Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oi....?

The last time I went to a HT thingimajiger I told myself that I wouldn't go to any more unless it's a training and therefore I had to go. That's why I skipped out on going to the Dai Hoi HT in January. If you've read my previous posts you'll know why that is. But anyway! I had also decided not to go to the Tinh Tam (this weekend). But A. Phong gave me the puppy dog look as well as told me to not worry about the fee and then kept asking me about it for the rest of the night (we went to the movies with the NS) and so I guess...I decided to go. But then I went home...looked over all my class schedules and...omg there's a lot of work to do. So then I had to set everything up in my assignment notebook and I'm actually pretty on schedule. I haven't done all my work but...it's getting there. And if I continue to go as planned, I'll be able to go to the Tinh Tam no worries. I guess...the Tinh Tam is different than the training and the Dai Hoi. The training is...well...it's training. Doi...The Dai Hoi is, from what I've heard, a huge party-get-together kinda thing...The Tinh Tam is supposed to be more of a spiritual journey. I actually just wanna go to relax. We won't be going sightseeing or anything but I just sorta wanna have a nice, quite weekend away from this place. I just need a break. Lolz. I hope it goes well. And I hope it's "fun." Thien An is bringing food...I think...and movies...hopefully. And a lot of people are going so...IDK! We'll see. I'm sorta anxious though. The last time I went to a HT thing, it wasn't that great...and this time...IDK. I'm not going for the spiritualness....I'm going for the relaxation...so...hopefully it'll work. AISHHH!!!!


So like I said before, I went with the NS to the movies. We saw Coraline. It was pretty good actually. Lolz. I sorta sat by myself. Well...I was with the NS but...Tina had Kevin on one side and Thuy had Catherine on her other side so...I was sorta just there. I noticed it at one point during the movie but...whatever. I mean...Kevin is Tina's boyfriend...and Thuy and Catherine have always been close so, what'd I expect you know? Anyway, it was the last day for Coraline to be shown in 3-D. We were really looking forward to that but...there wasn't that much 3-D. I thought it was just me because I was wearing the 3-D glasses over my real glasses...but then later I found out from Tina that no...there just wasn't that much 3-D. But still, the movie was pretty good. But then again I love all Tim Burton stuff so...I'm sorta biased.

So last night I was doing my FAFSA and thought that I didn't have Mother's PIN. I was being so impatient...If I'd been a bit more patient and looked before I acted I would've seen that the PIN was stapled to my paper...Well...I did see it but I didn't open it to look inside so I thought it was just another copy of my PIN. Soooo I did all this stupid stuff and although the guy from Customer Service told me that I didn't need my mother to sign it for my school to get the info, and I can just submit and have it processed without the signature...I'm still nervous! But...IDK...so I'm gonna send in her signature for next day delivery and hopefully it all works out. Gdammit.

Er ok so...this week I have...

1) Ash Wednesday Mass at 7PM (playing with the orchestra) 2) A training at GBLC on Thursday 3) Cultural Cooking at GBLC and then heading out to the Tinh Tam.

OMG I bet it's gonna be like last time...all the HT say they're going and then they cancel last minute. AHHH!!!! NERVOUS!!!!!

Herm...I wonder what I have to pack...

O yea...speaking of GBLC...so Otouto and I were at GBLC last Friday and Lauren comes and tells us that the County has this television program in which they do short segments on people in the county. Their next topic is to promote volunteerism and Lauren wanted to know if Otouto and I would do it. And so I said YES! Duh! Well...I didn't say Duh...Lolz.

So then the guy in charge of the program or whatever contacted us and Otouto and I are gonna go into taping the week of my spring break. It's gonna be awesome! Lolz. Lauren thought, and the guy in charge agreed, that it'd be interesting to do a brother-sister twist. I was hoping that that meant they'd tape us together, I'd be less nervous...but I guess he wants to tape us separately...O well...I hope we do well. It'd be so cool...I've been published...online and soon hopefully on print (all very, very small things for work so don't even ask, Lolz)...and now I'm gonna be on real TV! Maybe. LOLZ! Ahhhhh sorta excited.

Ok so currently I'm feeling nervous, excited, anxious....and a bit calm? Calm before the STORM MANNNN!!! Ok maybe now I'm just high...

