Baby T. makes eight months today! I can't believe how quickly time has passed. She makes motherhood so much fun. Of course she's a lot of work but isn't that what I signed up for?
Here are some recent observations:
When my mom passed away suddenly from a heart attack just one week shy of her 45th birthday, I was 19 years old. At the time, I perceived that life would be a lot harder without my mom there but whenever there were big events she should be present for, it felt like I lost her all over again.
I always pictured myself as a mother with my mom supporting my children as the best grandmother in the world. I know that part of me put off having children as long as possible to avoid this sad truth. But with my biological clock ticking, it was finally time to try to expand our family.
Long before I was married, I fixated on Jennifer Aniston getting married at 32 years old. I don’t even like Jennifer Aniston that much, or Brad Pitt for that matter, but I thought that waiting until 32 to get married sounded like a good plan. Somehow, this came to fruition without too much struggle. I happened to meet my now-husband when we were in our late 20s. We got engaged after three years and then got married when I was 32. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard that Lisa Bonet gave birth to her youngest child (with Jason Momoa omg) when she was 41 years old, I decided that 41 was a good time to have a baby.
And here we are. I’m about a month away from my daughter’s due date. Though it’s heart-breaking to think that my mom can’t be here for my pregnancy or my daughter’s birth, I have no choice but to be strong. Being sad won’t bring her back. I just need to be sure to share stories about my beloved mother with my daughter. I want my daughter to know that her grandmother was the most loving, generous, kind, and funny woman in the world and that I’m lucky to have spent 19 years of my life learning from her and being loved by her. I need to make it my life’s mission to love and appreciate my daughter so that no matter what, she knows that I’ll always be in her heart.
There are not many foods I like more than noodles, salads, and sesame dressing. It’s like the 7-11 Hawaii angels wanted to bestow upon me the perfect salad: The Ramen Salad with Sesame Dressing. Omg.
This cold noodle salad is refreshing and delicious. The noodles are nice and chewy and the sesame dressing is flavorful and delicious. There’s also corn, which is a nice bonus. There could be more lettuce but hey, I’m here for the noodles. There’s also cold seasoned chicken and a half boiled egg. Both are fine, I could take them or leave them. Actually, I’m very thankful that the chicken is not dry. I find dry chicken personally offensive and inedible. But this chicken is not bad, maybe it was boiled and seasoned. Overall, I’m so thankful that this salad exists. It’s not too big and hits the spot.
Guest post by Scout the Cat’s Meow
Omg, Popoki + Tea just opened in Kaimuki. It’s a local cat café, like the ones in Japan!
Cat cafés are popular because it’s hard to own a pet when you live in the city due to small living spaces and buildings that are not pet friendly. So why not stroll down to the local cat café, play with some adorable fuzzballs, and get some snacks or a drink? It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The café concept has increased in popularity and now you can visit owls, hedgehogs, and even maids. Um, what??
Anyway, what makes Popoki + Tea even more special, besides being the first cat café in Hawaii, is that the cats you meet are all up for adoption! It's purr-fect!
Also, back in August 2019, Popoki + Tea and Sheila Chen held a meowdel contest for a cat mural in the café. I was one of the 25 meowdels chosen!
I’m so honored to be a part of this exciting new business that’s beneficial to humans and cats alike! Whether you’re from Hawaii or visiting, I hope you’re able to stop by.
Meow for now,
I work at a health insurance company that’s big on well-being and self-care. These things are important, but most days it doesn't feel like there’s enough time in the day to do my regular job, much less treat myself Donna and Tommy style! BUT this month the company started providing chair and table massages twice a week. There’s a charge but it’s much cheaper than going to a spa or regular masseuse.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I decided to sign up for a 15-minute chair massage. A few months ago, I was telling my husband that I liked massages in theory, but they never concentrate on my problem spot, my left shoulder. I also hate it when they massage my arms and legs it seems like a waste. I can reach those areas but I can’t get that knot out of my shoulder. My husband, the practical man that he is said, “Just get a chair massage.” Brilliant! But from where? And could I afford it? And then lo and behold, my place of work starts offering chair massages (and table massages, too!). If that isn’t a beautiful convergence of events, I don’t know what is.
And boy, the chair massage amazing. I had a really nice (AND STRONG!) gal. She asked me what I wanted her to focus on and I told her my shoulders. So, she started with my right shoulder and found a baby knot I didn’t even know was there! Nice. And then she moved to my left shoulder and found the knot. She even said, “Whoa, here it is!” before she pounded, kneaded, and loosened up that knot. It was pure bliss.
When she was done, I thanked her and practically floated out of the room. Now, I’m doing research on how many massages it’s okay to get a month because I’m determined to treat myself more often. I can’t resist the possibility of loose shoulders at an affordable price without having to leave the building.