Monday, October 18, 2010

Busy weekends until end of the year

This past weekend, I was extra busy.

On Saturday, I cleaned the house and went to my parents' house for their cookout. She invited the Hmoob Hawj clan over. Even her bff from NC came down. It was great to see her. I don't remember the last time I've seen her. Growing up, my parents used to go to NC to see their family but as I got older, moved on with my life, I haven't seen much of the same people who I grew up with. It could be said that it does go both ways cause they should be able to keep in touch with me too.

One of the Hmoob Hawj ladies is the sweetest lady ever. I love her. She has the biggest heart ever. She told me she still remembers my kindness to her when I sent her flowers. I almost forgot, cannot believe she will always remember me for that. She gave me a hug after she said that, almost put me in tears. I want to cook and give gifts for this sweet lady. She has had a rough life and is always smiling, helping others.

I loved how my parents set up the cookout. They have tents outside since it was a gorgeous day. Everyone just chilled and had fun. It was great to see my brother's girlfriend, Derry, in town. I was very surprise that she came from NC for this. She is the sweetest ever. I hope she becomes my Nyab soon.

My mom made my daughter a simple, modern Hmong outfit to wear for the Hmong New Years in a couple of weeks! She made me two! Most likely, I will wear the outfit too. When I was younger, I used to dred going to the Hmong New Years and hated to wear the outfits. As I gotten older, the styles have changed and I've become more interested in my culture and want to share with others who I am.

On Sunday, yes, yesterday, my daughter and I woke up extra early to go to the Apple Festival, an annual festival that happens only two weekends in October.

I woke up at 6 am to pick up one of my friends. She went last weekend and loved it. She told me she bought 4 bagfuls of apples and they are all gone! Since she lives on the way to the Apple Festival, I picked her up. She is really good with being on time (one of my pet peeves is someone who's constantly late and/or holds you down when you have plans!).

The Apple Festival starts at 9 am and we wanted to be there when it opened. When my friend went there, she said she was stuck in traffic at 11 am and when she got there, she had to park almost a mile away and carry those heavy apples with her. I simply wanted to avoid that.

I love the taste of apples, especially figi apples. I knew that fresh picked fruits would be really good. I was so in love with the taste of the apples. OMG! I bought 2 bagfuls!!

There were a lot of vendors. I was most disappointed with the food vendors though because I wanted more authentic southern grilled food...and more food that incorporated apples in the dish. My friend had the bbq sandwich. The vendor went in their cooler and gave her an aluminum foiled wrapped sandwich. It was not fresh and it was cold. On top of that, the bread was just two slices of regular white bread. How disappointing! My daughter had the foot long corn dog and fries. They were both fresh but the fries were tasteless, no salt. I decided to get chicken wraps. I saw the vendor cook it fresh. However, it was disappointing too. I paid $8 for that??? The tortilla wrap were from the store, the same kind I use for my wrap, the chicken and veggies were flavorless and there were no sauce to go with the wraps, the only thing on top of it was cheese or ranch dressing! I took cheese cause I don't like ranch. Urgh!

A lot of the vendors that came were selling crafts and jewelry. Pictures later in the day.

I am going to be booked and busy for the rest of the year!!! This year is flying by quickly!!!

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