Friday, December 23, 2011

A sad, sad story...

Just saw this on Yahoo! news...and all I can think is W-T-F.

The article is about a young boy who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by a teenage neighbor in 1998; two weeks prior, the same neighbor sexually assaulted this young boy. However no charges were filed on the teen.

This poor little boy had burns on over 99% of his body; although he lived for another 13 years, he died of a rare form of skin cancer that developed due to his skin grafts.

The family was awarded a (symbolic) $150 billion settlement from the perp, but will never see the money.

I'm a little too tired to write anything more coherent/cohesive...this article is sad and scary....this little kid was walking in daylight to his friend's house - it just reinforces the scary thought that bad things can happen at anytime.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Don't Know Why I Like This...

but I love these videos:


"TWINSIESSSSSS!"


Monday, December 12, 2011

OLD

The older I get, the worse my memory is.

I somehow have managed to lose a pair of jeans (and a pair that I really like)...the scary thing is I don't know how I lost them! I cannot recollect the last time I wore them.

I just hope I can find them.

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edit (5/21/12) I found said pair of jeans...they were on the other side of the closet...HAHA.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Youth of Today

Just saw this on Facebook, and wow...it made me really sad. We all think of kids as being sweet and innocent (which I think they are until they hit elementary/middle school), but then peer pressure and the need to fit in kicks in and ruins childhood and turns some kids into evil, manipulative people who need to tear others down.




I do regret some of my actions in middle school; there was a time I wanted to be "cool" (luckily that phase passed quickly, especially since I realized I wasn't a "cool" kid and was never going to be one of those folks), but I probably could have been a nicer/better person (I don't think I was a beezy - I was too busy being shy!!! - but I probably could have been better in that I could have not cared about stupid social hierarchy balogna). I luckily never was bullied, although I was teased for my race (elementary school) and height (ummm...my whole life????).

Every time I hear a bullying story, it makes me sad; I just want to find that kid and tell them to hang in there, and that this bs won't matter after they get out of high school, because no one cares who you were or what you did - whether you sat at the cool table or not will not be on your job application (which, by the way, doesn't it seem strange that in movies, TV shows, and real life, the popular kids are usually the scheisty beezies who everyone else hates???)

Parents need to be involved with this type of stuff...how do the parents OF bullies feel??? I hope they are not teaching their kids to be that way.

Anywho, found this nice follow-up video that someone made that shows that there is more out there than what middle school and high school has to offer:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Netflix Is Currently Down...

and people are threatening to end their service. Come on, people! Websites/services are not perfect, and sometimes can crash/not work. I understand being annoyed, but threatening to end a service because of that seems extreme.



I do understand people's frustrations in that there is no explanation as to what is wrong - the website looks to be working in that you can access the login page (but an error shows when you try to type in your password).


What Netflix should do is put an error message on their website (i.e. "Sorry! The site is currently down, but we are working very hard to fix this!") so people understand that the site is actually down instead of trying to repeatedly reset (yes, that was me).


I honestly thought someone hacked into my account and had changed info around; it only wasnt' until I did a Google search that I found out it was system-wide, Like Anonymous, I was relieved that it wasn't just me!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Back to Basics

I removed the patterned border, mainly just because.

I'm taking a break from doing work...and I'm totally craving green bean casserole.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I realized I've written a Thanksgiving post every year that this blog has been in celebrated existence, so why not continue the trend?

As with every holiday, I really forget the "true" meaning and think of it only as a time to be with family, be off from work (technically) and eat. And depending on the holiday, exchange presents of some sort. But to be honest, that doesn't sound all that bad.

So here is what I am thankful for:
- my family: I've said it before, but I love my family. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. We didn't have a lot growing up, but I still had food to eat, a roof over my head, AND a college education (ok, usually those three things don't go together, but those are things that my family provided for me, and I am eternally grateful for that).

