Love story

August 9, 2014 at 12:16 am (Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , , , , )

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18th Century poesy ring.
Inscription reads: Many are the stars I see but in my eye no star like thee.

My God who is the lucky recipient of this ring and what is their story?!

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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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Midweek Link Love

April 30, 2014 at 12:32 am (Currently reading..., My 2 cents on nothing important, Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , , , , , , , , )

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1. Looking for inspiration in your daily mundane life? Maybe these notepads will give you the boost you need! (1), (2) Even brainstorming menu ideas and writing out grocery lists can be made more fun, I hope.

2. Elephants are really weird looking animals if you really think about it, and I can’t get enough of these gifs! Reminds me of when Dragon first started feeding himself and his hand-mouth coordination was, well, not there.

3. I was introduced to this book by A Cup of Jo and it made me laugh too! I can definitely, definitely, definitely relate to “Close the door quickly or everyone in the restaurant will hate you.” The illustrations make it all the better.

4. Jenver in Denver mentioned this animal rescue site on her blog. I immediately signed up, and you should too. With a free daily click, you can help fund food to animals in shelters all across the country. How awesome (and simple) is that?

5. This is bringing body painting to a whole new level. Can you even tell what you’re looking at?

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Judgmental San Francisco

April 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm (Exploring the city - SF Edition, My life, and how I live it, Sharing is Caring) (, )

Remember Judgmental New York?

Well, here’s Judgmental SF. Is it just me, or is the majority of SF blowjobs and gangs?

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Purple and Gold

April 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm (Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , )

Loving the color coordination of this home office. I need a white desk.

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Racial Profiling – an unjust reality

April 23, 2014 at 3:35 am (Currently reading..., Sharing is Caring, Thoughts) (, , , )

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This article I read on The Atlantic was supposed to be the fifth link of my new Midweek Link Love series. However, I think it’s such a heavy topic that it needs it’s own post.

When my husband and I moved to San Francisco, we had a mobile baby who prevented me from helping move. So we called up whatever company Uhaul recommended and hired movers to help us load our Uhaul.

The guys who showed up were 2 well-built African-American young men who brought gallons of their own water in preparation to get down and dirty. They were very gentle-mannered and polite, all yes mam, no mam, though they weren’t at all required to be. Upon small talk, I learned that they had already moved someone in the morning, and were gonna move someone else after us. Highly impressed with their work ethic and how speedy and efficient they were.

I was manning the Uhaul thinking about what to tip them and what raving review I was gonna give, when a patrol car pulled into my complex and a cop approached me. He questioned me about our truck and informed me that someone in our building was concerned about the black men moving stuff out of the building and had called the cops.

I was appalled. APPALLED. And incredibly embarrassed. The cop insisted that I bring him to my apartment, and had my husband prove that we lived there, ID, mail with our name and address on it, etc. Satisfied that we were not in fact robbing an apartment in broad daylight, he left, but not before another cop car pulled up as backup. Backup!! In case of what?!?!

Ashamed and mortified, I apologized profusely to the gentlemen, who absolutely did not deserve that kind of treatment. And to my even greater horror, they brushed it off and said it wasn’t the first time that’s happened, and it wouldn’t be the last.

What’s ironic is that after we arrived in SF, we hired 2 more guys to help us unload the truck. This time, the company sent over 2 Caucasian men, and I’ve gotta say, these guys were the laziest, whiniest little b*tches I’ve ever met. They moaned and complained the whole time, left our furniture and boxes littered and unattended all over our complex, and certainly took their sweet time, being paid by the hour and all. And no, no one called the cops.

I’m not saying one skin color is any more or less superior to another skin color. I’m saying you can be an honest, hard-working man, or you can be a lazy bum, and it has nothing to do with race. You hear about racism on TV shows or in the news, but it’s never been a part of my inner circle…and I’ve been living my life fairly oblivious to how cruel and unfair it is. And as Glanville says in the article, how does a parent of a minority race explain to their kids these differences?

It was the first time I came face to face with racial profiling. I wasn’t even the one who was profiled, yet I still get goosebumps thinking about it now. I can’t imagine living life having to deal with it every day.

This article by Doug Glanville is powerful and thought-provoking. If you only have time to click one link on my blog today, make it this one.

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Midweek Link Love

April 23, 2014 at 2:27 am (My 2 cents on nothing important, Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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1. I just bought a box of brownie mix, because baking is not one of my fortes. So when I saw this recipe for Double Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies over at Create Bake Celebrate, I knew I had to try it.

2. I’m pretty set in my ways when it comes to makeup, and ‘adventuring out’ means picking different colors or choosing between a lipstick or a lip gloss. I saw this tutorial for a summery fresh face when Dragon was napping, so I thought, why not give it a try. Well, glad to report that I have a new go-to technique now, and am completely venturing out of my comfort zone of heavy lower lid liner all the time.

3. Who doesn’t like to check out what Kate Middleton is wearing? I mean, there are full blogs dedicated to just that! Go to The Simply Luxurious Life and see a rundown of what the Duchess wore on her tour to Australia with the baby prince.

