Parenting,Personal — Cindy Heine @ 12:54 AM

One of my (Cindy’s) goals in this 2-week break is to post on Itsara. (Check!) So, here’s an update from me.

* Adam wants to get pregnant. I told him it’s better if I’m the one who gets pregnant. No news yet.
* I went to some free master dance classes a few weeks ago and met some other dancers. Now I’ve begun adult ballet lessons here. First time since 12 years ago. It hurts, but it’s so good.
* We are considering a trip to the US, although we fear leaving Nathan while he is still new.
* We are trying to figure out if we can adopt/get legal guardianship for Nathan and/or Lutiya. Please pray.
* Adam’s leaving us (Lutiya, Isaac, Nathan, and me) for 2 nights to visit Whytey in Bangkok. What am I going to do? Invite some teenage girls to sleep over, play games, dance, and be silly. Will I ever grow up?
* I’m going to start taking Thai classes again. I’m sick of misunderstanding people and being misunderstood.
* Nathan and Isaac fight a LOT. It drives me nuts.
* Nathan and Isaac are really loving and considerate with each other within seconds of fighting. It’s taught me a lot about forgiving and forgetting.
* Our house is so quiet with only 3 kids. (Well, it’s all relative.)
* I ate someone’s poop the other day.
* It’s not the same without the Abbotts here. We miss them.
* I am so thankful that Jamie brought real parmesan cheese from the US.
* I find a new white hair pretty often.
* I spent a lot of time this break doing Sandra’s math assignments.
* I ate my first peach yesterday in years. (It wasn’t good.)
* I do a great 3-second dog drawing.
* Adam and I are going on a 4-hour date in about 10 minutes. WOOHOO!

January 12, 2009

Anything Can Be Proved With Math

Filed under: Creativity,Funny,Geekery — Adam Heine @ 7:52 PM

Posted with permission. Our 14 year-old friend, who’d prefer to go by the handle MorELen, gave us this mathematical proof about the nature of girls.

Girls take time and money:

g = t x m

Time is money, so:

g = m2

And money is the root of all evil:

m = √e

Therefore:

g = (√e)2
g = e

Girls are evil!

April 29, 2008

Rainy Season

Filed under: Funny,Thailand — Adam Heine @ 11:55 PM

“What is rain, Dad?”
“Rain is God peeing.”
“Wow… that’s a lot of pee.”
“Well, he’s a big God.”

October 22, 2007

On Consistency

Filed under: Funny,Religion — Adam Heine @ 5:35 AM

(True story in which two missionary kids (here named Alex and Jesse) are hanging out after school discussing their plans)

Alex: Hey, do you wanna go to the royal flower festival this weekend?
Jesse: Are you kidding? You know that’s a Buddhist thing, right? It’s all about Buddhism and spirits and everything. The whole thing is totally evil.
Alex: Oh, okay… So what are you doing tonight?
Jesse: Trick-or-treating.

June 10, 2007

How to Speak Thai Clearly

Filed under: Funny,Thailand — Adam Heine @ 11:02 PM

The trick to speaking Thai clearly is not in the vowels or the consonants. I get consonants and vowels wrong all the time – I can hear it when I speak – but because I make sure to get the tones right, I am usually understood and Thais even comment on how clearly I speak. Proper pronunciation of vowels and consonants is important, but not as important as the tones.

Everybody, no matter what language they are speaking, uses tones when they speak. The difference between a tonal language like Thai and a non-tonal language like English is in how your tone changes what you say. In a non-tonal language, saying the same words with different tones will perhaps change the connotations of what you are saying (“I play guitar.” versus “I play guitar.”), but the basic meaning is still the same. In a tonal language, if you speak using the wrong tones it will change the meaning of what you are saying entirely. This is the biggest mistake I see other foreigners make when they try to speak Thai. I’ve had foreigners comment on just how much I pay attention to the tones. I want you to understand why.

With the wrong tones, you’ll say tiger instead of shirt, pot instead of doctor, ghost instead of older brother.

“I like to study” becomes “I like money.” A request, “I need a new car”, becomes an offer: “Do you need a car?” Instead of telling someone you have a cold, you’ll tell them you’re a temple. While trying to invite someone to a movie, you’ll say, “Would you like to watch people sit?”

Oh, but it gets worse. If you don’t pay attention to your tones, you may intend to ask for cooked rice but accidentally tell the cook that she is white and beautiful. You’ll ask for medicine, and the pharmacist will introduce you to his grandmother. Ask a woman if she’s selling tickets, and she slaps you in the face for calling her a prostitute. Or ask a little boy to point to the nearest shop, and instead he pees on a caterpillar.

I hope this helps you understand just how important tones are in the Thai language. Maybe next time I can tell you about the consonants Thai has that English doesn’t, and why you can easily call your aunt crazy if you’re not careful.

June 4, 2007

Hello, Matt?

Filed under: Funny — Adam Heine @ 4:45 AM

The first stage was good-natured laughter. The second stage, annoyance. After annoyance, it soon became a running gag. In the fourth stage, it stopped being funny and started being just plain eerie. Now I’m onto the fifth stage.

Resignation.

Two and a half years ago, as faithful readers will remember, I told you about the campaign to tell me that my name is really Matt. Like some kind of sick, cosmic joke, that campaign continues. I now have a Matt living in my house, and apparently we both sound exactly alike on the phone. It’s been months since I didn’t have a phone conversation that started like this:

*Ring ring*
Me: “Hello?”
Them: “Hi, Matt.”

I hope there isn’t a sixth stage, but I fear there is and that it has the word “breakdown” in it.

April 30, 2007

Tongue-tongue

Filed under: Funny,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 1:43 AM

Tongue-tongue is sad because he has but one small tongue with which to taste the whole world.

I don’t know where he gets it…

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