Here...an old, old picture showing my feelings...

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fudge, bearwithnoname..., winterpooh, owl..., and blizzard...so obviously this was before i got...autumn pooh...summer pooh...and pooh pooh...o and baby pooh. lolz!

Shrimp Stuffed with Clam Mix

Original Recipe (taken from whatscookingamerica.net):

Ingredients:

- 1 lb large shrimp, uncooked

- 3/4 cup soda cracker crumbs (about 18 crackers)

- 3 tablespoons butter, melted

- 1 (6-ounce) can minced clams

- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

- salt and pepper

- 1/3 sup sherry (dry or sweet)

- parsley sprigs for garnish

- lemon wedges for garnish

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving tails on. Using a sharp knife, butterfly shrimp by cutting along the inner curve or underbelly about halfway (almost completely through), leaving the tails firmly attached. Press the shrimp down flat like a butterfly.

- In a medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter, clams (including liquid), parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Stuff each of the shrimp with the clam mixture. Arrange the stuffed shrimp in a large baking dish; pour sherry around the shrimp.

- Bake approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until shrimp are opaque in center (cut to test). Remove from oven. To serve, arrange shrimp on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges. Serve warm.

What I did!!

Ingredients:

- A lot of shrimp, uncooked

- Cracker crumbs

- 3 tablespoons butter, melted

- 1 (6-ounce) can minced clams

- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

- salt and pepper

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The ingredients waiting to be used...aside from the wine. Lolz.

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, devein, and butterfly shrimp. Lay flat on baking...thing.

- In a bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter, clams (including liquid), parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Stuff each of the shrimp with the clam mixture. Arrange the stuffed shrimp in a large baking dish.

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Prepare to be baked!!!

- Bake approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until shrimp are opaque in center (cut to test). Remove from oven. Serve warm.

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YUM YUM YUM!!!!

Notes: Ok so I didn't change much about this recipe. I only took out the sherry part because well...I didn't have any. : )

Next time: I don't know yet!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ok so recipes will be shown in 2 parts

1) where I got the original recipe from and 2) what I actually did because I don't always follow the recipes exactly through.


Clams Steamed in White Wine Sauce


Original Recipe (taken from whatscookingamerica.net):



Ingredients:

- 3 to 4 lbs live small hard-shelled clams - also called cherrystone, littlenecks (in the New England states) and steamer clams (in the Pacific Northwest). (Note: If the shells are open, tap on shell. If it doesn't close after being tapped, toss the clam.)

- 3 tablespoons butter

- 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped

- 6 parsley stems

- 3 cloves garlic, lightly chopped

- 1 bottle dry white wine

- teaspoons red pepper flakes

- melted unsalted butter

- thick slices of French Bread



Note: The use of unsalted butter is imperative for this recipe, otherwise it is way too salty!

Note: FDA's recommendations are to soak steamer clams for several hours in seawater (or 1/3 cup coarse kosher salt and 1 gallon water) to which you have added 1 cup cornmeal. Use kosher or sea salt as the iodine in regular salt will kill the clams before they hit the boiling water.



Directions:



- One hour before serving, scrub clams with vegetable brush in cold water; rinse with water until free of sand (adding a little coarse kosher salt to the water will help remove the sand from the clams).

- In a steamer pot or large kettle, melt butter; saute onion and garlic until soft. Add white wine and pepper flakes and bring to a slow boil. Add clams and cover pot with a tight-fitting lid and steam over low heat just until clams open, about 5-10 minutes. Do not over cook, as clams will become tough and rubbery (discard any clams that do not open).

- Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the clams to large individual soup bowls with individual cups of melted butter. Pour broth through a cheesecloth-lined strainer to remove any sand. The broth can either be used as a dunking liquid for the French bread or placed in mugs to drink.

- Eat and enjoy!

What I did!!

Ingredients:

- A few lbs live clams (I bought four pre-wrapped bags, don't really know how many lbs it was).

- 1 onion (coarsely chopped half, my onion was pretty big I guess)

- 6 parsley stems (chopped)

- 3 cloves garlic, lightly chopped

- 1 bottle dry white wine (I just used whatever was in my mother's desk drawer thing. At one point I thought I would have to borrow some white wine from Reed but apparently we really did have some. Don't know what brand, just knew it was dry white wine. I only used half the bottle)

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The wine. I think it's California Chardonnay?

