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Life: weekend by myself

It was my first weekend by myself because Star left on Tuesday 5AM. It’s the first time we’ll be separated for more than 3 months!!! Compared to the 4 years separation we had before when I was in grad school, 3 months seems not a big deal. But we both know this is not true. After living together for one year and half, we’ve get used to live with each other and we’ve became more indispensable to the other. It was a hard decision for us to do this because this time I’m pregnant and it’s a valuable time to be together. But… tough decisions are still decisions one needs to make. We’re certain that although this is quite a sacrifice, it’s for the best.

The good thing is now that I’m working, so basically I’m literally “alone” only on weekends. During the week, I arrive home after 6pm and go to bed around 10pm, so it doesn’t feel so lonely. But at weekends, things get harder because usually we do things together. Fortunately I’m an independent girl by nature, I can easily find things to do by myself and not feel too lonely. In addition, I have good friends to meet with. πŸ™‚

It was a 5-day week, four of them involved training, so I had to leave home early. I didn’t sleep well during the week, so over the weekend I had to catch up with sleep.

Saturday: I spent the morning working out/showering/breakfast and nap! And then by 11:45 am Sarah came to my place to go to check out the gender of the baby together. Well… it’s official. We’re having a GIRL!!! πŸ˜† And I’ve decided to decorate the nursery in lilac! πŸ˜‰ Very excited about the news! Can’t wait to dress her like a little princess.

After that, we wanted to watch the movie What to expect when you’re expecting, a perfect movie for both mom-to-bes. Due to some traffic issues, we missed the one we planned to see. Sarah was tired, needing a nap urgently (she’s suffering much more the first trimester than me), so I took her home. After having lunch at home and a short nap, I decided to go to cinema by myself. Why not? There’s nothing wrong going alone to the cinema. Other than some strange view of strangers (who I don’t care), it’s the most convenient thing to do, right? You don’t need to agree with anyone about what to watch and when. Just go and enjoy the movie!

The movie is just average, if I’m not pregnant, I’d say it’s a bad movie. It illustrates well the various situations of mom-to-bes, one that got pregnant accidentally and later on had a miscarriage; one that has the worst symptoms; the fitness guru that manages to continue her life when pregnant; the perfect pregnant lady that kept to be as pretty as before pregnancy and a woman waiting to adopt a baby from Ethiopia. These are all possible situations of the pregnancy. It could happen to any of us. But the end result is the same, no matter how easy or how difficult is the pregnancy, the moment the baby arrives, everything seems so irrelevant.

After the movie, I went to Tjs and WF to buy some necessities. By the time I arrived home it was almost 8pm. I had dinner and was exhausted for unknown reasons. Went to bed quite early for weekend standard (11 pm) but slept like a baby.

Sunday: I hired a cleaning lady to come every two weeks and today it was her first time. The least I want to do over weekend is cleaning, so having someone to do the work is extremely important. She spent good 5 hours cleaning the entire house throughly. While she cleaned, I continued to read a work-related book, which I find it so interesting to be worth reading for leisure.

I’m economist and have a vague idea of the problem of poverty, its possible causes and consequences. But this book is eye opening to me, there are so many small issues that one would ignore when designing policies to fight poverty, that would dampen any positive effect.

Oh… I started to read these girls before bed time.

so far so good. Nothing deep but entertaining.

After the cleaning lady left, I had lunch and another nap! I thought about going to do the remaining groceries, but I’m so lazy, all I want to do is lie on the couch and read. In addition, I have a dinner party at my friends house to celebrate their graduation. So I’d better rest and be prepared for the party! πŸ™‚

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A colorful post

First, few personal notes:

  • I fall down two days ago and now my right hip hurts whenever I make a movement 😦
  • I did my first run in 2011! I’ve been wanting to run outdoor for a long time but the weather and the knee problem hold me until yesterday. I only did 3 miles and I felt them!!! How easy to lose resistance so quickly? (well…. 4-5 months). Bad news: my knee is still not okay. I didn’t feel sharp pain as I used to have after running just 1 mile, but at the end, I could feel that the pain was coming. So I’ll go to the doc and hopefully she can figure out what’s going on.
  • New challenge: cut back on coffee. From now on, I’ll be having only 1 cup (half mug) of coffee in the morning (I was having 3-4 cups daily). I’d like to eliminate caffeine completely but the reality is I like coffee too much to take it away completely from one day to the other. If this goes well, in a month or two, I’ll cut it to 1/2 cup.

Okay. Let’s start this colorful post.

