Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Favorite Fall Flicks

There is something about the leaves changing colors and the temperature dropping just a bit that makes me want to curl up in a ball on my bed, with a thick blanket and a cup o' tea and just watch creepy movies.  Of course, with school starting tomorrow, I won't have time for such frivolities. In honor of it being the last day I am free before school starts, I decided to put together a list of my top ten movies/series that I would just LOVE to watch with the fall season officially in full swing.  Enjoy! Scariness Star Scale? 1-2 stars = baby stuff, appropriate for kids. Spooky but cute. 3-4 stars = use caution in letting children watch it.  May have a few disturbing scenes. 5 stars = quite frightening/terrifying at times. Use extreme caution in letting kiddos watch.

1) The Village - 3 out of 5 stars.  A haunting tale with a twist that you wouldn't expect at the end.
2) Coraline - 3 out of 5 stars.  A little girl finds out just how much her family really means to her.
3) Over the Garden Wall - 2 out of 5 stars. A unique metaphorical story about finding a way home.
4) Sleepy Hollow - 5 out of 5 stars.  A classic legend filled equally with quirkiness and terror.
5) The Corpse Bride - 1 out of 5 stars.  A funny family film about a dead bride's tragedy.
6) Ghost Hunt - 5 out of 5 stars.  A chilling anime about ghosts that will surely give you nightmares.
7) Spirited Away - 3 out of 5 stars.  An adventure about what can be found at the end of a tunnel.
8) Edward Scissorhands - 2 out of 5 stars.  A creature that is born to stand out tries to conform.
9) Haibane Renmei - 3 out of 5 stars.  A mysterious story about life after death for the sin-bound.
10) The Brothers Grimm - 4 out of 5 stars.  An exciting take on the Grimm Brothers' personal story.

I know I was extremely vague on the descriptions, but all of these are worth watching for yourself if you have not seen them already.  Most of these can be watched on Hulu or Netflix or Amazon Prime, but others you would have to buy.  Notice I don't have any new movies.  That's ok.  These are just my favorite fall classics that I just HAVE to watch.  On another note, if you want a movie that is sad enough to make you sniffle and use up several tissues, go on to Netflix and watch "Ode to My Father."  It is a Korean movie that Brandon's mom made us watch and I am so glad we did!  It is a perfect date night movie.  No scratch that.  It is perfect if you watch it by yourself as you are wallowing in self-pity about first-world problems.

Do you have any fall favorites that you can't live without watching?  Leave them in the comments!  I would love to hear it. xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ask Lion....Some Interesting Questions

Time to get narcissistic!!!! I am answering a questionnaire (found on Tuaari's Tumblr)...50 things you may or may not know about me (Ashleigh Son):

1: What eye color do you find sexiest?  Black, like Brandon’s of course!

2: White, milk, or dark chocolate? I love all chocolate, but, Dark chocolate!

3: If you could get a Sharpie tattoo on your back, what would it be?  A tiny silver/white star.

4: Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? Small town, and yes I loved it.

5: Your favorite adult as a child (besides parents)? I had several favorites, but I really loved Uncle Glenn and Lollie, because they both had a great sense of humor and caring hearts.

6: What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now? Mango pineapple.

7: Most embarrassing moment from your elementary school years?  I was a mean kid. I am not proud of that.

8: Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years? Wearing a neon yellow fleece sweatshirt.

9: Most embarrassing moment from your high school years?  I used to choose to date guys that were abusive emotionally. (for the record, not all my high school bf's were like that, but there were more than 1)

10: Pirates or ninjas? Why?  Pirates, because of the POTC movies.

11: Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground?  Yes, many times.

12: Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing set?  Yes, and I still do.

13: If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get?  A puffin, a sea otter, a mini pig, and a baby lion.

14: What's your most favorite part of your body?  My face.

15: What's your most favorite part of your personality?  That I am loving and loyal.

16: Madonna or Lady Gaga? Neither? Both? Who cares? Neither, I am not a fan really.

17: Have you ever watched the Superbowl all the way through?  Not really. I like the commercials sometimes, but I just don’t care about football sorry.

18: Have you ever watched any major sporting event drunk? No.

19: What's the most delicious food you've ever eaten in your life?  Korean Tacos from Korean Twist food cart in Portland.

