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North Hollywood, California, United States
I am a fun, sometimes boring person. I am an outgoing, shy kind of girl. I'm pretty easy going when I am not being uptight. All in all, I am a walking, talking, contradiction.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lisa's Life To-Do List (subject to changes and additions)

I am a list maker. It's what I do to feel organized and in control. It's also a good way of keeping track of the things I need to do even if I can't always get them done. I also absolutely love the feeling I get when I cross something off a list. It's a tiny victory whether it's laundry or something much bigger. 

I know most of us have done this before. Even if we haven't written them down, we still have this list in our heads. So here are some of the personal things I want to do before I kick the bucket. Some of the things are very cliché but still pretty great. Other ideas were stolen from people I know and I just couldn't resist making  them a part of the goals I want to accomplish myself. How awesome would it be to look back and see how many I am able cross out? :)

Go back to school (soon or when I'm 50)

Get out of debt and stay out of debt

Learn Japanese...again

Swim with dolphins

Own 365 pairs of heels

Run a marathon

Become a decent cook

Go to all 50 states and at least 15 different countries

Meet someone really famous

Hold a baby tiger

Go on a hot air balloon ride

Visit the Garden of Gethsemane

Marry the man of my dreams in the Sacramento Temple

Live old enough to pose for a 5 generation photo

Life is never predictable but always limitless. I hope that I have the drive to at least attempt cross each one of these off my list. Because simply trying can be a victory too.  

Belated Mother's Day Shoutout

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan 

Some mothers are doctors, others are chefs. Some moms are police officers, and some moms are event coordinators. Some moms are therapists, and others are teachers. My mother does all these. If I am hurt or sick, she always has the right antidote. My mom has never cooked anything that is short of amazing. Whether it's a sandwich or a my favorite “More Casserole,” she knows how to mix the ingredients with just the right amount of love to make it so yummy. She is the ultimate referree for quarreling children, and always laid down the law for mouthy teenagers. My mom can get everyone to school on time, plan a vaction for a million different schedules, and balance a daycare, Sunday school class, and household. When I am sad or confused or need a little perspective, my mom is the person to go to to tell me when I need to apologize to someone, break up with a bad boyfriend, or just tell me that she is proud of me and that everything will be okay. She taught me to respect others, work hard for the things you want, to always soak a stain before washing it dry, and that family is the most important thing in this life.

I am a lucky girl and I fully recognize this. I was fortunate enough to have a mom that was able to be at home growing up. I don't appreciate this more than I do now that I am grown. It wasn't always easy and money was always tight, but nothing could replace the solid presence she had at home. Dinner was always made and each family member present if possible on weeknights. Some of my fondest memories are of the crazy conversations and silly banter that happened over the food my mom prepared in between cleaning up after the daycare, doing the laundry, and running grocery store errands. If I ever got sick at school, she could be there to swoop me up in 15 mins flat. Without every asking for thanks, she would spend her days driving us from one friend's house to another, to practices and games, to doctor's appointments and church activities, leaving her with very little time for herself. She was often buried under loads of laundry for six people but always had everything cleaned, hung, or folded before you even noticed it was missing. She endured sleepless nights due to loud sleepovers and often was the one to clean up the mess the next day. And she did all this so that we could have happy and comfortable childhoods. Not to say that she spoiled us. My mother made it a crucial point of our day to make our beds and clean our rooms and to do our chores before playing.

Despite what my ramblings about my mom's managing of the household or the raising of us kids sounds like, she was never a maid. She did all of the things out of pure love and the desire to serve her family. Her job often went unthanked, underappreciated, and all too often demaded of her. But regardless, without any complaint, she did those mundane things every day with purpose and sense of duty. Not only did she work hard to keep everything in order, but she made sure to nurture us with her values and core beliefs everyday. My mom always makes sure the we know how much she loves God and how much she loves us.

I would be lying if I said that I always saw the woman who raised me in this light. There were years when we didn't see eye to eye, particularly in my junior/ high school days. Its hard to see at that age the daily sacrifices a parent makes and all the love they have for you. I really honestly thought that all she wanted to do was make my life miserable. I couldn't see then that when she was concerned with who I spent my time with, what outfits I wore out, what movies I watched and what music I listened to, she was really just trying her best to help me become to best person I could be by making the right choices. Even when the rules didn't make sense and I coudn't see what dragging me to church every Sunday would do, I see now that the happiness and peace I feel in my life and very person I am today, is largely in part due to my mom.

This Mother's day, I did not have the opportunity to spend the day with her. She was away in Japan visiting her father in the ICU and trying to take the burden of his care off my aunt and uncle. Because of the time difference and her schedule for taking care of Ojiichan, I wasn't able to get in touch with her to talk to her and to let her know how much I appreciate and love her for all she's done for me. I hope she knows how much I look to her as an example, and how much I respect her and hope to make her proud. I guess I'll have to tell her when she gets back. Come to think of it, I should tell her anytime I see her or talk to her. If I am ever half the mother she is to me, I think my future kids would be doing pretty well. I love you Mom! Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OBL: Hide and seek champion

So as all of us know (if you don't know, shame on you) that on Sunday, May 1st, it was announced that the most wanted man in the world was killed. It was not only a great day for the US, but also a great day for so many other countries in the world who were affected by the evil he inflicted. I was able to watch and listen to President Barak Obama's address to our country concerning the death of this man. My thoughts as well as many for sure went back to September 11th ten whole years ago. I hope that despite differences in political views and opinions on how well the Obama admisistration has handled all other issues pertaining to our country, we can all come together and applaud our president as well as all others that were involved and bravely put their own lives in danger to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.

Yesterday I got a text from my dad saying: OBL: hide and seek champion from 2001-2011. Had to laugh! On another funny note, since all this has happened, everyone from news reporters to radio personalities have been getting the names mixed up between Obama and Osama (some unintentionally, others not so unintentionally). Today, a reporter announced that “Barak Obama is indeed dead.” This may be a little morbid but also pretty dang funny.
Here are some funny pictures I found on failblog.org that you may get a kick out of...

So great. It's a little weird that the former Public Enemy #1's name is only one letter off from our President's name. Not implying anything...just saying.