Impromptu stationery haul from @mastbrothers Flagship of their previous edition wrapping papers. Was just thinking about how difficult it is these days to find a dope stationery set. The game at Paper Source / Kate’s Paperie is shamefully basic. My favorite collections were a Wallace and Gromet (!) birthday gift set and a souvenir Japanese poop set before the days of the 💩 emoji. Want to get back to that handwritten life. A new classic.
Tagged by nomadsoul:
What did you have for breakfast?
Woke up late this morning and had breakfast and lunch in one: 365 organic mac n’ cheese from a box with chicken, squash, kale mixed in to make it healthy.
What was the last item you purchased?
Chlorophyll shot from Organic Avenue. New “vice” to wean myself off coffee.
Dream trip you hope to one day take?
Scuba diving off the UNESCO World Heritago site, Isla de Cocos - also known at the island inspiration for Robinson Crusoe and Jurassic Park’s Isla Nublar. That is to say nothing of the 30 species of coral and over 300 species of fish, including whale sharks, hammerheads, whitetip reef sharks as well as commuting humpback whales, dolphins and turtles.
Of course, I have to become a next-level PADI-certified diver first and make beaucoup $$$ to get all the permits in place. I’d love to counter the illegal poaching that happens in that area by eco-touristing it instead. The ocean is made of magic. Respect.
Most meaningful gift you’ve ever been given?
An engagement ring for Christmas from my father, 2001. Obviously not for engagement purposes but it was used in a marriage proposal once and the fiancee-prospect said no before finding its way to my father and then to me.
When was the last time you told someone you loved them?
Not counting texts and emails - last week, April 8th, to my mother.
Guiltiest guilty pleasure tv show you watch?
What is your bedtime routine?
Social media catch-up time: my RSS reader feedly, instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and ONTD while brushing teeth and removing makeup. I am VERY aware this is the exact opposite of the expert suggested “electronic curfew” before sleep but I am away from my phone most evenings and like to do a nightly catch-up so I don’t feel “behind” the next morning. Right now I’m trying to make meditating for 15 minutes every night before bed a new habit.
Do your family and friends know you have a Tumblr?
Yes and no. My mom knows I’ve been blogging before the word blogging was invented. Social media savvy friends know but I don’t advertise it or talk about it in my everyday.
What is one piece of advice you’d give your 20 year old self?
Improv rule: Follow The Fun.
The yummiest dish you know how to make (and bonus points if you link to the recipe).
CONFESSION: I AM A TERRIBLE COOK / BAKER (hello, did you see what I had for breakfast). I am seriously blanking on this one. I would say Mexican Martinis but I have only watched other people make them for me. :(
What is one beauty product you can’t be without?
I only recently started having a beauty “regimen” in the past two years so I’m not the best person to ask. Probably sunscreen, sleep, and water.
MY *NINE* QUESTIONS!
- What’s the best dish you ever tasted?
- What’s your current guilty pleasure?
- What is the best piece of advice you would give yourself *now*?
- What are you reading that you’d recommend?
- What one cool thing should we should know about but don’t?
- Share a trivia fact about yourself.
- What’s the last thing that made you cry?
- What’s the last thing that made you ridiculously happy?
- What are you grateful for today?
Tagging: lorim, peterwknox, noraleah, krysosandchandi, littledidiknow, and datebynumbers
My Mother’s Mother
Earlier this week, my grandmother passed away.
She lived in Taiwan. She was 97.
To be honest, I didn’t know her very well in her later years. I had only gone to Taiwan twice as an adult and opportunities to visit her weren’t mentioned, didn’t come. She felt like an abstract concept: abstract when my mother relayed her health reports; when she told me of upticks in hospital stays and longer visits; and as she recently deliberated what her siblings would be called to do in a matter of when.
What I do know: I am exactly the age my mother was when she gave birth to me. And in my most early childhood years, did my grandmother, my mother’s mother, travel - halfway across the world, to a foreign country where she only knew my parents - to help raise my older brother and me.
And it is for that love and kindness, however ancient, I cannot stop crying.
The best way to learn something is to start doing it. Don’t wait for full knowledge to come to you. Often it won’t. Just pretend you know what you’re doing, and hit the walls. Make the problem small enough that you can start solving it right now, without waiting. Each part of the problem is smaller than the whole thing. And tell yourself you can do it, because you can.
— How to do new things - Dave Winer (via slippy)
February 13, 2014 at 1:46pm
LITTLE GIRL EXPERIENCES SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME
A 300+ month-old girl named Nancy goes outside her apartment and experiences snow on her face for the very first time. Her sheer excitement over feeling something as common as snow really makes the little things in life seem better.
Snow day with the roomie. Not as good as Bound 3 spoof, but we’re working on it.