20: Margarine or butter? Which did you grow up with?  Butter! I grew up with margarine back when everyone thought it was healthy.  Yikes, now we know a lot better.

21: Whole, skim, 1%, or 2% milk? (Did you know they make 1 1/2% milk?)  Whole, not that I drink milk.

22: Which continents have you been on? Africa, South America, North America

23: Do you get motion sickness? Any horror stories? Yes I have thrown up many times from reading in the car too much.

24: Backpacks or satchels? Backpacks are more practical but satchels are prettier.

25: Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon yellow sweater? Checkered pants?  Rainbow Jacket, depends. Neon yellow…
ummm clearly that was like my favorite ever thing back in the day.  Checkered pants? Maybe if I was at a Kpop concert.

26: What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry.

27: If you had to have a cow or a pig, which would you take? Why?  Pig! They are so cute.

28: If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be?  A FOREST skyline.

29: Longest plane ride you've ever been on? Over 24 hours on my way to South Africa.

30: The latest you've ever slept? Until 5 pm.

31: Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures? Would you wear it if someone gave it you for free?  YESSSSSS

32: Do you pick at scabs?  Not really.

33: Favorite kind of bean? Kidney? Black? Pinto?  Lima.

34: How far can you throw a baseball?  Not too far I’m afraid.

35: If you had to move to another country, where would you move?  Europe.

36: Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? Vietnamese? Korean? Nepalese? How was it?  Ethiopian, no. Vietnamese, yes and it was good.  Korean, only every day.  Nepalese, no.

37: Small, liberal arts school or public university? Why? Either one is a quality education.

38: A relationship with love or one with sex? LOVE.

39: Do you eat enough vegetables? Not nearly. I do love veggies though.

40: Do you like horror movies? How about thrillers? Not unless it has the name Tim Burton attached to it.

41: Would you scratch a crotch itch in public? What kind of sicko question is that…..

42: Do you swear in front of your parents?  Never.

43: Coolest thing you've ever been for Halloween?  A frog.

44: If you could change your natural hair color, would you? To what?  Something subtle, like highlights.

45: Do you want to get married? Have kids?  I am married.  I want kids for sure.

46: Do you use a reusable water bottle? If not, you should. Yes I do.

47: City or nature person?  Nature, all the way.

48: Have you ever used something other than "makeup" as makeup? (Like paint? Markers?)  Yeah probably.

49: Can you walk well in high heels? Even if you're a guy?  Yes I can

50: Post 5 awesome things about yourself. BRAG AWAY! I work full time and go to school full time, I make people laugh, I am good at buying presents for people, I am really good at cleaning, and I know a lot about health.

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, September 4, 2015

Running Out of Summer

You guys.... I have been enjoying my summer so much.  It doesn't even feel real! I took some pictures of some beautiful walks I went on.  (Never mind the fact that just yesterday I went on a walk around the park near my house only to be scared out of my skin by a group of teenage boys hiding behind the bushes and trees in the most remote part of the park .... probably smoking or some other mischief like that.... not that they were trying to scare me, but I nearly did have a heart attack when I spotted them.) As you might see from the picture above, I discovered new sculptures in the city that I work.  I have breathed in perfect, fresh air as my skin drank in the perfect temperature of the summer sun.  The end of this month marks the beginning of fall quarter, and I can't help but wish that it wasn't so.

One great thing I got to enjoy just a couple weeks ago was my sister, Kaelyn, visting me with her husband, Ashley, and their two cute kiddos!  We had so much fun together!  We got Seattle City Passes, which I highly recommend to anyone.  The pass allowed us to go to the Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle, and the Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour.  It was really a lot to pack in!  We also went to Lake Quinault for a picnic and Ocean Shores to walk around and play in the ocean.  The best part about all this was how perfect the weather was.  I also really enjoyed looking for jellyfish along the beach.  To be honest I have never seen one before and never touched one, so that was a cool first experience for me, as well as Kaelyn's kids!  I really wish I took more pictures, but at least I captured how cute Kaelyn's kids are. ^_^ Ignore how creepy I look in the picture, cause it just wasn't the most flattering angle.

