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Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Bliss

For us busy workers, weekend is the best time of the week! Being able to relax and spend our time without hassle is a little piece of heaven that we have to savor for two days. My weekend consisted with sleep, food, music, and movies. Yes, I had errands to run but nothing stressful.

I was craving some good salmon last Saturday night, so I made some for dinner. I did not marinate the fish, but I basted the portions with a mixture of dill, lemon juice, a little bit of butter, salt, pepper, and 2 cloves of garlic using the food processor. I then place 1/2 cup of white wine, swirled with 1 tbsp. each of olive oil and dill herb, and a dash of salt and pepper. I arranged some lemon slices just enough to cover the baking pan, about 2 lemons and delicately placed the salmon portions on top of the lemon slices. I placed the pan in the pre-heated oven of 325 degrees for 30 mins. 
I adjusted the heat to 400 degrees after 30 minutes of cooking for about 3 more minutes to give it a little more color. As I was baking my salmon, I made some yogurt garlic aioli, made some simple couscous, and pan roasted a bunch of asparagus. Dinner was perfect and ready within 45 minutes. My family loved it, and it was better than I expected.

Sunday was fun because we went to my daughter's recital. They held it at a music place where they can perform different instruments such as bass guitar, piano, and etc. They also chose the place because they had cool stuff like komplete audio 6 to record the performances. There were a lot of performers so they had to divide them into three groups. I think they had 19 performers in my daughter's group, and mostly consist of singing performances. It was nice to see the ranges of talents in both vocals and instruments. I am sure they were all nervous but they did great!

After the recital,we went to the local restaurant nearby. It was famous for their expensive steaks, unfortunately, it was nothing but ordinary for me. I ordered a medium rare New York Strip with a side of loaded mashed potato and house salad for $34 and they served it on what they probably thought a hyped platter but it was the most unappealing hospital-like platter I have ever seen. They placed it on a tin looking platter with black rubber border and it looked more like I have been served a hospital dish! It honestly does! Maybe it was just me, but for such an expensive place to eat, you would think they can serve steaks on better looking platter and arranged it deliciously. The steak was a little tough although, it was cooked the way I wanted, but I just couldn't eat the whole thing because aside from its unappealing look, it just didn't taste good to me. It was a waste of $$$.

I heard a piece on NPR about how people's appetite reacts on platings. I think the article was true! If the restaurant serves you steak on hospital platter, it does not matter how expensive the steak is, it is unappetizing! The steak was not as flavorful as I thought it would be and no, the awful plate has nothing to do with it. It was just average, I can cook a better steak issue. I don't know what the hype was all about but Misty's Steakhouse, is not that great for me!

Right after that disappointment, we went to downtown and wanted to hangout at the bookstore/coffee shop that my daughter liked, but the place was closed on Sundays, so we decided to just walk around the area. There were tons of people on that Sunday evening with the weather and all. After walking a couple of blocks,we found The Rabbit Hole Bakery. The place was pretty upscale but very cozy. They had delicious treats on display and tons of games and books to use while you're there. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay longer because it was closing time by the time we got to sit for a little bit. We do like the place and will definitely be back again!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Snot Giving

I am a tolerant person; however, I draw a line when a cashier starts blowing her nasty snot just before touching my groceries. I kept sending her telepathic messages to freaking please squirt some hand sanitizer on her hands, but I guess her mind was too occupied on how much she really like to wipe her snot with her folded kleenex--which I have no idea how long she has been reusing that darn thing. As soon as she placed her folded dirty kleenex back to her pocket, she politely asked me,"did you get everything that you needed today?" and I politely responded with, "not really." She then sweetly offered,"well, can I get you anything else today?" and I said, "how about a little squirt of hand sanitizer?" Her face crumpled, probably analyzing what I just said to her. I offered to clear things up and I politely reminded her that she just blew her nose; quite frankly, I don't want to bring that at home with me. To be honest, we were both placed in an awkward circumstance, but her actions led me to my actions.To her credit, she complied but I didn't think she was too keen about me being sanitary around my groceries. Was I rude? I didn't mean to be rude, but I have a family at home and lots of co-worker at work. Can I really afford to be consciously spreading virus to everybody I know just to be polite? So, no! I am not going to be a channel of her nastiness. Her actions should not define me. I spoke up because I have to. I was in a situation where I have to either be accepting or declining--and I chose the latter. I am all for free shit, but getting a snot for free is not one of the free shit I would like to take consciously.

On another note, my daughter sold her old trumpet and violin to get her a cute ukulele. She decided to switch from piano to ukulele and voice lessons. I just let her decide what she wants to do because forcing her will not do any good at all. I was a little sad when we sold the trumpet because it was her big brother's old trumpet. He played it from grade school to high school. I guess if one of my children decides to play it again, I can always search for cool wwbw trumpets online. I mean there are plenty to choose from and it is always available online, so that can wait. I just let them decide and let go of telling them which, when, and what instruments they can play. I will be supported for as long as it makes them happy--but of course, as long as if it is good for them as well. What can I say? I am a mother :D

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hobby Poaching

My children are musically inclined and I wanted them to reach out for other hobbies other than singing. Two of my children knows how to play the piano and are learning in playing the guitar. However, my little girl is more inclined in learning the ukulele instead. My middle child was infatuated at learning the guitar at first but he grew tired of it and abandoned his guitar for years. Luckily, my oldest son took over and have been teaching himself in learning the guitar. He bought a basic guitar recently at Guitar Center. I like the place because not only that it is affordable, and they have an easy location locators for guitar centers all over the country. I know that we have three centers in our state and I am glad that one of them is in our city. I would hate to travel somewhere else just to find one but I guess you can always order online.

Anyway, my children are all in the archers but I really want them to test other hobby or sport such as swimming.  I don't want to keep on prodding them about getting new hobbies that would include physical movement but I just want them to learn something that will give them a lot of benefits in life. Swimming has a lot of benefits not just for physical fitness but for leisure and educational purposes as well. I really wish that they will say yes to my proposal. I don't want to force them, but I really want them to at least give it a try. I should have been more of a dictator parent that way, I can just make them do what I want--but that wouldn't be right though.