Lately.

June 17, 2010

If you haven’t been keeping up with me on ampersandity (or even if you have), here’s an update on our lives as of late. Some old, some new:

1. We moved in with my in-laws about a month ago. Said goodbye to our first home & have settled quite nicely into our new (or for him, old) home. My fave spot: Steven’s old room, which has been transformed into a little office for two.

Things I’ve learned: I am 80% more productive with a desk than without one. My second fave spot: the little sofa in Julie’s room by the window where everyone takes naps. I, too, have learned the joy of napping (and reading) on this couch. :]

A lot of people have asked me how it’s like living with my mother-in-law. Surprisingly (or maybe not-so-surprisingly?) really nice. We trade off cooking for each other, have made a habit of going walking together in the evenings, and are definitely much more comfortable with each other now. With Steven getting free lunch from work & my MIL cooking half the time, I feel like I cook so infrequently now. No complaints here. :]

2. Speaking of which, Steven got a new job! He is now doing sales/merchandising FT at Buy.com. Which is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Why? Not only because he loves his job, gets fantastic benefits, and hardly has to dress up for work, but also because they cater free lunch everyday. (When I found out, I jumped up & down cause I was so happy taha.) They also have unlimited soda, drinks, and… ice cream. AND an In-N-Out truck comes every first Friday of every month, and all friends of employees are invited to come eat for free. :] Which I did. And then had a Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream bar right after. The only downside? A very long & tiring commute.

3. And then there’s me. Yes, I still work in San Diego. But I only go into the office once a week now, and work the other days at home. My new co-workers? Mrs. Stephanie Yu & Mrs. Mimi Kim. It’s fun to have friends at work. :]

4. But believe you me, we still get our fair share of San Diego. Why? Because of weddings. And showers. Which, I would like to note, are actually coming to an end! Just two more weddings through July, and then we are re-claiming our Saturdays once again. Some recents (from SD, LA, & Norcal):

Ryan & Steph. So precious to see all the Lim/Kim cousins standing up there!

The Yi sisters. Aarolyn trying to keep up with her biggies — so cute.

Alex & Maria’s big day.

Charissa & her girls, who did a fab job pulling off her picnic-themed bridal shower.

Sung & Carol, who had the best candy bar ever.

Alton & Charissa’s wedding. Super sweet ceremony, details, & friends. :]

And the most recent: a really fun reunion with good buddies at Nam & Sarang’s wedding.

5. So what do we do during the week? Hm, good question. Steven & I are major homebodies. After we finished up our classes for the semester, we’ve been taking it e-a-s-y… watching movies (thanks for the free Netflix, Jane!), watching Laker games, watching weird vampire shows on tv (this is what happens when we don’t have cable), and spending quality time browsing the web together. I know, it’s sad. One of our goals for this year is to be more social — and to be the initiators. So please invite yourselves over for dinner or a Saturday brunch! We’d love to have you (really).

6. Speaking of goals, we celebrated our one year anniversary by making a list of 25 things we want to accomplish during year two. Some of them are just for funsies, some are pretty ambitious, and some of them are good for our souls. We also decided to throw in some individual goals for ourselves in the list of 25, but somehow I ended up with twice as many as Steven. He is a sneaky man.

7. We didn’t really get to celebrate our anniversary this year… with the unexpected new job for Steven, our original plans of driving down PCH & sight-seeing along the way were snuffed out. However, we’ve had our fair share of traveling this past year, so I can’t complain. Some photos of our recent Vegas/Norcal trips:

This reminds me Cindy — you promised me arm warmers!

Tartine & Hayes Valley – San Francisco, CA

Napa Valley, CA

Las Vegas, NV

8. And of course, a picture of Teddy (or as Steven likes to call him, Betty). I already miss him so, so much!

I’ve had the chance to share stories about the little guy with my mother-in-law, and she (who is an avid puppy-hater!) is now open to the idea of us getting a dog ourselves! Hahaha, cracks me up. We probably won’t get one still, but I love that I’ve converted her. Kind of.

Anyway, I’m not nearly done with updating you all, but my computer is having the equivalent of a heart attack with all my high-res photos. So I shall have mercy on it & stop already. Till next time!

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10 Responses to “Lately.”

  1. amanda Says:

    this post and the pictures made me very happy! so much fun with family/friends and much joy in the Lord! : )

  2. stephyu Says:

    this post was so awesome!! – i always love looking at your pictures, i was sad when it ended. hahaha, it cracks me up how long it is. you should update this blog more with smaller posts! ;).

  3. jane Says:

    we want to invite ourselves over for brunch! haha..in exchange for the netflix :) which i’m glad your enjoying, btw.

  4. joan Says:

    that was an epic post! fun times. i will bow down to your mad skillz if you can convince mom to get a dog. ;)

  5. Christine Says:

    Haha! You said you wanted to be the initiators of a more social life, but then told people to invite themselves over. That doesn’t count! :)

  6. michael chung Says:

    HAHA christine. very observant. i wanna invite myself over for dinner too! maybe sometime when i’m driving back up to diamond bar i’ll make a pit stop

  7. Monica Says:

    a sweet update and awesome photos Cathie!

  8. Sue Says:

    So sweet how you are bonding with your MIL! What a blessing. Thanks for the Hong family update. Love the pics, as always.

  9. sung Says:

    i would hit up the free in n out everytime! tell him congrats for the job! buy.com has the best product review videos ! glad you guys are having fun!

  10. jimin Says:

    hello! first time at your site but miraculously i have access to it today for some reason. hope you guys are doing well.


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