Memory & Motivation Board

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Almost as soon as I moved into my new apartment back in March, I imagined having a big board above my desk with all my photos and post cards and trinkets from my life and travels. I finally had the opportunity to put together what I am calling my Memory & Motivation Board. Since it [...]


Farmer’s Market

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So today I finally took the walk a handful of blocks over to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market. I wasn’t sure exactly how long it would take, so I suited up in workout gear. It wasn’t necessary, it turns out. I enjoyed the walk over to University. First stop was 7-11 where I could get a [...]


La Cucina Bella

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One of the items I desperately needed for my kitchen – pots and pans. I found myself at Bed, Bath & Beyond, a store I truly have not stepped foot in, in forever and a day. As I wandered up and down the aisles, I sensed my “kitchen gadgets” list growing longer by the second. [...]


Aria’s settling in nicely.

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The weather has been a bit chilly this week. And this being an old building, I’m sure there is not much insulation in the walls. So I’ve been waking up and turning on this ancient heating device in the living room. It’s gas powered and actually does a very good job. Aria is in love [...]


Happy Easter 2013!

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Last night, I baked cupcakes. This doesn’t seem like all that big of a deal. But please remember that I really don’t have a hearty supply of baking dishes, ingredients or the tools to make elaborate creations at this point. But I do have determination. About two weeks ago, I found this photo on Pinterest: [...]


Something to sit on.

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My dad hates IKEA. I’m not sure I love it, but it does offer affordable furniture options. And that’s what I need right now. I researched and measured, imagined and drew out the room on graph paper. I decided I’d get the Karlstad sofa with a foot stool. I had a few smaller items to [...]


Treasures Revealed

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Ten o’clock couldn’t come quick enough today. My dad showed up with a truck full of boxes. These boxes have been in his storage shed for two years now. They were all the items I sent from Vietnam. The treasures I unwrapped were a good reminder of how significant those 8 years abroad were to [...]

Moving Day 3

Moving Day!

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After 8 years abroad, these past two years of transition back into the US have been “interesting” to say the least. I’m so thankful I can now bask in my independence. Today was a wonderful day. I moved into my apartment. I’ve been dreaming about this since I stepped foot back in the US in [...]


Independence Day

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Today, I picked up the keys to my new apartment. It’s taken me just over two years to get to this point, where I can stand on my own two feet and have my independence. I could not be more excited. I’m so pleased with the wonderful apartment I found in North Park. It’s so [...]


Inauguration Day

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The Inauguration of President Obama was a very special occasion for me this year. You see, four years ago, I was in Laos, a Communist country, on the day of Obama’s first inauguration and I did not have a chance to celebrate. You can read that story HERE. This year, I didn’t do anything special, [...]