Sister Bonding

Sissy and BIL shaved Bruno down today since it’s summer. I keep feeling like there’s bits and pieces of his hair in my nose suffocating me. Grosssssss. I’ve checked … my nose is clean. It’s all in my head.

Workout kicked my ass today. I did a 10 minute Crossfit type workout. Pushups are still the hardest thing for me to do but I know with enough time I will do them with perfection. Else I’ll just stick to my favorite: the plank. I sometimes substitute that in since it’s easier on my shoulder. Whoooooops. As for burpees … no one likes them. NO ONE. But apparently it’s the best –ish ever. *sigh*

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This post would of been written and put up hours ago but Sissy decided to come in with the guitar BIL bought her for Christmas asking me to teach her how to play … so we did that for a while instead. Yay to sister bonding! I won’t get to have this in a week or so. Travel nursing can SUCK IT. Jk. I’m excited to visit them where ever they land. Free housing. Teehee

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Dad’s birthday was yesterday so we took him out for lunch Saturday and had a Snicker’s Ice Cream Cake yesterday. We bought him a bunch of lottos as well as a gift. Fingers crossed!!

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My cookbook set from The Family Kitchen off Groupon came in today. I am super excited! Those pictures made me SO hungry! I’ve already taken note on what I want to make and try out. Family and friends, get your tummies ready for some hopefully delicious food!

I’ve decided to get Hulu+ … you can try it out for a week and see how you like it. Perfect! I cannot wait to finish Gossip Girl!

This post would be longer and I would have read and commented y’all’s blog but I don’t have much time tonight. I will do all of that tomorrow. PROMISE!

Hope your Tuesday was all fine and dandy!

Stay Positive & Think Good Thoughts!

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Birthday Palooza

I turned a year older yesterday. This birthday marks the best one thus far. Let’s let pictures and a few words capture my Birthday Weekend. I hope you guys had an amazing weekend like me! What amazing thing did you do?

Friday aka Party Time:

I had this day off … wonderful. Perfect. Night plans were changed due to too many people at Cheddar’s. We ended up at Wild Wings Cafe then out for drinks afterward. Thanks to Mallory, Samantha, Amanda, Lauren, Maggie, John, Ronnie, Michael, Nate, Matt, Brett, and Robbie for coming out. I had a lot of fun with y’all and it definitely meant a lot to me since some of y’all were working all day or have finals and such.

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Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting I made for my friends.
House got hot and some of the frosting melted off.
Definitely turning up the AC next time.

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Some of the peoples from the night.
Thank you for making my night wonderful!

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From Mallory.
Phone/Wallet Case. Nail Polish. Bath Bombs.
She tried to get me a Cloud Cafe gift card.
CC doesn’t have those. Sad day.

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From Samantha.
Box of 4 different Green Teas.
And a mug.

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From Robbie.
Fortune Cookie Card.
Even wrote our names in Chinese. Ha Funny.

Saturday aka Lazy Day:

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Watched The Great Gatsby with Mallory, her mum, and Samantha.
Early Bird gets the worm!
It wasn’t all that amazing. Pretty … meh okay.
You can already see me using the phone/wallet case.

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Gorgeous Samantha.

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Freddy’s with Samantha.
I love our dates.

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Birthday Dinner with Fam at Pappasito’s.
Parents and June had their first Dos-a-rita.

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Cake June bought at La Madeline.
Not sure what it’s called.
Pretty delicious.

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From Sissy.
Random knick-nacks I’d be using up soonsies.
Her other gift is her old Full sized bed. Cannot wait.

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From Parents.
First James Avery Ring.
Loves it.

Sunday aka Mother’s Day:

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Tammy’s Mother’s Day delivery to my Mum.
Can’t wait to finally see her walk across the stage this Friday!

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Fruit tart June bought from La Madeline for me.
My favoritest dessert ever ever.

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The lake behind Gordon’s house.
Had potluck with the fam for Mother’s Day.

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Bruno. Chilling in Gordon’s backyard.

