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My Husband Is a Hero

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I’m being super nit-picky about my blog design, whilst simultaneously doing nothing to make it better because I haven’t got the slightest clue how to design a blog. My husband kinda sorta does this for a living, so I’m trying to tell myself it’s a good learning experience, but really I think I’m probably just being a bitch. But I’m trying to be really nice about it.

In completely unrelated news, I had my first ever gel manicure today. It was completely dry in three minutes after the top coat was applied. This stuff is amazing. The lady cut my nails right down to the skin, which was pretty painful. I just want to go to a nail shop once without bleeding at some point. Is that really too much to ask?

I woke up feeling inexplicably anxious. I wish I knew a psychic or a witch or something who could tell me what the hell is going on in my mind that makes me unable to sleep. I’ve been feeling pretty good about things since rejecting my fear of failure in reference to going forward with the blog. I should be sleeping just fine. I’m not.

Full circle: I’m married to the coolest guy ever. I haven’t even been asking him to work on my blog, and yet I come home from getting my nails done, and he’s working on it. Not only that, but he’d already been to the grocery store and bought stuff for dinner, which he then cooked. And he had time to go for a run. I wish his energy was contagious. I got home and sat on the couch and read blogs.

Things will keep going up and up and up. They just have to.



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Some days you just have nothing to say. You don’t accomplish as much as you’d hoped and then you lose all momentum and your purpose seems to just disappear and nothing happens and you find yourself writing endless run-on sentences. But you just go with it because, really, who’s going to stop you?


I did manage to make a cheesecake, though the photos will have to wait until the morning. But I failed to go buy lipstick, do any solo leisurely shopping, or read my food photography book on the beach. It was a bit disappointing. I guess taking that nap was a mistake.

We spent our evening watching Star Wars. The dialogue in Episode II is really the most obtuse collection of ridiculous words ever amassed. It’s despicable.  Just atrocious.

I’m seriously debating spending money on getting my hair cut, which is not my favorite thing to spend my money on. On the other hand, I’ve been thinking about getting a pixie cut for five years, and I seriously hate my hair right now. I always wear it up or in a braid. I’m much too lazy to actually fix it.  I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive to make it all go away.

I am supremely boring today. I should really try harder.

All and Nothing

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It seems like I’ve accomplished practically nothing since getting home from work today. Except that I got to catch up with a very dear friend, which is actually about all there is to life. I mean, work is great, especially when it allows you to be creative and follow your passions, but connecting to other actual humans is sort of the whole point. I have so few friends, I really mustn’t neglect them.

Geoff practiced his cocktails tonight after filling out some tedious paperwork. I won’t say what it was about just yet, but we have our fingers crossed, though trying very hard to not hold our breaths.

I’m racking my brain trying to remember the rules for our Star Wars drinking game. We might have to make up a few for the Star Wars day post.

Now it’s time to let my mind wander into what next week’s posts will be about. I love getting suggestions from you. I’ve gotten a few great ideas from other people. If there’s something that I’ve made for you, or something about my life you’d like to know more about, please let me know. I have a backlog of ideas to pull from, but I’m constantly on the hunt for inspiration.

And can I rant about lipstick for a minute, please? I have this particular brand in mind because it’s supposed to be a good drug store fake out for something expensive I’ve had my eye on. I’ve been to two different Long’s and neither one even sold lipstick in this brand. How do you carry a brand of makeup and then not sell their lipstick? That’s just weird.

Geoff’s trying to buy a new video game online. I love him more than words can say. Especially when I can read my food blogs without feeling guilty about the silence.

We make a perfect couple.

Five To Go

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I realized yesterday that I only have five posts left to write.  A year?  A whole year?  Seriously?  And I still haven’t figured out what the hell I’m doing.  My life will seem so strange without it.  There have been so many changes in the last 360ish days, but this blog has been the one constant.  And there are a few people who have been reading since the very beginning, back when it used to be sort of interesting.  You are brave souls indeed.

Emily and I had a mother daughter morning yesterday.  We went and got manicures at the Vietnamese nail/wax/barbershop around the corner from our house.    A giant cockroach emerged at one point, and I think Emily might have screamed.  I knew my nails would be ruined by the end of my shift, but Emily really wanted to go, and we had a nice time watching crazy Vietnamese music videos and footage from the Miss Vietnam USA  pageant.  It was a good reminder of the mind-blowing weirdness I escaped back in Taiwan.

