Weekend of Lovelies

So … I’ve been feeling bleugh lately … hence the no blogging. Welps. But I have been keeping up with other people’s blog the best I can. Has to mean something, right?

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On Friday I went and gave blood with Mallory. Always love hanging out with this chica and doing something for others makes it that much better.

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Went and saw Sarah, my cousin, dance as a professional for the first time. This particular one was called Bosk which was based on a true story. It had bunnies and doers and alligators and such. Of course they were dressed up and not the actual kind. It was kind of the theatrical weird dance but I enjoyed it.

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Saturday I figured out how many magazines I have to go through. Oy vey. Not even 1/4th done.

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I promised a little girl, Rose’s daughter, Karen, I was going to teach her how to bake cupcakes. I got a free bagel sandwich out of it. YUM! Looks gross but it was so delicious. Bagel Cafe … now that I know you, you’re never leaving me!

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Karen gave me this. So smart making a heart out of the pipe cleaner!

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Finished product. We omitted the sour cream so the frosting wasn’t as creamy … but it made it taste more like dark chocolate. Some people liked it like that. Guess to all their own. Or whatever the saying is. I took the majority to Oslvado’s birthday celebration. Win. Win.

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We ate at Chili’s and partied at a club afterward. This is the only picture I liked of myself out of all the ones I had on my phone. Hopefully Ann doesn’t mind her being on the blog. Whooooops.

2nd Good Deed of the Month …

… by helping kids with cerebral palsy tomorrow. I’ve helped fundraise some money and doing the 5k walk/run at the Houston Zoo in the morning. I’m excited and ready! I hope the weather stays cool. Not hot and super sunny weather puhlease!

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We get to look at zoo animals after and I’m hoping I get to see them monkeys. My favorite. They HAVE to look like Marcel from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Sorry I reference everything to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It was too dang good.

Wanna do a good deed for the day? If you’re willing to donate and help out just follow the link HERE.

Else, have a great weekend. We might catch up again. I might just go and get my caramel latte and you know … blog. Possibly about the walk. We shall see.

Stay Positive and Think Good Thoughts.

[2013] 002/365: Saving Lives, Can’t Go Wrong

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Only those from FTK will understand where that quote came from in my title.

Anyway, that’s Mallory giving blood. We decided to go to the Blood Center last week so we made our way there today. Love giving back.

I apparently have a rare blood type so I like knowing I can help out.

Then we met up with Samantha and we did happy hour. You’ll notice the tea. I didn’t drink! One of the no-no’s after donating blood. But who really cares. I’m just trying to drink less.

And following that is homemade potato chips and a harvest flatbread. YUMS!

Three more days until the weekend for moi!

Nom Nom Noodles

I’ve been a bit lagged on Google Reader. Whoopsies. I’ll get there. I always do.

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A few days ago some of my coworkers and I went to:

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Nom Nom Noodles
1635 Eldridge Pkwy Ste 400
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 497-602
www.nomnomnoodles.com

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Vermicelli Combo aka Bun Dac Biet [combination of grilled pork & chicken vermicelli rice noodles served with house sauce, green onions, lettuce, pickled carrots, pickled daikon, bean sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, & crushed peanuts} | $7.79

Additional $1.99 for a choice of one eggroll or one spring roll plus a fountain drink …

Which I wished I knew because I would not have taken that. I don’t like soda much and that spring roll looked a little sad. Yeah, this place is good if I want Pho close to work … but I’ve had better. My coworkers thought it tasted pretty darn good though. Guess it was just mine that was not up to par.

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Today started out a little different …

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So gorgeous. The light shining through would be lighting and I love that the moon was just chilling up above. Surprisingly no rain came down the whole drive to work. And it reminded me of Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away:

“Dry lightning cracks across sky
Those storm clouds gather in her eyes …”

Pretty obsessed with this song right now. Sad song though.

