Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday #65: Treat Yo Self

Galentine's Day with mi amor.

"Treat yo self!"  If you've seen Parks and Recreation, then you know the reference!  In my opinion, treating yourself is about more than buying yourself things.  It's also about self-care, good company, and cutting yourself a break when you need it.  At the moment, I have a birch-scented candle burning as I write this post.  I've given myself a pedicure and manicure for the first time in months.  I have Parks and Recreation playing whilst I write this post.  Do I have to work this Sunday?  Yes.  Absolutely.  But I'm going to take a moment for myself before I put nose to grindstone!


Valentine's Day was this past week.  I don't really celebrate so my boyfriend and I had a homecooked meal of chicken paprikash followed by watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  It's my signature dish and my rendition was so good that I only got to eat one serving before my boyfriend polished it all off!  Pretty low key which is exactly how I like it, minus having just one serving of the stew.  Harumph.  

On Saturday, I was invited by Ana to a Galentine's Day party.  It started pretty early so I have to give her props on coaxing me to (a) wake up early on a weekend and (b) convincing this hermit-crab-introverted-loner to go out and meet new people.  And, lady, am I glad that I went!  I got to meet a lot of people outside of my immediate graduate school community.  The host had prepared a lovely brunch from scratch.  I was in awe and appreciative of the amount of time and energy she put into the event.  There were homemade frittatas, brussel sprouts, pancakes, mini-pies, and more!  I loved the warmth and energy of the women I got to meet.  Plus, there was a super cute doggo running around us and the location overlooked Eagle Rock, LA!  I'm really glad I went.   


I recently had my annual checkup which included blood tests, assays, and the usual.  I'm thankful to have a pretty clean bill of health with the exception of allergies.  My health professionals saw nothing to be concerned about, but I think I'm going to step up taking care of my health.  I've gained about ten pounds in the past few months, which a lot of people have attributed to muscle weight, because no one guesses my weight properly!  I've managed to exercise 3-4 times a week for awhile, but I plan to step that up to 5.  I'm also planning to cut down on the refined carbohydrates (pastries, pasta, bread).  I've had some requests on social media for fitness posts.  I'm thinking a bi-weekly check in to keep myself on track.  


Gung hay fat choy!  It's the year of the dog.  I'm separated from my family by the width of the country.  There wasn't much of a celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year for me.  However, our lab organized a group lunch the day before and we all went out for dim sum.  I haven't had authentic Chinese food in a long time so this was tasty!  I always went with a lot of Chinese people and got the chance to speak Cantonese more than I do normally.  I miss speaking my native tongue sometimes.  Anybody else have that problem?

Questions for this week: 
Did you celebrate Lunar New Year?
Would you be interested in seeing a bi-weekly health/fitness series?


•  This low-carb shepherd's pie from Ditch The Carbs.
•  My photographs from La Jolla, CA.  Yes, self-plug.  


  1. Happy Chinese New Year, Alyse! I'm sure missing all the dim sum that Los Angeles has to offer right as soon as I saw your photo!

    How nice of Ana to invite you to a Galentine's celebration. To be honest, Chris and I don't do anything much for V-day except maybe go out to eat but that's about it! I'm glad you had fun at Galentine's and that's so sweet of Ana to do something like. Also, I think it's good for you to meet new people outside of school and work.

    Same - I'm with you on cutting carbs out and trying to get back into shape. I recently cut out rice and it's hard. It's only been a day and I feel like dying. Ha!

    cabin twenty-four

  2. Woah I didn't realise you spoke Cantonese!

    The food in your photos looks so delish.

    I had dinner with my family for Lunar New Year, and definitely interested to see fitness series on your blog. Always intrigued / nosy about what others do.

    nat // dignifiable

  3. Happy Chinese New Year! I didn't get to celebrate this year, as I worked nights through it.
    That Galentines day spread actually looks amazing omg!

  4. Happy Chinese New Year Alyse!!! I tried to celebrate as much as I could but only spent the first and second day at home, now sadly back in rainy London :( yesss, I was one of your OG commenters about your fitness series - please make it happen :D

    The Galentines party looks amaze, and it's great that you met so many cool new people. I always find it hard to really to connect and have a real convo with people these days...

    Cherie ✿

  5. Happy Chinese New Year! Food is always a good way to celebrate any holiday.

    And your friend is so sweet to throw a Galentine's party and make all the food :)

  6. The Galentine's Day party you went to looks super cute! Love how Ana decorated everything and served some super picture-worthy food! Eagle Rock is a nice place, glad you went out and met new people :). I totally recognized the view you had! I live ~5 minutes from there!

    I'm happy to hear that you had a healthy checkup! Muscle weighs more than fat and you still look great. I need to get back to my exercising game XD.

    Happy Chinese New Year, by the way! LOVE that you celebrated with some dim sum ;). THOSE STICKY RICE!!!

  7. HAPPY CNY ALYSEEE!! best wishes for the new year! i don't celebrate it but i did eat noodles yay XD also, galentines day sounds super awesome. if only i had enough cool friends to do so. good luck for your fitness!

  8. February 13 was a perfect day to watch Parks and Rec, and I missed it. I didn't even think about it? How? "Fake fan?" Your Valentine's day sounds great though, for any night lol. A fitness series sounds cool, especially if you think it'll help you reach your own goals. Why not? Have a great week Alyse!

  9. aw that Galentine's Day party looks like so much fun! And the food you had for Chinese New Year looks DELICIOUS!!

    Fitness updates would be awesome actually, would definitely help with my motivation :)