The most successful people in the world are successful because of “to-do” lists…

At least I think so! As much as I was worried about how bored I’ll be while my other half was out of town and being without cable for the first time in months, these couple of days were as productive and relaxing as I hoped it would be and I know I would’ve just been a miserable lonely lady if I hadn’t made my little list of to-do’s! Not only did I accomplish nearly everything on my list, I did a little extra too! I love making lists, not only do you feel like you have more direction, it feels so amazingly gratifying when you cross things off. I make daily lists for work and home, I also make “Ultimate Year” lists with Chris which would include places to go, things to do, and personal goals. It’s a great way to stay motivated and support each other. We’ve crossed a lot off of our 2012 list so far! If you’re not a list maker, there are a ton of  list templates on-line that will help you organize your daily tasks and in turn you won’t feel so overwhelmed! Or in my case… underwhelmed!

Here’s a cute little list template that I found on Pinterest:

Cute right? My favorite thing about this list, is the hydration reminder and dailies section. You can find the list here. Personally, I just like to use little index cards, but I think I’ll give this nifty list a try sometime.

Anyway, back to my weekend… Here was on my list:

  • Post on blog.  A little late but I can go ahead and check this post off…
  • Read I finally re-started “The Art of Racing in the Rain”… this will be a nice read with Max.
  • Order prints for picture frames I had these awesome vintage-y gold ornate frames but with no pictures in them! Finally printed out some pictures from our trips to Chicago and San Francisco.
  • Silk flowers for bathroom I’m still on the hunt for these… I’m not too big of a fan of silk flowers but I think they will add a nice touch to the bathroom.
  • Give Max a bath This wasn’t too bad.. we both ended up soaked. Corgis are hard to bathe! They really are waterproof!
  • Clean kitchen rugs Probably the least fun off of my list so no surprise I didn’t get this done. Hmph.. I will soon.
  • Start working on art for bathoom Used some scrap wood from our cabinets! Made a little simple piece for the bathroom.

  • Replant succulents I’ve never replanted anything before.. it wasn’t as hard as I thought and I think it turned out well! The original plants didn’t make it because I think I over-watered them, plus I recently learned that you shouldn’t allow the leaves to accumulate water. So I’ll stop using my spray bottle and start siphoning water with a straw and watering it that way. Hopefully these guys will last longer!

  • Organize dining room shelves Done and done.
  • Vacuum Done, but it’s covered with corgi hair already.
  • Donate clothes Ahh, I’ve been putting this off for too long. I’ve picked up more of my old clothes from my mom’s place. Now I just need to haul them down to Buffalo Exchange one of these days.
Aside from my list I had only two commitments this weekend.. that was to run a 10k Saturday morning and take Max to the vet. I also strayed from my list and pruned my roses, had a little training session with Max and poop scooped.. yay for me.
I was able to spend a lot of quality time with Max, and now that we’ve had him for a little longer than a week he’s opened up to us a lot more. His little bursts of energy are hilarious and he actually does like to play fetch! (According to his last owner, Max didn’t do fetch.) So now it’s Tuesday, the beginning of another week… time to conquer the world one to-do list at a time.

An aimless entry…

Here I am alone with my “still getting to know you” dog laying on the floor. This is one of the first times in a very long time that the boyfriend has gone out of town, leaving me alone in the new-ish house with the new-ish dog without cable to cut costs for the first time in months. Thank goodness for the internet.

So instead of moping (I almost typed mopping, which I’ll do later in his absence) instead of moping around, I mentally smacked myself in the face and told myself that I need to start getting productive and stop being so sad and lonely.

It’s now 11:01pm, which is usually too late in my usual standards to be up, but since I’ve been thrown into this whole new situation, my daily routine has been knocked off it’s tracks. I’ve been on Facebook for as many hours as I used to in 2009, window shopped on Modcloth and have been inspired like there was no tomorrow on Pinterest. So after feeling like I can conquer the world, what did I do? I made a list. And let me tell you, after making this list, I not only feel 100 times more productive, I now feel like I have a purpose. Which is sad, I’ve let myself become a slave to HGTV, the Food Network and the domestic duties of being a decent girlfriend that I’ve neglected doing whatever the hell I want do… although I am limited with this whole dog situation and all. But I’m so glad he’s here… at least I won’t feel like such a freak when I’m talking to myself him.

