Mom Cooks a Surf and Turf Meal

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Lobster tail.

My mom cooked an awesome surf and turf meal for us this weekend.

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Lobster, filet mignon, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

She also cooked an amazing lunch that weekend as well. She served home made shumai, egg rolls and congee.

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Freshly steamed shumai.

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Salty black bean fish for the congee.

What an amazing meal this weekend. I think I just put back on all my weight.

Snow in Maryland

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Shot from inside Annie’s house.

Looks like we’re going to be trapped indoors for the next day or two with all the snow. Good thing we picked up some extra food & water before the late-winter storm.

Also, on a side note, this was shot with a 58mm. I’ve just ordered it to give it a test. Not sure how well it’s going to perform—I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’m leaning towards keeping it right now. It’s got a really dreamy look, which really adds to the character of a photo. I’m going to do some more test shots this week, so stay tuned.

More Photos of Noodle and Ellie

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Noodle giving her uber-cute look.

These little critters are so photogenic. It’s been a joy taking pictures of them over the last few days.

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Noodle getting a treat from Annie.

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Ellie looking up, giving an evil face.

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Noodle sleeping on her ultra-soft blanket.

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Ellie observing the world from her favorite spot.

Ps. I just ordered a new lens. I told myself that I would add a new piece of glass to my collection every year. It’s been kind of crazy over the last two months, so I haven’t had a chance to invest into some glass. I’ll do a post on it soon. Stay tuned for more cat photos.

Photos of Noodle and Ellie

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Photo of Annie holding Noodle for a portrait next to the window.

Here are some black and white photos of Noodle and Ellie. Everything was shot using my 35mm. Unfortunately half of the photos were out of focus—I was having some sort of back-focusing issue with my camera. I think I fixed the problem though. I was able to make some adjustments in the settings on my D600, so hopefully that resolves it.

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Photo of Noodle walking towards Carrie to get a treat.

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Noodle and Ellie hanging out by the window.

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Carrie holding Ellie.

I probably should have shot this at F2.2—the depth of field was a little too shallow, and the focus was off by about an inch.

Oh by the way, I’m back on the east coast now. I’m hoping that I can get my teeth fixed while I’m here. One of our family friends is a dentist, and he said that he should be able to take a look at everything tomorrow. In the mean time, I’ll be working remotely and hanging out with the cats during the week.

Cycling Accident Update

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Photo of my CT scan.

First off, thank you everyone for all the messages, emails, text messages, and comments. The support has been amazing and I really appreciate it. I’m still a little behind on replying to messages and making phone calls. It’s been a hectic week between trying to recover and visiting doctors.

I wanted to give everyone an update—It’s been a week since my bicycle accident and I’m feeling my better. The good news is that the swelling around my eyes has reduced dramatically, so I can see normally again. As for my lip, it’s still swollen and it’s been a challenge to eat. I’ve stuck to mostly soft foods and liquids over for the time being.

Overall, I’ve made a pretty decent recovery. I got my stitches out (which was f’n painful), I picked up my bike yesterday (which seems to have taken very little damage), and I made a couple trips to the dentist to see what my options were to fix my teeth.

CT scan of my teeth.

I visited a dentist, endodontist and an oral surgeon to determine the damage of my teeth. Right now there’s a chip on front incisor and broke my lateral incisor down to the gum line. They said it’s possible to salvage the teeth by performing root canal, adding a post and crowning them. There seems to be nerve damage, so this will be my best choice.

Another view from the CT scan of my teeth.

I talked to one of my family friends in virginia, and it looks like they might be able to help me out the next time I’m there. I’m hoping that I can get all of this fixed soon. I definitely feel a mind numbing pain (similar to a brain freeze) every time I drink something cold. I’m assuming the nerve damage in my teeth have something to do with that.

I’ll post photos of my recovery in a few weeks. I look much better than before, but my face is still a wreck. *sigh*

Ps. I wanted to thank Annie for coming by to California to take care of me. I think I was able to heal much faster physically and mentally having that support here with me every day.

Cycling Accident

It seems that recently I’ve gone through a streak of high stress (and possibly bad luck). I’ve gone through a thyroid ablation procedure, I was in a car accident in Los Angeles (as a passenger), I had to shut down a company I worked on, and most recently I experienced a bicycling accident. I’m not feeling down, but at the same time, my spirits aren’t the highest. It feels like tough times, and it’s going to take some focus to get through it all.

