Friday, April 26, 2013

California Academy of Sciences

After 4 hours of sleep, my eyes popped open from a strange dream.

My alarm had been set for 9:45 a.m. so I could eat, get ready, and meet a friend my noon at the California Academy of Sciences (no, I'm not that slow...but I was giving myself almost an hour to get there by bus, and I couldn't remember how long it took me to get ready anymore.  Turns out...getting ready + eating + doing dishes = 45 minutes).  I was awake by 8:45, though.  Odd.

It's my first time going to the California Academy of Sciences and I wasn't sure what to expect.  Thanks to Free Neighborhood Days, the normally $30 entrance fee was waved as long as I could provide proof of residence.  Woo hoo!  I love free things!

I think I was expecting something akin to the Exploratorium.  I'm not sure why.  

Side note: This was the first museum or museum-type building that didn't make me check my backpack or make me hold it in front of me.  Yay!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Go Sara!

I thought I'd share something, today.

Click to go and listen to a song :)

The bassist is a former student of mine, and I'm so proud of her!  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

While I was walking to Whole Foods today, I saw tons of people around my neighborhood.  Cars were everywhere, people were everywhere, and then I was the parade!

San Francisco loves their parades.  I...really like parades, but don't really like crowds that much.  Seeing as how I have yet to see a parade, however, I decided to go check it out.  (I DID see some Asian pride parade when I was apartment hunting last year, but I watched from my hotel room confused as to what was going on.)

Fortunately for me, I can just walk to Japantown.  It's a few blocks away, so I really had no excuse.  I could hear the drumming from a distance, and upon getting closer I was relieved to see a fairly large crowd, but not an INSANE crowd.  I nudged myself closer and closer.

I stood next to a guy with yellow shoes (I never looked at his face) who laughed at everything I laughed at, and who said the commentary that I was thinking in my head.  When the...Miss Teen Japan America (or something) came by, he started laughing and said, "There's one guy who's waving really intensely."

There were a lot of little kids who were walking in groups looking confused.  There were teenagers who looked like they did NOT want to be there.  There were a lot of pageanty-type ladies and young women who had a smile plastered to their face, but you could see they had other things going on in their minds.  The best was the Japan Airlines girl who had a mob of friends hiding in the crowd next to me.  When she stood up and turned their way, they popped out of the crowd and screamed for her.  Her smile got a bit tense.  =D

This is a picture of...some kind of twirling of something.  They were yelling something out but I had no idea what they were saying.  One guy with glasses was really into it, and seemed to be really enjoying himself.  That's always nice.  It's so much more pleasant to watch people having fun.

This was the last float in the parade.  It was a tower being held up by people!  These young men were carrying this on their shoulders.  I tried very hard to get a front shot, because it was a sumo-type of attire.  I figure the world doesn't need to see this guy's butt, even though I doubt he'd mind.  At some point, he reached over to get some water, put his leg in the air and bent over.  The entire crowd flinched, groaned, and averted their eyes :)

It was fun to see people in all sorts of costumes.  It ranged from kimono to cosplay to my personal favorite...the lone guy wearing a Star Trek uniform.  I was trying to figure out if he was confused, if he was just excited to have an excuse to dress up, or if he was trying to be Sulu.  It was really unclear.

All in all, it was fun.  I'm glad I had my hat; it was warm out there!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Random Nothings

Seriously, does anybody know how to cure chapped lips?  It's been almost 7 weeks of chapped lips, and while my cocoa butter balm is awesome at making me feel better, it's not actually fixing anything.  I tried vaseline.  I bought this Blistex Renew and Restore medicated balm.  I bought Aquaphor?  I tried olive oil.  I tried "brushing" my lips with a toothbrush.  I brought my humidifier back from Fresno 3 weeks ago.  I've been drinking even more water than normal.


If you have any solutions, please share, because...this is unpleasant.

Aside from that, I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival during the weekend.  It's happening next weekend, too.  There were so many people!  I tend to try to avoid places where I know there will be huge crowds (I get impatient), but since it was within walking distance and it was...well the Cherry Blossom Festival, I braved the crowds.

The majority of the crowds were Japanese people, too, and I've discovered that crowds of Japanese people tend to be more polite and courteous than other crowds of people.  They say "excuse me" and apologize when they bump into you.  I appreciate that.

The parade is this weekend, so I may try to catch that.

Aside from that, nothing is really going on.  I bought a new bookcase from Ikea so I can store more kitchen things.  They're always spilling out everywhere.  I installed hooks in my bathroom so I can hang up my pajamas instead of leaving them on the floor.  I bought an AWESOME rainbow sock monkey hat online.  I hope it fits my head; I have a really big head.

That's all.  :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

California Dreamin'

I made a new video :)

California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Just Give Me A Reason (Pink and Nate Ruess)

I made a new video!

It's Just Give Me A Reason by Pink (featuring Nate Ruess from Fun).

Monday, April 1, 2013

Real Housewives

It started with Orange County.

It as an act of masochism.

I'd watch Real Housewives of the Orange County and just think...these women could be the parents of my students!  I saw the same type of woman at the schools where I taught.  I dealt with very similar personality types.  I lived one mile from Coto de Caza!  I saw Vicky at Target!

Glued to the television, I'd watch in disgust and horror.  But mainly I'd watch knowing all these people had kids, and I was probably teaching them.  Well not THEM specifically.

Don't get me wrong.  I had some really awesome and delightful students.  I had students who worked hard and had a good attitude.  I also had students who tried to say they didn't need to turn in their homework because their maid threw it away.  I had parents who literally say, "Do you know how much money I make?" as an explanation for why their child did not have to turn in their homework.

Oh Orange County.  I do not miss you.  Or your traffic.  Or your creepily manicured lawns.  Or your lack of litter.  Or your lack of ethnic diversity.

Real Housewives of the Orange County was my gateway show into the franchise.  From here, I started watching New York (go Carole!) and then kind of New Jersey, then Atlanta, then kind of Beverly Hills.  Seriously, the only person I related to was Carole from New York, who would put on her headphones and ignore everybody.

Now that Orange County is starting up again, I am finding myself drawn to it.  I must watch what I left behind.  And while that makes me kind of a jerk for knowing I will watch a certain amount of smug satisfaction, I'm not sure if that's better or worse than watching with horror, knowing that what I was watching was SO close.