- my friends: Ok, I don't have that many friends left, but the ones that I have I value - true friends ARE hard to find, so you should hold on to the ones that are

- my job: It gives me a paycheck that allows me to pay my bills, eat korean bbq and ramen, and buy frivolous items. I work with cool people AND I don't have to wear a suit. I will not comment on the number of hours I have to work though.

- my health: This is seriously not a joke, haha (I get sick A LOT). I mean this more in the general sense: I have working legs and arms, my senses are all fine (ok my sight might be horrible, but it's currently corrected), and a working brain that can think and make conscious decisions (and really funny jokes)

- my youthful looks: Student discounts, anyone???


Happy Thanksgiving everyone (I'll be feasting on Friday).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ummm

...nothing new to write, except work has been KICKING MY ARSE.

Long days and even longer nights.

OY!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy (Early) Halloween!

Per usual, I will NOT be doing anything to celebrate.

However, I still love costumes, and my work has been having a Halloween party since last year (I guess there were some before I started, but due to budget cuts and all that, fun was one of the first things cut).

Anyways, as my Anchorman costume didn't pan out ($70 bones to tailor the $10 maroon suit I found), the next best thing was to dress exactly alike as the biggest guy in my office (I also serve as his bodyguard).

*notice the matching "S" cups

Most young women tend to choose the "sexy" (aka slutty) route, but not I.

However if there was ever a "sexy potato" costume, I just might be tempted.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Umm

...this was the strangest comment I received:


I don't know what it means, but I'll be deleting it.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Apple Story

I got my first Apple product in 2004, as a freshman in college...I remember that day like it was yesterday (instead of 7 years ago).

One of the many great things about starting school (especially college!) is all the fun back-to-school shopping (yay consumerism!!) - cool bedsheets, fun frames, new clothes, even a laptop!

In the summer before my first year in college, I spent weeks deliberating what kind of computer to get (Toshiba or HP???); an Apple computer had never even crossed my mind, mainly because people told me that pcs were better.

My middle sister told me that I should get the Apple iBook G4 for school; with a student discount, it even came with an iPod (whatever that was). Although I was skeptical, I ended buying up one (well, more like my oldest sister did...thanks Susan!! - I remember her carrying the big box to my dorm room...and the old boxes used to be HUGE).

It turns out, I actually loved my little white laptop. I remember many people on my floor being super impressed by my computer: "it's so small" [that's NOT what she said], "it looks so nice!" "it's so light!"

And the iPod....that thing was AMAYZING. I no longer had to carry a fat case of CDs, because all my music fit into this little device! I could put that thing in my back pocket!

Six years strong, I ended up getting my current computer (a MacBook Pro), since my old iBook was getting way too slow to use.

My iBook had run its course, but I am grateful for all the years it helped me write papers, check my mail, chat with friends, play my music on my little internet radio show...and so on and so on.


.....

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Home

Currently I am relaxing at home (aka with my parents) but shortly I will have to depart back to my faux-home (aka the city), where I will resume my stressful life (stressful due to work).

One of the things I love about getting away is that this town is the complete opposite of LA - small, open, and quiet.

I'm bummed my trip is so short...I just got here yesterday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why I Don't Wear Makeup...


(because i don't want to be dependent on it!). wow, that is magic.

on a completely different side note, i love my seestas!

In A Rut

Ugh, I am totally in a rut...emotionally, physically, creatively...I have been feeling so blah.

On two random notes, should I buy a sewing machine??? Maybe I can start making shiet like I always wanted to.

