Doan Chung-Hernandez

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A chat on FaceBook between Franklin and I.
Franklin

You still there Doan?

1:08amMe

yeah, just blogging

have you checked out my blog yet

I’m like 2 months behind and trying to catch up

1:15amFranklin

So where can I check out your blogs at Doan?

1:16amMe

doanchung.com

1:16amFranklin

I’ll be sure to check it out:).

1:17amMe

you should, but it is kinda boring, just a way for family and close friends to see what’s going on with my life

1:17amFranklin

Cool. Thanks for the info. Anyway, before I let you go for the night, would you mind if I say a prayer for you right here right now?

1:18amMe

sure,

lets get our pray on

1:21amFranklin

Dear Lord, Thank you for this day and for another opportunity to do Your will. Thank you also for reuniting me with Your daughter/my sister and really good friend in Christ, Doan, after over 15 years. Continue to watch over and bless Doan in all that she does in life both professionally and personally. May she be continue to be blessed with a long, happy, and healthy marriage. May Doan and I be able to reunite in person one day. But most of all, may Doan always know how much her family and friends love her and care about her. I ask all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

1:22amMe

that was really sweet,

thanks because i really do love my family and friends and miss them dearly, hope God got the message

1:23amFranklin

You’re welcome my lovely friend:). And believe me when I say God is ALWAYS listening:).

That’s right, pray for me bitches, because I can use all the help I can get. By the way, if your reading, thanks Frankin. Your super sweet!

I know I should be jealous but it’s hard to be when your waking up to the cutest thing.

This is what I wake up to every morning. The cutest thing.

I came across Tillman’s Roadhouse while searching for the perfect place to host Ray’s surprise birthday party this year and I’m quite certain it would have been the perfect place if they had open on Monday’s. Anyhow, Valentines Day happens to be the day before my baby’s birthday so I guess I’ll have to settle for that. I sealed the deal with dinner reservations @ 9:00.

When we arrived all I could think was, Man I totally wish they were open on Mondays. The next photo I got off their site. It’s of their banquet room and it’s where I wanted to have Ray’s birthday party. Ah well.

They started us off with popcorn, now that’s a first. I dig it.

The ambiance is so fresh and artsy and I’m loving it to pieces. It could also be that I’m just super excited to be here. I mean it’s V-Day and I’m here with the love of my life. What could be better.

This is the only kind of deer I ever want displayed on my wall. Pops, if your reading this, take notes, wooden deer head, not real taxidermy ones. Those are gross.

And the best part of our meal was, you got it, dessert. What better dessert than smores with a real fire. They had coffee, maple and vanilla flavored marshmallows. I was in ecstasy!

Sometimes I feel like I need a good cry.  Like how some people need the city every once in while, I sometimes need to cry. Crying reminds me that the compassionate part of my soul, well she’s still in tact.  I cry when I see other people happy and I cry when I see other people suffer. When I cry I feel beautiful and that makes me proud of who I am and reminds me that I deserve all the life has to offer.

So are we still considered newly weds after a year? Every time I tell someone I miss my husband or I say something sweet people always say, “oh, you guys are cute, oh but wait your still newly weds.” Well I think it’s sad that people stop being in love after years of being together. I certainly hope that after years of being married our love only grows stronger. So far it certainly seems that way. It’s been a year since our wedding day, a year, can you believe it? Even though we’re practically joint at the hip now I still love being with him. He’s my best friend and we’re totally going to grow old together. I love you honey, happy anniversary.

Game Night @ the Semmlers

Game Night @ the Semmlers

It’s game night @ the Semmlers again. It’s not often that we get to hang out with our good friends Chris and Tiffany so when they invited  us over for game night and even offered to make us dinner we were so there. Really, you guys had me at dinner.

Snapped a photo of Noah before his bedtime.

Dinner @ the Semmlers

Dinner @ the Semmlers

I forgot Chris just had knee surgury so he’s cooking with crutches and all. I almost felt bad for the guy and then I forgot he’s indestructible. Carry on, carry on. Bread, shrimp fettuccine, and steaks and wine for dinner tonight. And for dessert we had strawberry short cake ala mode. It was money.

The Semmlers

The Semmlers

Aren’t they just the cutest?

Semmlers

Semmlers

Are right already, get a room, or go to your room and I’ll help myself to more strawberry short cake ala mode. So dirty.

Semmlers

Semmlers

After dinner we played Pictionary Man. It’s a lot like Pictionary, but with a man and a block.  Here check it out.


Pictionary Man from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

I’m not gonna lie, they sucked donkey balls. I don’t know if the girls did that bad, probably not. But just so I don’t have to hear Ray cry, here’s another video where they stepped it up a bit.


Ray Plays Pictionary Man from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

Good job boys, way to not completely suck.

Wake Up Birthday Boy

Wake Up Birthday Boy

Yay! The 15th is finally here, and that means it’s Ray’s birthday. Wake up sleeping beauty, I got a surprise for you and your gonna love it.

