On the eve of my last day of work, and on the first day of the Chinese New Year, I came home to find my leopard gecko shedding her skin. The symbolism didn’t escape me.

(Please ignore my obnoxious commentary…)

My mom called me during dinner and said, Gong xi fa cai! That’s the standard Chinese New Year saying and means, more or less, Best Wishes, Make Money! Then she said, “Well, I guess you’re probably not going to fa cai this year.” No, Mom, probably not.


  1. Four things:

    1) I felt kind of voyeuristic watching your gecko strip.

    2) Your voice sounds a lot o like my sister-in-law’s.

    3) Sigh, I don’t think I’ll fa cai this year either.

    4) Congrats on your last day of work!

  2. Ohhh I didn’t know you had a leopard! I had two before I moved here, but I couldn’t bring them so a friend has them now. I miss them, they’re awesome pets.

  3. Sonja-
    1) Sorry.
    2) She must have a nice voice. ;)
    3) My mom did say, “But you never know!”
    4) Thanks. :)

    Oh neat! Yeah she’s beautiful. Not so cuddly, but it’s okay.

  4. I laughed when I read your conversation with your mom. Leave it to a mom to interject a small dose of reality, then add a dash of hope! I do that to my son all the time.

  5. Hahaha I loved your commentary. You always mention Riley, I had completely forgotten about little Potato! She’s so cute!! I really liked the video, I find things like that fascinating.

  6. I love this video! How long did it take? I wanted to watch the whole thing. And did you have to resist the urge to reach in there and help her. I wanted to pull it off myself.

    Congrats on your last day of work!

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