Second random note: I've been sick the past two days, and my waking moments have been spent on regretsy....haha!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Looking for Housing Sucks Major Ballz

As some of you may know, I am on the hunt for an apartment. I have my rifle and camo on, and I hope I can hit my target:

My dream apartment qualities:
- 1 bedroom/1 bathroom with FULL kitchen (none of that hot plate shit)
- covered off-street parking
- neutral colored bathroom (i.e. no puke colored/pink/bathroom tiles)
- paid utilities
- in a SAFE neighborhood
- lots of natural light
- well-maintained inside and out
- new/newish appliances/carpet/flooring/paint
- wide streets
- quiet area
- no crying babies
- under $850

My one-level-above-settling apartment qualities:
- 1 bedroom/1 bathroom with FULL kitchen (none of that hot plate shit)
- off-street parking
- in a SAFE neighborhood
- well-maintained inside and out
- under $950

My basic apartment qualities:
- studio at least
- off-street parking
- in a safe-ish neighborhood
- under $1000

Bleh.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

R.I.P. Jenos Pizza

I think I may be one of five people in the world (according to an (unofficial) Facebook fanpage, there are only five likes!) who actually likes Jenos frozen pizzas (I'm probably disgusting my sisters right now)
...and I've had my fair share of frozen pizzas (Celeste ain't got nuthin' on Jenos!) - classy, I know.

Unfortunately, I think they are no longer produced. In LA, I've searched Pavilions/Vons, Albertsons AND Ralphs, and to no avail, I have not seen any. My last chance of hope was at my hometown's Stater Bros. (those don't exist in LA), and I couldn't even find any there.

I've tried to Google search for any news, but nothing has popped up....I guess they are gone for good and off to food heaven (not that I'm religious or anything), like Dunk-a-roos and Kiebler Pizza Chips.

It's been a good run, Jenos....I'll miss you.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Kind of Rapping

This is pretty awesome:

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Baby-Sitters Club Book Series





Remember this series? I used to read these books in elementary/middle school (although I secretly pretended I didn't when I was at the library).

These books were great: easy to read, entertaining, and kid-friendly (no pun intended). I feel like nowadays, children's books are probably sexualized and too dramatic (Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Precious)...things today are different, that's for sure.

Now that I think about it, I don't think I'd let a 13 year old baby-sit my kid (doesn't that seem kind of young?!).

Anyways, here is a hilarious "where are they now" recap written by Emily Weiss:

Today, the original founding members (none of this Abby bullshit) of The Baby-sitters Club would be 37.

Let's see what everyone's up to.

Kristy Thomas
Well obviously Kristy is a lesbian. She and her partner, Tori, started up a gay softball league when they moved to Baltimore in 1999, which Kristy coaches. Reminds her of her old days with The Krushers! I guess now we know how she really felt about Bart.

Tori and Kristy met while doing Teach for America. Kristy is active in the Baltimore public school system where she works in administrative policy.

Kristy reconnected briefly with her estranged father, Michael, who owns a small bar and grill just outside Boston. She stopped communication with him after learning that he had borrowed money from Kristy's brother Sam, which he said he needed for an operation. He then squandered the money and never paid Sam back.

Tori works at Archiver's and is forever trying to get Kristy more involved in her scrapbooking.

Claudia Kishi
Once the member known for her collection of “distant” fedoras and head scarves, Claudia is now a graphic designer at a small web development company. She also makes intricate wire jewelry which she sells at traveling craft fairs. She often barters her web design services for pottery and furniture made by fellow local artists.

She owns the entire collection of Sex and the City on DVD.

Her live-in boyfriend, Arthur, plays the upright bass in an experimental jazz combo and has kooky glasses. He credits himself with breaking Claudia's sugar addiction and introducing her to sprouted foods.

Claudia has been working on a mixed media piece called Almond-Shaped Eyes, a tribute to her late grandmother, Mimi, since the mid-nineties.

Bet you are all wondering if Claudia ever got over that whole living in Janine's shadow thing? The answer is: no. Janine studied aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan and now works for the U.S. Department of Defense. (Claudia's learning disability caused her great anxiety when taking the entrance exams at Pratt and thus, she ended up at Stoneybrook Technical Institute.) However, Janine's superior intellect and demanding career left little room in her life for anything else. She has many, many parakeets as a result.

