Thursday, May 30, 2013

SFMOMA - Again!

Today (through Sunday) is free entrance at the San Francisco MOMA (museum of modern art).  It's a celebratory send off, as it goes into remodel mode for the next 3 years?  I didn't realize this was happening until I got an email from a friend, inviting me to go (yay!).

Being a huge fan of free, of course I went!
Since I was the first one there (I always am) and since everybody else was running late, I stood in line and got myself a free tote bag.  W00t!  I love a tote bag.  I love free things.  Let the happy dance proceed!  ::: insert happy dance here ::::

In other news, I went shopping today in an attempt to find a wedding outfit.  Sigh.  I...don't like shopping.  It's crowded, people move too slow, I'm ALWAYS behind a person who stops right in the aisle when there's no way around them.  I make sure I keep my comments to myself, and encourage myself to be more patient.

I also realized that I'm good at looking appropriate.  While my normal wardrobe of choice usually ends up being jeans, a sweater, hoodie, and sneakers, I also know how to dress appropriately for work and for concerts.  I do not, however, know how to look NICE.  Appropriate, yes.  Nice, no. 

Oh well.  There are worse things in the world.  It reminds me of Princess Diaries, when Mia looks in the mirror and says, "As always, this is as good as it's going to get."  Yeah.  That's basically how I feel when trying to find wedding clothes.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

And I say Hey (HEY!)

Does anybody else watch Arthur?  I realize it's a show aimed at little kids, but I've been watching it since high school.  My sophomore college roommate and I used to watch it when we came back from classes.  (I was also into Kipper, a Nickolodean show aimed at 3 year olds.)

George is my favorite character.  I identify with George the same way I identify with Neville Longbottom.  We're all characters where comically yet consistently odd and unfortunate events seem to us.  We all just sigh and shrug, used to it.  I also think we have a pretty good attitude, considering.

George has his dummy, I have Senor Snuffles :)

Though, to be fair, when I was a teacher I really wanted to get this puppet called Gustav Mole (a joke on Gustav Mahler)  Every time I saw him in music magazine (and I received them monthly) I'd get excited and have a little debate in my head.  I'm sorry to say I developed a voice for this puppet and everything, and I laughed at the idea of using him in class.

I never did buy him.  I realized that would make me Mr. Garrison and would make Gustav Mole Mr. Hat.  That's....unacceptable.  I did not want to be THAT teacher.

Of course, I was the teacher who popularized mustaches.  Seriously.  It was me.  I started it.  4 years ago, or so.  It was a teaching device and insanely effective.  But that's a story for another time.

How Many Resumes?

Earlier this year, I created myself a Google resume.  I screencapped the top of my Chrome browser that conveniently had links in the bookmark bar to various Google products and services to use as my header.  I created the bulk of my resume to look like search results from Google, including a picture in the corner of my Google+ page with all my pertinent contact information.  The footer showed I was using the Chrome browser.

Yes, I thought I was pretty funny.  Yes, I still do.  I wish I could use it for everything, though I somehow doubt that would fly.  Apparently, Google also doesn't find me altogether amusing.

At the end of this month, which would be...Saturday, I'm going to start applying to other places.  Well, Monday, realistically.  Maybe.  But in preparation, as I am a person who likes to be prepared, I've begun creating different themed resumes.

I don't even know if I'll actually use them.  At this point, I'm rather enjoying the creativity involved with trying to mimic the format of a company.  Today, I created a Facebook resume and an Apple resume.  This includes looking up the companies' fonts so that I can accurately recreate their typeface. (I did this for Google, too.)  I'm using colored fonts.  There are pictures/icons.  It's all very amusing and satisfying.

Of course, I probably should create a boring run-of-the-mill resume; one that would work for any company for any position.  That seems so boring, though.  ::: YAWN :::  My funny resumes bring me a little joy, and they really do express what kind of person I am.  I don't particularly want to camouflage myself as "normal" (or "boring" in my eyes) with a "normal" resume.  That's pretty misleading.  At least I live in a city where there is no normal :)

Even when I applied for my teaching job 9 years ago, in a very conservative field in a very conservative area, while my resume wasn't particularly amusing or thrilling, I made sure to wear a bright and colorful shirt with my formal suit.  I had to let a small part of me sneak in.

I don't really want to "sneak in" my Naokoness this time.  Though this time, I don't think I'll have to...

We'll see.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Terra Cotta Warriors

My parents are visiting San Francisco because they wanted to see the Girl with a Pearl Earring at the DeYoung Museum, and wanted to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Asian Art Museum.

While I did visit the DeYoung Museum a few months ago, I didn't see the Rembrandt exhibit costs more.  :)

But the Terra Cotta Warriors were completely new for me.  I knew absolutely nothing about them.  My mom thought they were going to be mini-warriors; 2 feet tall!  I also felt bad because most of my knowledge had come from Lara Croft The Cradle of Life.  -_-  Yes, I realize how lame that is.

