Saturday, February 23, 2013

A funny story about my hair.

I was reminded of this story because earlier this evening, I was flipping through old magazines to find a picture of a similar hairdo I'd like to get (just your average bangs and layers 'do). I normally don't bring in pictures, but since I am contemplating trying a ~$30-a-haircut salon owned by some women who are non-native English speakers (per Yelp reviews), I thought I should be prepared in case I don't get my point across. I still seem to have that trouble even with the English-speaking hairstylists I've been to!

I have lived in LA for about 4 years, and I have yet to find a salon/hair stylist that I like. I have tried a number of places, with the average cost being at least $60/cut. For me, that is on the expensive side, and I feel like if I'm paying prices like that, I should come out feeling like a movie star. But not once have I come out feeling "Wow, I look like a BAMF!"

I feel like my hair itself is my biggest issue. I feel like it grows in jaggedly...maybe it's the way it's cut, but I feel like the ends as a whole look odd/not neat. Like, if you were to look at the back of my hair, the bottom of the hair looks pointy. And while my hair is straight, it's not very thick; it's thick when first washed, but gets pretty meh by the end of the day. Thin hair makes having bangs hard since they end up looking wispy and limp. But I need bangs to hide my big ole forehead. Add to that, I also have a very round face, so I can't just have any ole hairdo.

I am one of those people that needs to wash their hair daily, because by the second day, my hair is in flat/grease city! I am unfortunately not one of those people that can go every three days without washing.

I am definitely not a hair person. I don't do much to my hair, aside from straightening it or putting it into a ponytail. And my ponytails are not pretty. They are of the gym variety. I also don't know how to use a curling iron, and my hair always seems to be static-y.


So the above was not my funny story, but some background with my struggles with hair. The funny story

A few months back, a co-worker and I were invited to this program hosted by a big-name magazine. At the event were various motivational speakers, as well as product booths for attendees to visit and get free swag. One of the booths there was a "hair style" booth hosted by one of the big name shampoo/styling product guys (I forget which one).

At this booth, various stylists would style your hair in one of four "quick-'do" options. One was beachy waves, and another was a "red-carpet pony."  As this event started at 8 AM (or something super early), I didn't have time to wash my hair, so I had just thrown it into one of my "gym -looking" ponytails.

So when my co-worker and I were walking around this booth, two spokespeople approached about us getting our hair done for free, to which we responded, "okay!" My co-worker got the beachy waves, and since I had a ponytail, the guy who was styling me told me he was giving me the "red carpet pony."

I sat in the chair and tried to make small talk during his "styling." Basically he just used some mousse or hairspray and some bobby pins. I was done in 3 minutes and left, wandering around the area until my co-worker was done.

As I was waiting by the edge of the booth, one of the spokespeople (there were many), came up to me smiling and asked if I wanted to get my hair done.

I was laughing in my head as I responded, "Oh, I already did."

She looked embarrassed and replied, "Oh, okay!" and walked away.

So basically, my hair looks ugly and I don't know how to get or wear a "red carpet pony." WAMP WAMP.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Need to Remind Myself to Be Grateful.

So I just read the following article via someone's Facebook page (article is from the NY Times). Basically the article (briefly) talks about a poor Chinese couple's sacrifices to put their only daughter in school, so that she can eventually get a good job and support them in old age. Currently she is in college. Like in the States, there are too many college students and not enough good-paying jobs, so there is great uncertainty if she will be find a job once she graduates. The article can be read here: In China, Families Bet It All on College for Their Children.

Sometimes I forget, but articles like the one above remind me to be grateful for what I have; I feel like this family's story could be anyone's story - it could have been my story, but it was luck or chance that it wasn't.

This article touches topics that I have been constantly thinking about: the cost of higher education, joblessness, poverty, income disparities, the economy, consumerism, class/income hierarchies and global warming, to name a few. Why am I thinking about these things? Mainly it's from reading various news stories online, but also seeing things in real life. When I'm at the mall or dining out, I can't help but feel guilty that I'm spending money on "frivolous" things, and also the fact that I can "afford" to do so (I put afford in quotations, because do I really have the funds to use on unnecessary things?), when there are millions of people in the world who are only surviving on one dollar a day. I think about these kinds of things when I'm driving through LA and pass through luxurious neighborhoods, and then in only a few miles, see rundown apartments and seedy-looking storefronts. Or anytime I see that little old Latina lady on the street island trying to sell floral bouquets, or when I see an empty restaurant/shop and hope that they have customers.

