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Thanksgiving 2016

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving. Mine was…okay. I was scheduled to work later that night (retail) so all day I was worried about whether I would have enough rest to last me from 10PM to 5AM.

My family has never really celebrated Thanksgiving until I found out that the oven still worked. The broil function no longer works, but you can still bake. So one year I mustered up the courage to bake a turkey. I’ve baked a turkey before using one of those Ronco ovens, but the smallest turkey was always too big for it. I’ve had to cut off the drumsticks and cook it separately.

I believe this would be the fourth year we’ve celebrated. And I’ve always been the one cooking everything. I’ve always bought everything, prepped and baked the turkey, and made the typical side dishes. We also celebrate my dad’s birthday since the whole family would be under one roof.

This year I bought a 14lb turkey. I was looking for a 12lb since not many people were planning to come over, but I couldn’t find one and I couldn’t be bothered to ask an associate if there were any left in the back. It was the smallest out of all. I put it in water on Monday night and left it in the garage to defrost. It was thawed by Tuesday night.

For a few days, I researched different brining recipes. Originally I had planned to brine the turkey in apple cider and oranges, but I discovered some buttermilk recipes that tenderized the meat so I went with that.

I didn’t measure anything out, expect the water to kosher salt ratio. Other than that, I threw a whole bunch of stuff in.

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The brine consists of: water, kosher salt, peppercorns, sticks of cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic cloves, orange peel, oranges, onion, and buttermilk.

The turkey was meant to be placed in that pot but it was too large so it went back into the pail it defrosted in. And it went back into the garage.

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I was a bit worried about the temperature since Wednesday was going to reach to 60 degrees.

I also had a really late shift on Wednesday night (6PM to 2AM). I came home around 2:15AM and started working on the herb butter 15 minutes later. I set out two sticks of butter earlier that day to soften but it was still hard by the time I needed it. I had to incorporate everything by hand.

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Butter, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic, salt, and black pepper

I woke up at 8:15 the next morning so that I could get the turkey in by 9AM. On a normal year, I’d wait until 12PM to pop in the turkey but since I worked later in the evening, I wanted everything done early so I could rest later.

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The prepped turkey on top of onion, carrots, celery, garlic. It’s stuffed with more onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and sage. Salt and pepper all around.

I started prepping my side dishes about a hour before the turkey was done around 1PM. I got side tracked and didn’t manage my time well enough because the first guests came before any of the sides were done. I don’t have any pictures of side dishes because I was running around the kitchen. This is what we had though: buttermilk biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, stuffing, buttered corn kernals, and steamed broccoli. I planned to make a fish but I forgot. I hadn’t had fish for a long time.

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The finished turkey, resting in the oven.

I had my sister Sophia carve the turkey. The meat wasn’t arranged in any fancy way. Just chopped and placed into an aluminum pan.

The turkey turned out a bit salty unfortunately. I may have added too much salt to the brine. But it turned out really moist and juicy!

After eating and bumming around for a bit, I decided to shower and take a nap which only lasted two hours. We had to set up the cake for my dad’s birthday. I don’t have an actual photo of the cake with the candles, so this one will have to do:

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Nicely secured in the front seat. It’s a mango mousse shortcake.

Once the celebration and cake was done, everyone headed home while I headed for some more rest. I had contemplated whether I should go black Friday shopping after I got off but I just hopped back into bed that only lasted 3 hours. Once I was up, I headed to Target to buy some goodies.

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Each pack of socks were $5, each movie was $6.

I needed new socks for the longest time since all of mine were hand-me-downs from my sister so I was pretty excited for them. And it’s such a steal. They’re originally $9.19. I decided to buy  Mockingjay to complete the series. I had no interest it when it first came out on blu-ray because it was such a disappointment. But since it was only $6…and I bought Martian just for the hell of it. Before Thanksgiving, I also bought X-Men: Apocalypse and Brooklyn.

