Saturday, December 31, 2011

The 2011 roundup

Happy December 31st everyone!  Or as a few others may call it, "New Years Eve".
Actually, I probably should not be having any champagne

Do you have New Years Eve plans?
Our "plans" consists of a relaxing on the couch, hanging out with the guinea pigs, maybe watch some TV or surf the web, and curl up with a good book.
I know, we are such party animals, we really need to tone it down.

What exciting things happened to Jeff and Jen in 2011?
  • We remodeled our kitchen.  Jeff and I can now be in the kitchen simultaneously!
  • We updated most of the windows in our home.  Now, the only time you feel a draft is when the window is open.
  • We can see now -- we both got laser eye surgery
  • I started my own business, where I baby sit people's pets if they are busy or out-of-town.  Play with animals, AND get paid for it??
  • Marbles and Ruby came to SF with us.
  • Traveling! The Yang family goes to Europe! (London, Amsterdam, and Paris).
  • Traveling!!  Jeff and Jen's weekend trip to Idaho (to visit my twin) and visit Yellowstone National Park.
  • Traveling!!!  Our 2nd wedding anniversary was spent in the Carribean Sea and Miami.
  • Jeff is a Hulu-gan now!  He changed jobs and works at now.
  • Jen quit her job and is an aspiring teacher now.  In the meantime?  Tutoring and substitute teaching is in the near future.
  • SURPRISE, we are having a baby!  Baby is due March 14, 2012. 
  • The garage is less dangerous now:  Jeff and Cousin Y painstakingly hung drywall in our garage one rainy weekend (I still need to blog about this!)
  • We are currently in the process of changing out the front door of our house, as the current one is old and pretty abused (by the previous owners! Not us!).
It appears we have kept busy this year.
That would explain why the entire year flew by.

Our to-do list for 2012?

What do I have planned for 2012?
I'm really hoping to take it easy!  And maybe raise a newborn on our free time.  =)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A few silly holiday photos...

because we like being silly  =D.

Didn't you know we have a secret gingerbread child?

Rudolph and Santa


(photos are from Jeff's company holiday party.  How cool is that?)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


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Friday, December 16, 2011

The baby's first photoshoot

Last weekend, the baby got her first professional photo shoot!

Hehe,  I'm kidding, it wasn't a real photo shoot.
It was a 3D/4D ultrasound. (3D because its a three dimensional image of the baby.  4D because we watched the baby move in real time).
 The entire time, the baby was holding onto the umbilical cord and shoving it into her mouth, sucking on it.  (kind of gross...).

I think the photos came out pretty cool, although I do think that the 3D ultrasound technology still has a long way to go -- there were a lot of distortions and delays during the rendering.  Not something you can comfortably watch in real time!

Who does the baby look more like?  Jeff or Jen?

I think the baby has my nose...  big, wide, and flat.  =/

I am now in my 3rd trimester!  Nearing the home stretch!
Everyone, please clear your calendars for 3 months from now, so you can come meet the baby (and hang out with me too I guess....).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The piggies finally got their long awaited manicure

Finally! After (what felt like) months of gangly, long, finger nails, the piggies finally got their nails trimmed over the weekend.  The last time we were at Cavy Haven for their manicure, I think it was either during the late Spring or Summer. 

During the late summer and fall, the piggies had to make-do with my amateur manicures.  It was a painful experience for both the piggies and myself. 

Don't the piggies look so thrilled getting their nails clipped?  =)?

Marbles is all done!  She looks so great, especially with her orange beard. 

Ruby looking pretty chic as well, posing with me and the baby bump.  =)

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's a girl!

Gather all your rainbows and unicorns and flowers and whatever other supposed "girly" things because we are having a GIRL!

Want to see the proof?
Here it is.

I *had* to put the captions in there since there is really no other way to decipher the image.

Oh sonogram technology...  I see you still have a long way to go...

I think its pretty amazing that there were 3 people that predicted a "girl" since the very beginning and not 1 person predicted a "boy".  I don't know what methods they are using, but whatever it is, it worked!

I really had no prediction, and when people asked which gender I wanted,  I replied "Either.  A healthy baby is all I want".
I mean, if I were to prefer one gender over the other, wouldn't that make me seem sexist?  That is the only socially appropriate response I can come up with! =D

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011: pumpkins, brain, and crazy lady, oh my!

It just sunk in that Halloween just passed, meaning that its already November.
I am still living in Spring 2011.
Where the heck did Summer and early Fall go? 

This year, I intentionally purchased very few candies to hand out to trick-o-treaters, because last year, we got maybe ~10 trick-o-treaters so we ended up with a lot of surplus.
I only purchased 2 small bags of candies, and guess how many kids showed up this year?
A whopping 5 children!    half!
Looks like we still have surplus again this year. 

So what did we do to celebrate Halloween this year?
Well, cousin Connie invited us over for a pumpkin carving party (we had a blast!) and we carved these lovely pumpkins:
                                                        Two Ghosts and Bat Cat

I continued the Halloween ritual of making mini jack o lanterns (stuffed bell peppers).
Except this year, I used green bell peppers, and I used a completely different filling.

