MIMM: Jill’s wedding

My cousin Jill tied the knot with her boyfriend of 10+ years this weekend. This is one of the first non-super Asian or traditional weddings I’ve attended, mostly because none of my friends are married yet.
MARVELOUS nail stickers for my aunt

MARVELOUS outfit of the day for my cousin’s wedding

With one of my more MARVELOUS cousins on her special day.


Spent time with my MARVELOUS mom…

…and my cousin.

MARVELOUS centerpiece with a beta fish!

MARVELOUS first dance

MARVELOUS photo booth pictures with my cousin…

…and my mom & aunt.

Asian food that wasn’t too bad except this taro paste dessert… weird.


Tips to a successful wedding: only invite close family members, have a candy bar even a simple one, & of course, have an open bar. Except I was too hungover to take advantage beyond red wine and champagne.

What’s the best wedding you’ve been to and why?

Friday date night & Sunday Funday

 Made the Fitnessista’s apple pie smoothie for breakfast on Friday to celebrate fall.

First time trying this flavor – didn’t love it. The lemon flavor was too artificial.

I still love these nail stickers – they didn’t come off all week!

Friday date night in my favorite dress

We ate 4 plates of Korean BBQ, drank this soju, and then headed to dive bars for beers, pool, and shuffleboard – I, of course, made new friends while there. 🙂

Sunday funday errands:

No nail polish stickers at the swap meet this week. Bought magnetic polish instead.*
*Should’ve read the instructions first.

Yogurtland had both pumpkin pie AND peanut butter yogurt! Those are my favorites!

Meal plan got done too:

  • Monday-Friday breakfast: Shakeology w/ 1/2 banana & frozen cherries, slice of toast w/ almond butter or Laughing Cow
  • Monday-Thursday lunch: no-butter butter chicken and steamed broccoli
  • Monday-Thursday dinner: shrimp spring rolls (no noodles) w/ avocado
  • Monday snack: key lime Chobani
  • Tuesday-Friday snack: homemade pumpkin pie yogurt
  • Friday lunch: haven’t figured that out yet

What are you making this week? I only cook for myself so there are tons of repeats.

Thursday Thoughts: We deserve, 3 parts

Part 1
One of my favorite apps recently is Flipboard. I choose the types of news I want, including tweets, and it shows me all the top stories.

It has helped me find the best articles to read such as, JillFit’s 13 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself:

    3) Stop saying ‘yes’ to everyone and everything.

    As women, this is often our natural default. We say yes to things we don’t want to do for fear of hurting someone’s feelings or out of obligation. We feel like if we put up boundaries that we are being bitchy or unkind, when, if you think about it, isn’t saying ‘yes’ to someone when you really want to say ‘no’ unkind to the other person?? I know for me, when I agree to things I don’t want to do, I end up resentful and bitter. And then, in that sense, not only am I now miserable but it’s doing a disservice to the person I said yes to, also. Practice those honest ‘no’s, as Byron Katie says. And if a friend is upset that you are doing what’s best for you, might you ask how good a friend they really are? 

    I remembered this message as I got texts and messages, saying “I take back what I said to you last week.” Exact words. Even if I didn’t have some sort of prospect right now, I would still have said no. Yes, it’s unkind to the other person, but more so, it’s unkind to myself. I don’t deserve it.

    We deserve:

    • to be comfortable. I’m not a mess when I’m at home, but I felt pressure to be “perfect” whenever I went to hang out.
    • quality time and attention. I wasn’t a fan of driving in traffic. I also didn’t enjoy sitting around doing nothing for 21 hours (once). This might have been okay with someone else, like my former roommate – we used to sit in the same room and do our own thing. Quality time is definitely my love language.
    • to surround ourselves with positivity. I learned to listen, to give support and advice. I learned in the process that I love helping people and making them feel good about themselves.

    Part 2
    I’ve peeped tons of fall bucket lists and wanted to make one. I haven’t had a ton of time to sit down to make a definitive list so here’s a draft:

    • Zip line
    • Go to a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin
    • Make a Halloween costume
    • Go to a fall festival
    • Go to a Oktoberfest
    • See a roller derby match
    • Hike at night 
    • Watch a football game
    • Watch “Hocus Pocus”
    • Make caramel apples
      Idea from Downtown Disney this evening
    • Bake a pumpkin pie
    • Read a book
    • Visit Asheville or somewhere with leaves and a pretty lake
    • Do a 5K (can be done by winter)

    Other cool fall bucket lists: Back to Her Roots and Tres Sugar.

    Part 3
    Other going-ons in life:

    Basic almond butter & banana on toast

    The best “How A Bill Becomes A Law” board game. I particularly love the game pieces.

    Left on my prep to get “Robin Hood” and popcorn for the last 30 minutes of class:
    Stopped by Trader Joe’s and saw the plethora of pumpkin.
    I bought the pumpkin toaster pastries. My students have already eaten most of them!
     I didn’t bring lunch today and ate the Thursday lunch our foods class makes. 
    This week was chicken lettuce wraps so I was all for it:

    What have you said no to lately?