Thursday, February 28, 2008

Open Wide

Earlier this week I spent a lovely 2 hours at the dentist’s office. I will be honest. It had been a while since I visited a dentist. Like many people, I dislike the probing and the discomfort that comes with it. Worse, I am afraid of hearing bad news.

After Luke included me onto his health insurance, he insisted that I get my teeth checked. After many months of putting it off, I finally made an appointment with his dentist. Since I hadn’t visited a dentist in so long, the first appointment was basically an overall oral evaluation. Numerous bitewings later, he concluded that a couple of fillings needed to be replaced and a Deep Cleaning was in order.

Deep Cleaning is the process of removing the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. Yikes.

Two weeks later, which was earlier this week, I had my procedures.

The fillings part was rather painless. He didn’t even have to numb my mouth because they weren’t deep at all. It was a quick 30 minutes. Then I moved to the hygienist for the Deep Cleaning. To say that it was painful would be an understatement. Ultimately, it made me realize that I need to take better care of my teeth. Of course, I already knew that before, but because my teeth are uneven, I really need to spend more time flossing and brushing daily. I certainly don’t want to lose my teeth, I love eating too much. After the Deep Cleaning, I am basically on a clean slate. All the tarter and plague are gone. Now it's up to me to me to keep it that way.

I like the hygienist. She was really nice and wanted to make sure I am doing everything right as far as brushing and flossing. After the Deep Cleaning procedure, she had me brush and floss in front of her like I would do at home. She said that I am definitely on the right track, but gave me some helpful tip, such as:

1. Establish a brushing routine. Don’t skip around between left, right, and front. Brush one side entirely before moving onto other sides. This way, you are less likely to miss anything.

2. Brush at a 45 degree angle so you brush your gum too. Brush 2 teeth at a time and brush for at least 5 seconds.

Because my teeth and gums are not at tip-top shape, I've been summoned to visit them every 4 months instead of 6 months. Luke's insurance company covers 2 dental cleaning a year so if I do decide to take their suggestion, I will need to pay out of my pocket. I am willing to do that if it means I will have healthy teeth and gums.

In the meantime, I am taking baby steps. I have an appointment with them again next week for an overall regular cleaning and they will evaluate my progress for the week. If everything is good, I will visit them in 4 months and go from there. Wish me luck. Time to go brush...

Comics are borrowed from here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Right On The Money

Now that I have finished reminiscing about our wedding day, I want to give a ballpark figure of how much actually went into hosting the event. From the very beginning, Luke and I knew we didn't want to go over 10K. After initial research, I found out that a tasteful and simple wedding can be done for a lot less! So during the planning process, I worked with a fairly low budget of $5000 and kept track of all the spendings in an Excel spreadsheet. Here's the breakdown.

City: Vienna, VA
Ideal Budget: $5000
# of Guests: 52, including us

Ceremony Site Rental - $262.50
Wedding Luncheon (including tax/tips and sound system) - $1963.50. Buffet-style with host bar. We were able to cut cost here because I bought $1000 worth of gift cards on eBay at a 10% discount.
Cake
- $352.25
Favors/Craft Supplies (including chopsticks, scrapbook papers, hand fans, favor tags, ribbons, tin pails, basket, bubble wand, porcelain marker, parasol, and votive candles) - ~$142.00
Stationery/Postage (
including invites, thank you cards, program, menus, table cards, and escort cards) - $39.60
Flowers (including bridal bouquet, groom boutonnière, 2 mother corsages, 2 father boutonnières, and bride hairpiece) - $154.75
Centerpieces (including centerpiece flowers, floating candles, centerpiece bowls, vases, and table runners) - $388.13
Photographer (including 4 hours of photography, on-line image hosting, and a DVD of all images, edited) - $1600
Videographer - $0. I didn't even consider hiring a videographer because what are the chances I'll watch the video over and over again? In the end though, my cousin used his camcorder and taped throughout the day.
Officiant - $75.22
Hair/Makeup (including makeup trial, day-of hair, mani/pedi, and Clinique cosmetics) - ~$200.00
Bridal Attire plus alteration - $135.00 (got a kick-a$$ deal at J.Crew)
Groom Attire - $0 (Luke already owned his suit)
Wedding Accessories (including
Luke's tie, my shoes, and my earrings) - ~$60.00
Violinist - $150.00
Luncheon Music CDs - $50.00
Signature Plate - $68.00
Slave Labor - $0 (Thanks guys!)

