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to fingerprint the avenues of my life...

certainly 30.
quite wifey.
stay-at-home mommy of two.
singer/songwriter.
voracious reader.
educator.
lifelong learner.
elaborate lister.
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cheers to this beautiful life! ~ella

ella follows:
leslie travel (u.s.a. states)
travel (countries)
Bliss Jobs (I think would be fabulous/fun to try)
Hope Brown books (read in 2018.)
books (books read in 2017.)

and, with God's grace, trying hard to rise above from! definitely quite imperfect...

  • laziness
  • selfishness
  • vanity
  • forgetfulness
  • difficulty of completing a task
  • insensitivy
  • lack of priorities
  • my organized clutter
  • my tendency to snap (verbally) when overwhelmed
  • pride
  • lack of generosity
  • ignorance

AND every time i look at this list, i will remember: "We’re not to spend our days in watching our own vices, in gazing at our own sins, in stirring and raking up all the mud of our past lives; but to lift our thoug...

jan 27 2010 ∞
jan 31 2010 +
  • face lotion/creams...
    • Olay Complete SPF30 Defense (for day)
      • trying this one out b/c it's spf30.
      • so far so good...smooth & not greasy & not too sunblocky.
    • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (Night)
      • trying this one out for the retinol.
      • no retinol when nursng & pregnancy, o now that jonah's 100% weaned, i ran to get this one!
      • so far, so good!
    • Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
      • in b/w products (when i run out of face lotion) i use this pretty neutral cream on my face
  • facial cleansers...
jan 26 2010 ∞
jan 26 2010 +

this is a list of dishes I've cooked for my family of 4, the ones that I've cooked over and over again...

  • Red Bell Pepper Soup
  • Roasted Chicken Drumsticks
  • Orange Chicken
  • Beef Stew
  • Oyster Beef
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Clear Spinach Soup
  • Cinnamon Cookies

need to find more good recipes. I prefer finding them online (that way I can always find it).

jan 21 2010 ∞
jan 21 2010 +

loved playing, want to truly master, and permanently imprint in my soul, yet again Classical

  • Fur Elise // Beethoven
  • Beautiful Blue Danube // Strauss
  • Rondo a la Turca // Mozart
  • Barcarolle // Offenbach
  • Waltz in A Flat // Brahms
  • The Doll's Dream // Oesten
  • Serenade // Schubert
  • Moonlight Sonata // Beethoven

Movie Themes

  • Forrest Gump Theme
  • Terms of Endearment Theme
  • Brian's Song Theme
  • Princess Leia's Theme
  • The Piano Theme
  • Schindler's List Theme
jan 19 2010 ∞
jan 20 2010 +

but absolutely need to be done in 2 months' time!

  • organize cd collection
  • organize books in bedroom bookrack & store hardly used books downstairs in garage
  • go through closet and store clothes that don't fit in garage
  • get rid of the old computer/tv/computer keyboard in the garage
  • refurbish & wrap Huggies diaper boxes for storage boxes
  • organize kayla's paperwork
    • separate her drawings from her schoolwork
    • pick the best drawings & best schoolwork & throw out the rest
  • organize old pix of mine
  • check out reading certification at CSUF
  • check out qualifications to teach at junior college nearby
jan 19 2010 ∞
jan 19 2010 +
  • someone very close to me has access to left behind bibles at her church, the ones that don't get claimed for weeks, & she has to get rid of them...
  • i used to work at a Christian bookstore for a few years...
  • i used to want to collect all translation versions of the Bible.

So, the 13 Bibles i own... (i definitely have way too many Bibles! and to be honest i still find it hard to give even one away...) *Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV)

    • Blue cover, plain paper
    • sits on the piano

*Holy Bible, NIV, Thinline Edition

    • Red cover, onion-skin paper
jan 17 2010 ∞
jan 19 2010 +
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  • I type one-handed pretty deftly. left hand OR right.
  • I don't make my bed; but it has to be made right before bed.
  • I have to tell my daughter every other day to stop biting her TOEnails.
  • I don't learn systematically; I learn best by skipping around the material.
  • I like to plan and make a skeleton of a plan, but I assert flexibility almost always.
  • I love theology & devotional books. My favorites include C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, and Stormie O'Martian.
  • I probably have 5 journals around the house started, but not quite filled all the way. I'm a sucker for journals.
  • I love watching Millionaire Matchmaker and Wipeout. Probably simultaneously.
  • I flourish and excel with freedom and trust. I suffer and die slowly without them....
jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +

in order of occurrence:

