Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend.

I had a great Thanksgiving weekend. It was spent with friends and family. I stuffed my face this weekend with a ton of delicious food and pumpkin pie! Black Friday was approaching; Boyfriend and I did not have any huge purchases we wanted from Best Buy but after driving by it around 7:30pm and noticing the line was still short we drove home quickly and bundled up. It was freezing cold. If it were not for Tobe and Crys' propane heater, snow boots, and snow pants I don't think the Man and I would have survived the night. We probably would have given up. Since we were prepared, staying out 9 hours in the cold was not as bad. Don't get me wrong, it was bad but it could have been worst.

We also met a guy around our age. He was by himself and stood in line before us. Cool dude. We basically kept each other up the whole night/morning, sharing stories, blankets, and the heater.

Us from the entrance. So close yet so far.

Our setup that kept us alive.

Here my friends, are the only two things we purchased at Best Buy. Maybe not worth the cold and 9 hours of waiting but the experience was fun and we had a good time. But next year, we are only going if we want something worth the wait! We almost did not go this year but because of the short line, we had to do it. Last year we arrived around 10pm and were wrapped around half the building, less prepared, but it was less cold, and we bought a lot more things that were worth the wait. This year, Boyfriend picked up a computer monitor but the salesman showed us the wrong one. We didn't know until they rang us up and it showed the regular price. FAIL. The line was too long so he just said to forget it.

An external hard drive and GPS.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Santa, is that you?

The Man and I took Penny to Petsmart earlier and ran across this Christmas Holiday dog toy. At first I said, "This is cute! It's Santa." Then I noticed the slight awkwardness of its design. I showed the Boyfriend and he responded, "They weren't really thinking when they made this dog toy." I still think it is cute though. I really wanted to buy it just because, but we LOLed and put the toy away after I took a photo.

P.S. The roads are extremely slippery here. Black ice everywhere. No lie. I just got back from "ice skating" up and down the driveway. I was almost in crawling position trying to make my way back to the top. Our driveway is not even that steep. Fun to "skate" in but dangerous for driving. Be safe and drive carefully everyone!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cold Sunday Afternoon.

Mai Khou and I have been planning on getting together for a shoot for the past few months. We have been busy and finally had time this past weekend. We scheduled for Sunday (11/13) at 2pm, a week in advance, unaware of how the weather would turn out. It ended up snowing all through Friday to Saturday and a little Sunday morning. We still had the shoot though. It was freezing cold but it turned out great, after all, we are Minnesotans. She did a wonderful job, fun and easy to work with. She was pro status, forreal.

Regular, please and thank you.

I have been to Steepery Tea Bar three times since its soft opening date this past Monday November 15. After work this morning I of course had to drop by. The lady at the counter was so nice. I ordered a regular sized iced Thai Tea with pearls and put cash in the tip jar. Instead, she made a large with extra tapioca pearls! It was really kind of her. I thanked her and said I will definitely be showing up for the grand opening, as I have originally planned already. P.S. Everyone, the GRAND OPENING of Steepery Tea Bar is tomorrow, Saturday November 21! Go support the new local business. It is located in the Seasons Market area in Woodbury. Corner of Radio Dr and Tamarack Road.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Steepery Tea Bar - Soft Opening.

In April 2010, I emailed Tea Garden Inc asking if they would be interested in opening any shops in the Oakdale area; soon enough they emailed me last month telling me that they will be opening one located in Woodbury! Jackpot! Great customer service; I have forgotten about the email I have sent them but I am glad that they returned my email and gave me their soft and grand opening dates. What really drove them to open a location in Woodbury is thanks to a Facebook page called "I want a Tea Garden in Woodbury, please.'

Their website says grand opening on the 20th, which I know the meaning of, but I was not sure what "soft opening" on the 15th meant. I originally planned on meeting my friend Mai Yang there but we weren't sure if it would be open so we rescheduled for the 20th. I decided to drive by anyway since it is near my area. I got tea!!! Soft opening basically means they are open but are only told to people by mouth from a friend to a friend. Therefore it is not posted onto their website.

The tea was just as good. The shop is smaller than the other ones I have been to but it was nice. It is located in the Seasons Market shopping area off of Radio Drive and Tamarack Road. P.S. - Tea Garden's located in the the suburbs are being called "Steepery Tea Bar" - Different name same delicious drinks plus a few extras. And of course, I got my all time fav; Iced Thai Tea with Tapioca Pearls.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Winter baby.

It snowed all through the night and I woke up to this; my backyard:

I am so excited for the snow. Driving in this weather sucks but other than that, I don't know how I would feel if Christmas was sunny and hot. This weather sets me in the mood for the oh-so-wonderful-beautful-holidays!

On a lighter note, Penny turns ONE on the 16th of this month. The boyfriend and I decided to do it early since we will be busy during the weekday. We bought her delicious food, in dog world, and a few new toys. She still loves her laser though. (My friend bought her the adorable sweater. Thanks Linda!)

Friday, November 12, 2010

DAY 30: A picture of you today & 20 goals you want to accomplish.

I know I am extra late on this blog challenge, but here is my last and final challenge day!

Me, Myself, & I; today.