I feel like everyone's goal is to "make it to the top;" i.e. being successful. I know successful is a very subjective term, but I view it as being financially stable...aka well-off - like the next Zuckerberg. I know we all can't make it to the top, but I wish those that did would remember the people below them; i.e. paying good wages and using ethical practices (especially environmental) - I'm looking at you, big corporations!

In a nutshell, I just feel depressed thinking about the future, and I feel great uncertainty about it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Remove Shadow Border on Blogger Images

In case you didn't know how to remove the shadow border on Blogger images:

If you are using the old Blogger interface:

  • Go to Dashboard - Design - Template Designer - Advanced - Add CSS - paste the following code [in BLUE] - Press enter after the last character of the last line } - Apply to Blog.

If you are using the new Blogger interface:
  • Go to Dashboard - Template - Customize - Advanced - Add CSS - paste the following code [in BLUE] - Press enter after the last character of the last line } - Apply to Blog.

.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
  padding: none !important;
  border: none !important;
  background: none !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;

Thanks to this site for the tip: Help Blogger.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Luc!

Today is my (only) nephew's birthday, and he is turning one! I have to commend my sister, because taking care of a baby is HARD. I only see him every few months, but the times we spend together is taxing (awesome, but taxing), so I can only imagine doing that every day.

I never knew how hard it is, and getting a small glimpse of what it takes to take care of a small being who can't really function on his/her own makes me really appreciate what my mom and dad - and all the moms and dads out there - had to do to take care of me and my sisters.

Anywhoooo, let's take a quick trip down memory lane to see how much he has grown!

Feb 2012
A newborn bebs.

(Early) March 2012                                                                                                     

This was when I saw him for the first time (my mom, other sister, and I came up to help for a few days)...the pic on the left makes me laugh because he looks like an old man.

I was really impressed with how alert he was; he was about three weeks old when I first saw him, and at my sister's baby shower, he was just staring at everyone/everything.

(End of) March

We all came home for my mom's birthday, and lil' Luc joined us too! It's funny, but looking back at the photos now, he looks a little alienish (cute alienish, I should say).

(End of) July

My sister and her husband and Luc came down for a wedding, so we got to spend a few days with him...we sadly didn't get to go to Disneyland (the ears were from an earlier trip).

It was fun to see how he was starting to show more personality - when I last saw him in person, he spent most of his time sleeping and blinking. Now, he was smiling and laughing and babbling a bit.

(End of) Sept

The whole family got together in September to celebrate my dad' b-day in Boulder.

Even though it had only been a month, he already seemed so much bigger and older! This guy was so smiley, and it was entertaining to see him so fascinated by the leaves on trees. Anytime we would walk near trees, he would want to touch the leaves.

(Early) Nov

My sister and Luc came down to the desert for some R&R...unfortunately Luc was sick when I picked him up, so the first few days were no fun for anyone. He at least was able to give us a smile!

Luckily, by the time they left, he was fully recovered, and was even able to have a play date with a baby friend! (it was early November, but since we were experiencing that crazy socal heat wave, we had to change him out of pants and a long sleeve into a short sleeved/shorts combo!)

(End of) Dec

So the entire family got together for the holidays...unfortunately the majority of it was spent sick! 

By this time, Luc had already learned to crawl! It was fun to see him get around. He had plenty of toys to play with: stacking rings (which he kind of learned to do!), his favorite stuffed animal (an owl), and a musical activity table with very catchy tunes.

He even started "dancing," i.e. shaking his head and waving his arm whenever he heard music - it was super cute!

I feel very grateful that I got to see him as many times as I did...I can't wait to see the kind of person he will become...happy first birthday, Luc!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blast from the Past - Books

If you couldn't tell, I am a very nostalgic person. I always think of the past fondly, especially my childhood...I feel like times were much simpler (nowadays, I feel like kids grow up way too fast)!

Anyways, today, for some reason, I was thinking about a series of children's books I had read when I was younger; the stories were about a group  of middle-school aged girls who were misfit ballerinas. I couldn't remember the name or the author, so I kept googling random word searches. I came across a blog who not only documented this series (which is Bad News Ballet), but other books from the past.

remember these, sistas?!?!

I haven't taken a deep dive into the blog, but the author(s) wanted to create an archive of books from the past, especially those that have been long-forgotten (most I have not heard of), since there really wasn't anything like that online.

It was fun to see books from the 80s/early 90s...they have a distinct look, and it feels like the same illustrator drew the cover images for most of the series, haha.

Here is the link to the blog: Cliquey Pizza