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Instant Pot Must-Have

I talked my gal pal into getting this round metal utility cart from Target when she joined our Instant Pot club cuz that’s what you do when you’re not in your 20s or 30s anymore…you pressure cook / air fry shit.

Round Metal Utility Cart - Made By Design™ at Target.com

The cart seems stupid, but when you have a small kitchen and countertop space is at a premium, then this thing is a gawd send.

We have the 8qt Duo Crisp and it fits. We wheel it around to the outlet to start cooking – no need to heft the pot in / out. We leave it in the cart. Just click on the breaks and you’re good to go.

Once done, we wheel it back to where it’s out of the way.

Anything to make life a little less annoying is a win.

Truth.

Just because the world is White does not mean your world has to be. - Emmanuel Ocho

“Just because the world is White does not mean your world has to be.”

Emmanuel Ocho

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

In the middle of this book which is a good sign because there were a couple other books that I started and had to ghost after the first few pages.

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho is kinda like Crazy Rich Asians in terms of the income level of these characters, which I find fascinating anyway since I am no where near that, but I’m invested in the main character, Andrea, so I gotta see her storyline through.

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

You can check out my reading list here. I’ve got more rom coms, a book about dinosaurs and finally finishing Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown that I need to get to.

Also, can I give a shout out to the BPL and the Libby app? They are the only reasons why I’ve started gorging on books this past year. I just wait for ebooks to become available or try something new.

UPDATE: Blazed through the rest of the book on a Saturday afternoon while the kiddo was napping. I couldn’t put it down. It’s the romcom that I was waiting for – and it even had comics woven into the storyline!

It felt like a mash-up of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Crazy Rich Asians.

My only wish was that there would’ve been just a little bit more shown of the relationship between Andrea and her love interest. It wasn’t obvious but, at the same time, it was obvious. I wanted more moments.

Anyhow, it was just nice to “see” in my head a non-White couple falling in love. More please!

My favorite line from the book:

And establishing dominance must be done in a classy, indirect, subtle way, like farting.

Andrea Tang

A Look Back: My Boob Pumping Journey

Oh man. I just came across this spreadsheet back from when I was trying to figure out my boob feeding / pumping schedule. It was a stressful AF time because I only had a few more weeks left before I had to go back to work so I needed my boobs to get used to this new schedule.

Also, how was I going to pump at work? Where was the mother’s room? How would I carry the pump along with my lunch and everything else during my subway commute? What would happen if I couldn’t get back home in time to pump?

It wasn’t even about producing enough milk. If I didn’t pump, my boobs would get clogged and then my boobs would feel like they were on fire (which happened a LOT). And, if they stay clogged, then you need antibiotics cuz bad shit can happen.

Of course, things worked out in the end:

  • I rented this breast pump from the hospital to keep at work, which I called Big Bertha. I used a freebie that was covered by insurance at home (which was my fave). And, when I was on the road, I used this one which my colleague handed down to me
  • since my workplace only had one mother’s room, all the new moms created a text tree to let each other know if anyone needed more time or had to swap schedules
  • Sunflower lecithin became my friend. Had no idea what it exactly did other than preventing my milk ducts from getting clogged
  • invested in a freezer chest to store all the milk which has now come in handy during the pandemic cuz now I freeze all the meats and ice cream

Winding down the boob pumping / feeding adventure was a relief but it was also another beast I had to tackle. You can’t just stop cold turkey. I had to slowly and gradually wind it down – drop a session, let my body get used to it for a few days and then repeat until there were no more. After about a month, I was finally done and my boobs were, once again, useless and mine!

I made it to a year and that was all I could do cuz my sanity was at stake.

They don’t tell you how mentally exhausting it is to boob feed. You think it’s all sunshine and rainbows. No. It’s being chained to alarm notifications and an unrelenting schedule sprinkled with your boobs / nips getting all jacked up in addition to feeling like a social pariah. There were times when I’d have to disappear for 30-40 minutes while hanging out with friends & family, go to the car or find a room and pump.

I should’ve listened to my mom when she told me to just feed my kid formula. She came from that generation where formula was best – not what it is now with breast is best being shoved down everyone’s throats.

What’s best is for your kid to be fed one way or the other.

On Repeat: “Plastic Hearts” by Miley Cyrus

I’m conflicted about Miley Cyrus’ music (how she profited off of Black music/culture), but I can’t stop listening to her new album – Billy Idol is in it…ughhh!

This past week. It’s just been this album non stop. I’m writing this post as it’s playing. Gawd damn.

The Procrasti-Baking Sessions: Keto/Low Carb Banana Walnut Mini Bundt Cake Testing

I should be working on artwork. I should. Really.

Instead, I tested out a keto / low carb recipe for my new Dash mini bundt cake maker that I picked up on sale at Target during Black Friday (along with a Dash mini pie maker and a Dash mini donut maker…look, I’m my own bakery these days since I’m in quarantine and I’m on keto).

I scoured the internets looking for mug cake recipes that I could adapt and found this Keto Pecan Pie Mug Cake.

I’ll post the recipe once I’ve got it down, but I switched it up and used sugar-free banana syrup and walnuts instead. It came out really good – I’ll just have to scale down the amount of sugar, add some cinnamon + nutmeg and cook it for a minute longer next time.

Took it out a minute too soon so had to nuke it for 20 seconds.

But yeah, I like cake but I don’t want to bake a cake and have to eat it for the next week. I just want a serving for one….ONE…which is why I got the mini bundt maker. And yet, all these recipes for it have been for 6+ cakes.

🙄

Things That Are Annoying AF…

kids reviewing toys and weird ass adults playing pretend with their kids on YouTube. Every time we catch the kiddo watching one of these, we block the channel but then more pop up.

Gawd damn. How much $$$ are these people making?

White Ivy by Susie Yang

I finished this book in a few days because it’s that good.

One of the main reasons why I added this to my library e-reads is because it’s set in Boston – and not the Good Will Hunting / Southie kind of Boston, but the Boston with a Chinese immigrant family. Thank you Susie Yang for doing that.

One of my favorite lines:

“One successful marriage can feed three generations.”

Anyhow, Ivy isn’t a particularly good person, but I get why she is the way that she is. This is a twisted story that did not disappoint.

If you want to follow along and see what other books I’m reading, check out my GoodReads. My list features work by and about Asian/Asian Americans, YA, rom-coms, sci-fi, nonfiction and super trashy romance novels. Basically, it’s a hot mess.