25 November, 2007

Thanksgiving week

Tuesday was Andrew's birthday. Monday night after midnight, I gave him a card and a gift with a video game and a Spurs NBA Championship 2002-2003 dvd(since he always liked David Robinson) in a gift bag. He didn't show any excitement at all which he explained later it was because it was late, and he was tired and sleepy. Anyway, in the morning, while he was still sleeping, I put another gift in the same gift bag and tissue paper. It was the VCR tape of Spurs won the 1998-99 NBA Champion. That tape was ruin during the flood in our basement in July. He was very upset that he has lost it since he never opened it and has kept it for so long. So, I thought it would be a good gift. But he was still in bed when I left home for work. He never mentioned it at work at all, so I assumed he didn't know there was another gift for him.

I left work a bit early, around 4:30pm, and went pick up a fruits bouquet from Edible Arrangement. Then I rushed home to made a special dinner, since he said he didn't want to go out. Once I got home, I had the oven getting preheated right away. Then I checked my emails and stuff. I got a message from one of my friends that our friend had some problems and needed some "friends" time that night. I really really wanted to go and give her some support, but it was my husband's birthday. I gave her a call right away and apologized I couldn't make it that night, and hoped she would understand that even though I wasn't there physically, I was mentally there for her. I felt really bad I couldn't go, but I had to continue making the dinner. I know Andrew doesn't like steak much, I cook chicken too often, and he doesn't eat seafood... Which restaurant or what dish does he like the most? Then I have decided to make "Texas Roadhouse". I have made baby back ribs, mashed potato, and chili. I popped the ribs in the oven for 2.5 hours(yes, that long, that was why I had to leave work a bit early). I cheated, I made the mashed potato from Betty Crocker Homestyle Creamy Butter mashed potatoes in a box, and the chili is also from a can.

Andrew went to his friend's house to work out, so I had as much time I needed to make the meal. Once he got home, it's already 8pm. I had the table all setup and had a bottle of drink for him, so that he doesn't need to open the fridge and see the fruits bouquet. As I was serving the food, he walked over the fridge and opened it, and said, "What the hell..." I was shocked, I didn't expect him to see that. I was like, "YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO OPEN THE FRIDGE!!!" He said he wanted water instead the drink on the table. So he saw the bouquet. Ruin the surprise, well, he said it was still a surprise. I guess...

When Andrew saw the ribs, potato and stuff, he said "This is Texas Roadhouse!!" Right, that's what I wanted to hear! After we had meal(all tasted good, thank goodness), he couldn't wait to see the fruits bouquet out of the fridge. It was indeed very cool, although it was way too much fruits for 2 of us. Then I told him that he had another gift in the gift bag. Of course he loved the tape. It was a nice night, and I hoped he enjoyed it(he better!!)
yes, we were using the Hello Kitty placemats.

Wednesday we went to work, left quite early, got home and went out to look for a Amazon gift card for his friend, who had just swore in(I did too couple years ago, but I didn't become a lawyer, I became a citizen), in some drugs store. And we had no luck and called it the night.

Thursday morning, we packed and went to my PIL's and spent a lovely Thanksgiving there. On the way there, the traffic was really bad, so we asked the GPS to take us another way. And we saw this huge haunted house which I would like to share.
Once we have arrived there, we went to see my FIL's lately project...

Andrew and his father under the bridge

It is an amazing bridge. Very impressive!!

For Thanksgiving, My MIL made a very very delicious meal for us(sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the meal, I was too excited when I saw all the food, too busy drooling). Homemade dinner rolls, very garlic-y real-mashed potato, awesome green bean casserole, tasty stuffing, and of course TURKEY. They said the turkey was a bit dry, but I said it was very very good. I loved it. I even rudely asked my MIL if I could take some turkey home... My favorite was the green bean casserole! After eating that much food, of course all of my blood went from the brain to the stomach = a good night sleep = I went to bed pretty early and got up really late the next morning. We left on Friday night.

Saturday morning, we went to NYC for Andrew's friend's birthday and passing the Bar party. We took the train since we really don't like driving in NYC. Plus, I got to knit during the train ride. We really had a great time there.

Then I called up Jennsquare to see if there are some yarn store near by Time Square, so that I could go visit. She found me one. But once we got there, it was closed. We went to Lush too, but I didn't find anything I like. Every time we go to NYC, Andrew would make sure that we go to the Sanrio store, and so we did this time too. Of course I bought some stuff from there.

A Hello Kitty sweater and a pin

a HK long ruler, HK chopsticks, a pair of sissors, a cellphone charm and a hat!!!

While we were walking around in NYC, we found a fair thingy at Bryant Park(I know that part because of Project Runway). There were some interesting stores in tents and a looooooong line for ice skating.

Then we passed by Chipotle. Have you ever had Moe's? One time I was chatting with Jennsquare, she said she likes Chipotle better than Moe's, and I love Moe's. So once I saw Chipotle in the city, of course I had to try it. It was really good. we had some to-go too. Andrew and I both like it very much, but too bad they are not close to us. So, Moe's is still better for right now.

Then we took the train back home. Got home around 11pm. Took a shower, then I passed out.

I know it is a very very long post, may be because I haven't posted for long time. But Congratulations! you have survived after reading this long boring post!!

18 November, 2007

Wii Party again

On Friday, I had some friends from school over to play Wii and cards. We had lots of fun... Again, I always feel 10 years younger when I hang out with them. And final exams... here we come....