Warrior 1
Warrior 2
Warrior and his horse
kneeling warrior
definitely a bell.
a bell?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Ab Roller Is Back!!

While at Target today, I was perusing the aisles and stumbled upon a new version of the Ab Roller!
This is the new version, which you can turn over and use as a dip station!  While I don't...dip, maybe I would if I had a dip station!  And you can add weights on the sides.  While I don't have weights, I am still excited at the option.

The Ab Roller and I have a history.  My parents bought one for me in high school.  That was their subtle way of telling me to lose weight.  That and they hid food from me in the washing machine.  I did enjoy using it.  I would do a couple hundred a day.  I was still completely out of shape, but I could do a crunch like no other.

Then came the day we had to do fitness tests in high school.  My PE class had mostly very athletic dudes, and then a couple of us nerdy kids  They beat us at everything.  It's a little unreasonable to have a 5'4 Asian girl playing basketball with a 6'5 tall dude.  I was the kid who got an A because I tried really hard.

But when it came to the crunch test, I killed everybody.  I know I did over 60 in 1 minute.  I know I had the highest in the class.  I know my PE teacher thought my partner and I did it wrong and made me do it over again while he watched.  I repeated my results, and my teacher was completely speechless.  I shrugged and said, "We have an Ab Roller at home."

I enjoy surprising people that way.  I'm not offended.  I wouldn't have guessed that I would've been the best cruncher in my class, either.  Everybody was rather dumbfounded.  It was awesomely hilarious.

Anyways, I want one!  Even though it'll be difficult to hide when I have people over.  My only problem's a pretty big box, and I don't really want to get on the bus with the big box that says AB ROLLER across it.  Maybe I can find it cheaper online....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Google car

Look what I saw today!  A self driving car...parked....with a person in it!  It is my first Google automobile sighting, and I took the appropriate moment to geek out.  :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

This year, since I do not have a job, I didn't buy my mom a present.  Actually, I rarely buy her presents for mother's day because she never really wants anything and is trying to get rid of all clutter anyway.

Instead of buying a card, since I have a whole lot of time on my hands right now, I thought I'd make her a card.  When I was little I made cards.  Even when I was in college, I made these intricate giant cards on manila folders.  This one was made out of simple cardstock and I used sharpies and colored pencils.

Front of the card

Inside of the card

The front card has orchids (I know they don't really look like orchids), roses, and a hummingbird.  My mom has recently become somewhat obsessed with the hummingbird in the backyard and likes to point it out about ever 10 minutes.  =)  She also LOVES flowers, and is completely jealous that my orchids regrow.

Anyways, I called her this morning and it turns out she loved the card!  Hooray!  I'm glad to report that it's still awesome to make your own cards, even when you are in your 30s. 

I think this also means I have to make a homemade card for my dad come Father's Day so he won't feel left out.  :)  It's a lot harder to draw a clarinet, though...

Santa Clara

Yester, the plan was to drive down to Santa Clara to visit friends and their family.

As I approached my car, I pressed the remote unlock, and nothing happened.  Hmm.  I tried again.  Nothing.  What's wrong with my remote? I wondered.  Then I realized I've never unlocked my car without the remote (I bought it in 2010 and my cars before that hadn't had remotes).  I tried to unlock it, and it wouldn't unlock.  I went to the other doors only to realize...there's only one place for your key to go.  You can't even open the trunk!  How long have cars been like this?  (she said like an elderly person)

I finally managed to get in after trying various techniques.  I don't know why I was so worried about setting off the alarm...I completely forgot you need a battery to make the alarm work.  -_-  I put my key in the ignition, turned it, and nothing.  No lights.  No sound.  Nothing.


I called AAA, and after they bounced my call around (I always end up talking to the Southern California AAA people first), I finally got connected.  I was told someone would be there in 30-40 minutes.  60 minutes later (after I had stood outside for 30 minutes) I got a phone call saying someone would arrive in 20-30 minutes.  BOO!  25 minutes later, I got a phone call saying someone would arrive in 15-20 minutes.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

I always liked Cinderella as a child.  I got the special McDonalds mouse ornaments available in the 80s. Then, in my teenage years, I became anti-Cinderella due to my feminist inclinations.  The backlash had begun, and I bought into it.  I didn't see it again until about a week ago, when it was on tv.  Watching it now, I realize...Cinderella is pretty scrappy!  She rolls her eyes, she makes quips here and there and snaps at people/animals.  She is not, as many would like us to believe, just sitting around waiting for her prince, but rather hoping something will change in her life.

My favorite line in this song is "No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true."