Monday aka Birth Day:

I was stuck in a conference/workshop all day along with working 2 hours before to catch up on some things. Oy vey. Afterward the work team and the Canadian team that came down for the conference/workshop had a dinner thing at Dave and Buster’s. It was the longest birthday day ever.

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Early bird. Already working hard and finally had time to check my phone.
Notifications wazoo.
Wrapped up office done by amazing coworker.
Birthday cupcake from Zuco.

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Red Envelopes from Parents and June.

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Dave and Buster’s Work Dinner … over $1100 … not counting drinks.
WTF. But the food was delicious.
Birthday Cake. Hope my wish comes true.
Some great coworkers helped me get super lots of tickets … over 3500.
Got a Das Boot and tiny shot glass as a birthday present.
The other tickets went to the other two coworkers.
They chose shot glasses and candy.

Seriously. It’s been amazing. Thank you to EVERYONE that has helped me celebrate. I’ve been giddy. Thank you thank you. All the phone calls, text messages, notifications on every social media … I am so thankful for all of you.

Happy Tuesday!

[2013] 001/365: Year of the Snake

I decided to do Project 365 since it’s the start of the (Chinese) New Year.

For those that don’t know what that is, it’s a project in where you take ONE picture (or two or five thousand) a day as a reminder of life.

I’ve been writing in a calendar something good per day but this seems more memorable since it’s in the blog and all.

I don’t know if I’ll post every day or not. BUT I will take a picture everyday and try my best to post it everyday. If not then I’ll just pretend I posted it that day … when we all know I didn’t. Lies. I know.

Without further ado, here goes.

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Happy Chinese New Year, wonderfuls! It’s been a very relaxing weekend hanging out with the family. The members in our family dwindles down every year since we’re all so busy with work or school and such. But when we get together, it feels like old times. Given the only kids this time around was sissy, Brett, and I, we still had fun.

Since it’s the year of the snake, my year, it means I have bad luck. Therefore Mum, Dad, and June gave me an extra red envelope. Two of which has red string in it and I can’t use the money in it for a year. Used to ward off the bad. The other red string is tied around my wrist. Hope it works. I need all the good luck I can get.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Christmas Haul

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Last week we received something from Hong Kong. It was very exciting.

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Gifts from the coworkers. I also got a Christmas Card from one of my coworkers. Her family is so cutes.

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I went and sent a few cards for some friends because I LOVE snail mail. Nothing special. Just wanted to let them know I was thinking of them. I wanted to send more out but didn’t have addresses or time.

And now the presents from the fams! I’m not boasting or anything. Just wanted to keep a memory of the things I got this year!

Mum:

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Popcorn kernels for my popcorn machine!! Yippee!! My brother’s been bugging me to make some for him but I haven’t. Whoops.

She also gave me an Estee Lauder makeup/clutch thing with some makeup samples inside that goes with Pleasure.

Dad:

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My dad does this game where we choose numbers which indicates a different envelopes that has different amounts of money inside. I won the jackpot this year! Yippee!! I use to win the $5 or $10! 🙂

June:

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I got an art set! I am TOO excited. I haven’t opened up because everything is so perfect right now. Do you get that way? Ah … cannot wait. Hopefully I make some smoking a** things!

Sissy & Brett:

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My favorite … a You Curl Iron! I never knew how to curl my hair. Partly because I don’t want to damage my hair or burn myself but this seriously makes everything so easy! I think everyone should get one because it’s just so simple and fast and makes some bomb diggity curls! That’s my first time curling. Love it or hate it?

I’ve been practicing every day … aka killing my hair.

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Pumpkin Butter & Cookie Butter. It’s so perfect I haven’t even opened it yet. I haven’t tried them before but she knew I wanted to. I was beyond excited when I tore opened my package. What shall I eat with these lovelies?

Brother:

He gave me his computer monitor during Thanksgiving and that is part of my Christmas and birthday present. Hence no pictures in case y’all were wondering. 🙂

Tammy:

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Candles for my stanky room! The vanilla cupcake smells like heaven. I’m hurrying up with my old candle so I can pop one of these open! Eeep!

Jenny:

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A 2013 calendar. I already have a planner so I’m debating what to do with this one. Any ideas? I really do love it but I’m not sure what to do with it.

