Friday, March 29, 2013

Things That Made My Week

photo via wildlywanderlust

Why a photo of a goat (is it a goat?) wearing a flower-crown? I just don't know. Felt like it.
How is it going? Things are shitty on this end. But maybe it'll get better.

In case I'm not clear, my week wasn't happy. Here are some things that made it better:
- YC demo day bingo (via hn)
kid court
- not gonna lie, this is another cat link
- you know how when you open a new Finder window and it goes to All My Files?
  yeah, I finally got rid of that slow shit (you should too!)
- learned how to pronounce szechuan for real
- brief chat with JZ from Japan
  she wants a burger and misses her boyfriend
  just thought I'd update everyone

Hope your week was better than mine!

in the spirit of Easter, here is a beautiful, sad, sort-of religious song written by a non-religious person

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Found this while looking for what the white filling was made of:
"The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of Kinder Chocolate and the claimed effect of 'helps to grow' in children and young adults."

Wait, chocolate doesn't make for good nutrition? Crazy Europeans. I don't trust them.

(I ate all 8 of these in two days.)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun Movie Challenge

Can you guess which movie each of these tiles represents?

If you can, you should enter the Eat|See|Hear contest for the 2013 season pass! I'm terrible at this challenge. But I work with a bunch of movie-nerds, and they were able to guess a lot of movies I've never even heard of. Are you going to try it?

I'm definitely going to try to make it to June 8th, July 13th and July 20th (if they are what I think they are). I cannot, for the life of me, figure out July 27th. I guessed Super Troopers and Anchorman and was wrong both times. 

Food trucks, music, and movies! Eat|See|Hear looks like fun. JZ? Date night in Santa Monica?


23andme box 

After reading this and this, I decided to purchase a 23andMe kit. Just shipped it off yesterday, so no results yet. But I can tell you with certainty that gathering the required amount of saliva was disgusting.

I read that they require a lot of spit to make it almost impossible to procure somebody else's saliva without their permission. But I thought it was still going to be cake for me. (My brother and I are chronic droolers, and I'm told by dentists that I have excessive saliva. TMI?) It doesn't seem like much when you first look at the vial you have to fill, but it took me a couple of (very long and gross) minutes. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


photo via parkerfitzgerald

Life has been busy around here, friends.

I was on the x-country team in college (briefly). One practice, when we were running a particularly hilly (and sandy -- gah!) trail, the coach told me my eyes are looking too far ahead. She said to keep my gaze low, looking only at the next step. That way, I wouldn't get discouraged about the slope of the hill and how much further I need to run to the top. It worked until I dropped out half-way through the quarter!

I'm desperately trying to do the same thing now. Keeping my head down, not getting locked up when I think about work yet to do.


taxes cat via fluffington post

So, in addition to paying (what seems like) a sizable chunk of my paycheck to the government every 2 weeks, I didn't get any sort of a return when I filed last weekend. In fact, I had to pay more. I was so baffled, I didn't even try to figure out why that was the case. I just paid it as fast as I could and closed the laptop.

What a clusterfuck.

Monday, March 25, 2013

150,000 Miles

My car has travelled 150,000 miles as of this morning. (That's more than half way to the moon!) Forrest snapped a photo of it to commemorate this occasion.

I bought this 2003 Saturn Ion when it had about 100K miles. 4 years and 50 thousand miles later, it's still going strong. It's probably the wisest $2,050 I've spent. Here is to 50,000 more!

PS. A post from the day we met. (Feels so long ago. :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The View from Saturday

Tig and I are working on a project and listening to The Dark Side of the Moon.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Things that Made My Week

photos of Buster via tumblr

Happy Friday! How was your week? Any exciting weekend plans? I'll be doing my taxes. I know, I'm super jazzed.

My friend, JZ, is heading to Japan. She got funding to go to a conference there to shrink some heads. (No? :) I'm so proud, jealous, excited and anxious for her. Safe travels and safe returns!

Here are some things that made my week:
- getting compliments on my mini wedges (on sale!)
  and my little brush that works wonders on suede
- this sweet duet
- laughing at Moos when she pulled one of these.
  she was trying to jump on the kitchen counter. serves her well
- this hilarious video (via phil)
- tap class (and my beige taps)
- chicken dance compilation (can you tell I'm getting excited for May?)
- Forrest saying my name (and scaring the shit out of me) as I was walking up to my apartment last night.
  I was beyond surprised. Well done.
- CAT VIDEO (via Forrest)

Hope you have a fun weekend!

Instant Mood Lifter

In the spirit of posting videos all week long, here is another one for your Friday.

