100 things I love

Found this meme on Chef Messy and thought I’d give it a whirl…

100 People, Places, and Things that I LOVE
(Well, mostly things… 😛 Oh, and in no particular order…)
01. Rob
02. Dad
03. best friends Carmen and Robyn
04. cousin Riz
05. my crazy family
06. friends I keep in touch with from my old job (I miss them so)
07. my Dad’s house (there’s no place like home and all that)
08. Paris (I’m so in love with the city of lights)
09. Disneyland
10. hiking up Diamond Head crater on Oahu
11. UC Berkeley
12. online shopping (I’m a total shopaholic and sometimes I’m just way too lazy to go to a mall and walk from store to store — that can take forever!)
13. my blog
13. Chik-fil-A (OMG, whenever I go home, I *have* to pick up a chicken sandwich from here. SO. GOOD. I wish they had stores in the Bay Area).
14. working in San Francisco
15. dim sum
16. ballet
17. my aunt’s baked macaroni (yum)
18. the musical Rent
19. spa weekends with my best friends (well, we’ve only had 1 so far but I know I’m going to love future weekends too)
20. Bub, the teddy bear Rob got me for Valentine’s Day 3 years ago
21. sleeping in on the weekends
22. Dawson’s Creek (I was watching some season 1 episodes over the weekend and it’s still my most favorite show ever)
23. chocolate croissants
24. my iPod
25. Wikipedia

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photo meme, part 3

Why have I not seen the Girl Scouts around? Isn’t it GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME?!? They’re usually at the BART station attacking all the commuters during rush hour. Don’t they know I need my Thin Mints and Samoas? Technically I can’t eat either of those cookies right now because I gave up chocolate and candy for Lent. But I want to have them ready when Easter rolls around in a month. 😀

Sooo I just realized that I never finished up that photo meme I started, oh, about 3 months ago. !!! OOPS.

Here’s the last part!

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My Kitchen requested by Kelly

My kitchen is pretty tiny and not too exciting. It has all the basics… fridge, oven, stove, microwave. Nothing out of the ordinary, really. The side I took the picture from has the sink and more counter space where we have a bunch of appliances crammed together, like the coffeemaker, rice cooker, and crockpot. I’m not sure why I didn’t take a picture of that side of the kitchen. It might have been messy and I was too lazy to clean. 😛 When I finally buy my own place, I would LOVE to have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Not that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen… but a girl can dream.

Something Cool I See on My Commute requested by Reen

I honestly couldn’t think of anything “cool” that I see on my commute every day. It’s totally boring… I get to the BART station (which is in Oakland and there is absolutely nothing cool to see there), sit/stand on the train for 20 minutes until I arrive in San Francisco (I even fall asleep sometimes, hehe), climb up the stairs to street level and walk right into my building. So I decided to take a picture of the Starbucks I visit almost every day for my morning pick-me-up. It’s right across the street from my building and it is the *tiniest* Starbucks that I have ever seen. The employees have to kneel under the counter to get in and out of the store. Crazy! I kinda think this photo is a bit of a cop-out, though, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for something fun on my commute that I may have missed.

TV Room requested by Kate

Ahhh, the TV room/living room. Probably the one place in my apartment where I spend the most time. Right now, we have this really awful navy blue IKEA couch. I think it fits 1.5 people comfortably and 2 people uncomfortably, lol. We actually started shopping this past weekend for a new couch. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we find one that’s soft and inviting but within our budget. Anyway, you’ll notice that I have a TON of little stuffed toys on top of the couch. 😀 I love them. I can’t help it. Plus, most of them were presents so I can’t put them in storage! Rob gave me the bear in the Lakers basketball jersey for Valentine’s Day 3 years ago so it means a lot to me.

