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Life is busy

February 14th.
Talk about being busy. Work is busy and life is busy. Every Thursdays we have Alpha. Every other Saturday, we have a meeting with pastor John and something for the wedding. We have birthdays, (2 in February), 2 dinners coming up for family stuff. Past Chinese new year.

To recap- 3 Alpha meetings so far, 2 meetings with Pastor John, 1 cake tasting done, 1 dinner with Dad’s cousins and family, 1 dinner for Chinese New Year, 1 flu that Nathan had, 2 current colds that I and N both have, many errands, 4 trips to Michaels for wedding stuff (guestbook frame, card box, stickers, etc), invitations done (almost), and lots more I need to take care of, hung out with Irene once separately (mall trip), saw Ash twice — went to her house on Friday and hung out with her and the babies and then N and I went to see her at her boutique yesterday, 2 nice weekends spent outside (yesterday we went to the pool and played Nerf football), 1 bridal shower and bachelorette party being planned !!

Anyway- I haven’t been good at updating this but I will be!.

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Updates

Goodness it’s been awhile

Oct 24- Allen’s birthday—went to the gym, went go-karting (tried to at K1) went to Speed zone instead, then went home for Chinese food, then had ice cream cake, then went to Bar 35 for Allen’s ugly mofo thing (saw Kellen and Kevin, Tony and his gf)
Oct 25- I think this was Monday—so Oct 25- 29 – work and all that jazz
Oct 30- USC game- that was a blast- ESPN Homecoming day, we went to view wedding locations (Diamond Bar and San Dimas) and then we went to the game…great fun (bought tix at StubHub), played games, ate junk food. N was properly drunk. I gave him his Barcaly jersey!
Oct 31- I remember we were really busy, then ended up going to his gma’s house and then rented Anaconda
Nov 1- Nov 3- boring
Nov 3- N’s birthday! He got off work early, I gave him his shirts and he took a long nap and then we went to his gma’s house.
Nov 4, 5 work
Nov 6- skydiving!!! Awesome- was me, Nathan and Dillon. We waited all day (our appointment was at 1pm but then we played games (darts, pickle), and then we jumped and it was very cold, I hugged a cloud and got motion sickness. Then we went to N’s parents and had a wonderful dinner
Nov 7- Porter Valley and Vellano- we found our wedding location!! Now time to book and secure! Sorry for the quick update—OH baking update- I made mini pumpkin pies  they are quite good. Next I will make a pull apart football cake. November 8- yesterday- N’s car is still messed up- so we took it to his parents last night, oh and we got N’s wedding band!!! And got my ring cleaned. It’s so sparkly now!!!
nov 9- today – got good news at work  – im stranded at home though
Nov 10- tomm PTO

Friday night-fun…:)

Okay so I am up Friday night at 1am. No I have not just come back from the bar or fancy lounge or club…or even the gym. I have been at home since N got home. He passed out after dinner…I don’t blame him but this is kind of becoming a habit for Friday night… :/ Anyhow— so what am I doing?
I am making an ice cream cake for Allen’s birthday on Sunday (see link below)
http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/32071561/easy-ice-cream-layer-cake.htm

Well I made the cake part…need to buy strawberry ice cream, cool whip and candles tomorrow…need to buy lots of groceries tomorrow…plus pick up the rest of Allen’s bday gift.

I also found some wonderful things that I want/ want to try:
Pumpkin whoopie pies (YUM!) I will most likely use a spice mix for it though…so I will use the cream cheese filling from this site: http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/
And the cookie recipe below:

Pumpkin Cookie Cakes

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (18.25-oune) spice cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

OK– so what else am I doing?? I found something I forgot about that I want to do: Mini pumpkin pies!
http://www.bakerella.com/pumpkin-pie-bites/

AND I found an awesome pie cutter/mold/pocket thing here:
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/lattice-pocket-pie-mold/?pkey=cbakeware-thanksgiving

I am afraid now to go into Williams Sonoma for fear of all that I will purchase…I was never a fan of the place before….but that was when I was traveling and working and lived out of a hotel room…NOW that I have lots of time and I like to host…I am in dessert heaven.

Speaking of hosting- this is my favorite hostess blog- http://www.hostessblog.com/

I think all of this blog reading started with Bakerella…which started by reading Lexi’s blog about cake pops…and then I entered into this whole new world of great women who blog and take pictures of things, fashion and food and I have fallen into the world of creativity. Also there are a ton of wedding blogs and websites out there – it is almost too much for me..