How silly are these? I love the sleeping leopard, especially when he licks his chops after waking up. That's what my cats do too!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tom & Elis

photos via jb

Do you like jazz? I'm certainly no Carrie Mathison, but I'm kind of a jazz-lover wannabe. In high school I used to listen to So What by Miles Davis on repeat. (Cliché, I know.) In college, one of my roommates introduced me to the Ella & Louis For Lovers album. I thought it was so incredibly romantic! I still get goosebumps when I listen to it.

I've known about Tom Jobim from a latin dance class I took once. That class played Girl from Ipanema so much, I'm still in recovery from its overdose (and partner dancing). Anyway, about a year ago I was stumbling around Spotify looking for a jazz fix, I found my way back to Jobim and this duet album. I have to say, Águas De Março kind of blew my mind, especially this recording room video.

This song has a lot of things I love: a latina woman (hai, JZ), duets, jazz, weird lyrics. If only they threw in a cat somewhere. Elis is too adorable for words. I love her smile and her bobbing around as she is singing. (The part that starts at 2:45 makes me grin so much.)

PS. Did you spot the cigarette she is holding toward the end of the video? What a baller.

Apple Cake

I made apple cake (Russian people and Deb call it sharlotka) last night, and I have shitty iPhone photos to prove it! My family uses almost exactly the same ingredient list as Deb, but our preparation is a little less fussy. This cake needs no butter, or milk to taste absolutely amazing. I have no idea how it pulls it off. But I'm pretty sure you need it in your life also.

Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

5-6 medium sized apples
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt (my addition. sorry, mama!)
1 1/2 cups flour
cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9x9 square pan. I think a round cake pan should work too.

No need to peel the apples! Just core and thinly slice. (I used a mandolin after coring which made it about a 4-minute job. I use this one and only with one of these on.) Put the sliced apples in a large bowl and add sugar. Mix with a spatula to distribute the sugar. Leave it on the counter for ~10 min while you wait for apples to release some juice. 

Add the baking soda, eggs (straight from the shell, no need to beat separately), and salt. Mix gently. Now start adding the flour. Do this gradually because depending on how juicy of an apple you used, you might need less than 1 1/2 cups.  (It's not the end of the world if you just dump all 1 1/2 cups. Just make sure to incorporate all of the flour into the batter.) Add the spices, if using.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle the top with 1-2 tbsp sugar (if you're into the crunchy sugary topping thing) and bake 40-50 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

It's a tasty one! Though you might not be able to glean that from the photos.

Oh, and what do you know! I've blogged about this cake before (which seems like forever ago).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Summer Loafers

photos via nordstrom

Have I ever told you how much I like loafers? (Indirectly, yes.) Well, I love them. So much so that I have two pairs, and I think this love warrants another.

My favorite all-around loafer (despite Moos leaving a poodle in them once) is this beauty. And in the fall/winter, I wear this studded number. I love them both. But during the summer, not so much. I have to resort to my not-very-fashionable Chacos. No longer!

These loafers look super cool, and are breathable. (Also, look at the solid reviews this shoe is getting!) I'm definitely going to try to check them out this weekend. Which color would you pick? I think I'd go for Rosewood. (As in PLL! Get it, E?)

Best Friends

How cute is this short? I love the bit about trying to expand your social circle. So true.

I'm no movie critic, but Lena Durham reminds me a lot of Wes Anderson. I haven't seen much of her, but Tiny Furniture had something Wes-Anderson about it, and so does this video. 

Also, I didn't realize it at first, but the clothes featured here are from Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2013 collection. Here is the lookbook, if you're interested. My favorite piece is the coral shirt (video | lookbook). I wish all designers did these short-movies to showcase their clothes! So neat!

PS. I know this is two youtube videos in two days. But you know what? I'm just going to embrace my lack of creativity this week.
PPS. I want a best friend. :(

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

French Dancing Boys

Uhh. Somebody, please teach me to move like this magnificent mullet-sporting, fanny-pack wearing dancing sprite. Nah. I'm pretty sure I should just give up on dancing altogether. My efforts are futile.

Sign of Spring

photos via designsponge

My favorite flower has to be jasmine. One of my dearest friends has a thick vine of jasmine growing on her patio. Most of the time it just looks like healthy greenery. But about two weeks out of the year it turns a mushroom cloud of awesome. There are thousands of tiny white flowers, and thousands of long pink buds. All I can do is bring handfuls of blooms to my face and breathe

I'd live out on her patio those two weeks if she'd let me. Inevitably, when I come over just a few days after the flower explosion, the vine is back to being mostly green while the ground is covered with wilted florets. Let's just say that there have been years when I've cried over this tragedy.

