Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hello, 2017

I'm like 3 months late, but that's ok...a lot has changed since last June (well, not personally, but in terms of life in general for the world).

I'll keep this post light though.

My winter jam for this year so far is Sylvan Esso's "Die Young:"

I heard this song on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley.

I really dig the melody and the 80s synth sounds....enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Long and Short of It

You know what's tougher than being a short female? A short male.

Aside from the physical hardships (it's hard being small in a tall/average-sized world), there is plenty of emotional/psychological hardships (studies show that taller people are perceived as stronger/smarter/better/etc.).

Why am I talking about height? At this very moment, I am watching Ride Along 2 (#dontjudge). As I'm watching it, I've lost track of the number of short jokes that have been used to refer to Kevin Hart's height.

It also reminded me of this ad that is out for his new movie that I've been seeing around:

It's supposed to be "funny," but if I were Kevin Hart, I'd be laughing...through gritted teeth. He seems like a good sport, and I'm sure he's just brushing all the jokes off his shoulders (and laughing all the way to the bank), but I know that I'd be tired of everyone making references to my height (in fact, I already do this).

I know people don't mean anything rudely when referring to my height, but it makes me feel little (literally and figuratively); like they don't see me as an actual person. When you're constantly barraged with comments referring to a physical attribute (especially anything that you don't actively call out), it gets tiresome.  Especially when the attribute is seen as a negative one.

People always tell me "oh just ignore it!" which I do. It's usually other people (typically strangers or people I don't know well) who are the first to make comments. The best thing I've found to do is to downplay the comments by either ignoring it/not addressing it, or smiling and quickly moving on.

I can't change my height, and I can't change that people won't make comments/jokes. The only thing I can do is just not let them get to me.

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Get Over Embarrassment?

This is actually not a post about how to get over embarrassment; rather I am asking that question to get an answer for myself!

Without going into too much detail, today I put myself in an embarrassing situation that made me look stupid. Not just foolish, but lacking any intelligence - I couldn't answer an easy question. The other party was very nice about it, but I was so mortified by my lack of response, it is still bothering me 8 hours later.

I guess I need to figure out why I am bothered by this situation: it makes me look stupid, when I do not feel like I am a stupid person.

I do have to say I think that we are our own harshest critics, so I am probably blowing this out of proportion. But while I am probably just an insignificant moment in that person's life, there is a small part of me that is worried that I may be one of those memories that stays with that person. Think about an embarrassing story you remember about another person - what if I am that story for that person? Like, "wow,  people are so stupid these days. This one girl couldn't even answer an easy question!"

Even if that is the case, I guess I shouldn't let it get to me - it already happened, I can't change it, and I just have to use common sense (and take a moment to actually think!) and not let it happen again. Because I am a person with a brain!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

White Elephant

[Aside: Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted in a few months! I usually have things I am interested in writing about, but then life happens and I forget to jot down my thoughts.]

It's December, and that means most of you people have already, or are going to, participate(d) in white elephant gift exchanges. As someone who is fairly practical, I prefer to go for useful gifts, rather than gag gifts. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy injecting humor in the presents (which I do), I just prefer useful (but funny) presents rather than useless gag gifts.

The whole reason I bring up white elephant gifts is that Carlos was needing a white elephant gift for work and was asking for suggestions. Thus began my trip down memory lane to my own white elephant gift exchange days. When I was working, I thought I played a pretty good white-elephant-gift game:

Year 1: I brought a Snuggie...along with three other people. That was the year Snuggies were all the rage as novelty gifts, and I thought I was soooo original picking it.

When the first Snuggie was opened, everyone laughed. The second snuggie brought even more laughter. The third Snuggie, everyone thought it was a prank. By the fourth Snuggie, everyone was over it. I sneakily got my own Snuggie back, which I ended up returning.

Year 2: I brought a literal white elephant gift - a white elephant tea pot. I thought it was cool and cute.