Unfortunately, Kaelyn and Ash had to leave Washington before we had a chance to go to either the Pacific Science Center or the Chihuly Glass Museum using the city passes.  However, Brandon and I did end up going to the Glass Museum together.  It was really quite spectacular, if you are an art lover.  I have to say once again, getting the city passes was awesome!  Going to the glass museum alone pays for the city pass in full! (By the way this is not a sponsored post or anything, I just REALLY think the city passes are cool!)

This was the coolest picture I took from inside the glass museum.   Since it is located right at the foot of the space needle, you get this really original view of the coolest blossom sculpture with the space needle in the background.  Chihuly is seriously an artistic genius!

Another great thing that happened just last weekend was my birthday!  I am officially 27 years old.  Whoo!  Can't believe it.  My birthday happened to fall on the weekend, which was really nice.  Brandon woke me up early in the morning on Saturday and surprised me, saying that we were going to go to Portland (my favorite!) and stay overnight.  Well, the first stop we took was Sauvie Island.  This is such a cute little Island that is right between Washington and Oregon, which is just filled with farms.... ALL KINDS of farms.  They had lavender farms, veggie farms, and even Christmas tree farms!  Brandon took me to a berry farm.  This farm also sold vegetables and flowers, and the setup was so cute!   It was seriously one of the most romantic places we have been together.  We ended up picking plump Chester Blackberries and Golden Raspberries.  I cannot even tell you how divine the golden raspberries were.  They are nothing like how they are when you buy them from the grocery store.  I was beyond impressed!

When we got to Portland, we ate at this Korean fusion food cart, called Koi Fusion.  Brandon ordered the rice bowl and I ordered something similar to a Philly cheese steak with Korean meat on it.  Oh my word it was yummy.  My heart will always belong to the Korean Twist food cart, but this one was pretty darn delicious too, although a bit more unhealthy.  Brandon also took me to the mall with an ice skating rink inside it (although we didn't end up ice skating... we mainly just window shopped and got really bad bubble tea at their food court.), and we also walked around the city a bit and took pictures of each other posing with animal statues.  We went to the Saturday market, which is always enjoyable.  We also went to Whole Foods and ate salads that we customized ourselves, drank guava tea, and split a long baguette.  Afterwards, we had wheatgrass shots at Green Leaf Juicing Company. When we got to our hotel, as luck had it we were upgraded to a Suite on the top floor, which was a pretty nice birthday present for me!  I am sure I am missing tons of details, but I really had such a great birthday thanks to Brandon planning all this nice stuff for me.

On another subject, I wanted to share with you my favorite dessert lately.  It is homemade banana ice cream.  As you can see from the picture, it really looks like ice cream.  And how you make it is so simple.  First, you freeze three bananas, broken into 1-2 inch pieces.  They should be frozen overnight, ideally.  Then you either add them to a food processor or a very strong blender (I use my Vitamix!)  Then you add a splash of almond milk (About 4-8 Tablespoons - just an estimate, not really accurate, it just depends on how frozen your bananas are.  Sometimes you might not even need almond milk, but this has not been the case for me), and a few drops of vanilla extract, or you can add fresh berries and then blend it until it becomes this lovely ice cream texture.  Actually you can add any flavor you want to it! I have added cinnamon, matcha (I like red tea matcha, but green matcha works well too!), cacao powder, melons, or berries, and all of these have turned out to be incredible!  When it is done being blended, you can eat it as is, or add toppings on it, such as coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, chopped almonds, or small fruit pieces.  Hopefully what I am saying makes sense, but the bottom line is, you can really do anything with it so long as you have a base of frozen bananas.

As for Nabee the cat (you knew this was coming) he is doing well.  He is still his same stuck-up old self.  So cute and yet so particular, that one!  Whenever he gets hot, he just lies down on the middle of the floor, flat as a pancake!  And these days he just LOVES sitting on the windowsill and staring out at insects and birds, and people walking by.  Every night, he loves to come into our room, and lie down on Brandon's chest, digging his claws in a kneading fashion into Brandon's skin, making him cringe in pain.  Haha!  It's funny because that is how he shows his affection, the kneading claws.  That's Nabee for you!

I don't know why, but this particular picture of Nabee makes me laugh out loud.  This is basically how he looks every time I disturb his solitude.  He is just like, "Leave me alone.  I don't care about you petting me right now!!!"  Haha!!!!!   Ok enough enough enough.......

Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are!  I am sure you will hear from me soon. xoxox

~ Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dropping In...

Hello to all my dearest readers!  Wanted to drop in and let you know how my summer is going.  All I can say is, HEAVENLY!!!!!  Not being in school is practically the best thing that has ever happened to me (well, besides Brandon and the rest of my family and friends, of course :P).  Too bad this happiness and minimal stress will only last for a mere two more months.  I will be back in school this fall.  But enough about the future.  What have I been up to with all this free time?

Weeeeellllll.... let me tell you.... A large portion of my summer has been spent recovering.  Literally. WARNING...this paragraph is going to sound really negative and wallowing in self-pity, so just skip to the next paragraph if you don't want to hear it. School had me so stressed out that I was beginning to have trouble breathing toward the end of the quarter. I began to have these anxiety attacks and then my breathing would get all shallow.  It really felt as though I would pass out whenever one of these episodes came about. Thinking about school and homework too hard seemed to trigger it.  One time, it even happened in the middle of class as the teacher was talking about something that didn't make sense to me in the least (he was a sweet guy but really went off on these tangents that made absolutely no sense).  Those closest to me know of my extremely high standards when it comes to school, and how much I care if my grades don't reflect the hard work I put into it.  I let it get to me so badly that I lost hours and hours of sleep, and not to mention pushed myself way past my limits of sanity.  Before long, these attacks would happen even as I tried to relax.  It was annoying to lie down only to feel like there was no air in my lungs, and the hypochondriac in me thought that I might have asthma.  That is when I realized that I hadn't exercised for a long time - since starting my Accounting program six months before.  Part of it was because I put on quite a bit of weight and none of my dresses fit me anymore.  Turns out stress can do that to you as well, especially combined with never exercising.

After school ended, there was somewhat a sense of relief, but my breathing problems still continued, for a good few weeks.  Then, Brandon and I went to Utah for five days for my little sister's wedding. We had a blast spending time with my siblings.  Brandon flew home two days before I did, but on my last day, I had an AMAZING hike with my mom in the beautiful Utah mountains, and honestly it was a big highlight of my trip.  Not only was it really fun to catch up with her one-on-one, but I was reminded of just how much I missed the endorphins that hiking and other exercise can give you.  When I got home, I immediately packed some dumbbells into my work backpack (I already had a yoga mat at work that I never used, really).  I decided to allocate my lunch break for exercising from now on.  It has made all the difference.  My breathing problems have gone away completely.  Also, I have more energy now.  I can't say I fit into my dresses yet, but this didn't happen to me overnight and it isn't going to be resolved in a couple of short weeks - it may even take a couple of months.  For now, I live in leggings and a t-shirt, and my mom got me some new dresses that I can wear for the time being.  (THANKS MOM <3)

In other news, Brandon and I went on a pioneer trek for church.  We were asked to be the "Ma and Pa" of about ten kids. HAHA!!! We do consider ourselves to be outdoorsy, but only up to a certain extent.  We were supposed to pull a handcart, cook with dutch ovens, make a tent out of wood boards and some tarp, and keep up with the youth - all while wearing pioneer clothes...FOR 3 DAYS.  Oh my!  But it did turn out to be fun.  The kids were so cool, and I really liked all of them.  They helped to make the food at night, and not one of them complained or acted disrespectful.  I have lots of funny stories about the whole experience, but this blog post is getting kinda long.  I will say, that we had to cross a river, twice.  At one point, it was so deep that it reached my chest, and the current was so strong that I was literally floating away from my group.  That was really scary.  Also, we weren't skilled enough to get the tarp tents to stay up, so we all just ended up sleeping under the stars.  I saw tons of shooting stars and it was so beautiful!  In the end, I had a sunburnt nose, and Brandon had all these grotesque bug bites around his ankles.  We were eager to get back to our shower and soft bed.  Having said that, it was cool to have the opportunity to do that together.

At the moment, I have been catching up on some summer reading.  The library is my best friend these days.  I am re-reading a book from my childhood, "Summer of My German Soldier," and I am taking on Maeve Binchy's "Tara Road."  I also finally got around to reading, "The Fault in Our Stars."  Brandon is working his tail off on a hard work project at the moment, and I don't envy him at all.  Poor thing.  But I am proud of him and how hard he works so that our life is great.  Nabi the cat is as stuck up yet adorable, as usual.  I have a few pictures of him to share! YAY!

