the hurt in my heart

the hurt in my heart

I find myself crying more these days; I’m more sensitive. And I’m not sure why. Maybe I’ve become more kind over the years, maybe I know love and never want to be without it, maybe I’m more aware. Maybe all of that and more. In the past, when I learned of a terrible event I … Continue reading

san antonio, what the?

san antonio, what the?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for mmm…. about four months. What can I say, life? I have admittedly never been a big fan of San Antonio. Of all the people I have met in my traveling, upon learning that I’m from Texas, usually comment on San Antonio before any other Texas city (followed by … Continue reading

montana: give me more of it

montana: give me more of it

I only learned of Glacier National Park a few years ago and added it to my “Travel to” list with some trepidation. I wasn’t sure if I would ever make it there and I hate not being able to cross things off my list! Luckily, my friend was planning her wedding in Idaho and I … Continue reading

the move to la: adventures heading west

the move to la: adventures heading west

On our last trip across the US, Choy and I stopped by a couple of fun places including The Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Garden of the Gods, and the famous Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. This time we wanted to spend some time in Boulder with friends so we hauled for 15 hours from Indianapolis. Somewhere in that … Continue reading

the move to la: home sweet home

the move to la: home sweet home

Choy and I moved to Los Angeles (area). It took us a few days (and me a few years) to get here, but we’re here. Finally. I’m looking forward to discovering all the city offers in dynamism, but first… let me unpack my house. In my true, Type A and self-diagnosed mild-OCD fashion, I couldn’t … Continue reading

two days in japan: day two

two days in japan: day two

After Mount Fuji, I traveled back to Tokyo city to the Setagaya where I AirBnB’d it with Remi. Her home was so perfect and I had a bedroom and sitting area to myself! If you’re ever in Tokyo, I recommend you stay at Remi’s. After getting to Remi’s I changed and headed straight back out … Continue reading

two days in japan: day one

two days in japan: day one

I didn’t spend just two days in Japan. I was there for much longer, but I was working and the opportunities to see Japan were limited. I spent most of my time in Tokyo-Chiba, a prefecture across the bay from Tokyo. I think most guide books would warn you that July is the rainy-season. It’s true. It … Continue reading

elote: the best treat evah

elote: the best treat evah

One of my most favorite treats in the world is elote (EH-LOH-TEH). Elote, for those that don’t know, translates to “corn.” But elote is much more than just corn. It is corn covered in mayonnaise, Cotija cheese and chili powder (but a special kind). You put that baby on a stick and you’ll be delighted … Continue reading

valentine’s day vignettes

valentine’s day vignettes

Love of All Loves It was appropriate then, on Valentine’s Day, to learn that one of my best friends is expecting her second child. A good number of my best girl friends are preparing for children — first children and second children. Having cried many a night with these women, it’s amazing to see how … Continue reading

15 hours in toronto

15 hours in toronto

I was in Toronto for work the weekend of my 30th birthday. Though I would have preferred to spend my birthday with my husband and my pups, I decided to make lemonade and find some fun things to do in the short time I was going to be in town. Between my meetings, I had … Continue reading

30 years of awesome

30 years of awesome

Whoa, I’m 30 today! I automatically think back on my 30 years in terms of neat little chunks of time, but also goals, because I’m a to-do lister. WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL In high school, I distinctly remember having these goals: certain GPA, graduation, college. I also wanted to be a cheerleader … Continue reading

budgeting for the rest of us

budgeting for the rest of us

When Choy and I decided to move in together I went searching for “How to Live with Your Boyfriend” books. I knew it was a big step and I wanted to make sure we had the best shot at forever. But, I couldn’t find any “How to Live with Your Boyfriend” books. I could only … Continue reading

my 5-day yoga challenge

my 5-day yoga challenge

Some time ago I bought a 5-class pass for CitYoga, a local Indianapolis yoga studio, and I put it to use recently.  It was great to spend some time re-centering and getting back in the yoga groove! DAY 1 My first day back after several months away from my mat was energizing. I couldn’t do … Continue reading

2014’s theme: purpose

2014’s theme: purpose

I’ve spent the last few days reflecting on 2013 and thinking about what I want 2014 to look like for me. In previous posts, I’ve written that I don’t really make new year’s resolutions; I make birthday resolutions. I felt like I couldn’t wait until February to start implementing my plans and so here I … Continue reading

feed just one

feed just one

I’m overcome by suffering children.  With the changing weather, I think of the cold refugee Syrian children. I think of the hungry, thirsty and orphaned Filipino children.  To make it through every day, I don’t really let myself feel it too much. It’s just so sad. If I couldn’t control it, I’d spend every day … Continue reading

i love gift subscription boxes

i love gift subscription boxes

Choy and I were surfing the interwebs looking for gifts ideas. I am of the opinion that monthly subscriptions are the best things ever. You basically get to give someone something every month and you only have to think about it once! A few of my favorite subscriptions… Birchbox – I bought my sister a … Continue reading

the wedding

the wedding

It was always our goal to keep our wedding very simple. The most important thing to us was to have our families together and to enjoy some time with each other. We arrived on Kaua’i on a Thursday and our wedding would be on a Saturday. We had two days to make the final on-site … Continue reading

