A Hawaii transplant living it up on the East Coast for the past 14 years (Boston and Stamford, CT). I write about food, books, adventures in CT and NYC, products I love, the oxford comma, and my current journey of trying to go from lazy sack of potatoes to marathon runner. But mostly I write about food. Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
December 3, 2013
Not even sure why I’m so bothered by this…
A little less than 2 weeks ago my grandfather passed away. Despite the fact that he was 99 years old, it came as a shock to me…. I guess I figured he’d live forever. To be fair we weren’t that close, he married my grandmother when my mom (the youngest child) was already 18 years old and since they never really had to merge their families since the kids were grown and gone, most family get togethers over the years remained separate, with my grandpa spending time with his kids and their children and my grandmother visiting with us. But with my biological grandfather dying when my mom was only 9, this man was the only maternal grandfather I ever had.
His funeral is on Thursday and I’m not going… for the same reason that we aren’t close. Because my grandmother is awesome and fighting and getting better, but isn’t doing great. And a trip back to Hawaii is not easy. So while I pray it is not the case, if there is only 1 funeral I can make it back for this coming year… I would rather it be for her.
So with all the above thoughts floating through my brain, I don’t know why this pissed me off: my side of the family (the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of my grandma) were left off the obituary. My mother who has actually wiped my grandpa’s butt after he’s used the bathroom (ewww so gross so gross so gross) wasn’t mentioned. While the obituary didn’t mention any grandchildren by name, it listed a number… five. I can do the math. Those 5 do not include, me, my sister or my other cousins. Which okay, I get it, we aren’t direct descendants. But considering he’s the only grandfather I ever had on my mom’s side…. I’m pretty pissed.
Oh well…. A hui hou kakou, Grandpa.
December 1, 2013
Well, that was quite enjoyable.
Catching up on Tumblr now… a week late… but this really was awesome!
"Once you “take the plunge,” your home really becomes your sanctuary. I wish I could think of a way to explain it to my single friends and cousin Sarah, but it’s so hard to remember life before I was a “Mrs.!” But Sarah (what up Sarah!) I know you’ve been hinting, so let me try: You know how, when you go home at night, there’s nobody there and your apartment is just kind of empty of love and you eat in front of the TV off of Ikea plates? Marriage is basically the opposite of that :) But don’t worry Sarah, we are making great use of the French Kitchen Marble Cheese Dome, which seems like such a steal at $59.95!"
Reblogging for the LOLZ and also because while I don’t think I was as ridiculous with our wedding registry as Ryan thinks I was, there were definitely items that I NEEDED to ABSOLUTELY get (a cheese dome would have been on there but Ryan talked me out of it). And so tonight, similar to almost every other at-home meal day in my married life, dinner was eaten on our self-stained and wobbly Ikea coffee table (because our Ikea table is used as Ryan’s computer desk), sitting on the couch in front of the TV and eating off either 1) lovely white plates and bowls “borrowed” by the BC cafeteria and never returned before graduation or 2) part of a 16-piece Christmas-themed setting that we use year round, bought one February from CVS for the whopping price of $3.99 TOTAL for all 16 pieces.
November 29, 2013
Things I wish I knew this morning:
That my Company was one of the only ones in the Corporate building closed for the day after Thanksgiving. Might have made me rethink showing up to the office in pink (tasteful!) pajamas and uggs. Got a lot of weird looks by people in suits riding the elevator with me.
Whatever suckers, I just gained myself an extra PTO day while mosying around in my pajamas. I think I also may have parked my gas-guzzling SUV in a hybrid-only parking spot. Whoops! Come on no ticket!!!
November 23, 2013
November 21, 2013
Reasons I tell myself I had to work from home today…
- I received some sad news yesterday from my family.
- I was up until 3 AM this morning working on my Christmas cards and I’m tired.
- I didn’t want to get sick before the holidays so working from the bedroom seemed like a better option.
Actual reason I worked from home today:
- I haven’t been on Tumblr in forever and they block it in the office.
I ended up on linked-in this morning scrolling through the list of “People You May Know” and noticed the CFO of my former company was there…. And had included his title as “Cheif Financial Officer.”
I. just. can’t.
November 19, 2013
There are only two kinds of reactions to seeing early Christmas decorations:
im in a perpetual struggle between the two
I got tagged on Facebook to spill 9 facts about me that you may or may not know, so I figured I’d repost it here since I am lazy and don’t post anymore (working on changing this!!!)
1. I truly believe I am a descendant of royalty. As in I’ve spent needless money on ancestry.com attempting to prove this out. So far I’ve only found potato farmers and rice farmers in my family tree… but I’m not giving up.
2. I have 3 cats. The third cat was adopted after a pet psychiatrist (giving out free advice - I didn’t actually pay to see one) told us that our girl cat was depressed because our boy cat wanted to play with her too much so we needed an additional boy cat to bring peace to our household.
3. This past weekend I went to the Giants v. Packers game. They brought a military spouse and her daughter onto the field to honor her on behalf of her husband’s service to our country. Then they started playing, “I’m coming home” and announced that Christmas came early this year as her husband was coming home earlier than expected AND THEN he ran out onto the field to be reunited with his family. I started crying hysterically and the guy next to me looked over and muttered, “there’s no crying in football.” Also… I may be crying again just typing this.
4. The summer before I left for college my dad was terrified that I didn’t know how to cook anything, so every Sunday we had a standing cooking class. To give him his due, he is an amazing cook and therefore our “classes” entailed me learning how to make things like lobster bisque from scratch. At the time I didn’t know how to make scrambled eggs or mac and cheese from the box, but I went to college equipped with the knowledge of how to make lobster bisque.
5. I married my high school classmate Ryan, however as we didn’t really know each other that well in high school, I first caught his eye when my mom and I sat in the airplane seats right in front of him and his mom on the flight up to Boston freshman year and he noticed that I spent the entire time playing Sim City 2000 on my computer. He was impressed. We became best friends and ended up traveling to London together for spring break one year. At which time, I peaked his interest of being more than just friends by being completely dominant at his new Super Mario Land Gameboy Game.
6. I went to the NY Renaissance Faire this year. I decided that I felt left out by not being decked out in costume so I quickly ordered renaissance costume pieces and went back to the Faire this year, in full costumed attire.
7. I’ve lived in New England for 15 years and yet still have not grown accustomed to the winters to the point where I am already rocking a winter jacket recommended for use on exhibitions to Antarctica.
8. I was born and raised in Hawaii and yet I cannot speak pidgin to save my life. For those of you not from Hawaii, this is actually probably my most embarrassing fact on here.
9. I was a cheerleader in high school that didn’t even get to the Varsity squad. Yet, get me drunk now and I still may perform some cheers. I take back #8, this is clearly my most embarrassing fact.