Computer requested by Kate

And a photo of my whole desk:

My computer is a 4-year old Dell laptop that has served me very, very well. It’s pretty much running as well as it did when I first bought it. The only thing that’s wrong is that it sometimes doesn’t recognize music CDs. I have no idea why. All my DVDs play so I’m not sure what’s wrong with the drive. I’d love to upgrade to a newer, faster laptop but not so much that I can justify spending the money right now. I also took a picture of my desk area so you can see all the random stuff I have around me when I’m on the ‘net… a candle, my iPod Nano, Mini Cooper figurine, photos (even one of the dog I had growing up!), college graduation tassel, etc. Looking at the photo made me realize my desk is kinda messy. :/

So that’s it! Finally. 😀

v-day 2007 + meme

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 🙂

Rob and I are saving our V-Day dinner for this weekend (Trader Vic’s, yay!) so we just grabbed Indian food for dinner and had a nice, relaxing night at home. Hope you all had a great day filled with lots of love, cheer, and of course, chocolate.

😀

Anyway, a high school meme snagged from Sarah

My senior year was 1996-1997.
1. Who was your best friend?

Carmen and Robyn. And they still are. (*waves*)
2. What sports did you play?
BWAH! I’m horrible at sports. In high school, I took dance to fulfill my physical education requirement. I wanted to avoid running track, playing volleyball, etc. But I was a songleader! That’s kind of athletic. Maybe.
3. What kind of car did you drive?
I didn’t get my license until last year so, yeah. No car in high school.
4. It’s Friday night, where were you?
Probably at one of my best friends’ houses. We rotated where we spent our Friday nights. We would rent movies, or go to the mall, or bake. If there was a dance or a game at school, we’d sometimes end up there.
5. Were you a party animal?
Nope. Plus, my dad was strict.
6. Were you in the “In Crowd”?
No. I guess you could say I was a “floater.” I had friends from the different cliques.
7. Ever skip school?
No. My dad would have killed me.
8. Ever smoke?
Never tried it. It just doesn’t appeal to me.
9. Were you a nerd?
I guess so. I went to a magnet high school so *everyone* was a nerd. And we were proud of it. 😀
10. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Noooo way. Again, see above comments on my dad.
11. Can you sing the Alma Mater?
Is it sad that I still remember it? And can recite the whole thing? I was a songleader, though. That’s my excuse. We had to sing the alma mater at all our games.
12. Who was your favorite teacher?
I have three…
— Mr. Bohannon who taught AP US History — he wasn’t necessarily the greatest teacher ever but he did know how to prepare his students for the AP test
— Mr. Kelly who taught Algebra II — he was totally easygoing and fun
— Mrs. Shoop who taught Spanish III and English IV — she wasn’t a popular teacher because she ran a tight ship and expected a lot from her students but looking back, she really challenged me and I appreciate that.
13. Favorite Class?
Spanish (all levels) and US History.
14. What was your school’s full name?
Gretchen Whitney High School
15. School Mascot?
Wildcats
16. Did you go to Prom?
Yes. But I went to both my Junior and Senior proms with my evil ex-boyfriend. I had a great time at both events but I kinda wish my memories were with someone else. :/
17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
I don’t think so. I think as far as high school experiences go, it was a good one.
18. What do you remember most about graduation?
It was a blur so I don’t remember much from the ceremony at all. I do remember being overly concerned about that silly cap pushing my bangs down and giving me “hat-head.”
19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?
Being on the Homecoming Court. That was such a great honor and I had a blast participating in the pep rally and all the events leading up to the game. Also getting my acceptance letter to UC Berkeley.
20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall?
Uhhh, I don’t think we had one of those.
21. Did you have a job your senior year?
No.
22. Who did you date?
I had 2 boyfriends in high school. Neither are worth mentioning here.
23. Where did you go most often for lunch?
Nowhere. My school didn’t have an “open lunch” policy. I usually just stayed at school and brought Cup O’ Noodles from home. What a horrible lunch, lol.
24. Have you gained weight since then?
YES. Please don’t remind me.
25. What did you do after graduation?
I went to Europe with my dad, then spent the summer hanging out with friends before moving to Northern CA for college.