What else did I do tonight? I found an amazing deal at Old Navy- 50% off any piece of outerwear– WOW- so I’m picking which one I want and which one I want for N – sale starts Oct 26-28
Coupon- http://media.oldnavyweekly.com/image/large/million_coupon.pdf
Women’s selection- http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=55474
Men’s selection- http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=5286

Now yes– I have a lot of clothes..yes I need to give away clothes more than I need to buy them…yes I have tailored made jackets from all over but who can resist a 50% off sale! not me. I am going to go tomorrow to try some of them on to figure out which one I want 🙂 goodness I have a LOT more time with this new job and I love it!!

Ok what else did I do tonight? I wrapped Allen’s gift– I got him a nice sweater and button up shirt and some gushers (lol)! Tomorrow I will go pick him up a collage I made of him and I and our family (sibling pictures!) and buy him a Jawbone bluetooth which is pricey but is suppose to be amazing.

I also tried on my new USC shirt for next week’s game- love it! it’s a sweater with a silver heart on it and USC in the middle…speaking of which I should listen to Obama’s speech today (he was at SC today).

It is 1:10am…and I am going to go to bed! Tomorrow should be more fun…I am shopping in the morning— Walgreens, Best Buy, groceries…cake making and whoopie pie making in the afternoon, Wedding location appointments at Anaheim country club (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/anaheim-hills-golf-course-clubhouse/) and La Canada Country club (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/la-canada-flintridge-country-club/) and then at night I’m hoping we will go out in Pasadena.

Sunday will be one more wedding location in Azusa at the Lindley-Scott house (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/lindley-scott-house/) and then we will have people over for Allen’s bday, go adult go-kart racing (K1) and then to my parents for food, my ice cream cake and presents, then Allen has us going to a lounge/bar in Pasadena for the shirt launching of the uglymofo.. I love what he put on the website as the theme of the logo and name:

Ugly Mofo is the projection of the ugliness inside everyday normal people, and of course, everyday not so normal people. Our artwork and apparel is the representation of how all beautiful things have an ugly side. The only thing is, it’s not that easy to use a paper bag to cover up what’s on the inside.  We specialize in alternative apparel and underground hip hop clothing.

Fun and busy weekend! Next weekend- USC-Oregon game, Halloween!! And weekend after that will be N’s bday and skydiving! yikes!!!

Work, wedding stuff, Jackass

Hi! So this week was my first week back at work and I must say I do not like waking up at 5 or 6 in the morning when I started getting use to having 11am wake up calls or being able to go back to sleep after N wakes up.

Monday- 5am meetings, struggled all day with work, need to improve my productivity. Here is an article a friend gave me and I took out what I saw relevant to myself and I liked it! –

 

Three Experts Talk About Productivity, Procrastination, and Getting Off Your Butt

What three tips can you share to get me off my butt?

1.  Overcome reactionary work flow. The constant inflow of “stuff”—email, texts, tweets, IMs—causes us to react rather than be proactive with our energy. Create windows of nonstimulation in your day to be proactive with your energy.

2. Organize with a bias toward action. Enter every meeting and occasion of creativity with an obsession for capturing “action steps” (tasks). When a meeting yields nothing actionable, question its existence. Keep action steps separate from notes.

3. Share ideas liberally. The more people who know your ideas, the more accountable you will be to follow through. Use blogs, networks, and social media to spread ideas, gather feedback, and boost accountability.

What three tips can you share to get me off my butt?

1. Talk to or research someone who’s achieved a goal similar to yours. What steps did that person follow? Use this as a road map.

2. Start small. Do one thing today. Do one more thing tomorrow. Over a year this adds up (to 365 things).

3. Find an accountability partner—someone who will call and nag you once a week to make sure you’re on track.

http://www.good.is/post/three-experts-talk-about-productivity-procrastination-and-getting-off-your-butt/page:4#slideshow_51084

 

Treat thinking sessions like doctor’s appointments. When you first start, aim for two one-hour sessions of uninterrupted thinking. Mark this time on your calendar, and consider it the way you would any other appointment or commitment you wouldn’t break without a good reason.

Plan for your sessions. Before these sessions, think through which questions you’d like to ponder. Gather any research material you’ll need, so you don’t have to go online to hunt for a document (which can lead to checking your email, and your Facebook, and your Twitter account while you’re there).

I like the idea of the thinking sessions the best- having devoted time to think about certain things. My brain is all over the place and that can be seen by my distractions or just the number of windows I have open. I also like the do one thing a day…towards your goal. I need to write this down. Keep a non electronic journal for this.

OK I just wrote that down. Wow that took about 100000000x longer than typing it. And by typing it I mean ctrl c, ctrl v.

We went to N’s parent’s house after this and hung out for a bit.

