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April 6, 2011

birthday weekend…and my dog

It’s only late Wednesday, and I’m already thinking about the weekend. Since next Tuesday is my birthday, this weekend is officially my “birthday weekend.”

To be honest, I wish it were any old weekend – I need a weekend to just do NOTHING! The past weekends have just been packed. But birthday weekends don’t usually involve doing nothing.

But maybe I will request one thing for my birthday weekend.

A relaxing trip to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.








And it’s always fun to people and animal watch!


I have a very strong belief that (small) dogs actually feel comfortable and safe inside backpacks.


This is my old dog Candy (girly name, but he’s a boy). He passed away at 15 years old last September.

In this picture, we took him to the vet after he had his first seizure (which was one of the most terrifying experiences ever!), a few months before he passed. He was so scared.


Anyway, back to the main point. Candy LOVED being in backpacks! There was a time I snuck him into my university dorms for a few months (still can’t believe I got away with it!) and so whenever I took him out to go potty, I had to put him into my backpack. But whenever we got back into the dorms, I set the backpack down to let him come out and he would just chill in there for a while! And he always willingly went into the backpack himself when it was time to go potty. Funny doggy. =)

Here he is tangled up in my cell phone charging wire. =)


OK, this post started about my birthday weekend and has now made me all-out nostalgic for Candy. Wah. Come back!

Alright I’ll end with this picture of the dogs of my life.

They are all passed, but it still makes me smile to think about them. Candy’s the one in the middle. His sister (same momma, different litter) is to the right. Her name is Shana. Everyone says they look like twins but they look as different as night and day to me! The black dog on the left (named Coco) is my first dog – we got him when I was five or so.

My loves! Even if I get another dog in the future, they will never be replaceable. =)

April 5, 2011

project money smart

I realize that this is not exactly a blog about money, but I think that’s the beauty of blogs – you can venture out on what you want to write about. Blogs don’t need to be “perfect.” Now, books or magazine articles are a different story – you’d better write about whatever you’re paid to write about, and stick to the subject!

So today I felt like talking about money!

Moral of today’s post: I need to get smarter about money.

Thus was born, Project Money Smart.

In some ways, I am smart with money because I can be very organized and meticulous with my spending. I am all about excel spreadsheets and creating budgets and saving receipts and keeping track of all my spendings. But sometimes life gets in the way and all those things go out the window.

And lately, life has gotten in the way.

Money and debt and all those things are very subjective and personal things. What may be a huge amount to one person, may seem like nothing to the next!

Right now, I am working to pay off 4 credit cards. And it seems like an enormous feat to me. I know compared to others’ debts, it’s nothing.

But to me, it’s blargh. And that’s all I want to say about that.

But really, I’m excited to become debt-free. I even made an excel spreadsheet with a plan of action last night! Fun stuff! And that’s no sarcasm.

Some sources say to pay off the smallest credit card first. The reason being it’ll be paid off the fastest since it’s the smallest, and kicking one credit card out of the way will give you the mojo to pay off the next credit card, and the next, and so on.

That makes sense, but it also seems to make sense to pay off the credit card with the highest APR.

Well, I’m sure this will be a continuous journey and I’ll be sure to update my progress in my “money smarts.”

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Or, to be more true to the situation, when you give yourself sour lemons, make watermelon-rosemary lemonade! It’ll be delicious. =)

ETA: any advice or personal stories are welcome! =)

March 31, 2011

spring got skipped

Wow, it really feels like summer has hit California! Though it has been warm in the middle of the day, today was the first time in a while that it was warm even early in the morning. It really just “felt” like Summer – like instead of getting in the car to go to work, it felt like I was getting in the car to go to my last day of classes before summer break started. Or, maybe I was just wishing. =)

It was super nice last night too so Jeff and I took advantage of it and went “out” – first to Bed Bath & Beyond! Haha! That’s my kind of going out. ;) I had a $5 off coupon, so I came home with these (ah shoot, I probably would’ve gotten them even without the coupon hehe…)

A drying mat and drying gloves. I live in a super small place, so I really don’t have a lot of room. So whenever I bake, I of course am drowning in dirty dishes, and it’s easier to dry and put them away right away, just to make space. This mat and these gloves help a lot!

