Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Status Quo


Remember I posted about applying for citizenship? My citizenship interview and test is at 7:15 am tomorrow (May 1st). Eeeek. I'm nervous and excited.

Got my passport photos taken after work (between picking up my developed film and running to the dry cleaners to ask them to expedite the shirt I want to wear for my citizenship interview). Naturally, my hair was very much not brushed. But I kind of like it that way. No makeup and messed up hair is the status quo around here.

I'm also totally stressed about my projects, but I'm managing. Wish me luck!

getting ready music for the ungodliest of hours tomorrow morning

Monday, April 29, 2013

Coolest Find: Poler Napsack

Poler Napsack - a sleeping bag with arm and foot holes. Where has this been my whole life? 

I'm pretty sure I need one for my 3 o'clock half-hour nap at work. Accomplishes two goals: 1) I'm warm and cuddly; 2) when I'm sporting the bright orange napsack, there's no questioning what I'm doing. It's not like "Oh, did Olga fall asleep at work? Should I nudge her awake?" Nope. This shows intent. It says: "Olga got in the napsack for her daily 30 minute nap. Do not disturb." BOOM.

But seriously, how sweet is this thing?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Things That Made My Week

I had a bit of a difficult week. Right in the middle of it, I had a moment when I declared I had enough of this shit, and would be writing code no more. Silliness. (I'm pretty sure it was just my tired brain talking at 3 am.) Of course, I ended up getting back into it and finishing what I was working on (at 5 am). Moral of the story: sometimes a good cry is all you need to feel better.

How are you?

Here are some things that made my week:
- i find these weck jars to be the perfect container for bringing iced coffee to work
  and a little simple vanilla syrup makes it that much sweeter
- ucla makes me proud (for once). professor teaches game theory by giving an epic test
best game ever (hint: do q+o, then w+p)
- hilarious infomercial gifs
- greek yogurt (to amp up my banana+almonds breakfast)
cranky kids on a family vacation. love the honesty (found via joanna)
- animals doing what they do best - messing with people's silly activities
this crazy quiz makes me amused and embarrassed at the same time

I think this weekend is for grilling fish and looking up at the almost-full waning moon, hm? What are you up to this weekend? I hope it's something good.

Zach Braff's Kickstarter Movie

(photo via kickstarter)

Have you guys seen Zach Braff is doing a Kickstarter movie? I'm stoked.

I remember watching Garden State. I was only 14 at the time. The adult in the room turned it off shortly after the movie began because it featured people at a party engaging in drug-use. Obviously, the movie had to be good if an adult didn't approve of it, so I jumped at the next chance I could watch it. And I was hooked. It quickly became my favorite movie and soundtrack. (Clearly, I was a very advanced 14-year-old because the plot is about your confusing twenties.)

the aftermath of the aforementioned party scene (via kickstarter)

Now I watch it every two years or so. And every time, it means something different to me. I remember realizing that it has a bit of a liberal agenda. Gotta admit, I was heartbroken. But it didn't stop me from coming back to it again and again.

I backed WISH I WAS HERE, obviously. And if it is half as awesome as Garden State, it'll be $200 well spent. (I'm also paying in part for Garden State whichimprettysurewasillegalysourced.)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Officially NOT Going

Dearest friends, I was planning on telling you the very exciting news that I'd be going to WWDC this year. I've been begging my company to pay for me to go since I started. Finally, this year they approved the (quite hefty) ticket, travel, and lodging expense and gave me the credit card. I've been giddy and nervous all morning, waiting for the clock to strike 10.

A few seconds after 10 am, when the link to buy the tickets became available, I got an error page that told me to restart my browser. I did, and tried the page again. That's when I got the "Down for Maintenance" page. I refreshed again and it gave me the dreaded "Sold Out" message at 10:02 am. 

Sigh. This is ridiculous. I feel like who gets a ticket is so arbitrary. And if it is already, why not take the stress out of it and make it a lottery system?

Whawhawhawhaaaaaa. Taste my sad, friends.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The World is Yours

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.
- Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dove Ad Parody

Oh, my goodness. Remember the Dove ad video I (and a million other people) posted a few days ago? This morning Joanna posted a hysterical parody of it. I nearly died laughing.

Men are asked to describe themselves to a sketch artist (a Saul Berenson look-alike). Here are my favorite excerpts:
"I am like a... white Denzel Washington."

"Tell me about your eyes."
"A lot of people say they're an abyss, because they just don't end."

Newfeelingstime, you are hilarious.

More Jean Jacket Inspiration

photos via madewell

I've written about my new obsession with the jean jacket and other blue-colored things. This is the last time, I promise. This video (via rubi) was just too cool not to post.

