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.Continue reading Low energy mode
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.Continue reading There goes my weekend. Thanks a lot, allergy meds!
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.Continue reading 1 week down, 2 to go
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.Continue reading The Major kitchen declutter
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.Continue reading Play hard
The last Weekend Coffee Share of the year! I have to say, I’m surprised I kept up this blog the whole year. If anything, this blog has helped me process through a lot of difficult moments. In addition to Weekend Coffee Share, I participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge, the Lens-Artists Photography Challenge, and the monthly #whatsonyourbookshelf. I created a new series on my blog such as “Eat Around the World” where I explore and play with different food themes — I always wanted to incorporate more food posts on my blog. Once in a while, I like to play armchair sociologist where I write about being Asian-American and share some of my observations. I even created a separate blog called “Lana at the Library” where we document Lana’s library haul.Continue reading (Re)Invigorate
Happy Weekend Coffee Share! I made some nachos, but here’s the twist: the cheese is plant-based. Breaking down the cheese sauce ingredients it’s potatoes, butternut squash, onions, garlic, nutritional yeast, and other spices.Continue reading Psst…Don’t tell them there are vegetables in this dish!
Happy Thanksgiving! First of all, I would like to say I am thankful for the blogging community. I’ve blogged for a long time and went on an intermittent hiatus. It was shortly after I gave birth, I decided to return to blogging. I was hoping to make blogging a regular thing. I was not sure how I would do it, but I made it happen! I spend 30 minutes a day (more if it is on the weekend) doing something blogging-related whether it’s drafting a post, looking for a photo, making comments on other blogs, and replying to comments. I feel blogging has centered me during the most challenging times of my life. Though it has been tough for me to write and share about some things, it has helped me process and express the moment for I believe it will help me grow and become more resilient. Without blogging, I think I would have been in a darker place. I am happy to have found again this creative outlet.Continue reading I’m thankful for the blogging community
This was originally posted back in 2017. Scroll past the grey box to see what Mocha has been to up to!Continue reading What has Mocha the Travelling Bear been up to?
Update on the San Diego home hunt
Actually, make that Orange County. My SIL and her son are moving in with her boyfriend. MIL is moving there too. BIL #2 is moving in to our house which means he’s sharing a room with BIL #1. It is what it is. We live in a 3-bedroom, 2 bath house. My husband and I bought the house back in 2015. In this market we have no plans to buy a home with more rooms.
Also, we’re still sticking with having one modest-sized TV which is in the living room. We have no plans to buy a larger TV. And we are sticking with our modest-sized refrigerator. When BIL #1 first moved in a year ago, he had the nerve to ask me to buy a bigger fridge. I told him when we remodel the kitchen, then we’ll buy a new fridge. We’ll remodel the kitchen, but it will be a while.Continue reading This will be the year we get a Christmas tree!
Here are all the things I meant to include in the previous weekends’ coffee share. Sit back and enjoy some milk tea and some snacks.
So we decided it was best to not go anywhere for this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ever since we moved to LA back in 2012, we have been splitting our time during November and December between LA and San Diego. One year, we’ll spend Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego and Christmas in LA. For the following year, we switch the visits. I’m not going to lie, it can be quite stressful for my husband and me because we’re the ones who make the drive while the San Diego family does not. I recalled from one Christmas in San Diego my husband asked me, “can you remind me why do we switch between SD and LA? It’s not like on years when we decide to stay in LA for Christmas they come over here.” My answer was, “it’s (your) family. I treat your family like I treat mine.” At that time we left in a rush after his sister soured Christmas morning with a family fight with her brothers and mom. At this point, he felt we were just going to San Diego just for the act of showing up for family.Continue reading Holiday planning