Of course, Bed Bath & Beyond is most definitely not Jeff’s idea of “going out” so we went to the movies and watched “Limitless.” This is my favorite kind of movie. Not completely action, not a cheesy chick flick – just fun!

There’s nothing more I want to do in such nice weather like this (nice weather to me is when it’s warm during the day and night – which is why I absolutely love love love Chicago in Spring/Summer) than take a drive into the city (aka San Francisco). San Francisco is usually cold, so I love to take advantage of it during the extra nice days. That picture above was taken last Saturday when we went into the city, when unfortunately, it was pretty chilly.

Instead of going into the city though, I did the next best thing after work – bake! It involved grating butter.

Recipe to come soon! All I’ll say now is it’s been a very delicious, and very blueberry-y week!

P.S. I think that dog up there in the first photo is super cute. It looks like a stuffed animal! I photographed it randomly at the farmer’s market, but I really wanted to steal it. I want one!!!

March 28, 2011

project 180

You may or may not have noticed that usually at the bottom of my recipe posts, I provide nutritional information for that particular recipe. Why, you ask?

Well, for this guy.

Jeff has quite a bit of weight to lose (he knows it too!) and we’ve been working together to have him lose weight for about a year now.

The thing is…as much as I love Jeff, I love baking and cooking too. And not necessarily with low-fat/low-carb/ultra-healthy ingredients.


Don’t get me wrong — we do eat our fruits and vegetables! In fact, over the past year I have gotten Jeff to get in a nice rotation of fruits and vegetables — ones that he actually enjoys! Things like steamed broccoli dipped in sesame oil, fruit smoothies, hummus, stir fried vegetables, roasted vegetables, kale chips, sauteed spinach, and more! Believe me, before me, he lived off meat and fast food!

But at the same time…I love making these:


And I want him to enjoy some of these…


Plus, who else is going to taste-test everything I make?

So what do I do? I calculate the nutritional information for almost everything I make so Jeff can enjoy it too — in moderation of course! Is it meticulous? Yes. Would it be easier not to? Yes. But is it worth it? Yes.

I believe in having the best of both worlds. So far this past year Jeff has lost almost 50 pounds. And he gets his cake too. That’s a win in my book!


I couldn’t be more proud of Jeff. I know from experience that losing weight is one of the hardest things to do (I’ve lost 40, give or take, myself!) Of course there are days that he will slide back (hello, weekends!), but really, the only reason he has been able to lose about 50 pounds is because he wants to lose the weight. Not because I or anyone else wants him to. Actually in fact, if it weren’t for the health aspect of being overweight, I’d keep him just as he is right now. I think he’s cute. =)

But really, the hard truth is that because I love him and I want him to stick around for as long as possible, the weight has got to go.

So why Project 180? He thought the number 180 had a nice ring to it. Yeah, so needless to say 180 isn’t the exact weight he is going for. I won’t disclose Jeff’s exact weight (though right now he is at the lowest he’s been since he can remember!) but ultimately, his goal is to simply get under 200 pounds. Of course, without completely giving up these. =)


I remember when we first started dating about 2 years ago, and I was not yet comfortable to bring up the issue about his weight with him. But I eventually did, even though it took me about an hour to actually finally blurt out, “so…have you ever considered losing weight…?”  I was afraid he’d be upset with me, but instead he laughed and admitted that he had.

Now, I have no problem just telling him, “I don’t think you should eat that.” Sometimes, a person just needs a little accountability in their life. =)

Won’t you root him on? =)

Have you had any experience helping someone lose weight?

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