It was kinda fun looking back at high school… 🙂

photo meme, part 2

Had a nice, relaxing weekend… woke up at noon both days, hehehe. And I’ve been listening to Justin Timberlake non-stop to get ready for the concert on Thursday. SQUEE!!!

Here’s Part 2 of the photo meme…

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My DVD Collection requested by Alie

And a close-up:

Aaahhh, my beloved DVDs. I don’t know why I’m such a DVD whore. 😀 Most of my TV DVDs are on the top 2 shelves of the middle section. Movies are on the 3rd shelf and on the left section. (Random — CDs are on the right section and books take up the bottom 3 shelves of the middle section). This entire shelf is seriously overflowing. I’ve had to start piling both DVDs and books in front of one another cause there’s just no room. It’ll probably be messily organized like this until we move to a bigger place (no plans for that, though, so it’ll be awhile). :/

**You’ll also notice that Rob and I have quite the Star Wars galactic heroes collection. There are 3 rows of them on the third shelf of the middle section. You can see them best in the close-up picture. 😀

My Bed/Favorite Place to Relax requested by Sarah

Mmmm… I love my bed. It’s huge and comfy and the goose-down comforter makes it so warm and toasty. This makes it my absolute favorite place in my apartment to relax. I could bury myself under the covers with a good book/magazine and be completely content. Plus, I think my new yellow floral bedsheets are incredibly pretty (Simply Shabby Chic collection from Target!). Aside from the bed, I have a boring, boring bedroom. There’s nothing on the walls so it’s kind of… blah. I would LOVE to put up beautiful framed photos of France (I’ve been obsessed since my trip!) or even some artwork. One day…

Something That is Ugly/Weird Looking That I Can’t Part With requested by Sarah

This is a picture of my fridge. It’s covered in photos, invitations, and random magnets. The item that I am slightly freaked out by but can’t seem to throw out is this weird cross-stitched smiley face magnet. I circled it so you all know what I’m talking about. Doesn’t it look slightly… evil?

My Toothbrush requested by Sarah

Nothing too exciting here. Rob and I have Sonicare toothbrushes and love them. Mine is the one on the right.

View From Balcony requested by Kate

The screen on my bedroom window doesn’t open very wide so I decided to take a picture of the view from my balcony (it’s pretty much exactly the same). Again, nothing exciting… just office buildings on the other side of the street. The high rise is another apartment/condo complex. Behind these buildings, though, is the bay! And a beautiful view of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and in the distance, the Golden Gate Bridge. Sadly, none of these are visible from my apartment. If they were, I’d probably be paying an extra $1000 in rent. So I guess it’s a good thing. 😛

The final part of the meme coming later this week (if anyone wants to request anything else, please feel free! This is fun!).

photo meme, part 1

I’m finally getting to the photo meme from a few weeks back. *blush* This is only a third of it (I STILL have yet to tidy up my apartment enough to take pictures)…

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Favorite Shoes requested by Alyson

My Classic Short Uggs in Chestnut are my most favorite shoes. EVER. They’re not exactly fashionable but they are *so* warm and toasty. I wear them to and from work every day in the winter. I think I may invest in a Chocolate-colored pair.

Favorite Handbag requested by Alyson

I didn’t care for Louis Vuitton pieces until this year. Then all of a sudden, I HAD TO HAVE this bag. Going to Paris made me pull the trigger since the prices there (even with the exchange rate) are less expensive than in the US. It’s a little hard to get in and out of but I love that it complements any outfit really well.

*N Sync Dolls requested by Robyn

Rob gave me a complete set of *N Sync marionette dolls back in 2000 when I wanted anything and everything *N Sync. I displayed them on my bookshelf and all but the Lance doll remained unopened in their boxes. (I couldn’t resist opening one of them, hehe). Anyway, when Rob and I moved to our smaller apartment in 2005, there just wasn’t any room for them. I had to box them up and put them in storage. I did keep my JC Chasez bobblehead out, though, so that’s what’s shown in the picture above. It’s on top of my desk. 😀

My Christmas Tree requested by Carmen

YAY!!! My Christmas tree! I love it so. I always decorate my tree in cream and gold… it just looks so elegant, I think. The tree’s actually still up. I was too lazy to take it down on New Year’s Day. :/ I’ll have to do that this weekend. It makes me sad because it means the holidays are officially over. The second picture is a close-up of the tree, specifically the pretty, pretty Eiffel Tower ornament I got in Paris.