Mary Anne Carlsbad (nee Spier)

So she didn't marry Logan. In fact, they broke up right before middle school graduation and Logan dropped his position as an associate member of the BSC. Hitting rock bottom, he took up with a new crowd: T-Jam and the notorious SMS gang. Mary Anne and Logan never saw each other again, but we'll hear more about Logan Bruno later…

While still a student in the nursing program at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Mary Anne was assigned to attend to Gil Carlsbad, who was rushed to the hospital with acute chest pain. It turned out to just be indigestion, (Gil says it was just his heart beating for Mary Anne) but the two fell in love during his brief stay and were married six months later.

Mild-mannered and fair-haired, Gil is heir to the Carlsbad brewing fortune and is close with many of his Danish relatives. He and Mary Anne make a yearly trip to visit them with their two girls, Annika and Lane.

Mary Anne joined Curves in an effort to lose some of the baby weight she put on with Lane and has recently become interested in buying into the franchise.

After the fire in her childhood home robbed her of all memories, Mary Anne has become obsessed with documenting every moment of her daughters' lives and stores all photos, journals, and videotapes in fire safe boxes.

Mary Anne does not know how to use the Internet.

Stacey McGill-Johansen

After participating in the Carleton College Math for Women summer program, Stacey ultimately decided that school was not for her and moved to L.A. to pursue a career in acting and modeling.

Failing time and time again to book jobs, Stacey instead started frequenting the party scene and claimed to be with River Phoenix outside The Viper Room when he died.

Mark Johansen, father of Stacey's most favored charge Charlotte Johansen, bought an L.A. nightclub as an entrepreneurial venture in 2001 and sought struggling Stacey out to be his lead event planner. With her well-connected social group and lack of anything better to do, she was a perfect fit. It should be mentioned here that Stacey is an excellent driver.

In October 2001, on a business trip to L.A. Mark and Stacey began their affair. Charlotte, devastated by the news and having always wanted to be just like Stacey, promptly developed an eating disorder.

Deterred by being called a "home-wrecker," Stacey severed all ties with the BSC crowd, including best friend Claudia Kishi.

In addition to the event planning, Stacey is now part owner of Mark's club and is launching her own line of handbags this spring.

Dawn Schafer
You may remember that towards the end of the series Dawn moves back to Palo City. Now she lives on Catalina Island in the sparsely populated town of Two Harbors where she owns and operates a self-sustaining llama farm and she's...kind of gone off the deep end. Lots of bucket hats. And she makes her own yarn.

Dawn's apparent misanthropy can mostly be traced back to the winter of 1999, when her brother Jeff was killed in a mysterious accident. Dawn has since become obsessed with contacting and communing with his ghost in order to sort out the details surrounding his death. Mary Anne is the only BSC member Dawn talks to regularly. She allows no visitors on her llama farm in order to create a safe environment for Jeff's spirit. She also generally prefers the company of animals.

Prior to Jeff's accident, Dawn had been doing PR work for Raw on the Roll, Debbie Merrill's rollerblading/raw foods movement.

Mallory Hobart (nee Pike)
After graduating Riverbend with honors, Mallory attended Regis College and majored in English and women's studies. She participated in Regis' semester in Ireland at University of Cork where she reunited with Ben Hobart, her old Australian boyfriend. The two remained in Ireland for a year doing odd jobs until Mallory discovered she was pregnant. She dropped out of school and the pair moved back to Stoneybrook to live with the Pike family during their engagement/pregnancy.

After the birth of their son, Henry (after Mal's favorite author Marguerite Henry) Mallory was offered a job with Karen Brewer's very successful NPO, Third World Vision, which takes old donated eyeglasses and gets them to patients in impoverished countries.

Mallory is surprisingly good at Mario Kart for Wii having played many a game with Clare and Margo while on bed rest toward the end of her pregnancy.