Later on that day, I went back to the store with Sophia to buy more stuff. I bought a Chromecast which I do kind of regret because the WiFi at home is so slow. And then I bought my nephews’ Christmas presents that consists of clothes. They’re not getting any more toys.

Random Rambles

Random Haikus

When I was bored at school, I’d write haikus about how I was feeling during class. And then I began to write seriously, like sit down and actually write, outside of school, but it didn’t last very long. So here is what I wrote at school:

In my modern British drama class that was after lunch:

I am so tired
please just let me go to sleep
I need to poop

I ate Baja Fresh
some burrito on my shirt
mushy rice and cheese

Overslept today
no makeup and dirty face
breath mints replace toothbrush

My feet are sweaty
they are very stinky too
feels so hot and gross

I am so damn screwed
so much damn shit due next week
holy crap oh no

American art history, also after lunch:

My tummy feels weird
caramel macchiato
why so expensive?

At home:

Why does it rain now?
Not going out anymore
oh I am so bored

Ate so much today
Indian, Chinese, ice cream
get fat with your friends

Sleep deprived all day
but I ate a lot at school
Pulp Fiction was good

Okay that’s all I’ve written. I thought I had more, especially written during American art history but I guess not. And earlier this year, I read part of “how to write a haiku” book and found out that haikus are supposed to be about nature and shit. I’m sure a simple google search could have just told me that, but since I had to do research

 

Adventures

November 3rd – CL in San Francisco

Three friends and I went to San Francisco to watch CL* perform at the Warfield on Market Street.

*CL is part of 2NE1, a female music group from South Korea.

I’ve been a fan of 2NE1 since their debut in 2009. I even attended their concert in LA back in 2012 with Melanie (one of the three friends) and that was fucking awesome. The best/funnest concert I’ve been to, actually. But I wasn’t sure if I would attend CL’s concert since I wasn’t really following her solo material, but since my friends were going, why not.

We were supposed to leave around 11AM but we left Sacramento around 12:30ish haha. Before we left, we got some McDonalds to go. Melanie and I were supposed to be on a diet that started two days before, but that was just going to be ignored for today.

The drive wasn’t bad at all. Getting to and through the Bay Bridge was a breeze.  And there was lots of sun that day, unlike most of the days I go to SF. We were debating on what to do when we get to the city. The concert didn’t start until 8:30PM and we got to SF around 2PM so we had time to kill.

Japantown was chosen as the first stop…

We decided to eat some more and stopped at Sophie’s Crepes, one of my favorite places there. I decided to try out their green tea sundae. I actually hate green tea but love green tea ice cream. It doesn’t taste like straight-up plant and it’s not too sweet.

The green stuff on top of the whipped cream was so bitter. I had to scoop that and toss it. Melanie got some kind of strawberry sundae.  There was a poster for CL’s concert inside the shop.

After walking around, Felisha ordered some takoyaki which disappointedly wasn’t made fresh. They warm it up using a takoyaki pan. The worker claimed it takes too long to cook which was absurd since it took forever for the order to be ready. At least the octopus wasn’t hard and chewy.

I saw these mochi on a stick…I think they’re called dango. I wanted to try it since I’ve seen them on YouTube but I was too stuffed.

We decided to walk a little north of Japantown to go to a small Japanese market. There was onigiri sold inside so we decided to buy some. I don’t think any of us have tried one before since we had difficulty opening it up.

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The view of Japantown from the Japanese Market.

I bought one filled with that salted plum stuff, umeboshi. That stuff is SALTY as hell. It’s good if you eat a tiny amount, like the size of three rice grains haha. I had to scoop some out to make the onigiri edible. I would love to eat it again though. I also bought a spam musubi which I’ve never tried either. I typically don’t like spam but it was okay in the musubi form. Everyone else got a roe filled or tuna filled musubi which they enjoyed.

Daiso was the last thing on our list for Japantown so we headed there. I had been to Daiso already in Roseville a few days prior so I wasn’t too eager to buy anything.  I’m was also trying to save my money and not buy random crap that I won’t even need/use. I eventually got tired walking around in Daiso so I went outside and sat on the ground…only to find out that there were benches nearby.