Me, Bijal, and Carolina

Me, Miguel, Jhy, and Andrew

From Left, Ken, Dave, Andrew, Bijal, Carolina, me, Jhy, and Akshay. (Miguel left already)

12 November, 2007

Bake Sale 2

The bake sale was a big success today! My cheesecake and pumpkin pie were all sold out today(fast too)! I am so so so happy that people like them a lot. Especially the cheesecake, I just couldn't help to smile from my the bottom of my heart when I saw people had that "yummmmm" look on their faces. Someone even asked me to marry him because of the cheesecake (of course I said "sorry, I am taken") and keep using the f-word to express how good the cake was( you know how the college kids speak in these days). I love that feeling when someone loves your food. It's a big big paid off. If you like to cook, you would know what I mean. Even though I took off half day from work to sit at the table and I didn't get paid at all, it's totally worth it. I had lots of fun today! Of course, during the down time, I was knitting, what is new?

11 November, 2007

Bake Sale

Mechanical Engineering Honor Society in UNH is having a bake sale tomorrow. As a honor member, I, of course, helped to bake. I started making my signature Oreo Cheesecake, it does take 2 days to make it, bake, add more stuff, bake, chill and then add more stuff, 2 days process. It's so good, it's totally worth it, but I don't eat cheesecake. Today, I baked 2 pumpkin pies, and my another signature item, Chocolate and Walnut Snack Bars. It took me 3 hours to prepare and bake, and another couple hours to chill and pack. So, I have been busy baking this weekend. Hopefully people will buy them tomorrow.
Before packaging

After packaging

Last Thursday, since my professor wanted a day off, I didn't have class that night. After work, I went to school to do some homework. Then I ran into my friends Dave and Miguel, both from Columbia. They were so evil that th
ey took me to a great Columbian restaurant which serve awesome Columbian food. I have tried something new, and I like it a lot. I said they were evil because they made me going to SnB late. It was almost 8pm when I got there. But I still had a good time chatting and knitting with my friends as always. And I am going again next week, since I have a take home exam next Thursday, so NO CLASS again. Lucky me... Sometimes, it also makes me mad because I did pay for the expensive tuition, but I am not learn anything from that class...

Me and Dave

Oh, during baking, I did have time to knit a little bit. At the trip to buy plastic bags for packaging the snack bars, I went to A. C. Moore, and guess what, I bought a ball of yarn. It's Bernat Organic Cotton. Then, while cheesecake was being baked, I casted on a pair of baby booties. I have never made baby booties before, I had no idea how they are easy and fast to knit. I finished it this morning. There was some sewing, not much, but I still hate it. They are gifts for one of my co-worker's new born son.

Also, I accidentally washed the swatch of the MWS which is the Zephyr lace yarn...

07 November, 2007


I couldn't resist to post this video...

I got it!!

My Ravelry shirt of course! I am so excited. Although it's getting cold here now, I may wear it tomorrow! Wait, I can't, because I have to work tomorrow! OK, then I will wear it on Friday!

I have made a mistake on the Mystic Waters Shawl. After the long process of MS3, I am very used to reading chart now, I think. So, after I printed out the chart of MWS, I did a swatch right a way, and it looked pretty. So I casted on the shawl, didn't bother to read the finished clue#1. This Monday, my friend from work wanted to know how to do "ssk" before she cast on her MWS. I was like, why do you need to know, there is no "ssk" in the pattern... or is there? OH THERE IS. Apparently, I am so used to knitting MS3. It's pattern, "/" means "sk1p", and that's what I have been doing in MWS. Big mistake, but I have asked Costumechick who is an a knitting expert, she said I don't need to frog it, I just have to to keep doing the wrong stitch. Well, problem solved. I was so afraid that I would have wasted lots of time if I need to rip it...

People who know me well would know that I have a thing for Wedding Dress. And I am so glad that TLC has a show called Say Yes to the Dress and I love it!!! Thanks to Mom H for letting me know about it.

No knitting pictures today, or for while, because all I have been knitting are gifts...

04 November, 2007

Mystic Waters

It has been a while since my last post. I still have been busy with moving and school. Oh actually, I have been knitting too. I am trying to finish couple Christmas projects. However, after I saw Costumechick's Mystic Waters Shawl, I couldn't help but casted one on myself.

I finished clue one in one week... I am using Zephyr 2/18 in Agean Blue and Knitpicks Options size 4 circular. I am usually not a fan of blue, but I like this color a lot. Now I am trying very very hard not to start clue 2 and try to keep knitting the Christmas gifts. Good luck to me.

Last weekend, my PIL came to help us install a garage door opener. I am very thankful that they always come to help us do this and that, otherwise, as both DH and I are lazy people, we would never get stuff done so fast.

Last Friday, DH and I went out with one of my friends from work and my classmate and his girlfriend to a Chinese restaurant, Iron Chef, in West Haven. They all speak Mandarin, except DH and I. It's a REAL Chinese restaurant. Well, I should say authentic Chinese restaurant. How do you know if the Chinese restaurant is "real" or not? Ans: It is "real" if you can order this there...


Guess what, my dear SnBers, I will have another Thursday night class next semester... Its time may be changed later, or I may not take it next semester, but it looks like I need to. Booooo! I am so depressed! Or anyone wants to join me at Sunday's meeting? Anyone?

Lastly, I got these last week...