Friday, September 28, 2007

Busy, busy, busy

We've been pretty busy lately. We're still checking out houses online. We haven't been out to really check out houses in a while. Who knows, maybe soon.
Cuong's been keeping busy working on this "thesis" for his last class in his MPA program.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Gosh, I guess I would like a vacation home in Hawaii. I wanted somewhere by the beach, but even in So Cal it can be cold at the beach. Hawaii has the nice and warm climate.
2. What's your favorite article of clothing?
Cuong thinks I'm crazy but I think I could live in jeans....and a comfy shirt or tank top.
3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
Nice smile and pretty eyes
4. What's the last CD that you bought?
Gosh, I don't even remember! How sad! Sorry music industry!
5. Where's your favorite place to be?
Somewhere relaxing with nothing to worry about....and that always happens to be on vacation!
6. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Costco on a Saturday or Sunday. haha I hate when there are a bunch of stupid people all gathered in one place. Or stuck in traffic...same senario!
7. What's your favorite place to be massaged?
Almost any spa will do.....I LOVED that sugar scrub then massage at Pechanga!
8. Strong in mind or strong in body?
Both! But strong in mind can get you to be strong in body! :)
9. What time do you wake up in the morning? The alarm goes off at 5:45am. Cuong gets up at 6 and I lay there until about 6:15.
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
Strange question...I like the oven becuase then you can walk away and come back when the timer dings...but I make most of the food on the cooktop.
11. If you could play any instrument what would it be?
Well...I can play the trumpet. I guess I should probably play it more instead of having it just sit in my closet!
12. Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV?
Right now I'm getting my "sports car" out of the way before moving into the SUV.
13. What is your favorite season? Definitely summer! I like warm weather better than cold vacation usually happens during summer!
14. What is your least favorite household chore? Trash & cleaning bathrooms (scrubbing showers/toilets)
15. If you could have one super power, what would it be? I would agree with able to clone myself when I need to so I would be able to get everything done in a 24 hur period.
16. What's your favorite day? Saturdays. It's the ultimate weekend day. You didn't just get off work...and you don't have to worry about going to work the next day!
17. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? Sorry, hamburger for me! Nice and juicy!

Now you try this, if you blog . . . then copy and paste with your own answers and leave your blog address in the comments. Or if you want, just copy and paste to the comments section. Have a great Friday!

Monday, September 17, 2007


So I'm kind of frustrated!

My boss just told me that one of the VP's from our design center called him this afternoon to let him know that they are setting up a meeting with some of the big wigs from my company to talk about switching the ordering of appliances to the design center. The ordering of appliances is...ahem!! part of MY job!!
That might be okay if we were super busy...but in this economy, I'm fighting to get any kind of work I can. I've heard of cut throat, but yikes...if they take that portion of my job, I hope I won't get laid off!!
I haven't been in the industry during the down turns, so this is all new to me.

So I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to stick it out and that the market turns back around for us!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Have a Shot!!

On Saturday we went to a local restaurant in Costa Mesa. I had been there once before, but the fact that we found a buy one get one FREE coupon enticed me to go back. It had been years since I had been there, but I remember that their Chicken Teriyaki bowl was SO good!

The place is called Skosh Monahans. It's owned by Gary Monahan, the former Mayor of Costa Mesa.

We were seated and the waitress took our order. I kept seeing this scruffy looking guy cruise around to all of the tables and talking. I wasn't sure who he was. Turns out....that was Gary Monahan! He likes to greet all of his guests, get to know them a little bit and make sure that everything is okay with their meal.

After we got our food, our waitress came by and told us to tell the owner that our waitress was pretty slow today and that she needed a shot. Gary didn't come by, so we didn't have a chance to ask him. Our waitress was very persistant though. About 15 minutes later, she reminded us that she still didn't have her shot!

Cuong finally stopped Gary as he was walking by. We told him that she was kind of sluggish and she needed a shot. Gary's response was, "Oh, I'm sorry. She just finished working an 8 hour shift at her other job. I'm sure she's pretty tired." At that point, I thought we got her in trouble, so I felt all bad.

About 5 mintues later, Gary and our waitress walk up with FOUR shots! Apparently if you tell him your waitress is sluggish, everyone gets shots! Bottoms up! I think it was a double shot of Cactus Cooler. It REALLY did taste like Cactus Cooler! Not bad!!

Right after that I thought, "Darn! I should have brought my camera! We just took a shot with Gary Monahan!"

Of course we tipped Jenny a little extra, since our shots were free. Those are the kinds of things that make you want to go back! :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Club 33!!!

On Sunday, we went to Club 33 at Disneyland. The Purchasing Director knows the person at Whirlpool who is in charge of making reservations through their Club 33 membership. Luckily I was able to ask my boss about making lunch reservations, partially for Cuong & Paul's birthdays.

Cuong and I, Paul & Yolanda, and Adolfo and Lulu all met at Disneyland at 11:ooam. From there, we picked up our tickets and headed towards Club 33.

It was pretty walk up to the door, ring a little bell and then you're asked to state the name of your party. Once they find your name on the list, the door opens. You step inside and are greeted by a host.

Yolanda, Lulu and I rode in the 19th century French lift up to the dining room. The restaurant is actually above the Blue Bayou and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Once upstairs and seated, we were given our complimentary glass of champagne. We were then able to hit the appetizer buffet. Cuong and Yolanda were so excited that they had lobster, crab and shrimp! We then all ordered the steak and fries.

Midway through eating, who came in....but Mickey Mouse and Pluto!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Ok fine...August's Last Wedding!

On the 31st we attended the wedding of Mahiely & Bokeem (Alex's younger sister).

The wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. This was the location that we took pictures at after our ceremony. I absolutely love the Spanish architecture of the building!

The ceremony was held outside in the courtyard with the beautiful staircases and fountain.

Bokeem is African-American, so the ceremony was partially following traditional African rituals. When the ceremony began, the groom's family came down the staircase to drums. Bokeem was the last one down the stairs, wearing and playing his own drum.

He then presented Mahiely's family with baskets of fruits and flowers. These were gifts to the family in return for them giving him their daughter. Her family agreed to allow them to be married.

Then Mahiely came down the other staircase, escorted by her father. She looked gorgeous!

In order to prove himself to both families, Bokeem was asked to pick up his bride. He then asked both families if they would also help him take care of Mahiely.Next the minister had Mahiely remove her shoes in order to step on two blocks of clay. Once she had successfully molded her footprints into the clay, he presented them to Bokeem. He told him that he needed to keep those molds close to his heart and in a special part of his home because the footprints of his bride were something to be cherished.

They then exchanged rings, and the ceremony was complete. As they made their way away from the ceremony site, the Mariachi band came in.

We were then instructed to enter the ballroom where the reception would be held. They had cocktails & appetizers for about the first hour.

There were plenty of speeches, then salad and dinner. We danced for a while before the First Dance, and then continued dancing before the cake cutting.

We had a wonderful time with our friends!