Chinatown was our next destination. We went to different shops that had all the same cheap crap. I was beyond exhausted. And nobody bought anything.

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I didn’t know I was so close to the Transamerica Pyramid.
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I didn’t realized that people live above the shops until I saw someone close their curtains.

We finally headed towards the Warfield, parked the car, and walked to the venue to find out that there was a LONG line to get inside. The doors opened at 7:30 and we got there around 7. My friends wanted to get some drinks so we headed to a bar that was nearby, Mikkeller Bar.

I didn’t order any drinks since I popped in two Advils since my tooth was hurting. I did order three appetizers though haha.  And I’ve never been to a bar before to be honest. The guy that took my order asked if I wanted to start a tab. I didn’t know how to respond to that haha. I said yes at first, but changed my mind two seconds later.

I ordered french fries, mac and cheese, and a chicken quesadilla.

The chicken quesadilla was BOMB. Fries were okay. The mac and cheese had a raw flour taste. It wasn’t good. Bland too. Not much of any cheese flavor present.

We left around 8:15 and I thought that the lines would be short by that time but I was very wrong. It was even LONGER. It wrapped around the freaking street. We got in 30 minutes later and the concert already started. Melanie and I were talking to the usher about our seat location and I saw CL. I grabbed Melanie so she could see. I always do that to her lol.

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A building behind the venue. People live here too. I don’t have much experience being in the city.

We got to our seat area and had to walk around because I couldn’t find our exact seats. We were located in the very back, third to last row of the venue. That was kind of unfortunate but whatever.

The concert was good. CL performed most of the songs from her group which was a major WTF since the concert is her solo concert but it was still enjoyable. One of the things that prevented the concert from being ass-kicking awesome was the fact that everyone around me was too busy recording on their stupid fucking phone.

The reason why I had a blast at 2NE1’s concert was that everyone was out of their seats, arms in the air, screamed their ass off during the whole thing.

Everyone around me at CL’s concert had their arms in the air to record. Imbeciles! I tried having a good time on my own but it doesn’t really work if you’re the only one screaming and the surrounding area is quiet.

CL was performing some kind of ballad. I wasn’t too familiar with it but it’s one of her group’s song.

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I don’t remember what she was performing here.
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Performing “Lifted”, her latest release.

ANYWAY, after the concert we decided to eat some pho at a restaurant 5 minutes away. Finishing our meal around 10:45ish, we called it a night, headed out of the city and went home.

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My bowl of combination pho.

That day was pretty awesome. Ate all day without guilt because everyone was eating haha.

Uncategorized

Changed My Site Title

Because I Have Nothing Better to Do…Blogging My Boring Life

That was my old site title + tagline…I think. It’s only been like 2 minutes since I changed it and I can’t even remember it.

I was going to switch it to My Life in Poorly Written Text.

I wish I was more creative with words…hence this blog.

And then I realized that I was being really negative about it so My Life in Text it is! I’m going to change it again in the near future but for now, this will do.

I need to go to sleep. It’s 1:24AM and I work at 6AM.

Story Time

Big Letter, Small Letter

I was watching a Korean show called High Kick Through the Roof and there was a scene where the mother was helping the daughter with her homework. It made me think back to when I was in elementary school and wondered if my parents helped me with my homework. (They didn’t really because they were usually really busy.) Then it made me recall the time in kindergarten when I looked at my classmates’ homework.

We were learning how to write alphabets and I saw the way my classmates were writing their letters.  They wrote their letters small while mine were huge. My letters took up the whole square. Since their letters were small, I thought it was so cute I wanted to start writing small.

When I was at home, my dad was watching over me while I did my homework. I was writing small and checked my dad’s expression to see if he thought it was okay. He smiled and nodded only because I was doing my homework correctly. I don’t think it matter to him if I wrote my letters big or small.

