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Year of DragonBefore I let this special day escape me, I want to wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year! If you haven’t yet had your lucky dumplings or longevity noodles, I hope you make a call to your local chinese-deliver spot soon, because the Year of the Monkey and the witty, lovable babies it supposedly produces are cause for great celebration. As my people say, 猴年吉祥 (hóunián jíxiáng)! Good luck this Monkey year!

P.S. This time of year, I like to give myself a second chance at my New Year’s resolutions, one of the many benefits of being Chinese. 

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Today is going to be a major wake-up call – not because work will be particularly busy, but because the past two weeks have been some of the best I’ve had. For the first time, I got to experience the holidays in a world free of the demands that come with working in television news. Translation: no 24-hour news cycle, no being in the office for the sake of being in the office. Instead, I got to unplug (for the most part) and enjoy both the benefits of time at home in Colorado (video to come), and my first-ever staycation here in Atlanta. I am not exaggerating when I call the whole thing life-changing. 

Anyway, enough about that. Reminiscing about the bliss that was these past few days isn’t helping me jump back in today, so without further ado, here’s a look at some of my personal resolutions for this year. I’m keeping the list to just a few key points this year. It’s a strategy that straddles both the keeping-expectations-low and focusing-on-what-matters lines. Here they are:

· Blog more, obviously.
As much work as it can be, I genuinely enjoy blogging and need to get back to my routine. There will inevitably be nights where I won’t have it in me to write the next day’s post, but I shouldn’t let those instances derail my whole week. Last year, I put so much pressure on myself to post polished, put-together pieces that I ended up not posting much of anything. In 2016, I’m going to do my best and post whenever I can, even if it’s not my best work. You’ll still love me, right?

· Cook more and eat better.
Thanks to Classpass, I’ve kept to a pretty good morning exercise routine. But thanks to my overeating and complete disregard for my diet (I blame a few too many juice cleanses before the wedding), I have nothing to show for it. In 2016, I want to keep up the workout routine and balance it with a healthier diet. Translation: fewer impulse purchases of my favorite Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

· Be a better friend. 
Thanks again to the wedding, in 2015, I was on the receiving end of some of the best displays of friendship ever seen. This year, I’d like to return the favor and be a better friend. This means doing a better job keeping in touch (I’m terrible about that) and planning more trips to visit these same friends. My dearest friend Megan got engaged on Christmas Day (!), so I’m really looking forward to being her right-hand woman in her planning process, just as she was mine. 

· Make our house a home.
Five months into living in our first house and the furniture situation is still very bare-bones. There’s something really nice about the lack of clutter, but in 2016, I resolve to make some big furniture decisions (I have been sooo indecisive), and get our house feeling more like a home. Some rooms are coming along faster than others and I hope to share a status update soon.

· Improve my Chinese.
Brian and I have been calling 2016 our “Year of the Motherland Trips,” because we’ll be going to both China and Israel in the second half of this year. As such, Brian is trying to learn Chinese (emphasis on try), and while he’s at it, I’d like to try and improve my own reading and writing abilities. Speaking Mandarin has never been much of a problem for me, it’s the other parts where I’m much more rusty. Fun fact: there is no Chinese alphabet, so you either know a word or you don’t. My people don’t make things easy.

Ok, that ought to do it. Surely I can keep on top of these five things, right? How about you? What tops your list this year?

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Holiday Card Front

{Our Holiday Card}

Happy New Year, friends! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start. I ended my 2015 not knowing how to play poker, and started the year getting the hang of it, even if my dwindling pile of chips suggested otherwise. 

My best friend Rohini and her boyfriend have been with us the last couple days and we’ve been having a grand old time keeping it very low-key, just like I like it. One thing’s for sure, we are not the wild young things we were just a few years ago, and that’s ok. I’m very much liking this pushing-30 me.

I’ll share more on my resolutions later, but one of them is appreciating the passing of time instead of dreading it. I’ve never been a huge fan of the New Year holiday, because being who I am, I get in this bad habit of being very critical of myself, looking back and nitpicking at all of the things I coulda-shoulda-woulda done differently. This time around, I’m making a conscious effort to appreciate that I’ve had the good fortune to live another day and year and am taking more time for reflection, and more time to be with those that I love. My dear husband Brian (I’m still not used to calling him that – in general, it’s a very weird word that word “husband”) and his way of making me feel protected and cheerful have been a great help in getting me there. So anyway, 2016, I’m ready for you, and am very much looking forward to living in the moment, a whole heck of a lot more than I was doing last year. I don’t know about you, but my 2015 was absolutely bonkers – bonkers in the best way of course ;). 

