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