I will have the remaining Mammoth trip recap coming up soon. We went to a beautiful lake the second day and also saw a deer. It was my first time seeing a deer and it was amazing. If you missed Part I, check it out here.

Thank you for the email suggestions on activities in Mammoth and recommendations on beautiful hiking trails. We will definitely check them out on our next trip.

Last week was a short week for me because we left for the Mammoth trip on Friday. I didn’t get groceries the whole week and ate all the fruits and fresh produce we had laying around before the trip. We came home late Monday night and I was back to work on Tuesday.

With that said, I had to be creative in the kitchen. Having an empty refrigerator is not a big deal for one day if you have a stocked pantry.

I put together my dinner using random things I had around.

I always have these cooked brown rice from Costco in my pantry. We usually cook our brown rice in our rice cooker but for quick and easy version, these are good alternative.


I store Nori sheets in a sealed ziplock bag in the refrigerator, it’s good for days when I just want to make a quick nori wrap. I also eat nori wraps in strips and use it as a topping on my rice. Everything taste good with nori wraps.


For protein, we had organic eggs in the refrigerator. I used 1 egg and 2 egg whites for my egg and rice nori wrap.


Random ingredients, but a tasty dinner. The saltiness of the nori sheets and the nuttiness of the brown rice is a good combo. I also added a small strip of tempeh to add texture to my wrap.


I’m going to get some fresh fruits ASAP. I’m craving them.

Speaking of random, I wanted to share this quote that I got in my email. I thought it was a good quote to read and something to think about.

“We all have insecurities, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice.”

At some point in our life there may come a time when we feel insecure about ourselves. We might judge our ability to do something or feel self-conscious about the way we look. It does not matter how this feeling manifests in our life, but it is important to be aware of our thoughts and how they impact our view of ourselves. Once we remember that insecurities are a normal part of life for everyone—even those who appear to be extremely self-assured—we may find it easier to step back from the uncertainty that lies within and take a more realistic look at ourselves.

The desire to improve or better ourselves is a natural response that arises when we begin to compare our lives to those of other people. It might seem, for example, that we do not have nearly as much going for us as our neighbor, best friend, or coworker. In truth, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice. They may be putting on a mask, trying to make things in their lives seem better than they are. If we were to look at their lives a little more closely, we would also realize that they are human, full of glorious imperfections that make them who they are. Recognizing this may take some time at first. Should we, however, feel our uncertainties begin to surface, taking deep breaths while at the same time acknowledging each one of our gifts will help us become more centered. Doing this allows us to see the wonders that lie within and lets our inner beauty shine forth into the world all the more brightly.

When we hold up such a detailed mirror to our lives and weigh ourselves against others, we are not able to see the things that make us truly unique. Giving ourselves permission to appreciate all the universe has given us, however, will make us feel more secure about ourselves and more able to use our gifts to their fullest.


  1. Just wanted to say, I like you perspective on the quote:“We all have insecurities, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice.”

    Very insightful 🙂

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