Obligatory Thankful Post

It’s that time of year where we all mull over how thankful we are, ya? I haven’t done this yet, but today is as good a day as any. I shall put it in list form, since I know so many people are so fond of lists. I’m looking at you, Gynji…..

1. My Fiance/Boyfriend/Best Friend/Soulmate: First off, I am so thankful to have found the absolute love of my life. Not only are we completely meant to be together, (seriously, ask anyone who knows us) there are so many paths we could have taken where we would’ve ended up living completely different lives. We have supported each other through good and bad. I do not know anybody who is a better partner, lover, father. Sure, we fight, but I look at it this way: I’m sure you remember that movie, Forest Gump, and that stupid quote, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” If you get the Russell’s it tells you, with a nice diagram actually. The only way you don’t know is if you accidentally look at it upside down or something… Anyway, I think of it more in terms of, once you’ve eaten all the good chocolate, you have to eat the bad chocolate. You know, like the weird nougaty maple or something ones. He’s my box of chocolate, and I don’t waste chocolate.

2. My Little Man/Son/Baby/Child: It’s still hard to believe we made a human. A functioning, thinking, laughing, completely silly, amazingly smart, human.  From the moment we found out we were pregnant, we were scared shit-less. What the hell are we going to do with a child? We can’t take care of ourselves! We suited ourselves up for our greatest adventure, and here we are. You are an amazing child, who has the whole world ahead of you and I couldn’t ask for anything more. An amazingly textbook pregnancy (ya know, besides the 70 lbs I gained…I like food…) a perfect beginning to our breast feeding relationship, (with amazing support from above mentioned) a perfectly healthy baby. I never thought I would feel so accomplished in life, and I am so thankful for you everyday. I see things differently now, and I cannot wait to experience all the adventure life has to offer with you.

3. My mom: Nothing brings mother and daughter together like having a baby. When we found out we were pregnant, my mother and I had a very rocky relationship. As the pregnancy continued, I started to realize all the things my mom must have suffered. Not just in the sacrifices she made, but just life. She was 21 when she had me. By the time she was my age she had 4 kids in a country not her own. To leave her family behind because she felt it was the best for us, is incredible courage and commitment. While, I don’t always agree with her, she is extremely supportive when it comes to B and how we are choosing to raise him. My kid, my choice, and I absolutely love that. Right now, our relationship is the best it’s ever been, and I hope that we always continue down this path. She has shown me to be strong, and to stand up for what I believe in, whether it’s good or bad. She has encouraged me  with her actions and words, and shown me the meaning of hard work and persistence. I think for the first time in my life, I understand her. She has taught me to be open minded, hard working, self sacrificing; she is my fixed point.

4. My dad: This is going to come as a shock to some because my relationship with my father hasn’t been the best lately, but that doesn’t mean I am not thankful for all he is, and all he tried to be. When you become an adult, you start to realize things about your parents that perhaps you didn’t see, or just plain didn’t know about them. My father is a very different person now, then the person he was. I will always remember my father trying his very best to teach us integrity and self pride. However, the biggest lesson I learned is something he never tried to teach. Be Happy. I know realize that my father was never truly happy after his days in the military. Retiring left a hole in him that he cannot fill. As much as he tried, and still tries, to find himself and his own happiness, I don’t know if he knows how. That in itself is very powerful, and I wish he could see himself through my eyes.

5. Jeff:  My mom’s husband. They were just married in August. Even though I have only known him a short time, he has taught me so much about life, and myself. He is an amazing person with a ginormous heart who is so selfless, I don’t have words to describe. All I can say, is I am so thankful to have him in my life. He has opened his home, and his life to us, without question. He renovated his entire house to accommodate our family from Korea. I haven’t seen my grandparents, and aunts since 1994. I’ve never met my uncles, and cousins until this year. Just in that one act alone, he has completely blown me away. He is a grandfather to B, an amazing step-father to us, and truly cares about each one of us as his own. I have never met someone like him, and I am thankful not only for being in my life, but for my mom. He makes her so happy, and I literally do not have words to describe how that has helped our relationship.

