5 things that rock my socks

5 things that rock my socks

Okay, so it’s Valentine’s Day (no big deal) and since we’re supposedly all about love today, here are 5 things that totally rocked my socks this week.

  • A berrylicious smoothie. Do me a favor and pretend you’re not seeing those cheesecakes in the background. Sssh, we’re still working our way through 108 slices of those. #notevenkidding


  • Homemade char siew (barbecue pork). Squawking like a peahen that my first attempt turned out so unbelievably delicious and authentic.


  • Snow-capped mountains and a sliver of ocean.


  • Shrimp cocktail. A regal appetizer for the queen and her princesses *giggles*.


  • Heart theme in our hallway, just for kicks. My after-dinner workout.


Have a fantastic weekend. And if you’re so inclined, what rocked your socks this week?

Creating your own piece of paradise

The groundhog says it’ll be 6 more weeks till the end of winter and that’s got to be good, right? That gives us time to think about how we’re going to prep the yard in time for spring. Everyone has their own ideas of how to turn that yard into a garden in full bloom with all the features to make your piece of paradise. Maybe you want to have your own barbecue area, or kiddy playground, or fruit and veggie farm. It’s not too early to start dreaming and thinking and planning. Spring will be here before you know it.

Via: Arnold Parts

Hanging out with friends

So I nipped out for a cuppa with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. As usual, the conversation centered around a lot of depressing stuff. Beats me why people get such a kick out of flogging a dead horse to everyone they meet but it seems to be the norm. Duh!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I just don’t particularly enjoy listening to depressing like how someone’s place got broken into and she’s had to run around looking for one of those ever popular biometric safes. On the bright side, I’m now a little wiser about the kind of safes available on the market these days.

Non-stop week

I’ve never been more glad the weekend is here. It’s been a very tricky week, not as in trick or treat-like because I didn’t even realize it was Halloween till yesterday. Back-to-back errands like you cannot imagine put me in a bad mood.

I had to make a trip downtown and if you know me, you know I’m not really big on driving into the city. When I think of the traffic, I just feel like running back into the house and hide. That said, our trip downtown was quite smooth for the most part, given that it was a weekday and all, and we almost made it back without incident…

… save for that heart-stopping moment when we were approaching home and some biker swung out in front of my car and gave me a coronary. It’s beyond me how people can have so little regard for life. The new traffic rule is drive or walk any which way you want to and totally trust someone else to watch out and not hit you.

On Thursday, our week was sweetened by free tickets to the movie Thor, The Dark World. You know we’re always game for a free movie and popcorn. There wasn’t much of a plot to the movie itself so it should be easy for younger kids to follow. For me, it was a chance to sit back in a cool, dark space and not have to think about traffic and lines and bad customer service.

If it hadn’t been so deafening, I might even have gotten away with 40 winks. Thankfully as with most lacklustre movies, the takeaway is that there’s always something to joke and laugh about later. For instance, figuring out what Thor was mumbling about (not that he had that many lines) will definitely be a joke in the Hip household for a while.

Well, I’ve been on my feet all week. Time to kick off my shoes and sit back. Maybe an afternoon nap later.

Not quite so Riddick-ulous

Not quite so Riddick-ulous

Okay so it’s been raining quite a bit lately. Just this week, it rained free movie tickets, soda and popcorn. Such a lovely surprise. But when we found out the tickets were for “Riddick”, the girls were disappointed. They’d read the reviews (they keep up, I don’t) which weren’t exactly the ravingest. But still, when free Gold Class movie tickets fall from the sky, who can say no, right? Not us, even if the movie’s so bad we end up falling asleep in free air-conditioned comfort, what’s wrong with that?!

So Riddick it was. I have to admit that after hearing what the girls had to say, I went in with pretty low expectations. Indeed I practically snored through the first 20 minutes or so. It was nice and cool and the seats were extra wide and comfy, okay? Who can blame a girl for catching up on her beauty sleep?… although if Paul Walker had been Riddick, I probably would’ve stayed up 😉 .


Not that Vin Diesel isn’t cute. He is, very, even when they make his eyes glow like some kind of starry-eyed hyena on a dark night, … and that physique, hmm 😉 . Anyhoo, in the beginning, there was nothing but brown landscape (think “Mad Max” from ages ago, remember that brownness?) where Riddick fights for survival with only a hyena-like dog (see, I knew there was a connection) for company.


I was beginning to think this was going to be one of those two-actor (a guy and his CGI hyenadog) movies when, surprise, 11 bounty hunters arrive in their spaceships looking for Riddick. Make that 10 men and 1 woman (strange that there are always so few women on other planets, what’s up with that?). Between Riddick and said bounty hunters trying to outsmart each other, I stayed wide awake.

Forget the reviews, the movie wasn’t half bad. It turned out to be much more exciting than what I expected. I liked it. Lots of action but be warned, lots of violence and colorful language too. For those who rate this movie “rotten tomatoes”, let me just say, this couldn’t be any worse than “Loopers” (the one we walked out on) or “Oblivion”. At the very least, this one rocks Vin Diesel.

Squirrels’ playground

Squirrels' playground

A sweltering afternoon finds us sitting on a campus bench hiding from the sun when a little squirrel comes prancing our way. Totally unexpected. As I stand to take a picture of him, I’m taken aback when he scampers right up to me, stares me in the eyeball, and tilts his head as if to ask, now who the heck are you?! 😯

“He thinks you might have food for him,” Raine chuckles from the bench. Darn right she is. Wish I had some walnuts or pecans in my bag to share with him 🙁 .


Pretty soon, his friend sneaks up on him and they start chasing each other around in sprightly play. We may as well be transparent. They pay no attention to us. Nope, these guys are so used to being in the midst of thousands of students, they aren’t the least bit worried about us. In fact, it seems we are the ones intruding on their playground.


So this prancing and playing goes on, up and down the spacious grounds, back and forth under the trees and into the bushes.


Watching them, it got me thinking. Life as a squirrel seems to be all fun and games. Lazy summer days spent without a care in the world. Living life the way it’s supposed to be 🙂 .

Have a safe Fourth of July!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

First off, a huge Happy Mother’s Day shoutout to all the moms and grandmoms from sunny California. It’s going to be 100 degrees today so we nipped out early to Denny’s for breakfast this morning.

Steev treated me to an early Mother’s Day dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. What a proud mama I am. We figured we’d do an early dinner to beat the long lines. Even on a good day, they’re long as they don’t take reservations.


The oatmeal and sourdough bread rolls that never stop coming…


We only ordered a clam chowder (forgot to take a picture) and 2 mains to share. Their portions are huge and from experience, there’s no way we can finish one order each, there would be tons of leftovers.

The shrimp batter which is really, really good.


Jambalaya pasta, best thing ever. Gonna go back for another round of this later.


Macadamia caramel cheesecake, sinfully decadent. Not something we can eat a slice of each so we shared this.


Even ordering so little, we still had leftovers to take home. Burp 😉 .

Hope y’all have a good one! It’s great to be a mom. Enjoy your kids.

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