The good news is that there is some variety of jasmine that grows in Southern California through most of spring and summer. The season starts right about now. (I remember it would be right around Winter quarter finals week when I'd smell the first signs of jasmine in the evening air which made me want to quit school and take up evening-walking as a profession.) They're popping up all over the place, and I am sporadically running off to bury my face in bunches of these beautiful flowers.

PS. And what's this? Oh, just a wedding dress made out of jasmine flowers. I die.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tahoe Panoramas

I took these while watching the serene sunset on Lake Tahoe. Pretty neato for iPhone photos, huh? I love the tree silhouettes in the first photo. More awesome iPhone panoramas (that I did not take) here, if you'd like to see.

Oh, and remember I told you about the new music I found? Yeah, I really love it.

A Case for Candles

photos via west elm

I've never been into candles and candle accoutrement. I think the smell is usually too strong for me. But a few months ago I spotted this wax melt contraption at a friend's house. It had intricate cutouts all around the sides, so the soft glow of the tea-candle was cast in the loveliest of ways. It was beautiful (and smelled woodsy)! It had me warming up to the whole candle thing, for sure.

Her wax warmer (what's the proper name for it?) is vintage, but that didn't stop me from seeking out my very own. A lot of them look super cheesy, but I found this number (on amazon of all places), and I love it. I've been lighting it when I play the piano. It totally gets me in the zone; I feel like Chopin himself playing by the candlelight on an electric piano, with headphones on, and a lamp turned on behind me.

Recently, these porcelain hurricanes caught my eye. Don't they look modern (as modern as a candle implement can look)? I'm seriously considering getting the smallest size to put in the bathroom. But if I had a patio, I'd be getting the large ones for all the outdoor parties I'd be hosting. (Ha!)

Here are some more options: lavender swoon, colorful, for candle-averse (read: Sue).

PS. I use these tea-candles (which were rated the best by Real Simple) and these wax melts. But I can imagine verbena melts are incredible.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Things that Made My Week

My week was mostly sleepless. Not for any particular reason, really. I just consistently went to bed late and woke up early. Looking forward to curling up with the cats for an afternoon nap in the sun.

It has been so warm here that I should be able to dry my laundry out of the balcony this weekend. Air-drying laundry is, admittedly, more time consuming than just throwing everything in the dryer, but I find it relaxing. It gives me time to think, saves me $1.25 at the laundromat, and makes my apartment a little cooler. Win, win, win.

Here are some things that made my week:
- this inspiring post
- a box of oreos on coworker's desk
- my favorite frenchie on love
sock-catching pup! (via Forrest)
- knowing this number doesn't come in black (otherwise I'd be $300 poorer. I'm all about the silver lining.)
- OK, I love Taylor Swift, but this is too hilarious not to post
this playlist made me the most happy (and productive) this week
  so much so, that I think it deserves two lines. There.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend also!

Tap Dance

I'm starting a tap dance class next week! Just once a week for now, and we'll see how it goes. Got my tap shoes in the mail recently, and I cannot stop tapping and doing jazz hands in the kitchen (much to my neighbors' dismay).

I decided on these Bloch tap shoes, except I screwed up and ordered tan instead of black. Only realized my mistake when I tore open the box. I'm pretty sure I'll be the only person in the class with tan shoes, but what the heck. I'll just pretend I'm going for the bare tapping feet look and embrace it.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis and George Bluth Sr.

This is too hilarious not to share. The new pope looks like George Bluth Sr. from Arrested Development. Just when I thought I Arrested Development could not get any better...

If you're like me and can't stop laughing, here are some more side-by-side photos. (Thanks for tipping me off, Forrest!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Dress

sessùn perkins dress via madewell

Why am I so attracted to this dress? Am I five? It looks like a toddler's dress, except size XXXXXXL. Am I too old to wear colorful dresses with sneakers? Wouldn't this, this, or even this be a more prudent choice for a 22 year old? 

(In case you can't tell, this warm LA weather has me in a dress mood all week.)

Sick Kitty


My poor Tigger-love was sick this morning. It broke my heart because it was totally my fault. I fed them tuna. Had to clean up the mess in the middle of the night. She sounded like she might throw up again, so all three of us moved to the kitchen floor for the rest of the night just in case. Moos was such a good sport too. She licked Tig's face until Tig stopped making hiccup noises and fell asleep. Needless to say, I didn't get a lot of sleep.

She seemed all better when I left for work. Drank lots of water and ate well. Hooray for speedy recovery, Tigger! (Crossing my fingers there are no surprises waiting for me at home.)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Working from SF (again!)