6. Extended Family: We have a big family. I have 3 sisters, Ez has 3 sisters and a brother, plus they all have kids. Holidays are definitely fun. Although we don’t all see each other as much as I like, (I will admit I am horrible at keeping in touch with people IRL.) Throughout it all I am thankful for all of them. Family is very important. I have learned no matter how crazy or weird you think your family is, someone’s got you beat. As much as we fight, and as different as we are, I am so glad that B has such a big family. It is comforting to know no matter what happens, or if something happens to Ez and I, he will be well taken care of, and will always have the support he may need.

7. My life: Life is such a precious thing that can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. I have absolutely no regrets, because every decision I have made has brought me to this exact moment, which I would not change for anything. I am thankful I am able to put my family first. I am thankful for the experiences that have helped mold and shape who I am.

The rest are pretty self explanatory.

8. Nap Time

9. Gaming

10. The Internet

What are some things you are thankful for?

/bow

Going Chewie: Crib Sidecar

WP_20131111_004We finally did it. After months of trying to find a good time, we sidecared the crib. Last night was the first night, and he hasn’t slept in it.

Unfortunately we have one of those kids that grows, and somehow ends up taking up the whole entire bed. So to save our backs, we decided to sidecar the crib. It’s an interesting concept, and a nice middle ground between sleeping with us, but still in his own space, using things we already had. It also takes away a place for me to dump clean laundry and procrastinate folding.

It was super easy to do. First we took off the railing on the crib, then lined up the mattresses. I shoved a blanket into the back creice between the crib mattress and the back railing, so that the two mattresses butted against each other., and voila!

Now if only I can get him to sleep in it. Moving a sleepy baby is like chancing fate.

 

/bow

 

Going Chewie: Homemade Linoleum Floor Cleaner

Today I cleaned my kitchen floor.  This may not sound like a big deal to most, but today I did it with a cleaner that I made myself, which always makes it better. It’s the ultimate win win, clean kitchen floor, accomplished mommy. Plus making my own cleaners makes me feel like a scientist.. MY CREATION!

Okay so it’s not entirely my creation. I look around the interwebs and usually end up combining ideas from other random people to make something spectacular. So without further ado, here is how I cleaned my kitchen floor! (I don’t have pictures, because I’m planning on bombarding your eye balls with lots of pictures coming soon. Imagination should work for now.)

I used a microfiber cloth that I picked up from the super market. I literally was on my way to get something else and saw it, figured I would give it a go. I will say that if cheapy store brand microfiber works that good, I cannot wait to get my hands on some good quality microfiber clothes. I think I’m hooked. Thank god, because I’m really sick of buying paper towels.

I have a 5 gallon pickle bucket that I use for a cleaning bucket. Why spend money on a bucket when I can get one that is just going to be recycled? Ask your local deli department or even bakery, since they get giant frosting buckets. It depends on your grocery store, but most will let you purchase a bucket or two for pretty cheap.

Ingredients:

~one gallon of hot water

~1 1/2 cup of vinegar

~3 drops dish soap

~3 drops baby oil

~15 drops each of lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil

I don’t know why but lavender and tea tree is my favorite scent right now.

I mixed them all in the bucket dunked my microfiber cloth, and begin to wash! The baby oil adds some sheen, I used Dawn blue dish soap for grease cutting factor, and increased the vinegar a little based on a lot of recipes I read because well, my floor needed it.

Vinegar is a great cleaner because of the non toxic and also acidic properties. I just buy a big gallon of regular white distilled vinegar. There is a Heinz Cleaning Vinegar that has 6% acidity instead of the normal 5%, I haven’t tried this out yet to see if there is that much of a difference. If you have, let me know!

/cheer

Let’s Make Some: Fried Rice!

Family photo 1994

Back in the day..1994 I think?

When we were little, we thought we were rich. Not because we had a big house, not because we had a lot of things, because we always had amazing food. Now that we are older, we’ve realized that we had Spam and rice for one dinner, a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store the next…you get the picture. Our mom always did her best to make sure we were never without the basics in life, even while 6 of us lived in a 2 bedroom apartment.

