Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2017 Year in Review (in August no less!)

Oh the blog neglect! I'm sure some people would just advise that I wait until next year and just roll it into one post. I thought about it, but nah...

My "annual" reflection post allows me to get back to this blog and also reminds me of how I don't keep up with it much. I've been "focusing" on the creative blog and started up #humpdayhaikus again, well frankly, because I have the time!

2017 had its ups and downs, but, I'll focus on and appreciate the good because, well, it just feels better. :)

As per my usual since returning from the east coast in 2011, I spent many an afternoon strolling along local beaches and capturing more sunsets in a year that most people see in a decade. This is my version of stopping to smell the roses since my sense of smell is pretty non-existent.  The locale changed from Newport Beach to Torrey Pines State Beach because, at long last, I finally made my way back down to San Diego. FINALLY! and couldn't be happier to be here.

My brother got me an annual pass to Disneyland for Christmas 2016 and boy did I take advantage of that, even though I moved down to SD in April. Life can't be all that bad if you are hanging out with good company at the" Happiest Place on Earth", right?

The great thing was, my brother several friends also had/have a pass so I had several opportunities to relive my childhood and also have experiences with my friend's kids. I LOVE that! It reminds me of when I used to go with my cousins when we were all much younger and ticket prices were maybe around $20 pp. Those were the days!
With Nina and Brysen on the Mader ride at DCA
The cool thing about going with a toddler is going back to the kiddy rides. I stopped going to them if I didn't have kids with me, so I forgot about all of them. In fact, I went on the Peter Pan ride for the first time ever and it was pretty awesome! The Pooh ride was a bit psychedelic too. Snow White is a bit "scarier" than I would have anticipated for being a kid's ride, but I'm digressing...


There was some epic rain in the beginning of the 2017 year. This prompted trips to Mammoth for snowboarding and adventures to local (and not so local) parks to see the insane wildflower growth.

Canyon Park
I haven't been snowboarding in about 6 years or so. I went once when I was living on the East coast and was excited to get back to powder. It just so happens that the weekend that we went (3rd week of January) was when there was a huge storm. There was already a ton of snow so that we sank as soon as we got off the lifts. All the black diamond slopes turned to blue black, all the blue black turned to blue, etc. It was like landing on a pillow, albeit a cold one.

On the 2nd day, it was dumping and the winds were so strong that most of the lifts were closed. Only one side was open and when we got there, we saw that everyone else was there too. Took almost an hour to get to the front and one set of friends got stuck on the lift for about 30 min. We took the hint and once we got everyone back together again, we called it a day. We were supposed to stay another night, but the forecast showed that the conditions would only worsen and that we might be stuck on the mountain for a full day just sitting inside the cabin. We also took that hint and headed back home.
Fairview Park

Elsewhere in the state, the plentiful rain allowed flowers (and weeds) to grow like something else! In my old local park, the wildflowers were easily clearing 6 to 7 feet! It was almost like a corn maze, but with pretty yellow flowers.

In some of these parks, the area was usually just dirt. Mountain bikes would race across the hills, blowing up dust and dirt in their wake. But the rains of early 2017 transformed the landscape.

Speaking of wild flowers, my good friend and I decided to wake up early on a Saturday to make our way out to Anza Borrego. Even Travel & Leisure had to comment on the desert blooms and for good reason. In different areas of the desert, flowers blanketed the horizon in seas of yellow and purple. I'm glad we left early because even in March, the weather was pretty darn hot out there. I practiced some of my DSLR skills and posted some of the unedited pictures here.

Anza Borrego

Although I've moved across the US a few times in my life, I took my first cross country road trip from Southern California to Florida with my brother and his girlfriend where I got to see some family and sites along the way, which was pretty exciting.

As we drove through Texas, we kept seeing billboards for Buc-ee's. We came across so many of them that curiosity got the best of us and we looked it up. They boasted about their aware winning 83 bathroom thrones and something like 200 soda fountains. My brother's girlfriend kept seeing "Beaver Nuts" but that's another story.