Directions:

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Ingredients waiting to be used. : )

- Use a clean toothbrush to lightly scrub the clams. I read only that usually stores have already cleaned and washed the clams pretty well, it's just a precaution to wash and scrub them again. Place the clams in a netted container in cold water giving time for any other pieces of sand to fall into the bottom of a container. Regard the above picture.

- In a large pot, melt the butter, throw in onion and garlic.

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Stir stir..

In 30 seconds or so, pour in half the bottle of white wine. Wait till it boils, throw in the clams. Cover the pot with a tight lid. In a few minutes, come back and use a ladle to move the clams around a bit. Put the lid back on. Continue checking every 5 minutes until it looks like most of the clams have opened. Should only take 10...15 minutes overall.

- Use chopsticks (; )) to take out the clams and place them on a plate for all to share!!!

WARNINGS! If using salted butter, don't put in too much. It makes the clams extra salty.

Note to self: Next time, try harder to find unsalted butter.

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The finished product. Deeeeeelish!
Notes: I did some research after the fact and found out that you can do this without alcohol. Not for the reason that you're afraid of alcohol but more just that you don't have any available. I found a lot of sites saying that you can use CHICKEN STOCK instead of wine. I haven't tried it yet but I assume that it would be a bit saltier so maybe add some water? If and when I do try this way, I'll let you all know for sure!

Next time: Shrimp stuffed with clam mix YUM!!!

Ok so...I had this separate blog for food thingers.

I decided to post recipes on them and actually leave available a comment section. In the course of the few months that that was on, I posted 1 post and had 1 in draft. : ) Therefore, I've decided to move that blog over here and just post food stuff on here.

I forgot what I wrote on the food blog but basically...I love to cook. Not very good at it. Not many chances to do it either. Once I brought up the idea of me cooking dinner from now on because Mother is too busy for it, yea I got yelled at. So now I only cook during "special" things and only spur of the moment-ly. If she knows about it beforehand, it never turns out well. Anyway...Just a little prelude. My next post will be a recipe. : )

Friday, February 20, 2009

This'll be a picture filled one.

So much so that after looking at all the pictures...I can't remember what I wanted to say...

Well...to start off...school's been sucking. Period.

Work has been fine. As always. Knock on wood!!

Tomorrow there's dance practice of which Thuy and Hanna are in charge. During the DNH practice I told them that I wasn't taking charge of the practices for this song because they're in charge of it, choreography, teaching, talking with A. Phat, everything. And Thuy gave Hanna that sly look. It's hard to explain...or even remember now...but w.e. And I wonder if I should start a new traditional dance routine...Idk...

I've decided to dedicate my Saturdays all to TN. As in...for the remainder of the week don't expect me to do any TN stuff. I'll do dance practice in the mornings...TN...Choir...Mass...and after mass will be dedicated to the AN attendance stuff and choreo...if necessary. If I have a thing on Saturday then I'll do it the Friday night before but...otherwise...I don't think taking time out during the week to do it is helping with my other activities. So there.

Anyway...after mass tomorrow Otouto and I are going to the movies with the rest of the NS. I hope we don't see that cheerleading movie. But why o why do I have a feeling we will...? I told Tina we have to take lotsa pics so...I'll try to look not so terrible and maybe next post there'll be a prettier person. Lolz!

Hermmmmm....what else what else....? Well...I've been playing MySims Kingdom on my DS. Lolz! I finished the storyline which was freaking awesome! First time I've ever beat a storyline. Hahaha...and now I'm working at fulfilling each character. I've done three. I had my first glitch. Darn game blacked out on me when I didn't save. So now I save every 5 minutes. Lolz. Otouto told me to.

Valentine's Day was lame. Lolz. I hate Valentine's Day. Not with a passion but...I don't like it. It's a cheap excuse to trap your man, woo your girlfriend, and be lame overall. I mean...I have nothing against people who celebrate Valentine's Day but...if you loved your lover that much Valentine's Day should be just aNotHer day to show it. And to those of you single, lonely people, my heart went out to you. And to those single, happy people, I hope you rocked it!

This is about just as much "love" I got on Valentine's Day.

