Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Thoughts


how is it going?
at least it's a short week
starters are for people who entertain
i call them snacks and eat the entire plate as a meal
why must it be so hot?
i'm anxiously awaiting for this to arrive
new office, good light, no open coffee tab
staying positive...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bitcasa Runners

I'm running again!

My first day at Bitcasa was a Thursday (01/02/14). The next day, on Friday, as my teammates headed out for a lunchtime run, I got them to invite me. I've been running with them every Wednesday and Friday ever since. It's so fun! Competing against myself is what I miss the most about juggling, and I love that aspect of running. (My best 5K is now 23:59!)

We've moving offices from downtown Mountain View to San Mateo this weekend. So, on Wednesday, we got all of the runners together for one last run on Stevens Creek Trail. We're definitely going to miss MV. :(

This is one fine running group, don't you think?

P.S. The young man on the left is our very own Philip Webster. (You might remember his smart-ass comments here, or his hilarious jony federighi contribution.) This fool willingly applied to be my intern, and is now likely regretting it. Ha!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cake - measurement conversion app


Lest you think I've been slacking since moving to the Bay area (actually, most of the time, that's exactly what I've doing), let me tell you about the app Vova and I built. It's called Cake.


Do you guys remember when I got my kitchen scale? (I didn't. Luckily, it was easy to look up.) It was in 2010, friends. Four(!) long years ago. Wat.

Since then, I've weighed ingredients for a pancake and a wedding cake, and everything in-between. It completely changed the way I cook. There was only one problem: most recipes do not include weights. This meant that if you wanted to forgo dirtying all of your measuring cups before you ate breakfast, you'd need to sit down and convert cups to grams for each ingredient first.

Being a software engineer, I’ve always thought I could do better than that, you know? More than 3 years after the idea was born, Vova and I started implementing it. And the result amazes me every time I use it. I'm so, so proud of it.

Oh, and guess who else likes Cake! Beautiful Pixels and Lifehacker. And here's what our usage analytics had to say about it.

Gah. This feels so incredible.

This app would still be just an idea if it weren't for Vova. I worked really hard on it, too, but not without him being on my case about it. :) I learned a ton, and damn, this feeling is addictive. What's next?

P.S. If you're curious about how we implemented it, you should check out the source code.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Everlane Petra Market Tote


I purchased The Market tote as soon as it came out (back when they were still putting the gold Everlane logo on them). Unfortunately, the timing was terrible. I had just gotten a black leather bag (baggu), so I didn't end up keeping this bag.

This isn't a review. Since I'm no bag/leather aficionado, I don't have much to say besides that I liked it a lot. I'm seriously considering getting it in navy when it comes back in stock.

Here are some photos, in case you're interested.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Biscuit the Dog


Consider me dog obsessed. I work in a dog-friendly office, and nothing makes me happier than feeling a wet nose on my legs asking for a scratch behind the ears. My coworkers know how much I love dogs, so I've been asked to dog-sit a few times.

The first time involved a not-so-pleasant flea situation. (I literally cried in front of my coworkers the next day.) But this time, with Biscuit, went off without a hitch. Here are some photos, if you'd like to see.

Biscuit just got picked up, and I already miss him. I'm wondering, is it time to get a dog? (I think I'd get a firm no from the cats.)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Perfectly Dirty Hair

Why would you want dirty hair? I don't know, maybe because my clean hair is flat and boring. Perfectly dirty hair is never oily. It's dry, kind of wild, and gritty -- the base for a great hair day.

I've been trying to last longer between washes, and now I'm down to only washing my hair twice a week. (And I run!) On days that I do wash, I mimic the dirrrrty hair with this salt spray.

(All of this must sound like crazy talk to guys.)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Liège Waffles


What are you doing this weekend? I'll be making these Blue Bottle Coffee yeasted waffles (again).

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Last weekend's discovery: did you know that you can make maple whipped cream by whipping heavy cream until soft peaks, and then beating in some maple syrup? Easiest way to step up your waffle game.

