Life Update

2020, am I right? We've had such high hopes and dreams for this year but I've noticed a lot of people have been saying "Let's skip to 2021", "This year sucks!" and so on. Although life is turned upside down for many and times are uncertain, there is one thing I know for sure, it is to show our love to those we care about as well as our community. I don't know what the future holds and it is certainly anxiety inducing but I hope that we continue to be mindful and compassionate of one another as we honestly don't know what's happening behind the scenes in others' lives.

A few days before New Years, my uncle had to be hospitalized from January through early March. We honestly didn't know if he would make it but my family and I prayed every single day. He went through major surgery, to getting an infection, to wondering when he would ever come home. When he did get the green light, we were beyond relieved.

In mid January, I celebrated my niece Angel and my mom's birthdays. For Angel's birthday we went to Tudor Rose English Tea Room. The sandwiches, atmosphere, and tea were absolutely delicious. Great spot for a small party, bridal / bach, or a special occasion.

For my mom's birthday we ate at one of her favorite spots, Tov Tofu. You can't go wrong with delicious Korean food and their spicy tofu soup is a must. Check them out when our shelter in place is lifted in Sonoma County. In fact, check out both spots if you are able to or are interested. #supportlocalbusinesses

On January 25th, 2020 our family celebrated Chinese Vietnamese New Years. Every year we would video chat with our family in Vietnam and this year we also visited our relatives in Oakland. It was a much more mellow New Year but spending time with my loved ones can't be beat and of course the food is always great too. 😊

In early February, a few of my relatives and I decided it would be nice to head out to Bodega Bay to eat some seafood and to chill at the beach. It was kind of busy, windy (that was expected), but so calming. By the way have you've been to the Fishetarian? If not, oooooh you must well at least when we are able to. Anyway, anyone else feel like their worries disappear momentarily when you're near the ocean? I can't wait to visit again. 😚

Okay this next part might be a bit TMI so feel free to skip it. Have any of you ever experienced a bladder infection or a UTI? I thought I was BUT my urinalysis came back negative / normal. There wasn't a burning sensation when I had to use the bathroom so I thought maybe my body and hormones were going haywire due to stress. It's been on and off since early February and now as of lately. I'm hoping to find some answers soon as it's been messing with my physical and mental state. I'm going nutty but trying to remain positive. 

Near the end of February, my best friends and I planned a surprise San Diego bachelorette for our bride to be Somaly. It was tricky trying to make everything work but luckily everything did and she was surprised. Yay! Dadney, Dee, Leizl, and I drove all the way to San Diego and it wasn't that bad of a drive but I remember not sleeping at all but that's okay, I always expect not to sleep well when I'm not in an area I'm use to. Are you like that too?

Other than that, we did face masks, ate a lot of good food, went to the farmer's market, went out to dance but came back to Sierra's at 11pm (we're too old to hang), and so much more. I'm so happy we all were able to get together before everything went crazy. I miss my loves, let's video chat soon?

While I was gone on my trip, Adam and our friend Nick were working on shelving in our garage. I can't tell you how excited I was to see that we were able to organize and tidy up the garage a bit more. 

On March 23rd, 2020, Adam and I celebrated 7 years of being together. We went on a hike to Crane Creek Regional Park and enjoyed some fresh air. The parks closed the very next day to the public so I'm glad we were able to at least take a hike. Afterward we drove home, made food (it was probably noodles of some sort but I honestly cannot recall), and watched some of our shows. It was a relaxing day but I'm glad to be able to spend quality time with one another.

On top of all the good, the bad, and the unknown, my heart has been aching. My grandma recently passed on Monday March 30th, 2020. I knew it would happen at some point but it still hurt. It's unfortunate our family in the states can't properly pay our respects and visit our family in Vietnam but when the time comes and I am able, I will be on the next flight. Thank you for all that you have done for our family. Love you dearly! 😊

Even though it has only been a few months, I have hope that we will all get through whatever struggles we are facing. May the next few months bring you some peace, clarity, and love. Hang in there friends and do whatever you must to stay sane.

XO, Anny

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