Living Life Like the Little Ones

Thank you all a million times over for your love on last week’s blog anniversary post (and on every post, really)!

Pop and I made it back home to New York without any 7 hour delays, thank the Lord!

I spent the past three days with lots of family members, including lots of BABIES! (I’m that crazy lady who would like to hold your baby whenever you’re ready/in two minutes/now, please.) In case you missed the update last week, I was visiting St. Louis for my baby cousin’s baptism.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
Let’s catch up!

Friday

Mom and I started the day with a rather delicious and filling {complimentary} hotel breakfast. This is what I ate every morning:

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Two plain oatmeal packets with honey, banana, and two little packs of peanut butter + a box o’ milk

As long as the breakfast trifecta is present, I’m all set.

Then we went to see my baby cousins!

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My cousin CC (bottom right): “Um, Alison?”

Me: “Yes?”

CC: “Um, I’m having so much fun!”

From now on, I’m going to announce when I’m having fun, just like that.

They took us to a farm/park close to their house, where we saw some Butterball-worthy turkeys, loud goats, majestic horses, and lots of bacon giant pigs.

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Meet Maurice. He’s bigger than you and me.

We worked up an appetite for lunch involving a Southern/Midwestern delicacy.

Chick-fil-A, chickadees.

I’ve never seen a fast food joint so packed in my LIFE. A line that never shortened, a drive-thru that was backed up, and not a table to spare.

I was bummed that we missed breakfast, because the #1 thing I wanted was a biscuit, but I tried some of their fried chicken with the special sauce, and it was pretty bomb. My main order was the grilled chicken wrap + “superfood salad” (a cup of kale and craisins).

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The afternoon consisted of some hanging out and errands. Another Midwestern stereotype coming to life:

Man at TJMaxx (with beard, cowboy hat, and southern twang): *stares at me for a few seconds* ”

Excuse me? What nationality are you?”

Me: (in my 200% American accent) “I’m Chinese and Thai.”

Man: “Chinese and Thai… Well. Welcome to the United States!”

Me: ….

Man: “I mean, you probably already live here..”

Me: “haha yeah… I live in New York.” *walk away slowly*

He seemed rather intrigued that an Asian was standing there in the flesh.

Moving on. Dinner consisted of…

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We ate at The Old Spaghetti Factory and ordered another St. Louis classic to start— toasted ravioli.

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I like their definition of toasted (fried). I ordered the Angel Hair Pomodoro (so I guess… not spaghetti), which was everything I was craving and more. Followed by a peanut butter cookie from the hotel lobby.

After picking up bro Ben from the airport, I ended the night looking like my own worst nightmare.

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moisturizing, hydrating, terrifying face mask + lip gel mask thing

I Snapchatted my friends telling them to sleep with their eyes open that night. Sorry if this traumatized you. I’m still recovering myself.

Saturday

In short, Saturday involved family time allllll day, leading up to a big barbecue at my cousins’ house. It started with a wonderful walk with my aunt in the morning, and the day continued with helping out in the kitchen and contributing my “famous” roasted sweet potatoes.

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Steaks, burgers, creamed corn, sweet potatoes, and salad. I had some of everything and an oatmeal raisin cookie a la mode + sugar high for dessert. Thank you to all who made it happen!

With all the excitement and joy of being around family, especially the little ones, I didn’t have the time or care to worry about healthy food and/or exercise. You eat, play, and just enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. It makes sense, and the little ones have it down pat. 

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3-4

I’ve learned trusted that my body gravitates toward what it needs. If I need some butt-to-couch time, I will sit down and be a couch potato for a bit. If I want to let off some energy, I’ll go do something fun with people I love. For instance, the “big kids” went out for some frisbee golf at dusk, which was a blast.

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Ben, stop acting surprised that I’m taking candid photos of people

Sunday

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

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The Sunday Mass and Baptism were beautiful (definitely cried tears of joy at some point), and the reception was lovely. God is good.

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Congratulations, Josephine and family!

After bittersweet goodbyes, everyone split ways. Dad and I en route to New York. Mom and bro Ben en route to Florida. We’ll see each other again soon!

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Asian cashew salad at Wendy’s in the Detroit airport for dinner

Back on the grind this week. We’ll get through it together.

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So tell me:

You and babies. What happens?

Do you ever use facial masks?

Have you ever played frisbee golf?

