Smile #90 -Nailed It!

I somehow avoided this ritual of nail salon visits for the past 24 years.  So, for the first time, I treated myself to a professional manicure!  🙂

Sis and I went to the modern and chic Polished Nail Bar.  The pressure to pick a nail color is high when there is a multi-layered display case with countless bottles of nail polishes in every shades of the rainbow.   HELP!  I changed my mind at least three times before finally settling on a dark brown with a hint of red. Sis picked a dark greenish grey color.

With our colors in hand, we sat at the nail bar where the technicians promptly began filing our nails.  Twenty minutes passed by quickly and we are left with clean and manicured nails!  🙂

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One step closer to full adulthood!  🙂



Smile #89 – Domesticated?

JB and sis invited me to their baking party.  So why not?!  Girls night in…or so I thought.  Instead, It was a trap to domesticate me!  I was put to work like a little elf!  jk 🙂

A few photos to proof I did help! 🙂

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Here is the recipe we used.  Who knew there are so many steps to an apple pie!  From cutting the apples to massaging the apple slices with all filling ingredients to finally neatly assembling the pie, the whole process took a good 30 minutes!

It was worth all the hard work when the room is filled with a delicious apple scent.  🙂  Consuming apple pies at 11pm might be a bit sinful, but who can abstain from that?!  A slice of the warm and soft taste of apple with crispy crust is just irresistible.  AHHH!

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Even though my baking skills were put to work involuntarily, I did have fun with the girls. 🙂  It reminded me of old times when JB would make me help her in the kitchen. Well, I put that chopping potatoes skills to work tonight.  One step closer to adulthood, right?!  🙂

Smile #88 – Almost #100

More than half of the US population shopped over Thanksgiving/Black Friday.  Steep discounts and door busters attracted shoppers to patiently (or not..) wait in line for store opening.  Despite store efforts to calm the crowd, plenty of horrific and hilarious stories emerged in the news the next day.  Just read some of them here.
The intense and rushed atmosphere deeply contrasts from the relax slow-paced Southern culture.  Shoppers are prepared with coupons and ready to claim their prize.
Even though I took advantage of this once-in-a-year late night shopping madness each year, nothing had induced me enough to actually stand in line.  For the first time, I actually stood in line! 🙂
Mom, Sis and I took a quick drive around the neighborhood to check out the craze.  With 30 minutes until door opens at Target, lines wrapped around the building.  Guess those $257 TV really drew in a crowd.
We went to Kohl’s next.  It was no surprise to find a line also formed outside.  With just 20 mins until door opens, sis wanted to wait in the car.  Mom sweet talked her and sis reluctantly got out to join the line.  After I parked, I also joined them in line.  As it turns out, they were winners of Kohl’s first 100 customers giveaway.  They are #98 and #99 in line.  Winners were offered a movie ticket voucher. She better be thanking me for kicking her out of the car!  🙂

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Smile #87 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday celebrated in the US with lots of food.  It is the one day out of a year that no one will judge you for the amount of food you consumed.  🙂  Put on your stretchy pants and eat!

For the first time, we had both turkey and ham.  There is also mash potatoes and gravy plus desserts.  So. Much. Food!  I attempted not to overeat, but with so many food on the table….I failed.

Since Sis and I were already dressed up, we thought to take advantage of it and take a few pics.  Here are some of the photos we took.

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Side story:  My car was parked outside and Mom thought it would be fun to sit on top of the hood, except getting on top was a lot harder than expected.  Here is the result of Mom’s attempt and sis dying from laughing.


Happy Thanksgivings from us all!  🙂 



Smile #86 – Officially Gold Star

I have been waiting for this day for ages!  I am proud to announce I am officially a GOLD MEMBER at Starbucks!  🙂

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Phew!  The path to Gold level is quite strenuous!

I almost didn’t pass the finish line!  I received an email a few weeks ago inviting me to join a bonus star challenge. By purchasing two Chestnut Praline Lattes, I would earn extra bonus stars.  Just enough to push me over to gold status.  Well, I made the two purchases of course, but my stars never showed up onto my account. I had to reach out to Starbucks Customer’s Service to initiate an investigation.  But no worries, I got my stars now!  🙂

I might be slightly broke in order to maintain my new gold status (AKA making 30 purchases for 30 stars within the next 12 months).  On the plus side, I do get to indulge in a few delicious drinks.  🙂

Coffee date anyone? 🙂