Hump day!

Wednesday notes the near end of the work week. Huzzah!  So excited for our anniversary weekend. : )

The Caribbean weather started off warm as usual but edged more on the gloomy and cool side. A just foreshadowing of the sudden and unexpected rainstorm we experienced later in the afternoon. What we don’t have in the Caribbean? Foggy days. The fog is comforting and reminds me of a comfy blanket. There’s an air of tranquility and calmness about it. I personally love foggy days thanks to a book that was required in my 3rd grade curriculum: Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer.

Did you guys happen to read this as well? I actually stole the book from my 3rd grade classroom because I loved it so much. Sorry, Ms. Sherman.  I kept re-reading it every year. Books like Fog Magic, The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, and A Wrinkle in Time truly set the groundwork for my love of fantasy, science fiction, and books in general. Losing myself in a book is a wonderful past time of mine. I hope I can pass this love affair of books to my future children as well. Paul does not read. : P

For breakfast, I had a refreshing smoothing of frozen strawberries, almond milk, and half a large banana. Also had some green grapes and a few unsalted Premium crackers. I am definitely overloading on carbs this week! I heart carbs.
And I also made the infamous breakfast cookie last night and it came out better than I expected. I ate half portions of it throughout the day as snacks. The recipe is simple, it keeps you satiated, and puts your sweet tooth in check. I will gladly make it again. : )

I love my Starbucks cup. I love that even with a icy drink, it doesn’t perspire and sweat all over my desk. Score!

For lunch, I had a hearty bowl of oatmeal with mashed bananas, strawberry jelly, and almond butter. Paul had a man-sized plate of a 7 egg-white omelet, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, and a medley of bell peppers, onions, and fingerling potatoes. He completed Tony Horton‘s P90X challenge. Paul likes his protein.



After work, I managed to squeeze in my necessary 45~50 minutes on the elliptical. I had absolutely no energy yesterday but today was another story! I felt like I could go for another half an hour. It probably helps that every machine is installed with a TV. Paul and I purposely didn’t purchase a TV when we first moved in. We wanted to cut costs and besides – we have a wedding to save for! : P

I made a few adjustments to this recipe that I got from the Food Network. I gravitate toward Giada’s simple dishes but it sort of bothers me that her cleavage is always hanging out. Is it just me? But anyways, I first heated the pan on low to medium heat and coated the pan with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I sauteed some diced turkey bacon for a few minutes and then tossed in the chopped white onions. A few minutes after that, I threw in the diced asparagus, minced garlic and a sprinkle of salt and freshly cracked pepper.


After the combined ingredients started singing, I tossed in the cooked tri-color pasta and proceeded to crack 2 whole eggs and some low fat Parmesan cheese. Gave it a good toss for a minute or two and prepared the plate with Paul’s spiced pre-made chicken breasts.


Unfortunately, I didn’t eat much of this dinner because I was fixated on my craving of Kashi’s Autumn Wheats. Once I’m obsessed over something, I have to have it until I get absolutely sick of it. I had a Fage Greek yogurt affair that last a good 2 months. : D  I had 2 large servings with a sprinkle of some unsulphured cherries. Delicious! And of course, I can’t forget about dessert. Sweet dreams!



Almost perfect Tuesday.

Hmmm. Somehow my post disappeared? I hope this is just a beginner’s hurdle? 2nd time’s the charm!

Even though I only got 6.5 hours of sleep in lieu of 7.5, I seemingly woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. I got to work by 7 and enjoyed some delicious granny smith apples sprinkled with cinnamon. I am normally a Fuji fan but the tart/sweet combo of these green apples are winning me over! For lunch, I cooked up some rolled oats with bananas and swirled in some strawberry jelly.


Paul was still asleep so I surprised him with some turkey bacon, fried eggs, and french toast with honey.


After work we rushed over to the supermarket to pick up some goodies. Tuesday is grocery shopping day because we figured out that’s the day they stock up on their inventory. I have been craving fruit ever since I became a vegetarian last month so I picked up some yummy mangoes, kiwis, dried cherries, green grapes, bananas, frozen strawberries, and more granny smith apples.