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I made today an FTK day. Natural lighting aka florescent lights with an exposure value of +2.0 makes for some pretty pictures. Glowing! Haven’t wore my FTK polo in so long. I heard a lot of things about FTK from various people that are still in it and it seems a lot has changed. I wonder how it’s been. Guess I’ll be able to see when I go visit toward the end of the month.

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Upon going with some of my coworkers to buy coffee … Venti Caramel Macchiato, a friend/old coworker told me to meet her downstairs by the elevator. She surprised me with a Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte. My first one ever and I loved it!

You would think a girl that doesn’t drink a lot of coffee would be wide awake … false. Coffee doesn’t do anything to me but make me pee like a horse.

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source: not sure where she got this but I’m sure it was on Facebook …

A friend of mine sent me this. Ahh … makes me wish I was still in SA. And it’s nice I’m still thought of. Cannot wait to see her toward the end of the month as well!

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The puppy I would like to have. So cute!

Please let me know where I can get him!

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Remember that one time I went to go give blood and they messed up? Well I went back in to give blood again, passed all the tests and got told I couldn’t give blood because the last time I did it, they took too much RBCs so now my body doesn’t have enough RBCs and I will have to wait til December.

Disappointed.

And what’s worse is Mallory and I scheduled our appointment together to hang out. Needless to say I went home and left her there. I was too sad to stay and watch everyone give blood.

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Day off tomorrow and I have a list of errands to run. Weee!

TGTBLIG!

Wedding Dress Galore

Before I start talking about my day I just want to say … seriously, sometimes I feel like everyone’s reading my blog. Upon writing last night’s post about being thankful for friends who keep in touch with you and whatnot, my little, Jennifer S., IMed me. Coincidence? … I hope so. But she is the sweetest and though we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together the years we were at the same school, we always made sure to keep in touch and hopefully that stays the same.

And then I got to Skype with Patricia. Sadly, Shayna was already asleep. But it was nice being able to catch up with Patricia. Talked about boys (what else), work, and music. I seriously miss being in San Antonio. I wonder how different things would have been if I was to have stayed there instead of back here in Houston.

I told her about dreaming of moving back to Hong Kong and work for the company that I’m with there. I work for a big company and they’re all around the world. And she was pretty “angry” that I was willing to move to Hong Kong for a job, but not for San Antonio. I have to say though, I have family in Hong Kong so it’s different. I feel I have no one in San Antonio. Maybe things would be different if I had someone. HA

Jared texted me just now asking if I was wanting to grab a few drinks. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to since I haven’t seen him in almost 5 years but I am way too tired from a long day. The drive is at least 30 minutes give or take and I can’t even drink because I gave blood …

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I started off my day by doing a good deed. Donated blood! In my Instagram picture I said I was doing Platelets but it was actually Plasmas … whoops. And also RBCs (red blood cells). There was some complications on the return and blood pretty much leaked everywhere. Yeah, beautiful. I was only a few mL away to finishing RBCs so I was pretty unhappy that I wasn’t able to. My arm’s a little sore and a little bruised but in the end, I still saved some lives and that’s all that matters.

Since Sissy and I had the day off, Mum took a half day so we could try on wedding gowns! But more on that later. First, we feasted.

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LoCal’s Healthy Joint
1590 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 395-3993
www.localshealthyjoint.com

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Buffalo Short Ribs [braised fall off the bone tender short ribs + 2 sides] | $11.95

I got my sides of steamed broccoli and roasted red potatoes. YUM!

It’s a tiny little shop located right next to a gym (smart!) so they get plenty of customers. And the food’s not bad at all. The short ribs was a little on the salty side though. But everything was pretty delicious. Read straight up not oily or filled with spices. I would love to come back again.

They also have breakfast served all day that they’re open. That’s what Mum ordered.

Then it was time for dress shopping!

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Weddings by Debbie
20235 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX
(281) 698-8160
www.weddingsbydebbie.com

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Sissy looking at so many dang dresses. I’ve never seen so much white in my life. It was fun picking out some hideous ones. I wish she tried those on.

Sorry, no pictures of her actually trying them on. Just in case it’s the one she ends up with. But let me tell you, she looked so pretty! She tried on 7 or 8 in an hour and we were done.

