Alone with Grandma

Someone had to pick Grandma up so I volunteered. I agreed to pick her up not only because I wanted her company, but to experience the conversation we were about to have in the car. If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that my 5 year old cousin Logan can have a longer Vietnamese conversation with my Grandma then I can. I know, so sad.

So once in the car, her questions and comments start rolling in. As she’s asking me questions, I’m quickly trying to figure out how I’ll answer in Vietnamese. Out comes a poorly pronounced Vietnamese word, mixed with English words. Poor Grandma probably thinks all those times she babysat me were pointless!

I thought I understood Vietnamese pretty well but I guess not! There was a point in our quick car ride where she mentioned my Grandpa. She was reminiscing on old but happy memories and told me she missed him. After that, I heard her ask me if I had recently visited his grave. I responded with a “No.” All of a sudden she turned to me with shock! It was weird she responded like that because I thought it was a given that everyone knows I don’t visit him as much as I should, so I sincerely apologized. Then she goes, in Vietnamese, “You don’t love me?!”

OMG. My Grandma asked me if I loved her and NOT if I visited my Grandpa!

Because I couldn’t understand her, I accidentally told my Grandma I didn’t love her. :( Time to go back to learning the basics of my Vietnamese culture! I think I’ve been living out in Silverdale for way too long. Time to get back to my roots!

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Take 3, 4, 5 or 6?!

No it didn’t take me 6 tries to order the actual dish I wanted from the Korean store. It took 6 family members to make sure I got it right!

My last post got one of my aunts, Aunt Phi craving for Korean food!

As Aunt Phi and I were going over our game plan for when and where to meet, we asked ourselves a very importantquestion, who’s placing the order?!

Solution! We decided to invite the “smart and intelligent” one in the family, Aunt Be. For some crazy reason this lady knows how to speak a whole bunch of different languages! So now we have Aunt Phi, Aunt Be who brought cousin Logan because they were already together and then me!

But that wasn’t enough. If all of us go, Grandma has to go! (Grandma is a packaged deal when inviting the bunch above.) I volunteer to pick her up.

Now, it’s Aunt Phi, Aunt Be, Logan ( and his 6 Lego people), Grandma and me. I felt bad I didn’t invite my mom so I sent her a quick text. She responded by telling me Aunt Phi already called her and that she’d see me soon. News travels fast in our family!

Okay now it’s both my aunts, cousin, Grandma, my mother and me. We sit down and as we look around at each other, we know we are missing one more person! Five minutes later, the eldest sister (another aunt) comes and joins us! It’s a packed table now. We eat, we make fun of each other and share stories. It was great hanging out with my family! I think my family felt bad for me for not knowing how to order and wanted to make sure I was fed so they all agreed to come. Haha.

After all that, I didn’t even touch the Bim Bap Bap thingy I originally wanted. I was having too much fun being with my family.

 

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Picture Courtesy of Wogan Whea

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Korean Menu 101

So today is Day 1 of being without Matt. It was sad saying our goodbyes but after that, all I could think of was all the asian food I can finally eat without feeling bad that it’s going to stink up our house!!!!! YAYYY!!! So immediately after work, I knew I was going to eat at the Korean BBQ place in Silverdale. (Not my favorite Korean BBQ place but when you live in Silverdale, you’ll settle for pretty much anything.)

I was so excited. I looked at the menu, saw a name that looked familiar and ordered what I thought was the dish…the dish I had been drooling over all day. The great thing about Korean BBQ is that you get little side dishes before like appetizers. I was watching the waitress give out little plates to everyone around me but mine never came. :( All of a sudden she puts a plate of Korean style sushi in front of me. I smile and say thank you but what I was really thinking was, “Wow. I’m definitely a horrible Asian! I can’t even order!!” This was not the dish I wanted! Yes, I’m Vietnamese, but the Korean dish I wanted, well every Asian knows what it’s called! I was thinking about all my Asian friends and how disappointed they would have been. FYI anything that has “Kim Bab” in the name is sushi!

As I was eating my Kim Bab I was debating whether or not I should take another stab at ordering. After all, I couldn’t stop thinking about this dish! Little that I knew, I should have looked up the name online before hand.

So I gave it another try. Now I’m thinking this has to be it! As I am waiting, my little plates of “appetizers” finally came out. So far so good right?!

Absolutely NOT! Yet again, I failed. Lesson for today…do not eat alone! If you do, make sure you or the other person can read the menu!

BIBIMBAP (below) is what I wanted.

If this doesn’t look yummy to you, read this and maybe you’ll know why I was craving it!

Instead, I got this (Take 1)… aka Bulgogi Kimbab

..and this (Take 2)… aka Kalbi Dolsot Bibim Bap

Yup, I didn’t even want to attempt a 3rd try. I was too full at this point. I give up!