Breakfast: orange + red

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oatmeal cooked with pumpkin puree and 1 beaten egg, topped with bean curd with fermented red date

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Lunch: black, red, green and purple

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sauteed black fungus, asparagus, shiitake, red peppers and vegetarian chicken

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brown rice, purple cabbage and edamame cooked in the rice cooker with miso

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Dinner: green, red, yellow

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stir-fry chinese mustard, mushrooms, red peppers and fresh bamboo (I’m loving it, you’ll see them more!)

What’s missing in this palette? Blue! I consumed it in form of movie. Blue Valentine

Are you a big fan of The Notebook as I am? Do you like Ryan Gosling? I love him! He’s my favorite actor and he’s the perfect lover!

I went to watch it thinking that it’s going to be another love story. Well… yes, it is a love story, but a sad one. If The Notebook is too romantic to be true, this one is the opposite. It’s an elegy for love, a monument to heartbreak.Β Β Blue Valentine understands love, processes it in ways we see in our own lives more than we do on the big screen.

After I watched it, I can’t get it out of my head. ItΒ is both sweet and emotionally devastating. The drama is about a couple whose relationship is warm and fuzzy at first but then grows cold and bitter over time. It is a reality check and it shows precisely what I talked about yesterday, marriage is not just about passion and feelings; if other things don’t match, failure is guaranteed.

Maybe not everyone wants to see a reality-check movie, one that shows the dark side of love and marriage. But I really like it. If you decide to watch it, I wouldn’t recommend you to go with your loved one.

Q: who’s your favorite actor?

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A weekend with friends, movies and more!

I started the weekend wondering how to spend it without Star. And then I filled it with so many activities that I didn’t even have time to do the cleaning. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad to have great friends around and the opportunity to catch up with them. I should do it more often, even when Star is here. No matter how great is to be with your loved one, the joy of being with good friends is different, we NEED it, our spirit NEEDs it!

Let’s start it!

Saturday breakfast: oatmeal + cottage cheese + salsa + parmesan cheese

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savory breakfast buys me πŸ˜‰

Then I went to acupuncture and did groceries shopping. This week I won’t be eating out much so I loaded with a lot veggies.

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yam, ginger, bamboo, red peppers

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purple cabbage, mushrooms, kabocha and chinese greens

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cauliflower, chinese mustard and corns (1 per day is a must!)

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oyster mushrooms, aduki beans and oranges

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I usually don’t have any menu in mind when I go to do groceries, what I do is fill up the cart with multi-color veggies and try to be diverse from week to week. For example: if a week I got broccoli, then next week I’d get cauliflower. Because I think different veggies have different nutrients (even those that we don’t know) so varieties is the safe-bet to cover all of them.

Then I went to a fitness class called On the Ball, it’s a total Body working with an emphasis on the core using the balance ball. It lasts 45 min and it was the hardest core workout class ever!!! My abs are still sore! πŸ‘Ώ

Then I made a quick veggie-“pizza” with tortilla, oyster mushrooms, zucchini and mozzarella.

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pre-bake

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20 min later

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then I relaxed a little, watched TV, played ipad and had kabocha.

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then I went to target…. got cleaning necessities and snacks. No pic because I was too tired and didn’t unload them from the car.

At night, I went to a chinese new year celebration organized by Pekin University. My dear friend Qiao played in a band so I went to see her and have dinner.

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we met another old friend BeiBei, she danced in this sexy outfit

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Sunday was another eventful day. My dear friend Savannah got to my place around 9:30 AM and we rushed to Le Pain Quotidien because we’re both early up person and we had a brunch planned.

We started with capuchino (me) and latte (her).

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She had scrambled tofu with tomato, mushrooms and soy cheese that came with bread and salad.

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and I had wild-mushroom omelette.

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After brunch, we went to watch No String Attached

Natalie Portman is so pretty and Ashton Kutcher so hot! It’s a fun, entertaining movie, perfect for a girl-date πŸ™‚ We both enjoyed it!

Savanna left and I was about to take a nap. Then Agustin (one of my best male friends) msn me, he is kind of sick and asked me to accompany him to CVS to get the medicine. We went there and decided to go to watch Black Swan at night.

In this movie, Natalie Portman’s performance is exceptional, she even got nominated for Oscar for this role! It’s a story about how far can a person go on trying to be perfect. Both Agustin and I first reaction was: it’s a bizarre movie but very original and well-done.

Natalie Portman lost 20 lbs, worked 16 hours a day to play this role. Watching two movies of her in one afternoon with completely different roles and bodies made to realize how great actress she is and how hard is to be a good one. The physical and emotional transformation that she (and many other great actors/actress) has to go through to play “perfectly” a role is astonishing.

Q1: Have you seen any of these movies? Did you like it?

Q2: What’s the role of friends in your life?

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