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a buncha hearts i cut for the au nhi. i wrote "happy valentine's day" on it and huong taped candy to each heart and all the ht signed them. it was cute.

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a game that c. ngan made the au nhi play. they each had a letter with a description of a ht. then they hadta guess who it was, find the person, get candy, and show a sign of valentine's...which is a sign of love i guess? this is my group spelling out 'i [heart] u.' hahaha....c.hai told them to do it. it was still cute. and then later richard gave me a candy from the bag the team got from me. hahaha.

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the ht played a secret valentine game. this was my valentine.

I know...it's backwards...Lolz. Took it with my webcam.

It says....

"Nice, as in not too mean.

High energy, or just high.

Unbelievably easy to smile, laugh...(arrow pointing to) or just high.

Young, youthful (something I am not).

Unbelievably is a word. No need to check the dictionary. Please don't!!!"

Ok so...I have no idea who sent it. Lolz. I guessed A. Huy because...1) His kids use those stamps. 2) Handwriting...has to be a guy 3) He says he's not youthful which means it has to be one of the older HT...and 4) I have a tendency to fix A. Huy's grammar...it's 'cuz I care!!!

But I asked him and he said no. But then again...A. Binh asked C. KP if she were his secret valentine and she said no...even though she was. Huong and Thanh shoulda made a rule that said if it is you you have to admit it. Lolz. But Huong said that if I haven't guessed by Friday she'd tell me so...Imma text her and remind her. Lolz.

Okie...

The other day we went to visit my newborn baby cousin. Don't know her name yet...Mother said they don't tell you the baby's name until the day thang. ? Idk. It's a buddhist thing...she said...but...she's not buddhist so...Lolz.

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isn't she cute???

Some random pics of my other cousin...the baby's brother. Some are from the day we came over to get some crayfish...some are from when we came over to have some steak. Man it was some yummy steak. Chu Hoa kept telling us to eat more and Otouto and I really wanted to but...we were so full. And Chu Hoa and Co Nam might've wanted us to eat more but...there were other people from their family there that...weren't as...inviting? Idk...whatever. And for that reason I didn't take pics of the steak but...here are cute baby pictures.

They're all of Albert. : )

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with co nam. not his mother. just his aunt.
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something's stuck...? : )
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just kidding!! : p
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The last two were from my camera phone...hence the bad quality. But still adorable! Lolz.

Yea the night we came over for steak was Valentine's Day. Apparently it was the guys doing all the cooking. Poor Chu Hoa had to do it for my family. Lolz. 'Cuz no Pops (tear) so Mother didn't have a guy. Not...a live one at least...and Otouto was a guy but couldn't cook so didn't matter...and I didn't bring a guy. Technically I wasn't supposed to do the dishes either but...I told Chu Hoa that since I didn't bring a guy this year, I'll at least do the dishes. He just laughed.

And another thing...Ba Bay made us clear the table. I mean...we know that Mother talks constantly of how when we go over there to eat, the other family members can eat and go...because they're rich, at holidays they just give money and there you go. But Mother has to eat and clean. Otouto and I usually just clear our plates and whatever else we brought out but, this time Ba Bay made us clear the table. Like...all the drinks, most of the plates, stuff that other family members brought out and then left. But at one point Chu Hoa locked us out of the kitchen so we couldn't anyway.

But I swear...when I have my own dinner parties one day...I'll have someone (paid) to clean up. Not make my poor relatives clean up after my rich relatives' messes.

ANYWAY! Was just a random rant.

Ok so...the other night was Otouto's school orchestra's fundraiser at Silver Diner. His volunteer shift was 7-8pm so we came early to eat dinner. I saw Mr. Revere. I don't know if he saw me but I didn't say "hi." I wish I had. Next time I will. He might've seen me. But I still hadn't gotten over my traumatic experience with saying "hi" to Mr. Laurie so...Lolz! But I liked Revere...I liked Laurie too...but...Now that I think about it Revere would probably've reacted nicer. Ah well...next time I swear!

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a part of our entrees...

Was alright. I don't know how the salad was but the soup was a bit too salty. I didn't eat much of it.

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crabcake basket appetizer.

It was soooo good! It's basically three mini crabcakes between bread and a tomato. Was really, really good.

