Bye Summer!

by Amanda

Bye Summer!

I’ve been back from SoCal for a couple of days now. What did I do for 10 days in SoCal? I ate. I ate a lot. I always eat a lot, but my goodness the amount of money I spent on food this trip was just ridiculous. I won’t disclose the amount, but let’s just say I will be eating home-cooked meals for a long, long time. (Time to refine my cooking skills!)

It was a great visit, though. Matt and I found out that 10 days is the perfect amount of days to be at home. Neither of us are too close with our families and we’re just the type of people that can only take so much of them at once. They often expect a lot of us when we go back, such as spending all hours of our days with them. I understand it’s because our families miss us, but I wish I could unsee the disappointment on their face when we don’t meet that expectation. Going back home is a vacation for us. We wanted to spend our time catching up on the food, places, and friends that we missed so much as well.

Anyway, moving on.

I know the thought of home makes me feel a bit sad, but actually being back home (SoCal) made me really happy. I had no idea how much I missed my friends and family until I actually got to spend time with them. I guess you truly don’t appreciate the things that are gone until you’ve been given the chance to experience them again. I just wish I could have came up with more interesting things to do than eat. There has to be another activity to do while catching up other than eating, right?! Well, whatever it is, I haven’t figured it out. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Mickey Cake Pop

I also took my annual trip to Disneyland, this time along with one of my dear friends from high school. It’s been so long since we spent that much time together — 3 years! This time, I didn’t get to take many pictures. Seeing as how I come back to Disney at least once a year, I don’t think I’ll be missing much not having pictures this one time. I was super excited to use my instax printer, but I forgot to take a lot of pictures for it. I guess this means I’ll have a lot of film for other pictures. πŸ˜›

I’m also pretty darn happy because I got to watch the World of Color show. Yes, I do believe it’s better than fireworks. πŸ˜› Please excuse the phone picture. It’s so difficult to use my camera while standing on the tips of my toes. I was stuck standing behind a guy that was around 6ft tall. ;-; I wish tall people would be more aware of tiny 5ft tall girls behind them (me, hah).

world of color

Since I ate out so much, I have a ton of opinions (and food pictures) I’m excited to share. One of the places I ate at was a sushi place. Unfortunately I will not be reviewing this place with pictures since I didn’t feel right taking any while I was there. I felt like it was a highly encouraged media-free zone since there was a “no cell phones” sign displayed. I figured it wouldn’t be appropriate to pull out my clunky camera. It was pretty small and cramped anyways so I guess that saved me the trouble! Anyway, it was delicious. This restaurant served sushi as close to the authentic way as it could. There were no American-style rolls offered. This meant no crunchy rolls drenched in sauce. It was quite a refreshing sushi experience. The nigiri was actually served with a little bit of wasabi under the fish — just the way I like it. The fish felt so milky that it almost melts in your mouth. Ugh, I wish I could have gotten pictures to share. It was very pricey, but worth every dollar. Here’s to Ohshima Japanese — I’m definitely coming back when I, uh…, have more money.

My whole “plan everything ahead of time” behavior made this trip so much easier for me. I always waste so much time trying to figure out where I want to go next that I never end up anywhere at all. This time, I actually planned each of my meals and each of the places I intended to visit. Not all of it worked out, but hey, I’m flexible. I do wish I got to visit the museums that I planned to visit. There’s always next time.

With all that being said, I’m pretty sad that my classes will begin next week, but at the same time I’m looking forward to them. This trip home set my sleep schedule back on track and I’m hoping school will keep it that way. Sometimes it’s fun to sleep past noon, but it’s definitely not productive. If life goes as planned, I really must get used to being up at 7AM or earlier! I wish I had more of a summer to just sit and relax though, since I’ve had work all day, everyday since I got back.


Nancy February 10, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Yayayayya welcome back to blogging!! Or at least yay for the new post!!!

You have some great calligraphy and nail stamping skills! I am so bad with calligraphy, I won’t even bother attempting. And with these two skills combined, it makes total sense to make gifts ;)! I wouldn’t mind having a pen pal. I’ve written so much e-mails to friends these days, I need some new mix!!! Hope you’ll stay happy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Cat February 12, 2015 - 11:06 PM

That’s great that you’re enjoying calligraphy so much! It’s always nice to find a hobby that is the right fit for you πŸ™‚ I knew about nail stamping before, but I rarely paint my nails, so I never tried it. I saw your photos on Instagram though, and they are cute!

That’s sweet that you’re making gifts πŸ™‚ I’m sure it makes the other person’s day too! I used to love writing letters, but I don’t do it anymore. The only time I really write and send snail mail is for cards like Christmas or birthdays. There’s something relaxing about stepping away from the computer to write a letter. It’s too bad it’s not done as much anymore.

Blogging makes me happy too, which is probably why I’ve been doing it for so long, haha. I hope you’re feeling better!

Alice B February 21, 2015 - 12:50 AM

welcome back to blogging πŸ™‚

sometimes i forget that i have to update my blog too. but i don’t want to update it with random blabber news, that would make my blog look ugly so yeah, sometimes i only post once a month and even that i try to make it at least decent. it’s kinda difficult to have a lifestyle blog where i don’t want to talk about my personal life, since i don’t think anyone is interested about that. so yeah, finding a topic is difficult.

i think it’s great that you’re doing calligraphy. when i had my typography class, i did some calligraphy too and it was fun. i like using the pen but i don’t think i’m gonna spend a huge amount on them. it’s a nice thing to do once in a while but only for fun. i admire calligraphers though, especially those who write with the brush instead of the pen, like those japanese or chinese calligraphers for instance.

i remember the first time i went to the salon for some nail art, what they did to me was nail stamping lol i thought that was weird but yeap, nail stamping is way faster and more convenient. i’m amazed at people who give so much patience for nail art or nail polish. i don’t have those patience lol which is why i never bought nail polish and i don’t do nail art.

Amanda February 21, 2015 - 11:43 PM

I wanted to blog more and now I have nothing to blog about! Haha, oh the woes of wanting to write posts with some sustenance.

I envy calligraphers who are talented with brushes. I have absolutely no control with a brush so everything gets all icky looking.

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