This is a personal blog. I am not affiliated with Costco in any way.
But, we needed a place for Costco shoppers to say hi.
I hope you enjoy the stay. Have a nice day.


I am sick

I am sick.  I may be slow with my blog updates for a while.

As you know, this flu season is different.  My flu shot couldn't save me this time. I am miserable and have no will to live.

I am taking medication and... I've been eating this Super Food Veggie Cakes (Costco item #966072). They are frozen cakes that I microwave for 1 minute. They are convenient and good for me. 

I received these cakes from GardenLitesGardenLites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  They are sold in Costco nation wide (#966072).  They have good reviews. I like them.

I am supposed to review them (I will).  But, I am so sick.  I am just eating these cakes before I review them.  I am glad I received these Veggie Cakes just in time.  It's so quick, easy, and good.  I am almost glad I have flu. Haha.. cough.

I'm gonna lay down now... (cough)

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Makin' bacon

Yesterday, I had a quick chat about frying bacon with a friend far away.  I made pancake breakfast for my friend years ago.  She wanted to imitate my style.  That gave me a craving for bacon as well.  So, I made a pancake breakfast after my glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.

One thing lead to another, we ended up exchanging pictures of our bacons.

I am scheduled to fly to see her on April 2024.

Above is my friend's plate.

Below is my plate, I cook pancakes with butter, so I don't need additional butter when I eat. Eggs were fried in bacon fat. I warm up my syrup in a small container.  I don't slobber syrup all over the cake like a savage. :)

I think my bacon looked better because they are Costco bacon.  I bet her bacon was cheaper quality brand.  Acutally, everything on my plate was from Costco (bacon, eggs, syrup, pancake mix, butter... even the pan I cooked with).

That beautiful plate was $1 at a garage sale.  It's from England.  I like pretty plates.  So does my friend.

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Sign of Getting Old - Cufflinks

I started to wear dress shirts with cufflinks at work.

We have "T-Shirts & Jeans" dress code at work.  But, I enjoy wearing white dress shirt with cufflinks that match my shoes. All my cufflinks are vintage sterling silver with some kind of gemstones. My shirts are.... expensive.

So, out of 700 - 750 employees at work, I think I am the only person who wears cufflinks.

*I am still planning to tell you about my shoes... later...

My father had this watch for about 10 years.  The battery ran out and he moved on to another watch.  I got this watch from my father and kept it for about 10 years.  I finally put in a new battery last month.  It works.

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My Vitamix Routine

I've been using Vitamix twice a day, non-stop, for last 6 years.  Below is a picture of my typical mix (one serving - 2 tall glasses)

First of all, I don't use Vitamix for taste.  Vitamix is a chore.. I just gulp it down and move on with my life.  I make one when I wake up, and make another one when I come home from work (before dinner).

It takes so little time to make Vitamix juice. I cannot think of any faster way to eat.  So, in part, I do this because I am lazy.

I put some ice and water to start.

I put:

  • Flax seeds (of Chia seeds) - About 1 tbl spoon.
  • Celeries - 3 or less (depends on how thick)
  • 1/2 apple - normal size
  • some carrots
  • Spinach to fill the container to top (or green mix)
  • Ginger to taste (when I feel like it)
  • Lemon to taste (when I feel like it)

There is no rule.  I may buy random vegetables whenever I see them on sale.

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I want to see Milky Way

I would like to see the best view of Milky Way Galaxy possible with my own naked eyes, preferably at some place in the continental US (48 states). I guess I will take a trip for 1-2 nights.  I am willing to spend x amount of money.

I can use your help.  Let me know if:

  • You own or know airbnb location where viewing of Milky Way is possible.
  • If you know places where I can go to view Milky Way.
  • If you know astronomy clubs you can recommend.
  • If you want to go with me or meet up with me there.
  • If you know of Milky Way viewing events.
  • If you have anything to tell me about it.

So far, all I know is that the best time to view Milky Way is Summer months centering July.  I have about 5 months (20 weeks) to get ready.  So, search is on.

The only picture of Milky Way I photographed so far.

PS. Next on my list is to see Northern Lights (Aurora) - This will require me to travel to Alaska or Canada.   After that, I will travel to Texas or New York to see Total Solar Eclipse in April 8, 2024.

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Back to work / Song of the Month

My song of the month
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Sorte

There are some leftover candies at work, but we are now back in full working mode.  2017 was a relaxing year for me, except it ended with a bang.

I came to work and got my morning coffee. I set at my desk and played my favorite song of the month. Before start working, I looked at the other side of my cubicle.  The wall looked beautiful with morning Sunlight.  I can see shapes of leaves from a tree outside. It's hard to describe but that moment was personal and enjoyable. It felt like my whole life story was painted on that wall.

'Life isn't that bad'  I smiled as I sipped coffee.

Song of the month:

Gal Costa is one of my favorite singers. She's in her mid 70's.  She's still alive!!  As far as I am concerned, she and her duet singer Caetano Veloso are legends in Brazil and Latin music in general.

She sings in Portuguese and I don't understand a word she says, but I love this song so much it makes me want to cry.  It's just so beautiful.

If you liked the song, watch this video.  it's cute.  It's the same song live, from 1985.

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OMG. History was made.

This is about my favorite show, Maury.
History was made.  The first time ever!!

Let Maury himself tell you what just happened.  You have to see it to believe.  I don't know about you guys, but this is significant.

This is the greatest TV moment in history.
Air date: December 29, 2017 - The last show of the year.

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Christmas Raffle - blendSMART Makeup Brush. $110 value

Raffle is over - The winner is being contacted.

blendSMART has a Christmas raffle exclusively for my visitors.

blendSMART is a Rotating Makeup Brush that's highly rated at Amazon and Sephora.  Costco is selling them for $69.99 each.  This set sells for $110 outside of Costco.  It comes with 3 brush heads (Blush brush, powder brush, & foundation brush).

I don't wear makeup (sorry).  I will let the video explain it for you (below)

To enter blendSMART Christmas raffle, go to my contact page and enter your name, email address, and don't forget to write "blendSMART" on comment section.  I will contact the winner on December 20 and announce the winner on my blog as well. If I don't hear back from you in a week, I will pick someone else.

Visit below pages to learn more about blendSMART products and/or buy products now.  Good luck. :)

* I am not a professional raffle person.  I will do my best to be fair and accurate.  But, I do not take any responsibility for errors or mistakes.  So... don't be hatin'

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I will puke

Video will start at 27 second mark.  This is Apple commercial - artistically done. But... Oh God.

If she pulls that out from her ear hole and put it in my ear hole... I will puke.  I don't even use the same Q-Tip for both left and right side of my own ear-canals.  It's gross.

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Looking for Snack at Work

I was working... then I had a sudden craving for some snacks.  I have cookies at my desk, but I wanted to see what else was out there.  This is what I saw.

Merry Christmas.

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