Archive for November, 2008

Granite countertops in transition

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Today, we’re having the granite countertops installed so I thought I’d post some pictures of the transition because they’re still in the process of prepping the counters and sink area. It’s looking really ugly. We decided to have the backsplash tiles taken out as well and probably won’t get those replaced next week. So we’ll be in transition for a little bit.

So much for everything being ready by Turkey Day 🙂




Camera for aspiring architect

November 24, 2008 Leave a comment

For Christmas, my brother is shopping around for a professional camera for his girlfriend who’s an aspiring architect in the Boston area. He asked for some ideas and I told him that a digital SLR from Nikon is probably the best choice. The d70 to d300 Nikon cameras are pretty good semi-professional cameras without getting into the pricier and more professional range of the D2 and D3s. Once he’s got the camera body out of the way, she will probably still need to purchase some pretty good lenses (they have some that are specifically made for architectural purposes) and a tripod for those still shots. I wonder what his final decision will be.

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Belated election day post

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

This election day, November 4th, was the first time my husband ever voted so we made a big deal out of it. We both adorned our Obama t-shirts (the ones you get for free when you contribute to the campaign). We also hosted an election watch party, serving up appetizers, pizza and drinks in red, white and blue cups. White cups are for independents or unaffiliated. Although our house was a blue one, we had guests who did drink out of the red cups 🙂


McDonald’s, pregnancy cravings

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Why do many pregnant women crave the unhealthiest items on the McDonald’s food menu? And why is it that McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches and hashbrowns are so good? I was craving some french fries at 10:30a and thought that they may be serving fries that early in the morning so I went to the nearest McDonalds to grab some.

Unfortunately, I was half an hour too early since the McDonald’s I went to only served fries at lunchtime (starting at 11a). Because I was hungry and didn’t want to leave on an empty stomach, I ordered the egg mcmuffin (ham, egg and cheese) sandwich which really hit the spot: for some reason, the egg tasted as though it had been cooked fresh in the restaurant which is never the case for the dozens of previous egg sandwiches I’ve had at McDs in the past. The hashbrown was greasy and crunchy, as it usually is. Oh so good to the last bite.

Much later, I fulfilled my craving for french fries by eating a nice juicy cheddar burger and shoestrong fries from Mike’s American Bar and Grill. What a perfect ending to my day!

Tommy Thai * Springfield, VA

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment


Tonight, my husband and I tried out Tommy Thai Restaurant for the second time since it had its soft opening two weeks ago.

From the menu, we ordered the sticky rice, white rice, papaya salad and fried flounder with a Thai basil sauce. Unlike most other Thai restaurants, Tommy Thai serves their sticky rice black, an interesting twist to the usual white glutinous rice that’s served with the customary sticky rice and mango dessert. The papaya salad is not the authentic, homemade fishy one that I’m used to. This one was light, spicy and sweet. Very good and more suited to a Thai fusion-style restaurant like this one. The fried flounder was more than enough for two people; we ate the whole thing, barely leaving behind the head and bones. The flounder can be ordered filet style for those who prefer not to see the whole fish, head and all.

For dessert, we enjoyed the custard which is similar to leche flan but has a thicker consistency; it was pure deliciousness! There was a taste of coconut milk and a hint of taro in the filling. This dessert would have been perfection if it had the creme brulee style topping. But for sure, the custard dessert will make a repeat customer of me!


New granite countertops!

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment

As of today, my husband and I decided to install a beautiful granite countertop by next Wednesday right before Turkey Day! The granite we picked out comes from Brazil’s Amazon area and has huge specks of gold, brown black, green and silver. There’s definitely a storybook quality to the granite because your imagination can go wild creating ideas or stories about what images you see in the granite. At least that’s how I feel because I see a herd of horses and running rivers in the slabs of granite we picked out. It’s no wonder the name of the granite is Amazon Fantasy.

The GraniTech contractors are measuring our countertops today. In addition to the new granite countertops, we’re getting a brand new stainless steel sink, faucet and food disposal system. I think I’m going to miss our old porcelain ivory sink but it’s an overmounted sink and with the new countertops, it’ll be better to have an undermounted sink so the old one’ll have to go…. Oh well.

Currently, we’re anticipating that we’ll need a new backsplash too but we’re in no hurry to install that just yet. Eventually, we would like a stainless steel or natural stone backsplash.

I feel like our little country kitchen (pictured below) is really coming along! Soon, it’ll be nice and modern like the rest of the house. Yippee!


New doctor and new hospital

November 20, 2008 Leave a comment

Last week, I toured the hospital where my current obgyn is affiliated and was not impressed. So today, I met with another obgyn practice that is affiliated with the hospital I do prefer. Although I’m a couple days from my eighth month (whoohoo), it was relatively easy to switch because the pregnancy’s uncomplicated and I don’t anticipate any problems at all with the delivery.

On a side note, my husband’s cousin and wife delivered their 7 pound 2 ounce baby girl last night in San Diego, CA. I’m so excited for them.