We decided to stop and boy were we glad we did! They weren't kidding about how clean their bathrooms are. Though there may not have been 83 at this particular location, there was definitely no wait and it was immaculate. I think we counted a good 30 soda/ slurpee fountains, but we also saw that the store had a large food section of both prepared and packaged foods and a merchandise section for pretty much everything. Now I don't want to become a blogging advertisement, but it was a lot of fun! Buc-ee the Beaver merch was fun to look through as well. Ranging from stuffed animals to potholders to pajamas to towels, you could find that bucktoothed beaver on a great variety of things.

Bu-cee's assortment of items
We saw a lot of kitschy items, particularly if you are a fan of the country decor. They were fun

We decided to get some t-shirts to commemorate the experience because, shoot, we got some beaver fever and were so tickled by this place, we just HAD to! I'm sure the locals thought we were ridiculous and while I may not have actually SEEN them laughing at/with us, I have no doubts they were as we posed in front of the store with our newly purchased Bu-cee's apparel with Bu-cee the Beaver himself.
obligatory shot with Bu-cee
For full disclosure, my brother and his girlfriend have returned to Texas in 2018 and have assured me that they will be revisiting this amazing place and that I shouldn't be too surprised if they bring back some Beaver goodness.

I can't wait!

With my eldest uncle on my dad's side
I have to admit, I was also pretty excited to see family as well. Some of them I haven't seen in a few decades. DECADES (plural!!)!! My cousins hadn't seen us in so long, they couldn't remember if we were cousins or if they were our aunts/uncles. I can't blame them. My brother and I are right in the middle (age wise) of the generations and it was pretty amazing to see the people my 2nd cousins have become, especially since I only had a picture of when two of them were babies in my collection of old photos.

some of my cousins
Considering there was a hurricane several months before, I was surprised not to see much damage there. They live in the Houston area, which was hit pretty hard.

My family told me stories of what the neighborhood looked like during that time, sharing stories of others that struggled and some that didn't make it home. How they had to gut a lot of the walls downstairs and replace whole rooms because of the water damage. I'm grateful that they all survived it and have been steadily rebuilding.

I'm happy that my brother will be seeing them again while he's out there. We had a really nice time catching up with them and the extended family. I hope that I'll be able to make it out there to see them again soon as well. I have a lot of fond memories of them when I was young and it's always a good time to make new memories, if possible.

After we saw the family, we headed to NOLA. None of us had been there before and this will sound silly, but it felt super familiar because of Disneyland's New Orleans Square. The hurricane damage here didn't look too bad either, but I didn't really have much to compare it to. Only a few roads looked a bit messed up, but from what I could tell, businesses were open and even for November it was busy. No where near busy what it could be like during Mardis Gras, no doubt.

It was fun to look up different places to eat and enjoy Cafe Du Monde as it was meant to be. One thing I will say is that if you don't eat the beignets when they are fresh might as well not eat them. We brought some back with us and it doesn't hold up well once they are room temp. Fresh is where it's at!
Our main reason for taking the road trip was to help my brother's girlfriend move stuff from CA to FL for her uncle. Boy were we happy to unload the car and have some leg room once we did that!

It was great to meet her family who greeted us very warmly. My brother has been out there many times before, so he knew everyone. We had some good times, taking her niece and nephew to Miami though only the 3 of us ventured up to Orlando to go to Walt Disney World and Universal. Disney is always busy. We got on the People Mover to escape some heat. We played some games while waiting for Space Mountain (they should TOTALLY implement that at Disneyland; made the wait go by so fast!), and we went on the Snow White ride twice because it was something we didn't have at home and was so much fun!!

Seems like there is no "down season" for Disney, but that definitely wasn't the case for Universal Studios. The longest we had to wait for a ride was 30 minutes. We were able to go on the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride several times in a row with at most a 10 min wait in between. That ride was AMAZING!!! Diagon Alley was also AMAZING! Considering they are a movie studio, I would have been a bit disappointed if I didn't feel like I was fully immersed in the wizarding world and I'm so glad they made it happen!

When I'm in amusement parks, I feel like a kid again. I was "this" close to buying a robe, but thank goodness it was HOT out and it got me thinking "when would I wear this again", which in turn, helped me talk myself out of purchasing anything. Not even all the minions... even though THAT was really tempting! (Phew!) Didn't help at Bu-cee's though!