all things at once

all things at once

It’s often said that things happen all at once and at the most inopportune times. Where to even begin… Since I last posted I have started graduate school again, gone to Hawai’i, gotten married, run a half-marathon, gotten promoted, and led three fundraising related events with my firm, my client and my sorority alumnae group! Though … Continue reading

the campaign trail

the campaign trail

When I travel for my job, I feel like I’m running for President. I am always “on” engaging people in conversation, asking questions, giving answers, kissing babies, shaking hands, giving hugs, waving, smiling, smiling, smiling. Sometimes my work takes me to some really small towns. Ever heard of Prestonsburg, Kentucky? Chickasaw, Alabama? Jasper, Florida? I … Continue reading

coal miner’s daughter

coal miner’s daughter

What y’all know ‘bout Loretta Lynn? Unfortunately, Choy and I were in eastern Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to visit the birthplace of the famed daughter of coal miners – Loretta Lynn. Admittedly, I only know about Loretta because of my mother and Sissy Spacek and I only know the one song, but I really … Continue reading

pure michigan

pure michigan

For the 4th of July Choy, the pups, and I all went up north. All you Michiganders know what I mean. Having returned from Vancouver just in time for a long holiday, we took advantage of the extra days off and drove up to Boyne City, Michigan. We Air B-N-B’d it and played in Boyne … Continue reading

what i’m reading: lean in

what i’m reading: lean in

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In has been on the bestsellers list and it was a slightly above moderately enjoyable read. A three and ¾ stars, I would say. A lot of what Sheryl wrote about I already knew on some level. I’m sure a lot of women who have read the book can identify with her … Continue reading

the law

I was in court this month, for a speeding ticket. For my fifth speeding ticket in five years, actually. Go ahead, judge my driving. I can explain two of them. Ticket #1: It was dark and stormy night in the middle of nowhere Alabama. I was by myself in a state that hates Hispanic people, … Continue reading

a little more atlanta

a little more atlanta

I travel through Atlanta quite a bit and I’ve been a little frustrated that I haven’t learned or discovered the things that people love about Atlanta. I’ve been stuck in the airport, at lame hotels or at some chain restaurant. I don’t have time on my trips to plan to discover a new area and … Continue reading

pupdate

pupdate

We’ve got two puppies in the house! It’s been an eventful month to say the least. 1. Ruffalo wins gold at the Doggie Olympics What kind of puppy mom would I be if I didn’t brag on my puppy for winning  gold at the Doggie Olympics! We were so excited! He got a gold medal … Continue reading

what i’m reading: bossypants

what i’m reading: bossypants

You’ve probably already read this, but in case you haven’t… read Bossypants by Tina Fey. I always liked Tina Fey. She was so funny on SNL. Her movie Baby Mama was HI-larious. Date Night was super fun, but you know what I like most about her movies? I like that she always identifies some universal … Continue reading

ethnic food adventures in indy

ethnic food adventures in indy

Since I last posted, Choy and I got on an ethnic food discovery kick. We don’t feel very multi-cultural in Indy so we started Yelping and trying to find different non-Italian restaurants. We were having a hard time. You really have to look for ethnic places because they’re not just there, all over the place like in … Continue reading

our little baby oliver

our little baby oliver

Ruffalo has been moping around the house lately. We take him out for runs, play catch with him, and cuddle with him, but still we think he’s lonely. He’s either lonely or using his sappy beagle eyes to get extra treats. In any case, Choy and I decided we wanted another dog so Ruffalo would … Continue reading

about boston

about boston

My phone rang, but I was at work. I texted back to my friend, “I’m at work. Are you pregnant?” Why else would she be calling me in the middle of the day other than to tell me she was preggo? “Are you in Boston?” She texted back. No, I was not in Boston. Living in … Continue reading

bouncy boobs no more

bouncy boobs no more

I was watching a workout video and was almost completely distracted by the host’s bouncy boobs. Ladies, protect your girls when working out. Might I suggest the Moving Comfort bra. I’m pretty chesty and have had to double up on sports bras until I found this bra. It is amazing. It was Choy who introduced … Continue reading

hey you guys…

Please join me at my pity party. I’m 29 years and a week old and my birthday went by with no particular flair or fun. I was working. I was surrounded by people I didn’t want to be with and I was working… on a weekend. I started this blog about a year ago because … Continue reading

my precious

my precious

First, take yourself back to watching Lord of the Rings and imagine Gollum whispering “my precious” to THE RING. You there? Wonderful. So there is an inner turmoil happening inside me about a ring. I have a little bit of trouble at work because I’m young and single and sometimes that fact that I’m not … Continue reading

behold my shopping prowess

behold my shopping prowess

Lately, I’ve been having some fun on Fab.com and Birchbox. Fab.com is all about design products: home decor, clothing, pet items, accessories, furniture, etc. It is a really fun website, kinda designed like Pinterest (the panels) or Pinterest was designed like Fab, I don’t know which came first. Most recently, I bought my sister a corgi … Continue reading