If interested, I think Cost Plus World Market sells them (I had purchased mine from Modcloth at the time).

Year 3: I bought an organizer with the word "crap" on it and toilet paper (get it???). I wrote a note saying something like "here are some things to help you with your crap." I put the items in a J. Crew box, and thought I was being cheeky when I wrote "I hope you don't mind the color Cerulean and that you're a size medium!" - because I was pretending that I had picked a clothing item, and J. Crew usually uses fancy color names...ok, it was a lot funnier in my head. Unfortunately the person who first picked out the present didn't even read my witty J. Crew joke-note or my crap note....I so badly wanted to yell, "READ THE NOTES!" Needless to say, the original present opener was not impressed. And I was not impressed with their lack of impress.

Year 4:  I put fifteen $1 bills in one of those cards where you can record a message.


The message I recorded was the chorus to Little Scrappy's "Money in the Bank" rap song, which goes:

I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
Shawty what you drank

Unfortunately the volume is not very loud on those cards, and everyone was so loud in the conference room, I think the initial present opener didn't hear the song. At least I thought it was hilarious. 

Hopefully whoever has that card actually kept it, because that ish was NOT cheap.

Year 5: I got lazy and went the gift card route (to Target, because everyone loves Target). However, I cleverly put the gift card in an empty Macbook box (I got a spare empty box from IT), and inside I left a printed image of a Macbook top (to look like a Macbook was in there), and I wrote a note saying something like "I'm sorry I can't get you a real Macbook, so here's the next best thing!"

For Carlos' gift, I suggested that he buy a bottle of Poo Pourri spray and a pack of toilet paper. I also suggested burning a cd with euphemistic song titles (that allude to pooping), like  Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" and Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Frou Frou's "Let Go."

I don't think he was too into that idea since he ended up getting a boot shaped mug ("Das Boot").

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Back in Stock!

It's sad when your favorite (processed) food items disappear from store shelves (like Keebler Pizza Chips and Nestle Bon Bons - I miss me my 90s foods!). But it's awesome when brands bring them back! Unless they change the recipe, which then becomes a disappointment (ahem, JENOS).

I do want to preface that while I do love my fresh veggies and fruits, sometimes a factory-made product just hits the spot. Here are two items that have come back in stock.

Trader Joe's Black Bean & Corn Enchilada
Trader Joes has a lot of awesome products. One of my favorite frozen items is the "black bean & corn enchilada" entree. It was off the shelves for a few months (maybe a year?). From what I recall, it had to do with finding a replacement supplier.

I tried one today, and it seems a little different...maybe the sauce is slightly saltier? It's still good, but the taste is note quite the same.

Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip Frosting

 According to its FAQ page,  Rainbow Chip frosting was discontinued in summer 2013. I remember coming back from Jamaica in February 2014 and finding out that Rainbow Chip frosting was no more - I was incredulous! Rainbow Chip frosting was the best! Funfetti frosting was no match (the little candy bits are what make Rainbow Chip so awesome. I can add sprinkles myself).

Through social media, passionate fans (including a tweet from Katy Perry) encouraged Betty Crocker to reconsider their decision, which they did this summer, as it was brought back this past August.

The package has been re-designed to make it easier to ID on store shelves.

I have yet to try it, but I'm hoping to make some Rainbow Chip cupcakes in the near future and will report back on whether or not it truly is the same. 

Moral of the story: social media really does work!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

How to Print Coupons in Black and White

My printer is set to black and white, but whenever I printed coupons from the interwebs, they would still come out in color. The thing with printing coupons online is that you can't set your printing preferences as the coupons are automatically printed.

I Googled a bit, but I must have not been using the correct terms because the search results were not helping me.

However, I was finally able to figure out my issue. I still don't quite understand why I have to go through Terminal (mainly because I really don't know what Terminal does - insert embarrassed emoji), but I followed the directions and saw that the printing preference was still in color.

