Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Yay! Trivia no Izumi is back!

And Yashima Norito looks as cute as ever *sigh*

Anyway, found out about this interesting fact about enoki mushrooms...


If you rip open a package of packaged enoki mushrooms and inhale it as soon as you open it, it smells like strawberries.

Guess I'll have to buy a package to check this out--and figure out how to cook them when I'm done with them.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

ABC Meme...

Damn you, Allie. Damn you to heck!

A. Available or Single? Neither? Partnered but open. Could really use an Asian S&M master or daddy (hehe).
B. Best friend? The husband, Manang Ted, Jen
C. Cake or pie? I'm not a big sweets person, but my amaretto cake is damn good.
D. Drink of choice? Water (non-alcoholic). Gin and tonic or B-52 if alcoholic.
E. Essential item? My cell and my tablet.
F. Favorite color? Blue and green
G. Gummi bears or worms? Neither, though Sharkies were good when I was marathon training.
H. Hometown? Santa Clara, CA
I. Indulgence? Naia gelato or Beard Papa cream puffs
J. January or February? Not sure--probably February, even though that is the month my mom passed.
K. Kids and names? None.
L. Life incomplete without? Friendship and love
M. Marriage date? February 14 (dammit)
N. Number of Siblings? 1 sister, who still isn't talking to me.
O. Oranges or Apples? I'm more of a honey tangerine person myself.
P. Phobias/fears? Most annoying ones I have are fear of heights and fear of death.
Q. Favorite Quotation? The time you wasted on your rose makes your rose that more important. Saint-Exupery
R. Reason to smile? The husband and my friends
S. Season? What season? I live in SF. It's either cold and foggy, or temperate and foggy.
T. Tag three people: Aiyahh, Rona, Bernie
U. Unknown fact about me: I won the spelling bee so often in elementary school they waited till after I left that school to have it again.
V. Vegetable you hate: Bitter melon.
W. Worst habit? Napping.
X. X-rays I’ve had: Only two types: Dental and right knee.
Y. Your favorite food? Japanese, Filipino and Chinese
Z. Zodiac? Pisces.

I'm alive! (kinda)

More random shit from the past couple weeks...

o Scored an A in my Physio class last semester and an A (I'm sure) in my Speech class. Three more classes to go (Anatomy now at Canada College, a 4 week crash course in 2nd semester organic chem at New College, and microbiology).

o I have really incredible friends that I can count on for love and friendship--or just use random substances with (like brownies, people!). Y'all know who you are.

o I find different ways to fall in love with my husband. I was dancing with him at my girlfriend Rona's 35th birthday party last Saturday. It was some incredible merengue mixed by Rona's partner, Henry, and we were just dancing for the sheer joy of dancing, and when I looked into Howard's eyes, he looked really happy. It's amazing that even almost 10 years of being together, we still know each other's rhythm, and that he can look at me and still make my heart melt.

o Swimming makes me really happy. Well, after doing 4000 yards twice a week maybe it's just delirium kicking in.

o Getting really excited about applying for pharmacy school, and thinking about where I could end up--here in SF, Hawai'i, or San Diego.

o Also thinking about how to commemorate that it's been 4 years since my mom's passing, and thinking how much life has really changed for me since then. Saturn keeps throwing itself at me. (grrr) That'll be another post in a week or so.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Frickin' resolutions...

So in my attempt to get ready for the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, I did my first 2 hour workout, which ended up being about 4,120 yards.

At least I know I can actually swim the distance in still water in under two hours and be pretty comfortable, but swimming in the ocean will be another story...

I felt relatively fine (except for my whole body being numb since I was swimming in pretty cool water), but I know I'm going to be really sore tomorrow. I feel it already. Ow.

Friday, January 05, 2007

If Joz becomes your friend, be very afraid...

This is what the husband and I got from Joz for my birthday/anniversary/Xmas present. (And yes, Joz, now you have to tell the good people what the hell this is!)

Watch this one first:

Then this one:

I still can't believe how ... realistic we look.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

so here's the new big dilemma for the new year...

Well, not that big.

I'm finishing up my volunteering at this one department at UCSF and I want to wow them with my baking one more time.

So should I make a sour cream coffeecake? or a hot fudge pudding cake?

Recommendations greatly appreciated! :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Just posting some random thoughts before I crash for the night.

I realized that this is the first year in a long time where I wasn't feeling nostalgic and/or bitter that the year was over. I'm starting to realize that the past is something to be learned from, that can't really be changed, and that is something to appreciate but not fuss over.

That being said, it's been paradoxically an uneventful year (in terms of "big news") and a very eventful year (in terms of small epiphanies and my own development). I think I've learned more about myself and where I am this year than I have in a long time--and where I've been having to really take stock in who I am as an individual, and not as a member of something. In that respect, it's been hard because I've been struggling with my own individuality and my own group identities (from such grand things as my ethnic and sexual identities, to things such as my friends and the relationship with the husband), and realizing that who I am transcends whatever groups I belong to.

I guess it all boils down to that, at the end of the day, I'm left with me. And I need to embrace it.

So I guess that's why I'm going to do a few New Year's resolutions, though they're a bit more physical than spiritual/ethereal. I've realized that I'm too much in my head, and that I need to pay attention to my body. So here goes:

After seeing how my girlfriend Allie has lost about 30 pounds last year, I'm going to lose at least the same amount this year. I need to do some research and talk to my doctor to see what options will be personally safe.

I'll be completing both the Honolulu Marathon and the Waikiki Rough Water Swim this year. I want to do something physical--and I need the frickin' vacations!

To that end, I hope to finish my pharmacy school applications before the Rough Water Swim. My choices (in order of preference): UCSF, UH-Hilo, UCSD, UOP and Touro (in Vallejo).

So those are my resolutions--aside from the most important one--to be present, to be happy, and to be myself.

Happy New Year everyone!