Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Back again

I'm finally back to my gym after more than a year hiatus.  It seems that if Covid didn't killed me, lack of exercise probably will.  

My first classes were just surreal because I'm not only back to zero but felt way worse than I started working out at the gym a couple years back.  It was at least a step in the right direction to get back into it,  we all have to start somewhere and life happens, set backs are ok.

I also took the pups to the dog park for the first time ever in a year and they were so thrilled to play with other pups.  Oddly enough, it was something nice to do for me too because it was nice to sit out for a bit and just get out of the house. 

I've been cooking at home so much more the whole last year out of necessity, as a result my cooking skill has improved and now I can easily make delicious and simple meals at the end of a long day.  Eating out is fun once in a while but also very tiresome, sometimes it's much more relaxing to cook a simple meal at home and have a relaxing evening.  One side effect of the pandemic is that it gives me existential crisis sometimes, but when I can relax at home and have a happy evening with my puppies it just feel so blissfully happy and content.  

Monday, April 26, 2021

Things I Want to do

With the weather getting so much nicer, I've planned a few easy hikes locally to finally get some exercise in.  This year somehow all my workout plans fell way behind but everything that I want to do require being physically fit, I will definitely be working on getting myself back on track again!  

I'm also looking at some local camping spots and road trips, I think I'm not the only person with the idea of a little get way, but I'm not sure why I never took the initiative to plan things out.  Once I have that travel goal in mind though, I became mildly obsessed!

My gym has finally opened back up and I'm looking to take some swimming lessons soon.  It's sort of embarrassing that I don't know how to swim as an adult but I think it's never too late to learn!

I'm also planning to start biking again.  Overall I'm looking to do some good for my health and become active again so I can feel my best everyday and have a productive life.  



Monday, April 19, 2021

Hello Again

After a few months of hiatus, I started to miss blogging again.  Life moves so fast this year and suddenly we are in the middle of April.  Part of the reason I stopped was because my home laptop's keyboard went out and I haven't got around to repair it, the bigger thing is that I just didn't have the energy or time.  

The pups are all doing well albeit the boys have lots of grey hair now, I think in dog years they are quite the old men by now!

I'm kind of really looking forward to Spring and Summer, it's been a surreal year and I'm looking forward to maybe some outdoor dining soon if things continue to improve.  In the meantime I'm always so thankful to be able to have a cozy little space of my own.  I've been getting better at making efforts to have quality time with friends, and sometimes I feel like my home is much cozier than a restaurant or cafe for dinner or hangout!  

Friday, January 29, 2021

A rare calm and happy day.  This week I try to think positively, and it helped me so much to get through the week.  Sometimes when I let go of my worries, better things seem to happen! 

It's been a rainy couple of days again, the puppies never want to get out of bed in the morning, everyone is snuggled in their perfectly comfy spot and if someone tried to move they get kind of upset! 

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Struggle is Real

We got through a cold and rainy weekend cozied up at home with some warm food and puppy snuggles. I've also slowly started working out on the living room floor again, after a whole week of struggle I'm finally able to follow through a 12 minute workout without taking a break.  

The prolonged isolations of quarantine is really weighting me down lately, so I invited my friend over for some dinner and wine again, it's so rare to be able to have dinner with anyone these days now due to extra precautions so when I finally get to have dinner with someone I appreciate it so much more.

I still managed to walk everyone before the rain hit, so the puppies got extra quiet during the rain and mostly napped throughout.  I was wondering why the house was so quiet and then found dogs hiding everywhere snuggled up in different rooms.  I have so much gratitude for my little pets because they made my home feel like a real loving place and always filled the house with so much joy.  Particular this weekend I REALLY felt thankful for having a working furnace even though a few months earlier it was so hard to come up with the money to get it replaced.  There's nothing that compared to the peace of mind I had knowing we won't be freezing to death during the dead of winter this year... again. 

I've been thinking a lot about the adversity we are facing since the pandemic started and how things can be so tough on some days.  Besides good friends that helped me through the tough times, it's good to acknowledge the difficulties that we encounter in life and call it for what it is.  I have to remind myself to persevere through hardship and face life with a bit of courage because I have the tendency to curl up in a ball and only wanting to always hide from the outside world when things get tough.  Over the weekend I tried to refocus on health and fitness, taking care of my pets and reconnecting with my friends, but also worked on not beating myself up for falling behind on my work schedule.  It's ok to not be so hard on yourself sometimes as long as I can re-focus and continue to do my best!  

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

I spent the long weekend tidying up the house and doing chores.  I'm perfectly capable of spending a whole day organizing the house and still end up with a bigger mess than I started so I work very hard to keep the house in decent order.  

The nice part is when things are finally done and I get to relax with the puppies and a cup of hot tea.  There's really nothing in the world like a comfortable home.

With restaurant still closed, I don't order take out so much anymore.  Instead I'm cooking most meals at home.  It's relatively easy to make simple meals for one person.  

Somehow I'm just in major homebody mood, it can feel like the outside world is having an apocalypse and I just want to hole up at home and snuggle with my puppies.  