Wedding Day Total: $5,640.95
Cost Per Person, including us: $108.48

(I didn't include rings and marriage certificate in the total because we would've to spend on them regardless, even if we didn't have a wedding. Also, if I look at it from a different perspective - the wedding accessories, luncheon music CDs, bowls and vases, and cosmetics were all reusable. And yes, they ARE currently being used. So in a way, the Wedding Day Total is a bit lower if I take that into consideration. However, for the sake of simplicity, I included everything.)

Not bad at all! Especially with Honeyfund, we made out like bandits! Just kidding! :) I am really glad we had a simple and intimate wedding. It was practically stress-free to plan and everyone had a good time. In reality, Luke and I could've splurged because we are both working professionals with savings in the bank. However, an extravagant affair wouldn't have suited our personalities. Instead, saying our vows in a garden under a gazebo and a buffet-style luncheon was just our cup of tea. We were lucky that we got to do it the way we wanted it, and relatively low-cost too.

Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, it was just ONE day. The celebration of our marriage doesn't last for just one day, it lasts for a lifetime. So, we better save our pennies for all those other days, too.

Hopefully the information here will prove to be valuable information to someone out there!

Related Posts:
The Small Details
Face each other! Arms around each other! Kiss!
I Do. Do You?
Everyone Smile!
Getting Close, Almost There
Time To Eat? Excellent!
Sweet Ending

Photography by Heather Hopkins, Dolphindance Photography

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Spring Planting

Luke and I took a trip to Walmart this past weekend for our spring planting needs. We got 2 smallish pots (yellow and green), a dish (red), potting soil, and 2 packets of herb seeds. I have been wanting to grow my own herbs for a while now. Wouldn't it be so neat to be able say, "I am going to pick some fresh herbs from my garden and use them for making dinner"?

I am starting to cook with different herbs. It adds the flavor without adding the fat! They are not expensive at the grocery stores, but they always come in a bigger bunch than I need. And a lot of times, half of it goes bad before I am able to finish them. I am looking forward in harvesting just what I need from my own garden, whenever I want.

I picked basil and cilantro because I use them the most. Luke doesn't like it that I use the word if, so WHEN I am successful, I may expand and plant more herbs. Or I may ask Luke to plant more herbs, I should say. Luke did all the work this time. All I did was plant the seeds after he did all the prep work. He's got the green thumb. Thanks ahbow! :) For tips on growing basil, click here and here. For cilantro, click here.

We put them on the kitchen window sill. I hope to see them germinate soon!

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Pad Krapow

I found this recipe while browsing online the other day. As soon as I saw the words "chili peppers", "basil", "Thai", and "chicken", I was hooked. I am pretty much IN LOVE with all spicy Thai dishes, bonus for anything with basil and chicken. The best thing about this recipe is that all the ingredients are readily available at any Asian grocery stores. Especially better for me because I have them all in my pantry already.

The results? Lets just say I would actually FEED this to people other than Luke. I hope you give it a try too!

Pad Krapow (Thai Chicken Basil Stirfry)

-6 cloves garlic, crushed
-2-4 thai chili peppers (or 1-2 serrano peppers), crushed
-1/4 c cooking oil
-1 1/2 to 2 lbs chicken meat (or tofu), sliced into bite sized pieces*
-3 tbsp oyster sauce
-2 tbsp fish sauce
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
-2 cups fresh sweet basil leaves
-cilantro (for garnish)
-1 sliced cucumber (to serve on side)

1. Heat oil in deep pan or wok over high heat until smoking.
2. Add crushed garlic and chili peppers, stir quickly once and immediately add sliced chicken meat or tofu. Stir.
3. Add oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar, and stir fry until chicken is cooked through (or tofu is heated through) about 8 minutes.
4. Stir in bell peppers for 30 seconds and turn heat off.
5. Add basil leaves, stir, and serve hot with jasmine rice , cucumber and cilantro on the side.