Jessi Ramsey
After three great years with the Dance New York Programme, Jessi suffered a knee injury and was forced out of the company. During her recuperation, Jessi went to live with her sick but sassy Aunt Cecilia in Stoneybrook and reconnected with best friend, Mallory Hobart.

Jessi is Henry's godmother.

When the company invited her back, Jessi declined and opted instead to enroll in physical therapy school. She is funding her education with the money Aunt Cecilia left her, supplemented by a part time job at Perfumania.

Jessi and Mallory tried (and failed) to write and illustrate a children's book about two friends. One was purple and one was polka-dotted. The publisher they met with informed them that this was pretty well-worn territory, but they were really proud of it anyway.

Shannon Louisa Kilbourne-Hubinger

Shannon continued to be an obnoxious over-achiever throughout high school and college. She was valedictorian and student body president of her graduating class at Stoneybrook Day School, Latin club VP, and founder and editor of the SDS literary magazine. She also won best smile in the yearbook polls.

Shannon was waitlisted at her dream school, Vassar, and decided instead to attend Rutgers and major in Art History. Upon graduating, Shannon was offered a position at Christie's auction house where she met Board of Regents member, William Hubinger. The two were married at his parent’s estate on Martha's Vineyard.

Soon after they moved to the country, Shannon left Christie's and entered the world of competitive dog breeding and dog shows. Her breed of choice is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Thus far she has only raised one champion dog, Puttencove Promise.

William and Shannon are looking into adoption.

Logan, Logan, Logan Bruno
It was mentioned earlier that Logan had sort of a hard time in middle school. He got caught up in the scandalous world of the notorious SMS gang, The Badd Boyz, serving as T-Jam's right hand man. Because of his slow, Kentucky-fried wit he earned the nickname "Drawl" and was known school-wide for his eerily calm demeanor and penchant for pastels.

By eighth grade, Logan dropped out of student council and started eating pizza with his cronies in the parking lot. He even gave Mary Anne chain link jewelry AFTER she dumped him just to prove he had changed. He had stuffed his heart with steel wool and Mary Anne would never be allowed back in.

He even stopped baby-sitting.

By high school even the Badd Boyz had ditched him. Logan proclaimed himself a lone wolf and surprised no one when he signed up for regular science classes and started really identifying with Tupac.

Following his arrest for stealing car radios, Logan's dad made good on his promise and sent him to military school. In a pretty typical series of events, he was first reluctant, then rebellious, then he befriended a wise black guy, then he realized his life was worth more than what he was doing with it, then the wise black guy died, and then Logan tried really hard in physical training and became a pilot.

He is now a Major in the United States Civil Air Patrol and organizes inland searches for various missions. He has an Australian shepherd named Brewskie and has recently become interested in curling.

Logan's favorite movie is Dan in Real Life.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Seven Years Ago, I Was In High School...

That makes me feel old.

Even though people still mistake me for an eighteen year old.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Crazy Story I Read in Glamour

...and no, it wasn't "Best Jeans for My Booty."

I read an article about Kristen and Will Stillman and the horrific childhood they endured (see a different article here ), and after reading it, I was just sickened, saddened and horrified by their story.

If you don't have a strong stomach, their story is essentially that their shitty mother left her kids at a guy's house when they were 8 years old. Soon after, this evil man and his family abused these kids for a decade, until they were able to escape.

How can people be so sick? How can people let this kind of shit happen?

I really think there should be some sort of test for people before they can become parents. If people aren't mentally or financially capable, I don't think they should be allowed to have children. I'm not saying that people who don't have a lot can't be good parents, but if you have to survive on welfare in order to live, what kind of lifestyle/living conditions are you providing for yourself and your children?

I don't have facts, but I feel like people who have kids when they can't support them start a vicious cycle, where their kids do the same, and so on, and so on.

I think the foster care system could be a great opportunity for children to find at least a temporary home, but I have read so many horrible stories about abuse of the system and abuse of kids, it just boggles my mind. How can people be this evil?

