minh-duyennn! (at your service)

it helps that the world is weird… and flat. oh so flat. 'cause it sure makes my daily shenanigans a lil more interesting.

Playing in Europe!

Two Saturdays ago I returned to Dallas after an utterly long flight from Germany. I’d been in Europe for 15 days. Too long yet not long enough…

Wow! What a beautiful continent! Though I was only in two countries, Germany and Italy, and a few cities there, I was definitely left in awe! Everything is just so… charming. Perhaps this is because it’s coming from a good old southern girl from Texas. There aren’t many mountains (none actually!), hills, charm, etc to see in DFW! If you couldn’t ascertain this is my first time in Europe, then I must show you more excitement! I must.

Aside from the airline misplacing my luggage for three days, I had a fabulous time! There are things I’d have changed but those are just minor mishaps. I was in good company so a great time was had. Now that I’m home sleeping on my wonderfully comfy bed, no complaints!

Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
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Sausage anyone? You can’t mistake it for anything else when you slap pictures of cute pigs on the stand!

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My life saver, H&M.

Rome, Italy
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MADE IT!

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Our hotel, pictured above, was steps away from the Trevi Fountain!

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Best time for photo ops? The crack of dawn! We were the only people there aside from this couple who walked up to it moments later.

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The Arch of Constantine

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Breathtaking! Need I say more?

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Part of the ancient ruins. The Roman Forums are nearby.

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I stole an orange from one of the trees in the ancient ruins. Let’s keep this on the down low, shall we?

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Spice shopping. Delicious!

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The Pantheon

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We were one.

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The Spanish Steps

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Just hangin’

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View from our hotel balcony. I can’t find a better word other than charming. Yet again.

The Vatican City
They actually let me in!! ;)
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St. Peter’s Basilica

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No shortages of statues here.

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Seats for Easter mass.

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We managed to snag a few tickets! No, I did not steal these. Unfortunately we left early that Sunday morning so attendance was not feasible.

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Castel St. Angelo

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View of part of the Tiber River and street leading up to the castle from the top.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
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Smuggled it into Germany. I must admit, it was the absolute most sour orange I’ve ever had. Serves me right for stealing.

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Green tea before our adventure to view castles!

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King Ludwig II’s parents’ home, Hohenschwangau Castle.

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Longgg trek up. There were a few “are we there yet” moments.

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King Ludwig II’s unfinished Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangua, Germany. Inspiration castle for Disney.

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Definitely a photo op from Mary’s Bridge! CHEEEEESE.

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Empty streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Semi.

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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In Stuttgart visiting the cousins. It’d been at least two decades!

I leave you with the following:
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Italians, so full of honesty.

‘Til next post!

Cast Me Away

People who know me well are aware I’m a tad unconventional in my ways. That’s just a nice way of saying “damn, she’s off the wall weird.” Not going to lie because that’s the truth. I am a bit of an oddity among my circle of chums but that’s what makes life interesting. Live a little, y’all! ;)

With that said, I recently partook in my next adventure: life casting, or body molding. My friend Dave is a lawyer by day and life caster by… I guess night. That just doesn’t sound right. But check out what we’ve done so far!

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Dave’s home studio. To the left of the shelf is a previous mold he attempted of me. FAIL. But possibly salvageable.

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Not me

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More plaster please

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Get it Dave!

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It’s not distinguishable but my feet are at the bottom right of the photo… those two “puddles.”

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Keep on truckin’

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Waiting, waiting, waiting.

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Obviously this needs some tweaking ’cause I don’t recall having a cottage cheese derrière, or twelve toes. Unless I do. Dave says this is just the rough draft. Better be.

On another note, I wore the Merrell Vapor Gloves to the gym last night and couldn’t be happier. It is so light and airy! And yes, I was able to wiggle my piggly wigglies! The only complaint thus far is that my knees ached at the beginning of my run. Hence, I didn’t run too long… a terribly slowwww mile. I am giving myself some time to get used to barefoot shoes. Perhaps that is the reason why. And that’s my excuse.

‘Til next update all!

Barefoot Contessa… Uh, I mean De.

Yep. I said that. But okay I meant running shoes that make me feel like I’m barefoot. No cooking demo today. Sorry.

After my first (and last) 15k a few weeks ago, I decided my feet desperately needed new gears. My knees screamed at me toward mile 8 and my toes were crammed in so tightly… much like when I’m attempting to be all hot and sexy in a pair of heels but can’t stop grimacing. They were even numb for a few miles at the beginning! I’m not a huge runner anyway but used to be many years ago in high school. I never bothered to pay enough attention to how much shoes affect the way people run. I usually just grab the cheapest and cutest looking pair of tennis shoes on the shelf to purchase. Which probably explains the problems I have. Duh and go figure.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do that much research this time but I did do some. Then I went and “grabbed” the cutest and semi-cheapest pair off Amazon.com’s shelf. So much for research.

So, I present to you my latest grab and go pair of running shoes:

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Merrell Women’s Vapor Glove Barefoot Running Shoes review here.

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In my favorite color, of course.

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The left shoe!!

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How thin is that?? And if I recall correctly, the entire weight of these are 5 oz!

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Roomy toe box! I’m excited just to be able to wiggle my toes.

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Even the bottom is cute.

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And yes, I like this. Because we don’t need no stinky shoes!

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Just hanging around.

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I’m sure the novelty will wear away soon but ’til then… More pictures!!

They arrived in the mail today right before work so they’ll be put to the test tomorrow. For now, they will continue to rest peacefully on my feet overnight. You heard right. I’m going to bed with them. Reminiscent of this much?

Oh, and don’t ask me what I’ve learned. I couldn’t even begin to tell you. But it’s most certainly cute isn’t it? ;)

Night all!

Will run for chocolate.

Actually I don’t even like chocolate very much but I am a fan of other goodies that come with runs! This time it’s a hoodie from the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race I’d signed up for about two weeks ago!

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Yep. By far my fav goodie from all my races!! Forget thin tees, bring on the real workout gear!

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Race course and my horrific time! Hills tortured and taunted me relentlessly. If only the world could be flat…

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Actual race time posted! First mile, 5k, 10k, and finally 15k. Pheww!

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These ladies are amazing runners with such stamina! They left me to run in the wake of their dust trails but ultimately, it’s chocolate and marshmallows that count. Obviously.

Good luck to them on their half marathon in two weeks! Crazy kids.

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Completely irrelevant to this post but I just have to say this is my absolute favorite and most comfortable sweater of the moment! I bought it at FIG Finale a few days ago for a measly ten bucks! Happy camper indeed.

While I’m on tangents… I know I’ve been MIA from here for quite some time but will definitely try to post more often. Life gets in the way and is hectic at times. I wouldn’t change that for the world but perhaps I need to slow down and take a breather every once in awhile.

‘Til next post all!

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