floral & friends

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Workshops

A few weeks ago, I was able to attend my first floral workshop. I’ve been wanting to take a floral class for so long now and this opportunity came up and I just couldn’t resist! The workshop was hosted by the White Buffalo Project, a wonderful non profit movement that promotes and celebrates women coming together, sharing and inspiring conversation and ideas among each other. I’ve always been an avid YouTube learner when it comes to making floral arrangements for my own events, but there’s nothing better than learning face to face and getting amazing tips from a pro like Maria from Maxit Flower Designs. I can’t wait to make my own arrangement for my next event for sure!

Bougainvilleas

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Potpourri

The bougainvilleas around my neighborhood are in full bloom and as the weather has finally been going into cool breezy mode lately. I love it when Olivia comes to visit because she l o v e s being outdoors. She’s been learning on her own to recognize and remember how to say things like the alphabet, her numbers,¬† colors, animals and the sounds that they make, although, I still don’t think she’s able to roll her tongue as well to pronounce her L’s. Flowers are pronounced “plows,” elephants are “errphant,” and I Love Yous are “eewve you”

Mandala

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I finally visited the Asia Society for the first time since its opening¬† a couple years back. I’ve always driven by the minimal concrete building with its big green lawn out front and now that I live only two blocks down, there really was no other excuse I could tell myself to delay a visit. The current exhibition involved Tibetan monks constructing a mandala sand painting and visitors were able to contribute to a separate mandala in the conjoining space. I’ve been teaching mandala lessons in my classroom and using images of Tibetan sand paintings as examples to my students, so it was a very cool experience to be able to see one in person and contribute my own little piece of sand in the mandala design.

Florida with the Wangs

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I spent the last days of summer this year in Florida with my cousins from Salt Lake City. I figure, I might as well enjoy Harry Potter World before I’m too old to walk long distances and yes, a part of me is still a very big Harry Potter geek. (Butterbeer was had and wands were thoroughly used!) We stopped by Epcot Island first and enjoyed all the mini countries. Each section was so well replicated that sometimes I really did feel in a whole other country. I think my favorite mini country replica was Japan, because the gift shop was the grandest and had so many Hayao Miyazaki and Ghibli souvenirs and collectibles available. On my last day in Orlando, we took a quick detour before my flight to visit a garden and was stranded in the rain and had to hang out in the rose garden for awhile. It was quite nice, actually now that I recall. I’m always a big fan of seeing the different vegetation everywhere I travel and Florida never disappoints with its variety of colorful blooms and sweeping moss in the summertime.

new digs…

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home sweet home / Life

I’ve been settling into my new place since May and things are finally starting to feel at home now after all the furniture has been brought in and books and personal items have been arranged in their own place. The apartment is small, but I love that it is located near all of my favorite museums, running trails and restaurants and walking distance to parks and quaint neighborhoods. It’s also great to have family visit and I can take them to the Children’s Museum which is just down the block. Summer’s about to be over in a few weeks and another new school year to begin. I’ve been trying to enjoy as much time as I can at the new place cooking healthy and quick meals (parchment bags + salmon = two thumbs up!) or trying out local vegan ones around the neighborhood. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going when the school year begins and I just have a feeling it’s going to be a tough and busy one this year.