February has bid us adieu and it packed quite a punch for a short month! It still feels like there is a surreal-ness to this year. Am I the only one who feels this way? Some days I have to pinch myself (sometimes repeatedly) and ask myself “is this real?” and the answer appears to be “yes”. And sometimes I need multiple hugs from Max to carry on afterwards.
Oh February, What Havoc Have You Wrought?
So dramatic. But my life is kinda dull. And I kinda like it that way. 😀
Funnies — Because Laughter is Better than Crying
This is my happy place. I visit here often.
This kills me. The expression on the cat and husky’s faces are priceless. Priceless!
That cat is a badass and knows it.
Hehehe. Dogs and cats.
Seriously, have you seen a cuter face?
I’m guessing a lot of dogs think those are their names. Max thinks his is “no!”
My book loving friends can relate!
LA Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
California has pretty much been in a drought forever but this winter we got rain. Lots and lots of rain. We had a mega storm on February 17 which not only brought torrential rain but heavy winds that huffed and puffed and tried to blow me away. Because I am a genius, I waited until the storm hit to walk to the store because I thought, “Hey, it’s just rain. I won’t melt.” At least I was 99% — okay, more like 92% sure I wouldn’t melt. 😀 And I didn’t melt but almost blew away Dorothy-style. Seriously. I had a construction worker holding on to me so I didn’t blow away to Oz.
Courtesy LA Times
Lunar New Year
The library staff hosted a Lunar New Year lunch and one of the librarians invited me to join them, which was so sweet. To be completely honest, even though Koreans do celebrate Lunar New Year, I typically associate new year with champagne and fireworks, not feverish cleaning (so luck can land in your home) and dumplings. 😀 But I wanted to represent, so I made these tasty Korean Lettuce Rolls. Like usual, I forgot to take pictures at the actual event.
They were delicious. Spicy but not make-ya-sweat spicy and overall really healthy, if you’re into that kind of thing. I’m not. But trying to be. 😀 You can get the recipe at my sister blog, Eat Laugh Purr.
We get together every other month for brunch. This time we went to Claire’s at the Museum. The food was spectacular but unfortunately it rained that day so the view was not good. It’s right on the ocean. We agreed that we would come back this summer when we could sit on the patio and enjoy the ocean views.
‘Ol Bessie Gives Me a Scare
So after brunch, I went to my car and it wouldn’t start. And the oil warning light came on, which about gave me a heart attack. I whimpered while my friend called her husband to come get us. Even though my oil level appeared fine, I didn’t want to press my luck and make things worse. So I towed my car to the garage … where it started. Sure, I looked like the stupid girl who knows nothing about cars (this is true) but who cares!
‘Ol Bessie is alive! And I didn’t spend thousands of dollars to revive her. It’s a miracle!
Max, The Destroyer
This is Max. He is adored, pampered and deeply loved as all cats (and dogs) should be.
He has me wrapped around his big white mitts and knows it. He also woke me up the other day hacking a hairball. Rude. Then later, after lunch, he decided to throw that up too. Now, normally I might freak out about him being sick, but he is tearing around the place and happy as can be so I know he’s just being a shit. (He sometimes gobbles his food too fast and throws it back up). That night, I’m reading in bed and he is curled next to me. When he suddenly lurches up and hacks another hairball … on the bed. I yell. He shrugs because … cat.
Food I Made, Ate and Loved
So literal. I’m never gonna be that girl who makes food and eats to survive. No, I devour food like Homer Simpson because food is yummy in my tummy.
The Citrus Arugula Salad I paired with baked salmon and it was delicious. The navel and blood oranges were so juicy and sweet and the pepitas gave it a nice crunch, while the goat cheese added the right amount of tang. The Spicy Parmesan Kale Chips made the perfect afternoon snack when I wanted something both crunchy and salty.
These are my good-for-me recipes and they were fabulous. But this is me. I don’t always eat like this. Sometimes I eat like this …
Favorite Posts in February
These are my five favorite posts from around the blogosphere this month.
- Budget and the Beach: Defining Success
- Organic Butterfly Blog: When the Floodgates Have to Break
- Jana Says and TexErin-in-Sydneyland: Ladies of the 80s: a Jana and Erin Playlist
- Life According to Steph: It’s Not about Being Political. It’s about Being Human.
- More Coffee, Less Talky: Things I Love: Holy Grail Makeup Products
One Last Laugh
Adulting does make me want to go native or Gollum some days.
So what were your February highlights?
I’m linking up with Kristen for the What’s New with You link-up. Be sure to check out what’s new with everyone!