I don’t remember if I continued to write that way. It probably was too unnatural for me.

Yeah, that was a random story but I remember it like it was yesterday.

Adventures

October 21st – Apple Hill, Placerville

This was a short, random trip. My sister, Sophia, wanted to go to Apple Hill to get some pastries and apple cider. My sister, Vickie, and I both worked at 3PM that day so it had to be fast. Honestly I was going to back out since we left an hour later than planned (Sophia’s fault).

I haven’t been to Apple Hill since 3rd grade. The only thing I remember about that trip was eating apple pie. We were apparently behind schedule so we had quickly eat our apple pie. Yeah.

Anyway, it took about an hour to get there. The weather was pretty nice. Bright, blue skies and it was warm. Apple Hill is like a flea market. There’s a lot of crafts for sale and of course, apples. I actually don’t even like apples. The taste is okay but the crunchy texture is something I’ve never been a fan of.

We ate lunch once we arrived. We decided to do tri-tip sandwiches which was alright. It came with a bag of chips and a drink. I’m pretty sure the meat finished cooking a while ago since it wasn’t even warm! Since it was lunch time, all the elementary students were going to have their lunch too. At least we got a picnic table before anyone had arrived.

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After eating, we decided to get the hell out of that area and went to the restroom where they had the coldest sink water. I wonder if it came from the mountains lol. We walked around and eventually got some pastries. Sophia got her apple fritter that she wanted and I got an apple donut with sprinkles.

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There was a huge pond where everyone had gathered around to relax and eat. We sat on a bench along the pond and devoured our treats and people watch. Sophia wanted to leave and head somewhere else down the road but first she had to buy her apple cider.

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While she was while she was waiting in line, I decided just to check out what was on sale.

We headed out to Boa Vista Orchards which was 5 minutes up the road. It was basically the same at Apple Hill except there was a pumpkin batch across the street. There was a lot of apples again and same merchandise on sale. Sophia treated us by buying some scented salts. I bought a birthday present for Diana.

We left around 1PM since Vickie and I had to work soon.

Would I go again? Probably not, for a while. It’s definitely not worth the one hour drive. And Boa Vista is opened year round. If I really wanted something from there, I would go some other time besides fall.

Other photos:

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Adventures

October 6th – Lands End, San Francisco

My sisters and I took a trip out to Lands End in San Francisco with my two nephews. Originally we had planned to go to Kirby Cove, but my older sister suggested going to Lands End instead.  The sky was clear with the occasional smoke trails from the Blue Angels jets that were practicing for a show.

Driving to Lands End reminded me that I really do need to explore more of SF instead of going to the usual tourist traps (Japantown, Pier 39, Chinatown, Union Square…). There’s so much more to SF than those areas.

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Anyway, there weren’t many people at Lands End. Maybe it’s because we went on a Thursday.  We headed out going down towards the water and walked along the cliff. The pathway was pretty wide so there was no worries about falling off.  We headed further down a steep path where I had to hold onto my nephew since he was scared and then headed into a cave.  The cave didn’t really lead to anywhere since the other end was fenced off.  We turned back and headed to the actual hiking trail which consisted of lots of inclining stairs.

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The hike included gorgeous views of the SF bay and a new view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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After basking in the view of the GGB, we decided to head down to a beach since my nephews love going to the beach.  We had to walk down sandy stairs while holding onto a kid. There were a whole bunch of rocks stacked up on top of each other which I didn’t really care for to be honest.

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We couldn’t do much because of the rocks.

We left the beach after probably 30 minute of resting and headed back up the sandy steps to another area. This area gave another great view of the GGB.  There was a circular design made out of rocks on the ground. I didn’t know what the hell it was supposed to be.  I still don’t know what it’s supposed to be.

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We had to hike up some more stairs and decided to call it a day since my nephews were getting worn out and my other sister was waiting for back at my older sister’s house.

I would love to come back but without kids. And better fitted shoes. I kept slipping inside my shoes which hurt my toes.