Tuesday Oct. 19- I had my first opportunity at work to do something I have yet to do and I got the assignment at 6am…and I did well 🙂 yay. :).  I don’t recall what we did later tonight…

Wednesday- Oct. 20- Work. Anddd today I was a mystery shopper! I had an account in college and today is my first time doing a shop in Socal. It was fun— annoying getting all of the things I needed together without a printer but I managed. N conducted the shop too– well he was there lol. It was fun– I got to reveal myself to the manager afterwards and give him a cash prize even though I wish the cash prize had gone to the server/cashier. I know this was a gym night and I love the gym- I love to run and I love how I feel after- I wish it didn’t take that long though. kills the night.

Thursday- more working, helped my manager with a few fire drills. Then got mad at N for something I tried to help him with and found something else I didn’t enjoy. Argued for about 15 minutes, got over it. I was a mystery shopper again tonight— in El Monte.. Let me say that I did not feel super comfortable driving my car in this area of town or parking my car or walking around. Anyway the shop was successful here as well. Good sushi.

THEN we went to watch Jackass at the AMC and it was hilarious. It was N’s idea to go tonight and I really like Jackass…I liked 1 and 2…I won’t sit and watch the shows but I cracked up during Jackass 2. So for this one– first thing I noticed– they have a lot more budget, second thing- wow they are getting old…Johnny Knoxville looks like he could break. third thing- all of the guys are doing things that look sooo painful and like they would hurt. And I’m sure it did hurt. Before I think they were doing it for fun and excitement, now it’s like they are doing it out of obligation for money and to entertain. Either way it was pretty funny and gross. I did have to look away multiple times. Some of the things these guys did…if it happened accidentally to me once I’d be upset for a long time and they are doing it again and again. I laughed the hardest at the donkey scene, cringed the most at the tooth pulling scene, and looked away at the Steve-o poo scene.

Wedding stuff! So we looked at a couple of places last weekend— Mountain Meadows and Coyote Hills- both golf courses/country clubs… love both…Mountain Meadows has a potential deal breaker of traffic and Coyote Hills has a wedding before ours would be. So we are checking out Anaheim Golf Course and La Canada Flintridge country club this weekend. I’m excited about both. Can I say that weddings are expensive…kus they are. We haven’t even budgeted for other things yet…like dresses, dj’s etc. and we got quoted about $20K for just food and the reception venue at a few places. funfun. Have more to figure out.

OH I forgot to mention what else we did last weekend- Amanda and Mike came over and we got to hang out with them. Drank at the apt. Amanda and I talked wedding stuff. Mike and N drank a lot…lol. Then we went clubbing in Old Town. 🙂 fun times!

Ok done for now. xoxo

Birthday weekend

Oct 4- oct 8-  Boring work week leading up with PTO and my birthday! I made a ton of mini cupcakes on Friday
Oct 9- Saturday- a WONDERFUL day and night!! So- we hung out around the apartment (Nathan made my German chocolate cake!), went to the gym and then drove off to my parent’s house where we had my birthday party!!!
Mom made lots and lots of wonderful Chinese food and we (me, N, Allen, Sidney, Irene, Casey, Mom and Dad)- ate dinner altogether at the table and then we opened presents and had cake. Ahem I mean I opened presents- and what wonderful gifts I got. My gifts from these folks were extremely thoughtful. A kettle bell from Allen because he knows I like to work out (and because he really is set on this kettle bell thing). 101 cookie cutters from Sidney (who didn’t even know I liked to bake but saw pictures on Allen’s phone). Dad’s portable cool air keyboard- light as a feather and sleek! Mom- Target gift card (she usually is more thoughtful but I’m glad I have the gift card). Irene’s gift was insane- 4 individually wrapped boxes with words- Faith, Hope, Love and Friendship and relatable quotes AND BEAUTIFUL jewelry!!! I couldn’t have asked for better family or friends. Then N comes out with a birthday cake on fire (I forgot to make a wish…how many years have I been doing this??). And we all enjoyed the cake. My parents kept going on and on about it. 🙂

We hung out around the house a little to digest and then we all caravaned to Old Town where originally we were going to go to Old Town Haunted House but went to Barney’s instead and played multiple games of pool where I must say I did very well. Megan and a few of her Link friends showed up and I love her for it- she had to go to Texas the next morning but came anyway- sooo nice!

