Friday, September 11, 2015

Seven Quick Takes v. 9


I introduced The Boyfriend to Amélie this past week.

This is my favorite movie of all time. I saw it as a teenager, and it left a huge impression - as well as an enduring love of lawn gnomes (David the Gnome as a child helped). Amélie is an introverted young woman who embarks on a crusade to help those around her and finds love in the process. It is a whimsical, absolutely charming film.


Between this movie and The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Boyfriend might be close to revoking my movie choice privileges. Die Hard it is not.


Recently, I was able to experience a traditional Khmer engagement ceremony.

Credit: Paul Woo (he's great!)

My brother is engaged to a woman whose family immigrated from Cambodia, and we were lucky enough to get to experience their traditions. It was fun and fascinating! We had a parade of all the attendees, with my parents at the front of the line, followed by my brother, and then myself behind him. Most of the attendees were carrying platters of fruit or other gifts to symbolize a dowry. (And all I got was an umbrella to hold over my brother's head womp womp).

After presenting the gifts at the door, the ceremony was held, with a Buddhist elder negotiating with each set of parents, honoring the deceased ancestors, and then blessing the couple. I only wish I had a better idea of what was being said - there's no Rosetta Stone for the Khmer language.

Credit: Paul Woo

Aren't they so cute?! They looked like a prince and princess.

After the ceremony, there was a party that was reminiscent of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I had so much delicious food I had never experienced before and the decorations were great. My brother's fiancee has her own event design company, and so everything was picture perfect. (If you're in central Ohio, I know I'm biased, but you should really check her out!)

They are so well-suited for each other, and we couldn't be happier. It was an amazing experience, and I can't wait to see what their wedding is like next year.


Since I have the privilege of wearing a lovely Khmer outfit next year, running has started again.

Sort of.

Maybe Monday.

And maybe a Whole30.

Or just a green smoothie fast. I don't know.

All I know is that I have to wear the same outfit next to some teeny tiny Asian women in a year and I am worried I will look like the Incredible Hulk.

If only I hadn't had three helpings of that amazing curry last week.



Speaking of amazing curry, when I need to make some at home in a pinch, Trader Joe's doesn't disappoint.


This simmer sauce is the Yeah, I said it. Add chicken (or the protein of your choice), veg if you want, and simmer for 20 mins. Bam! Curry in a hurry.

And thus ends your recipe of the week.


Since I've been trying to get out an exercise more, I've had the good fortune to see some beautiful sunsets.

This speaks for itself, doesn't it?


Speaking of pretty things, have you taken a look at the blog redesign?

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Check out those glitter buttons. Glitter, y'all!

That makes me sound like Britney Spears.


I'm trying to blog daily.

Sans Britney-esque exclamations. I hope.

It's been so long since I've written for anything on a daily basis - even my personal journals lag from time to time. But my nifty new design has inspired me to try harder and not neglect the blog (having a job so I don't have to spend all my time job hunting helps a bunch). So, expect lots more ramblings where this one came from, and hopefully I have enough pretty pictures to keep you coming back.

At least come back for the glitter buttons.

Linking this post up with others doing 7 Quick Takes at This Ain't The Lyceum.

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