 Nabee's favorite place to curl up and have a snooze - right by Brandon's gym stuff.

 Nabee spying on us.  He hides behind the blinds, then pokes his head out the other side and really thinks we can't see him. LOL!

Nabee loves to hang out on the windowsill, but this day was so hot, he fell asleep from his laziness! WOW! I never saw that happen before. haha.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Talk to you soon! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Break!!!

Hello loyal readers. I wanted to take this opportunity to blog since I don't have class for ten more days.  I got a few emails from some friends asking me when I will be writing my next post. One of them in particular was super thoughtful (and you know who you are! <3)Thank you so much for the kind emails I have been getting, it makes me happy to know that people like reading about our lives. Brandon has also been asking me when is the last time I blogged, and said I really should upload some pictures of our past few trips we have taken.  He is so right.  I have a lot to say actually since it has been so long.

 My first quarter at school has been so so so challenging.  I have had anxiety and trouble sleeping at night because of the stress.  Brandon said the other night I actually started screaming (like horror movie screaming) in my sleep and I wouldn't stop.  How creepy, huh? Yes, this was during finals week. Can't say that has ever happened before.  The funniest part is that I do not recall this happening in the slightest.  But yeah, this is University life for you.  I made a bunch of super nice friends, despite any stress experienced.  Really cool people that I have been able to connect with. I have also had some super annoying experiences that have affected my final grade in one of my classes but let's not even go there. It's over and I am FREE! Free for ten days.

What do I want to do for those ten days?  Well the original plan was to find old games from the 90's and play them on my computer to revisit my childhood.  Such games include Rodent's Revenge, Monkey Island, Chips Challenge, Tetris, Mahjong, Freecell, Klotski, Skifree, Bow and Arrow, The Playroom, Number Munchers, and Oregon Trail.  Am I too old for that?  Maybe.  Do I care?  Not in the slightest.  Time for some mindlessness.... Bwahaha!!! Actually that plan didn't work out because it turns out that those games don't even exist anymore without downloading a bunch of viruses on your computer, which I am not willing to do.  But I do have Chips Challenge. :-)

And now, for my photo dump!  I have gone on a few trips since we spoke last.  Those who are friends with me on Facebook might have already seen a couple of these photos already but that's ok!

So our first trip we took was to Utah (of course) to see my sister Sarah, since she just got back from her LDS mission to New Jersey a while ago.  This is me and Brandon on the plane.  We bought those neck pillows from the airport since we have been wanting them for a while.  Mine is soooo my favorite. Polka dots are the best. Well, for some reason I don't have any of my Utah pictures uploaded on my computer besides this one.  But just to give you a quick summary of what we did (oh my gosh, I sound like I am writing a book report LOL! Too much school!!!!) Ok anyway.... basically all we did was hang out with our family.  I had so much fun seeing my Aunt and Uncle and little cousins from South Africa for the first time in 7 years - We even went on a little hike with them.  I had loads of fun with my sister Kaelyn's cute babies.  We even made some time to see my friends, DeeDee, Lara and Mary, and their husbands David and James.  I seriously love them to death.  Wish they all lived next door to me in Washington.  Why must Utah be so far away!!!??? T.T

Ok so this next one I already posted on Facebook, but Brandon "surprised" me with a road trip to Vancouver.  It was funny, because he wanted it to be a surprise but about a week before the trip came up he was on autopilot and we had the following conversation:

Brandon: So, are you excited to go to Vancouver?
Me (also on autopilot for a minute): Yes.  Wait.... what???? We are going to Vancouver?
Brandon: Oh wait!!! DANG IT!!! That was supposed to be a surprise for Valentines day.  DANGIT!!
Me: *laughing my head off*

Anyway, we are in love with Vancouver, and have been there several times.  If you want to know what to do when you go there, just trust me when I say that there is all the Japanese food your heart could possibly desire there.  But actually our food experiences were not the best this trip.  Think of burned food and stingy portions.  YYYYeah... that happened.  But there was lots of other great stuff that we did enjoy.