And here’s a bonus picture of the Christmas trees that were in my office building’s lobby…

The pink and red theme is also really beautiful. I loved the sight of them every weekday morning.

That’s it for now… More to come this weekend. That’s the plan. 🙂

AAAGGGGHHHHH!!! The OC has been cancelled. Only another 2 months of episodes. *sniff*

2006/2007 meme

Meme stolen from Ashley

Looking back on 2006
About You…
Name:
Kelly
Nickname: Kel
How old were you in 2006? 26
What was the most important thing you discovered in 2006? I need to get a good night’s rest every day. I used to be able to get away with 5-6 hours of sleep a day while I was in college. But it’s not cutting it anymore.
What will you always remember about 2006? Getting my driver’s license. FINALLY. 😀
In 2006, did you…
Keep your New Years resolutions?
Not really. The only one I accomplished was getting my driver’s license. But that was a big one! So it should count A LOT.
Go on a holiday? Yes… Rob and I went to Paris for a week in October, which was absolutely AMAZING.
Change jobs? I did! I’ve only been at my new job for 2 months but so far, so good.
Buy anything from eBay? No. Buying stuff from eBay is too much effort for me, lol.
Prank call someone? Nope.
Get drunk? With my low tolerance, one sip of a drink is as good as getting drunk. Heh.
Get high? No. Never have, actually.
Fall in love? I’m already in love.
Break up with someone? No.
Get married? Hahahaha. No.
Get divorced? No.
Stop speaking to someone? Uhhh… maybe indirectly? But not on purpose.
Kiss someone? Rob, of course.
Kiss someone whose name you can’t remember? No.
Make a new friend? Yup, my new co-worker, Steph.
Do anything embarassing? I tend to conveniently forget embarassing moments in my life… so I would share but I can’t remember any such moments from the past year. 😀
Do something that you thought that you would never do? Yup. Finally getting my driver’s license. I know I keep mentioning it but I can’t help it. It was a milestone!
Do something you have always wanted to do? Not really.
Do anything that you regret? Nothing major. I just wish I was better at calling and keeping in touch with friends and family.
Do anything illegal? Not that I can think of.
Break a promise? Yeah. :/
Lose something? I’m always losing little things, like lip balm, keys, my mind…
Go crazy? Not yet. 😀
Best of 2006…
Movie:
The Devil Wears Prada
TV Show: Ugly Betty
Song: Irreplaceable – Beyonce
Album: FutureSex/Love Sounds – Justin Timberlake
Thing you bought: the Wii!
Memory: Riding a segway through the streets of Paris

Worst of 2006…
Movie:
The Last Kiss. I don’t think I ever blogged about this movie but I HATED IT.
TV Show: 7th Heaven. I’m still pissed at it for taking Everwood’s spot on the CW’s line-up.
Song: White & Nerdy – Weird Al Yankovic
Album: I don’t really listen to full albums anymore unless I really *love* the artist (JT, John Mayer) so… pass.
Hangover: I don’t think I’ve ever been hung over.
Memory: Giving my boss my resignation notice. Wahhh. That was so hard.

About 2007…
What do you want in 2007?
I want to go to Disneyland. Seriously.
Is there anything you would do differently in 2007? I don’t want to be so uptight. I want to lose weight. And I want to blog more.
Do you think it will be a good year? I hope so. *crosses fingers*
What do you look forward to most about 2007? The feeling of a new year, a fresh start…

Hope everyone has a fabulous New Year’s Eve! 🙂

photo meme

I’ve wanted to do this photo meme for some time now (it makes the rounds over at LJ every so often)…

Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you’re interested in/curious about — it can be anything from the apartment I live in to my favorite shoes. Leave your request as a comment to this entry, I’ll snap the pictures and post them back here. It’s like a glimpse into my world!

