Furniture and Life: Into 2016

I took some pictures of some big changes in my home as of late. Our home, mine and Davy’s and Noah’s and Sushi’s, which has changed in big and small ways and functionally too.

In our living room, we adopted a green leather double recliner sofa. A couch. But nobody here calls it a couch and so I’ve started referring to it less and less as one too. It kills me to do so, but alas, when in Belgium…


The new green sofa is pretty massive and adds a big new color to the room, green, found before only in traces in the paintings hanging above it. Davy’s been wanting a “gaming chair” for a while now for his PlayStation fix. And though I don’t love-love this new sofa of ours, it stays.

For now.

And pictured above, truly is the state of our living on any given day. A small mountain of clean laundry needing folding, our coffee table covered with remnants of the day’s events, and Noah’s toys. Even Furby sleeps soundly amidst the mess. It used to be worse. There used to be bigger messes all the time, and mostly because of Noah.

So where did the loveseat go?

The loveseat is now in a part of the house which was once known as the dining room. Half the dining room is for dining and the other half is now basically Noah’s playroom.


Our dining playroom.

According to Feng Shui, this is just where a “children’s area” should go so it all somehow works out I guess…


The loveseat has already proven to be a success and quite a cushy spot for reading or Skyping with Halmuhnee or having a snack from our “real” kitchen, versus the kitchen in Noah’s restaurant right next door to the loveseat…

And at the kitchen in Rice House, there will be changes too. Not in furnishings, but in opening hours in the new year. Davy and I have decided that Rice House will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays instead of just Mondays and Tuesdays, simply because Wednesdays are half-days in the Belgian school system. Noah could use some more time with me, whether it’s to hang around in PJs or get dressed up and silly.


And we can afford it, so we decided to go ahead and make the change. I believe our family will benefit greatly from the change.

I’m excited.

A place for everything and everything in its place, and here we gooooooo…veering into 2016.

There are some of us wishing 2015 never happened, or at the least wishing we could forget parts of it. Some of us are dreading 2016 even though it might have crept into our dreams once or twice, what life might look like in the new year. But we are still here. For whatever the reason we live another day and we are still here, and about to step into a new year together as a world.

That’s a big thing to have in common with anyone in the world, if you really think about it. If only it could be enough. If only it would bring more of us together.

The New Year’s Eve festivities in the city centre in Brussels are cancelled this year, because there exists injustice and sadness everywhere all over the globe…in parts we’ve never even heard of..but we, are still here.

Here’s to hoping 2016 unifies many who need it most.

Thank you for sticking with me another year.

Always dishing,



  1. debchr

    Happy you’re blogging more! Wishing you only the best during the upcoming year. Noah looks delightfully silly/happy/funny in the pic with you, grinning from ear to ear with his hair spiked!

  2. Jane

    Happy New Year! Love your change for opening and closing days for the Rice House. It is a win win for all. You will feel less frantic, Noah will continue to flourish with the love and support you and Davy give him,and a mid week break before the hectic weekend is good. Gratitude of life and the realization that life is not a dress rehearsal but each new day is our opening act…is a good way to live life.

  3. Heather

    Happy New Year To you, Noah and Davey, June! All the best in 2016! Yes what a world we live in – we just need to continue to love one another hey. Sure enjoy your pics and posts. Would love to visit your new country and Rice House one day!!

  4. Peg Rejent

    Happy New Year 2016, to you, Jun, Davy and Noah. Praying that the terrorists stop terrorizing and love and good health surrounds you (and all of us, too). xoxo

  5. Happy New Year Jun! I love reading your blog. It warms my heart when you share your honesty with us, especially when you put your time with Noah and Davy first. As a working woman myself, I’m a teacher, it IS SO easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of work and put my family second. When I read here or on twitter about your reasons to adjust or scale back your hours, it is a gentle reminder to me to take stock in my own personal choices as well.

    I am one of those people eager to move on to 2016. I just tuned 40 in 2015, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be Thank God! But I also lost my mom in 2015, pretty unexpectedly and pretty suddenly. She was only 63 and we were very close. I am not sure why I wanted to share this, but I wanted to. Since we are so close in age, I feel like we share similar pecspectives and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your openness with all of us. Thank You! Cheers to a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2016!

    Much Love,
    Amy Varela

  6. 2016

    The calendar gives us an extra day.

    Second chance day? Re-do day?

    24 hours is a blink of the eye for eternity.

    I hope I am successful in using those seconds, minutes, hours to give and find happiness.

    It would be wonderful if only two of the many warring factions used that 24 hours to find accord.

    Peace <3

  7. Della Gordon

    Happy New Year Jun, both me and my partner have lost our jobs….in this Oil based city of Calgary. That’s all I want this year ! Enjoy your time with Noah, cause you can never get those early important years back


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