Thoughts on Cohabitation

by Koko on September 25, 2013 · 5 comments

in Me, Q


Thirteen months ago I dropped everything and moved to Alaska to be with my then fiancee. Then four months ago we packed up our things (well the Army did the grunt work) and moved down to Georgia. I went from living at home with my parents to finally leaving with my man and becoming a real adult.

Q and I were sitting down the other night and thinking about what the last year has taught us and I couldn’t help but laugh. Here are my thoughts on cohabitation:

1. I like a clean house, but I don’t like to clean. I’ve been banned from using the vacuum since last time I used it it had to go in for repairs due to the engine burning out (apparently you can’t have it on the hard wood setting when you use it on carpet). Where I am a cleaning novice, Q is a cleaning madman. He has all the nifty sprays and washes and different rags for different jobs.

2. This leads us to the best thing that has ever happened to marriage: the Roomba. The robot vacuum who vacuums her little heart out for 4 hours a day, which is 4 hours more than I do. I do turn her on in the mornings, so technically the clean carpets are thanks to me.


3. One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not. I wonder if you can guess who?? When it comes to hanging paintings/pictures/frames, I take the “looks about even from here” approach. Q on the other hand gets out the ruler and the leveler and a pencil and 20 minutes later, the picture is perfectly centered on the wall.

4. One of us occasionally used to forget to refill the Brita water filter. This caused the other one of us (who happens to wake up at 5 and make the coffee) to not be so happy. This problem was solved when I bought a Brita that is hooked directly to the sink! No more complaints!

5. Shopping cures everything. Isn’t that what buying a Roomba and sink-attached Brita shows you? That’s what it says to me! Again, this is where his and her views differ. I could shop every day, buy things impulsively and “just because.” Q on the other hand, researches, looks at reviews, and hunts down the absolute best price on whatever he is buying. I wish I had that sort of patience.

6. Birthdays- I like a lot of little things- buy me 10 $5 gifts and I’m thrilled! Q likes one big present. And it drives me wild! He says, “I’d like this bar for my birthday” and I say, “And….” Q: “And that’s it!” Really? Who doesn’t want a new pair of socks for every holiday? Or a funny mug with Carl’s face on it?


7. When it comes to parenting, I fear I am the pushover. When our dog trainer comes over once every few weeks, she always looks at me and says, “Oh I hope you don’t have a daughter eventually. You are a total pushover.” Carl walks all over me. It’s true, I’m not even going to deny it. I look at his sweet face and instantly melt. You want another serving of breakfast? You got it! You want to snuggle up on the pillow next to me and snore so loud that I can’t sleep well? Go right ahead! Oh, what’s that? You don’t want me to leave to go to the grocery store because your tummy hurts? No problem! I am putty in his hands. Thank god we have Q, the disciplinarian. Q comes home and all of Carl’s misbehavings are out the door. He sits on command. He rolls over. He doesn’t try and eat food off of his plate. SIGH.

So powered with all this knowledge, I know the next hundred years will be even better than the first one! There is no one in this world who I would rather live with than Q. And I thank him every day for putting up with ME (although I do cook dinner every night, so I get some free passes)!


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My Favorite Posts of 2012

by Koko on December 31, 2012 · 1 comment

in Best Of, Me, Q

Yesterday was your favorite posts of 2012 and today I list my favorite posts this year. 2012 was a big one: the proposal, having Q come home safely from a year in Afghanistan, and moving to Alaska were some big ones! Since I recently did a 26 Things in Year 26 post that covered a lot of the bigs of the year, so I mainly loaded this post with favorites from the last 6 months of the year (because who likes repeats!). Here are my top 10  posts of 2012 on Koko Likes.

10. An Anchorage Weekend – One of my favorite weekends this year was when Q and I went down to Anchorage to visit our friends, The Bulls. The Army brings friends into your lives and then moves them away, we are just lucky that our friends only moved a one-hour flight away!


9. Shrimp, Avocado and Brown Rice Bowls – YUM. This recipe was out of this world and combined a few of my favorite foods.