Working from SFMOMA

I get to work from SF today because we are leaving for Tahoe shortly. This apricot bar and I have been working some vim magic. And speaking of vim, anyone up for a game of vim golf? Barry?

Things That Made My (Last 3) Week(s)


How have you been? My Friday posts have escaped from me the last couple of weeks. So, this week's post contains triple the happiness.

- the little something-something I got in the mail
- The Onion's hilarious tweet and this response to The Onion's apology
- a dad's sweet sandwich bag drawings for his kids' lunches
- a live feed of an 80 year old pitch drop experiment
- HN parody thread and the thread on the parody thread
- planning a backpacking trip to Big Sur
- this goat video, especially the last goat (via joanna)
- endeavour! seeing it actually made me a little teary :)
- my new favorite programming music playlist (via HN)

As I mentioned previously, I am going to Lake Tahoe this weekend! I am thrilled to get to ski again. Been wearing my beanie non-stop since yesterday in preparation. Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Working Girl

Have you ever seen Working Girl? I watched it last night. So fun! I loved seeing the big hair, ridiculous lingerie, and shoulder pads. My favorite character was Cynthia, Tess McGill's best friend. She is hilarious!

As a result, I now have a girl crush on Joan Cusack. How adorable is she? I want to see all the movies that she is in (especially if she plays the same character in each one).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Watch Lust

I've worn the same $20 (on sale at Big 5) Timex watch (this oneon me) since high school. The only time I take it off is for ballet. Like any avid watch wearer, it throws me off if I've accidentally forgotten to put it back on after class.

My watch has been through 2K+ showers, a lot of dishwashing, 541 days of cats having it out with the poor thing. The silver paint is long gone, the watch strap keeper was chewed off by a puppy I was dog-sitting a while back, the watch strap itself has my cats' teeth marks all over it. Despite my mom's efforts to fashion something out of thread to keep the strap from flailing around, it's a lost cause.

There are many options for a new watch out there. Pebble is an obvious choice, Basis is another. I have a couple of problems with both of those. 1) It just doesn't look good; 2) you have to take it off to take a shower; 2) it needs to be charged at least once a week. Granted, my current watch is no fashion accessory (see here), but at least it's cheap.

I think I'm just going to get a replacement watch strap keeper and see how much longer it will serve me. But how stylish is this watch? It has that oversized-yet-simple, slightly androgynous look. Would look sexy with an off-white silk shirt. I love that they omitted the second hand. I know digital watches are way more practical. This one has no backlight and I'll never know what date it is! How will I live? Sigh. What we wouldn't do for fashion.

You can get it here or here. And here's a review of this beauty.

 PS. I am secretly in love with this mustard version. Though getting that would kind of defeat the purpose of getting a grown-up watch.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bad Lip Reading

- "Hot dodo. I'm starving. Aaand if you drip right on my back, I'll make you brownies of the sewage."
- "Okay."

These are hysterical. I haven't seen any of those movies except for Silver Linings Playbook, but now I want to.

Staying Warm

photo via phil webster via baguettemenots (how hilarious is that tumblr?)

The two times that I've skiied in my life, I borrowed other people's clothes. I am not about to rough it in not-at-all-waterproof khakis like, my friend, Forrest. So, in anticipation of the upcoming ski trip to Tahoe, I did a little bit of ski-clothes shopping.

merino shirt: patagonia | insulated ski pants: patagonia | gloves: outdoor researchcashmere hat: everlane

The ski pants and gloves were non-negotiable, another baselayer was a nice-to-have. And I've actually had the beanie for a while now. I'm just excited to be able to wear it again since LA decided it was summer about a week ago.

It's only Tuesday and I'm already packed. Zoinks!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Silks

Beyoncé is one hot mama, no? I've been rocking out to Countdown the day her 4 album came out. But somehow totally missed the music video for it. (Not the first time. I was 7 months late to the Gangham Style video as well.) I nearly fell out of my chair when I watched it a few days ago.

I might never forgive myself for missing out on 514 days of watching Beyoncé do the finger-flutter-snap thingy. Gah. She is too adorable for words.

You know what else she nailed in this video? The silk shirt!

Ah! Skinnies, bright silk shirts, pink lipstick, and sunnies for spring? Color me excited!

Kickstarter Cat Calendar

I don't usually post about cool kickstarter projects (even though there are a lot). But I could not resist with this one. This World's Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar has it all: unicorns, leprechauns, a crazy cat lady, the cutest toddler-girl, and a black cat!

You're welcome.