Friday, June 27, 2014

Bucket List: Gummy Bear Popsicles, Shopping Spree and Puppy Chow

Gummy Bear Popsicles:

The idea is pretty self explanitory, put gummy bears and sprite together in a popsicle mold and in  couple of hours you will have these adorable and tasty gummy bear pops.

Well that was not the case. The gummy bears inside the frozen soda turn rubbery and mushy and are hard to eat. The rest of the popsicle is pretty good I guess but definitley not worth the time and effort it took for me and my cousin Anita to walk to the grocery store and back with a bottle of soda and some gummy bears.

And I'm sorry for the extremely unappealing photo. But it was pretty gross.

Shopping Spree:

As part of my bucket list I donated two garbage bags full of clothes to Goodwill. And afterwards I went shopping to fill the holes I had created in my closet with some new items.

I picked up a swimsuit from aerie, flowy blue flowered shorts and  new pair of high waisted crops from aeropostale and some strappy gladiator-like sandals from Marshalls.

Now I just can't wait to wear them!

Puppy Chow:

I remember puppy chow being the most sought after item at ever bake sale I ever attended as a little kid. And until this summer I had never made it myself. So I decided to try it! I didn't use much of a recipie and it turned out great. First I melted some chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler. Then I poured it over nine cups of chex mix cereal. After I mixed it to coat the whole mixture evenly I put it in a large ziploc bag and poured some powdered sugar over the whole thing and shook the bag until evenly coated. It was just as delicious as I remembered!

Love and Miss You Grandma.

On June 10th, Heaven received a beautiful new angel, my wonderful grandma Mary Rayan. I wrote a small eulogy that I read at her funeral below:

It was truly a privilege to have known a woman as amazing Mary Rayan. The day she passed, I received phone calls from all over, each person testifying to the impact that she had in their lives. She didn't have to do much. Her quiet, simple nature spoke louder than any words that could have been said. She had an infinite amount of patience, whether it was dealing with her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. The amount of Double A Massages that she endured are countless and she always tipped well too. She always made her grandchildren feel at home in the India house. Grandma never needed much. She could be kept happy and entertained at home with her rosary and some SunTV. Every day in the summer once she woke up she would ask me to turn on the tv for her. And begrudgingly I would climb out of bed and show her how to turn on SunTV. But every morning she would stand at my bedside whispering "sorry yuna, just show me one more time, please yuna". One day a couple years ago grandma lost her favorite brown rosary. She pleaded with me to look for it in exchange for whiskey filled chocolates and money. But I was busy and I never truly looked. In March, shortly after the diagnosis I set out to find it once and for all. And I did find it after a bit of searching. I kept it in me bedside table foolishly believing that I would have infinite opportunities to give it to her. Well, I know I never got to give it to you grandma. But I found it and I'll give it to you one day. Grandma has taught me many life lessons, the most important of these being patience, kindness, simplicity, unconditional love and humility. And her amazing legacy lives on within each of us every single day. We each have inherited some part of grandma; her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor, her singing voice, her loving spirit. She was loved and adored so much that all eight of her children dropped everything they were doing and sacrificed their jobs and families to be at their mothers bedside. And I am so honored to call such an extraordinary woman as you my grandmother.

Love you Grandma. See you again someday.