// in-and-out *sad trombone* // (ok, to be fair, I'm dog sitting and didn't get home until 9)

Thursday, June 19, 2014



Remember this grapefruit olive oil loaf? I made it this past weekend. Then I ate most of it. Then made another one for a dinner at a friends' house. It really is lovely. When I open Deb's book, it opens right to that page. :)

// mom made borsch! //

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Egg on Top

Fried Egg

Eggs. I love them. I almost typed I love them so much that I feel like I could be a vegetarian, but that's a bit of an exaggeration. Either way, you get the point. Last night's dinner was all about the perfectly runny fried egg.

Did you know I have a dedicated egg pan? As in, nothing but fried eggs get made in there. I never wash it with soap. Just quick rinse, wipe with a paper towel, and it goes back on the rack.

// ginger fried rice + bok choy //

P.S. Grating ginger is a pain in the ass.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MV Farmers' Market


All these photos were taken at the Mountain View farmers' market (reviews!). Let it be known that the hypocrisy of these photos right after my instagram rant is not lost on me. I just thought they made for a cool series.

This market is one of the biggest in the area. It's located right in the Caltrain MV station parking lot. We drove that day because my brother hates trains, but it's totally accessible by Caltrain. (I should dedicate a post to things most people are apathetic toward, and my brother hates with vigor. Trains are up there.)

We got a bunch of strawberries, acme bread, ice cream, and this coconut water. Have you ever had coconut water? It was my first (and last :) time. Who knew coconut water is so salty?!

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But the coolest thing at this market was this guy selling Japanese Maples. Did you know there are many different kinds of those trees? There was one that just looked like a bare tree with green branches. If you look closer, it's actually dark colored branches with lots of tiny leaves coating each branch.

(This outing was a couple of months ago, but that tree really stuck with me for some reason. :)

Oh, and I've decided to continue home cooked meals the rest of the week. Last night's dinner:

// steak salad (w. potatoes + radishes!) //

Monday, June 16, 2014

Eating In


This weekend turned out to be a cooking marathon. We didn't eat a single meal at a restaurant. I'm a little bit confused about how I let that happen (because I love me some brunch). But here are a few guesses why I chose cooking over eating out this weekend...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thinking About


I have a demo at work today. Grrr. Stage fright without a stage.
Will be channeling my inner Steve Jobs.
Have to resist wearing this every day.
Speaking of clothes...
Wore this to work once, had 6 people ask me if I was wearing a giant shirt.
Ever heard of Prisoners' dilemma? This is an excellent explanation of Nash equilibrium.
This week flew by, didn't it?
Core Data dreams.
It's almost Saturday! Brunch suggestions?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obvious Child

What's this? Oh, just an abortion rom-com that looks completely adorable and I totally want to see.

OK. Maybe writing about movies isn't my thing. You guys, it's "a heartfelt discovery packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant honesty and vulnerability"! Who can't get behind that?

Just watch the trailer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Peony Season (on Instagram)

photo via ohdaughter

Have you read The Agony of Instagram article that's been making the rounds? (Actually, it's from last December, so I'm 6 months late to the party, as usual.) I'm no stranger to feeling like I don't have my shit together after browsing Instagram. (Like this. Guitar, puppy, credenza, Saarinen, VIEW!)  But some of the photos just push it over the edge of ridiculous and I have to laugh.

There's the yes-I-do-have-a-camera-crew-follow-me-on-my-runs shot, I'm-clearly-standing-on-the-chair-at-a-restaurant, I-don't-always-wear-a-tutu-but-when-I-do-it's-in-the-snow.

Sarah's comments on this topic really stuck with me:
The next time you see the perfect overhead shot of a macaron, a computer keyboard and peonies, really look at it. Odds are that girl went out and bought peonies for the specific purpose of Instagramming them (I'm not kidding), dragged that vase over her keyboard so she can't even see her computer screen, and all so she could capture an image that looks good in a little, tiny square. That's actually hilarious, right? There is nothing agonizing about that at all. Confusing? Sure. Agonizing? No.
True, right?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mellow Summer

Been listening to a lot of Feist lately. I really like her Metals album. (It was kind of the soundtrack to my first back-to-school-oh-wait-I'm-not-going-back-to-school season.) Most people are familiar with the poppy Feist, but I really love her mellow music. Metals has stood the test of time as the go-to chill album. I'm sad to say I overlooked The Reminder's slow jams until recently.

Lovely sounds for those slow, warm, reflective summer evenings.