Take a look outside

December 3, 2016 at 10:51 pm (My 2 cents on nothing important, My life, and how I live it, Recent Obsessions, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , )

It’s not necessarily the decor that I love, but the fact that peering outside the windows, I know it’s a city I’d love living in.

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#MakeAmericaKindAgain

November 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm (Life happens whether you like it or not, My 2 cents on nothing important, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

True story. I won’t call you names or criticize you for who you support. I won’t march in the streets with #NotMyPresident signs. And I won’t spread hatred and divide our country even more. What’s done is done and we must unite and organize in this scary, unpredictable time. And the best thing I can do for my country right now, is to educate my son, not just in math and reading and writing, but by setting an example, how to be fair, how to have compassion, how to treat women with respect, how to help people in need, how to view everyone as equal, how not to judge and condemn, how not to be ignorant, egotistical, and superior, but above all, how to be kind. Because it’s not just up to the president to make America great again. It’s up to us.

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Things that make you happy…

September 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm (My 2 cents on nothing important, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


After a 7 month hiatus, I’m back!

And I’m going to start off my return by listing things that make me happy.

  1. Finding Forever Homes for cats and kittens.
  2. When Dragon tells me he loves me unprompted.
  3. Catching rare Pokémon.
  4. Ordering things off Amazon Prime.
  5. Falling asleep to the sound of rain.

What makes you happy?

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Fear(ful)

February 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm (Life happens whether you like it or not, My 2 cents on nothing important, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , , , )


Hello, over here! That’s me!

I met a new friend recently and when I told her about my education background, she said, “That is so brave of you, to just up and leave everything and everyone you know and move half way around the world.”

But she’s wrong. There’s a difference between being brave and being fearless. Being brave is to overcome something you’re afraid of and forging ahead. Being fearless is to not even realize you’re afraid. I was the latter. I was 22 and I was fearless.

Now I’m in my 30s, mother of a young child, and I. Am. Afraid. Of. Everything.

20s and turbulence: Woohoo! This is like a roller coaster!

30s and turbulence: If something happens to the plane, I won’t be able to protect my son.

20s and health: Eh, whatever I have will most likely resolve itself.

30s and health: OMG, WhatIsThisAmIGoingToDie, what if Dragon loses his mother.

20s and safety: Fast driving, fast talking, fast drinking, fast fast fast.

30s and safety: We’re almost at the speed limit, can you slow down? There’s a child in the car.

You get the picture.

Now I’m looking to retire my role as a full-time Mommy and sniffing around for positions in the workforce again, and I realize this fearless/fearful situation is even revealing itself in something as simple as sitting in front of the computer and searching LinkedIn.

Straight out of grad school, I only applied for jobs that I was waaaaay under qualified for. “What have I got to lose?” was the mentality and my ego was gigantic. And looking back, I’m seeing that ego can be cleverly disguised as confidence, and confidence (along with skills obviously) wins over interviewers.

This go around, I find myself mostly applying for jobs I am over qualified for. The nagging voice in my head constantly undermines myself. “How are you going to explain the gap between employment?” “Will being a SAHM for awhile make me less desirable?” “What if I lost my touch?”

What ifs plaque my mind.

Is this an age thing? Maybe something that comes with the territory of becoming a parent? Or is it just me? Have I just gotten soft?

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Mid-week Dragon-isms

February 10, 2016 at 1:49 am (Dragon Baby, My 2 cents on nothing important, My life, and how I live it) (, , , , , , , , )

Dragon (in bed in the dark) to Georgie: Don’t be a messy messy messy boy. Just clean up with a napkin.

#ITaughtHimWell

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Dragon: Why are our heads hard?

Me: Cause we’re really smart.

E: Fart!

#SoSmart

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Me to Husband: Hey baby, (blah blah blah)

Dragon: Why you call him a baby. He’s not a baby, he’s Daddy.

Me: He’s your Daddy, but he’s not my Daddy.

Dragon: Yeah, he’s your brother.
#NotSureThatsHowItWorks

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Paris no longer

October 25, 2014 at 3:09 am (My 2 cents on nothing important, My life, and how I live it, Thoughts) (, , , )

It’s been a long time since I’ve even looked at pictures of Paris. Priorities are different now.

Sometimes, I’m sad about that.

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What tourists see…

October 25, 2014 at 2:28 am (Exploring the city - SF Edition, My 2 cents on nothing important, Thoughts) (, , , , )

It’s houses like these that make San Francisco beautiful:

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But in reality, most of SF-ers live in houses like these:

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Hashtag tourists don’t know nothing.

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Midweek Link Love

May 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm (Currently reading..., Life happens whether you like it or not, My 2 cents on nothing important, My life, and how I live it, Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , , )

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1. I love airports. I love watching the planes come and go, the hustle and bustle, imagining all the stories the travelers can tell, from vacations to business trips to visiting loved ones. I even don’t mind the hassle of security checkpoints and rude TSA. So naturally, I also love this bird’s eye view of airports all around the world.

2. The first time I traveled to Paris, I did so alone, and it was incredible. I’ve been back since, and it was great in other ways (engaged!) but this New York Times article and particularly the following passage, really resonated with me:

“The question that bubbled up was not so much, Will I be back?, but rather, Could I bring back with me the feeling that I had cultivated here?”

3. This blog post on An Inch of Gray also reached deep into my heart. “I think years of busy-ness and scorekeeping and nurturing the heck out of small children somehow leave little room for thoughtfulness for each other. I think people are generally wired selfishly, and each day is a struggle against a me-first attitude. And our culture leaves us asking every day, “What’s in this for ME?” rather than “What can I do for others?” So when we feel spent, as we often do, we don’t go around looking for ways to serve our spouse.”

This is a constant struggle in my marriage as well, both of us working so hard in our respective roles that is difficult not to ‘score-keep,’ due to never fully understanding what the other goes through on a day to day basis. Anna’s article reminds us to put our mundane bullsh*t aside (well, not in those words) and stop only worrying about what’s in it for ourselves.

4. On a lighter note, check out this on the Bold Italic. Right before I read this, I ran to the store that is literally next door to my place to get some coffee beans. But in order to get there, I have to walk through THE BIGGEST wind tunnel EVER, and I cursed under my breathe every step of the 20-step way. Reading this made me feel a lot better. So I’m not the only person who ‘can’t with this wind.’

5. Mother’s Day is this weekend (the second one I’m celebrating as a mother!) and oh, #16, you are speaking to me, aren’t you?

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Met Gala 2014 – Posing

May 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm (My 2 cents on nothing important) (, , , , , )

Posing. You’re doing it wrong.

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Perhaps take a page out of Suki Waterhouse’s book?

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(Photos via The New York Times)

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Met Gala 2014 – Prom King/Queen

May 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm (My 2 cents on nothing important) (, , , , , , , )

Sorry Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It’s Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for the win!

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(Photo via Twitter)

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