*I coat the chicken with corn starch to make the meat more tender

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Meet tC

Allow me to introduce to you the newest member of our family. He's a tiny blue African cichlid and Luke has lovingly named him tC, after his car. We adopted him from PETCO just this morning! There were actually 3 other cichlids in the tank with tC at PETCO, and we wanted to save them all. But our better judgment decided against it because cichlids are aggressive fishies and it would mean a lot of trouble once they get bigger, especially since we already have 2 grown cichlids, Easter and Bunny, at home.

I am excited because it has been a while since we have gotten a new fish. tC is so tiny right now that it is going to a lot of fun watching him grow. I will keep make sure to post pictures on {sugarlens} every now and then.

Here he is, still in the PETCO bag, waiting to come out to meet his siblings.

Out for the first time....

We got Easter early last April, around Easter, hence the name. I don't think he was as tiny as tC when we first got him, but he has definitely grown a lot bigger. I hope tC doesn't get picked on or eaten.

A video of our fishies. We don't have names for each of the 4 tiger barbs, but together they are called The Gang because they are always seen together. Also in the tank are a blue gouramis (Scion), 2 rainbows, a zebra danio, and a white cloud.

Welcome to the family tC! It's great to have you!! :) We hope you like your new home.

video

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Char Siu (叉烧肉)

Picture from here.

As a novice cook, I never realized that the food I eat at restaurants can easily be replicated at home. Take zuppa toscana as an example. I would never in millions years know to look for the recipe online and make it at home. I always figured that if I wanted the soup, I must visit Olive Garden. Then Luke showed me the light.

Same with char siu. Char siu is basically the Chinese version of barbecued pork. It's a bit savory and sweet. If cooked right, soft and juicy. It's heaven over white rice. It's one of my favorite Chinese foods and it's always a treat when I get them as take-outs (which is rarely!). As a visual, you usually find them hanging like this. Picture from Wiki.

Years ago after I started going to Luke's parents' house for dinners, I would find char siu at dinner tables. Sometimes his mom buys them, but sometimes she makes them at home! I later found out that she uses char siu seasoning mix packet to prepare it, but adds her own spices. It tastes so good and I've always wanted to try making them myself.

It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I looked for the seasoning mix packet while at a local Chinese grocery store . I found the packet (pictured above) for .99/packet. Following the instructions on the back, I bought 1.5 lbs of boneless pork butt. I mixed the seasoning mix packet with 1/2 cup of water and marinaded the pork butt in a bag overnight. The instructions said to cook in the oven for a *very long time*, but I cooked it on the stove top over medium heat instead to save gas. The results were not too bad! I didn't think the flavor got soaked in enough. However, Luke loved it and that was enough for me. :)

So I tried it again for the 2nd time yesterday. This time, I added a tablespoon of soy sauce and a tablespoon and hoisin sauce to the marinade for extra flavor. I marinaded it for a longer period of time and the results were much better! I cooked half of it last night for dinner and Luke and I gobbled it all down. This morning, I cooked the other half and delivered it to my parents house. Hope they will like it too!

Tips:

1) Once the pork is thoroughly cooked, let it sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it. This will help retaining the juices inside.
2) Buy pork butt with fat in it. Extra fat = extra softness = extra flavor = extra tasty
3) Cook on the stove top will speed up the process. Luke's mom cooks in the oven, but mine still tastes very similar.
4) Have a big appetite ready when you make char siu!

Let me know how yours turn out!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pargo Photo Shoot, Part II

Part I

Poor Pargo has been cooped up inside the house all winter. Although for a little dog, he gets his exercise by running around the house. It's not that we don't want to take him out, but he is very susceptible to cold. So, it's for his own good, really. However, we see him looking longingly outside through the windows, wishing his little paws could feel the grass again.... So this past weekend even though it was still very chilly, but at least the sun was out, I put his sweater on and took him out for a brief walk. Brought along my camera, too.

We didn't get far, because I got cold myself. I used the timer on the camera and here is a photo of us!

PS. This blue sweater from Daddy Pargo is the only piece of clothing that Pargo owns.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Until We Meet Again

It was the morning of our very last day in Hawaii. We would later go to the airport and catch our flight back home. First though, there were few things left to do…

1. Eat the grapefruit/huge lemon from Kauai
It was incredibly horrendously sour! So Luke decided to squeeze out the juice and diluted it with water. It was still very unpleasant, but I took funny videos of him peeling, squeezing, mixing, and drinking. We often watch them and still laugh out loud. I won’t show the videos here, but here are some screen shots of the “bartender” at work.

