Summer is shaping up to be a season of busy. It has been a beautiful week of plentiful sunshine, cool breezes, and lots of work! Planning for my Europe trip next month is one big thing I’ve been busy with. That’s right- I’ll be taking my first international trip to Europe! The first part of the trip is with my grad school advisor and her study abroad history of psychology class. I did a little preliminary research for the program years ago and she’s invited me along to see the fruits of my labor. I’m really excited to see some of these hallmarks of psychology I’ve only read about in textbooks and articles (and seeing my passport look more worldly). (more…)
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and I wanted to mark it with a poignant, lovely post about Asian American history or Asian American mental health (because, psychologist), but I wasn’t inspired by any of my ideas. Okay, and you can also call me lazy. (more…)
Spring has gone by so fast! I can hardly believe summer’s just around the corner. If the only the weather got the memo… although it IS supposed to warm up later this week. I seriously rocked a maxi dress and sandals last Thursday evening only to shiver in an oversized sweater and jeans on Friday. What is going on?! (more…)
Things have that inspired me this month. It has been a while since I’ve done a sweet spots of things that caught my eye and snagged a spot in my heart. Here are some of the moments!
One of spring’s best gifts is asparagus. Those yummy green stalks may appear to be available all year round, but you and I both know that they are the best and most tender in the springtime. Just eating them is like tasting spring in your mouth. (more…)
May has always been a month of springtime, hope, and celebrating. May is when the weather *hopefully* starts to warm up to the point where one can enjoy the longer days. May is the last stretch of the school year. May is the first three-day weekend since February (if you work on a government schedule) and the last three-day weekend before summer (if you’re in school). May is also Mother’s Day and my mother’s birthday and May Day. May Day as a child in Hawaii involved flowers and dancing, both of which I love! (more…)
Farmer’s Market Edition! Last Sunday was sunny and beautiful, so I took myself down to Ballard to check out the goodies at their weekly farmers market. As usual, tons of other Seattlites had the same ideas. And their pups! (more…)
I’ll admit, I was pretty (read: very) late to the red velvet wagon. It seemed like a dessert that couldn’t make it up its flavor-mind and hid its indecision behind a lot of food coloring. I thought I saw through that. Who wants a confused cupcake anyway? Then two years ago, a friend was throwing a surprise birthday party for his then-girlfriend and I offered to make cupcakes for dessert. Guess what her favorite cake flavor was? That’s right. (more…)
I promised myself I’d stretch myself a little more, put a little more of me out here on the blog. There are so many facets of being a person that there can’t reasonably be enough space to fill. Or have a blog cohesive enough to hold it together. But one can try. So far, its been increasingly better food photography (i’m looking into a class!), trying new recipes, and pics of my dog. Then I added some wellness/mental health stuff, as a nod to the seven years of graduate training and to hopefully extend resources to those who visit here. Now, well, I did say I’ve been trying to write more lately.
The best things in life are the simple things. Sunshine on a spring day. Lilacs spreading their intoxicating fragrance through the house. Ice cream cones on summer days. A new episode of your favorite TV show. A hot latte with an extra shot (or two) after pulling an all-nighter. Wagging puppy tails and kisses after a long work day. Laughing with your best friends. Linguini with clams. And bacon. (more…)