A Weird weather weekend

Hello everybody and happy weekend! I got a nice surprise in the mail. Thank you Ju-Lyn the lovely postcard. It’s so bright and summery. I love the spread — I’d like coffee with all that please!

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March’s Eat Around the World theme is…Green!

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th and I thought it would be fun to explore some green foods without the green food coloring — I’m looking at you McDonald’s Shamrock shake. When I think of green, I think of green tea and matcha. I want to do a green food theme because I want to introduce my daughter to more green food like spinach and cucumbers. I think she likes spinach when I make saag because it’s stewed, but not when it’s raw like in a salad. I suspect it’s because she can’t chew raw spinach because does not have teeth to cut it just yet. That’s fine, I can do some creative workarounds.

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Wake up with bursts of colors

The beginnings of spring

I’m not sure when exactly it happens, but there’s this perfect part of the year I enjoy where it’s a tolerable 60-70 F sunny day and the trees wake up with bursts of colors. My favorite part of the year started this week. I’ve been walking a little slower to enjoy these colors while they’re here for however long.

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Low energy mode

The allergies have struck me all week. I took Monday off. I returned to work on Tuesday even though I was not feeling 100% and I ultimately left 3 hours early. I took Wednesday off and I found better best. The allergies were tolerable on Thursday and Friday where I worked through both days.

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There goes my weekend. Thanks a lot, allergy meds!

I planned today would be a productive, yet relaxing day, but I had these awful allergies. I thought I was going to clean, write, and work on house projects. After this morning’s trip to the gym, I went to Target to get some allergy medication. I haven’t used allergy medication before. When I got home, I took the meds and took a 3 hours nap. I feel so drowsy. Here goes another late Weekend Coffee Share.

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1 week down, 2 to go

Having a 30-inch by 30-inch working kitchen space has been working great and I am not being sarcastic at all. Since the exterminator did the treatment to get rid of and prevent roaches, we are not allowed to place anything on the counters and inside the cabinets for three weeks which by then, he returns for a second treatment. We also had to throw away our small appliances such as our rice cooker, air fryer, and microwave. I thought I was going to end up dreading it because I like to think of my kitchen as my playground or my lab but I actually have been enjoying the smaller space. It’s easier to keep the kitchen clean — I’ve even been cleaning the range tops right after dinner. I even want to keep the kitchen counters uncluttered all the time — that even means no more leaving leftovers on the counter. I think the clutter is why there were days I felt so overwhelmed at the kitchen.

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Foods shaped like rings (Eat around the World)

Initially, I wanted February’s theme to be bagels because I like bagels. Instead, I thought maybe I should go a little broader and explore different types of ring-shaped food. This theme is so fitting for February because the Winter Olympics start this Friday. Also, this month is Valentine’s Day and I thought of engagement rings — cheesy, I know.

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The Major kitchen declutter

First of all, thank you for all the support on the previous Coffee Share. I read the comments to my husband letting him know there are people out there who went through what he went through. Though my anger and frustration have long been the fuel to what I write, it never is easy to write about it and get it out there in such a public space. To me, it’s how I “deal with it.” I am not really the type to keep my head down and move on to let my anger fester. I’ve been told being disagreeable is not “culturally appropriate” — more on that in a future post.

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Play hard

The Comparison game

I think one of the worst things a parent, a grandparent, or a relative could do to a child is to compare them with other children. I am thankful my parents never did that. I am also thankful my parents advised me to never compare myself to other people. I am sure I started this self-flagellation of comparing myself to others as early as elementary school…maybe even sooner? I think into my 20s it was pretty bad because I was concerned about career and life satisfaction. Now in my 30s, I am actively fighting against it.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #181 – Double Dipping

This week’s Lens-Artists challenge is to explore and try out different blog challenges. I always enjoy a good blog challenge to connect with other bloggers, go through old photos that are in my hard drive and make its way to my blog, and exercise my creative muscles. I always love a good mix of writing and photography. Here are some blog challenges I participated in:

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The Four day New Year’s weekend

Happy Weekend Coffee Share and Happy New Year! It’s been an eventful three weeks: I was sick throughout Christmas weekend (tested negative for COVID), my husband was sick as well (tested negative for COVID), BIL #2 was sick through Christmas to after New Year’s (he had COVID), and two of my coworkers had COVID and were out for 10 days. We were so so so short-staffed at my office over the last two weeks.

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Growing her own set of angel wings (PPAC #27)

I love this set of angel wings at the Universal City Walk. This stunning pair of angel wings is accessible to the public; Universal City Walk is like the downtown Disney counterpart where you do not need an admission ticket to shop and dine. I love the detail in these wings: on the left there’s a camera and a light and the right there a few iconic LA buildings such as the Disney Music Hall, Griffith Observatory, and the mayor’s office.

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