Thursday, October 16, 2014


DAY 1:

- Actually, I discovered that, after working at a startup of some kind for a year and spending 8+ hours a day sitting and working on a computer, I can now sit on an airplane and work on a computer and be completely distracted by the length of the fight.
- On both flights, the person next to me asked if I was a DJ.  I guess that's what happens when you spend the whole flight using Logic to make midi files.  #musicnerd
- I made an airplane buddy.
- Two people told me I was awesome within an hour of landing.
- Three people asked me for directions on my way to Brooklyn.  I told them I was the wrong person to ask.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Preparing for Travels

Since I was 18, I have wanted to visit New York.

Since I was 18, I've said to myself, "I'll go when I have extra money," or "I'll go when I have time."  Well, in over a decade, neither of those things have happened.  There was always something to pay off and there was always something to get done.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

David Bazan And The Passengers

Saturday night, I went to The Independent for the first time to watch David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet.

I've never heard of either, but my friend L~ invited me and who am I to say no to a music date?

I happen to be of the perfectly biased opinion that everything is better with strings.  His music is calming and lyrical, and him + Passenger = layers of harmonic beauty.  I appreciate any music that makes me close my eyes.  If you can get me to do that, you know that I'm either really enjoying the music or I'm confused by something.

Or possibly both.

If you have interest in checking them out, you can listen to them HERE:

Watching/listening to them really made me want to join a band.  As a cellist, that is.  How do I make that happen?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hardly Strictly!

This year, I went to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival!

It's a free music festival held in Golden Gate Park in SF.  My first year in SF, I didn't realize it was happening.  My second year in SF, I think my aversion to crowds kept me away.  

This is, however, the year of The Naoko.  I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying a lot of new things.  Besides, it's not really that I avoid things because of being's usually a combination of laziness and poverty.  

Since Hardly Strictly is free (yay!), I figured...why not?!

My only complaint is that Lyft totally tricked me and I ended up being charged $40 for a Lyft ride.  I'm glad I had a coupon.

Here's the festival picture!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2 Year SF Anniversary

Today marks 2 years since I arrived in San Francisco.


When I think about how much in my life has changed in such a short amount of time, I'm filled with a sense of gratitude and relief.

A friend from Orange County brought up a former colleague - someone who was very negative and actively tried to sabotage other people.  I mean, honestly, people shouldn't be like this in general, but teachers REALLY shouldn't be like this!  (shame shame)

I stopped for a moment and thought, oh my gosh, I have no *******s in my life now!  Everyone in my life is about supporting co-workers and lifting people up instead of keeping them down so they can rise up.  The sad reality is that there were quite a lot of *******s in my former life, and the fact that I have absolutely none right now makes me happy.  I don't take that for granted.

I have made new friends who are my friends because we enjoy each others' company.

I feel recovered.

I feel like Naoko.

On another note, I've been hearing from former students a lot this past month.  I love this.  My favorite part of teaching was interacting with kids, and having some kind of positive impact on their lives.  I love that we can still interact and that I get to still be part of their journey to become whole people.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I've been a little busy.

What's new?

Here is a list of things that have happened since I last updated my blog:

- I accidentally sat on some people on the bus
- I killed a giant spider by trapping it in a cup and then flushing it down the toilet
- Someone tried to get me to join a cult.  I declined.
- I watched TWO movies
- I ate deep fried french toast.  Again.
- I have been trained on how to make songs for a new app
- I am now dabbling in QA
- I went to my first happy hour at my newer workplace.
- I FINALLY had a blue drink.
- Found my spine
- Ate a lot of ice cream
- Facetimed for the first time
- Housed a visitor
- Moved offices - kind of

Other things happened, but those are the main points.

Or at least the ones I'm willing to speak about publicly.

Otherwise, I'd have to kill all who read this.  So.  Like 2 people.

Sunday, August 24, 2014



What IS ContentCon?

We have a content team at my workplace, and we basically create all of the content for the apps that our company makes.  Most of us are all around Northern California, but we also have a New Yorker and a fellow from Japan.  This week, we all came in and gathered together for the first time.


Having been on all types of teams before, from awesome and supportive to distrustful and sabotaging, I appreciate the fact that I love my content team so much.  They are the smart, nice, funny, silly, awesome people I had hoped to find.

Wednesday was basically us working together all day, having dinner (did I have a burger that had chili and a hot dog on it?  Yes, yes I did.  NAILED IT).  I then hung out with the NYer and Japaner who were staying together.

At around 11pm, I conquered a first.

I went to a club.