There's more I'd like to say, but I'm too tired to think.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Weekend Highlight

...being called "boring" by a drunk girl I barely know.

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Crazy Story

Whoa...crazy

Excerpt:

Sometimes Gonzalez wonders how much worse things might have gone.

What if he had grabbed breakfast in Las Vegas before boarding his flight? He wouldn't have needed that bagel in Simi Valley, so he wouldn't have gone to the bank for cash, and wouldn't have been caught on security cameras.

His alibi evaporates and he's in prison for life.

At the end of the day his mind automatically replays his movements, hour by hour, because it was his ability to do that that saved him. After his release he developed the habit of meticulously documenting his whereabouts, eliminating time gaps that might leave him vulnerable.

If he's in an airport or a 7-Eleven, he makes sure the surveillance cameras get a good look at his face. Anytime he can swipe his credit card and sign his name, even to buy a pack of gum, he does it. He fills his wallet with receipts and the world with a conspicuous trail.

He feels most vulnerable when he is asleep, when, for six or eight hours a night, no cameras are watching, no witnesses are marking his presence, and no one but Louis Gonzalez III can say with certainty where he is.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

So True!

*sorry for the expletive

Saturday, June 18, 2011

She's Betty Downer!

So lately I've been in an emo mood (due to a few things I don't really feel like going into), so I decided that while I will still have these shitty thoughts, I will also look on the bright side of things. I'll share some things that made me smile or laugh.

For example:
- I earned my free Jamba Juice today (buy 7, get 1 free), and since there was no apparent size limit, I got the power "Cold Buster"...wooo 500 calories of cold busting power/sugar!
- I had to go into work today to pick up my phone charger. On the chalkboard wall was the topic "Favorite Movie Quotes." There were the usual "You had me at hello" and other stuff like that. And then I saw someone had written "Chlorophyll? More like BOROPHYLL." which of course made me laugh.

If you do not know where that is from, that's ok (Billy Madison).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Westside Pavilion mall to start charging for parking..WTF?

I HATE paying for parking. I will do it, however, if it means it will be more convenient and/or it means i get to avoid looking for street parking (i.e. opting for valet at a restaurant..tsk tsk, Umami Burger!!).

I just learned that the Westside Pavilion mall is planning to charge for parking (after 3 free hours). Granted, 3 hours is a long time to spend at a mall, especially this one, but I always thought that the free parking was its saving grace (aside from Charlie Kabob) since the store selection isn't that great (to me at least).

I guess the bright side is that there will still be some free parking (3 hours worth..).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

i am sick

i feel awful!!! i got the chills And a fever....booooo!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Mystery of the Missing Lamp

I remember my freshman year of college, my oldest sister had picked up this awesome lamp for me from Ikea.

I had it in my room for all 4 years, but when I moved out the summer I graduated college, it...disappeared. From my memory, at least.

I may or may not have lent it out to some friends (I have a feeling I did because I remember lending out my futon, which later was broken by my lender's lender's friends...boo... and some seat cushions). I just can't remember though!!

It's a cool lamp, and I hope I can find it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Remix

I think these songs are as good (even better) than the original:

(click on the icons to listen!)



boombass remix



the parks jump up remix




classixx remix

Friday, May 27, 2011

Everybody's working for the weekend

...and I am one of them...!

Get the weekend started with Loverboy's song!





I could also give a link to this song...but just youtube it

Monday, May 9, 2011

I am addicted to this game...

I was on a yahoo link about optical illusions/something of that sort, and I somehow came across this game called "Shape Inlay"...I guess it's like Perfection where you have to make geometric shapes fit into the pre-designed layout within a given set of time.

