Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rainy Morning

photo via remain simple

3 things:
- It's (barely) raining this morning! And it finally feels like fall. :)
- Anoraks are all the rage this season. I'm really, really happy with this one.
- Going to the Everlane office this afternoon for a Wool Coat fit session. Sooooo stoked.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Me Talk Pretty One Day


This morning, on the train, I sat down next to a woman reading Me Talk Pretty One Day. Made me smile thinking about when I read that book. Fresh after a breakup, after a tough first quarter at UCLA, on the flight to Russia. I was feeling pretty defeated.

I remember getting this book on a whim. (A splurge, at the time!) This book had just come out, and I asked the person working at the airport book store whether it was any good. She shrugged. I paid for it. One of the first chapters made me laugh so hard, I cried real tears. Losing myself in a hilarious book of short stories is one of the best memories I have of that time. :)

P.S. The chapter I talked about. Read it and weep. It'll take you 3 minutes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cream Scones


If you think scones are dry bricks of dense dough, that's OK. You've just had terrible scones. Try this. I've made this recipe 10+ times, and they're consistently the best scones I've ever eaten.

Best part: the more laid back you are about making them perfect, the better they turn out...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Happy Birthday, Vova!

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My brother turns 28 today!

Do you have a sibling? It's the most special thing. When you're young, all you're thinking is "why did I have to grow up with such a loser who is better than me at everything?" And then some time passes, and you realize what an incredible thing you have.

No other person in the world has more context on what you went through in your formative years. To have somebody so uniquely in tune with all your weirdness is such a gift. I'd be totally lost without you, Vova.

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Fun fact. Vova shaved his head and grew a beard since the last photo I've taken of him. :)

P.S. Some more Vova-related things, you're in the mood to look back: when we made an app, when we covered a song, when we moved to the US.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Every Open Eye - CHVRCHES


I haven't been this excited for an album to drop since, I don't know, probably something lame in early 2000s. (Britney, anyone?) CHVRCHES' second album comes out September 25th, and I am counting down the days.

I thought CHVRCHES was going to be one of those bands who release one killer album and then nobody hears from again until they make something meh 5 years later. On the morning of July 16th, I tuned in to Sveriges Radio P3 and they played something amazing that sounded like them, but wasn't a track from The Bones of What You Believe. Could it be new?? When they said "CHVRCHES är tillbaka", I couldn't belive my ears.

Spotify, iTunes, YouTube didn't have anything new. My Swedish is not super great. Could I have misheard? (Maybe they said "This band that sounds like CHVRCHES is back." :) Finally, Alex found Leave a Trace on some illegal leaked music website. And I'm pretty sure I played it on repeat all day.

Every single they've released so far has been amazing. I've read some reviews complaining that they've gone pop. Maybe. Do I give a shit? NOPE! It sounds awesome. Can't wait for next Friday!

P.S. How cool is the album art?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Have a Relaxing Weekend!

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What a crazy short week. New things! What are you up to this weekend?

I'm finally staying home! No packing! An early Saturday morning run is on the calendar. And Vova's birthday is next Tuesday. We're going to celebrate a little early this weekend by grilling some salmon and eating our weight in cherry jam cookies.

But first...a party. Scarrrry! (I'm not great at parties, so I'm nervous.)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Doing New Things



I've been working on web front-end this week. It's completely outside my comfort zone. This gif pretty accurately describes how I feel. Totally unprepared and nervous, but shit is getting done! Some of my changes are live. What??!

Never mind that the latest change I merged triggered an incident yesterday. :) (It was minor, I swear.)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Be a Good One

photo via oktoberkind
"Eddie Willers shifted his glance down to the street, to a vegetable pushcart at the stoop of a brownstone house. He saw a pile of bright gold carrots and the fresh green of onions. He saw a clean white curtain blowing at an open window. He saw a bus turning a corner, expertly steered. He wondered why he felt reassured [...]"
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Let's put in the extra work to do, whatever we do, well.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Have a Fun (Long) Weekend!

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Biscuit and I are reunited at last! His parents are celebrating their anniversary, so Biscuit and I get to kick it for a week.

We're going to Tahoe this weekend! I'm looking forward to some chilly weather and wearing this on long dog walks. I will be editing a video from Yosemite, and hopefully finishing an update to Cake.

Hope you have a fun long weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Russian Literature Quiz

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photo by yours truly :) trans-siberian railroad '13

One of my brilliant coworkers posted this link in the #random channel. Who can figure our which lines are from a Russian novel and which are from a work email?

Some of my very favorite novels are Russian, and I'm so lucky to be able to read them in the native language. But this quiz quotes the novel in English! And it was surprisingly hilarious! (It doesn't translate well.) So, it's fun quiz time!

I did pretty well! 13/16. #16 is the easiest. (Hint: a Russian never turns down tea. :) How did you do?

P.S. If you're in the mood for more Russia, here is a video of my trans-siberian trip in 2013. And some tips for your very own journey. (I just re-read them, and they still hold true.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Moral Scolds

photo via dog-pictures b/c a dog would never talk shit.

I stumbled upon this piece regarding the internet reaction to the lion-killing dentist + the Ashley Madison leak. And it surprised me how much I agreed with it.
About 94 percent of the discourse on the internet now consists of this gleeful jeering at someone else's disgrace. I may not condone the transgressor's misdeeds — they may even disgust me as much as they do everyone else — but as soon as this loathsome noise starts up, I find myself always instinctively on the side of the supposed offender. Seeing your own reactions mirrored by other people is instructively repulsive. (When you're flirting with a girl, you always feel you're being genuine and charming, but when you overhear some other guy hitting on someone, it's so transparent and sleazy it makes you cringe.)

Thoughts? The last sentence is tooooo true.