  • towards the end of highschool...
    • an expert ice cream scooper
    • a private math tutor for an 8th grader
    • a movie theater clerk
  • while in college, as a full-time student...
    • a reader, helped elementary school teachers with their reading programs (via America Reads)
    • a college freshman orientation leader
    • a computer lab assistant
    • a sales associate at a Christian bookstore
    • a keyboard teacher assistant for an after-school music program
  • while in grad-school...
    • a sales associate at a Christian bookstor...
jan 14 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +
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  • getting pulled over by the cops (yup, still haven't gotten a ticket in the 10 years i've had my driver's license)
  • popping hot oil during cooking
  • going back to work
  • getting stung by a jellyfish
  • the big earthquake hits and hubby is 50 miles away, at work, and i have to deal with our 2 little kids by myself.
  • stepping on sea cucumbers
  • losing any of my family member (hubby, kids, parents, siblings)
  • getting kidnapped/burglarized/mugged/raped
  • the slandering of what reputation i have
  • getting bitten by a sting ray
jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +
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  • Noble Park Kindergarten [Noble Park, Australia]
  • IMKA SD [Jakarta, Indonesia]
  • YBPK SD [Jakarta, Indonesia]
  • James A. Whitaker Elementary [Buena Park, USA]
  • Buena Park Junior High [Buena Park, USA]
  • Eastwood Elementary [La Mirada, USA]
  • Benton Middle School [La Mirada, USA]
  • La Mirada High School [La Mirada, USA]
  • Loyola Marymount University [Los Angeles, USA]
  • Biola University [La Mirada, USA]
jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 13 2010 +

i would get my band members to name us from one of these names i've constructed :

  • wild olive shoot
  • near the throne
  • made in california
  • seas and shores
  • frazzled poets
  • over the hills
  • joygarden
  • as well/azuel
  • brand names
  • distant rose
  • the faraways
  • castle folks
  • caramelized
jan 29 2010 ∞
jan 29 2010 +

while i love modern worship songs, i'm a big fan of the precious, traditional hymns. whenever i sing them, i think of my Opung (my grandma), who used to sing these, and is probably singing them now,in heaven...

  • Blessed Assurance
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
  • Nearer, My God to Thee
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Amazing Grace
  • Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
  • Just As I Am (Meski Tak Layak Diri Ku)
  • Abide With Me, Fast Falls the Eventide (Tinggal Sertaku, Kawan Yang Kudus)
  • All Creatures of Our God and King

TBC...

jan 27 2010 ∞
jan 27 2010 +

okay, so this list is old (about 2 months old), and I got it via tumblr. I want it included here in listography though.and oh, I really just want the first 2 on the list. the others are just excess. =)

  • 10 things you want for Christmas:
    • a decent la la la laptop!
    • my toddler to be weaned already (no more boobies!!!)
    • __open stacked storage bins for the coat closet
    • some new scents from Bath&Body Works
    • long sleeve tops/shirts
    • a good pair of fancy closed toed dress shoes

(since i shrunk from size 10 to 8.5 now)

    • a good jacket that fits me
    • __some long skirts
jan 21 2010 ∞
jan 21 2010 +

can watch these over and over again! <1980's

  • Cinderella // 1950
  • Mary Poppins // 1964
  • Sound of Music // 1965
  • Superman Series // 1978-?

1980's

  • The Gods Must Be Crazy // 1980
  • Evita Peron (w/Faye Dunaway) // 1981
  • Indiana Jones Series // 1981-1986
  • Annie // 1984
  • Karate Kid // 1984
  • The Goonies // 1985
  • Crocodile Dundee Series // 1986
  • Lethal Weapon Series // 1987-1998
  • Willow // 1988
  • Coming To America // 1988
  • The Little Mermaid // 1989

1990's

  • Home Alone // 1990
jan 20 2010 ∞
jan 20 2010 +

before starting college i seriously considered majoring in these:

  • photography
  • psychology
  • neuroscience
  • music

... & settled for Biology, even though i got a C in highschool with it (i figured i loved dissecting and working with my hands...and that should see me through).. my dream, naively, was to become a neurosurgeon. had no idea you had to become a doctor first! lol... after majoring in Biology for 3 years, i found myself in the darkest hole (one class jeapordized my few years of working my GPA up from a 2.4 average...), that i seriously considered switching to:

  • social science
  • photography
  • recording arts
jan 19 2010 ∞
jan 19 2010 +

at least one of these things you're good at!

