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Stocking Up at Thai Binh

Posted on December 31, 2011 by under Shopping.    

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Another thing we did while on Christmas break was do some grocery shopping at the Asian supermarket. We needed to stock up on staples like rice and suka. We were almost out of Jasmin rice. We use Milagrosa. I know that brown rice is better for you nutritionally, but I can’t give up my white rice. I like to eat it with everything.

White rice is to me what Datu Puti suka is to Brian. He puts it on everything. So we stocked up on that too. We got four bottles, which should last us a while, as long as I can keep Brian from practically drinking the stuff. We also got some tocino and longonisa and some other stuff.

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Speaking of drinks, coconut juice was on sale so I got myself several cans.

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They also had whole papaya and large avocados at the store.

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I didn’t buy any though, because Brian doesn’t like that stuff. It would have been difficult for me to consume them before they spoiled and I don’t like wasting food.

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Brian Wants an iMac Like This One

Posted on December 31, 2011 by under Wishlist.    

We were at Best Buy the other day over Christmas break looking for some new workout headphones for Brian. He got these really cool Skullcandy earbuds. For something under $20, they’re actually pretty good.

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While at Best Buy, we stopped by the Apple section and played around with the floor models. Brian wants one of these gigantic iMacs. I had it in my mind that I wanted a 13″ MacBook Air. However, after playing with it and a MacBook Pro, I realized that I can get a much better computer for a lot less if I’m willing to compromise on thickness and weight. So I’ve decided, I’m going to start saving up to buy a MacBook Pro for my birthday next year. Add that to my list of resolutions. =P

Hopefully, around this time next year, I’ll be typing my resolutions on a MacBook. Gotta start saving!

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You Mean This Isn’t Cousin Tracy?

Posted on December 31, 2011 by under Confessions.    

I wanted to share with you guys something funny that happened to me the other day while I was running errands. Ever since I found out that Juliana at Quick Stitch (the alterations specialists that Brian and I rely on) made barefoot sandals several weeks ago, I’d been thinking about getting one made for cousin Tracy because it would be perfect for her wedding in Jamaica in March. I needed to get her okay and her shoe size, though.

So while Brian was getting his massage on Wednesday, I asked my in-laws for Tracy’s phone number so I could check with her. I was thinking that this could be the “something blue” for her to wear at the wedding. I don’t think I was explaining it to her very well though, because she was thinking that I was buying her actual shoes (perhaps she got this impression because I asked for her shoe size) and she didn’t want to wear shoes because this was going to be a beach wedding. She tried to be open minded about the whole thing and suggested that I send her pictures of what I was talking about before she agrees to it.

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Anyway, the first phone number that I got from my mother-in-law didn’t work. I guess it was the phone number to Tracy’s old house that she sold now that she and Jeff are living together. Finally, I got her mobile number from my father-in-law. Although, there was some other number I had on my phone that was listed as Tracy McConnell. I ended up exchanging several messages with a stranger before I realized it was the wrong number. I deleted it from my contacts list immediately so as not to confuse myself in the future. But, this was too funny not to share so I’m posting it here.

I did talk to the real Tracy McConnell and she loves the barefoot sandals idea so now I can get one for her. She is so sweet, so I really wanted to do something special for her. I’m glad she consented to letting me take care of the “something blue” part. I asked Juliana to make custom barefoot sandals for cousin Tracy using blue beads and I’m super excited for the finished product. I hope that she really likes it.

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Nutella & Go

Posted on December 30, 2011 by under Food and Drink.    

I was at Walmart the other day, getting a gift card for my niece Kayla, when I saw these at the check out lane. It took a lot not to buy one. They remind me of Yan Yan, which are highly addictive themselves. Hmmm… Speaking of, my jar of Nutella is almost empty. I think it’s time to buy another jar.

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Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery

Posted on December 29, 2011 by under Shopping, Things to Do.    

I’m really sad that my favorite local vineyard and winery is shutting down. My first encounter with Smoky Hill wines was on our Salina day trip with David and Donna almost five years ago. Their plan was to just go to Cozy’s. I’m kind of insane though, so I found all of these other things for us to do while in the area. The wine tasting at Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery being one of these things.

The lady at the store told us that they would be closing when we were there in November buying some wine. I bought four bottles of Sweet Lady and four bottles of River Valley Red, my two favorites. I kept two bottles of each for myself and we gave the other four bottles to mom and dad for Christmas, since they really enjoy the sweet wines also. She told that it wouldn’t be until the end of January so we didn’t really think much of it. I did make a mental note to return and buy out all of the Sweet Lady and River Valley Red bottles they had left because I really, really like them and I know that I wouldn’t be able to get any more.

Last week I got a message from Misty that their closeout sales had already started. It started sooner than I expected. I was thinking it wouldn’t start until the beginning of next year. I really should have gone when I first got the message from Misty because by the time Brian and I got to Under the Cork (their retail store at New Market Square) on Monday they were completely out of Sweet Lady and River Valley Red; and, they weren’t getting any more. I was so sad.

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However, we did get a great deal on our new wine rack as our consolation. Brian was happy that he now had somewhere to put all of his wines. Mine just go in the refrigerator because my sweet wines are supposed to be served chilled. My extra wine (those that wouldn’t fit in the fridge) and his were all stored under the sofa table behind the couch, for lack of a better storage option. LOL. Now that they have a proper home, Brian is beyond happy.

Incidentally, I found something on FourSquare while checking in at Under the Cork on Monday that I just had to share with you guys. I love finding funny places like this on FourSquare! If you find other amusing ones like this one, please be sure to share them with me. That would totally make my day!

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