Anyway, back to my list… what a impressive list of to-do’s on this long Memorial Day weekend. Besides having to run a 10k that I hardly trained for and taking Max to the vet, I’ve got a solid 3 days of me time. Besides sleeping in until 8am, the first thing that I listed was to post on my blog. This entry that I’m doing right now really doesn’t count… it’s going to be a good entry, like a DIY or a recipe or a lesson on life… it’s going to be a good one. I really had high hopes for my blog and I feel like I haven’t spent enough time and energy on it that I intended to. I have a prediction that now that my tv screen is about as useless as a white crayon, that it will in turn cause me to gravitate towards my computer screen in hopes to be posting more blogs for my millions and billions of followers, aka the 3 of you.

So besides gorging myself with spam musubi and homemade hot wings, I’ll be taking you with me on this short 3 day journey of hopefully lots and lots of creative productivity and maybe a little of organizing on the side.


Introducing… Sir Maxwell McCorgi!

Hello everyone! We had such a great weekend! We adopted a 7 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Max (I added the rest!) this little guy has been through a lot these few months… I’ve been looking around for a rescue dog on PetFinder. And I came across Max’s profile. I see that he is an older adult, which would be perfect since both the boyfriend and I wouldn’t able to commit the time and energy into raising a puppy. So I call the shelter and to my surprise, he was still available, he was there for nearly 3 weeks! 😦 So the next day we take the drive to East County San Diego and arrive at the shelter right before they open at 10am. And among the loud jumping and barking dogs there he was sitting quietly in kennel #53. We find out that Max had to be relinquished after being found off of the streets. He apparently got away from his owner who was staying in a hotel because he had lost his home. His owner was contacted and he had to make that difficult decision to give up his pet of 7 years. His birthday is May 2, 2005 (my little sister’s birthday is also on May 2nd! How perfect is that??) He is a “mature adult” but that didn’t matter because he needed a home just as much as any younger dog. So after the approval from my boyfriend (I didn’t have to try too hard!) We filled out some paperwork and he was ours! By the way, the El Cajon Animal Shelter is so great! They hooked us up with a collar, harness, dog bowl, a big bag of treats and other goodies! They really made this whole adoption process super easy. He did really well on the car ride home and was so pleasant his first day.

Right now his favorite hobbies are napping and getting his belly rubbed. He’ll have little spurts of energy from time to time and yesterday he was chasing around the boyfriend trying to herd him! I’d love to take him to herd some sheep one of these days. His fur was a little rough but after a couple of days of brushing and lots of petting, his coat is soft and shiny! So far he’s really made himself quite comfortable, I’ve held off on taking him to any parks until he’s been completely acclimated to us and the change of environment. But he’s doing really well, we’ve left him alone for a couple of hours this weekend and no destruction or accidents whatsoever (knock on wood!) Apparently he doesn’t do well with other dogs but hopefully we’ll be able to help him with that. He was raised on a farm with chickens, cats, children and small cats. Our large backyard will be perfect for him! He could chase away all of the alley cats that get into our garbage.

Today is the first day that Max will be home by himself while the boyfriend and I are at work. I do feel a little bad that he has to be alone this whole time so I’m doing  research on  puzzle toys that will keep him pre-occupied (if you have any suggestions please let me know!) I do admit, I’m having a little bit of separation anxiety!

We’re both so happy to have him and I think we found the perfect addition to our home and family. I look at him now and he just seems so appreciative to be finally be back in a warm loving environment. Max truly deserves it.

Dish A Month, Recipes

Dish of the month – MAY: Hawaiian Edition.

