“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
Besides, I was never quite good at listening and taking advice anyways :-P.
Surprise! LA does have some green around and I’m not talking about kale salad and farmer’s markets.
All photos by me.
1. Temescal Canyon
See, honey–This is how you take a photo doesn’t matter if it’s on a NEX-3 or a camera phone. Take notes… :-P
2. Plus they have pink flowers!
3. Purple flowers that brighten sidewalks
4. Trees that frame buildings.
5. Plants that climb walls.
6. Huntington Garden – enough said. It’s like you traveled all over the world without renewing your passport.
7. Echo Park
8. Urban gardens
Location: Topanga Beach
10. Many miles worth of hikes
Location: Santa Monica Mountains
Location: Stony Point
I got my 4th Stitch Fix!
1. Olive and Oak – Kanani Chevron Pattern Sweater
Weird…they labeled this “light green” but it’s more like a light turquoise or light blue. Anyways I decided to keep this sweater because I thought it was a nice spring sweater to wear to work or the weekend.
Me trying it on.
Me actually wearing it for casual Friday. P.S. I am happy to be able to fit into my size 27 jeans again! :-) Plus I received plenty of compliments on this sweater.
2. Renee C – Cocoa Mixed Material Short Sleeve Shirt
This shirt was ok. It was interesting because it’s different in the back. But I wasn’t sure if I would keep it and my fiance thought it was “okay”. It took me a few days to decide…so pass.
I think my fiance needs to learn how to take better photos.
2. 41 Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse
FYI, my fiance took all the pictures of me trying it on. Honestly, when I first saw it off the box, I was not sure if I was going to like it because it was too dark. After trying it on, I decided to keep it. I would definitely get another one in a brighter color like red. This shirt pairs nicely with slim fit jeans or maybe a pencil shirt.
4. 41Hawthorn Topher Lurex Striped Fit and Flare Dress
The dress on the Stitch Fix card looked really cute, but in real life it was too sparkly to wear anywhere. Pass.
5. Mak Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-up Cardigan
I love the color but I wished the cardigan was a little longer.
Overall, it was a good Stitch Fix and I kept two items. Unfortunately, there won’t be a Stitch Fix in April. So look forward to #5 in May! Maybe next time I’ll pose in our porch.
Mr. Fish and I made an unplanned trip to San Diego because his mom wasn’t feeling well –depends on how you interpret it. Maybe she just misses us (as in Mr. Fish). It made me think about how we would go out of town to many weekends in a row at some point and how we’re glad to come home.
Anyways, it was a very unplanned trip and we already had our own set of plans this past weekend. I was already planning do some work (like as in work work, not as in house work or craftwork) and Mr. Fish wanted to see his friends in the OC. We talked about how people (including parents) just can’t make us go with a drop of a hat.
Here are 10 things I miss about being at home:
1. Sleeping comfortably – depends on how you interpret it ;-)
2. Walking around comfortably – see #1.
3. Weather – We brought clothes for the cooler weather in San Diego and it so hot hot hot! We didn’t think we were coming back home to the cool Valley.
4. Not worrying about missing things – I always forget my lotion or my contact solution. We always make a trip to go to the pharmacy to buy the things we forgot at home.
5. Our TV – I’ve had every provider available and we could not figure out how to use the TV at my fiance’s sister’s house. Why go high-tech everything?
6. Silence – There’s good silence and then there’s awkward silence. When Mr. Fish and I go to his parent’s house when it’s silent — it’s awkward. Mr. Fish feels he’s speak to say something. Since Mr. Fish has a big family, having more people coming over still did not create as much noise.
7. Working out during commercials — for me it’s something to do. I am not the type that gets attracted to commercials easily so I find something productive to do in the next 2 minutes. Home is where I know I can do some squats or push-ups during commercial breaks.
8. Saving money- I know when we try to invite people over from San Diego to visit us, they don’t want to come over because they say it’s too far away and too expensive to make a trip. We’ve made a trip to SD too many times and it’s pricey. We really do prefer staying home and making some dinner .
