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2013, Right On!!!!!

Happy New Year, y’all!!!!  Here’s a brief recap of 2012 + an amazing start to 2013 with a traditional Japanese meal!!!






This morning I made Ozoni soup for the first time with the fresh mochi I bought at the Nikkei Place Mochitsuki Day!  I would have loved to have learned to make it with my mom but unfortunately my family is in Los Angeles + Jeff + I are in Vancouver.  Sniff, sniff.  New Year Ozoni

It was pretty yummy for the first try!  It will be my new tradition from this year forward!  I shall strive to perfect it as each year rolls by!New Year Ozoni


















I like to start the new year with ozoni as it reminds me of my family + it can’t hurt to wish that eating this auspicious meal will bring health, family, fertility, wealth, long life, luck + riches!!!!!!!  HAI!!!!!!

Here’s some highlights of a most radical 2012!  Click on the links – they will direct to you to some of last year’s posts!

My sister-in-law Deb + Karen visiting me in Los Angeles in January!Venice Beach

Working + spending time in gorgeous Bishop!Bishop

Sweltering, hallucinating + feeling like I was on another planet while working in Moab!Moab Basecamp

Living out one of my dreams by spending a day with beautiful, majestic, magical wolves!Me + Wolf


















Having major kitsch filled adventures while driving from Los Angeles to Calgary during the summer with Jeff.Neon Boneyard

Amazing Yellowstone Park!YELLOWSTONE NP 2012 - 110

Spending the summer in Alberta + paddling around Banff National Park!Vermillion Lakes

My first Calgary Stampede!!!Calgary Stampede Centennial 2012

Extra special stupendous due to the fact that it was the Stampede’s Centennial!!!Calgary Stampede Centennial 2012

Meeting my new buddy Michelle, who I met through this blog + had a hoot of a time gallivanting around Calgary! Heritage Park Historical Village

Taking cheesy pictures + celebrating our one year anniversary!!!One Year Anniversary

Our first (rental) home together!!!!  No more traveling back + forth + back + forth from Los Angeles to Vancouver!  Jeff + Shelli = together forever!Our New House

Spending A LOT of time painting + fixing our little rental abode (+ we are still working on it!)!Painting the Living Room


















Hanging out with my AWESOME family in Vancouver!!!!  Hoiles family – I miss you!!!!!Family Dinner

Having Jeff’s dad Brian visit from Ontario!Brittania Mine Museum

Throwing da kine luau + having a tubular night with new friends!Luau

My mom + big sis Ashley spontaneously flying up to Vancouver to spend time with Jeff + I before Christmas!!!!Snow Day


















Whatta year, people.  Whatta year.

I hope everyone’s 2012 passed them by with happiness + not too much heartache!!!  Here’s to a 2013 full of adventure, new friends, family, love + a lot of wackiness!!!!  I love you all!!!!!!  XOXOXOXOXO

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Here’s to an even more adventure-filled 2013! 🙂

    January 2, 2013
    • HERE HERE!!!!!!! HUZZAH!!!!!

      January 2, 2013
  2. What an exciting year you’ve had! I love how your energy comes through in your pictures. 🙂 p.s. I reallllllllllly wannnnnnnnnnt to go to Banff.

    January 2, 2013
    • The Canadian Rockies are INSANE!!!! I miss them a whole bunch! You reallllllllllly should make a trip out there!

      January 2, 2013
  3. Deb Fayle #

    What a great recap on 2012! I love that you are carrying on Rocky’s traditional Japanese soup for New Years day … Ozoni soup looks so yummy! Happy New Year and wish you many more fun filled adventures in 2013!

    January 2, 2013
    • Happy New Year Deb!!!!! 2012 rocked!!!!

      January 2, 2013
  4. rocky nishino #

    Your first OZONI looked very pretty and I am sure tasted so yammy. Your Ozoni reminded me of the Kishidas. We had one which was the Nishinos way.
    I am so proud of you to carry on the Japanese traditions on New Year’s Day.
    I wish you the very happy, heathy, good work and all that God gives you and Jeff.


    January 2, 2013
    • Hmmmm, what is the difference? I love you!

      January 2, 2013
  5. Kenneth Kenny Nishino #

    Holla Holla, Nan, yummy, ur ozoni looks sooo good,
    Mum, made sum 4 me & Ash, we missed u & Jeff,
    2day we went 2 Bo Kim’s funeral there so many
    perps Mr. Kim, was loved by many,…have a Happy
    New Years, & keep up wit ur wonderful photos &
    kudos 2 ur funny exhilarating zany stories Take Care,
    miss U best 2 Jeffery, Mahalo, cheers, luv Dad’s

    January 4, 2013
    • I’m so sad about Mr. Kim…..I have so many childhood memories about him….Please tell Mrs. Kim that I love + miss her!!!!!!!! I’ve been thinking about her every day!!!!!

      January 4, 2013
  6. Your Ozoni looks so much prettier than the one I ate growing up! I guest blogged on my friend’s food blog… Thought you’d find it entertaining to read..

    January 4, 2013
    • Nice job!!!! You can guest blog for me any day!!! And gurrrrrl, my ozoni is fancy because I cut my little carrot slices to look like flowers! Heyyyyoooooo!!!! Miss you!

      January 4, 2013

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