Em was already in bed when I got home from work, which was disappointing.  I wouldn’t have been much fun anyway with my massive headache.  I hate thinking about sending her back to New York.  But that’s the way it is.  That’s the price I choose to pay to live a life free of crushing depression.  Go ahead.  Roll your eyes.  You weren’t there.

A Face You Should Know

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I think it’s a bit of a tragedy that Tom Cruise is a household name, but when I mention Geoffrey Rush, people have no clue who I’m talking about.  After watching The Life and Death of Peter Sellers on Friday, my admiration for this actor was strongly reaffirmed.  Rush won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sellers and several other characters in this TV film in 2004.  There’s no question that he deserved it.

Rush also played Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech.  I loved this movie.  Don’t believe me?  Read this.  You can check out his IMDB link above to see the other amazing films he’s contributed to, like Elizabeth and Shakespeare In Love.  I loved him in Quills where he played the Marquise de Sade opposite my favorite actress, Kate Winslet.  Oh, and let’s not forget his Oscar-winning performance in Shine.  Quite an impressive resume.

Probably his best known role is as Captain Barbossa in the wildly popular Pirates of the Carribean movies.  How can you not be charmed by him?  Why isn’t he outrageously famous?  He could act the pants off Tom Cruise, and yet, no one knows who he is.  My theory is that it’s because he’s not a sex symbol.  People who are extremely talented but not extremely beautiful often go unnoticed by the general public.  I find this to be slightly tragic.

If you’re bored with all the same old Hollywood movies, take some time to catch up on some Geoffrey Rush movies you might have missed.  You won’t be disappointed.

What Saturday Used to Feel Like

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Tuesday night, we turned off our alarms.  I was so happy to hit the pillow.  I mean, my eyes weren’t even working.  And when Wednesday morning came, there was no annoying beeping waking me up.  We woke up when we were ready.  It was beautiful.  And to make it even better, there was bacon waiting in the kitchen.  Super bonus was, I didn’t have to cook it.  Geoff whipped up his excellent bacon egg and cheese sandwiches with coffee or hot chocolate, for those who think coffee is disgusting.  We ate in the back garden.  It may have started to lightly rain halfway through, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying this glorious morning with my husband in the sun.

We decided to walk to Ala Moana, which is always farther away than it seems when you first start out.  But I had recently decided to put my old divorce jeans in the Goodwill pile, reducing my jeans collection by 50%.  I recently read somewhere that Hilary Duff has over fifty pairs of jeans.  I thought I deserved at least two, so we hit up Old Navy, and I found a pair on clearance that Geoff said made my butt look sexy.  They were fourteen dollars, so I took them home.

By the time we walked back, we were hot and sweaty and a bit tired, but I was glad to have gotten the exercise.  I had another treat coming up, a fancy Aveda spa pedicure.  I so desperately needed this.  My feet were super disgusting, man.  Like you would not believe.  I’ve never had a pedicure from a pretty blond girl.  I’m sure that former prom queen was secretly thinking about how nasty my feet were and wishing that she spoke Vietnamese so that she could talk about me behind my back like they do in all the other nail shops.

For dinner, I made pancakes and Geoff cooked up the rest of the bacon from that morning.  Later he made jam tarts, and I ate way too many because they were so outrageously delicious.  It was a wonderful, beautiful day.  I got to spend almost the entire day with my man.  That guy is pretty awesome.  And I have the entire weekend off.  I think we’re throwing an all day Star Wars movie marathon party complete with drinking games.  Wanna come over?

I Noticed

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I sometimes get bogged down in the obvious.  The dull ache in my feet and legs after eight hours of standing.  The sink that never seems to be empty of dishes, particularly now.  While all around me, there are interesting and beautiful things occurring.

These flowers are growing next to the sidewalk at the house across from mine.  There are flowers everywhere on this island.  And you can smell them.  They aren’t overpowered by pollution.  You can actually breathe in the light, happy aroma almost everywhere you go.

The picture I tried to snag didn’t turn out, but I saw the most beautiful, jewel-bright, green bird searching for food in an arbor of green vines and white flowers.  This was not in a garden or on a hike.  It was on the sidewalk in front of Safeway.  I’ve never seen a bird like that before in my life.  It was exactly the color of the leaves and shimmered in the sunlight.

On my drive to work, I often see a family of chickens wander around the edge of Charles St.  Young chickens, a tall brown hen, and even a proud rooster with a bright red comb and shimmering feathers on its back half.  I wish these chickens lived at my house.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, slow down.  I overlook so much beauty in my own world.  I don’t want to miss out.  I want to bury myself in beautiful things and mind-blowing experiences.  I want to live better.  Starting now.