4. I’m not a big fan of parenting books. I feel it’s mostly preach-preach-preach, easier-said-than-done, don’t-we-all-wish-we-are-as-good-at-parenting-as-you-are hocus pocus. Sure, I want to be the best parent I can be, but I just can’t handle droning on and on and on and…you get the idea. So it’s nice little snippets like this I found over at The Vie Society that catches my attention; short, to the point, easy to incorporate into my own parenting techniques, and did I mention, short?

5. Read it here.

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Judgmental New York

April 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm (My life, and how I live it, Sharing is Caring) (, )

Checkout this map on Gothamist.

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It’s interesting that when I lived on my own, I lived where “Cultured People” are, and when I moved in with my now husband, I moved to “Rats.” Oh, compromises 🙂

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Friday Five

April 18, 2014 at 9:40 am (My 2 cents on nothing important, My life, and how I live it, Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , , , , , , , , )

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1. We reached a HUGE milestone in our financial goals this week, and my husband and I are looking for ways to celebrate! A trip to Napa? Visiting the Redwoods? Big Sur? So many possibilities and uncharted territory (for us) in Northern California!

2. Check out these yummy Easter cocktails over at Brit + Co. I want to try every one!

3. People from Uzbekistan read my blog! Hi, people from Uzbekistan! Question for people from Uzbekistan: where is Uzbekistan?

4. I just finished a marathon of Chicago PD and it’s awesome. Gang wars! Serial rapists! Kidnappings! Drug lords! Then I overhear a local cop ticketing someone for jaywalking outside my window. I guess it’s good that I live in a safe area?

5. Added a ton of stuff to my wish list from Zara, like this flowy heart print dress, this neutral mini city bag, the gorgeous color of this sea green shift, and these bold statement earrings.

Have a great weekend!

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I love Mission (?!?!?!)

March 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm (Discovering myself by discovering the world, Exploring the city - SF Edition, Recent Obsessions, Sharing is Caring) (, , , , , , , , , , )

My first encounter with the Mission District was at dusk on a cold August evening. We had just moved to San Francisco and were still in shock at how cold the summer months are. We got out of the BART at 16th St. Mission station, and I was immediately terrified. “If there was a hell, that must be what it looks, sounds, AND smells like,” I thought. I covered Dragon in his stroller, wrapped my coat tighter around myself, walked as fast as I could with my head down, and prayed that the sun wouldn’t set before I reached my destination.

It wasn’t until I got over the initial culture shock of being in such a big/diverse city with a small child (mostly on my own on weekdays) that I grew more comfortable and less intimidated by the people who hang out in the streets in the middle of the day. But the Mission was still hit or miss for me, and it wasn’t until this past week (and the gorgeous spring weather), that I surprisingly, and very suddenly, fell in love with that area.

Dragon and I met our friends for coffee at the cafe of their choice yesterday, and it turned out to be a gem that I would never have gone into on my own.

Mission Pie, as the name suggests, offers a variety of pies, both sweet and savory, yet is not pie-exclusive. You can check out their menu here. My favorite part of the cafe, however, was the little kiddie table by the window with toddler-sized stools and an array of toys. While I enjoyed my mocha, Dragon and his buddy busied themselves with the new (to them) toys, and my friend and I were able to catch up without having to worry about our children bothering other patrons.

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After letting the kids blow off some steam at story time at the Mission Branch library, Dragon and I went off on our own to explore the neighborhood a little. I think it was a combination of the caffeine, the weather, and Dragon being a good little man, that I absolutely fell in love with Valencia and want to move there, stat. It is lined with the cutest cafes (outdoor seating!), and the most eclectic stores I ever did see. Where else are you going to find a unicorn, a pirate, baby toys, a yoga studio, a healing center, and have the option of changing your name (Social Security Administration office) all within a few blocks?

I was only able to venture from 24th St. to 19th St., but here are a few of my favorites:

Aldea, Inspiration for Every Room

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This is what I refer to as “a happy shop,” the minute I walk into it, I become happy. Each section of the store is designed into the different rooms of a house and the space is re-designed regularly. This was my first time there, but I assume next time I go, it’ll be a different look to explore? Also, though there are a lot of delicate wares and gifts, I found it to be completely stroller friendly. I never felt with a wrong nudge, I may shatter the whole place. If you love home decor, they are currently hiring! (Aldea Baby is right down the street.)

826 Valencia – The Writing Center

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At first glance, this place may seem like any old pirate supply store, but it’s actually a non-profit to help students age 6~18 ‘with their literacy and writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.’ My love for writing started at a young age, my un-published teen novel played a big factor into me being admitted to my college, and had I had an organization like 826 Valencia at my hand, I would have been all over it! Perhaps I would even be a published author by now?

Paxton Gate

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I’m not even sure how to begin describing this place. I do know you can spend hours and hours here exploring taxidermy, insects, plants, skeletons, ‘all the treasures and oddities inspired by the garden and the natural sciences,’ a natural history museum you can purchase for your own home. Imagine that! They also offer workshops, in which the Succulent Terrariums Class looks especially appealing to me. Animal activists, do not fret. Paxton Gate does not support the trade of poached or endangered animals and source all of their items through humane ways.

Not a sponsored post. All reviews and photos my own.

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