  • play piano/guitar
  • sing/worship
  • make a song
  • record a song
  • organize
  • hug
  • smile/laugh
  • read
  • take a good picture
  • write
  • write an episode of your future autiobio
  • design your future elementary classroom
jan 17 2010 ∞
jan 17 2010 +
  • Have I complimented my child today on a personal trait or a personal ability?
  • Have I helped my child deal with any attacks or failures or criticism he or she experienced today?
  • Am I giving each child all of me at least once today (even if it's brief sometimes)?
  • Have I told each child I love him or her today, and touched each one?
  • Am I going to be there today for the thing that matters most to my son or daughter?

from 5 Needs Your Child Must Have Met At Home by Ron Hutchcroft

jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +
  • Eli Stone
  • The Unusuals
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • The Office
  • Friends
  • Punky Brewster
  • Alvin & the Chipmunks
  • Avatar (the anime series)
  • Oshin (the Japanese drama series)
jan 15 2010 ∞
jan 15 2010 +

bolded the movies I have seen:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  • The Hobbit: The Animated Version.
  • Twilight.
  • New Moon. (ahhhh so want!)
  • Toy Story.
  • Toy Story 2.
  • Alice In Wonderland.
  • Sleeping Beauty. (only parts!)
jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +
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  • Pantai Carita, Java Island, Indonesia
  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Venice Beach, CA
  • Dana Point, CA
  • Dockweiler Beach, CA
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Santa Monica Beach, CA
  • Pantai Lasiana, Timor Island, Indonesia
  • Kuta Beach, Bali Island, Indonesia
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Seal Beach, CA
  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • Silver Strand State Beach, CA
  • Catalina Island, CA
jan 13 2010 ∞
may 13 2010 +

for "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." (Phillipians 4:8)

  • describing
  • multi-tasking
  • starting something
  • thinking outside of the box
  • seeing the big picture
  • playing worship songs on the guitar
  • playing piano
  • playing the violin (by ear)
  • knowing my kids' antics (what they like/what makes them tick)
  • creating
  • welcoming people
  • making songs (just grant me time & space for this one)
  • making new friends
  • spelling
jan 27 2010 ∞
jan 31 2010 +

visited the library today... and found these books for moi!

  • Eat, Pray, Love // Elizabeth Gilbert put this on hold bc it mentions Indonesia, & am interested.
  • Five Steps to Forgiveness // Everett Worthington bumped into this while on my way to the dvd section.
  • Generation We // Eric Greenberg because i'm always interested in this generation.
  • Almost Catholic // Jon M. Sweeney the 3rd/4th time i'm borrowing this book, a pretty fascinating little book... but the last times i read it, i read it not continuously, and i can't remember if i truly finished it.
  • Generation Me // Jean M. Twenge because i'm interested in the youth and any book that claims to have researched it.
  • The Book Thief // Markus Zusak because i've heard it's good.

---- books that i checked out last time and not due til Wednesday:

jan 22 2010 ∞
jan 22 2010 +

but did not care for // aka waste of money movies // aka would never bother seeing again

  • Land of the Lost -- too blah
  • New World -- too slow
  • Children of Men -- anything heavy is hard to enjoy
  • Slum Dog Millionaire -- good story, but too heavy
  • Final Destination III -- the sound of bone crushing got to me
  • Paranormal Activity -- pretty scary, but won't see again
  • V for Vendetta -- too artistic?
  • Sin City -- visually captivating, but too violent
  • Alex and Emma -- forgettable
  • Anger Management -- painfully annoying
  • Seabiscuit -- forgettable
  • Gothika -- ehh
  • The Ladykillers -- OMG, possibly the wors...
jan 20 2010 ∞
jan 20 2010 +

to visually see what books I still need to read through...still want to re-read Psalms, Proverbs, & New Testament this year Old Testament

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
jan 19 2010 ∞
jan 19 2010 +
  • make dentist appt. for jonah
  • sign kayla up for the free trial art class
  • label & put all developed photo prints in photo album
  • put away folded clothes
  • kayla's homework - get her to do it
  • put away playpen
  • clean bathrooms
    • wipe down countertops & mirrors
    • scrub down bathtubs
    • clean toilets
    • sweep & mop floors
  • change & wash all bedsheets
  • vacuum bedrooms
  • clean entry way
    • move my old photos upstairs
jan 18 2010 ∞
jan 20 2010 +
  • favorite movies
  • movies i've watched
  • movies i want to see (new movies)
  • movies i still have to see (old movies)
  • favorite books
  • foods i detest
  • foods i love
jan 17 2010 ∞
jan 17 2010 +

if i have time at night, and if i'm holding the remote ;)

  • Glee
  • American Idol
  • The Mentalist
  • Leverage
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Better Off Ted
  • The Office

if none of these are on tv, i'd rather be online...

jan 15 2010 ∞
jan 15 2010 +
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  • pole-vaulting
  • karate
  • playing at coffee-shops
  • going to/playing at Open Mics
  • playing/singing in a worship band
  • leading worship
  • reading myself to sleep
  • jamming with my cousins
  • doubles tennis
  • ping-pong
  • memorizing 10-minutes' worth of passages, interpreting the content, & acting it out (I loved being in my highschool's speech & debate forensics team!)
  • being in a choir. in a legitimately good one.
  • playing jenga!!!!
  • jumping on the trampoline for countless hours...
jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 15 2010 +

from Sept. 2009 womenshealthmag.com (listed down while waiting at the doctor's office)

jan 13 2010 ∞
jan 14 2010 +