                                          Hey look, some of them are drooling!

I also made a brain (out of jello and cream cheese). 
                                                            Very convincing, isn't it? 

There was also a crazy lady walking around brandishing a rolling pin.

               Get over here so I can rolling pin your ass

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baby is halfway here!

I am at the halfway mark of my pregnancy (week 20).
This week at the ob, we got an ultrasound to check the gender, but unfortunately, it was difficult to see.  As of now, the ob is leaning towards a girl, but she is not sure.
Better luck next time!!

Ever wanted to know what our baby looks like?
Well.  Here ya go. 
I am uploading both the original image and the image with captions written in, since these images are pretty impossible to decipher. 

 For week 8, the baby literally looks like a coffee bean, and is 0.7 inches long. 
I think the head is on the upper left and the rump is on the lower right. 

The original ultrasound.  Can you tell what is what?

Here are the captions!  Makes more sense now, right?
The baby is about 2.2 inches here, from head to butt.  Still so tiny.

Ok.  This ultrasound is even harder to decipher than Week 12's ultrasound.

Here are the captions
The baby is about 6.5 inches here from head to butt.   And roughly 10 inches from head to toes.


Want to see how fat I have gotten??
I am *hoping* that this is all baby and not fat. 
pfffttt.   look at that fatty

Friday, October 7, 2011

The 3 loves of my life!

It's hilarious how Ruby and Marbles are all over Jeff.
Its like ants all over picnic food.
Here is the analogy in GRE/SAT format:

Ruby & Marbles : Jeff

  1. guinea pigs : rodent
  2. night : morning
  3. ants : picnic food
  4. bugs : spring
  5. picnics : potato salad
Correct answer: C

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our house has termites!!

Fumigation will be ~$1,500. 
We get to throw *more* money down the drain, trying to repair and maintain this crummy old house!

Let's not forget that our central air and heat is also busted, which will be another ~$14,000 to replace.

Oh, being a homeowner.
So much more expensive than renting.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How to share the big news!

As you may have already heard,  Jeff and I are having a baby!
The baby will be due in March 2012.

Long before I saw the double pink line on the pregnancy test, I always knew that I wanted to share the wonderful news to Jeff in a special way.

What method is "special", and is also very characteristic of me?
I know!
I will tell Jeff  the great news in the form of a special meal!
I decided to make a meal using food that has the word "baby" in it, and try and have Jeff guess the message I am trying to tell him.

I made a meal consisting of:
  • Baby back ribs
  • Baby bella mushrooms
  • Salad with: baby spinach, baby heirloom tomatoes, and baby corn
  • Baby carrots
  • Babybel cheese
(I went to 3 stores looking for "baby potatoes" but I couldn't find any!!  The week after I made the special meal, I saw them at the store.  grrr).

Check out the spread!
It came out so pretty, and tasted pretty good too! 
(although I was slightly nauseous during my 1st trimester, so after eating this meal, I was unable to even look or think about baby back ribs for the rest of the duration of my 1st trimester).

Right before we dug into the meal, I told Jeff that I made this meal for a special occassion.  And that all the items in the meal have something in common.  Can he guess what it is?
After he thought for a bit, he correctly guessed that everything had the word "baby" in it, and it was the baby corn that gave it away.

I said "great!  now... can you guess the reason why I made this meal?"
Jeff was like "uhhh.. ummm..  errrr..  because we want to have a baby?"
I said "uh, yes.. that's true. but there is something more than that. 
Jeff couldn't guess it, so I finally blurted it out: "We're having a baby!".
Jeff: "Let's not get ahead of ourselves now..."
Jen: "No really, I'm pregnant!"
Jeff: "Really?  How do you know???".
Jen: " -_-# "

Fun story, right?  =)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Introducing Pleco!

Our turtle's tank has been super covered in algae and we decided that it's time to get a plecostomus  (we have had a plecostomus in the past, and a Chinese algae eater in the past, but after both died, we never got around to getting a new algae eater).

We went to this aquarium shop in Culver City, and it was awesome!  so many plecostomus' to choose from!
7 dollars poorer, we brought home our new little guy.

Pleco seems pretty laid back. Shortly after introducing him into the tank, a turtle came up to Pleco and stuck his beak right into Pleco's eye ball.  Pleco did not react or wince at all!
Pleco seems to be more shy than our previous plecostomus, who frequently sucked on the turtles' faces and latched onto the turtles' shells.  I hope Pleco warms up to the turtles soon.  But maybe after that eye incident, it's not happening.

Here is our plecostomus!  Chillin' out

Uh Oh. 
Looks like Bulbasaur got jealous and wants to be in the picture.

Here is Bulbasaur hogging the camera, but you can see Pleco in the background.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Caribbean Cruise & Miami

For our 2nd wedding anniversary and Jeff's 31st birthday, we did a 7 day cruise around the Eastern Caribbean, and spent 1.5 days in Miami (South Beach).

The Caribbean is absolutely lovely.
The ocean is so clear, and the water is so pleasantly warm.  It is also very very warm, humid, and sunny.
We were actually lucky because just 1 week prior, there was a hurricane (hurricane Irene) that terrorized the entire Atlantic coast, but our cruise was unaffected by the hurricane.