Have you ever eaten at Chick-fil-A?

Under 24 Hours in Kansas City

Greetings from St. Louis! Sorry I’m posting this update so late, but the past 48 hours have been a whirlwind. If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen that my travels to the Midwest did not go quite as planned.

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At 6AM, overnight oats in tow, Pop kindly drove me to the small local airport for my scheduled 8AM flight to Washington DC (where I had connecting flight to Kansas City).

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Long story short, my flight out of New York was delayed four times due to a broken plane, so I had to change my connecting flight a few times before they finally sent me to another [larger] airport in the city for a direct flight to Kansas…7 hours later than I was supposed to leave New York.

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I arrived safely though, so that’s all that matters!

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You might be wondering: Why the heck was I in Kansas? Well, we used to live near Kansas City over 10 years ago, so my mom wanted to walk down memory lane by visiting our old house, church, school, etc. It was pretty cool to revisit some bits of my childhood again!

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our old church

Our gracious friend invited my mom and I to stay at their house (which is like a palace, to be quite honest) for the night, so we ate some delicious home cooked food…

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…and snuggled their Yorkie who is better-groomed than I ever am.

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Now that I’m older, it’s wild to see how different the Midwest and Northeast cultures are.

Midwest: mostly white people, lots of land, huge houses, competitive suburbia, more Christian radio

Northeast: diversity, small houses for way too much money, people mind their own business, better food (had to say it)

Those are generalizations of course! 🙂

After a quick sushi lunch yesterday afternoon, Mom and I hit the road for St. Louis.

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Mom and I passed the time in the car with some great conversation. We checked in at our hotel at around 7PM and then headed to dinner at a fantastic little eatery called The Hot Pot.

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local chicken hotpot with all the veggies (“rake up the garden” is what they called it) and lemon mango curry sauce — finished every last bite!

We finished our day with some TJMaxx shopping, House Hunters, and face masks. Girlz nite.

I’ll catch ya later today with a little celebratory post… 😀 I’m seeing my little cousins today! I love babieeees.

So tell me:

Have you ever had crazy travel delays?

Do you notice regional differences in your country?

Have you ever been to the Midwest/do you live here?

If I Had One Last Day to Eat Anything I Wanted…

Guess who got retweeted by an Iron Chef!!!

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I’M NOT FREAKING OUT.

I guess this irons out the wrinkles from our first encounter when he didn’t acknowledge my existence.

In other exciting news, I am off to the Midwest today for my baby cousin’s Baptism! I’ll be sure to update you all on the hip happenings as I roll through fields of corn experience that Midwest charm.

We’ll actually be traveling every weekend for the rest of August until I move back to Boston. Many family visits and celebrations to come!

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When Daliza was over at my house last week, she offered an age-old question: What would your last meal be?

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Then I countered with the age-old response: Don’t make me choose!

So she graciously allowed me to share what I would eat on my last day of life. I didn’t answer on the spot, but we agreed that I should write a blog post about it. Here’s what I came up with. It was mighty difficult to narrow it down, because if you didn’t notice, I like a lot of foods.

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P.S. Let’s just say my stomach also has unlimited capacity on this last day of my life.

BREAKFAST:  A huge stack of banana pancakes with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup + fresh berries and a tall glass o’ milk

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LUNCH: The “Double Awesome” scallion pancake sandwich from Mei Mei in Boston (pesto, cheddar, poached eggs aghhh)

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SNACK: Fresh fruit that is so ripe it tastes like candy

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THE LAST SUPPER

COCKTAIL HOUR (yes): Shirley Temple + pita chips with hot spinach artichoke dip

BREAD BASKET: Cheese biscuits from Hemingway’s

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THE SALAD: Arugula and mixed greens with roasted beets, artichokes, candied pecans, and fried goat cheese

THE APPETIZER (you read that right): Crab cakes

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THE MAIN COURSE: Chicken gyro, locked and loaded

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THE SIDES: Really super cheesy mac and cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, and cornbread with honey butter

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THE DESSERT: Peach cobbler a la mode and/or carrot cake

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…and now I lay to rest in an eternal food coma.

Morbid? Sorry. But seriously, who’s drooling right now?? {meeeeee.}

Catch ya guys on the flip side! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

So tell me: 

Choose three of the “courses” listed above and tell me what you eat for them!

Are you traveling at all this month? Where to?