Our pre-wedding photo pub’d on WWAM Bam

Jocelyn of Speaking of China put together a rather exquisite post of Photos of WWAM couples who got married. It’s amazing how many Western women marry Asian men and you’ll surely find some new ladies captured in marital bliss in the article.

Most are pre-wedding photos, a popular tradition in Asia where couples go to photo studios, dress up in formal attire so pictures of the bride and grrom can then be displayed at the wedding ceremony. Read all about our low-key pre-wedding photo shoot.

If you check out Jocelyn’s article, try to avoid self-promoting your photography business as that completely misses the point of the post…I’ll let you decipher that message all on your own 😄

Snapshot Sundays

A sneak peek of some shots a coworker took of us last Sunday at Bismarck’s Art Alley and Keelboat Park overlooking the Missouri River. Photos at the park feature the Old Railroad Bridge looming in the background. Art alley in downtown Bismarck showcases local artists and art students’ paintings of the brick wall facade with a variety of murals. The coworker, a photographer at the paper, plans to take a few more photographs in other iconic places around town before Baby Z arrives. These were taken around dusk so I didn’t include any taken at the state Capitol grounds, when night began enveloping us. The state Capitol houses Bismarck’s “skyscraper,” the tallest building in town.

See you all next Sunday for a post more aligned to the cultural side of this blog.

What’s in a name?

It’s all at stake when choosing a name for your soon-to-be child. The stakes are doubled when bringing two cultures into the mix. In our case, quadrupled because we’re tasked with finding names for both genders. No one to blame but my stubborn self for not wanting to know…there’s not enough surprises left in life, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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Breaking the blog silence

Xiananigans will resume weekly posts Sunday.

I could use the age-old excuse of being “too busy” to write, but that’s not really the case. Lacking self-discipline to carve out time for writing each day and not holding myself accountable because “hey, I’m pregnant” sounds like a legitimate excuse to that pesky, inner critic are the main factors holding me back.

Also, placing blame on burnout from work where eight hours of my day is spent in front of a screen, either reading, editing and proofing copy, sounds good to me.

However, in the earlier hours of my day, I’m not stepping away from the screen, instead indulging in Netflix, an occasional podcast and catching up on conversations in various WeChat groups.

Putting creative endeavors on the back burner won’t work any longer, I’m afraid. When Baby Z arrives in about two months, give or take a week or two, beginning a writing routine will pose a greater challenge.

There’s so many ideas, too many in fact, I have for this space (there are 30 drafts in various stages of despair). I’ll also resume accepting guest posts. Do you have a blog of your own? I’d be much obliged to guest post there, too.

Here’s to breaking the blog silence, resuming an outlet and reconnecting with a thriving, growing niche blogging community.

And while you eagerly await Sunday, go check out other blogs by Western Women Who Love Chinese Men, including the collective offerings on WWAM Bam!

A rather timely post, given the headlines as of late, is Jocelyn’s recent article on her blog Speaking of China. Talk about outrageous double standards and a foreboding sense that history really is repeating itself…