As some of you may know, I got in to a bike accident yesterday morning around 9AM. It all happened when I was heading to the hospital to get my blood work done as a follow up to my thyroid ablation. Ironic, right?

I was on the phone with Annie, and the next thing I knew I was in an ambulance. I literally was riding, and then I woke up inside an ambulance. I can’t remember what happened exactly, but I think my bike slipped or got caught on one of the railings in the road. To give you a little more context, it was raining lightly and the road was slippery. However, I can’t rule out that I could have been hit by a car.

Whatever happened, I had a memory loss and I was unconscious for about 20-30 minutes. I’m still trying to piece it all together.

So, what were the results of my accident? Well, I suffered a moderate concussion, messed up my teeth, got a black eye (which is swollen shut), and busted up my lip. In short, it looks like I got into a fight and lost big time. I also have some small abrasions and bruises on my body, but nothing substantial.

The good news is that most of the damage is superficial, and in time it’ll all get fixed. The key word to recovery is “time”. My head aches, my body is sore, but I’m able to walk around. I’ve spent most of my time resting and messaging friends/family about my status.

So let’s rewind to the moment when I crashed–Annie was on the phone with me. According to her, she heard me say “whoaaaa”, and then the phone was silent. She was freaking out and kept asking me if I was okay. She assumed that I had crashed, and then about a minute later, she heard people talking to me. She yelled to get people’s attention, but no-one could hear her over my headpiece. She hung up, and then called back constantly to see if she could get someone’s attention. Apparently a pedestrian or driver saw me on the side of the road and called 911. It wasn’t until about an hour later that Annie got a phone call from the hospital.

I can’t imagine the terror I must have put Annie through.

All I remember was riding my bike and then I woke up in an ambulance with a massive headache. The paramedics were cutting off my clothing as I opened my eyes. I asked the paramedics if I was dreaming, and they said, “No sir, you are not dreaming. You were in a bike accident and we’re taking you to the hospital. You’re hurt, and you have a chipped tooth. Your bike will be stored at a fire station”. I blacked out several times, so my recollection of the entire experience is extremely fragmented. When I was in the ambulance, the main thing I remember was telling myself that it was all a bad dream and I was going to wake up later.

Nope. It wasn’t a dream. The really scary thing about this whole experience is that I can’t remember what happened at the moment of the crash.

When I was in the emergency room, I kept asking everyone their name. I wanted to test myself and see if I could retain some information, but I kept forgetting everyone’s name… and that’s when I knew something was wrong. It was hard to focus, and I was extremely disoriented.

Fortunately, one of the nurses and social workers found my phone and was able to help me make some phone calls. They saw that Annie called a hundred times. Finally I was able to speak to her and told her exactly what happened. I told her to call my parents, Vinny and Hooman.

Finally, the nurse gave me my phone and I took a picture of myself. When I saw my face, I realized that I was really beat up and my situation was serious. Everything crystalized at that moment, and this was now my reality. It wasn’t a dream.

Since then, I’ve taken several photos to document my recovery. I’ll post the photos later when I’ve recovered. I don’t want to freak everyone out right now, because they look pretty bad. I’m not going to lie, my face is wrecked right now and it’s going to take a couple weeks to recover.

Side note: When I got my phone, the first thing I did was turn down the brightness, turned off bluetooth, and tried to conserve as much battery life as possible. I knew that my phone was going to be a critical tool to contact everyone.

Hooman and Aram came by later that evening to check on me. They were nice enough to pick up a little food and some liquids. It was good to see some familiar faces, and they were really supportive. Also, I was able to talk to Vinny and his parents. As you know, Vinny’s parents are doctors, and they gave me some more context about the entire situation. They saw my pictures and accessed the situation. Pretty much they said that I was not in any danger and it’ll take some time to recover. They reassured me that any injuries were cosmetic and could be fixed.

I ended up staying at the hospital a little later than expected because my blood work revealed that I had low phosphorus levels. Most likely, it’s related to my thyroid issues, so I’m going to follow up with my endocrinologist. Patrick ended up picking me up and helping me get my medication from a 24 hour Walgreens.

So, now here I am, in my bed, blogging. My head is woozy, and I can only see out of one eye. Hopefully you guys can make some sense out of all these fractured thoughts. Annie will be here tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can get my bike back soon, and set up some time with a dentist.