2. Pack
Suitcases always seem heavier on return trips. It was no exception with us. We didn’t buy any large-item souvenirs and washed our clothes daily, but it just seemed we had a lot more stuff going home. We packed light and only had 1 large suitcase and a small duffel bag between the 2 of us. While at the airport later, the large suitcase was overweight that we had to do some shuffling. It didn’t make sense to me. We simply moved some stuff from the large suitcase to the duffel bag. The overall weight that the airplane would carry was still the same, but if we hadn’t done that, United was going to charge us extra for the overweight suitcase. What a scam!

Excuse me for the blurry image, it was captured from the video as well.

While at the complementary breakfast buffet that morning, we grabbed extra pastries for the road. We lived on these pastries during our week in Oahu. They were island-inspired so the flavors were a bit more interesting. Flavors such as papaya, banana, and taro. The crust was so flaky and light. It was like eating air. Air with 1000 calories.

Taking a little bit of Hawaii with us…

3. Walk to the beach for one. last. time.
What ya know? Even the sun came out to bid us farewell. Where were you the last 4 days when we needed you? For 2 hours, we sat on this very bench and watched the world go by. Okay, really, we were just people watching. It was a lot of fun, talking about the people around us and trying to figure out their stories.

Here were some of the people we watched. I labeled each accordingly. The Hot Girls took turns posing and taking pictures of one another. I thought they were college students, but Luke said that they looked older. Regardless, they inspired me to get in shape. But now that I am back home, I am no longer inspired.

The Little Girl, The Mom, and The Baby were family. There was also a brother and father (not pictured). Actually we saw the family arriving at the beach, but the father took off somewhere and never came back. It was funny because The Mom and the kids just left their stuff at the side of the road and took off to the beach. No one was guarding them and they didn't care about things getting stolen. The Baby was so cute. She looked adorable in her arm floaters.

The Father and Daughter first rode on the yellow water bicycle on the right of the picture for about half an hour. The Father took turns with his wife (not pictured), but The Daughter stayed on the whole time. When I took the picture, the wife was sun bathing, and The Father and Daughter were playing in the water. Seemed like a very tight family.

Here we were, observing...

It was so much fun and the weather was so nice that we didn't leave until when we realized that we would miss the flight if we didn't.

4. Eat
We were patrons to this Chinese buffet a total of 3 times. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner - we tried them all. When we visit Oahu next time, we are coming back here! We will always remember the tourists (all guys) from Mainland and their man purses.

This was what I put in my tummy that morning. It was so good, especially the eggs. I wish I knew how to cook eggs EXACTLY like that.

After breakfast, we slowly walked back to our hotel for the very last time. ::sobs:: We checked out around 12 noon and the front desk called a cab for us. When a limo pulled up instead, we were a bit confused. But it was indeed for us so we got to ride in a limo together for the very first time! What a wonderful way to end our honeymoon.

Hawaii, you had us at aloha.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

I ♥ Getting Organized

Before

After

It feels so good, knowing that our important papers and documents are in their proper place. Luke and I are far from being messy, but when it came to papers, we didn't have a system for organizing. We tend to keep too much stuff, including the outdated ones. However, I changed that today. Within 2 hours, I was able to sort through/organize/file all our important documents such as marriage certificate, tax returns, and insurance policies. Just look at the before and after pictures! I think I threw away at least 1/3 of the papers in the before picture. Just by throwing away the envelopes was a huge space saver.

In the after pictures, I organized the papers by subject and printed out a label for each folder. I found that using poly, as oppose to paper, file folders are better because they are more durable and longer lasting. Having different colors help too.

I got lucky and found a bigger file folder to hold all the individual folders. It was just big enough. Eventually I will have to upgrade it to something like this as we accumulate more stuff though.

Image from The Container Store, currently on sale for $7.99.

Getting organized is not rocket science, but I found this on HGTV to help you get started.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Master Of My Own Domain

Have you noticed?? {sugarlens} blog now has a new home on the world wide web!!

