Twelve of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Red Wine

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! It’s been a very hectic week. Looking forward to some downtime and a long weekend ahead.

The twelfth fact that the year has taught and reminded me is:

12. To be grateful for the advanced and instant technology we have to communicate with one another today.

Technology has come a long way over the last few decades. It has advanced greatly and quickly in the last 10 years. Thinking about the first generation iPhone that launched in 2008 seems like ages ago. That device is considered “old school” in 2020. We wouldn’t even have the patience to operate that phone today. Every year, the speed of our gadgets and the internet gets faster and faster. Instant speed can’t come fast enough. Much thanks to the tech geniuses who constantly perfect our technology devices.

During this challenging year, I’ve relied much more on technology to communicate with others. I am truly so thankful for the wonderful access to these God-sent devices, apps, programs, and services. Without them, life would be less entertaining and communication would be much slower. I still enjoy “snail mail” letters. However, we live in a techology fast-pace world, where it’s so hard to imagine life without these grand, advanced gadgets. They make life easier to navigate in a lot of situations.

I find it amazing that drinking red wine offers so many health benefits. On the flip side, I’ve learned that too much consumption of wine can cause cancer and cognitive impairment due to too much alcohol consumption. Everything in moderation…

I love a good Pinot Noir or Shiraz. I also love the Stella Rosa red wines- the original Rosso, Black, and Red. They have a sweetness and carbonation, which makes the wine so yummy.

Cheers! Will be back tomorrow on Christmas Eve.

Happy Wednesday!

FS x

Six of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Sushi

Today, as I blog, I’m listening to a webinar on how people’s mental health have been affected during this pandemic. There’s a panel of MDs, including a couple psychiatrists, talking about how children’s mental health are affected due to the lack of social support. They also discuss how the pandemic affects parents and other adults, too. All in all, this has affected all of us universally. This leads to the sixth fact of what 2020 has taught and reminded me today.

6. Social connection is vital for our mind, body, and spirit.

We’re social beings. Socialization is part of our genetic make-up. Doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert. We all need connection in some way, shape, or form. This year, we’ve gotten inventive with connecting in safer ways. So thankful for all the ways we’re able to connect with one another.

I’ve gone through periods of feeling lonely during the course of this pandemic. The feeling of loneliness is not pleasant. Overtime, it can mess with your mental and emotional health. Spending time in your own thoughts day-in-and-day-out is not always the healthiest. I’ve learned over the course of this year how essential connecting with others is. I can’t live without it. My family, friends… They’re important. My support system has always been loving, supportive, and encouraging. That’s been a blessing and what’s keeping me sane and as grounded as possible.

Today’s 2020 lesson fact makes me reflect on the new Shawn Mendes’ song, Call My Friends. Hearing the words of this song made me think about my friends and how I cherish my relationships with them. Love y’all!

It’s been forever since I had sushi (featured image). A few weeks ago, I ordered a nigiri set from Kozo Sushi and it was oh-so-good! Nigiri sushi is basically when a raw piece of fish, or egg, is placed on top of the vingear rice. It’s my fave type of sushi to eat. I especially love ebi (shrimp), tako (squid), and hamachi (yellowtail) nigiri. I don’t eat white rice very often. But when I do, it’s like heaven! White rice definitely pairs well with sushi. Hands down! I’ve tried eating sushi made with brown rice, but it doesn’t taste the same.

Visit the Kozo Sushi at Koko Marina Shopping Center:

Kozo Sushi
7191 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, 96825
808-396-8881

Yay to FriYAY tomorrow! We’re almost at the end of the week. Hang in there! The weekend is coming again!

FS x