She wears that jacket well, no?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Things That Made My (Last) Week

photo from debsphotographs

My beautiful friend, JZ is coming to stay with me for the weekend. I'm extremely pumped to chat, take photos, eat. We'll be making this bee sting cake and probably other things.

I didn't post this on Friday because I wasn't feeling it. My beautiful friend, JZ, had to cancel. But photos were taken (with a film camera, no less), and the bee sting cake was made and eaten. But chatting and girl-time was dearly missed. :(

Here are some things that made last week:
- nutella - all day err day
- patagonia sale! (i got a pair of baggie shorts and this number)
- coolest space experiment - wringing out a washcloth!
- taking a 30 minute head-on-my-desk-nap at work (college lecture style!)
  while listening to Sigur Rós' Takk... album on the lowest volume setting
  i dreamt i was swimming in the ocean and diving under waves
- finally getting into the groove on my after-work project

I hope you had a lovely spring weekend and a productive Monday.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Matilda the Musical

photo via npr

Did you know that Roald Dahl's Matilda has been made into a musical? This is apparently really old news given it premiered in 2010. But more recently it won a bunch of awards in the UK, and is now coming to Broadway!

I wouldn't normally get too excited about a musical, but dearest friends told me that the music for Matilda is written by Tim Minchin. (I went to one of his shows roughly a year ago.) I totally dig on Minchin's song writing and cute little girls with teased hair overcoming shitty circumstances. What's not to like?

I've been listening to the original cast recording every morning at work. It totally gets me pumped. Wouldn't you love to go see it live?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chambray Shorts

photos via imogene + willie

Yup. I'm still on a denim kick. I'm loving these simple, sporty chambray shorts. Would be a classy alternative to my nike tempo shorts (which is pretty much live in all year around). 

Is it summer yet?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Touching Video

Have you seen this video? I definitely cried.

I'm one of those people who embraces my unattractive features. I joke about them, and exaggerate a lot. But in doing so, I also give them way more attention than they deserve. I really wonder what my portrait would've looked like as described by me. Probably more of a caricature than anything.

But I really enjoy looking at other people. Even if a person is not "traditionally" beautiful, there's always something. Maybe it's the way they eat their sandwich, or smile, or their gait, or their driving posture. I love people-watching, because it's a...well, beautiful sight!

People are Good

photo via anna's pinterest 
...the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. 
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'
Patton Oswalt on the Boston Marathon Bombing

I refuse to be scared.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


photo via sumeja

Look, I like going out and I like being single, but a growing part of me would rather just stay home, cook food with someone I really like, and do nothing. Well, that’s not a really strong pitch, “Come cook food with me and do nothing.” Maybe that’s my problem.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Things That Made My Week

happy lunar new year 2012
beautiful photo by DUC_SLA

I had a very productive week! Still can't believe it's Friday. It flew by. I've been sleeping little, programming a lot, and drinking iced coffee from Nalgene bottles. And in no way is that depressing. In preparation for this weekend, I ordered a giant jar of Nutella (I'm not even joking) so I can make me some of these. It's arriving today!

How was your week?

Here are some things that made my week:
- spending an afternoon programming outside w. forrest
inspiring article about entrepreneurship
- I'm pretty sure I found my calling. how sick are those photos?
  makes me want to put a deer leg in my mouth and run around howling for wolves
- this little girl for inspiring this week's jean jacket challenge
- this cat gif (via Jason)
- rereading fiona apple's touching letter about her dog
- a beautiful love poem

Have a beautiful weekend!

Jean Jacket

photo via remainsimple

Dudes. When did the jean jacket get so cool? In the past, I've shied away from all denim-related things north of the hips (for fear of looking like this sexy lady). But I've been living on the edge the last few months.

my denim evolution. photos via madewell (1 | 2 | 3)

It started off innocently enough with a chambray dress (aka the gateway drug). After getting used to that, I moved on to the chambray shirt. (It's not a canadian tuxedo if you wear black jeans. Right?) Now I'm wearing a full blown jean jacket. What's next, people? A Texas tie?

But really, the jean jacket is not as scary as it sounds. It's quite versatile and keeps me surprisingly warm in an over-conditioned office. I've worn it every single day of the week this week. No joke. (Mostly to prove to myself that I could do it, but you get the point.) I like it with dresses and skirts, but it looks cool with some colored jeans too.

PS. If you're not convinced by photos of models wearing it, I think these blurry photos of me will push you over the edge.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dainty Ring

photos via of a kind (top | bottom)

How cool is this tri-ring? My love for tiny rings is well documented. This is just my latest obsession. It's made even more special by the fact that there's only 50 of these made. Those tricky Of a Kind bastards know how to use the scarcity tactic on me.

