February 12, 2016

The weekend getaway to Dallas is on the books. The day trip to Frisco didn't really count. It was a quick hello and goodbye. The apartment is coming together. The TV will need to wait until June. The media console is coming later this month. I think that should be it.

February 11, 2016

I ended up not going to mass during lunch time. There was too much going on. I went after work instead. I was on the treadmill for some time. I made it to 5 miles. It wasn't so bad. My goal is to do 5 miles twice a week. For all other days, stick to my usual 3.5 miles. I will not do the full 6 miles until the day of the race. We have about two months to get ready. It shouldn't be so bad. 7PM mass was interesting. It was given in both English and Spanish. For dinner, I ate corn on the cob that Sharon made last Sunday for the Super Bowl. Today I am either doing a lunch meeting offsite or staying onsite for a brainstorming session. The brainstorming sessions can be excruciating. It's pretty much the same topics back and forth until the bigger guy gets his/her way. It's a never ending cycle. "We need to talk it out". I finally hounded NYU for my W-2 since I never got it in the mail. I completed my taxes last night. One provider said I am to get over $100K in federal refund. The other one gave me a number that I normally get every year. I went with the one I use every year for my filing. You really don't get to win the lottery just like that. Minh dropped off banh chung that her mom made. Her mom said to fry it up. Jacqueline used to make us eat banh chung with her picked vegetables. Those days are long gone. I don't think the group got together for a Tet dinner. Alice and Anh Binh were too busy delivering a baby. Chi Mai was busy nursing JL. We didn't make it to the Tet mass, but there are a couple lion dances happening at Super Cao this weekend. We will definitely partake in the festivities.

February 10, 2016

They are still sending to the Nichols Hills address when I keep telling them I am not in that enclave anymore. I can't hang with those folks. All they do is wave to each other and you can't park your cars on the street after 2AM. When I drove the old Mustang, no one waved to me. When I drove the "minivan", they acknowledged me.

February 8, 2016

So I tell everyone not to shower, clean, or wash anything today. Yes, that includes not taking a shower and brushing your teeth. On the first day of the new year, if you do all those things, you wash away prosperity for the upcoming year. You save all of that cleaning for the next day of the new year, which is not as equally important. This year's birthday festivities were not as intense as last year's, but Paul pretty much got his homegrown low key birthday weekend out of the way. Great job on the cupcake decorating, Tess! Paul, you really did requested a pizza cutter from Sharon? His birthday actually ends tonight with dinner in Chickasha. Kim, Brendan, and little Jin will help us ring in the new year...at a Mexican restaurant. This will be my first meeting with the little one. She might be Noah's future wife. We skipped out on mass and post-church van nghe. We opted for house hunting instead. The mac and cheese at West was on point. I like how they automatically split the entree into two separate plates for you. No need to do it yourself. The separate checks deal is also pretty convenient. The servers in New York will definitely give you a hard time if this is requested. I'm getting spoiled here AND getting fat. After Mardi Gras, I am flushing my system out of toxins. Time to get serious! Eddie likes to send his contribution to the group texts as a therapy session for him. Oh and Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

February 7, 2016

Happy Birthday, Paul!

February 4, 2016

February 2, 2016

I am loving my s'well bottle. I did not want to buy it at retail because it's ridiculously expensive. Chi Mai gave me a gift certificate to Bloomingdale's. I had to decide on whether to get the s'well bottle or Kiehl's products. Since I've already stocked up on Kiehl's goodies with Olivier, it was an easy choice to go with the fancy water canteen. The champagne color I chose had to be back ordered. It took a little over a month to finally get it. The only complaint I have is that it does not hold a lot of water. I'm having to refill the canteen several times throughout the day. The plus side is that it keeps my water cold for hours. This will come in handy during the summer months. My last trip to Stillwater was yesterday. I don't think I need to return for quite some time. Tulsa is also on hold for now until the next phase starts.

February 1, 2016

Paul's birthday, Tet, Valentine's Day, and Mardi Gras all take place within a 7 day period.