Friday, February 27, 2009

February Resolutions: Book and Recipe of the Month

February Book:

One Fifth Avenue

February Recipe:

CROCK POT BRAISED SHORT RIBS

4 lb. beef short ribs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 c. flour
2 med. onions, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
3 tbsp. oil
1 1/2 c. liquid (water, broth or BBQ sauce)
1/2 cup red wine if desired

Dredge ribs in flour, salt and pepper. Brown well. Layer onions, carrots, potatoes, ribs and liquid. Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours. Serve with crusty bread or rice.




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Planning Our Trip to Vietnam

Sapa

Phong Nha Caves

Phong Nha Caves

Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Nha Trang


Halong Bay

Hanoi Temple of Literature

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Dalat Truc Lam Monastery

Market in Saigon

Notre Dame Basilica in Saigon

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Couple Hockey Games

Tri City Americans beat Everett 5-2

Me, Amber and Jenny


Jenny and Bill


Me and Amber

Tri City Americans beat Spokane Chiefs 2-1


Shopping cart in the middle of the rink and people throw their pucks in to win prizes. I didn't have a puck to throw.

A part of the hockey game that always makes me laugh is when the kids and adults take their shirts off and twirl it around like baffoons.

The song is by the Rednex and is titled Cotton Eyed Joe.

He's got a lot of love to give

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cannon Beach Panorama

Carolyn at Haystack Rock

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Real Blog Entry

My parents came to America in 1975 with nothing more than the clothes on their back, their 6 month old daughter, a couple bottles of formula, very little money, and a dream to raise their kids in a place with better opportunities than the turmoil that was happening in Vietnam at the time. My dad worked a graveyard shift and went to school full time to get his degree in computer science. My mom also worked a full time job, went to school, and raised three kids. I guess as I get older, my appreciation for all the things my parents have done and sacrificed in their lives grows stronger and stronger. My parents were hard on us growing up, but they never wanted more for me and my siblings than to be a good person, adhere to our Vietnamese culture, get an education, and have things better than what they had.

My parents also sponsored about 20+ people in my extended family to come to America so they too can take advantage of the many opportunities America has. First and foremost an education. I don’t think people realize how good they really have it here. Getting an education in Vietnam is sometimes secondary to putting food on the table over there. On my trip to Vietnam I saw how hard my family worked at putting their kids into good schools so their kids can have it better than they did. It was really humbling to see how hard it is over there. It puts me to shame to have seen the struggles and their appreciation for the little things that we over here take for granted. How can people complain about their jobs and their rut in life?! You have every opportunity to change things, but you have to make the choice. My parents and family made the change. I have no sympathy anymore for the bitching and whining.

I think one of the most unique things about me and my family is my Vietnamese background. What I love most about Nick is the interest he takes in our culture and the drive to learn about it and the language. Some things he won’t understand, but he respects it. I can’t ask for anything more from him. I am so lucky for him and the friends who take a real genuine interest in my background. How many people take a real interest in their background? Their family tree? Hardly none! And why not? I have no idea.

The biggest lesson my parents have taught me is not to be selfish. I see so many selfish people everyday. It drives me insane to no end. I find myself distancing from these types of people because honestly I don’t feel they have any worth to me. Who I want to surround myself with are people with goals, a zest for life, a positive outlook…. a purpose. A purpose that goes further than things and money. My parents have worked hard all their life for me, my sister and brother. I would be nowhere without them. I guess it is hard for people to understand my high expectations when they don’t know the full history of my family and how I was raised. Friends come and go, but family is forever. I love you mom and dad!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Chinchillas!

I was checking into my flight at the airport and noticed a lady at the next airline was checking two large cages. I could see the cages had animals in them. I thought they were rabbits at first. Another person asked what they were and the lady said ... Chinchillas!

They look like a cross between a squirrel and a rabbit.

I estimate she had 40 chinchillas. If my bag cost $15 to check, I wonder what 40 chinchillas cost ...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Day at the Beach on Valentine's Day

Haystack Rock

Lunch at Dooger's Seafood & Grill


The most delicious clam chowder ever!

Nick's seared ahi tuna sandwich...yummy!

This just isn't attractive

Entrance towards the beach Haystack Rock



Haystack Rock can be seen in the movie Goonies


The big waves
Looking towards Ecola State Park


The trees were really windblown


Ugly Doll display at one of the boutiques

One Fine Day....A Proposal

As Nick and I were wandering Cannon Beach near Haystack Rock we came up to a young couple and asked them if they could take our picture. They said sure. I said let me take yours first. So he hands his iPhone to Nick. As he hands the phone to Nick....the pictures say it all.

On one knee proposing

She's in shock

YES!

A kiss


Giving a hug

The engaged couple