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Don’t Go!

Matt is leaving yet again for another trip. Right now he is washing his clothes, packing and considering if bringing the PS3 is a good idea or not. Oh boys, gotta love them :)

Thank goodness I have this lil guy to keep me company.

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Valentine’s Day, the Ultimate Test

Happy hearts day!  My favorite day!  It might not seem like it since for the last 6 years I haven’t done anything for it!  Matt and I decided a long time ago that everyday with each other is Valentine’s Day.  Awwwww… yes I know ;)  I had to say that, after all, it’s Valentine’s Day aka “being corny today is okay” day!  In all reality though, I think Valentine’s Day is a test for the boys.  I think it’s wonderful.  Yes, on Christmas you want a really good gift but you can’t get THAT upset if you get a webcam because he DID have an adorable reason behind it.  However, on Valentine’s Day, you tell your BF you don’t care about this day but really, it means the world to you. :)  Today has become such a money making holiday…flowers being delivered and fancy restaurants being packed with couples!  If you know Matt at all, you will know he is not the best gift giver.  I have a garbage can to prove it. ;)  The 14th day of February is the ultimate test of showing your loved one how much they mean to you.  I might say I don’t want anything but I really mean, “Please make me a card!”

Guess what.  Having a scrapbook room comes in handy!

Laying next to me on my pillow was a card made just for me. :)

Matt passed the test today . . . actually, everyday.

Here is something else to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit!  My favorite Valentine’s Day song, Kina Grannis – Valentine

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I said, Yes.

December 26, 2011

Tonight I’m going to bed as the future Mrs. Matt Hedrick. (wow that was a little intense to write … I like the sound of it though) Vi had to fly back to California today, so I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. I asked her and my mom to come along with us as we walk Bentley along Ruston Way’s waterfront.

As we started our journey down the waterfront, I knew it was going to be exciting, not because I had any idea of what was going to happen, but because it was our first time walking Bentley around people, fast cars, loud trains and barking dogs. It’s amazing how such a tiny dog can bark so loud…and so much! It’s embarrassing really!

When we reached the end of the walk, Bentley was pretty much barked out. I think it was because that was the most walking this 4lbs overweight dog as ever experienced. Poor dog. But right when I thought Matt was done testing Bentley, Matt suggested taking him out on the dock. I was thinking “oh boy, he’s going to bolt toward a seagull and fall off the dock into the water…”

Vi and my mom stayed back because they didn’t want to walk anymore. As Matt and I were walking down the dock, he reminded me that this was the first place we had our first date, 6 years ago. Back then it was sunny and beautiful, whereas today was cold and gray. But I was having a great time. I was surrounded by my mom, sister, Matt aka my best friend and our baby, Bentley. My dad is in Vietnam having fun with his father and siblings so just knowing that made my heart happy. I was content. Little did I know, it was going to get even better.

When we got to the end of the dock, I figured we were done and could turn around. Instead, Matt again brought up how many years it’s been since we first started dating. I again agreed that it has been a long time. Matt starts hugging me, but I’m thinking to myself, it’s cold, let’s go back to the car! i let him hug me for a moment longer because honestly there was no rushing today! Our afternoon stroll had been a success. Bentley wasn’t doing too bad AND no one yelled at mom; it’s a good day!

This hug was different. I thought he was just getting all emotional and wanted to talk about how much he loves me…like he does often so that was no surprise. Well turns out the surprise was that he DIDN’T say those things! Instead, we started walking back! :(

As we were walking back towards my mom and sister, he stops in the middle of the dock and randomly hugs me…again. Now it’s getting a little weird. This time, I felt a box in his coat pocket. He later said he put the camera in his pocket just incase I asked him what the “box” was…sneaky sneaky! With his arms wrapped around me, he tells me he has a question to ask me. He steps back, reaches in his pocket for the box, gets down on one knee, opens the box and asks, “Will you marry me?”

OMG. I know right?! It happened all so quick! For years I pictured how I wanted this moment to be. Tears falling down my cheeks, jumping up and down with excitement, on a warm sunny day! Hmmm….yeah, none of that!

This moment was better!

Just him and I and oh…Bentley! Poor Bentley! When Matt was getting down on one knee, I had stepped back and poor baby, I stepped on his paw! He’s okay though, I am pretty sure he was excited for us.

Just Matt and I, back where we first got to know each other. I knew Matt was going to be someone I could trust, someone I could run to when I needed help. I knew I could tell him anything and he would understand. Six years ago, I was standing on a dock with the man I was going to marry.

On the same dock where we first held hands, I said yes.

