The Running Turtle

RSS
Apr 3
myidealhome:

Reblog & win free art for your home! [My Ideal Home and Mammoth&co giveway]Today I’m happy to present you the first giveaway of My Ideal Home tumblr blog! The lovely guys from Mammoth & Co, a gorgeous online gallery featuring limited-edition prints and original artwork by selected artists from all around the world, would like to give away a piece of art to one of my beloved reader! ;) The lucky one will be free to choose the print from their wide gallery and Mammoth will send it right at your door, wherever you are.
Let’s start the contest, it’s so simple! All you have to do is follow these basic instructions:
You have to be over 18
You have to follow My Ideal Home here on tumblr
You must reblog this post to be considered
You must have an email address in the “about” section of your tumblr to be considered. (This is so we can reach you!)
No response in 48 hours means another winner will be chosen.
Winner will be chosen via random.org.
Winner will get to pick an unframed 8x10” print from the store.
Mammoth will ship the unframed 8x10” print worldwide!
Good luck!

myidealhome:

Reblog & win free art for your home! [My Ideal Home and Mammoth&co giveway]

Today I’m happy to present you the first giveaway of My Ideal Home tumblr blog! The lovely guys from Mammoth & Co, a gorgeous online gallery featuring limited-edition prints and original artwork by selected artists from all around the world, would like to give away a piece of art to one of my beloved reader! ;) The lucky one will be free to choose the print from their wide gallery and Mammoth will send it right at your door, wherever you are.

Let’s start the contest, it’s so simple! All you have to do is follow these basic instructions:

  • You have to be over 18
  • You have to follow My Ideal Home here on tumblr
  • You must reblog this post to be considered
  • You must have an email address in the “about” section of your tumblr to be considered. (This is so we can reach you!)
  • No response in 48 hours means another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • Winner will get to pick an unframed 8x10” print from the store.
  • Mammoth will ship the unframed 8x10” print worldwide!

Good luck!

2014

So apparently 2013 was the year of not so many blog posts.  Through out the past few months, I had the best of intentions to change that reality, however life always came first and when I did have time, I wasn’t sure what to post. 

December was a month of travel.  The first week of travel was just for the two of us.  I had won a 50% off dive trip in a local raffle and it was too good to let the opportunity go to waste.  Over the course of the week, we realized how stressed the two of us were leading up to the vacation - my family, school, work, applications, and life were all weighing down on us, and neither of us really had the energy to deal so we both mentally checked out.  But after spending a week in the ocean, both of us felt renewed and almost reluctant to go home.  

The second week of Dec was spent gearing up for the last two weeks of travel.  With me visiting family in Taiwan, and W. visiting family in WA.  The blur and excess that come with holidays and family was all over too quick and not quick enough.  Strangely enough, I welcomed the end of travel…since it only meant that I could see W again - I missed him that much.

Two weeks into the the new year, and the dust is finally settling.  Jet lag is almost gone, and W. and I have slowly gotten back to our pre-travel routine.  I don’t know if it’s because it is still the new year but there is a lightness to our steps, a hope of better and greater things to come despite things looking kinda grim on the horizon.

At the moment, I will simply just buckle down and mentally prep my self for the year to come.  I hope that the two of us will be able to hold that lightness in our hearts once the storm descends later on in the year. 

I don’t know why the tone became so maudlin in this post, but fear not, there will soon be adventures to come as well!  Such as my inability to join the yogis but I insist, and my turtle pace of running returns.

Anyways, I should probably shut up now and talk another day….

So, how has everyone else been?  New year treating ya’ll alright?

11 days…

11 more days till vacation……..11 days too long… 

Nov 8
TGIF’s coffee break at at work…… wait you tell me how many more hours I have left???

TGIF’s coffee break at at work…… wait you tell me how many more hours I have left???

Donating blood.

Glad I crossed off that on the bucket list. 

The first time experience wasn’t exactly great, but I suppose it could be worse.  Perhaps some people are just having a bad day?

Anyways, being on the flip side of donating blood is very very different than processing blood.  

Don’t know whether I’ll donate again, but I’ll find out!

It’s not even that cold (actually, who am I kidding? I’m a SoCal girl) and all I want is tons and tons of comfy sweaters to just lounge around in.  Me want.  However with two big pending trips on the horizon, I really can’t justify any frivolous purchases…. ;_;  
A girl can dream!

It’s not even that cold (actually, who am I kidding? I’m a SoCal girl) and all I want is tons and tons of comfy sweaters to just lounge around in.  Me want.  However with two big pending trips on the horizon, I really can’t justify any frivolous purchases…. ;_;  

A girl can dream!

A tealatte that was given to me with the pouty face of “Please hurry up studying and finishing your work so we can play Minecraft together” by W.
:) 

A tealatte that was given to me with the pouty face of “Please hurry up studying and finishing your work so we can play Minecraft together” by W.

:) 

Monday Morning Musings

  • I wonder if spiders outside are ever like: "WTF??? How’d this web get here?  It isn’t sticky!!! I could have sworn it wasn’t here 10 minutes ago!  How is this a WEB????? UGH!" during the Halloween season.
  • This Bali blue moon that W. roasted is pretty good!!!  I think ever since W. and I started roasting our own beans, we have turned into coffee snobs (just a tiny bit).
  • I wish I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  
  • Why won’t my inbox list decrease!!! It seems the more I work, the longer it becomes!
  • It’s cold outside and I would like a large comfy sweater, or a really nice jacket.
  • It’s almost the end of Oct 2013. WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO???
  • I wish I can sort out this mess in my head.  

I kinda want to cry, but can’t?

So my mother just informed me to not bother trying to incorporate W. into our “family” life.  She and my dad are too conservative and are not comfortable interacting with him because he is not Asian.  

I countered, what if I eventually marry him? Are you basically saying that you won’t even bother to try until AFTER we are married?  

A definite “Yes.” was my answer.  

Also, did I mention that my mother insist that I get a master’s degree before I even think about marriage or anything else?  Because without a master’s degree I’m bound to fail in life and all the responsibilities it will throw me.  

Ironically, I’ve been independent for 5 years, except for paying my own phone bill and car insurance (at my dad’s insistence because I have to be part of the family somehow, and supposedly it’s cheaper for him?).  Make sense?  I don’t know, it isn’t like I haven’t tried paying for it myself.  

Fml.  Thanks mom, it’s good to know that you are not making an effort to know me and all you care about is whether I get a higher degree than a Bachelors or not.  Because obviously only a master’s degree of a ph.D. will make me happy and successful in life.  

Great.

EKF: Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye

ekf:

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of…