(Never mind that the fact that diamonds are bullshit. I'd get this ring with a piece of glass for the stone if I could.)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Stand for Smoked Salmon


I am against government regulating marriage of any kind. But I am definitely for spreading cream cheese on an ak-mak cracker and topping it with smoked salmon for breakfast. Yummmm.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cats Turn Two!

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My favorite cats in the whole world turned two on Sunday!

There were no adorable birthday hats or cake. We're saving those for when we have a dog. Right, cats? But there was Trader Joe's cat tuna and extra cuddles. They also got 25 replacement discs for their favorite toy in the world: Zoom-O. (Moos and Tig cached the five that it came with in an undisclosed location.)

Oh, cats. Try as you may to be annoying shittens at times, I love you to death. Happy birthday!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Everlane Cashmere Hat


I've blogged about Everlane's box cut t-shirts before. And I mentioned I was packing the cashmere beanie on the ski trip to Tahoe

I wore my charcoal hat all through the winter, and am still wearing it on bad-hair days and very early morning hikes. It's soft, not itchy at all (even with a headlamp over it), warm, and everything you'd want your beanie to be. Well done, Everlane! Now, make it in bright colors.

P.S. My favorite red hat.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Things That Made My Week

photo via remain simple.

How was your week? I found out that I'm suddenly in love with totally impractical white sneakers. What gives? Overall, I'd say my week was pretty good. Getting to drum all day was definitely the highlight of it. I also caught up with JZ and E, which was lovely.

I get to work on my outside-of-work projects this weekend. But as a fun outing, I'm planning on watching the sunrise from Sandstone Peak. (Don't you crash it!) Also, looking forward to making another batch of Earl Grey ice cream and a different (from this) version of stuffed cabbage.

What are you up to this weekend?

Here are some things that made my week happy:
- enjoying a new batch of earl grey
- jamming on my new cajon
- discovering the best oh-shit-i'm-late breakfast ever:
  a banana and a handful of almonds
- ballet class is back from spring break (you should come to my recital in June!)
- Vova and Forrest combining their sweet efforts to teach me git
- planning a long-overdue weekend with JZ
- these irises
this belt (I've worn it every single day since getting it)
- the smell of my kitchen one early morning (st. louis gooey butter cake, yo)

a weird fun song with a funky piano riff that I couldn't stop listening to this week

Beet/Orange Salad

one day, I will learn to take good photos. i swear.

We've talked about making dinner for one. To recap: it's a pain in the ass. Which is why I rotate through my easy favorites: two eggs on toast with goat cheese, tomato soup and avocado grilled cheese, panzanella (summer months only), a mashed potato with canned tomatoes, any one of these, or the good old mashed up avocado on toast sprinkled with salt. Notice how none of those are very healthy (especially when you throw mandatory dessert in the mix).

You see, a weekday dinner for myself should satisfy at least a couple of these criteria:
- tasty
- take less than an hour from kitchen to table
- make enough for lunch the next day,
  but not so much that I have to eat it for dinner again
- less expensive than restaurant food
- healthy enough that I don't feel bad eating dessert later

Thursday, April 4, 2013


photo via tumblr
I've been drawn to white lately.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cajon Drum

left photo: amazon; right photo: piesoup

Don't laugh. But I got a cajon drum. I know what you're thinking. I just paid $100+ for a wooden box. But can you do this with a wooden box? All I need is five more people, a metal triangle, the little brush thingy, 6 pairs of roll up pants, and I am well on my way to being awesome. No?

OK. To be fair, I got it for work. A few of us wanted to jam at lunch. We volunteered to bring guitars, but none of us had any percussion instruments. You gotta have a tambourine or two so the non-musically inclined people can join in! I decided to add this number into the mix.

It arrives today! Can't wait.

PS. How sweet are these brothers?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Red Beanie Love

photo via tumblr

This photo reaffirms my red beanie love. The white pup is adorable, and so is the girl keeping warm in a chunky red hat. Mmm.

Do you know who the original (at least to me) red beanie wearer was? Jacques Cousteau (see here).

On Sleep

surreal photo via julienmagre (I love the windows!)

I came across this article (via HN, of course) about how much sleep we need to be productive. It was really interesting. Did you know that the 8 hour/night thing is a myth? Sleeping 8 hours will actually make you less alert than sleeping 5 hours. Crazy, right?

The part that resonated with me the most was this: "[...] be aware that for the highest quality of sleep, you need to be drained, both physically and mentally to some extent." How true is that?

There have been times (especially last week) when I've been sitting at my computer working for 18 hours straight. I'd be completely mentally drained when I get home, and yet do not fall asleep for 30 minutes or so. Do you find that? It just serves as a reminder that when things get busy, physical exercise is not something to put on the back burner.

PS. I wouldn't mind napping on this down-filled couch 20 minutes every day. I would not mind at all.