The Singular and Solitary Spirit of Self

So I finally went snowboarding this season. I didn’t find any good jump spots, so I didn’t get to do that, but I did make it down the whole mountain without falling. Quite exhilarating. I’ve never been on the mountain that late before, and I got to see the lights go on because it was getting so dark. I also remembered how cold it can get, which is one of the reasons I dislike snowboarding. Nonetheless, I will be back next season to accomplish more goals (ie hit up a black diamond, land a jump).

Something I realized (last year) that I love about snowboarding is how refreshing it is to be so high up on the mountain with the cold, fresh air. There may be a lot of people on the mountain, and I was there with friends, but somehow, the sport finds a way to be solitary, in the most freeing way possible. I love the feeling.

Also, a non-update, but old cabins are still freaky as fuck. Luckily, I survived.

I’ve been trying to sleep early on weekends, but it seems way too difficult when there’s no obligation to wake up early the next morning. And I think even if I did sleep early, I would still wake up late. So, I end up staying up late doing nothing of importance, except when it starts getting really late/early and I start getting introspective. I love/hate when it happens because it’s an enlightening emotional overload.

I stumbled across these videos. Chris Evans is one of my favorite actors, and one of the main reasons is that he’s such a spiritual being. These videos, which I recommend you watch (though it’s over 15 minutes, so if you don’t have the time, watch one or two), show how good he is at articulating these specific feelings and thoughts, all of which I have swirling in my head about myself and I feel about my life now. He says he discovered this at 15, which is so amazing, because he’s probably so wise now. I’m just now getting in touch with my “self”. Anyhow, I found his words resonated so much with me, though I sometimes have difficulty articulating.

I drank like four sodas on Tet and went deep into unhealthiness. I feel a bit sicker than before. I think Munchkin is a new family holiday tradition. We also played the usual bau cua tom ca and bai cat te, two Vietnamese gambling games. I got to hug some babies. Family, food, and fun- the trifecta.

I just realized I have no plans for Valentine’s Day this year! And I don’t even have my dogs to cuddle with. At least I have some work to catch up on, some old music to listen to for nostalgia’s sake (and I get to sing at the top of my lungs because I’m home alone today), and a threesome with me, myself, and I. #whyamisohappysingleandalone? It breaks my heart that this holiday makes people sad and hateful. You always have someone to love, and if it’s not someone else, it is most definitely yourself.

Food Lab

  • Going with my Asian-themed recipes, and perfectly aligning with Lunar New Year, here are a few recipes I tried this week.
  • Che Ba Mau (three-colored dessert). My favorite dessert to buy, but not my favorite to make. On one hand, it was easy because you can just choose a variety of ingredients to put in. But then again, it doesn’t taste like what you want it to taste like. Tasted better than I thought it would, but it could’ve tasted better. I’ll just stick to buying it pre-made; it’s cheaper anyway.
  • Che Thai (Thai dessert). Another one where there were so many varieties, I had to guess. I made it my own way. The first taste made me think it wasn’t sweet enough and it tasted bland and light. But then I made a whole batch of it, so eating it throughout the week, it tasted better and better. It started tasting richer and creamier. I put in lychees, jackfruit, green jelly (xuong sam), and some coconut cubes. I used some of the syrups the fruits were in, and then I added half and half (base), coconut milk, condensed milk, and sugar…pretty much in random quantities until it had the right taste and consistency.
  • Sinh To Bo (avocado smoothie). Tasted way better than I thought! And it’s so simple. Avocado, condensed milk, and ice. Blend until creamy. Didn’t even need to add any other milk or sugar, as it had the right sweetness and consistency right away. I’m sure the avocado has to be just right as well, or else it’ll ruin everything.
  • Cha gio (eggrolls). My mom’s favorite homemade recipe, and I finally learned how to make them. It wasn’t as complicated as I thought, but it is time-consuming to prep everything. Of course, it was fun because I was learning and I knew I couldn’t mess it up. Recipe withheld hehe.
  • Very unhealthy, I know
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~ by Btab on 14 February 2016.

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