November in pictures

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1. I stepped out of the house the other day and saw these tiny jasmine flowers on the ground. It took me back to my school days when I would stare at the tree from inside the car and admire its beauty. It was then that I realized how I’d been forgetting to take a look around me and admire the little things that I used to notice.

2. Water caltrops shown in a Japanese magazine. You may or may not have heard of it – we know it as the water chestnut here – but here’s the Wiki page. It’s fascinating and would make such a cool Halloween decor. This picture has two meanings – one, Skye is fascinated by these water chestnuts; two, I’m learning Japanese and I can read a couple of characters.

3. Christmas decor everywhere. I’m in the Christmas mood already. I don’t know about you but the Christmas atmosphere makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

4. Our love. These days when I look at him, I feel a swell of emotion that I didn’t used to get. His arrival at our home was a complete surprise and it’s amazing to think that his presence has undoubtedly consciously and subconsciously affected us in so many ways. He’s a handful but I can’t imagine life without him.

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1. Like I said in Monday’s post, I painted my nails neon yellow. Orly – Glowstick really packs a punch.

2. We found a build-your-own-gingerbread-house set at IKEA the other day. I’m a sucker for cute things like that but when I think about the gingerbread men I convinced my mom to get a couple of years ago, I remember all the reasons why a gingerbread house would be a waste of money. I don’t even like gingerbread and I would find the finished product too pretty to eat and in the end it would just go bad.

3. Sometimes all you need on a Christmas tree are ribbons and acorns. Minimalism at its best.

4. Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes!

5. I found this special edition Tiramisu-flavored Loacker Quadratinis at the grocery store the other day. Pretty cool, huh? I wonder what it tastes like. I LOVE Loacker. So OBSESSED with the chocolate wafers. I could eat a whole bag in a day (maybe, hehe).

6. Orchid in our garden. I think orchids are pretty but they’re not easy to maintain, are they? I don’t know, I’m not much of a green thumb.

By the way, how do you like my Photoshop skills aka the vintage filter? Pretty cool, eh?

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Weekly Wishes #11

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today’s picture prompt is ‘hobbies‘ and what better time and picture to announce my one true love to the world? Reading and writing make up a huge chunk of me and without either of them, I don’t think I would be the person I am today. Reading and writing are my ways of escaping reality and creating my own realities. Does that not sound like the best thing ever? For me, there is no one without the other.

Those are just the books Skye and I have been hooked on for, hmm, two years and counting. It started out with me finding that copy of The Last Assassin under a pile of books and thinking to myself, ‘excellent, new reading material’. Long story short, after we finished reading The Last Assassin, it was hello mystery/thriller aisle, goodbye romance aisle!

Barry Eisler is a brilliant writer and his John Rain series is one of a kind but(!) Rain’s personality is questionable. David Baldacci and Robert Crais are right up there as our favorite mystery/crime/thriller authors. You have no idea how many times we’ve reread The Watchman. Eisler, Baldacci and Crais each have their own unique writing style and you know how I adore seeing different writing styles.

Oh, then there’s The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas which is mind-blowingly good. You have to read it. Well, you don’t HAVE to but you might as well because the plot if wonderfully complex and brilliantly-written. My all-time favorite classics are The Three Musketeers, Anne of Green Gables and probably Little Women since it’s my mom’s favorite classic. What are yours?

See what the topic of reading and writing can do to me? I meant to write a brief paragraph about the picture but ended up saying much more. I’ll stop here before it becomes a full-blown post on my favorite books.

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How did last week’s wishes go?

1. Redeem coupons. Bleh, no.

2. Cheer Skye on for her exams and try not to distract her. Check! Well, if you don’t count making her start watching K with me. K has been really good so far, by the way.

3. Scan in more of my drawings. Check!

4. Reply to my friend’s messages and Mallory’s email. Check!

5. Look for a good site to learn Japanese. Check!

6. Stop being so lazy when it comes to working out. Half-check! 😛
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This week’s wishes are:

1. Focus more on my nail blog. Juggling two blogs… hasn’t been easy. I didn’t create a new blog to let it slide so this week I’mma put effort into blogging and connecting more.

2. Look up some winter wear fashion. Yup, if you’ve got any advice on how to dress for winters, I’ll be glad to hear it.

3. Continue my search for more good shows. Recommend, folks. Whatever the language, as long as it’s good and has subtitles (for non-English shows), we’re game. Skye and I have watched French and German movies among other shows in foreign languages. The movies were surprisingly good even though the subtitles were terrible. One of these days I’ll start on the Japanese drama that Mallory recommended. Let’s just face it – I am a TV buff.