Overall, there was a lot of GREAT in 2017 and not much bad. I'm lucky indeed!

Book List
1.* Post Office - Charles Bukowski
2. We're All Damaged - Matthew Norman
3. The Caller - Karin Fossum
4. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
5. *Another Brooklyn - Jacqueline Woodson
6. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
7. I am Watching You - Teresa Driscol
8. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness - Sy Montgomery

* Virtual/Lazy Book Club picks

1. Garbage/Blondie
2. Ed Sheeran
3. U2
4. Bleachers
5. Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
6. High Rolling Loners

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old - Benjamin Franklin

I don't know about you, but as I've gotten older, time just whizzes on by. How can it already be close to the end of summer?!

I remember what it was like to be young. When problems consisted of wanting to have my favorite toy, and a bit later on, having sleepovers with friends, keeping up with some of the latest fashion trends, wondering if that boy I liked would ever notice me,  thinking of other opportunities to add to my college applications, and of course, waiting anxiously to turn a year older...

Now-a-days, I'm old enough to see styles that were big when I was young come back into style. The high-waisted jeans (ick), the crop tops... These days, instead of flocking to the "new" trends and trying them on, often times I pick up a hanger, inspect the item, and think, "What IS this?!" I move the article of clothing around, trying to picture in my head, how it would actually fit on a human form, often times without success.

I look in the mirror, and see subtle changes in my face. Though my complexion is better, I see age lines that weren't there not that long ago. I see silver strands in my hair and am waiting for that tipping point when I will start to dye it so that I can continue to pretend that I'm not as old as I am.

Though, just last week, I was carded, so maybe I can keep pretending a little longer. (Phew!)

By now, I'm sure some of you have seen this:
Source: http://9gag.com
I'm almost in the middle of this! Agghhh! (Without the kiddos though.)

I'm closing in on one of those "milestone" birthdays and when I think about it, it's surreal. My life may not be where I thought it would be by this time, but I really can't complain. After all, I've got great relationships with friends and family and I live about 3 miles away from the beach in my favorite city!

My birthday in 2016 (La Jolla, CA)

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Seneca

Another year has just flown by. It's true what they say, the older you get the fast time flies. What up with that?!

And what a year 2016 was.

Most of you who are around my age understand the real impact of all the celebrities that were lost because they were who we grew up with, who helped mark important childhood milestones. Also, the election... I'm not going to elaborate on that just because I just don't have the energy.

So on to more positive things.

I became an aunt! One of my best friend's Nina, and my cousin had baby boys and they are both as cute as can be! I still remember meeting Nina over 20 years ago in our freshman year of college and when my cousin was in diapers!

Last year was filled with several domestic vacations. Tahoe for snowboarding, San Francisco, Boston, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Santa Barbara... I was all over the country this year and I got to catch up with a lot of people that I haven't seen in quite some time. I'm grateful that the friendships remain strong, even if we are no longer living in the same area.

I ran my first 10K and was able to run the whole way through, so yay! for crossing one thing off my bucket list! It doesn't matter that I am around the middle of the pack, and that this year, I'll have to click a different box for age (egads!), this is the longest distance I've ever run and am happy about that.

I haven't been snowboarding in several years. Basically since 2009 and it was the first time I went to Tahoe. What a beautiful place! Before this year, I had only been snowboarding is Mammoth, so it was exciting to try another location, even though I'm super rusty!

I went to a conference and visited Philadelphia for the first time. There was an amazing Malaysian place there that was so good, that we went there twice in 2 days! We tried a few Philly cheesesteaks too, and enjoyed roaming around the city. My friend and I walked over 10 miles in the first day while we waited to check into our hotel. My fitbit counted over 30K steps!

I got to spend the 4th of July weekend in Manhattan. It was rainy but I got to try Shake Shack for the first time. Although it was good, I can't say I remember anything more than it being an expensive tasty burger. I still have to say that American Ale in Santa Barbara is still my favorite burger place. Speaking of which, I went back in October and it was as good as I remember... (tear...).