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sweet smiles

I am overall a very positive person, but feeling down is going to happen from time to time.  It’s life right?!  Think about the time you found a dollar on the ground (better yet, $20).  Or think about the time you found the shirt you wanted in your size! SCORE!  Or when your grandma said something adorable that makes you so proud to be her granddaughter.  :)    We tend to forget the little things in life.  We get sucked into the bad parts of our day.  Just relax and start thinking about the things that have make you S M I L E : )

a few of mine are:

  1. a sunny day, living in the Pacific Northwest you don’t get much and when you do, everyone is so much nicer!
  2. waking up in a good mood
  3. shopping.  new clothes = dressing up = feeling confident throughout the day!
  4. changing my duvet cover every month.  it’s like getting a new bedroom every month!
  5. fresh flowers.  it’s hard when all of my living flowers & plants die after a week, but when they are bright and alive, it feels like you’re bringing the spring & summer weather inside!
  6. getting into a made bed 
  7. knowing that i have my family that i can always count on
  8. knowing that i am lucky to be surrounded by great friends
  9. walking into a craft store. inspiration runs wild in my head when i first walk through the doors!
  10. Wendy’s chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce. enough said.
  11. a good day at work :)
  12. vanilla soy lattes
  13. looking at pictures of my puppy i had for only a week and a half…baby bella!
  14. cuddling with my 5 yr old cousin while he plays on the “big phone” aka ipad playing angry birds
  15. sitting in the living room with my mom, dad and sister watching a cartoon movie.   it is the cutest thing to see my dad turn into a little boy when he watches funny movies
  16. seeing a thoughtful random act
  17. seeing things that remind me of my childhood, which then in turns reminds me of all the fun times my sister and i had when we were growing up
  18. salmon rolls
  19. seeing elderly people.  i have a soft spot for them.  i worked at a retirement home and was always intrigued with the stories they had to share.  people are full of life and it’s amazing the things they have gone through.  remember, they were once your age…treat them with respect.
  20. with that being said…i especially love the old asian couples.  they remind me of my parents and grandparents.  i think about what it was like for them during the war, before and after and how life has changed for them.  every time i see an old asian couple, i just want to sit down and talk to them!
  21. a bowl full of gummi bears
  22. colors! i love colors!  i can stand in front of the paint samples and just be in awe. 
  23. country music.
  24. nice people
  25. matt.  it’s incredible to understand how this one person can light up my life.

Living Tweeterpated

First of all, my name is Thuy, pronounced twee, hence the title of my blog.  :)  I am an overall girly girl with a little country in me.  I love my family, love my friends, love anything pink, and love LOVE. I’m not even talking about the love with a boy feeling but with life, with the people in it and the little thing that make me happy, like opening a Mamba pack and finding out I got strawberry AND raspberry! It’s like opening the chocolate bar and finding the golden ticket! Who really likes the orange and lemon flavor?!

So why live tweeterpated?! because it’s the way to go of course! :)  I love the feeling of being twitterpated.  I find myself twitterpated at times and it’s the best feeling!  It’s like not having a care in the world because you are happy.  Twitterpated comes from the Disney movie, Bambi.  It’s when Flower & Thumper were wondering why two birds were acting a silly.  The owl explains that they are twitterpated which is a feeling when you meet a pretty face and get weak in the knees.  It’s a great feeling to be excited about something, let alone someone!  It makes you realize that life is good.

People say I am a people person and I believe that 100%.  I love talking to people.  I enjoy meeting new friends.  When you meet me, you’ll see a cheery upbeat girl.  I say I live my life a little tweeterpated: loving life, being happy and making sure I enjoy ever bit of it!

No More Excuses

What are you waiting for?!

I have constantly given myself excuses for things I have wanted to do.  Is it because I’m scared of failing?!

A few things I’ve put off:

  1. scrapbook amazing pages (never satisfied with any of my pages)
  2. learn how to sew (so I can make adorable bags, curtains & pillow cases!)
  3. decorate my apartment (there are so many ideas out there & I get overwhelmed!)
  4. start a blog (it’s going to be so stupid & where do I begin?!  it won’t be organized and what name should I use?!)

Okay so all but one had excuses next to them, but learning how to sew will take some time.  Damn! I did it again…made an excuse.  I think on top of being scared, I’m a little lazy too.  Iam so done feeling this way.  How pathetic is that?!  These are two traits that I do NOT want to be associated with.  Therefore it’s time to change.

It’s my golden year.  I turned 25 this year on the 25th.  The last 4 months have been the craziest.  I finally realized what love was, I had it, but lost it.  It took me 25 years to see how selfish I was.  I know it’s good to be selfish at times but when you’re in a relationship, it’s not all about you anymore.  It’s about compromise.  That’s what you do when you love someone.  Okay but that’s a whole different post!!! Soon to come I’m sure. :)

Anyways, yes, it’s my year… time for a lot of lessons learned!  I’m continuing my lessons by F I N A L L Y starting this blog.