How My Monday Improved: From ‘Facepalm’ to ‘Foodie Friends’. – Movement Labs

How My Monday Improved: From ‘Facepalm’ to ‘Foodie Friends’.

My Monday Morning Moment:

Me:Whyyyyyy isn’t my iPhone appearing in my iTunes on the computer? I want to transfer the photos on my phone to the computer, and the phone is plugged in, but this program isn’t detecting my iPhone!! WHYYY???”
KMN: “Uhh..hon?  That’s Windows Media Player you have open.”
Me: *facepalm*

In my defense, I was using a computer that didn’t yet have iTunes installed (ooops), and had never been connected to my phone.  And after that, the rest of Monday was a breeze!  I did some coaching, blogged, and worked a bit on the rest of this website (not yet unveiled).  I don’t want it to be so stark/boring forever.

I also took some time to get our place ready for our very first guests!!  A friend from LA and her husband are on a mini-tour of Southeast Asia and have stopped in Singapore for a few days.  KMN and I were so excited to welcome our first visitors from the US!!

Items displayed on a table.

Singapore Necessaries: tissues, guidebook, food guidebook, subway passes & map, air conditioner controller (although that last one doesn’t work outside, unfortunately)

Photo of guest bedroom, tweaked to look like a pencil drawing.

In my spare time, I do pencil drawings. Obviously.

I’d planned to make a small curtain to cover some open storage space in our guest bathroom. But I was busy talking and writing about running – and I ran out of time.  So I cheated, and took the fabric I’d purchased to make the curtain, tossed it over the curtain rod, and called it good. In fact, it’s so good that I’m considering leaving it that way permanently.  Who needs a tidy little curtain rod pocket, after all??  Clearly, my Mom passed her crafty gene on to my sister, but somehow, the dang thing missed me.  [On the plus side, I don’t have to find a place to store crafting supplies, like they do.  Instead, I can use all that space to store…my sneakers!]

Shoe rack full of sneakers

Yep, those are mine. All mine…

Speaking of running sneakers, yesterday was a rest day for me.  That wasn’t such a bad thing, because the day flewl by, and all of a sudden, it was 7 PM!  Our friends arrived shortly thereafter, and we took a little time to chat, relax, and talk about Singapore.  I’m definitely no local, but it’s almost funny to hear myself talking to them, and feel surprised over how much I’ve already internalized about living in Singapore.  It’s empowering to realize that you feel comfortable with the cultural nuances, and you know the tastiest eateries, and you can confidently give directions – in a place that used to feel unfamiliar and foreign.

When KMN got home from work, we introduced them to the hawker center dining experience.  Hawker centers are like open air foodcourts, where all the stalls are individually owned/operated, usually by a family.  There are hawker centers on almost every street in Singapore (I can see two from where I’m seated at our kitchen table right now), and offer lots of local delights.  We sampled a bit of everything.  Thankfully, our friends love food as much as we do, so sharing some of our favorite dishes was so much fun.

The only bad thing?  I was so eager to eat that I neglected to take photos.  Ah, well… I guess you’ll just have to come visit, so you can see all the delicious food for yourself!

Inviting picture of our dining room.

Our door is always open.

Tuesday is a swim and short run day for me – I’m headed for the gym right now!!  Don’t forget to pack your workout gear today…!

Are you a craft supply collector, a running shoe collector, or both?

Pool or pavement?  

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  1. Elena Tartaglia January 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Question 1: Neither.

    Question 2: Pavement; I don’t like chlorine.

    Additional commentary: I have been known to nail fabric to window frames and call it curtains. Works the same, and you don’t have to sew.

    • Holly KN January 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      1. Just you wait.
      2. Good for me. 🙂

      That is a fantastic approach. If the walls weren’t tiled, I might have gone that route already.

  2. Holly January 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    1. Definitely both! Although I noticed that I’m running dangerously low on my shoe collection these days. Ironically I have 4 pairs of trail shoes, and I’m down to only two pairs of road shoes, minus the racing flats of course!

    2. Pavement. are you kidding me 🙂

    • Holly KN January 16, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

      That’s not ironic. You’d have to actually WEAR the trail shoes for them to be worn out enough to toss… 😉

      • Holly January 17, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

        I suppose thats true, but…I shouldn’t BUY them, if I’m never planning on using them 🙂

        • Holly KN January 17, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

          What size do you wear? I might be able to find them a new *ahem* home. 😉

  3. Cait the Arty Runnerchick January 16, 2013 at 8:18 am - Reply

    i’m a running shoe ammasser for sure!

    and it’s a pavement day for me. 🙂

  4. erica January 20, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    1. Definitely crafty! Though I did buy a new pair of running shoes the other day, so for the first time in my entire life I have TWO pairs of sneakers. Though the other ones are headed to the bin any day now.

    Items to increase your craft cred:
    1) Glue for any occasion – usually a glue stick and a multipurpose craft glue that glues pretty much anything . You’d be amazed at how crafty you can look just by gluing two things together to create something with an entirely new purpose or just adding a simple decoration to an otherwise ordinary object. Think gluing a big rhinestone on to a set of otherwise ordinary headphones – voila! Not that I think you would pick that particular project, but you get the idea.
    2) Little pliers – you’d be amazed at how often they come in handy.
    3) Needle and black and white thread – even if you can’t sew on a button, it makes you LOOK like you could.
    4) Black sharpee/vivid pen with a thin tip – so you can write fancy things on anything. In the same way that you can glue something on to another object to make it just a bit fancy than it was before, you can write on an object in fancy lettering to make it into something new. Think writing the word ‘parsley’ on a shell and calling it a herb label for your garden.

    2. Pavement I guess. I can swim, I like the idea of swimming for exercise, but I just don’t like the water very much.

    • Holly KN January 20, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

      So you’re saying that I might be able to GLUE a curtain rod pocket into a piece of sheet to make it a curtain, rather than actually sewing it??? [I actually can sew, and I *do* own needles & thread – for buttons & emergencies.] Hm…another friend suggested staples, and while I have stapled a skirt back together in a pinch (like, moments before a committee meeting), glue might just be one step classier. 🙂

      And we love Sharpies around here, I guess I’m just a tad too “inside the box” about what I’m actually writing ON! I usually choose paper. Boooooring….

      I love your crafy spirit, and that you take the time to (try to) inspire me! 🙂

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