One of the dinners that she made was fried rice with a fried egg on top. I remember always putting ketchup on it into a smiley face, and it was one of my favorite dinners, and something I wanted to introduce my own family to. It is great for using up any leftovers, and I do mean any. Got some pork? chicken? left over hamburger? Make some fried rice! After years of struggling to replicate her recipe I finally figured it out!  I don’t know if your mom is the same, but my mom has NO IDEA how much of anything is in there. So if I say “Mom, how much soy sauce do you put in for 1lb of bulgogi, she will look at me and say “if you add too much, just add more sugar.” OOOH OK! lol. I went to school for chemistry, I need specific measurements, at least as a starting point.

Alright, focus, back to the matter at hand. The other night we had some makeshift chinese food for dinner, rice, pork drenched in Aso sauce, and sauteed green beans. Since, there is only two of us (B isn’t quite there yet) we always have a ton of leftovers. There are two reasons for this, a.) It’s impossible to find recipes for two people. b.) I suck at figuring out how much we actually eat. This whole making dinner and being successful at it is new to me. When Ezrah and I first got together, I couldn’t make Mac & Cheese without screwing something up. I never had the patience for culinary in real life. In game, sure!…. Actually, I don’t have the patience for crafting in game either… oh well

So i took all the left overs, and put them in one big container in the fridge. Here is my fried rice secret #1: COLD RICE. At least 24 hours in the fridge, maybe even 2 days. This rice was in there for two days. I tried making rice, and throwing it in the freezer and making it that way, but I would not recommend it. It comes out mushy. Sometimes it still comes out mushy, it’s ok, it will still taste good. Just make a note for next time on what you did and how mushy it was, and try something else! I also recommend having a giant frypan/wok/type thing. I don’t because I’m poor, so I just used a giant pot instead. It gets the job done, but not as much as a frypan would, and I think it adds to the mushiness, however, it still can be done.!

Ok so enough talk, heres some step by step instructions. Perhaps I can stay on point that way.

Things you will need:

~COLD RICE

~Veggies (literally whatever you have will work, green beans, carrots, peas, what have you)

~Onion (I only use 1/4 of a good sized onion, Ez doesn’t like a lot of onion, and he’ll only eat it if it is soft, or else he thinks of eating dragonfly wings….idk)

~Garlic (I use minced from a jar, because it’s nice and convenient for me, I also use 2 tsp.)

~Meat (Optional, but use whatever left overs you have)

~Soy Sauce (some grocery stores have CJ Brand, which I like a lot better than Kikkoman, I think it has a richer flavor)

~Sesame Oil (Very potent, use sparingly)

~Rice Vinegar (Secret #2. It’s not completely essential, You can do without it, but this is what I was missing for so long! The smell is alot stronger than the taste)

Step 1: Chop all your onions, veggies and meat into bite sized pieces. The idea is to get them around the same size, so they cook around the same time. I find however the longer it takes me to chop things, the bigger the pieces get ><

Step 2: Over Medium to Medium High heat heat about 1-2 tbsp of Sesame oil in a frypan/wok/pot. Add the onion, garlic, veggies, and sautee them around for a while, until they start turning soft. If you want them softer, cook a little longer, more crunch, less cooking. You get the idea.

Step 3: Add optional meat. Heat that up for about 5 minutes, until everything is the consistency you like and nice and blended.

Step 4: Add COLD RICE. Every recipe I’ve looked at says to add 2 cups. I don’t know how much I usually have, but it all depends on your desired ratio. The way I see it, as long as you have some rice in there it counts ya? Anyway, give it a good stir around a couple times. Rice burns very fast, so make sure you keep a close eye on it.

Step 5: Add 2-3 tbsp Soy Sauce and 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar. No matter how much you have, this is a good start. Stir it all in there. If your rice doesn’t look brown enough for you, go ahead and add another tablespoon of soy sauce. I would be cautious on the rice vinegar, it can be really potent pretty fast, and I find pretty much no matter how much I am making, 1 tbsp seems to be enough.

Tada! You’ve just made Fried Rice! And you’ve learned a new culinary recipe! Congratulations!

Do you have a fried rice recipe you would like to share? Maybe some ideas from your own experiences? Please comment and let me know!

If there’s two things I like talking about, it’s gaming, and food.

p.s. I don’t have nice look food pr0n, because frankly, I’m not a photographer, If anybody would like to take pictures of their creations, I will add them!

/bow

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