She also got me a egg maker thingie that makes eggs in a shape of a heart. I think I can use it with pancake batter too. Hmm … 😉

Alyssa & Greg:

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So I just got this a yesterday but I love it. Anything that comes through snail mail wins my heart. That might answer the reason why I do online shopping so much. Anyway, it’s great hearing from her and I really do miss her. I cannot wait till she and her husband (ah we’re too grown up!) are back in Houston!

The weekend is here and work couldn’t have gone any slower these past few days.

I got the 31st off but I’m debating if I should go in or not … leaning towards not but who knows what’ll happen.

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

A Whole Lotta Pictures

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A glimpse of one of the buildings at my workplace. I love it here.

I wake up, go to work, come home, work out, then lose myself in the web, a good book, a magazine, or a television show. Sometimes if I’m lucky I get a phone call or a skype call from friends in SA. Seriously … that doesn’t even sound busy but to me I feel like I haven’t slept in ages.

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I blame the whole not having enough red blood cells because the blood center took too much due to the machine failing to give me back what I need therefore making me tired. Run on sentence? I’m too tired to fix it.

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Right now I’m watching Training Day. Never heard of the movie? It’s okay. I didn’t either until Tony C. begged everyone to watch it because apparently “it’s so d*mn good.”

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I went to a Korean restaurant with June and Mum last Saturday. Food was good, super expensive, but the servers were rude. I hate when that happens because now I never want to go back.

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Luckily we have our own type of grill at our home and since Dad wasn’t there, we went and bough some bulgogi and galbi for dinner that night so he could be in on the fun.

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Best. Idea. Ever. It might not look like a lot of food but there’s a tower of meat on one side and a tower of seafood on the other. And we had golden mushrooms in those little packets. We didn’t even finish everything!

Seriously … best idea ever. I asked my family to do this every weekend. It’s way cheaper and we get more food out of it. Let’s see if it happens.

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Did any one else eat these when they were a kid. They bring back some good memories.

And speaking of memories …

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I brought out my popcorn machine again. I miss it. It brings me back to college life where Jenny and I would pop popcorn almost daily as a snack or just to study with or watch movies with. I miss that apartment. And my next door neighbor, Travis, along with everyone in SA.

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My family’s two fridges on the left. And a little funny thing on the right which makes it kind of sad. I never understood why my family has two fridges.

Hump Day tomorrow … I’m ready. This week has been going by way too slowly.

Labor Day Weekend

I had an amazing Labor Day Weekend. Four days worth. What’s not to love.

Thursday:

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I went to Happy Hour at The King’s Head Pub with the team. Partly because Katherine M. was leaving. Therefore we had cake. Tres Leche to be exact. It was very wet …

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Along with two Guinnesses and a shot of tequila. Yum. Oh and a tiny slice of pizza. The team was pretty quiet and tame. We made small conversations but boy was I wrong. We’ll get to that.

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But first, I left to meet up with Amanda at Chatter’s. I hadn’t seen her in awhile and it was GREAT catching up. We don’t skip a beat and started up where we left off. Those are always the best friendships. I got the Chatter Burger but only ate the insides of the burger. No carbs please. Ha jk. It’s because they slathered way too much of their Chatter’s spread. The fries were amazing though. Crunchy on the outside, mushy on the inside. Yum!

We said our goodbyes then I headed back to The King’s Head Pub to meet up with the team. Upon entering, they scream out my first and last name and start whooping. I kid you not. Everyone was pretty tipsy … or drunk. Yep. Those are the people I work with.

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They finished up their drinks and we headed to Midnight Rodeo. It’s my first time going to a club in Houston and I must say, it was pretty fun. There wasn’t much people at first since the games were on but later on the night there were a lot more. We made our own fun. Loved it. It was chill. Just how it should be!

Friday:

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I’ve been having college life withdraws so June and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings. We ordered 50 wings and a basket of wedges. Yep. We only ate 20 wings total and took the rest home for Mum and Dad.

Dear College Life, I miss you. Staying out late. Studying (sometimes). FTK. FSA. And the people.