Luke stayed up late one night last week and set it all up for me. I may be the writer of {sugarlens}, but Luke is the one who keeps it running in the background. He improves it constantly and really, {sugarlens} is a reflection of the both of us. Without him, I wouldn't be blogging to begin with. Just want to take this moment and say thanks to my fabulous ahbow!

So, we purchased the domain from 1&1. For a little bit more than $6, I now have a URL that's entirely mine. Most likely I will renew it annually, but I will have to see if I am still crazy about blogging a year from now. I honestly hope so!

I am so elated that {sugarlens} is getting better and better. What should I do next to improve it? Got any suggestions for me?

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Sweet Ending

Part I, II, III, IV, V, and VI

I said it before and I will say it again. I didn't like our wedding cake. Not to mention it was overpriced, the store did not deliver what they promised. Brides, don't make the same mistake I did, stay away from Cakes by Happy Eatery!!

We visited Cakes by Happy Eatery for a cake tasting on the last day of July. It was our first cake tasting ever and were already tired of it. We just wanted to cross that item off of our To Do List. The lady we talked to, Victoria, was nice enough and very knowledgeable and familiar with Maggiano's, which we took it as a major plus. We showed her pictures of what we wanted and she took them all in. I wanted a very simple 2-tier cake with thin green ribbons (which I would provide) at the bottom of each tier and green swiss dots randomly scattered around the cake. Simple, right?

Since it would be a smallish cake, Victoria said she would use drinking glasses to give the cake some height so that "the cake would be the first thing people notice when they walk into the room." Because I would be carrying calla lilies, she said she would throw in candy calla lilies as accents for free. Everything sounded good and she said she would do the delivery herself. After I heard that, we were pretty much sold because 1) she was familiar with our venue's low lighting and 2) just from our conversation, we could tell that she was really detail-oriented and would make everything perfect for us.

The base price for the cake was $150. The swiss dots design was an additional $95 (ouch!). Delivery and setup was an expensive $95. After tax, our cake came out to be $352. Shockingly expensive, but if it meant having a perfectly displayed cake at our wedding reception, it was worth it. We paid the cake in full on that day, gave her the green ribbons, and Victoria promised to call us 2 weeks before the wedding to check-in and finalize everything.

Two weeks before the wedding, we heard nothing from her. Getting annoyed, I waited until 1.5 weeks before the wedding before calling her myself. She simply said, "Oh, I was just about to call you!" Riiiiiiight. We then went over my cake design again and she said, "So when will you give me the ribbons?" An obvious misunderstanding since we gave it to her the day we paid off the cake. Thirty minutes later, she called again and said she found it. Well, good for you! Anyway, so that was that, we were all set.

Fast forward to 9/9, I walked into the reception room and saw the cake (which was not the first thing I notice when I walked into the room, by the way). NOT what I imagined. I saw no glasses to give the cake hight and the "swiss dots" on the cake were not what we agreed on! The cake table was nothing extraordinary. Seriously, I could've asked my brother to pick up the cake and throw it on the cake table and and it would've looked exactly like what Victoria did. And speaking of that, I had a conversation with her a week later regarding my disappointment with the cake and found out that she didn't deliver the cake herself after all. I imagined it was probably delivered and setup by a PT employee still in high school.

Anyhoo, now that I told you about my frustration, let me finish up our wedding day. This is the conclusion of our wedding, hence my last post regarding our wedding day. Soon after 2pm, it was time to cut cake! Before the cake cutting, Luke made a speech thanking the guests again for coming and sharing the day with us.

A nice shot of us cutting into the cake!

Feeding each other cake! We decided against smashing. To be honest, I don't remember what the cake tasted like at all. The only good thing about Cakes by Happy Eatery is that they will give us a complementary 6" anniversary cake. So this September, I will be calling them up for my free cake. After that, I have no intention of stepping into that store again.

Instead of cutting into individual slices, Maggiano's cut the cake into 6 big pieces and put them on each table for the guests to cut themselves. I thought that was a great idea since not everyone would eat cake anyway. Our other dessert selections included tiramisu and toasted pound cake with vanilla bean ice cream, both were quite popular. Our guests enjoyed the desserts with a selection of tea or coffee. It was a nice way to end the meal. Shortly after 2:30, people started to leave. At that time, Luke and I made sure we were by the door and said goodbye to everyone. By the time the last guest left, it was around 3:30, we were beat and still hungry!

