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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2018, 04:55:41 PM »
 
 


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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2018, 03:46:39 PM »
You don't even have to ask. You know I usually just force it on you  :D   btw, how's our little sakura tree?

Omg! I forgot to update you about that. I took it home and put it on the kitchen table, and my dad didn't see it and knocked it over. It looked so sad. It survived for about a week before I threw it away.

 
 



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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2018, 02:38:37 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2018, 05:47:07 PM »
Woke up this morning at 4 AM, and even though I was tired, I couldn't fall back asleep. The house was dark and silent. It felt very peaceful, like nothing else existed in that moment except for me. My eyes were heavy but some part of me resisted sleep. Alright then, I said to myself, I guess I'll stay awake for a little bit.

There were things I wanted to worry about, important things that needed attention, but in that hazy part of early morning, I couldn't find the strength or will to care about anything. This moment was all mine. No pressure, no stress, no demands from people. Just silence, and a bit of pre-dawn light that was starting to trickle through the window curtains. I'm okay, I can tell myself. The stars are still up there. The earth is still down here. And I'm still in between. It's okay.



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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2018, 04:11:53 PM »
 
 



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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2018, 12:34:27 AM »
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2018, 12:39:07 AM »
That's a bummer but I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I'm sure we can find more sakuras...


You'll see real ones in a couple years, I imagine.  O0



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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2018, 11:11:54 PM »
sometimes it feels like you're living in a dream... sometimes it's a good dream and sometimes it's a bad dream. when you're around people the dreamlike quality fades away and reality pierces through with a sharp touch. but when you're alone, you fade away into these dreams. you grasp at anything that feels real, anything at all that will remind you that, yes, you are alive, this is real, this is not a dream. yet still it persists... I am sitting here at my computer, listening to music just as I have done for many nights. it seems like all of this happened a long, long time ago and none of it matters anymore. I think about someone who once was very special to me. there is an echo of heartache inside, but it is far away, resonating in a vessel that belongs to no one anymore. I am contained within myself now. I can still reach through this dream. Still grasp something real.



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« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2018, 07:30:38 PM »
I explained to her in my broken Hmong about our impermanent nature leading all things towards death.

I'm curious as to how you explained that kind of impermanence in Hmong. I don't think my vocab goes that deep at all.

Well, you know, I think your mom knows your heart and she knows that this is something you want but at the end of the day she's still a mother who wants her children to stay close to her. Just call and Skype and write her as much as you can.

So... We had the party for my parents last weekend. It went really well. I received a lot of compliments so I think people had a good time. It was really humbling to see the turnout; it showed me how much love and respect people have for my parents. I almost cried during my speech, which I did all in Hmong without messing up (phew) and everyone just looked lovely. I will put up some photos when I get home. My favorite part was the candy buffet so I might show a few extra pics of that too.  :D



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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2018, 12:19:24 AM »

So here is the general layout of the room. We wanted to keep things simple but elegant.


 


This centerpiece was my nyab's idea since she was in charge of decorations. She bought the wooden dowels and assembled the lanterns herself. We decided on carnations since we were making the centerpieces a day ahead. They tend to last longer and require minimal care.


 


About a month before the party, it occurred to me that we would have kids in attendance. I mean, I already knew that but it REALLY occurred to me that there would be kids and they would be bored out of their minds since this was a speech-heavy event. So I made some activity kits for the kids. They were filled with coloring books, crayons, paper bag puppet materials, stickers, candy, and games.


 


And then I thought, well, might as well have a candy buffet to give them some fun. I had a lot of fun shopping for this part.  :D


 


One of the cakes we ordered. This one was poppyseed with lemon filling.. yum. So, funny story about this cake. I decided to cut long but thin rectangular shapes to serve. Uhhh I guess I wasn't smart enough to figure out that you should only cut a small portion before cutting more. Instead, I cut it right through the middle, then another long cut after that, and what happened was that half of the cake fell over. LOL. And right when that happened, I heard a *click* and saw my cousin taking a picture. I was like, "Noooooo don't take a picture of my failure!!"  ;D  So there's a picture of me cutting a cake that fell over.


 


An auntie volunteered to do some fruit carvings for us. I'm really glad because it made the table setting so much prettier. I ain't got those skillz.


 


And thank goodness for everyone who volunteered to make snacks. Everything tasted great!


 


The fruit table. So, I kinda overestimated on the fruits. I really, really thought people were gonna pile up on fruits but instead they piled up on the carby snacks! I mean, there were so many great fruits, you know? We ended up with tons of leftovers. At the end of the night, we ended up bagging fruits and giving them to random guests as they left. In fact I saw an old friend and as we were talking, I grabbed a bag and gave it to him and he said, "God, you are so ducking Hmong." LOL! Hey, I just wanted to get rid of the fruit, alright.


 


So, all in all, a good night.
 



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« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2018, 07:47:52 PM »
Everything was soooo colorful!! You know I would've taken aalllllllll the fruit home--with or without your permission lol


I would've sent you some if it were possible. I'm completely sick of dragonfruit now.  :icon_puke_r:



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« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2018, 08:37:28 PM »
Needed to wrap gifts for some relatives and didn't have wrapping paper on hand, but I did have brown paper bags and a black sharpie...







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« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2018, 11:29:46 AM »
That reminds me --my last day of work they threw me a party (some got teary eyed while I gave a stupid speech lol) and a coworker brought in a dragonfruit. It was rather dull and sad looking but I didn't have the heart to tell him that because he looked so proud thinking he's finally outwit me in our "stump highway's strange fruit competition" hmmm... #whitepeople it was also too purple and looked rotten and sour tasting.

LOL now I really wish I could've sent you some! He probably googled the strangest Asian fruit that could be found locally and thought this was it. #sad

My dream is to try the yellow dragonfruit which I hear is sweet, however it's hard to find where I live.



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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2018, 11:59:19 AM »



Ask: will this whirlwind
connect to that one,
            making them cousins to the knife?

Will lake mist etched
on flakes of flood-birthed moonlight
hang its beard on a tow truck
hoisting up a buck, 
            butterflies leaking from its nostrils,
            dark clouds draining off its cedar coat?

 —Sherwin Bitsui



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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2018, 10:41:41 PM »





Darkness brings dreams, dreams bring you.
Pinpricks of light beneath my closed eyelids--
a fluttering of nerves,
a rush through my veins,
a quiet exhalation.








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