9. Internet –
10. Just being comfortable – The first thing I look forward to coming home is vegging out on the couch.
Yes we are moving to a bigger apartment. Going from a studio apartment to a 1-bedroom apartment! I have lived in a townhome and a 3-bedroom apartment but I always shared the apartment. The studio apartment was the first apartment I’ve lived in without roommates and to me, that is an accomplishment. I remembered how it was an accomplishment when I can afford to have my own room in an apartment.
So…Mr. Fish and I have lived in our studio apartment for almost a year-and-a-half. I guess the longer we’ve lived in the studio apartment, the harder studio living became we get too comfortable. Anyways, here are things I learned about living in a studio.
1. I learned my fiancé is not a minimalist. Two weeks ago before we move, he buys a new desktop. For me, I buy things until they break or just no good anymore — last on its legs.
2. I talk very loud on the phone. The only place for me to go and make a conversation while my fiance is asleep is the bathroom, kitchen, and walk-in closet.
3. My fiance plays computer games with his friends. He also talks very loud on the phone. In the beginning, he would talk very loud even though I was trying to sleep. Meditating couldn’t even make me fall asleep faster. When I confronted him, he stopped.
4. We really had to think about buying things. We were thinking about having a couch for a while and the question we always asked was “can it fit?”
5. It was very hard to invite people over. Last Sunday, Mr. Fish’s brother and his old coworker from the army wanted to stop by our apartment to pick up Mr. Fish’s old laptop. Plus they were on their way to training up in Sacramento. Mr. Fish suggested that they could come and stay over the day before. I discouraged it. We were in the middle of packing up for our new place and our space is more cramped than ever. Our bedframe is disassembled and against the wall and we’ve got boxes, boxes, boxes! It screams safety hazard.
Studio Life – Wishful thinking….
With this new apartment, we’ll have so much space I probably would not know what to do with it…
There many different versions of squash pasta now. I decided to experiment with this plus experiment with cilantro instead of basil for a pesto. I thought Mr. Fish would hate this zucchini pasta but…maybe the pesto the pesto is so good he doesn’t mind that the pasta is not noodles(?).
Source: Sprout weekly ads — I get these in my inbox.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini lengthwise into ribbons. Actually I used a cheese grater, it worked fine.
2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add the zucchini ribbons. Cook, tossing and stirring the zucchini, for two to three minutes, until softened and beginning to turn translucent. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Serve with tomato sauce or pesto sauce.
This then leads me to pesto sauce! I had a lot of leftover cilantro which we needed to finish in the fridge.
- olive oil
- 8 cloves of garlic (more or less)
- 1/4 cup of almonds (more of less)
- Parmesan cheese
1. Blend until smooth. Adjust ingredients as needed.
Review: The pesto definitely got stronger everyday. We loved putting this on our toast every morning (our pesto was a little bit on the thicker side).
When I look at gift guides for globe trotters, I see trunks and luggages and designer passport holders. Trunks are pretty but not practical to carry around for vacation or business trips.
Anyways here’s some recommendations for globetrotters and wanderlusts:
1. Yoga Pants – Helps you pass through airport security in a breeze.
2. Travel Pillow – I think this is much needed for long car rides and red eye flights.
3. Scratch map – More places you’ve been the more colorful your map will be. This map inspires me to go to more places.
4. Map Art – Great gift for the wanderlust.
Today at work, we had to write Christmas cards to our partners and shareholders.
After work, I wrote Christmas cards to my friends and postcrossing folks. I asked my fiance if there were any cards he would like to send to his friends or family. He said “well I never thought about sending a card.”
To me, I guess this really weird. But I’m sure he thought it was odd that I’m into card writing. I don’t know but I just can’t see a year where I don’t write to someone — anyone and NOT decorate the card with stickers.
I guess I am a fan of stationary. Receiving cards and letters is like receiving little pieces of art work that I can collect and someday display on my wall..
Does anyone still write holiday letters and cards? Does everyone think posting a gif or an e-card on Facebook or sending a mass text suffice?