DO IT! 😀

golf

My office is closing early the Friday before Labor Day so we can have a “Guys and Dolls” golf tournament. We’re all going to be paired up (a guy and a girl — hence the name) and then we’ll alternate shots on a 9-hole course. I thought it sounded like fun so I signed up even though I’ve never picked up a golf club in my life.

Until today, that is.

My boss thought it would be fun to take me out to the driving range so I could get some practice… WOW.

I SUCK. I kept running the club into the ground. Hehe. And then when I would actually make contact with the ball, it would roll about 2 feet. NO JOKE.
*le sigh*

No one will want to play with me! 😛

I’m hoping Rob will take me out to the driving range again this weekend just so I won’t make a complete and total fool of myself next Friday.

more paris

Ok, so the answer to the “Guess the Truth” meme below is #2. 😀

Yes, I did audition for a dancing role in the movie Toys. It was when I was in elementary school and I was training at a ballet school in Santa Monica. We used to get information about casting calls all the time and I happened to go to this one. I was so excited because I got to miss a day of school and everything! I also got paid just for auditioning. A measly $10 and, of course, with taxes taken out, I think I ended up with $5. Heh. Sadly, I did not get a role but I did get to meet Barry Levinson. That was cool.

As for the other lies…
I was actually a Mass Communications major in college.
I was born in California.
I am an only child.
My favorite Harry Potter book is Goblet of Fire.
I have not vacationed in Greece. But I want to!!! Someday.

Speaking of trips, I am SO INCREDIBLY excited for my vacation to Paris. Not even the thought of getting to the airport hours ahead of time and being extra careful not to pack liquids in my carry-on can get me down. 😀 Rob and I are leaving on 10/12 (the day after my birthday!) and come back on 10/20, so we’ll have 7 full days there. (Or well, I guess you could say 6 days since that first day we probably won’t have too much energy what with the jet lag and all). I spent a good portion of the weekend checking out the forums on Fodors and Trip Advisor to get information on things to see, costs, transportation, weather, etc. I visited Paris in 1997 for a short amount of time (my family did one of those whirlwind tours where you see 7 cities in 3 weeks) so all I’ve seen up close is the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Catacombs and Versailles. Can’t wait to see other sites I missed, especially the Musee D’Orsay. The Degas pieces are calling me!

Off to do more research. 🙂

bored at work

omg, will this day never end?!?

I’m afraid I’m going to fall asleep right now. On my desk. At work. There’s just nothing for me to do — which is nice cause I’ve been catching up on spoilers for my TV shows but now… nothing.

Anyway, some more answers to your questions…

If you could be any age, how old would you be?
I’d like to be 28 — I guess it’s because I see that age as being “on the verge” for me. It’s an age that’s well past college and the entry-level part of my career (*crosses fingers*) yet it’s just before the tide of huge responsibility, ie. buying a house, engagement/marriage, kids. But of course, this is all subject to circumstance. 🙂

What was your favorite age. Why?
My favorite age was when I was 19. It was my second year of college and I was having so much fun — my classes were finally interesting, I had a fab roommate, I started hanging out with my future boyfriend, and I was super involved with clubs and activities. I remember that I was always running around campus doing something! 🙂 Some of my best memories are from that point in my life.

Would you watch an awful television show frequently — if Joshua Jackson was on it?
Definitely. I need my weekly Josh fix! I would hold out for as long as I possibly could. Which is probably forever. I mean, I’m still watching Dawson’s Creek and that show descended into awful a few years back. lol.

Thanks to Jessica, Jill and Lisa for the questions!

And thanks to everyone for your words about my previous post — there has been no sign of protest troubles today and I hope it stays that way. The groups that are still protesting in front of my office building aren’t being disruptive and I totally respect that.

Yes! Time to go home!