Congratulations, Chang! Looks like you are moving along there in Boerne. Who would have thought you'd be so involved
in JC's old hometown? We need to do a trip back to SA to visit with you guys and the Diez. There's always something
to do in San Antonio. It's like little Mexico on the stateside, but you need to throw in all of the designer bags
and luxury retail. It's only Tuesday and I'm ready for this week to be over with. I have one big meeting on Thursday
and that's pretty much it for this week. Tammy, thanks for sharing all of the baby shower pics with me. You are
definitely loved by everyone around you and I can't wait to meet Baby Shum! I'm dreading tonight's State of the Union
address, but I am dying to watch it because it will be a shitshow. Trump is really entertaining with all of the stuff
he says. I wonder who his speechwriter is and whether it is vetted by someone else other than his stupid daughter
and stupid son-in-law. I'll have my bucket of popcorn and candy ready to go for tonight!
January 29, 2018
There is always something to do here. There are times when we are like...hmmm, what can we do besides
going to the movies or eating out? Nothing! We got invited by Julie to attend the Glitter Ball on Friday night.
It was a blast even if we only stayed for a couple hours. The production value was up there. I was blown away at the
set up before getting into the event tent. The band was amazing and people were already dancing on the dance floor
by 8:30pm. The event started at 8. We made our way back to the house but had to stop at Taco Bell to pick up
some food. It's literally right by the house. It's never a good thing when Taco Bell is a couple blocks away from
your house. The next night was Tess's birthday dinner. We enjoyed a nice family dinner followed by after dinner
drinks at our house. Next thing you know, it was all out party mode. The switch just turned and the momentum
kept going until the early morning. I think the best part of the night was the karaoke mic in the car!
We ended the night at IHOP, including the drama with Charli and Kaci. The next
morning, we debriefed at Barrios and ended the weekend with the three billboards movie. The movie was great and
pretty unique in its direction. The movie had a serious story to tell but it was also funny in how the actors
dealt with everything.
January 25, 2018
January 23, 2018
Nothing much to report this week other than playing catch up at the office and waiting for the weather to get warm.
It is a bit mild this week, which I can appreciate. This whole month, I've had garage parking so I need to take
full advantage of having a dedicated parking spot. This means I can leave during the day if I want to pick something
up. Parking spots are highly prized where my office is. If you can find street parking that's not metered, you're
in luck. This is why I rarely leave the office during lunch unless it's to go pick up something within walking distance.
I actually have no money to buy lunch everyday so I don't mind brining leftovers from home. I keep forgetting
we have bread in the pantry.
January 22, 2018
Happy Birthday, Tess! This past weekend I pretty much did nothing. Kaci and I tried to check out this art exhibit
on 12th and Penn but the line was too long so we ended up eating tacos instead. We thought the line with four people
was too long but when we were done with eating, the line had close to 50 people waiting to get in. I'll try next
weekend to check out this place. The limbs kept coming down and one finally hit the hood of my car. There is a
sizeable dent on my hood now. The next best series is Electric Dreams. It's Amazon Prime's take on Netflix's Black
Mirror. We are back to Golden Girls again!
January 18, 2018
When it's a good hair day, everyone wants to be your friend because you are that confident!
January 17, 2018
It's nice to be in your own home in sweats and working away. I didn't come into the office this morning because
I had a couple calls to make and I need to drive to Tulsa for a 1pm. This crazy cold weather is messing up everyone's
plans. Do you want to go out and eat? No, it's too cold to leave the house. How about ice skating? Definitely no.
Are you crazy? Well, we ended up ordering from Domino's last night even though there was plenty of food in the pantry.
It was just that kind of night. The pizza arrived within 20 minutes. I'm surprised they were that fast considering
no one would be out. This Google Arts and Culture app is ridiculously funny. I am a bunch of asian men or better yet,
a seated Korean woman. The Korean woman was quite on point.
January 16, 2018
I survived yesterday's ordeal. I had a lot on my plate to cover and I got through each and every line item.
I have a handful of things to take care of today and I'm considering working from home tomorrow morning as opposed
to coming in. The only problem is I would skip the gym, which does not align with my goal of going five times during
the week. I need to eat better as well. It's tough when you have cravings for muffins, cookies, biscuits, bread, etc.
Carbs are life! The best bread I had in a long time was at the steakhouse a couple weeks ago. It was sourdough
bread served on the warm side. The inside was warm right when you break it open. It was pure heaven. The SA girls
are coming to OKC for the half marathon. I can't wait for you guys to get here so we can do some serious running.
January 15, 2018
Happy Birthday, Taylor! I hope you had an awesome weekend with your friends from back home. We didn't get to trim
the trees like I wanted. I think we are the only ones working today. It's really the best when you get to lick the
mixing bowl and mixing spoon after making a batch of brownies. You can't let all that good batter go to waste. I
made them gluten free this time after multiple requests from my fan base. I didn't try them yet other than the
wet batter but we shall see.
January 13, 2018
January 12, 2018
Almond extract really does make the world go round. A little of the extract goes a long way, more so than
vanilla extract. I used to make che thai and would drop a dab of almond extract in the dessert. It really enhances
the aroma of the dessert. In one of my cake decorating classes, the instructor said that
almost all wedding cakes have almond extract as opposed to the ordinary vanilla extract. It's also great to put
in your recipes because it's clear and not brown. Therefore, the color of your batter or icing will not be
compromised. So far so good with the cleanse from the first of the year...let's see how long it will last.