I took about 3 weeks off of work in December and went to Boston and Seattle. I'm glad that I used to live in cold because I layered and was totally prepared. They are such lovely cities and I'm glad that I got to visit some family and really good friends. So far I've been able to make an annual trip to Boston and I hope that I can keep doing that!

City of Brotherly Love
One of the nice things about being done with school is that I can read for leisure. A few friends and I have a "lazy book club" where we read 3 to 4 books a year and video chat to catch up and talk about the book.

Here's my short list of books for 2016:
  1. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  2. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
  3. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
  4. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  5. Hogwarts Houses Divided - Inverarity
  6. The Girl with all the Gifts - M. R. Carey
  7. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
I read City of Thieves again, which was on my list in 2012, I think. I forgot what the book was about but remembered pretty quickly. David Benioff is the author and when I saw that he was involved with Game of Thrones, I knew that they would make an amazing show. I have seen each season 4 times... at least. I know, crazy. But it's amazing what you notice when you watch it again. I always see something that I didn't see before.

2017 will be a good year. I am going to be moving to San Diego relatively soon. Not soon enough but hopefully within a month or so!! I left in July 2009 and it's taken almost 8 full years to get back. But it will be good to be home.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Things that go BEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in the night and make you say "WTH!?!?!?!?!?!" in the day

So, yeah... it's been an interesting week... actually one day in particular.

I know I've neglected this blog for a while. It's mainly because I couldn't think of any topics that were interesting enough to write about, but I definitely found one.

So, in general, this week has been crazy. I got a ridiculous request for a TPS report (because the actual content is not worth mentioning) that was a massive fire drill with a 24 hour turnaround time that I had to organize with minimal information. Equal parts frustration and confusion. All manual and in excel, and of course it involved gathering last second information from around 20 people.

That's not the "why" of this last Tuesday, October 18th was interesting... let me just count the ways.
Evil kitchen timer. But at the time it said 4AM

It's about 4AM. I hear a random alarm go off. Groggily, I wonder, "what the heck is that?!" After all, I already disabled BOTH my smoke detector and my CO sensor because I need new batteries...

I get out of bed and follow the sound... it's one of my kitchen timers. Odd, since I don't cook often and when I do, I don't use the timer! So I'm guessing I might have hit a timer that had a 16 to 20 hour countdown or something. Either way... UGH!

Then, after what felt like 30 min of sleep... my freaking digital radio started blasting at 5:36AM!!! I want to say I remember that it does this every so often, but I KNOW I turned it off the last time I used it because I transitioned from listening to the radio to watching tv. And it was off for at least 2 full days...
Haunted digital radio, but it said 5:36AM!

What a lovely way to start off the 2nd day of the 24 hour turnaround.

So I get to work, and of course, the usual happens. My computer freezes as I try to add an attachment to an email. I got a new computer a few months ago and it is ALWAYS freezing. I was patient and let it go. But after 20 min, I noticed that even the time had frozen on the computer, so I decided to force a restart.

Ok, yay, it's working! For now...

Should I expect the girl from Ringu to come out of this???
Not that long after, and I'm not sure if my chair touched the keyboard or not, but there is a window half flashing on my screen saying that I've been holding down the "Ctrl" button for a while and asking if I wanted to make some adjustments. So I try to push "cancel", then "ESC", but realize I just have to wait.

As I am looking at this POS, not touching anything, not the keyboard, not the mouse, not anything, my screen rotates 90 degrees. I look at it dumbfounded as I have not touched it!!

My coworker who has that set up purposely, walks by and I yell at him to help me fix this because, at this point... there is some weird energy around me.
#TBT to my Inktober days

He was able to fix it for me by using a shortcut, but shoot, that required at least 3 keys across the keyboard, so even if something was stuck, it didn't account for why the other keys would have been depressed without me touching anything.

So, yeah, if that wasn't enough... I go to my start menu and in the search box, I start seeing "-----------------------------------------------" as far as it can go and then some. I click out of it and then try my excel file, where again, I'm seeing "----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" fill my cell, even though the only thing I'm touching is my mouse. I go into the IM system, and no matter where I click, you guessed it. I looked around to see if there was a something on there, but nope, nothing.

