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December 01, 2013

Prioritize

These past couple of days have been weird and busy. My trip to Argentina is approaching faster than I had anticipated - which basically means that, as usual, I've been procrastinating a lot; the clock didn't start ticking any faster just because.

 

I am happy, excited and a bit anxious. I haven't seen my dad and the rest of the family and my friends for over 2 years and a half. Time did fly by! But it also feels as if I had just left my home country. I remember all those butterflies in my stomach right after I'd said my goodbies and was about to board my first plane. I had no idea what future held for me, I only knew that I was making a huge decision that would change my life for good. Following my heart sometimes feels selfish, but I don't regret it, not a little bit. Sure, I wish distances between my better half and my other loved ones weren't so big, that I could be more present in my dad and sister's lives, that I could go to my favorite stores and coffee shops in Buenos Aires in the blink of an eye, but no, I don't regret my decision. I am happy with the new journey I embarked on, I feel more loved than ever before, I'm learning a lot in so many different ways, I'm being faced with completely different challenges and I love it all - I love what I love and I try to embrace those things I don't like that much and learn from them as much as possible. Life is good; there are so many things to be thankful for!


Next week, on Tuesday to be more precise, I'll be boarding a plane to Buenos Aires (via Texas). Seeing my people makes my heart jump with joy :). Not only will I be spending time with them, but also with fellow bloggers that have become friends thanks to this little blog of mine :). I can't wait to meet them!

As I was saying a couple of paragraphs above, along with the excitement there's also some stress. I'm using this post as a means to let go of some of those not-so-happy feelings. There are so many things in my mind and honestly, probably 50% of them do not deserve any mind space at all. I've decided that in order to travel light (not literally, my suitcases actually weight a lot, haha), I need to prioritize, to do only the things that really matter in my to-do list.

... And as I go through my list, let me have a couple of rum shots, ha. Aren't these mason jar shot glasses the cutest?


Very important:

* Place all the necessary paperwork in my carry on bag. Since I'm not an American citizen just yet, I need to carry extra documents; they will guarantee my entrance back into the US.

* Schedule a doctor's appointment asap. I need a prescription filled; if I fail to visit the doctor before Tuesday, I'm screwed.

* Remind my boss' boss that I'll be away from work for a month and schedule a dreaded meeting if necessary. He's nice and all, but I hate having work-related meetings; am I the only one?

* Do not feel I'm a jerk because I'm not telling certain people I'll be visiting. This is the reason why I deactivated my facebook account months ago, I wanted to avoid acquaintances asking for favors (bringing them stuff and such). It's silly, but this was easier to me than having to explain why I couldn't please them in the event they had the nerve to ask for such favors. I'm weak and I like to please, but I don't really feel like having to run extra errands right now.

Not so important:
* Buy extra gifts. I already have 2 suitcases packed with an insane amount of objects that are not for myself. I was planning to buy very few presents and somehow, I ended up with too many things and still, I don't feel I have enough. I know my loved ones just want to see me and don't care if I've bought them gifts, but I want to show them that I love them and I don't know, a gift seems like a nice gesture. 


* Worry about Dimitri. I know David will take great care of him and he'll be fine, but because of a previous experience where he missed me for a week and stopped eating, I can't help to worry.

* Sweat over how much time I'll be available to people. I know a lot of people will want to see me more than once, but a month has only so many days. I'll do my best to see everybody and will try not to worry if I just can't make them all happy.

Well, I guess I didn't have that many things to stress over! :) Thank you for reading! I feel relieved already!

And another huge thank you to the always kind Vero Mariani for the massive shout-out last week ;D. She published an article about me and my blog and it can be read here. I got new followers to due that, so thank you, new friends as well! I promise I'll check your blogs soon ;).

May you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs!

November 23, 2013

Magic Restroom Cafe

Well, hello there! Can you believe Thanksgiving is this very week? My, oh, my! Well, I've been pretty sick for a while now (so, what else is new?), but today I plucked up the courage and we left the house to finally go to Magic Restroom Cafe. Yep, all the way from Taiwan to Southern California. They opened a couple of months ago and of course, I couldn't not got since this place is right up my alley, haha.





Menus rest in urinals, haha.


It's got terrible reviews on Yelp, so I was expecting to get disappointed, but we actually have no complaints. We didn't have to wait to be seated, portions were generous, prices, reasonable and we totally enjoyed our food. The menu is very limited, but I'm sure people go for the gimmick and not for the actual food; that's what we went there for anyway.


We got chicken skewers and curry chicken with rice.




I'd say if you want mind-blowing Asian food, go somewhere else, but if you feel like being amused and having a good time taking fun pictures, definitely go to Magic Restroom Cafe.






And guess what? The actual restroom was kinda cute, too.



Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go unstuff my nose :/.