My haircut with Chi Connie turned into an interrogation. The two ladies literally sat super close to my chair and
were rambling on throughout my haircut. They would not stop talking. They had a lot to say and a lot to ask about.
Our first steering committee meeting went very well. It was over two hours as was expected because we had a lot to
cover. I am interested in our membership drive and was surprised to hear that only 30% of the residents pay
the annual dues. Although the dues are not mandatory, we really should get out there and bring awareness as to
membership benefits. The weekend is almost here so work through today like it's the last day of your
life. A glass of wine awaits me at the finish line.
January 11, 2018
We had a group lunch yesterday at Hideaway. David did not understand why we all needed individual pizzas when
most people cannot finish the whole pie by themselves. I think he was the only who ordered a salad. He had a couple
pieces of my pizza since I was only able to half of my pie. Anyways, we all had leftovers to take back to the office.
This morning I came in the office to find about ten boxes of leftover pizza in the fridge. What do I do for breakfast?
I eat my leftover pizza of course. You don't need to microwave leftover pizza. Just eat it cold. It's not as messy
and the flavors are enhanced because of the cold temperature. Speaking of cold, it was mild this morning when I left
the house but when I got out of the gym, it was super cold. The winds were very strong and the temperature dropped
drastically. I have garage parking for this month so it helps. My goal is to walk to tonight's meeting a few blocks
away from my house as opposed to driving there. Those days of walking in the cold in New York are nothing compared
to today's weather.
January 10, 2018
Joseph informed me that his dog, Harvey, passed away a couple days ago. We talked about when he got Harvey. I had
to look back at my college transcripts because right when I met Joseph, he got Harvey. It looks like he had him
since 2003. Harvey lived a good 15 years. He went with Joseph to New York. I consider Harvey my first pet since he
stayed with us at my first apartment in New York. I feel badly now that I never took care of Harvey. I never walked
him, even when Joseph was out of town. He hired a dog walker to take care of Harvey. My "narrative" for dogs
and cats evolved over the years. I like pets now but I don't want one to call my own. I feel the same way about kids.
After New York, Harvey went with Joseph, Meg, and Joe Junior to Japan. I bet he enjoyed his "retirement" in Japan.
On Chang's last day in New York, Harvey pooped in the kitchen. He has never pooped in the apartment. I think he
knew Chang was leaving that day and he wanted to leave a lasting impression on Chang. Rest in peace, Harvey! You
were an awesome best friend to Joseph!
January 5, 2018
Today is Friday and guess what? I have an afternoon meeting in Tulsa. This is one of my biggest pet peeves.
First of all, Friday meetings are overrated. Who wants to meet on Fridays anyway? On top of this, the meeting is held
in Tulsa. The drive to Tulsa is 1.5 hour and let's also think about the 1.5 hour drive back to OKC. That's three hours
of my Friday spent in the car. I get it...some people are available on Fridays, but I'd like to keep me communicating
with people between Monday and Thursday. Fridays are my days to catch up and set myself up for the weekend.
Do I have any plans this coming weekend? None at all! It's great not having any obligations. I do need to take down
the Christmas decor. That will be my only task for this weekend.
January 4, 2018
You better get back on that Whole30 program, Taylor! I don't think you really need it. You're so good about eating
right and keeping an active lifestyle. As for me, I am sore all over today after two days of getting back to the gym.
I took a two-week hiatus where I pretty much ate what I wanted and never exercised. This morning's workout session
included a 30 minute run and a five minute chest press. That's all I could do. It was a good day to do an abbreviated
sesh because the gym was at full capacity. To all my New York friends, bundle up today. I bet some of you don't have
to go into work because of the snowstorm. Lucky for Tammy, whenever the NYC public schools close, NYU also closes.
Nelson, I hope Selena is keeping that radiator heat going for you. Otherwise, go get yourself a space heater. That's
what I had to do when I lived in that apartment. If I hung out in the living room, I took the space heater with me.
When it was time for bed, take the heater with you into the bedroom. Yes, that was one of the perks of living in a cramp walkup
apartment smack in the middle of New York!
January 3, 2018
Everyone is adulting all around us! We are at that age when people need to grow up and do things that our parents
did when they were our age. It's so weird to think about it. I remembered when my parents were 40 at one point.
They were raising four kids. I have no kids to raise and no pets to take care of. Someone mentioned getting me a
puppy for Christmas. I said no, thanks. I will drop that puppy off at the animal shelter and claimed it as a lost
and found puppy. Not today, Satan...not today.
January 2, 2018
Yesterday, I declined red wine and it felt pretty good. All the drinking that took place when I was off pretty much
drained me. It was nice just drinking water yesterday. We had lunch over at Chris and Sharon's and made it back
to the house. We had "Black Mirror" and the OU/Georgia game on simultaneously. This season of Black Mirror is really
good. I had a few favorites this season, including the last episode. It's great that the last episode brought
some of the earlier episodes in full circle. Is this the end for "Black Mirror"? I hope not. It's some crazy stuff
that people do when technology is involved. Just when you think your life gets easier with technology, it certainly
makes it more complicated because you deal with new problems and issues that did not exist before the
technology was created. The OU game was a nail biter for sure and it sucks Mayfield didn't take the team to the
finals. It was a good game nonetheless. I made it to the gym this morning and only about a handful of folks were
at the gym. It was surprisingly quiet considering it's right after the new year. Perhaps people took off from