For my dish a month, I’m going to take a break from posting a filipino recipe and instead post the recipe for one of my favorite foods ever… EVER! It’s simple, easy to make and comforting. Spam Musubi… it’s basically spam, rice and seaweed. And I know what you’re thinking, that’s super easy right?! (While the rest of you are thinking.. eeeeew Spam, whatever. I grew up eating spam, and I’ve actually converted the boyfriend into an avid spam eater, he’s never had spam until me.) But it’s not just spam and rice wrapped in seaweed… oh no no no, it’s much more than that. Still, it is a really easy recipe that requires no more than 5 ingredients, but it takes a lot of TLC to make each and every musubi. I love it, I love it so much I’d marry it.

I’ll also include my “mac daddy salad” recipe… because you can’t have spam musubi without it’s soul-mate: mac salad.

(Eek! I apologize for the horrible pictures!)

Spam Musubi

makes about 10 (depending on how you slice your SPAM!)

  • One can of SPAM, sliced and cooked to your preference. (I personally like my SPAM well done and cripy. mmm)
  • About 3 cups of cooked white rice.
  • Sushi seasoning (I found this at my local Japanese market place (Marukai Market).. here’s a picture of the seasoning and musubi mold)
  • About 2-3 Tbs of Oyster sauce
  • Seaweed Wrap (I would cut mine into halves and they would be the perfect size)
  • Musubi mold… this DOES exist! I also found this at Marukai. This isn’t super necessary but I find it really handy when I’m putting the musubi together, especially handling the hot rice. But you can get creative and use something else or nothing at all, before I had the musubi mold, I had this perfectly sized little tupperware.. but it was accidentally thrown away during the move. I’ve heard of people using the spam cans, but I wouldn’t see how effective that would be… anyway, let’s move on.
  1. Begin by cooking your rice. While that’s cooking prepare and cook your SPAM.
  2. Once you have all of your cooked ingredients, I like to prepare my musubi makin’ station. I’d keep my rice in the cooker that way it stays warm (the seaweed adheres better when you’re using hot rice). Then I’d have a clean surface to work on. A couple of bowls: one for some sushi seasoning (you won’t need too much, just enough for two generous sprinkles for each musubi) and one for the oyster sauce. Take the bowl of oyster sauce and dilute it with some water so that it has the consistency of soy sauce. You also need a plate to stack your finished musubi on.
  3. Now comes the fun part.. this does take patience. But it’s soooo worth it! Take your musubi mold and place inside a seaweed piece (if you’re not using a mold or anything, then you’d just lay your seaweed flat on the surface) be sure that the correct side is up, for the ones that I use you would put the “shiny” side down.. I’m sure they’re the same for all. Anyway, so I go in this order: rice, sprinkle of sushi seasoning, drizzle of diluted oyster sauce, SPAM, drizzle of oyster sauce, rice, sprinkle of sushi seasoning.. now close and repeat!
  4. Now once you’ve made all of your Spam Musubi serve with soy sauce and a side of mac daddy salad….

Mac Daddy Salad (Hawaiian Macaroni Salad)

adapted recipe from Cook’s Country Magazine

Serves 8 to 10 (I usually half this recipe…)

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/8 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 scallions , sliced thin
  • 1 large carrot , peeled and grated
  • 1 celery rib , chopped fine
  1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta and cook until very soft, about 15 minutes (you basically want to overcook the pasta, this helps absorb all of the dressing!) Drain pasta and transfer to bowl. Add vinegar and toss until absorbed. Cool pasta 10 minutes, I like to place it in the fridge for a bit.
  2. While the pasta is cooling. Whisk 1½ cups milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in bowl. Once the pasta has been cooled, stir in the dressing until the pasta is well coated. Cool completely.
  3. Add scallions, carrot, celery, remaining milk, and remaining mayonnaise to pot with pasta mixture and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Serve.

And what I’ve noticed when I make this salad is that it tastes much differently after it has time to completely cool. Therefore, make it according to the recipe and once it cools then add more of whatever it needs according to your taste… (I usually add a little more mayo, milk, brown sugar, salt and pepper because sometimes that vinegar taste is really strong.. and that’s another thing, go light on the vinegar, I halved amount that the original recipe called for.)

There you have it, my favorite meal ever.