Happy Sunday! Today is an extra special Sunday because I have off from work tomorrow for President's Day, which is a luxury I've never had before (have I mentioned that I love my new job?). I think I am going to spend the rest of the long weekend artsing and crafting, as long as I don't get caught up in another Gossip Girl marathon. We'll see how it goes.
This blog post is also special because it is the first one I am posting that is written on my new computer, a present I recently bought myself for my 40th birthday! It is so fantastic. I had a good laptop until it broke, and I couldn't find anyone who could fix it. So I had been using my 10 year old PC which was so slow and pathetic that I would click on something and it wouldn't come up for at least 2 minutes. It was very frustrating and I was becoming very unproductive with computer work. I am so glad that problem has been solved! And I ended up splurging on a Mac since most of the computer work I do is on Photoshop or Dreamweaver. I must say, it's da bomb!
Although I am excited to use the new computer for photo editing, I have been obsessed with editing with apps for my iPhone lately. There are some cool things out there! As I mentioned, Instagram was my original favorite, but then I found Pic Grunger and Camera+ which are giving my first love a run for it's money. The photos I am about to share with you I edited while laying in bed last night about about 1 am. How cool are they? Quick and easy, that's just my style!
My friend Malyna brought me to an Asian Market here in Fresno on Friday because I wanted to find food like the kind I ate at the Hmong New Year's Celebration (read that post here). I find it so interesting to see what people from other parts of the world eat on a regular basis. I can't say I want to try much of it, but it definitely looks interesting. I whipped out my iPhone and took some pictures of some of the most unique things I found:
Sugar cane. You are supposed to cut it up and chew on it to get the sweetness out. I thought it was bamboo stalks at first. They're huge!
More sugar cane. This looks so cool that I think I'm going to print it out and use it in a collage one of these days.
This was some kind of root that had hair...
Another unidentified root type thing...
Large selection of energy shots. I guess America isn't the only place where they are popular!
Grass jelly? Wonder what that tastes like.
These cute little bottles of extracts and essences were picture worthy.
They had an extensive selection of meatballs. You name it and they had balls made out of it.
These sacks of rice put my little box of Minute Rice that usually lasts me a year to shame!
If you ever get sick of the usual canned fruit at the local grocery store (pineapple, oranges, peaches and fruit cocktail), try some of this! I never even heard of any of these fruits except for coconut.
Mmm, quail eggs in brine...
Not sure what Cassia is, but it sure does look cool!
Black fungus. I'm sure they could have found a better name for this.
Lotus Stalks. I hear they are super bitter. I'll take Malyna's word for it!
I ended up coming home with a broiled chicken, some egg rolls, sticky rice, sweet sauce and a few other goodies. I've been eating it all weekend and everything is delicious. None of it is very daring, but I'm okay with that!