Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

First, I want to thank everyone who supported this blog. Watching it grow and meeting other bloggers has been such a highlight this year. I can't wait to network with more people and continue downsizing my blogs to focus more on this one come 2012--which is like TOMORROW!

This year went by so fast and I know it had to do a lot with getting married and going on our honeymoon in Thailand. I will never forget the feeling I had on my wedding day--it was the best day of my life. I still haven't even contemplated on how all of my family and friends were in the same place at the same time. I could literally cry for hours if I really think of my mother, father and brothers all being together again. It was like a dream. I remember being this little girl with pigtails dancing in my room, glancing out of my bedroom door, seeing one brother at the desk, the other in his bed reading a book. I can hear the music playing from our music room and visualize my dad playing his drums and my mom singing to Chaka Khan.

Flash forward--baby girl--all grown up. Standing in her wedding dress with her father glancing to his side asking if she's ready. My mom (the maid of honor) waiting for me, my brothers and sister-in-law sitting in the left front row eagerly waiting. My step-dad sitting with them. Understanding that time has a way of parting families and bringing them back together again. Once we were 5 people, then 6, then 7 and now 8--the eighth, my handsome groom waiting for me down the aisle. Our dearest friends standing up for us and my new and very lovely family sitting in the right front row.

These images and feelings are burned into my mind. They carry me when I am down. They give flight to my dreams. They are how I know I must have done something right in this life. When people ask me if I was scared turning 30 - I say, no not really. I got married, got to see my family and visited Asia for the first time. How could any part of that be sad?

The thing about getting older, my mother says, is that you cannot live if you don't age. I am looking forward to another year of life--whether it has obstacles, trials, great times, beautiful moments, life-changing decisions-- because in the end, the happiest times of our lives are what we leave with, when we go into the sky.

Happy New Year! 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thankful List

I've seen these on a couple of blogs I've read and I thought it was a good idea to do one on mine. I started a new job this month and haven't had much time to update my blog. Now that I am getting used to my new schedule, I can resume life between living...the blog, that is:)

I am thankful for...

-Brian's warm hugs and face which light up my life everyday
-Spending Christmas with my mom and Stan--our laughter
-My thoughtful parent in-laws and family who made this Christmas so
special for us even though we couldn't travel to Michigan this year
-My network of girlfriends who just with their smiles make
my life that much richer
-My new yoga mat, strap and block from Santa
-The new sushi restaurant that opened down the street
-Returning to my Alma mater UCLA to work and the nice
people (including my boss) who I have met
-The sweet phone call from my nieces 
-S.T.O.R.M - my family who although we are scattered across the
states are always together in our love for each other and the
experiences we share
-Me--not in a conceited kind of way but in the way that I am
happy to be here, alive, breathing and awake

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa--at least this is a time to spend with those you love and we are so blessed to have another year of life--another year of time!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Downsizing my blogs...

Experimentation is a good thing. Having all my hands in one cookie jar is great. However, with the new year approaching and new adventures in my life beginning, I have decided to delete almost all of my blogs except for this one. I love The Sauce Junkie blog but I can post recipes about my obsession with sauce here. My 405 fwy blog was great emotionally because I felt like I was getting back at the freeway which ruined my love for driving. The Crimson Clock...which I just created - I may keep for now but am not sure how often I will update it. I own the domain so maybe instead of a blog, I can make t-shirts or something that are specific to that time of the month. We'll see.

All I know is that I love the support I've received for all of my blogs but I don't want to spread myself too thin. I want to focus more on regularly updating this site even if it's once to twice a week. For some reason, I always feel like if I don't have something profound to say then I shouldn't blog but some of the most engaging blogs I've read have been on the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

So I think I will let the other blogs linger on for a week and then BAM...consolidation time!

I Love being a goofball with my mom

Thursday, December 1, 2011

We're Performing Tonight!

My band In Lieu Of is performing at The Other Door (8:30pm) in North Hollywood tonight and I am very excited. It's also a special time because my brother and sis are flying in from Michigan and will be attending the show. It's going to be a family affair with music, singing and lots of fun.

My preparation: I ran this morning, did yoga and will have lots of tea. I will try not to talk so much during the day and practice a little bit on my keyboard. Other than that I'm going to relax until it's time to rock out. 

You can check us out and "like" us at Facebook and My Space. See you tonight!