20 Goals:
1. Have a decent amount in my savings.
2. Finish knitting the scarf I started 2+ years ago.
3. Ride in an airplane for the first time.
4. Go horseback riding.
5. Graduate with a degree, any.
7. Build my photography skills and portfolio.
8. Learn to play an instrument well.
9. Write a song and play an instrument while singing it.
10. Pay off my credit card debt by next summer.
11. Save money for a laptop.
12. Become successful.
13. Bake and design a cake for my parents; from scratch.
20. (Be right back...)

Done and done! The challenge is finished. I will now continuing blogging about things that may or may not interest you. Thanks for reading and looking. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

KDWB Crew and Fireflies.

This video was created by the radio station 101.3 KDWB. This is most of the crew. The video was made during Christmas 2009 but just thought I would share it anyway. I love Dave Ryan and the morning crew, of course the rest of the gang too but Dave and company takes top. They are what keeps me up during my first four hours of work. 6am to 10am.

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DAY 29: In this past month, what have you learned?

I have learned that Penny is addicted to laser pointers. It is like meth to her. No lies. We have gone through three already. As a matter of fact, we need to go buy new batteries soon. Sometimes when she gets frustrated by how we are twirling it, she will bark, at that point we put the laser away. Barking equals no play time. Now she tries really hard to not bark while chasing after that bright light. After we put it away she will come up to us and give the puppy face. It is so adorable and honestly, I have not seen it til now. If I say, "laser" she will get right up and look me in the eye. MmmmHmm, she learned a new word.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kanye West - Runaway (Full-length Film)

I really like this video. The colors, choreography, lyrics, beat, outfits, everything. Kanye West can be a douche but he is an amazing artist. I like him as a person and his music but just not a big fan of some of his not-so-bright comments and actions.


DAY 28: A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

THEN 09/2009 & NOW 11/2010:

Physically: Yes and No. My hair has grown longer. I don't think I have cut it since last year. Maybe just a tiny trim to get rid of split ends. My hair is also now darker. I still sweep my bangs to the left. I probably gained a couple L B's. I still wear glasses but the "Now" photo just shows me with contacts. I am not sure but lets just say that I have grown at least an inch within this year. I still love cardigans and comfy clothes. As a matter of fact, I'm wearing a cardigan in both pictures and I still like cross-body bags.

Mentally: Yes. I have learned a lot within the past year. Priorities first. I am still trying to get that together but I am a lot more responsible now. I've grown a lot. After all the mini life crisis I went through, I now admit, I should have listened to my parents. But, we lose some to grow some. We live and we learn. We must fall in order to get back up. I turned 21 this year. I am at the legal age of drinking but it just does not sound as amusing as it used to. Don't get me wrong, it feels absolutely great knowing the that fact I no longer have to worry about being caught with a fake ID. I can now legally go grab a drink whenever I want but I have been drained from work. I still go out to have a good time though. Work hard, play harder. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Minnehaha Falls.

On Friday I had lunch with my friend Linda at Saigon then I decided to take "Click" with me to Minnehaha Falls. Too bad the leaves have already fallen off the trees. I still have a few random photos though. No trees or pretty autumn takes but I got the waterfall, a pine-like tree with red berries, and a tree with pink/red berries-ish. Yeah, I fail at the name of these.

Day 25, 26, & 27.

DAY 25: What I would find in your bag.

DAY 26: Places you want to visit before you die.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Tokyo, Japan
South Korea
Paris, France
Las Vegas

DAY 27: Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?
Something to blog about and my great friend Pang (Scarlett Martian) got me into doing it. :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 23 & 24.

DAY 23: What is something you crave.
SUSHI. I love sushi. I can live off of it. Seriously.

DAY 24: Share a story about your past that you are ashamed of.
I was a korean fanatic. To the point where I wrote down every website containing any sort of relation to korean bands/singers. I had a binder filled with pages and pages of all the hotties; Shinhwa, HOT, SES, 1Tym, Lee Min Woo, Kangta, etc... During the July 4th soccer tournament I would spend money on bootlegged movies and CD's. And if I didn't have it but a friend or cousin did, we would re-record it to make me a copy. Some mornings before school I would go to my cousins house and watch clips of a concert or music video before heading out to the bus stop. I don't know what happened to the binder I put all my Korean heart and soul into... Well, it's not something I'm really ashamed of, I'm quite proud. :DDD Oh, and I still love to watch Asian Dramas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ending of October & Halloween recap.


I got a wrist tattoo towards the end of October. The boyfriend and I designed it while sitting out in a parking lot. My very first and possibly last. Iderno. We will see... My tattooist did a great job and she is super friendly. If I were to ever go back and get another small tattoo, I would go to her again.

After work.

I went to Target and couldn't help but grab a few things; travel size Aveeno lotion for my purse, Sally Hansen nail polish in Quick Sand, 2-in-1 concealer/foundation brush, and a cuticle trimmer.

Halloween Night.

Yes, believe it. I went trick-or-treating. I think this may be the last year I go. I've gone every year for as long as I can remember. I should have stopped years ago but, free candy! It was a fun night.

I did some party hopping but didn't take many pictures. Some are inappropriate while others are ehhh. Plus, my hair was falling out of the wig by party number one. Lol.