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dessert. brownie...vanilla ice cream...chocolate ice cream...whipped cream...cherries...caramel...

Yea...the waiter brought our dessert before our entrees which was...weird...We ordered it when we ordered the entrees but I thought that was just so he could take the menu away...O well...it was still good. The brownie was still warm inside...Ice cream was still cold...we gobbled it down. : )

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me and otouto eating the dessert. : )

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otouto's entree - shrimp and steak...? idk the actual name.

I had this the last time I was at the diner with Reed. I thought it was good...so did Otouto...lolz.

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my entree...breaded steak...

Erm...overall it was a pretty good entree...but that was because of the mashed potatoes...corn...and broccoli. By a third into the steak I got tired of the break and ended up knifing off the bread. I realized that Reed had got this last time we were there and so...oopz. Lolz...It wans't terrible but. Also, I'd asked for rare and it seemed pretty well done.

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brownie and ice cream dessert from a restaurant in Easton, MD.


This was a brownie I had our last day at Easton (business). I shared it with Rachel. This was really good too. The dessert from the diner reminded me of this. Lolz.

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caramel latte from murky cafe.

After dinner I went across the street to Murky's for coffee while Otouto did his shift. Was yummy. The coffee was great, atmosphere was awesome...wish Reed'd been there.

Herm...I can't really think of anything else...Work...School...Church...Er...Yea...I'm a slacker...in all of those. Lolz. But I can't think of anything big.

I guess that's all. Wow this really was a picture post...anyway...

Silver Diner - Clarendon

Murky Cafe - Clarendon

Chya ne!

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Wait I thought of something else. I don't know if I mentioned this before but I downloaded GIMP...a photo-editing program. Similar to Photoshop. I love it! I learned how to add a "watermark" to my photos and it's so simple! I haven't looked up how to add borders but that's OK. The pics in the post had the "watermark" on them. I want to make my watermark a little signature drawing that I'm working on although...Idk if I can do that...so I'll have to work on it first but...for now it's looking awesome!

And also...just a bit ago me and some coworkers and the deputy chief went down to G2 in the other building to clean up the storage room. Then a bit after another coworker and our chief came down. At one point the chief goes...hahahaha...Ok he goes...

"Dam these people. If the door's open then think they can just stick it in." - GeeNie's Chief.

He was actually talking about how the door to our storage room has been open because the knob and therefore lock's been broken and so other people from the Service just stuff their "crap...I mean valuables" (another quote...from another coworker) in there...but...Omg I laughed out loud so hard when he said that. It's hilarious! Think about it.

I meant to make a banner with it but since I'm at work I have AdobePhotoshop and the only thing I know how to do with that is...resize...And I tried to do it the way GIMP taught me but...the buttons are in different places so...whatever. Later. Lolz.

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Ok so everyone knows that my pops passed away in 2007 and most people...family...know that my mother has NOT gotten over it yet. She doesn't bawl or mop around really...but...subtly she does. Anyway...Idk if I've talked about this before but once...at night...I went to bed before Mother came home and at one point I felt someone kiss me on my temple...Thought it was Mother...but then when I turned around to face that direction and...I see someone leaving the room so I go..."mom..."...no response. Then I turned back to the direction I was facing before and...boom...Mother. Leaning in for a kiss. This time I was freaked so I go "MOM??" and she goes..."yea!" And I'm like..."did you just come in here before?" And she pauses before she goes..."If not me then who..." Like she knew, or wished, for something. This was after my dad died. So 1) If the first kiss was from her...why'd she lean in for another one on the other side? My face isn't that big. She coulda reached over if she wanted to kiss me on both temples. 2) If the first kiss was from her then why didn't she answer me the first time I called out "mom?" I sat up and called too 3) I was freaked. I know that if it was Mother, it had to have been Father's ghost...which should've been good right? Right...? Maybe I was watching too many horror movies at that point to find it good.

Then just the other day...I woke up when my alarm went off in the morning...but then went to lie down for just a few more minutes. I heard someone call my name...it seemed to be really, really loud but for some reason I didn't feel scared, I hardly even got up. Lolz. I thought it was my mother. So a few minutes later I go out to the living room and Mother's rummaging in the kitchen and suddenly, I hear myself asking her, I wasn't going to ask her, if she'd been in my room. And she goes "no, I've been in the kitchen." And I guess I must've given her a really horrified look because then she goes "it was your father. He's so linh. I wished for him to wake you up and he did." And I go "that's not funny. It's scary." And she goes "why...I wish for your father to stay around and help us."

