Monday Musing 2/23/2015

I love food.

But the pursuit of delicious food takes a huge amount of time. Whether it is the travel time plus waiting time to get your food at a restaurant. To food shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning after a home cooked meal. Good food takes time.

Is it worth it? Not anymore.

Back when I had no goals or plans, food took center stage in my life. In return my palate grew fussier and my standards grew higher. I didn’t necessarily grow happier, instead I had more demands and requirements for food.

Maybe it is because I just finished Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But with my home organized I wanted to tackle another area of my life that I am unhappy with. As much as my taste buds loved what I am eating, my body did not. I would often feel lethargic after a meal especially after eating non home made foods.

But cooking at home did not bring so much pleasure either. It consumes a lot of time and energy that I should be pouring into my book and learnings. If I already accomplished my goals, then I wouldn’t mind spending a couple of hours each day on cooking. As it is right now, I resent it because it is a huge time and energy hog.

New plan of attack. From this point on, G and I will strive to eat simple healthy meals for most of the week. G will get to pick one meal and eat whatever he wants for that meal. I get one choice as well. I will document my progress on next week’s Monday Musing to chart my progress. I will also be documenting how much time I spent working on my book and learning simplified Chinese characters.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: End Results

If you bought Marie Kondo's book for an exact game plan on how to organize all your stuff, you will be disappointed. If you have a spouse or kids, you will be disappointed as she does not address those issues at all. And if you have a lot of … [Continue reading]

Monday Musings 02/16/15

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Miscellany Is Not Going So Well


Marie Kondo's "Does this give me joy method" does NOT work well on Miscellany. I am on day 2 of miscellany and 20 hours later, still trying to keep it together. It is tempting to just throw everything away and start from scratch. But I have done … [Continue reading]

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Tackling Books And Papers

I am loving Marie Kondo's advice: "Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it." G, not so much. In fact he hates it enough to want to write his first review ever on Amazon just so that he can give the book a negative review. I … [Continue reading]

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I am a clean person but not a tidy person. As in I wipe the floor every other day, the sink is always clear of dishes, the counters and desktops are neatly organized. However it is what lies behind the surface that is a mess. It's always hard to … [Continue reading]

Monday Musings 02/09/15

My biggest fear is that I will not live up to my expectations of myself. Everyone around me tells me that I am smart. And I think that I am smart as well. But so what? There are plenty of smart people in this world that have not lived up to their … [Continue reading]

Memories: Our HK Apartment


After a complete reorg of my files, I finally located pictures of G and I's Hong Kong apt. These are the pictures when we were doing the walkthrough and checking for defects to put into the rental contract so that we will not be penalized for it … [Continue reading]

2015 NYC “Blizzard”


Made a snow angel for the first time: Came home to warm up to some sparkling sake. Heard good things about hana-awaka sparking sake. Not that it tasted bad, but it tastes exactly like cold Chinese 酒酿 minus the rice. … [Continue reading]

Grapefruit Chia Seed Muffin Recipe


I did not set out to make Grapefruit Chia Seed Muffins. Rather I was craving baked goods and saw a recipe for Lemon Poppyseed Muffins and thought hey I can do this. Granted I only had grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice and chia seeds instead … [Continue reading]