8. Creamy Tomato Soup – Q and I created the perfect “it’s so cold outside, let’s sit by the fire and have grilled cheese and tomato soup” recipe. This meal will always remind me of cold nights in Alaska.


7. Honey Whole Wheat Bread and Cheesy Beer Bread - I did it, I overcame my fear of making bread and baking with yeast! These were two of my first successful loaves (the Cheesy Beer Bread is impossible to screw up) and they got me started on my new love of baking bread!


6. Q’s Holiday Ball - I loved getting to celebrate Q and his peers during his holiday ball. And Q looks SO handsome in his dress uniform. It was a blast to get dressed up for the first time since moving to Alaska that made me really happy.


5. What I Wear in the Winter Everyone asks “What does -40 feel like?” And the answer is “REALLY cold, but manageable.” In this post, I gave you a glimpse into the many layers I put on everyday just to go to the grocery store. It was a fun one to put together!


4. Weekly Meal PlanningI started this weekly series about how Q and I plan out our meals each week in November. Q and I are BIG planners when it comes to food. There are so many pros: healthier, cheaper, and you actually look forward to what you are going to have for dinner! And I loved hearing that so many of you are going to start trying this in the new year.


3. Q & K Go Camping - This adventure was so far outside of my comfort zone and yet I did it and really enjoyed myself. There’s something about being the only humans around for miles and seeing nature that close that is a once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget this trip.


2. 10 Things I’ve Learned Living in Alaska and Winterizing – These two posts really gave you a glimpse into my life now. Sometimes it even surprises me that this ex-celebrity personal assistant born and raised in Los Angeles is now substitute teaching in Alaska, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. This year has been full of big changes and I have enjoyed living in the moment more than ever.


1. Life Update – This was a fun post I wrote filling you in on what’s happening in K & Q world. There’s so much on the horizon for us: a possible move, a wedding, travel. It’s going to be quite a year!

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Holiday Catch Up

by Koko on December 27, 2012 · 3 comments

in Holidays, Me, Q, Travel

It is so nice to be home. After leaving -40 degrees Saturday morning, almost missing our flight thanks to a lost cab driver, and a 5-hour layover in Seattle, it felt really nice to finally land in LA. Q and I have been enjoying the warmth, being with family, seeing friends, eating fresh food (and some holiday treats too), and relaxing. Even though the LA crowd is bundled up in 60 degrees, Q and I are wearing our shorts and sandals and enjoying every minute outside that we can. I never thought I would appreciate the sun this much!

IMG_6072 I felt like SUCH a tourist taking this, but I was SO happy to be back!

IMG_6073 Our first morning here. I was immediately in shorts and sandals. The rest of Los Angeles was in Uggs and sweaters. Q and I laughed.

IMG_6077 I was really happy to see this guy. Even he was bundled up.

IMG_6078 First outdoor run in weeks months! 

IMG_6090 My favorite Christmas Day tradition is moving over my old calendar to my new one. Graphic Image makes the BEST calendars there are. I swear by them. 

IMG_6098 Q and I look forward to stopping by Tender Greens for weeks before a trip down to Los Angeles. Without any good salad restaurants up in Fairbanks, this place is always one of our first stops. Fresh food, yes please. 


Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying your time with friends and family as much as we are! Now off to try and soak in more sun!

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Food These Days

by Koko on August 20, 2012 · 1 comment

in Alaska, Cooking, Pets, Q

It’s fun to cook for two. Gone are the nights of Cheerios for dinner since apparently a dinner without protein might as well be dessert according to Q. We’ve started meal planning which has been surprisingly fun (I was hesitant). Q is the king of cooking protein. Breakfast is my territory. Q brings leftovers to work for lunch and I put together something from the fridge. When dinner comes around I prep so that when Q walks in we can cook together. So far so good. Who knew I had so much “housewife” in me?

Locally caught Coho salmon for 9.99 a pound… yes please. (That’s for dinner tonight with some brown rice and bok choy).

A quick pizza for my lunch today with leftover mushrooms and cheese. 

I couldn’t resist. Pig (one of the dogs we are dogsitting) is too cute. 

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