Check out my two latest articles published today on Thrive Global (Arianna Huffington’s new company she created after stepping down from her namesake company, The Huffington Post)… I LOVE the picture of me for the Confessions of a Bored Housewife article, ha!:
Hello friends! So many things to write about, but seems like there’s hardly any time to do anything! I’m just going to ramble on, so excuse the incomplete sentences and thoughts!
We just got back from a mini-vacay to St. Augustine, Florida. We visited the historic colonial district, went to the fort that is there, and saw the July 4th fireworks by the water. It was beautiful, but unbelievably HOT, and I couldn’t bear the weather at all. I was actually thankful to finally leave because I missed our new home. Oh, it wasn’t that I liked Georgia better, or Florida less, it was that I missed sleeping in my own bed, my furniture, my living space — you know, home is wherever your pile of dirty underwear is at.
During the car ride down to Florida, I crocheted an adorable hat. I put it up for sale on Facebook because it didn’t fit me (or my mini-me), and I figured it was too cute to just donate to Goodwill like I do with all the other stuff that I don’t want. Instantly, I had people who were interested in buying it (I put it up for sale for $5); and then I decided why not create a Facebook page for it. Only, I didn’t want it to be a page where I sold stuff, because my crochet stuff are handmade, so it’s not like I can mass produce a product. Instead, I wanted a page where I could showcase my work (some good, mostly novice messes), meet new people online and most importantly — get new patterns by others sharing. You know, like an actual Facebook page before Facebook turned everything into an entrepreneur goal.
After I set up my page, I then realized that I needed a blog too — because lets be real, as much as I love crocheting and my other craft hobbies, nothing comes before my love of writing. I figured there wasn’t enough space on a Facebook post to actually write what I wanted, so I created a blog solely for my crafting. Then the next day, I made an Etsy page too — yes, I’ve become one of those. Don’t worry, my stuff is legit (the most expensive item is only $30 for a handmade baby outfit, a definite bargain since it took like three days to make!); there’s nothing worse than those pyramid schemes to buy their vitamins, coffee, makeup, or whatever nonsense — no thanks, I’m not interested in your beach body goals for $39.99 for a packet of whatever that crap is.
While on our little holiday getaway, the principal of a charter school in Georgia called me for an interview for Tuesday, and the county school district called me to put me on their sub list. She told me I would get lots of calls because I’m certified; which is nice, but I’m not sure I want a full-time gig, being that there’s a lot of things I want to focus on at the moment.
I still have not gotten beyond a chapter of my book, which is still due at the end of November.
A producer at CNN also contacted me via Twitter to tell me that he wanted to air a clip of my hubby; I finally got back to him yesterday because I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even checked my Twitter in a while — I have to make a selfie video, and I just don’t have the time to submit that yet. I guess I’ll get to it when other things have settled down at the moment. I do want to do it because I want to share with the world how proud I am of my hubby.
I also haven’t submitted any articles either, so today I wrote one for Thrive Global, and hopefully it’ll get published soon.
In the mean time, for my loyal followers/readers, check out my new blog (specifically for my crocheting and crafts):
Check out my new Etsy shop, for adorable crochet and (available soon) other super cute craft gifts:
And lastly, go give my new Facebook page a view, and don’t be shy — click the like button, I need attention, ha!:
Thanks to my AMAZING husband for buying me my living room set today!
I had given away all my furniture in Iowa to my friend Amanda, and once we got to Georgia I donated a lot of my hubby’s stuff to the Salvation Army. (They are one of the few charities where your monetary donations actually goes towards the mission and not the pockets of corporate executives; we are a huge supporter of them and the Boy/Girl Scouts, as well as the ICRC.)
We’ve looked at two other furniture stores, and were considering the PX; but my husband wanted high-end furniture, I was okay with the inexpensive stuff at Walmart (their online home furniture actually has some really nice affordable stuff). I am not too peculiar about that stuff, I am not looking for heirloom quality, just something that looks nice.
I had already set up the donation pickup for the Salvation Army, so my wonderful hubby asked me last night if I wanted to get my living room set today, and he got me everything I wanted today at Ashley Furniture for our new sweet home together — we got the complete Ilena living room set: sofa, love seat, oversized chair, and ottoman. It’s an overstuffed style, with a tweed-like fabric (it’s actually herring-bone weave), and nail-head trim. So we actually did end up with heirloom quality furniture after all, ha!
We are finally complete with our home decor and furnishings. I am so happy that my hubby let me re-decorate our home, especially the sunroom (which will be my “sewing room”). When we were at the store finishing our sales order, I gave my hubby a kiss because I was so happy, and the sales associate helping us said, Oh, I can tell he spoils you! Ha, he most certainly does — every woman should be so lucky to have a man treat them as great as my hubby treats me. ♡
Afterwards, my daughter and I went to introduce ourselves to our neighbor who has a daughter the same age as mine. My daughter wanted a play-date, so I asked her parents if it was okay for her to come over to our home to play.
My daughter is very friendly, and I see how easy it is for her to make friends, so I’ve kind of been taking cues from her as an adult trying to build new friendships; this is especially difficult as a military family because we won’t be in Georgia forever, and it’s hard establishing relationships without roots.
I think our neighbors are Indian, they spoke with an accent, and they seemed very traditional. I am glad that my daughter is getting the cultural exposure she was lacking in Iowa. When they opened the door, the smell of curry and other spices were overwhelming, but I wanted my daughter to be culturally competent, and as a social studies teacher it’s so important for me that my children are worldly and culturally sophisticated.
I grew up speaking two languages at home, and studying a third language all through junior high school, high school, and college. When deciding to pursue teaching, I didn’t want elementary like a lot of young female teachers choose, I wanted social studies. So diversity is extremely important to me as a parent.
Today was a lovely day, and I’m so grateful for everything that God has blessed me with, especially my husband. ♡
We’ve been in Georgia for a week, and I’ve been feeling a bit lonely and depressed, so my amazing husband purchased orchestra seats at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts to see Cinderella. He’s not into that kind of stuff, so instead it was a mother-daughter date with my mini-me.
She’s never seen a live theatre performance before; of course, being a New York City gal, nothing compares to Broadway though… but unfortunately my mini-me only spends a few weeks each year in New York City, so this was something special for her.
The show was different than the Disney Cinderella that she’s used to, but she still loved it. She loved all of the dancing and twirling, and Cinderella’s beautiful dresses. She was twirling all over the place while we waited for my husband to pick us up — she kept saying what a special day it was.
We found her a dress that matched mine, and a hot pink purse that matched mine too — she truly is my mini-me. I love having a daughter. ♡
Thank you to the best husband in the world, who is also the best father to our daughter, for getting us the tickets for our mother-daughter date night. We are so lucky to have him, he’s our real Prince Charming. ♡
My latest article on Thrive Global, how a Brooklyn-born Irishman’s memoir helped me to reconnect with my Chinese culture.
Russia tried to meddle in the recent French Presidential Election, but unlike with us, they did not succeed — read my latest political current event news article on Thought Catalog to find out why:
Happy Mother’s Day to me! ♡
Pictured is my annual Mother’s Day bouquet. No filter by the way, my bouquet really is this lovely; some of the flowers are still budding, but will open in a few days… I just noticed the flower-pick looks like the Twitter bird, ha!
And a huge congratulations to my SIL for earning her second master degree; she now has a master in nursing (besides from her first master in theology). We are all so proud of her. ♡