So, after not-too-much blood, sweat, and tears, our wedding day was exactly how I planned it. As mentioned, except for a few minor glitches, the day went perfectly. We had one goal in mind for that day - get married. And at the end of the day,we did just that! I can't describe the happiness I felt when we finally sat down on our couch at home later that day. We are now officially husband and wife, ready to take on the world together! First stop, Disney World!

I hope you enjoyed our wedding!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Red Velvet Cake Balls

I saw this the other day on Bakerella and knew that I had to try it. In addition to these red velvet cake balls, this lady does fantabulous work with anything cake-related. Check out her SWEET blog!

Taken directly from her blog, these cake balls looked too good to eat and I was determined to replicate my own! Also taken straight from her blog are the instructions posted below. I improvised a bit and my notes are in purple. The pictures in between the instructions are my own as well (very obvious, right?)

Ingredients

* 1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
* 1 can cream cheese frosting
* 1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate) - I couldn't find chocolate bark so I used a can of milk chocolate frosting
* wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl. (I was too impatient to wait for the cake to completely cool off. Plus, Luke said that it would be easier to mix in the cream cheese frosting if the cake was still a bit warm - see step 2 - so that was exactly what I did.)

2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy. (Because I didn't wait for the cake to completely cool off, the dough was too sticky to work with. After I was done mixing the cream cheese frosting and the cake, I put the dough in the freezer for about 20 minutes, for it to harden.)

3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. It should make 45-50. (I made mine a bit bigger and I got 32 cake balls.)

4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)

5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package. (Again, I couldn't find chocolate bark so I melted the milk chocolate frosting in the microwave. Next time though, if I can't find the bark again, I will use chocolate chips instead.)

6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra. (Unfortunately, mine never got firm because I used milk chocolate frosting.)

This recipe was super easy to make with the right ingredients. The cake was moist and not overly sweet. The outside chocolate would had been a lot better if I had used chocolate bark or chocolate chips. The milk chocolate frosting was hard to work with and didn't harden completely. There was definitely room for improvement
and I shall try this again in the future!

My own red velvet cake balls. Imagine sticking a stick into each of them for a cuter presentation at birthday parties! The possibilities are endless!

I give myself a B+ for taste and a C for presentation.

So much for my diet.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Delighted To Be Here

I applied and got accepted!

I am "delighted" to announce that {sugarlens} blog has been listed in the stylish and trendy Delightful Blogs! Now I get to display this cute icon on my blog. =]

For those who aren't familiar with Delightful Blogs, it is a blog filled with links to other blogs that have been reviewed, featuring Travel blogs, Food + Drinks blogs, Design blogs, Personal Journals (the category that {sugarlens} is in), and many more. They are selective so it's an honor to be a part of it!

Thank you Delightful Blogs!

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The Sugar Box

Happy belated Valentine's Day all! Whether or not you celebrated V-day, I hope you all had a great Thursday! Luke and I skipped the flowers and dinner out this year. The times are getting tough and we need to save our pennies. :) In reality, we were just too lazy to go out on a weekday. We have much more fun when we are at home, in our jammies, all cuddled up with Pargo anyway.

BUT, he surprised me with a present!!!

I walked into the closet after work and there it was...my old yucky jewelry box was replaced by this lovely new one! A new jewelry box! Yay! JUST what I needed for my growing jewelry collection.


I later found out that after I left for work that morning, Luke took out the present that he had been hiding in the 2nd bedroom and placed it where my old jewelry box was. He even started placing some of my necklaces and earrings in the new box. What a nice way to surprise me with a gift. :)


I tried taking a picture of mine, but couldn't get it right. So instead of showing an ugly picture of it, I found a nicer picture online. To make it mine, Luke had the top silver plate engraved with "The Sugar Box". I love it! Thanks babes! Can't wait to start filling it up with stuff! You will help me, right??

Image from Things Remembered.

And this cute card was sitting on top of the jewelry box. Luke was so creative with the card too. There are always some type of drawings in his cards to me and I always look forward to them. Our first V-day as a married couple and many more to come! Ai ni oh!

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