Oct 10- Sunday- lounged around the apartment- did very very little and it was wonderful. Well we did do Nathan’s online traffic school together- which was extraordinarily boring. But we finished it pretty quickly

Oct 11- What an amazing birthday– SO- I have no idea what N has planned but all I know is that we have to be there by 3pm, I can wear whatever I want and that it needs to be sunny. So I’m thinking maybe something by the water? Who knows. That morning, we had breakfast and then we went to lay out by the pool- I tanned, N burn-tanned. We go back and get ready for whatever…oh before that N tells me we are going to Ontario Mills after (so I’m already excited for shopping – my BCBG card and for the movies after). So we start going on the 210-E towards Pomona and we take the Pomona Fairgrounds exit and I’m thinking are we going to a golf course/ the fair? But the fair is over— it’s just an empty parking lot. He made a wrong turn, so he u-turned and we head toward this lot with some airplanes in it and he turns in…I AM BEYOND SHOCKED at this point- I scream and yelp with excitement bc I think we are going to take a airplane ride over LA.
We walk into a place called “Universal Air Academy” and the guy asks us which one of you is going to fly- and N says- “she is.” omg….I’m getting nervous but I’m really excited. I’m going to fly a plane with wedges on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The instructor hands us our headsets and we walk over to the planes. Our plane is a Cessna 171N. And the pilot checks the plane while N and I take pictures- then we are ready for take off. N gets in the back, and I am sitting in the pilot’s seat. I learn to steer the plane while it is on the ground and then I learn how to make the plane go fast for take off and how to pull back to get the plane in the air. And that is what I do. I push the throttle in and we accelerate on the runway- and then I pull back the steering…thing… (it’s not a wheel…steering device…?) and we took off!!!

I was able to steer us to our apartments in WC and we saw Azusa and then we went in the canyons (AMAZING— didn’t even know Azusa had all that) then we flew over lakes and raging waters…I was also able to help land… so freaking awesome.

At this point I am in awe of Nathan– so I am sooo enamored and amazed at what an amazing gift this was– and how well he knew that I would love this. This really was the catalyst.

Day is not over yet (although it could have been and I would have been just happy and fine and still awesomely excited). We then go to Ontario Mills and I SHOP- Victoria’s Secrets, B&BB, BCBG- then we have a lovely dinner at Rainforest Cafe (it’s cute and fun!) and then we are off to the movies (Social Network/ Life as we Know it).

Best day EVER.

LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM

Rest of the week
Tuesday- got my hair done in San Gabriel
Wednesday- hung out with Ash- shopped with Ash (she got me these wonderful headbands that make me not hate my highlights) and then went to my parent’s. SO GET THIS- I go to pick up N (his car/ clutch/something is up)- and we take a fun Porsche for a ride- this particular one had some amazing pick up. That was a fun rush! We had mac and cheese and N fell asleep at 8:00pm….I tried to badger him awake but it didn’t work…he was pretty passed out. I decided to let him sleep and not poke him.
Oh i picked up all of my mail at home (gift cards, books!)
Thursday- MY DAY- finished one of my books (dangit I read too fast- N is starting to call me Matilda).
Friday- breakfast with Braulio in Anaheim, then Allen and Eileen day.

Bruschetta (yummy!)

Home Cooking Party: Appetizer - Tomato-Basil B...

Brushchetta- pronounced “Brus- ketta- a lot of people think it is pronounced “Bru-schetta”- it’s not 🙂  The “ch” in any Italian word makes a “k” sound. Just like the “ce” in any Italian word (Dolce…”La Dolce Vita” “Dolce and Gabana”) is pronounced “che.”

Anyway so awhile back I decided to make it when we had N’s parents over for dinner. I found a great recipe- here it is:

1 slice of french/ Italian bread- toasted
1 Garlic clove  (chopped/minced)
1 Roma Tomato (one per piece of Bruschetta– depending on size of the bread)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of chopped basil leaves
1 tbsp of olive oil
Dashes of Pepper
Parmesan cheese (shredded) — the picture does not show the parm.

So obviously and hopefully you won’t make just one piece…so double/quadruple the recipe for more servings.

Directions-
Dice the tomatos and combine them with the chopped basil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and olive oil. Let the ingredients sit in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.

Before serving, toast the bread and rub a piece of garlic on it. Spoon the ingredients onto the sliced bread and top it with Parmesan cheese.

New Martha? HAH- no way

New crafts/ new things:

Fixing 2 custom shirts that I got made in India that are not so fitted..(sewing adventures)
Transformed/ saved multiple t-shirts
Sandals (added flowers and leaves to make new shoes!)
Flower clips (for shoes and purses- transformed 2 purses)
Truffles (just made them- white chocolate)
Pumpkins around the house (saved the decorative pumpkins from Sidney last year and the pumpkin outfit from my Build-a-bear from college).  Decorated for fall!