It’s been Ray’s dream for some time now to find and reunite back with his first car and resurrect her from the dead, but of course finding his original 89′ Dodge RamCharger was out of the question so when we got back from Houston I set out on a quest in search for the second best 89′ Dodge RamCharger and guess what, I found her, right here in Austin Texas of all places. I think it was destiny. So now I had to strategically devise the best way to retrieve this Beast of a car since Ray and I are practically joint at the hip and because I’m not yet geographically inept to be driving on my own in Austin, especially since my sancho, Tom Tom was kidnapped from me in New York. Well as we all know trickery and deceit comes fairly natural for me. I was born a professional con-artist. With the directions jotted down in my note book I tricked Ray into driving me right to the place I needed to be the next day to pick up the car. I memorized the route as he drove down this street and that, turning here, making u-turns there.”Why do you want to go down Ceasar Chavez,” he says. “Because we got our vegan wedding cake on that street and I just want to go down and see the store again,” I responded. The next day I compiled a long list of grocery items and set out “grocery shopping” because I know Ray recoils at the mere thought of idling around a grocery store for too long, which just happens to be one of my favorite pass-time activities. Beside a few minor battle scars that Riccardo forgot to mention in the Craigs List ad the car seemed to be in pretty good condition. I used the battle wounds to my advantage and haggled a sweet deal and since there was only one of me and two cars I kindly requested Riccardo to followed me back home, where we dropped off the Beast on the other side of the parking lot and then I had to transport Riccardo back home. Oh, I also asked Riccardo to e-mail both Ray and I back the next day stating that the car was no longer available just in case Ray had any inclination of what I was up to. Three and a half hours later I Ray phones me, “honey, where are you, I’m hungry,” he wines. I make up this huge long lie about how I got lost twice, went to Whole Foods and lingered around the beauty section for hours, then the Indian Grocery Store, and now I’m going back to HEB Grocery Store for a second time to pick up a few items I forgot the first time around. I arrive home after four hours of leaving and rustled up dinner for my husband as quickly as I could. I know, I know, I’m the best wife to ever have walked this earth. I hear it all the time.

The next four days were difficult because they were filled with anxiousness and stress. There were days you can see the Beast as clear as day on the other end of the parking lot. I counted down the days and every night while he slept I would devise the best way to present to him his gift. What seemed to be to be an awesome idea in the middle of the night would never fail to seem too elaborative the next day. Finally I just decided to keep it simple and sweet, yet still creative and fun. On the morning of his birthday I woke up extra early, shit, showered and shaved, minus the shower and the shave and filmed this in the parking lot.


For Ray from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

If you keep up with my blog, you might have already seen it. Whatever I was planning on doing I had to do it fast because the Beast had hardly any gas; I wasn’t sure if she would even be able to even make it to the gas station. The first two tries was a disaster but 3 times is always a charm or in this case, good enough. I forgot to zoom the camera out which made the video all grainy, but like I said, good enough. When I was done filming I had to park the car outside where Ray would easily see it as soon as he came out of the building after watching the video. Luckily, we scored rock star parking the night before so I gave the Beast my parking spot, which meant now I had to re-park the Scion upstairs. I scurried back home filled with excitement and woke him up, “lets go eat, I’m hungry, hurry, get up. It’s your birthday, aren’t you excited? I’m excited for you. I’m starving. Let go get some breakfast. I’m so hungry.” While he was getting ready I uploaded the video on to Vimeo and posted it on to my awesome blog. As I finished I told him I would meet him downstairs and to go over to my computer and read todays post on my site and then I left. I waited for him so totally impatiently down stairs, ready to film his reaction when he got down.


On Ray’s Birthday from Doan Chung on Vimeo.

Yes, yes, I know, the best wife ever. I know

I was expecting more of a reaction for the car but he just wanted to love on me first before checking it out. We then quickly got gas and test drove the Beast on our way to Juan in a Million, another famous landmark here in Austin and another restaurants featured on the Man vs Food show. Well, it was Sunday and the line was out the door and practically wrapped around the corner. Sorry, even if you were one in a million, it wouldn’t be worth it for me to wait in that line. Actually, in opinion, no Mexican food is ever worth a line, but hey, that’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it. We headed for the Waffle House next but took the back road since both the inspection and registration was expired on the Beast. The Waffle House ended up being just as packed. Sorry Waffle House, even your not worth waiting in line for. So we drove around until we ended back around our neck of the woods at Mimi’s Cafe, still packed but the wait was do-able. After our delicious meal we went home, grabbed some towels and Ray gave his Beast a bath, while I stayed in my car with Kola and read.

Bathing the Beast

Bathing the Beast

Bathing the Beast

Bathing the Beast

All clean and pretty, but still butch-like.

Pretty Beast

Pretty Beast

Sorry, no hubcaps on this side.

Pretty Beast

Pretty Beast

Pretty Beast

Pretty Beast

Time to douche the Beast with armor all. Wax on wax off, Ray Danial-Son.

Douching The Beast From The Inside Out

Douching The Beast From The Inside Out

After the car wash we went home, got ready and headed back out, this time to down-town Austin. We went to one other bar before it got too cold for me to bare sitting outside so we left and ended up here at the Flying Saucer for another round of drinks.

Flying Saucer

Flying Saucer

And then it was getting past our bed times so we headed back home, but before we did we grabbed some dinner at Mighty Fine Burgers. I don’t know if the burgers were mighty fine or not but the milkshakes most definitely was.

Mighty Fine Burgers

Mighty Fine Burgers

Happy birthday honey. I love you.