One place that never disappoints us is Nando's.  It is actually South African food and they totally don't have it in Washington so we go to Vancouver especially to eat this.  Also, no trip to Canada would be complete without having junk food that you can't get too easily in the U.S. which you can find at any store in Canada.  Ketchup chips.... I know I have mentioned them before, but seriously these things are addictive.  And it has to be Old Dutch brand, no other brand is the same.  Wine gums and Smarties are mainly nostalgic for me.  Brandon doesn't care to eat candy (he is a little more health conscious than me at times) so I just eat candy that reminds me of being a kid.

Next, we got Thai massages.  I am happy to recommend this place Smile Thai Wellness to anyone in this world.  Go to Vancouver, and book the 90 minute massage. It is SOOOO worth it.  Afterwards we were so flexible that we could both touch our toes without bending our knees.  This is BRANDON we are talking about.  He could never do that before.  So anyway, please, just do yourself a favor and go there.  The atmosphere is really nice too, and the workers are very professional.  And you get to wear fisherman's pants and a nice flowy top while you get your massage.  I was going to post a picture of me and Brandon wearing them, but I really just don't like how my facial expression was in the picture LOL.  So maybe next time.

Next, we went to Granville Island.  I am telling you, this place is worth a visit.  We didn't end up going to Stanley Park, although we wish we did, since time was short for the trip.  But Granville Island had the BEST market.  I would say it is better than Pike's Place Market (just my personal opinion).  I had fresh squeezed grapefruit juice there and yummy smoked salmon to snack on.  Oh my gosh it was so good.  There was just good food everywhere, plus it is really family friendly there.  They even have a whole market for kids and a pond where kids can feed ducks and everything.  We enjoyed it immensely and are DEFINITELY going to make this a regular stop whenever we visit Vancouver. Oh, you see that heart-shaped tart in the picture?  Brandon got me that from Whole Foods on the way back home.  It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Our next little adventure was that Brandon's cousin Jennifer came to see us and we went to Seattle to have dinner at a Tom Douglas restaurant called Etta's.  Oh baby!!! It was really tasty.  The fries in the picture were super thin and hand-cut and had lime drizzled on them (My mouth is watering just thinking about it).  By the way, Jennifer has the BEST taste when it comes to food, so I always trust any restaurant she wants to go to.  What I ordered at Etta's was crab cakes.  My only complaint is that it is so expensive for the portion size argh.  Nowadays that seems to bug me a lot.  I have an appetite okay?  So when I go get a fancy dinner I don't like to leave slightly hungry.  So the food was good there but my favorite Tom Douglas restaurant is still Palace Kitchen.

A couple weeks later, Brandon and I went to Nevada and met up with Jennifer again and our other cousin Benjamin.  I wish I could say I spent time with everyone but the truth is I was studying the whole time for finals week. See?  This is me documenting the trip.  Notice all the textbooks and notebooks lying on the bed behind me.  So I was just cooped up in there for most of the trip but Brandon rescued me several times and took me out to eat and to hang out with our cousins.  We usually stay at Silverton whenever we go to Vegas.  It is definitely not high end but it is never crowded and their food is pretty darn incredible.  I love getting Gelato and Mexican Food and also eating at their cafe (which has both amazing waffles, fresh fruit, and sandwiches).  Does anyone else think my arm looks disturbing in this picture? haha!! We also went out to eat with Brandon's dad and grandma and a few other family members.  And we went to Lotus of Siam with Benjamin and Jennifer too, where I got the best crispy duck with mint and chili flakes seasoning it, OH MY GOSH but again, small portions.

When I was feeling particularly sick of studying, Brandon decided to take me on a little mini date to Excalibur, to the arcade!  And we played some games and tried to win some giant stuffed animals.  There is the game where you throw rings around a bottle (much harder than it looks) and a game where you throw balls that have to land on colored cups.  Brandon won the size Large prize!!! But we didn't like the options as much so we asked for a size medium, because they had Domo and Hello Kitty in a lot of different colors (much cuter than Despicable Me characters that we already have tons of and the creepy looking stuffed squirrel).  We picked Domo because I have tons of Hello Kitty at home already.