See here from (also pasted below).

How do I change the print mode of my printer on Macintosh?

Our Coupon Printer uses the default settings set in your printer software. You must make any changes there to affect what tray is used for printing, whether you print in color or grayscale, etc.

In order to have such applications adhere to your default settings, you have to interact with the underlying printing system CUPS. Please follow these steps:

1 You will need to use the Terminal application.

From your desktop, click Go menu and then click Utilities.
Double click Terminal to open.

Type and run cupsctl WebInterface=yes cupsctl.png

2 Open your internet browser and type http://localhost:631/

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3 Go to Printers.

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4 Select the printer to modify.

5 Choose Set Default Options from the second drop-down.

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6 Under General, set the necessary settings (the step may be different for your printer).

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7 Click Set Default Options button to save your changes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

At the Tip of My Tongue - Remembering Old Books of My Childhood

One thing I wished I did when I was younger was to keep a log of all the books I read, because now as an adult, I can't remember most of them! For the most part, there is no need to remember them since they were honestly "fluff" books to read, but sometimes I have these random memories of books I used to read pop up in my mind, but I have no idea of the title or author, so it starts to bother me.

You would think that with everything being online now, it would be a lot easier to find them, but it's still difficult. It's easier to search for the popular/award-winning books; it's the smaller, lesser-read books, that have proven to be a challenge. Since most of those books are "fluff" pieces, I doubt people are clamoring to archive them.

Here are some random books that I'm trying to recall - if they sound familiar, let me know!

Hah, the descriptor sounds so boring! Anyways, here is what I can remember: this was a small (as in maybe 4-5 books) book series that one of my sister's owned. It was written in the late 1980s/early 1990s; this could have been a Little Apples series, but I'm not sure.

* One story in the series is during the winter holidays, and an little boy lives with his grandma/aunt who is a painter. She has some money to fly out his parents home from their job (they work abroad), or fix her leaking roof. She ends up using the money to fix the roof, but a nice older gentleman (a store owner or teacher) offers to buy a painting and the kid's parents are able to fly home. The kids also discuss other holidays, like Kwanzaa and Hanukah.
KEY WORDS: holidays, leaky roof, art

* Another story deals with a little Latina (?) girl who has a best friend (I think named Mary-Kate???) in possibly another class. A new girl moves in and tries to weasel her way in with the BFF. The new girl and Mary-Kate form a soda club (the first letter of their first names has to be the same as a soda brand in order for one to join) - I remember a Mountain Dew...possibly a Shasta and Diet Soda too?? The Latina girl goes on a trip to visit relatives, and she tries to start a soda club with her cousins, and she excludes her littlest cousin who starts crying. She feels bad, and lets her in the club. I forget what else happens, but I think the girls all end up being friends (or someone moves away).
KEY WORDS: soda club, Mountain Dew, Shasta

From what I can remember, this was also a small series; if I recall correctly, the characters in the book had holiday parties (Valentine's, Halloween, Christmas). I think it was written in the early to mid 1990s - I remember reading this between 5-7th grade at the base library. I don't remember details of the particular stories. 
KEY WORDS: middle school, girls, holiday parties, boys

From what I can remember, the story centers around a 7th (?)  grade (the token middle school grade level) white girl who moves to China with her family. She starts biking around China and makes a friend with a Chinese boy. I think she ends up liking him. I'm not sure what else happens. I think this book was written in the early 1990s. I think the author's last name started near the middle-to-the-end of the alphabet (I remember getting it from the middle shelves at the library).
KEY WORDS: China, biking, moving

And because there is too much text, I'm throwing in some pictures of old books - most are from Cliquey Pizza (I've referenced them before), but a few are from Google searches.

MEMORIES!!!!! I remember these exact cover images too.

Elizabeth Wakefield looking very Amy Poehler-ish (do you like the 'shopped beret I added on?? SKILLLS!)