May you have a wonderful week! ;D



      

November 06, 2013

Celebrating friendship

Hello, everybody! Hope you're all having a wonderful week! I gotta say it's been super hectic in this neck of the woods! There was a bachelor's party, projects to be submitted at work, preparing and doing story time, may I also add a little breakdown due to a mess up at the hair salon? (Yep, I got bangs, hate them, but fortunately, I'm able to clip them to the sides, phew!); oh, there's also a wedding this Saturday and its rehearsal the day before, i.e. tomorrow. I can't catch my breath. But I'm thankful I was able to put this little post together, because it's not just for me, it's also a part of Mary's link up. When she contacted me to see if I was interested, I couldn't refuse her offer, first and foremost because I love Mary so much and secondly, the subject is "celebration". Who doesn't love to celebrate, right? Even a total wallflower like myself likes to celebrate, in my own introverted way, sure, but who says there's only one standard way to honor the word.


... Speaking of which, may I rant about this topic for a little bit? It really bothers me when I'm at a party or gathering and people (strangers or people who don't know me that well, typically) ask me "why are you so quiet?" How on Earth am I supposed to answer that question?! If anything, it feels like an insult more than a plain question. It hurts me to see that others don't understand that I am genuinely having a good time even I'm not jumping and being loud; I'm always smiling, though, I learned that I needed to convey approachability somehow and a smile is always inviting, I guess. 

Sorry for the diversion. Coming back to celebrating, I've decided to celebrate friendship. I believe I show my friends that I love them although I don't necessarily say it enough, so as a special project for this blog post, I wanted to make it a point to tell my loved ones that I do and why I do it. I know I could have just picked up the phone and dial their numbers, but guess what? I hate speaking on the phone, so instead, I wrote some heart-felt notes on some library note pads I just so happened to find at work and mailed them. These note pads were in a closed package ready to be taken to the recycling bin, but lucky me, I saw them before they were trashed. 


Before I did the writing, I embellished them a little with pictures and words that represented each person in particular. This was my lucky week, because I stumbled upon a whole bunch of donated fashion magazines at work, and guess who's in charge of donations? ;D Haha, that's right, moi! :p Side note: why people get rid of magazines right away is a mystery to me. I scored some October and November issues, what the heck?!





I also made envelopes out of magazine pages to send the notes in.


I still need to take some to the post office, so who knows, you might get one soon! ;)

Here's an outtake - Dimitri wanted to write one for his brother ... NOT, hehe :p.


What do you guys feel like celebrating today?

If you want to see what other bloggers are celebrating and/or want to share your own post, hop on over to Mary's link up ;).

Have a great weekend! ;D

October 29, 2013

Last minute Halloween mummies

Hi, y'all! Are you ready for Halloween? I have candy ready to give away (even though trick-or-treaters are more than likely not going to knock on our door), have lightly decorated the house accordingly, and, oh, yeah, my crappy carved pumpkin is already rotting, haha. I did not know they went bad so fast! It was my very first time carving and probably my last one, too, at least till we have kids. It was entertaining, though, and slightly painful on my fingers.


See? When I say "lightly decorated", I really mean it. I guess the holiday has to grow on me; maybe next year I'll go a little more overboard. 



But, anyhow, this post is specifically aimed at those of you, procrastinators like myself, who leave everything for the last minute. If find yourselves rushing trying to figure out what cute treats to take for your co-workers, this silly idea might come in handy. 
 
Supplies needed: 
- Oreos & Chips Ahoy or any wrapped candy that's about that width. 
- White streamers.
- Tape. I used both regular and double sided.
- Googly eyes.
- Scissors.


Simply tape one end of the streamer on a slight angle, wrap around your pack of cookies and tape the end on the back. Tape a pair of googly eyes on the top part and that's it!


 


Have a happy Halloween, everyone!

October 19, 2013

A Tour in Everyday America - Seasonal products

I think I started to understand the scope of the phrase "seasonal products" after spending a whole year in the US. My, oh, my the things you can find! It's hard not to fall for beautifully packaged goodies, the smells, the colors. Let's start a little graphic journey through some of my favorite seasons and holidays.


Fall & Halloween

I hate winter, but I gotta admit that October through January in the Northern hemisphere has a whole different look and taste to it. 










Halloween treats for pets!


Christmas





I love these transparent ornaments, they come in different shapes and sizes. I filled mine with colorful pompoms and shredded paper :).


 Snow globes.



Chewable toys for pets.


Easter




Edible Easter confetti :p.



Even though Easter and Christmas are religious holidays, I'd never seen candy that is so religiously bold. Nor had I ever seen the Jesus fish before.



Election time

Not an actual season, but it's funny to see the political merchandise they come up with.


There are so many more pictures I could show you, but this post is photo heavy enough.

Which is your very favorite season? What seasonal products do you love?

Have a wonderful day, everyone! ;D