Just as we were walking away from the arcade triumphantly, I saw these stuffed "lucky cats" and really wanted them.  To win these, you have to throw a ball into a basket, which is really hard to do. But the girl gave us a tip (if you hit the rim of the basket, the ball will land in the basket).  So Brandon won it for me! YAY!  Best husband ever!!!!

The best part about the stuffed cat is it didn't fit in our suitcase, unlike Domo.  So anyway we had to take it on the plane with us.  I thought this picture was so funny of how the cat was totally crowding into Brandon's personal space. That was a really full flight.  I was so happy to have this cat to use as a pillow on the way home from Vegas.

And now.... no Panda and Lion post is complete without a few pictures of Nabi the cat!!! Actually, apparently it is spelled like Nabee, according to Brandon's mom, so I will just spell his name like that from now on. ^_^

Nabee was trying to rest, and I kept disturbing him. LOL! Look how upset he looks!!!

And I saved the best for last.... Brandon always falls asleep when Nabee wants to cuddle.  And sometimes Nabee is ridiculous and doesn't care if he is lying down on your neck like a scarf, HAHA!!! I could not resist capturing this picture.

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

It has been a super busy past few months.  I know I seem to say that a lot but it really has been true.  I officially got my Associates degree and look forward to starting my Accounting program at UW on Monday. YAY!  Some good news is that I got a couple of scholarships!!! Brandon and I have had a wonderful time during the holidays and I just wanted to write about a little bit of it.

Firstly, I had my two youngest sisters, Kristen and Rachel, come and visit us for Thanksgiving.  It was so amazing and I wish I could have those two around all the time.  We didn't get to do anything outdoorsy because it was too rainy while they were here, but we did lots of shopping.

The week before Christmas, we went to Portland just for fun.  We didn't eat at the food carts for once, but instead ate at Chipotle (Brandon's absolute favorite place these days) and went to the famous Saturday Market.  At the market, we ate organic empanadas and we also went shopping and I bought two of my DREAM dresses from H&M.  I am sure I will feature those in pictures soon.

For Christmas, I was super spoiled.  I got lots of new makeup from Lancome, jewelry, chocolates, clothes, new Nikes, a FitBit Zip, and on top of that did some shopping with Brandon.  I also got Downton Abbey on BluRay which is kind of a huge deal! lol.  In fact I received so many great gifts that were not even mentioned at all. I got Brandon some unique kitchen gadgets (A fish-shaped Taiyaki pan, and some fun Bento box stuff) and some new Nikes and we also went shopping for some other stuff he has been wanting.

Our new running shoes.  Don't they look cute?  Makes me more motivated to actually use them.

Just for fun, here are a couple of pictures of Nabi on our mantle while I was decorating it.  Since then, I added a couple of gorgeous nutcrackers and tiny cypress trees next to the mini Christmas tree.  Hard to explain, but, it looked awesome.

He loves to sniff around whenever something new is in our house.

And he also has to look at everything disapprovingly... lol.

One of my best friends, DeeDee, stayed over at our house the other day.  I had her all to myself the whole day. We went to the mall and also went on a wintry walk.  It was really nice to catch up with her. :-)

For New Years Eve we were so tired that we didn't do anything.  We just went to bed.  But today we had a blast and went out with Brandon's mom and grandma and went grocery and clothes shopping.  We love going to Asian stores together!  I know that might sound funny but it is one of my favorite things ever.  It is so relaxing for me to walk around at grocery stores. We also went out to lunch at a Korean restaurant and to a few Korean bakeries and picked up Korean pastries that would make anyone swoon.  Let's just say Brandon and I definitely overate today....

My mom was kind enough to send me a sourdough bread start from Czechoslovakia (this start dates all the way back to 1912!) for Christmas. We named the first jar of start "Yeastov" and the second jar "Yeastel" haha.  Yeastov already overflowed because I neglected to check on him for several hours.  Just now, I baked my first loaf of bread. It tasted pretty epic but I accidentally cooked it too long and it got a little bit overly crispy.  Oh well.  Lesson learned!!!  Next time it will be perfect.

Hopefully this coming year I will be better about blogging.  I hate neglecting it for so long and then just popping back in like nothing happened.  Like, do I even have any followers any more? haha.  Oh well.  Sorry for the prolonged silence.  I think I just need to set a goal to blog once a month.  12 times in one year is not too much to ask, right?  ^___^

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son