Monday, September 6, 2021

Summer 2021 - Vaccinate and Mask Up

After an eventful Spring with our first pandemic travels, this Summer was a relatively quiet one. There was a glimpse of hope that the pandemic was over at the beginning of June when people were getting vaccinated all across the country but that turned out to be short-lived with delta variant, anti-vax, anti-mask, and now we're back to square one. =.= Oh well, the individualism, selfishness, and misinformation in this country is beyond my comprehension. Like I said before, since we can't control others' behavior, all we can do is control what we can control and stay away from people as much as possible.

May 25 & June 15 (Tues): I made my vaccination appointment online as soon as I returned and the vaccination process was quick and easy. Even though I didn't like waiting in lines, it was a good sight to see so many people standing in line outside of the vaccination center when I arrived. The 2 girls in front of me were obviously high school students so that was great to see as well. All these looked promising for Alabama, but unfortunately, these people turned out to be one of the 40% minorities in Alabama who played their parts to keep themselves and others safe, and help the country get out of this pandemic. 

P.S. While the majority of the world are still waiting for their vaccine allotments, people in the US can easily walk into a pharmacy without appointment to get vaccinated. What an incredible privilege that so many people here don't recognize and take for granted. 

May 30 (Sun): Met the nephew for the very first time after 1 month. Welcome to the world lil' Cooper! Now aunt Khai Shing has a new target for funny photos/videos. =P

June 26 (Sat): Early July 4th gathering with the family. Everyone was vaccinated/had COVID and before Delta cases spiked so this was the first mask-less meet up after a long time. 

July 10 (Sat): Colorful harvests from MIL's little backyard garden. =)

Flowers in our own little no/low maintenance flower bed.

May 22 (Sat): Hubby pressure washed our driveway...see the before/after results!

Other home related stuffs - Installed a storm shelter in the garage, got a new air purifier for free (for completing my annual health exam), and also replaced our vacuum cleaner.

Jul 31-Aug 1 (Sat-Sun): Back-to-back birthday celebrations in August. Another year of virtual celebration with families in Malaysia for dad and grandma's birthdays. I'm not a fan of durians but Grandma's assorted exotic fruit 'cake' is pretty awesome. =)

Aug 14 (Sat): Celebrate hubby and my birthdays at MIL's. Thanks MIL/SIL/BIL for the gifts!

Aug 17 & Aug 29: Another round of back-to-back birthday celebrations in Malaysia for twin bro and big bro. 

Still keeping up with my weekly meal prep photo collections... =P

May 23 & 30 (Sun): Braised pork rice, egg sandwich, stir-fry veggies, pan-fried pork, pasta, stir-fry noodles with veggies and sausage.

June 6 & 13 (Sun): Bakuteh, fried rice with stir-fry pork, tom yum noodles with mussels and veggies, meatball pasta, broccoli & carrot salad.

June 20 & 27 (Sun): Chicken rice, potato salad, egg sandwich, broccoli & carrot salad, chicken herbal soup, pasta with pan-fried pork.

July 5 & 11 (Sun): Potato salad, egg sandwich, noodles with mussels and hot dog, meatball with sausage in bbq sauce, broccoli & carrot salad, tomyum soup with chicken and vegetable medley.

July 18 & 25 (Sun): Bakuteh, vegetables medley in tomato sauce, meatball with sausage in bbq sauce, broccoli & carrot salad, pickled chilies, stir-fry noodles with vegetables, potato with pan-fried pork, egg sandwich. 

Aug 1 & 8 (Sun): Chicken herbal soup, vegetables medley in tomato sauce, meatball pasta, broccoli & carrot salad, pickled chilies, tomato soup with mussels and veggies, potato with baked pork. 

Aug 15 & 22 (Sun): Vegetables medley in tomato sauce, meatball pasta, broccoli & carrot salad, egg sandwich, bakuteh, potato with baked pork. 

Aug 28 & Sept 5 (Sun): Potato salad, stir-fry veggies, pasta with sesame sauce, meatball pasta, chicken rice, broccoli & carrot salad, egg sandwich.

Some other non meal-prepped food we had.

Last but not least, Twincredibles at 29-31 months.

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