The Road to Renovating Our Kitchen

When we moved into our house 6.5 years ago, we liked our kitchen but didn’t love it. We didn’t like the early 2000s builder-grade tile, which was also on the backsplash. The countertops were a nice off-white corian, not bad at all, but could use some updating. The cabinets were a light orange-tone wood, which…

14 Odd But True Short Facts About Me

For a season I booked publicity for astronauts and worked on the same floor as them. On a phone call with astronaut Don Pettit, he said I had a soothing voice. In kindergarten, my class went to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport to greet Queen Elizabeth. I was once temporarily stranded with family in the Doha, Qatar…

Things to Do in Houston: Seismique Interactive Art Museum

We recently learned about Seismique, an immersive art experience, from my brother. Seismique is in West Houston off of Highway 6, near West Oaks Mall, in a former Bed Bath and Beyond space. It is similar to the Color Factory in Houston (Upper Kirby), where Sajan and the kids had a great time last year…

13 Years of Wedded Bliss

Thirteen is my lucky number, and that’s how long Sajan and I have been in holy matrimony. When we got married, we decided in our daily actions and decisions that he would always consider me and I would always consider him. Below are just a few random highlights. It’s been 13 years of fun, deep…

I could watch village cooking all day

I love watching old school, traditional, village cooking videos. You get to see how all over the world there are so many similarities in traditional cooking. Ingredients are pulled from the earth, hand ground, and cooked over a fire. This is how food is meant to be known. I’ve seen an Italian nonna use a…

Art therapy

I keep a steady stock of blank canvases in the house. Every now and then we grab some and start painting. Every time, it’s therapeutic. I have a collection of all our paintings over the years and love to see how they evolve. Lately, Layla has been into ombré patterns. Ezra is into nature scenes….

When Pain Pulses Through

In college when I studied audio production, there was something that always spoke to me and stood out to me: the envelope of sound and how the sound wave changes over time. The sound wave starts with an attack, a sustain, and then a decay. You can physically see this charted out. I think of…

The woman who closed no doors and zipped no zippers

I wrote this post January 2018. I’m publishing it three years later. My husband felt quite validated and a little smug (rightfully so) when I showed him this. As an adult, I try to keep this attribute hidden. But in my natural state, I have a bacheloresque, raised-by-a-pack-of-wolves mentality. And this must be to the…

It All Started With a Muffin Top (My Nutrition Reset)

I wrote this in October 2020. Thought I’d go ahead and publish it now. 😊 This week, a switch went off in me. I think it was triggered by the fluffy muffin top that surprised me in a pair of favorite pants I wore for the first time in a while. I mentally committed to…

It was a garden vegetable day

Today, the kids picked two turnips from my mom’s garden. I sautéed them and added rosemary, dill, and green onions from my backyard. Then I planted the leftover tops in my backyard. I sautéed and ate most of the leaves, and I must say, they were gross. My in-laws dropped off cauliflower from their yard….