And from then I furiously stomped into the bathroom...took a shower with my glasses on the whole time...and ran back into my room.

Aside from that being completely creepy...it also shows how selfish Mother is. Father is DEAD! Let him rest in peace! What can he possibly DO now that he couldn't do before? Let him move on! He deserves to be happy in HEAVEN or whereever!

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The more I do random google searches on hospices the more I think I killed my father. Co Nam said she felt the same way with Ong Bay but...it's just a feeling. Well...when do I get over this feeling? I know I know...I did what the medicine told me to do...I did what the hospice nurse told me to do...but that's the thing. I did it. Otouto was going to be the one who gave Father his medicine (and I half am glad that Otouto wasn't the one because I wouldn't want him to feel this way...even though he probably wouldn't've), but no...Mother insisted that I did it. So I did...and then Father died, right then and there.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I got a Nintendo DS!!!

Omg! And a game!!!! Pictures later. LOLZ! I just had to post that I'd gotten it, I was going to burst with happiness. Yes, I got it on my own, paid for it with my own money, and omg it was awesome! I've been paying for my own stuff for years but...it still feels great everytime to be able to buy something and know that it's yours. And not have to be nice to someone because they got it for you.

Speaking of that, that's why I don't like receiving presents unless they're from...Red...Dola...or Otouto...because i know that if they gave me a present, it's because they want to, not because they expect me to be nice to them. They can give me a present and two minutes we'll be discussing something and I'll go..."bitch" and they'll be like..."omg WHORE!" and it'll be all ok. Giving and receiving presents to and from other ppl are just...awkward...

Ok anyway...pictures LATER!!!

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! hahahahaha.

-------------------------------- Update!

Ok so...here are the pictures of my DS!!! AHHHHH!!!! : )

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being the idiot that i am...i couldn't open the box and so otouto had to do it for me.

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THE DS!!! AHHHHH!!!! haha....i originally wanted the onyx (black) but the best buy that we went to didn't have it. so i got red.

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again...i couldn't open it...

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the DS being handled by my fat manhands. : )

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= love.

Hahaha...Ok so obviously I'm super happy about that.

In other news...last night when Otouto and I were on our way home from Best Buy, I got a call from C. Phuong and found out from her that this Saturday's Chuyen Mon lecture is my gig. She did it last week so when C. KP sent out the schedule and it had both our names on it, the both of us just assumed that C. Phuong was in charge and I was helping. But no...it was the other way around. I mean...yea when we had our AN meeting I did sign up to teach Chuyen Mon but...I thought they were gonna train me first! I guess not. O well...C. Phuong helped me a lot in figuring out what to teach. The hard part was coming up with a lesson plan. That shizz was complicated! But I just followed C. Phuong's example and, she said it looked good so. Here's hoping all goes well! As rewards for my game after the lecture tomorrow I'm gonna give the winning team a box of Thin Mints. Lolz. The best reward right??

So remember some months ago when I said Red had "commissioned" some cards from me? Well here's the one I sent to him to give to Sara for Valentine's Day. He said he liked it but was wondering why I used green. I thought the green contrasted with the purple best. If I had a dark red or pink, I would've used that but didn't. Anyways he said he liked it but I think he's lying. : ) I hope Sara likes it enough though, if just a little.

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you can't tell in the picture but the base color is green.
Speaking of Sara...her mom asked me to petsit for them in April. I actually wanna do it. They live close enough so that it's not hard for me to go back and forth. And it's some extra money which is always good. I'd prolly go to their place before school to feed the pets and walk the dog...then come back in the afternoon and just stay until night. I've never walked a dog at night alone before. I've never petsat before either. I hope I do well man!

At work today Rachel asked me to go through my database and collect some photos for her to use for a news...magazine...article...thing? Release? Something. So I did...and then she asked me to start writing captions for them. It wasn't...hard...but it was time consuming. Each one took like half an hour. I had to do some research to write the captions so it required going back and forth between multiple files and sites. Having double screens is uber cool but sometimes when I'm working really hard I tend to stare intently at the screen and having two screens means double the open windows and I get easily confused as is...

