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February 27, 2015
Voted the best pillow in the entire world: Mama's big belly!

Maisee Xiong: Best. Pillow. Ever.


February 23, 2015

Maisee Xiong: Chili + Cinnamon RollChili and a Cinnabon cinnamon roll is what's for dinner! You may think this is a strange combination, but I would expect that from you. This combo is one only understood by those from Nebraska!

Here's the recipe for the chili, where I substituted the beef with venison and left out the beer.

Good stuff!



February 13, 2015
I am not a coffee person. I don't understand the fuss about coffee. Neither does my husband. But! One day he came home with a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee flavored with caramel and topped with whipped cream. I ended up drinking half of it. He was not happy. He even told me to go get my own. But if you think about it, it was his fault for asking me if I wanted to try it! LOL.

Since then I've found myself ordering this drink whenever I'm at the donut shop or at a place with a coffee hut. I don't go out of way though; just when it's convenient. Well, last night's 8PM craving was a bad idea because it's now 3PM and I'm wide awake!

Damn you, iced coffee flavored with caramel!


February 9, 2015
Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday dear me. Happy birthday to me!


February 1, 2015
About this time last year I decided I would have nothing to do with anyone in my family except for my dad. So far I've done a pretty decent job upholding my decision. I'm pretty sure no one on the other side is crying about the estrangement either. But damn...

Damn them! Why the fuck did they have to push me so hard to the point that I felt it was necessary for me to make such a decision? By no means do I regret my decision, nor will I ever count it as a mistake. But then there are nights like tonight where I can't help but think about everything I'm denied. Yet, as I slowly accept the consequences of my decision, I find that I am for the most part at peace with myself. Strange, but true.

I'm slowly starting to realize that I'm OK with not having a relationship with any of them. I'm OK with not knowing my nieces and nephews. I'm OK knowing that my mother visited my brother and his family in MN but wouldn't drive 6 hours to visit me and my family. I'm OK with my kids not knowing them. And I think I will be OK when my kids are old enough and can't understand why I've shielded them from my family.

At this very moment, I don't feel guilty for my decision to not visit them when my family and I are in California this summer. And if it came down to my kids asking me why we are not visiting my family, I don't think I'll feel guilty lying to them either. Well I wouldn't be lying to them; I would just be giving them a lame excuse.

Where my family is concerned: I am not quite ready to make amends, but I am no longer angry. I am at peace with myself. I am OK and I will be OK.

Maisee Xiong