Cymbidium Black Flame. So fierce. 🌸🌸 #orchids #flowerpower #homegarden
Photos from my hike at Point Reyes with my bff and her sister! We hiked the Mt. Wittenberg Trail which was a straight uphill climb. Gawd, did I feel the burn.
Pt. Reyes is so breathtakingly gorgeous. The mix of mossy vegetation and earthy wood creates an exhilarating hike that tickles all of your senses. Immediately, when we entered the forest, the crisp and cool air infused my nostrils, leaving a sweetness that exudes the outdoors. It is pure magic!
Girl. Good to have you back!
boyfriend: what are you doing?
you sound like you’re distracted by something
probably a cute boy in your room
me: how did you know i was distracted?
boyfriend: i can tell
first you asked me how am i
after i asked you that a couple sentences before
and you gave short answers
and i know you’re not mad at me
because you can’t be
because you love me too much
either food or tumblr related
but makeup might make that lineup
oh and your mama
can’t forget her
Well someone is pretty cocky.
Sooooo remember how I was ecstatic about February because of Chinese New Year? Well, now I finally have the photos to illustrate why I was going cray cray for this holiday! (My apologies that they are a month late!)
Reunion Dinner (1/30)! This is the dinner before CNY (1/31). It is when all of the relatives come together and feast.
You’re supposed to eat chicken, pork, and fish but since the dinner consisted of my mother and me, we just had one chicken. Still couldn’t finish it all!
Mandatory “fat choy” (black moss). Fat choy is soooo good. I know it looks like black hair but it’s really tasty and the name sounds similar to “prosperity”. Basically all foods that you eat during CNY are homophones that sound similar to words like fortune, wealth, blessings, etc. in Chinese.
My mom decided to make “tangyuan” this year! Tangyuan are glutinous rice dumplings. These are normally served in a sweet soup but my mom made the steamed kind with sesame and peanut toppings! She used peanut butter and black sesame paste as the filling (separately).
On the first day of CNY, we eat “jai” which is a vegetarian medley. This year, my mom included 8 ingredients (8 is a lucky number in Chinese):
Tofu skin, fried tofu cubes, carrots, Napa cabbage, cloud ear fungus, mushrooms, vermicelli, and beancurd.
The day after our vegetarian delight, we had pig hands with mushroom and fat choy. OMG. This is my favorite dish. I know, pig hands?! That sounds very unappetizing but y’all are missing out. Pig hands are actually quite succulent and tender.
I totally gained 5 pounds during these first few days of CNY. OK, maybe like 3…but still, all I did was eat. More pictures to come! (Yes, there is more CNY food.)
Pinkies up! #afternoontea #britishroyalty #dainty (at Lovejoy’s Tearoom)
I was driving home from the gym last night when I got a flat tire. Luckily, the gym is pretty close to my house so I didn’t have to drive too far on my flat. A friggin’ nail punctured my front tire. Ahhh, my poor Ryan Gosling! This is the first serious boo boo he’s received in my 1.5 years of owning him. Sighhhh. I knew when it happened too. I was leaving the parking lot and turning out when the front of my car dipped hella low and scraped the ground. Then my low tire pressure light came on and my car was flashing the alert on my screen.
This morning I woke up and tried to replace the tire with my spare so I could drive Ryan Gosling to a tire shop to get my flat repaired. But I could not get the nuts off for the life of me. My mom and I were pulling and pushing with the wrench that came with my car/spare tire. I even called Mazda because I just did not understand why it was THIS difficult to loosen the bolts. They wouldn’t budge! I was in the process of calling for a tow truck when my neighbor came out and he jokingly asked “what did you break now?” as I had tools and a jack scattered on my driveway. I told him what happened and he positioned the wrench on one of the bolts and used his foot to push down on it. OMGAWD. The nut moved!!! It turns out the nuts were too tight and using your feet exerts way more force and power than using your hands. So he helped me remove all of the nuts and suggested I should just drive the flat to the auto shop with my dad’s car so I won’t have to put on the spare. That didn’t even occur to me to go about it that way. He remarked that he doesn’t like helping people do this because everyone should know how to change a tire but I was on the right track. The nuts were simply on too tight. Thank Jesus for his help.
I even messaged my baby for help because he told me it was quite easy. He changed a flat tire before at 5am, 20 degrees weather, in the middle of Highway 5. It was his first time too (he was driving back to LA from visiting me in the bay). It made me feel so incompetent that I couldn’t even do it in my own driveway in broad daylight AND with the help of my mom. Anyway, now I’m at the tire shop waiting for them to fix my flat. I’m just grateful that my neighbor came to the rescue! Let’s hope everything will be OK. At least, it wasn’t during my commute to work. And now I know how to change a tire with just the tire kit in my car.
Tomorrow is a big day! I’m going to a huge tech conference in the city and I’m hoping I can scoop up some potential clients. I’m extremely nervous. I attended last year with one of my colleagues but I was more of an observer as he did all of the talking. However, this year everyone, including myself, is expecting me to expand my participation. Just knowing this intensifies the pressure and stress I have. I know my coworkers aren’t expecting me to be a pro at this conference but it’s still nerve-racking. Gahhh. I just want it to be 5pm already and I’m sipping on some cocktails at happy hour with my workmates. There are also numerous after parties tomorrow night but I think I’m only going to one of them. Don’t know how much energy I’ll have by the end of the night.
Remember that Valentine’s Day care package I made for my boyfriend, and how I wrote “thank you” cards to some of his guys who work with him in the office? Well I also gave them chocolates/treats for vday. When we were Skyping today during my lunch break, one of his guys popped up on the screen and was waving at me! He then thanked me for the card and treats! It was very kind and sweet of him. This guy has been clashing with my bf and they haven’t gotten along at all. But I buttered him up with my gifts and now he’s treating my baby a lot better and nicer. Good job, Judy. I think I’m a pretty good milso. Now my bf has very good rapport with his immediate supervisors and colleagues. I’m just doing my part and supporting our country!
God. Please help me survive tomorrow.