Friday, January 15, 2021

I really missed my friends so I invited one of my friend for dinner and just hangout.  It's nice to have some reminders of normalcy.  I wanted a special treat for her so I made roast lamb, it turned out delicious!  I'm honestly a terrible cook but it was nice to relax and chat with a friend over a glass of wine.  

I ended up having left overs for a couple of days but it was super delicious, I get very motivated to try new recipes when I get good results!

After the new year I slowly begin to make effort to take care of myself again, too much stress is so bad for our health.  Last year I managed pretty well without a gym but the end of 2020 I really fell behind.  I am slowly picking things up, starting with baby steps like a short 15 minute yoga practice, drinking more water during the day, take my supplements and take a hot bath at night ... all things I could do regardless of what I'm going through in life.  At the moment I'm quite motivated to get back on track and can't wait to see something results!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Winter Treat

I always crave comfort food in the winter, so last night I made hot chocolate at home since I happen to have all the ingredients on hand.

It was a simple mixture of cocoa powder, sugar, a drop of vanilla extract, and a cup of oat milk.  

The result was the most delicious hot chocolate I've ever had!  It's about 1000 times better than the hot chocolate I ordered from the coffee shops.  

Saturday, January 9, 2021


I took things slow to recover from a really rough work week at the last week of 2020.  With a bit of rest, my perspective on things started to look less bleak.  Having good energy level made such a difference... when I feel tired and down it's very hard to be excited about work and life in general.  

I cooked so much more the last week and half, mostly when I come home it just seemed easier to made something quick like a toast or a small salad or just warm up some soup.  While I make a bite for myself, I will prepare dinner for my pups too.  It's nice to be home for dinner and my puppies get super excited about their meal time as well.  I don't know if life needs a lot of big moments, but the small wonderful moments of everyday life are just as special to me.  

As the month progressed, things started to get really busy again, I had to get up very early in the morning for work and it's always super cold even with the heat on.  I usually have some warm water first thing in the morning and get started on work.

I got a few things done around the house, one of them is cleaning up my ten year old espresso machine and put it to good use again.  I changed out the filter, washed all the removable parts and started making latte at home.  I neglected so much things at home and needed to play catch up, but I've really been wanting to make the effort to make my house a nice and comfortable living space.

It's been so long since I used the espresso machine still it worked very good!  

I even made breakfast for myself on a couple occasion... there's no place to eat breakfast in the restaurant still, but making a pretty breakfast at home is just as special!

With so much stress going on in the outside world, it's nice to be able to come home and enjoy a moment of peace and relax a bit in my own little world. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Living in extraordinary times


The longer the quarantine continued, the more surreal the whole situation has become.  Last year was a constant struggle to maintain a little bit of normalcy and trying to stay on top of things as much as possible, it seems that nothing carried me through the year except just sheer patience and persistence.

At the end of last year I felt that I didn't do extraordinarily well but I managed to get by ok.  Somehow I kept the roof over my head for me and my pups, got the bills paid and took care and fed myself and four pups.  Also this winter we finally had heat, which the previous year we did not.  Somehow this meager basic necessity took colossal effort but it got done.  Although I would like to do better, it was as much as I could handle in a year's time.  

While flipping through my phone I found these pictures from the summer, somehow it seemed like years ago.. every day life seem the same but looking back in a few months time, everything is changed, nothing stayed the same.  I'm so looking forward to some warmer weather and being able to relax a little bit.  I'm sure I'm not the only person that felt the sudden exhaustion having gone through a rather tiresome year. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

New Year passed by relatively peacefully, I had to work throughout and as soon I'm done with the last major project I promptly fell sick.  I just knew I was pushing it with all the excess stress that I couldn't handle, it was bound to happen... finally I decided that I deserve at least one weekend without thinking about work or stressing over emails.  I also noticed that lately I've just been plain unhappy at work and having to go into the office to do things have become a burden... I'm even surprised at myself how unhappy I am to be there, perhaps this is a good time to take a short break and step away for a little bit.  I have a lot of house chores stacked up, and I've completely neglected taking care of myself the past couple of months.  This would be a good time to take a breather and do a little catch up.

I had so much planned for the new year but at the moment I'm badly in need of some rest and just not fit to jump start the new year.  Instead of thinking about work I started doing some house keeping over the weekend and cooking delicious food at home and watched fun 80s tv shows, sometimes you just gotta chill a little.

Not sure why I had never tried to cook Mexican food at home before but a couple weeks ago I picked up some tortillas from the super market and tried to figure out how to eat it, turned out there are lots of easy ways to use tortillas in cooking, so I made homemade street tacos and they turned out quite delicious, even I was pleasantly surprised.  Encouraged by this development, I've decided to make salsa next!  Sometimes I spent hours in the kitchen and the food turned out awful, it would be so nice to learn a few simple recipes that I could whip up anytime!

It's been quite a while that I did nothing but relax at home, I could really feel the life energy coming back to me instead of feeling like a walking zombie!  I'm looking forward to spend a little time to take care of my puppies and the house in the coming few days.  I always feel so fortunate to have a little space that I call my own and I always want to take care of my home space to make it cozy and comfortable for me and my puppies.

Back again

I'm finally back to my gym after more than a year hiatus.  It seems that if Covid didn't killed me, lack of exercise probably will. ...