Once more, a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

P.S. My lack of posting is once again due to some blog login issues I’ve been having, but I hope I’ve taken care of them. That and binging on Making a Murderer on Netflix. If you haven’t already started watching, run, don’t walk. 

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Wedding Photo{Brian and me on our wedding day}

Man oh man. Where do I even begin? It’s been far too long since my last post, and it just so happens that my big hiatus spanned what will probably go down as one of the busiest, craziest, most momentous times in my life. Trying to fill you in and make up for all of that lost time seems quite impractical, but to cover the basics, let’s do it with a list:

  • Once again, Brian and I had a whirlwind summer of travel (all the usual places) nearly every weekend. It was amazing and I’m not complaining, but we’re very ready to stay put for a little while and explore what our new home of Atlanta has to offer. In the five months that we’ve been here I’ve done zero sightseeing and it’s time to fix that.
  • Days before our wedding, Brian and I found the first house of our dreams, made an offer, entered a bidding war, and won! The timing wasn’t the best, but we’ve survived to tell the story.
  • Cleveland was at its finest August 8th weekend. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or company to celebrate our marriage. I’ll spare you for now, but have many wedding pictures and related posts to share in the coming weeks. 
  • Immediately following the wedding, Brian and I ran off to Italy and Paris for our honeymoon. We started in Positano, before going to Rome, Florence and Paris with a few other day trips sprinkled throughout. Any weight loss achieved pre-wedding was quickly erased and then some. Pizza and I have a love-hate relationship. I’m sure you can figure out both why I love it and hate it. Honeymoon home videos are in the works, because you know what a sucker I am for making those. 
  • Five days after our return, we closed on our house and moved in that weekend. Again, crazy. 
  • We are now officially house poor, and look like squatters with a big house that’s laughably empty. We’re also so very happy and I wouldn’t trade this for anything. Plenty of pictures and home projects to come.
  • And just yesterday, this blog’s Facebook page hit the 1,000-likes milestone. So for that reason and all of the ones above, today felt like a very good day to get back in the game.

Thank you to all of you for reading and for your support. I don’t take it for granted and mean it when I say that you can expect to see a lot more of me from now on. I mean, now that I have a kitchen with two ovens, all kinds of shiny new baking tools, more storage and counter space than I know what to do with, a fryer, AND the white Vitamix of my dreams, I’ve got no excuse not to get baking and making. Stay tuned!

P.S. To those of you who came to the wedding, we are sooooo pathetically behind on thank you notes. We are working on it and don’t think for a second we aren’t grateful. Bad at time management, yes. 

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New Life in Georgia
Well, it’s official. I now live in Atlanta. A year and a half ago, I never would have guessed it, and yet now I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. Life is full of fun surprises like that.

Brian and I are still pretty exhausted from the move. Two goodbye parties, packing and cleaning 5 years of DC living, 10+ hours of driving a bigger-than-we-asked-for 16-foot moving truck, unpacking (still not quite finished with that) and jumping right into a new job the next day will really take it out of you. As such, I feel like I haven’t quite had the chance to process all of this, so a more thoughtful post will have to wait for another date. For now, here’s a little picture of the kind gesture I was greeted with in my new office yesterday.

I may be too tired to think straight, but I do know Brian and I will be very happy in this new city we now call home. Here’s to new beginnings, new adventures and counting our blessings that we’re healthy and able to pursue them. 

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Atlanta
Sorry for the mini hiatus, you guys. Big life changes have been going on around these parts. Atlanta and DC parts to be exact. That’s right, the long-anticipated move and change in career is finally happening (!) and I’ll be joining Brian in Atlanta full-time at the end of this month. I’m so beyond excited to start this new chapter of my life, but quitting my job at Bloomberg and saying goodbye to the dual coworkers/friends I’ve grown so close to was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Many tears were shed, all mine. So as happy as I was to finally be free to move down to Atlanta, this transition is more than a little bittersweet and I feel quite emotionally drained from the experience. That explains why I haven’t been posting, that and the fact that I immediately rushed down to Atlanta to get some face time in with my lovely new team at Womenetics, to spend a few days with Brian and to buy this darling new car of mine. Later today I’ll be off to Denver to take advantage of this time in between jobs. While I’m well aware that I entered into “adulthood” many years ago, something about being under the same roof as my parents brings me so much joy and comfort that I know any residual Bloomberg-breakup and impending DC sadness I feel will soon be healed and all will be well. Parents are great for that. Happy hump day!

Image via Paper Finch Design

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