So I took a break at some point and looked up quotes to use as signatures for my emails and happened on this quote...which sorta applied to the work I was doing but not really...I guess it just applies to...well...life.

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found the quote on preciouscreationz but made the banner myself using Photoshop!

That's about the only thing I know how to do on Photoshop. That and resizing and changing the pixels of images. I don't know how to do anything else and I think it's amazing when I see pictures of people that were photoshopped. I didn't even know you could do half that stuff! I mean...I don't care much that photos have been photoshopped...it's basically like putting on make-up but after the fact...I just find the photoshopping procedures extremely interesting. Like...photoshopping in eyelashes and stuff...how do you DO that??? It's intense...I think it's cool. I would never have the patience so I actually have a slight...not respect persay but I'm lacking the right word...for people who do that. I don't think there's anything wrong at all with photoshopping your pictures. I mean...if you can put on make-up to pretend you look a certain way, you can definitely photoshop to pretend you look a certain way. I just think the process of photoshopping is cool.

Have to go do taxes with Mother tomorrow. It's a Saturday so there'll be a lot of people. Dear God...I hope I have all the necessary paperwork with me tomorrow so that we can get in and out. I don't mind waiting a bit to get into the place and start, I just don't want them go to "O you need this and this more" and then I'd have to go home and get it and come back later and Mother'd be all pissed and crap. I'm gonna take notes this time. Lolz. So that I know for sure what to bring from now on. Aishhhh I just want to get it all over with.

That's all the...stuff...well...for now. Lolz. I often have these dry spells and then post like mad. Ah wellz.

Chya ne for now!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

So today I went to Starbucks after classes and when I got home I told Otouto about how the guy working at Starbucks was really cute.

And so he says some stuff and then he finally says: "OMG look at him grind that ice...i'd like him to grind my ice." And that just completely made my freakin day. Lolz. Otouto is funny.

Today was really nice outside. Weather.com said that it was gonna get up to the 60s and it did, so I wore a short sleeved shirt to class. It was all fine. Except that the wind was horrid and I was freezing!

But still, weather was nice so after I got home I set up some chairs on the balcony and attempted to do my paper there. I never used the balcony to its full extent. I always thought about cleaning it up and sorta...setting up a mini desk area so I can do hw and stuff outside during spring and summer. Never got around to it. I absolutely love outside, I love weather. I hate nature. Especially the creepy crawlies part of nature. Freaks me out! Knock on wood. : )

So it was nice outside. I wore a long sleeved shirt to battle the wind...but I was wearing shorts so my legs were freezing. Although I could take the wind, I couldn't take that I only got one bar and so couldn't load the clip I needed for my homework and shizz. So I went inside. It was nice while it lasted though.

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heehee...my shirt from work. it's not a uniform or anything. i've never actually worn it TO work...

So homework wise I had to write a mini inquiry paper for my HNRS 353 class. I got soooo distracted! See one of the reasons I wanted to do hw outside is because then nothing'll distract me. People don't distract me. Things do. So...obviously, after I went back into my room, I got bored and distracted a lot and this is what came of it...

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i like that my legs are shiny. freshly shaven...but you didn't have to know that.


I would so get a Pooh Bear tattoo right there if it wasn't guaranteed to hurt. O wellz...one day maybe.


So...there's this song...Vi Anh Yeu Em...I heard it years ago and finally found it on my computer again awhile ago and started listening to it again. It's a Viet Rap song and for some reason, I'm freaking addicted to that song. I don't know what the hell it is. No matter what mood I'm in, I can always listen to that song. Usually I'll like songs for a bit and then just get freakin tired of it...but this song. It's like I can never get tired of it. It's this song and Without You by 1TYM. I never tire of that song either. No matter what I can always listen to those two songs.

Anyways, I decided today to look up the singer. At one point in the beginning he says "It's Eddy Viet..." But I thought he said "It's Every Viet"...so I looked that up but thank goodness he's popular enough so that the right name popped up when I searched. Anyway I went through some other songs of his that I found and...they're pretty cool. The lyrics are really nice and meaningful...

