Friday, July 23, 2010

Babies and Chicken

My sister-in-law just had her baby yesterday morning!!! Too bad I haven't seen him at all yet, I will for sure tonight when I get home. He weighs 7 lbs. and 18 ounces, he's 19 inches long!! That's pretty long for an asian baby, lol!!! So now that she has her baby, that means she has to eat boiled chicken for a whole month!!!!! I know that'll get tiring. Why does she have to eat that stuff? Because Hmong do it as a tradition, it helps you transition from giving birth to normal life again. Eating fresh killed chicken and fresh boiled chicken every meal will help your body transition and adapt to the atmosphere. It also helps you when you get older, you wont have a lot of stomach pains and such. There are several reasons why Hmong women eat chicken for a whole month, those are only some reasons, I could go on and on about this matter. Not only will she have to eat warm food, she will have to drink warm water and make sure her body is warm. She cannot go to other people's homes for a month as well (it's also another tradition) but I think it doesn't apply if you are a Christian, it only applies if you are Shamans. There's too much to explain here, so I will stop now before I go all out, lol!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What You Eat Everyday is Not What We Eat Everyday

I had just come back from lunch and the ladies that I work with at the front desk asked me what I had for lunch. I told them I had rice with chicken and pepper. They wanted to know if I always ate rice because N (that's what I'll call her) didn't like eating rice at all (only in one dish that her mom made). Of course, I eat it all day long and everyday!!! It is plain and doesn't have a lot of taste, but we're used to it. I think that we eat a lot of rice because we don't have a lot of other stuff in our fridge. So to stuff ourselves with rice and only eat a little meat would make us full already (at least that's how I eat, because I want others to be able to have some meat on their plates too) I'm so used to doing this that I do it all the time. I know that a lot of rice in your diet isn't too good, but that's how we eat and I love it!! So, I'm not going to change it because I'm happy with the way it is.

Anyways, back to the ladies, so S and N wanted to know what we usually eat on a day to day basis, I told them we eat more veggies with everything, like stir fry, boiled veggies with meat. So it was funny because the ladies said stir fry is something that they go out to eat and get, and I said that's funny because we go out to eat American food, which is what they usually eat at home. I never really thought about that.

Then we started talking about what my parents like to eat because they are more traditional than us (children), they like to eat Hmong food more than American food. They like to eat/drink at every meal something that is boiled in water with a vegetable so they can just drink the water and eat the veggie with their meal (it substitutes for a glass of water or something to drink while eating). Every once in a while we'll make spaghetti or Alfredo or steak for my parents as a meal, but even then we eat rice.

When our family has a celebration, depending on what it is for we cook accordingly, sometimes there will be Hmong food and American food, sometimes only American food with rice on the side.

Talking about food the the ladies up front was really interesting because I can't picture what Caucasians eat everyday as a meal, and I'm sure they can't picture what I eat everyday as a meal either. Even with them telling me, I'm still unsure of what they eat, there are only certain things that I can think of to have as a meal, but what do I know since I'm not Caucasian so of course I wouldn't know. It's very interesting, I don't know if I would like eating American food all the time, and I'm sure Caucasians wouldn't like eating Hmong food all the time either, lol!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Flag Football Tournament

This weekend will be loads of fun. I'm going out of town, about four hour drive and gonna to stay with the BF and a friends (who's going with me) in a Motel for three nights and four days!! So I wont be back until Monday, that's a good weekend!! I can't wait to watch the BF play, I'm gonna be shouting and screaming, I just hope I don't lose my voice!! Tonight I'm leaving after work, and then we'll be going swimming!! Tomorrow it will be all day and Sunday all day at the tournament!

The tournament consists of 14 teams (I think) and they're playing for about 5 Grand!!! Pretty amazing, so it's mostly Hmong teams, I've never seen a Caucasian team before, not that they can't, just haven't seen one yet. I'm kinda new too, so I don't know if there is one, or if there is, I haven't seen them yet. Anyone can play, you just need a team, so the BF's team is called H2O. Now now, it's not water, it stands for His 2 Own! Kinda cute, not that he came up with it, but he is number 67!! So, if you're reading this and you go, cheer for the hottie 67, who's jersey is too big, lol!!!

The tournament is so fun, there's a bunch of Hmong people, of course anyone is welcome!! There's also one this weekend that HUGE in Minnesota. It's a soccer tournament, but they also have flag football, volleyball, and other sports. That's one of the biggest, if not the biggest. I've been there before, so I don't want to go there, I want to go somewhere different, so that's why we're going to another one. But they sell a lot of stuff there, it's like a flee market. People sell shoes, clothes, toys, movies, food, fruits, veggies, and much much more!! It's crazy!! But awesome!! Maybe I'll take some pictures and post it up when I get back, I'll have my laptop too so I can post some pictures if I'm not too tired..

This is an amazing opportunity for guys (Hmong) and anyone else to go out and find themselves a girl. I know my brothers do that, lol! But girls do too! So it's all good and fun! But Hmong people go and have fun, this isn't like the Hmong New Year where you wear Hmong clothes, this you just go and see a bunch of Hmong people and watch people compete sports. I think it's also an excuse for all the Hmong people to come together and hang out and flirt with one another.. EVERYONE is there, the people who don't go are the people who, either want to go but can't or don't want to go but can.. LOL!!