I think my computer is trying to tell me something...
The only way I can make it stop is un-docking my computer. I told my friend and he gave me a new keyboard. Funny thing is, the keyboard I had on there was also brand new. My cordless one ran out of batteries and I was using the corded backup. Just took it out of the box and plastic wrap just the week before.

So, technology has revolted against me. I had a ghost in my machines, following me. I'd like to say that all of it stopped on Tuesday, but I had a little more randomness on Wednesday too. Again, with the even  newer keyboard, (and luckily the TPS report delivered, so at least that stress was gone...), my computer started going crazy again. Again... without touching anything, my email kept scrolling to the bottom of my emails. I captured video of this, but decided not to post it just in case of any random liability.

And for some reason, the computer kept registering that the space bar was constantly being depressed. In the start menu search box, in my excel document... Only this time, when I un-docked, it kept going... (see blurry pic above)

I had to force a restart again. I know the full moon was just over the weekend, but it seemed to have residual effects for me...

Hopefully the poltergeist decided to haunt someone else today!

Monday, March 14, 2016

A particularly Manic Monday...

Today is one of the more challenging Mondays of the year. The Monday after daylight savings, where one hour disappears into oblivion... (come back!!!)

Anyway, as I walked into work with mist lightly dancing on my face, my knees ache a little from the tennis I played over the weekend and my eyes ache from not getting enough sleep. (That's what you get for getting home after 11:30pm, staying up to 12:30ish because you couldn't sleep due to your late afternoon coffee milkshake and waking up at 6:45 by your ALARM...)

Being woken up by my alarm is the WORST... I think I have unnaturally sensitive stress receptors so I usually wake up before my alarm in a mild fear of oversleeping. So when something unexpected wakes me up, especially in a middle of a dream, I'm lethargic all day.

Even now, being awake for 1.5 hours, sitting in my work chair, I feel like a clouded veil has been placed over my eyeballs, and even a straight up caffeine IV wouldn't take effect for another hour. (That's grammatically correct, right?) Then, the sloth-like brain activity may turn into a hummingbird pace, though can't say with any certainty that it will be with any useful thoughts.

Fast forward to 15 hours later. I made it through the day. I even went to the gym after work and then headed to the beach for the sunset since it sets around 7pm now. (The one good thing about DSL, more daylight!)

It was another lovely sunset. I've been having beach withdrawals. It's been an entire week since I've been to the beach. I know, I know... ::I'm spoiled!::

Here are a few shots from today:

Monday, February 29, 2016

"Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of." - Geri Weitzman

So I've neglected this blog for a while. My bad!

I kinda feel like I don't want to post something unless there is something behind it. But then I realized something... that's too much pressure!

I have 4 drafts that I never finished that are just sitting there. Maybe I will post a few of those this year, maybe not. I guess we'll see.

In the meantime, this will be my "year in review" post, even though it's a bit late. (oops!)
Eldurairaj Union 

So 2015... yeah... as far as work goes, it is another one of those epic years of change. This year will not be any different but it's too early to digress on that topic.

As far as personal growth, it was another big one. I decided to really focus on my creative side. THAT blog got lots of love last year. I embarked on a year long #HumpDayHaiku journey that I'm proud to say I completed. And even though the writing of the haikus didn't improve my writing ability (though I'm beyond an expert of counting syllables on my fingers), the drawings that went with them definitely improved. I started out drawing stick figur-ish robots to many other things. I have to say, I found it challenging to find 52 really good themes, and I accepted that not every haiku would be better than the last.

Here are the ones I liked the best, even though others may have disagreed:

Top Left: I was inspired by the pictures of Pluto and have always loved staring at the evening sky trying to find constellations or planets.

Top Right: One of my friends took a picture of a bunch of windmills. I thought it looked cool and there you go. :)

Bottom Left: Baby elephants! 'Nuff said!

Bottom Right: Ninjas, nunchucks and ninja stars; need I say more?

 Top Left: I saw a graphic T with a whale on it and loved it. Whales are very calming, despite their massive size.

Top Right: Jase is big on lighthouses and he pulled me right along with him. I'm still looking for the one in OC. Hope it's not a myth!

Bottom Left: This is my girly side coming out. Unicorns and rainbows!