Ok I was going to post them but...that would take too long. I think the reason I'm so addicted to this song is because...it draws on my innate desire to be hurt by love. To by hurt by...anyone! Anyone other than someone in my family. I'm so tired of getting pushed around by my mother, I care a lot but...it hardly "hurts" anymore. And my views on relationships and boyfriends are so...open...that I don't feel as if I can ever put myself in the situation where I'd get hurt. I mean...basically...When and if I have a boyfriend...he can cheat, he can lie, he can do whatever the heck he wants. The only thing I require is that if he does all those things, I still have to be the main love in his life. So the only way for me to be hurt is if I was the whore and someone else was the main girlfriend. There's such a slim chance of that happening though right?

I know! It sounds weird...and I'll probably elaborate on it more in a later post. But what I'm getting at is...I have yet to be heartbroken. I've been told that I've broken a few but...they're just bitter. : )

It sounds insane but...it makes sense to me. It also probably draws on my desire to date a bad boy...a bad boy with a good heart....hahahaha. And as old as I am...I still think about that. Yes...there is a certain "bad" boy I have in mind...but I think I've found that guy's FB page (stalker!) and...I think he might turn out to be a nerd...Which is fine! But it changes the image. Which...doesn't really matter because like anything'll happen. Duh!

Hahahaha...Ok...anyway...check out the song "Vi Anh Yeu Em" by Eddy Viet. I never used to be that into Viet Rap but...I like Phong Le...and Eddy Viet. Phong Le's just funny...Eddy Viet's lyric's are really deep so. Yea.

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a random picture i found on PhotoBucket. i like that site.


I want a Nintendo DS. There are some games on there that I'd like to play. I think...if I had one...I'd probably stay off iminlikewithyou.com. I've been spending wayy too much time on that site. I think it's 'cuz I've been watching horror movies again (found a great site for it) and when I watch horror movies (it didn't used to be like this)...I need to feel a connection with something real. Whether it be the TV...Otouto...random people on AIM...or more currently...people playing games on iminlikewithyou.com. But anyway...I saw some short Japanese ghost story movies yesterday and OMG...the first half was OK...but the second half...goddam! I almost scream ten thousand times! It was SCARY! I haven't been scared by a horror movie in awhile and these things...good God they just scared me. I should stop. Lolz. And that's why I need a DS....

Wait that's not a very good excuse. Well w.e. I just want one. There you go. And just for future reference for myself...I want these games to go along with the DS...:

- Pokemon - Brain Age - New Super Mario Bros. - Mario Kart DS - Mystery Case Files - Personal Trainer: Cooking - Mario Party DS - Nintendogs: Lab and Friends - MySims Kingdom - Animal Crossing - My Japanese Coach - Littlest Pet Shop - My Chinese Coach - Age of Empires: Mythologies - SimCity Creator - My Baby Boy - Dragon Ball: Origins - Hello Kitty Daily - My DoItAll - My Secret World

So basically I just went to the Best Buy website and scrolled through all the games on there and wrote down whatever looked interesting. Lolz. This'll help with my car rides on business trips or waiting in the airport on business trips and stuff....Yay! Ok so...I want that...but I also want a CriCut Expressions machine. Eh, maybe I'll get the DS first since it's cheaper...and then wait awhile before getting the CriCut and pray that by then the price has gone down and I have more money. : )

Ok so...I think that's it. I'm uber tired now.

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also found this on PhotoBucket. thought it was cute.


Thao just commented me on FB and said that the professor was wondering if I was even in the class. I've only skipped twice! Good grief. I'll know not to mess with her again. Gracious. I just hope she doesn't ask me tomorrow. I'm not good with that. At least not in front of the class. Well, I could care less because I don't know anyone in the class aside from three people and I don't think they'd care...but still. Ah well, I emailed her a lame excuse...but at least the French was good! I think! W.e. But now for some reason I can't sleep. Lolz. Aish Ah well. Please just don't ask me about it in front of the class. I have a hard time thinking as is. I don't need the pressure!


Ok Anyways....

Chya ne!!!

P.S. I'm listening to "Vi Anh Yeu Em" again and...I think it's the lyrics. Because just having it on isn't helping, it's not paying attention to anything else and just listening to the lyrics that does it. Soothes me....