I highly recommend if you need to waste some time/are bored...haha

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Crazy Dreams

I have been having some cray-cray dreams these past few days...I usually tend to remember them pretty vividly when I wake up (albeit I forget some details by the end of the day), but here is what I remember:

Last Night's Dream:
I remember being in a museum, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is there. He is going up a flight of stairs (those modern looking wooden slab ones) and I happen to be behind him. I try to be a "cool" fan by not approaching him. As I go upstairs, there is this AWESOME buffet of goodies, especially desserts (like gelato and pies). I am getting ready to get a plate....and that's all I can remember!

The Night Before Last's Dream
I'm in this bookstore/treehouse/elementary school room-type building that is pretty packed with people. There is this guy from my elementary/middle school there (his name is Mitchell) and he's telling me that I've gotten fat. I also remember Zac Efron being there for some reason. I remember standing in a corner of the classroom, and I fall off the steps  (I think). That's the only part I remember.

Strange.

Monday, April 18, 2011

To the Powers that Be

I know someone who wants something very badly. And this person totally deserves it.

Please make it happen...as this person has been trying very hard.

This happens to a lot of people who don't even want it to happen to them, so please make it happen for this person.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Beef with...

ALDO SHOES
Shoes are meant to be comfortable. They are not meant to cause irritating rubbing and painful blisters. Also sandals are not meant to be smaller than one's foot. I used to really like your shoes, as you actually sell smaller sizes, but lately I feel that you haven't been as awesome as you used to be. To all the designers out there, try your shoes out first before selling them to the masses.

COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
I enjoy the concept (outdoor music festival with a hundred (ok, probably less than that but I am too lazy to count) independent/local artists with art exhibits as well), but I have a few beefs with Coachella:
- layaway payments BEFORE the line-up is announced...that just doesn't make sense (I personally would not buy anything in advance without knowing what I am paying for)...I don't know what the percentage is of people who used lay-away (maybe that is a factor in the sellout? I don't know), but I feel that lay-away shouldn't be made available until the line-up is
- scalpers...because this event is so pricey (and with this year's record sellout), I feel that the scalping situation will only get worse - it seems desperate people may be willing to pay that much. It's so disappointing that there are people out there who will buy tickets/wristbands and/or create fake wristbands just to scam people and make money in dishonest way.
who sells 6 wristbands just for the hell of it?! Seems a little fishy

- expensive hotel prices for motels that are not worth it...ok I get it, a business might as well capitalize on a high-earning opportunity, but a Travelodge charging $200/night when they normally charge $69???
- the amount of trash produced from this festival...people are lazy; if there is not a trash can within 3 feet of them, they will use the next best thing: the ground. Coachella should let volunteers who are willing to clean up for 4 hours a day go to the festival for free;  a win-win for people who can't afford tickets and for Coachella to handle their trash issue.

the Japanese earthquake/Mother Nature
- Mother Nature, that is one mean move to pull on a small country like that: first a 9.0 earthquake, then a devasting tsunami, nuclear leakage and now a 7.1 aftershock? Reading sad story after sad story, I feel like a tool every time I complain (yes, this post is ironic).

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rachel Zoe's husband...

reminds me of Demetri Martin.

Friday, April 1, 2011

R.I.P. Mickie

Today my sister's husband's dog passed away. I know it seems strange to be sad about a dog that isn't even mine, but even those few moments I had with her proved that she was a really special dog. In part because it's that time of the month (TMI? Just a little), but also in part because Mickie was so awesome, I just feel so incredibly sad.

The first time I ever met Mickie, I was in high school. My bro-in-law (well sister's boyfriend at the time) was luckily cool enough to let me hang out with them at his casa (especially since casa de Yee was kinda no bueno haha). I remember moments of just sitting on their couch, and Mickie would come up to me, and of course I would start petting her, especially her belly (my sister told me that Mickie loved having her belly rubbed). When I would stop, she would give me that look of 'What are you doing? Keep going!' And I of course would oblige, because Mickie was a sweetheart. I'm sure I was just another hand to do her bidding (which is totally understandable since I didn't spend a whole lot of time with her), but she was always still so sweet.And never having had a dog of my own, she was kind of like a surrogate pet.