Bottom Right: This was inspired by an actual art exhibit where 1000 teddy bears were painted on canvases of all sizes. Philipp Jordan is the German artist's name. His paintings were much more vibrant than my drawing, but I still liked what I drew.

Top Left: The ocean was inspired by a drawing an instagrammer (whose profile was taken down) who actually drew a dress from a very similar pattern. I loved it and thought it would look amazing as water. This one may be my all-time favorite.

Top Right: What can I say? I love the rain. ;)

Bottom Left: I haven't been snowboarding in a long time, but it's one sport that I love. Especially when I learned how to connect my turns. (And got all the necessary padding that makes me look like I've gained 30 lbs. but shoot... at least I'm protected!)

Bottom Right: An instagrammer (anasteem) has so many amazing pictures of her daughter with heart shaped balloons. I thought it was beautiful and so I made an attempt to draw it.

Not bad, right? 12 of 52?

I also read a decent amount over the last year. The number of books may not seem like it but shoot, the number of pages show a slightly different story (3000+).

And in no particular order:
1. The Giver - Louis Lowry
2. The Martian - Andy Weir
3. Wind/Pinball: Two Novels - Haruki Murakami
4. Dance with Dragons (A Song of Fire and Ice, Book 5) - now I know you were waiting for this one if you have ever looked at my previous years' book lists!
5. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
6. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

Dessert Cooking Class
I didn't go abroad but I got to see a bunch of friends. Visiting San Francisco for fun and to take pictures, Seattle to have a mini cousin reunion, DC for my good friends' wedding, Boston to see old grad school friends, local trips to SB and SD...How lucky am I to have so many people to visit? ... Very!

I am grateful to always realize when I have good people around me. It doesn't happen everywhere, and I do my best to appreciate and enjoy it as much as I can. After all, the only constant is change, right?

We'll see what this year brings!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.” - Tenzing Norgay

Hello there!

It's been a while since I've been on here. I've been keeping myself busy with my creativity projects and have also been neglecting that food blog I was working on. Oops!
The Couz and the Bro

Anyway, my brother, Stephen (but better known to his friends as "Steve") turned 40 a few months ago. I was planning on writing about that in May or early June, but my obsession with finishing the Game of Throne books kept me occupied. I finally finished the 5th book (A Dance with Dragons) earlier this month! So before I go and start rambling about the books and the HBO series, I will stop myself from digressing...

So, yeah, Steve just hit a big milestone in life. He may or may not like that I have called him out on this, but truth be told... he doesn't look his age. Nor, truthfully does he act it. :)
George Burns stated it well, "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old!"
Heck, I'm not going to disagree with that! My previous irritation of getting carded has now been transformed to feeling a small joy from it these days!

Totem Poles in Stanley Park, Vancouver
While it may not have been the case when I was young, I am definitely grateful to have grown up with a sibling. Even though my first words were "Stop it!" due to his torment, even though his chant of "Kimmy's got a BIG ol' head!" still rings in my ears, even though he never let me play with his Star Wars toys... I'm still glad that I had someone to share my childhood with.

After all, no one else (aside from my parents) has been there my whole life. To know the growing pains, the challenges, and the good times. Who else can we call when our parents are driving us up the wall?
On the way back from Vancouver

For his birthday I bought took him to Seattle. We had so many reasons why we chose that city:

  1. Our cousin lives there, so mini cousin reunion!
  2. It's close enough to Vancouver.
  3. It's just a great city!
  4. etc...
We have travelled together before many years ago but it was time we did it again.
On the waterfront

While we were up there, we took a day trip to Vancouver, went to a Sounders game, visited the Space Needle and Chihuly exhibit, met up with some friends, and explored this beautiful city.

We truly, and honestly were going to go on a hike, as my cousin goes on them regularly. The breathtaking posts on her instagram account: https://instagram.com/chrisxxs were enough to motivate me to go! But, the day we scheduled it, the bridge was up due to Seafair, so we'll have to do that one next time. 

Happy Birthday Steve and happy mini cousin reunion! To many more!

2017 Year in Review (in August no less!)

Oh the blog neglect! I'm sure some people would just advise that I wait until next year and just roll it into one post. I thought about...