I think she’s found the one. She went online afterward to look up which one she tried on and really liked. Then she even looked at some bridesmaid dresses. She’s still not sure if she’s doing that whole bridesmaid/groomsmen thing so we’ll see but I hope she does! Because then I have an excuse to buy a really, really pretty dress!

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We stopped by McDonald’s on the way home. This would be my chocolate dipped ice cream cone. I’ve always wanted to try one and I finally got to! I was a happy camper. Definitely better tasting than a boring old ice cream cone … which is what Mum got. Sissy opted for a Iced Mocha or whatever.

It’s been a good day and this week has been pretty fabulous to me with everyone keeping in contact with me. I feel loved.

Think Good Thoughts: People

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I am thankful I can still learn. I’m taking a class online at work, which is paid for, about Petrophysics. 16 hours worth of material you can work at your own pace. Sounds boring and disgusting, right? Actually you are wrong … so wrong. It’s actually very interesting. That would be my hand written notes on the right. That’s how much I love it! I kinda miss school …

I am thankful for having such a wonderful team of people to work with at my job. They’re around my age, mostly, so it’s easier to get along not that my last team was hard to get along with. We can joke more and laugh more. It’s more relaxed which I love.

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This morning, Tony C. and I went and got knockoff Starbucks at our building and it was nice knowing I have someone who would do that with me. Not feel as lonely. And it was nice that we were able to share some things about our personal lives that’s outside the office so we’re not so much strangers.

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Some people on our team went out to lunch at Carabba’s with BossMan today. And got to know them better which was nice. BossMan paid which got us mad because we told him we were going to pay. Tony C. got yelled at for getting up trying to fix that but … what can you do. When BossMan says sit down, you sit down.

I am so very thankful for my job. I know I have it better than a lot of people in the world. I’m not sitting there worried about if I can find a job, what interview is coming up, etc. It might be hard sometimes not having that same routine, being full time with FTK, or seeing some people in my life because they’re all in San Antonio, but as long as they know I’m still there for them and they’re still there for me, I think I’ll be fine. Which leads me to my next Good Thought …

I am thankful for friends who check up on you. I’m not going to lie. I only keep in touch with some people but we only talk once in a blue moon, but it’s nice nonetheless. Especially when it’s them making the initiative. Cuz you know … I hate when I feel like I’m bothering someone. I would talk to everyone if I wasn’t afraid of bothering them. Maybe tell me I’m not bothering you when I talk to you and I promise, I will talk to you forever and ever and ever …

Getting a text from Travis Monday night letting me know the reason he’s M.I.A. from IM-ing or E-mailing is because lack of internet at his new apartment. Then caught up a bit.

Gary called me yesterday while I was at work, left a voice message, called him back after work and we talked for a good while. Always nice to talk to someone even though they’re miles away. Makes me feel like I’m still there.

Getting an IM from Anthony, caught up and found out he has an interview lined up here in Houston in September. Throwing good luck his way.

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Had dinner with Mallory after work at Cheddars tonight. (Salad, croissant, broccoli, broccoli and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a Strawberry Daiquiri. I did not finish at all … neither did Mallory.) She contacted me a few days ago asking if we could hang out. Uh, duh! It was nice to meet up with her and catch up. So much stuff has changed. I’m glad we’re both back in the same city because the hang outs will now commence.

I am thankful I am able to help save lives. Yes, you read that right. Since summer of 2007, I’ve been donating blood. It use to be my whole blood but after half a year of that, I switched to plasmas and platelets. And because of that, I’m able to donate once a week. I haven’t gone in almost a year because I didn’t get to come home as much due to FTK things and then summer came and I was out of the country. Now I’m back and ready to get poked and prodded. I’ve set an appointment for tomorrow morning and I cannot wait! If you’re able to save lives, do it. Do Good, Help Others.

This post accidentally got too long. But it’s never a bad thing when it’s about the good in life.

Be Positive.

Think Good Thoughts.