4. Find ways to stop procrastinating so much. Suggestions?

Eh, can’t think of any more good goals for this week so I guess this’ll have to do. If I think of any more and manage to complete them, I’ll include them in next week’s post. Join in on this uber fun and motivational link up. Link up with Melyssa.

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What else? Oh, wait for either Part 2 of my Hakuouki Reimeiroku review or Skye’s review. Yeah, we both enjoyed it so much that we each wrote a post on it. Also, I’m guest-posting for Skye’s art series tomorrow, yay! I’m uncertain whether or not to post up more of my drawings but we’ll see.

About Christmas… Who’s excited?! I’ve started painting my nails all Christmas-colored. I know some of you have started Christmas shopping but what else? What Christmas prep have you started doing?

Okay, well, I think that’s it from me. Ace this week, folks!

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Weekly Wishes #7

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Another round of Weekly Wishes! Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

This week’s picture prompt is Celebration (in honor of Monja’s first birthday, I think! Happy birthday Monja!). I thought it only fitting to put up a picture of something Christmas-y since it’s one of my favorite holidays. I don’t know about you but Christmas is on my mind already. Bring on the cozy decor, festive songs, good food and company. Oh, and I could use a trip to Disneyland too. 😉

So you can probably tell from the lack of posts that we’ve been busy. My ultimate goal for this blog was to have consistent posts but I don’t think it’s possible with busy life going on and dozens of things to handle in the next few weeks so yes, the number of posts per week will go down to maybe 3-4 but don’t worry, you can still keep up with us on Twitter. We will, however, be back in full force when things settle down a bit.

Last week’s wishes were to:

1. Get things done. Eh? I should just take this off my list. I feel like I’m not going anywhere with this.

2. Write. I did get some actual writing done for half the week but then Microsoft Word swayed me and I’m back on the keyboard again. It felt good to hold a pencil though.

3. Reclaim my passion for art. It felt good to get support from everyone who commented last week so thank you. How did I do for this goal? I was actually more inspired this week. I started to look at things from different angles and it’s helping that Skye is my driving force whenever I’m lazy or discouraged.

By the way, it’s been weeks and my drawing hasn’t seen the light of day on this blog. Gomenasai! I hope to build up enough self-confidence to show my drawings to you soon enough.

This week’s wishes are:

1. Get back on track with my workouts. Dare I say I’ve been slacking? Yes, indeed. I’ve been slacking and watching TV during my usual workout time. Guilty! But I’mma step it up this week and watch TV after my workouts. Please, everyone, you have to watch Rurouni Kenshin. I have not been more in love with a show before. I have a post coming up on it but whether or not I finish it depends on how my second goal works out…

2. Finish all these drafts!! I swear I have 15 drafts to wrap up but I can’t seem to just write them out and end them. The posts will slow down but the least I can do is finish a couple, right?

3. Work on thinking of better responses to people. Why am I awkward? Why? Why? I feel like ‘I’m awkward’ is such a cliche, worn out phrase but I can’t think of anything else to describe me as when I talk to people I don’t really know/would like to get to know more. I always feel like my responses are so stiff and formal and in the back of my mind I’m afraid that I’ll be taken as serious or boring. But it’s not in my nature to get pally with people quickly. Um, this goes for comments and Twitter replies too. Does this even make any sense?

What do you think? Manageable or impossible? What are your weekly wishes? Don’t be afraid to tell me in the comment section even if you’re not participating in the link-up. If you choose to write your own post, link up with Melyssa. 🙂

Here are last week’s posts that you might have missed:

  • I only just listened to this song again. It’s adorable.
  • I wrote a guest post for Skye’s art series.
  • Here are some cute Labradors swimming in the water.
  • There is no fall here. Can you live without fall?
  • Last but not least, an outfit worthy of wearing to Fashion Week in this week’s Fashionable Friday #7.

Wish me luck in taking on all the tasks to come! In return, I hope you stay fabulous and composed throughout the week!

By the way, if anyone can recommend a good site to get good rates on flights, please let me know. Thank you!

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Holiday Gift Tower Of Sweets For Christmas


Holiday Gift Tower Of Sweets For Christmas

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Holiday Sweets Treats Gift Crate Christmas Gift Basket

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