I will always think fondly of Mickie.

 *photo is courtesy of my sister...doesn't this photo make you want to go and hug her?!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

WTF?

I was recently on some website browsing something (vague I know, as I honestly don't remember what it was for), and I came across one of those captcha security settings (aka where you have to type the word/letters listed to ensure you're not a bot), and the one I happened to have looked like this:



The first word looks like "rentroo" and the second is...dreidel symbols??

Music notes??

All I know is ...WTF?!


(Of course I got it wrong, so the site made me do another captcha, but luckily that one was more legible).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Products I Recommend

Since I don't know what else to write:

Moshi PalmGuard:

I have schwetty, greasy fingers; to avoid leaving that shine on my (sorta) brand-new macbook, I recently invested in the moshi PalmGuard (as well as the keyboard cover). What it is is basically a thick sticker that is placed over the bottom half of the keyboard (including the trackpad). It's not really a sticker (I don't think....), but it's the same concept....you just stick it on! I highly recommend it; while not a 100% perfect fit, it gets the job done and protects my laptop!



Izze sodas (clementine flavor)

It's nom-nom, and comes in a glass bottle (I think beverages in glass bottles taste better). The ones in the aluminum canister are just not the same...so don't be fooled!


Woolite laundry for dark clothes

Protect your darks (don't you hate when they fade?). So far it seems to work....haha.

Bose Around-Ear Headphones
For about two years I owned a pair of $20 Sonys...unfortunately my head was too fat, so wearing them for more than 5 minutes made my head hurt. I first tried on these headphones in an Apple store, probably in 2006/7 and fell in love...I can't feel a thing when I wear them. I saved up and eventually purchased a pair a few years later.



Thrifty Ice Cream
Apparently this is only available in California (score!). Thrifty has award winning ice cream for a reason: it's delish! It's just the right amount of cream + cold + flavor. Their mint chocolate chip is the best...the "chips" are thin shredded/grated pieces as opposed to hard chunks...so it doesn't hurt to eat. NOM.

Monday, February 7, 2011

February already??

I am REALLY bad at this blogging thing. I have all these random thoughts that I want to jot down and share with the world (because I know the whole world reads this thing), but I always get too lazy to start.

I will eventually get better at this.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

anti-social

as the years have passed by since i have finished undergrad, i have become more and more anti-social.

just this evening i went out to two bars on la cienaga with the manfriend and our buddy. as i rarely drink, i was dd. the first club sucked major balls because it was super cramped and very loud (which i think sums up 90% of bars). amazingly, this place was still hip-happening, evident with all the 30 year old ladies in teeny tiny dresses or super tight pants and sky-high heels.

the second bar/restaurant was still loud, but at least we could sit. as i was sitting there while the gents were looking up restaurants on their smart phones, i realized that i am anti-social. i was seriously the mood-killer of the night because i hated being there. so not only am i anti-social, i hate people too!

i think one reason for my anti-socialness is that i don't really see people. as many of my friends in school have moved away, my social circle has decreased significantly. and as i only see like 6 people at work a day, my ability to expand this circle has been very difficult.

i don't know about other people, but making friends is hard in the "real world."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year(s Resolutions)

Wow, 2011??!?! When did this happen? I can't believe how fast time has flown...and in just a few weeks I'll be celebrating my two year anniversary at work.

Anywho, to kicks-tart the new year, I guess I should have some resolutions:
- exercise regularly: I have not worked out since....March? And it definitely shows (I've become my own bakery with rolls and muffin tops...mmm bakery....). I'm not trying to be a fitness guru, but at least get in the minimum amount to be healthy.

- be organized: I am a sloppy Joe...I at least can understand my chaos...but after seeing multiple "HOARDERS" episodes on TLC, I know that I can't let things get that bad.

Those are my main resolutions...pretty boring.