Sadly, the cruise ship itself did not live up to my standards. 
(My standards were based on my prior cruise on Royal Caribbean.  We booked the Carnival cruise ship this time).
Food service was terrible (the staff barely spoke any English, and do not appear to be trained in waiting tables).  The food also tasted and looked terrible. 
The housekeeping did not do the best job either (we are provided beach towels that we cannot take home; if we do, we will be charged for the beach towels.  Housekeeping removed the beach towels from our room, almost risking us getting charged!  Luckily, I noticed the missing towels before we were billed or accused of stealing).
I also was sea sick the entire week because the dang boat was swaying so much.  I did not get sea sick on my last cruise!
Also, the ship simply did not have as many amenities as Royal Caribbean, but that was not a big deal to me.

After our 7 day cruise was over (dry land! woohoo!), we stayed in South Beach, Miami for 1.5 days.  The water in Miami is WAY warmer than the waters in the Caribbean, but the water was very dark, dirty, and murky in comparison.
The neighborhood of South Beach was lovely.  I loved that I was able to get anywhere either on foot, or by taking the local shuttle for 25 cents.
The best part of South Beach is that everyone is super toned (the rumors are true!).  Almost every girl I saw had a 6-pack.  I felt so inadequate.

Our flight back to Los Angeles was on the evening of September 11.  We did not realize at the time that we booked the airfare, that we were flying back on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
Oh well.  I figured that since our flight was at night, if there were any terrorist attacks, they would be during the daytime, so I was safe.
You should be happy to know I flew back safely.  =)

The following are the photos from all our destinations!  Enjoy:

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - September 4, 2011
Half Moon Cay is a small island in the Bahamas that is entirely owned by Carnival, so all the visitors on the islands were all Carnival patrons.  All the food and drinks served on the island were all imported from the Carnival cruise ships.

I think this island was my favorite port on the entire cruise.  The waters were super clear, and the sand is so fine (almost like baby powder).  Unfortunately, Jeff and I got terribly sun burned.

Half Moon Cay

From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

We also did a shore excursion, where we snorkeled with STING rays, and got to feed them.  They are super cute!  Sadly, hurricane Irene blew away 5 of 9 sting rays.
From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

Sting ray.  So cute!

From Half Moon Cay - Bahamas

To view the complete Half Moon Cay photos, go here:

St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands - September 6, 2011
The next port we visited was the island of St. Thomas, which is one of the islands in the U.S Virgin Islands.
I thought it was amazing that this island is so small and so secluded, yet, it felt like I never left the states when I set foot on this island.  Everyone spoke fluent English (with no accent!)  (this is unlike Puerto Rico), people drive cars on this tiny island, the U.S Dollar is accepted, and there were regular shops, diners, and bars.

We also did a shore excursion on St. Thomas, to the beach called "Magens Bay".  This was on the opposite side of the island from the port, so we had to take a bus there.
I loved that the beach was very small and quiet.  I actually was reminded of Hawaii when I was at Magens Bay. 

View of Magens Bay
From St Thomas - USVI
Magens Bay
From St Thomas - USVI

From St Thomas - USVI

Wild iguanas roam free in St Thomas
From St Thomas - USVI

Port of St Thomas
From St Thomas - USVI
San Juan, Puerto Rico - September 7, 2001
We did not visit any beaches in Puerto Rico.  The only thing walking distance from the port was the town of Old San Juan.  I am proud of myself that I walked through the entire town despite the unbearable heat and humidity.  I did it by frequently stopping into stores for shade and a/c.
It was great to see familiar shops in Puerto Rico like CVS, Walgreens, Payless Shoe Source and Starbucks.  It was like I never left home!

Old Town San Juan

From San Juan - Puerto Rico

From San Juan - Puerto Rico

From San Juan - Puerto Rico

Colon Plaza

From San Juan - Puerto Rico

Castillo de San Cristóbal
From San Juan - Puerto Rico

See the entire album here:

Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos Islands - September 8, 2011
The Grand Turk island is a very tiny island, surrounded by crystal clear waters, and lots of rocks under the water!  We were able to walk from the ship to the beach, so that was nice.  I hate having to take a tender or a bus.  Sadly, we brought our snorkel, but there was nothing worth seeing in the water, except for rocks and sand.

Breathtaking View
From Grand Turk Island - Turks and Caicos Islands

From Grand Turk Island - Turks and Caicos Islands

I couldn't find the conch.
Missing conch = hurricane!

From Grand Turk Island - Turks and Caicos Islands

Crystal clear
From Grand Turk Island - Turks and Caicos Islands

See the full album here:

South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida - September 10-11, 2011

Lincoln Park
- the premier shopping area in South Beach. 
From South Beach - Miami, Florida

From South Beach - Miami, Florida

The moon over the ocean during dusk
From South Beach - Miami, Florida

The view of Fisher Park from South Point Park
From South Beach - Miami, Florida

View of the Miami skyline from South Point Park
From South Beach - Miami, Florida

Coconut trees

From South Beach - Miami, Florida