Wow, this year really flew by! As I didn’t really post on this site in 2019 (although there are lots of unpublished drafts), I’ve decided that my end-of-year project is to publish recap posts of each month. I’ll be updating this post with links to each month as I go along.
Yet another post for my “2019 in Review” series! May of 2019 was fairly uneventful, which was welcome after a busy few months. I’ll share a few photos from that month with captions.
Food and drink almost always merits its own section, though. 🙂
Picking up again on my “Year in Review” series for 2019. April started with a trip to London. I tried some new things, as well as enjoyed some time at home.
At the beginning of the month, I took a work trip to London — my first time there!
I took a personal day at the end of my trip to explore London on my own, and visit museums! I took a LOT of photos of the exhibits so I could remember them, but I won’t share them all here — you can see them in my full trip album.
My friend Sarah happened to be in London at the same time, so we met up for dinner at The Botanist!
I then explore a little more on my own, walking around Covent Garden, then made my way to the London Cocktail Club. I happened to be there during happy hour, so they gave me two of the cocktail I ordered (a white negroni).
I had to leave early the next morning for my flight home, so I made my way back to my hotel. But before calling it a night, I had to stop by Platform 9-3/4 one more time to take a crucial photo.
Early the next morning, I walked through a practically empty tube station to make my way back to Paddington Station. Of course, I had to say hello to my friend before hopping on the train back to the airport.
Modular Synth Class
In a quest to try something new, decided to take a beginning class on modular synths at The Synth Library. It was an interesting experience, but I’m not sure if continuing with it as a hobby fits into my lifestyle and schedule right now.
We went to Yonder multiple times, as it had recently opened (and I was a Kickstarter backer)! In April, we also tried Radar for brunch (which we enjoyed), The Garrison for happy hour, SuperDeluxe for a casual dinner, and Eem for some delicious Thai BBQ and tiki cocktails.
Because of travel and general busy-ness, I didn’t cook a whole lot in April. I wanted to use up some offerings from our meat CSA, so I cooked some leg of lamb and steaks later in the month.
Other photos from April without much context:
Although yet another one of my personal projects has fallen by the wayside, I still intend on finishing it!
Something I didn’t account for is that life happens.
I had a lot of travel during the month of December, a family emergency, some health issues, and new additions to our household. Whew, that sounds like a lot.
Past me would’ve gotten discouraged, and I would’ve beaten myself up about not completing my project “on time”. But y’know what? No one gave me a deadline except myself. I should be more patient and kind to myself.
As a matter of fact, I see 2020 as the year where I intend on practicing more kindness towards myself.
Because life happens, and I will get myself through it.
March was a bit of a rollercoaster, but full of lots of activity and experiences.
In March, we started a new habit to take walks with no particular destination. We would get a carshare (as we didn’t own a car at the time) and drive to a neighborhood that we wanted to explore, and just meander for a while.
One of the nice things about walking in residential neighborhoods is that you meet all kinds of friendly cats.
Mid-month, Ginger suffered from a seizure, which had never happened before. We were terrified when it happened, but in true Ginger fashion, she bounced back and was back to her normal self within a few days. She has always been a tough cookie.
I did a lot of cooking in March, but the only meal I documented with a photo is this half pan of Lasagna.
To celebrate Mardi Gras, we went to Tapalaya to enjoy some NOLA-inspired cuisine and live music.
In March, I saw a couple of movies in the theater: Captain Marvel and Us (both which I enjoyed quite a bit).
I also went to a live theater performance for the first time in a while! I went to see LĒR, an adaptation of King Lear from local performance company The Reformers.
More photos from March without much context:
This is the second post in my “2019 in Review” series! February brought snow, a trip to Thailand, and a live music show.
We had a couple days of snow in early February — a good opportunity for us to stay cozy indoors with the fireplace.
Mid-month, I went on a work trip to Bangkok, Thailand — and I made a seemingly foolish decision to only stay there 3 nights with a 24 hour travel time both ways. But it was a formative experience for me, as I traveled overseas alone and solely represented my team. There were a lot of wrenches thrown into my trip, but my survival mode kicked in and I’m proud of how I overcame my challenges.
I only seem to have documented a couple of meals prepared in February: I made Split Pea Soup early in the month (alongside Gouda cheese that I bought in Amsterdam!), and a 7-layer dip for Super Bowl Sunday.
Every time I’ve gone to a record shop in the past couple of years, I’ve kept my eye out for a copy of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and I finally found one in great condition at Little Axe Records!
And now for a couple of random snaps from the month that don’t fit anywhere else…