Do you see the Chips Ahoy that Paul sneaked in?

After our grocery haul, I skipped on over to the gym for a quick run. Switched to an elliptical half way through because the A/C in the gym was broken! I was feeling dizzy which I know is a sign for me to stop.  I think it’s the first 10-15 minutes that I despise when I start working out. After that passes, I feel more energized and ready to kick some butt!  : )

I personally prefer pastas with no sauce but I decided to cook up a tomato sauce based pasta for dinner. The Prego jar has been sitting in our cupboard for over a month now. Unopened of course. I drizzled in a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and cooked 3 slices of turkey bacon. I slotted them out after 5 minutes or so and without cleaning the pan, sprinkled in some chili flakes to flavor the oil ( I picked the turkey bacon out of my dish before consumption. ).  Then I threw in the chopped white onions and broccoli. Once the onions became translucent, I put in about a good 3/4 of the Prego sauce and the cooked turkey bacon. I let it simmer for a good 15 minutes on low heat, threw in the cooked pasta, and layered on the low-fat Parmesan cheese with a heavy hand. I let it simmer for another 5-7 minutes – I wanted it to resemble a lasagna of sorts. The pasta came out fantastic!


 I had some room for a sweet snack so I had a bowl of the Kashi Autumn Wheat with a cup of almond milk and dried cherries. Hit the spot.


It was the perfect way to end the night UNTIL my fiance asks if we can move the date of the wedding. One of his best friends can’t seem to make it. I got upset because I couldn’t believe he could ask me such a question. Move the wedding for ONE person? After all the planning I’ve done for the past 4 months? Ridiculous. We had set this date as of last year and he knew how much this meant to me. He now says he’s sorry. He says he wasn’t thinking. Sigh. Men.

I still haven’t read the Hunger Games. I hope I can find the first book this weekend. They were sold out the last time I checked. Boo. I hope I can grab a copy before I watch it in the theaters. I am and have been an avid bookworm since I’ve laid my eyes on a book. Fun fact about me: Even though I was born in the US of A, I was placed in ESL (English as a Second Language) until the 4th grade.  My first language was Korean and it didn’t help that my parents put me in an all-Korean preschool either. Interestingly enough, by the time I was in middle school, I had forgotten almost all my Korean. Due to the constant frustration of asking my mom to decipher simple words, I asked my mom to admit me into a Saturday Korean class. After 2 summers and thanks to many of my Korean friends, I am fluent in both languages. Another fun fact: I have never been to Korea. When people ask me what I am, I unblinkingly tell them that I am an American. Born and raised! : )

We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary this past Sunday and as a special treat, Paul booked a night at a plush hotel for this upcoming Saturday. I can’t wait! ♥

Hello world!

As my first post, I would like to explain that I have no idea what this blog is going to be about.
– I am getting married in October so perhaps my posts will be littered with wedding planning for the next 7 months?
– I am also trying to be more healthy and tone up not just for my wedding but a lifestyle change – perhaps, some weight loss posts?
– I am currently residing in a mosquito-infested Caribbean island for work & love. Some posts of my travels and yummy foodums? Pinch of this and that, I imagine.

I chose lisa laughs as my name because to me, it radiates positivity. I wish to be happy in the moment. I don’t regress and wish for the happiness that eluded me in the past nor do I ardently long for the happiness that can possibly greet me tomorrow. I wish to live in the moment and find happiness and meaning at every turn. I think I am a genuine individual and I just try to be a good human being. I am not implying that I am perfect because let me tell you – I am no close to it than I was yesterday. But when collectively compared to the years past? I think I am on the right track. : )  As an optimist, I try to see the good in people. I attempt to see the lighter and brighter side of things. It can be a struggle when life throws you a mean curveball here and there but where would the fun be without it, right? No more regrets here. Only growth and happy thoughts. : )

For today, I will post some pictures of the island that I currently call home. A high five to those that can guess where I am! Enjoy and good night.