Saturday:

Mum, Dad, June, Rocky and I went and picked up Sissy, Brett, and Bruno and we made our way to Dallas. Had lunch at Suma Veggie Cafe with Brother, Tammy, and Jenny.

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Then we went doggie hunting. I found the one I want!! He’s sleeping while his momma is chilling. Sadly he isn’t available til the 23rd. And he’s too small for me to take care of with my work schedule and all.

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Brother and June went with Sissy, Brett, and Bruno to take some engagement pictures. Some of them came out pretty well! So excited! Then we went to dinner with Tammy’s family at Lucky City. They let you bring your own wine so we got a little crazy! I’m starting to like wine. Eeep! Sonic for dessert then we called it a night.

Sunday:

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We woke up bright and early for the Arboretum. More engagement pictures to be taken. And they had a lot of cool glass sculptures!

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We went to Pappasito’s afterward and upon coming back to Brother’s place and found out Rocky tore the shit out of the carpet. That’ll be him knowning he’s in trouble and in time out. He stays there til we tell him he’s good to go. We think he only did that because Bruno was in the other room and it is a new place and he’s not use to it. Oh well. Brother had to go out and buy new carpet but couldn’t find any to match. Sad.

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On the way home, I caught this little beauty.

Monday:

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Didn’t do much but buy a new keyboard and mouse … wireless! I’m loving it. Oh and forgot to mention, Brother gave me his old computer that he built. So now I have a desktop AND a laptop! Happy camper. This post is written on my new computer!! I baked M&M Blondies for my old and new team. But something happened to the first batch so I only have one. Hopefully not everyone eats it.

Labor Day weekend has been pretty eventful. Nothing’s topped it so far.

4 day work week! Whooo! I got this!

Bridal Expo + June’s Birthday

Yesterday was SUCH a great day! We got discounted tickets to the Bridal Expo and I was super excited. I’ve always wanted to go just to see all the pretty decorations!

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Mum, June, and I drove out to Sissy’s. Her and Brett went and got us Pappas!! Mmm their breakfast tacos are the best! I had a potato egg and cheese and a sausage egg and cheese. With lots and lots of salsa.

And a side of Bruno. haha

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Walked past the pretty wall at Discovery Green on the way to the Bridal Expo. Kinda want my walls to be like this with some protruding blocks to put stuff on. Saves a lot of room!

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We finally made it!

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Sissy’s little button and my sticker. Used so it’s easy to differentiate to the vendors who’s who. Smart!

 

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They had such pretty decorations … sometimes. And GORGEOUS pictures! And even a few fashion shows. The dresses weren’t so great though. I didn’t like any of them.

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We got thirsty so we got a Peach Smoothie. Too sweet. Bleugh. And definitely didn’t quench my thirst.

The only thing I felt was great about the Bridal Expo were the photo booths. Sissy and I went to all four of them. She got tired of taking pictures but I insisted and she powered through. Great memories. I’m going to stick them on my cubicle at work since I have nothing in my cubicle. No pictures since I don’t think she wants her face plastered on my blog. Sad smile

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And I bought a popsicle from the Ice Cream Truck! My first time!! Do you want to hear something ridiculous? Of course … the eyeballs are made out of gum. WHY WOULD YOU PUT GUM ON A POPSICLE?!?!?!

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We went back to Sissy’s apartment and my mum and I stuck our stickers on Bruno! So cute.

Then afterward he went outside and sunbathed. He loves the sun. Ain’t he a cutie?

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We left and on the way home this is what happened … in a span of 30 seconds.

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We then met up with Dad and celebrated June’s birthday. It’s not till the 30th but since it’s on the weekday, Asians have a thing of not celebrating after the birthday. Only before or the day of. So much good food!

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On the drive home after the rain. Such a pretty colour in the sky.

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Then we had cake. Black Forest. Not a fan of this Black Forest. It had some stinkin’ gross cherries. But the shaved chocolate was delicious. It tasted like dark chocolate!

Such a fun filled day. Sadly I was too tired. Bleugh. And tomorrow’s work. I am not ready. This weekend was too short.

Hope y’all have a great Monday though! Smile