Making Lemons

Making Lemons

So, this was almost a no-more-Susie-Sunshine post full of whining and complaining (because life isn’t perfect and sometimes your cat gets sick and she pees on the carpet repeatedly instead of using the litter box and you have to spend 15 minutes a day just trying to do damage control on the carpet/smell and you have to worry about how much the dang apartment complex is going to overcharge you because of it when you move out. And some weeks your boss is extraordinarily perplexing. And sometimes you do your taxes and realize you have to pay waaaaaaaay more than you thought through no fault of your own (stupid companies not doing our withholding correctly). And sometimes you have a plan in your head about your future and when you are going to buy a home and then you meet with a mortgage consultant and you are jolted into reality when she tells you what is takes to be able to finance a home in this part of the country and you might cry about how crappy that is and how it feels like everything just sucks before realizing the God is in control and everything will work out according to His will but you may still feel pretty depressed/stressed about life anyway). I know life isn’t always butterflies and unicorns, but I don’t think you want to read about the not-so-fun parts of life (I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t want to read a “woe-is-me” blog either!). And, as Phil Dunphy reminds us: When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, whaaaaat?!?. So that’s what I’m trying to do 🙂

Things that are making this week better:

Ramen. This past weekend, Derrick was really craving ramen. Not the little $0.39 packs of noodles you get at the grocery store, but real ramen. I didn’t even know what real Japanese ramen looked like until Derrick sent me a picture of his ramen while he was in Japan. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical about it (because the picture he sent me looked like this):

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and he picked a place that he said was “by the airport.” There are some somewhat-unsavory-looking areas around the airport so I was convinced he was taking us to some ghetto place. But, with his usual uncanny knack for finding little local hole-in-the-wall restaurants, he found us another gem. The restaurant is actually right next to Santa Clara University, so it’s actually not in a bad area and it was SO crowded when we got there for lunch on Sunday, which is always a good sign.

Anyway, I forgot to take a picture because I was so busy chowing down, but man oh man, it was SO delicious! I’m already trying to decide when we should go back, which makes Derrick laugh because I gave him so much flak about it before we went. Derrick felt like it was pretty authentic; it looked pretty much like the picture above of DQ’s ramen in Tokyo (minus the hot sauce and weird seaweed looking thing in the back). And he said is tasted about the same too so he was happy to satisfy his ramen craving.

Girl Scout Cookies? Normally I’m excited about Girl Scout Cookie season, which is upon us, apparently. I bought a box of Tagalongs from a girl selling them outside the grocery store, but I could swear that they taste different (I mean, I’m sure they’re different from years ago before the food nazis started making everyone take out the good stuff from their recipes, but even compared to last year, they seem different). So, quick poll: has anyone else tried Girl Scout cookies this year? Are my taste expectations too high or do they taste different?

This article. Oh my gosh. I saw these little penguins when I was in Australia!! I wish I could have seen them waddling around with little sweaters on; that would have been awesome.

We are going to Pebble Beach this weekend for the AT&T ProAm. We went last year and had to deal with rain. But so far, the weather forecast looks good, so hopefully we will have a better day to hang out on the golf course.

And also, a more encouraging meeting with a real estate agent today who makes it seem like there is maybe actually potential to make some kind of move out of renting this year.

In other business, can anyone make a good book recommendation? Unless it’s really good/interesting nonfiction (aka it won’t put me to sleep), give me some fiction. Anyone read anything great lately? I’m feeling uninspired and am about to be out of reading material (I’m currently reading Daniel Rodriguez’s book Rise; he’s the guy who was in the military then came back and was a walk-on at Clemson and he’s been awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service).

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Presidents’ Day (a little early)!

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