Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spring Where Art Thou?

I think this rain business is starting to take its toll. The little splashes of sunlight aren't enough of a fix to take me out of the winter doldrums. I mean, uh... it's supposed to be Spring right?
I am constantly cold. I'm still wearing leather gloves when I step out for my salad. I barely WANT salad cuz it's cold. I want grilled ham & cheese sandwiches everyday.
I think back to my week in Guam and wish I could feel that warm water again. At least when it rained there, I could be rewarded with this:

Instead, on my morning walkies with Sake I got this. Still scenic, but where's the sun??

Monday, March 20, 2006

Happy First Day of Spring Yo!

I ran my 12K yesterday in.. 1:26. Average. But considering I did it without running for a month prior, and there was a Steep Ass Hill the first mile, not too shabby. L really shone too and we were both exhilarated afterwards. We promptly celebrated with a breakfast pizza at Rose's Cafe: http://www.rosescafesf.com/food_and_wine.shtml.

BTW, this was the Emerald Nuts 12K Across The Bay. They are the title sponsor of the event Runner’s World magazine calls “the best bridge run in America!” It's the largest footrace across the Golden Gate Bridge and this year treated upwards of 5,000 runners to spectacular views of my San Francisco.

First, we had to take a shuttle from Fisherman's Wharf at 7:15am over the Golden Gate to Sausilito to be dropped off(Actually, first I had to get up at 6am, which believe me, was not pretty. There were a few "crap!"s to be heard I think.). From there the 1st mile was a steep hill(It was a sonofabitch, but I ran it all the way up!) up to bridge level, ran across the GG Bridge(Here my bridge-o-phobia kicked in and each time I looked left or right to see the view I experienced vertigo so I looked straight ahead most of the way. What a waste.) down into Fort Point, through Crissy Field and back to Aquatic Park/Ghiradelli Square. With the last day of winter an absolutely gorgeous one, it turned out to be the most scenic run I've ever done. I was tempted to snap a picture for you guys but I didn't want to lose momentum. So I've included pics from their website for you. hehe. It REALLY looked like this yesterday guys! And you can see the Sausilito side. My quads are killing me today but it was absolutely worth it; although I would say the t-shirt is pretty lame..

Nonetheless, it seemed the perfect way to celebrate the last day of Winter!

Friday, March 17, 2006

The (Irish) Jig is Up

Happy St. Patrick's Day kiddies! I've already begun celebrations by adding a shot of Bailey's to my morning coffee(I'm not kidding.). But really, that's about it for me. I'm done.

If fact, my girl L and I are going for Indian Food in the Mission tonight.

(Damn.. this Bailey's is goooood. I hope no one can smell it on my breath!)

To try to ease some of the stress I was experiencing yesterday, I've decided to discretely take a half day from the office. w00t! Wish me luck that I don't waste it by shopping or watching Oprah instead.... Although a matinee of V for Vendetta would be hot.

** Edit: So, hey. I think that Bailey's is getting to me.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Oh Time! You B*tch.

After 3 nights and about 6 hours of muddled cable plugging and wire cutting, I finally have my new flat screen tv hooked to my cable, dvd, and surround sound. The trouble is.. IT DOESN'T FUCKING WORK! *aaarrreeegghhhheeeggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggg* I have ignored all other cleaning required around the house because I've wanted to prove so badly that I could accomplish this audio video challenge.. Plus it was starting to look like Best Buy threw up in the living room and I can't have that. But, evidently I am ok with a huge beatup box of hangers in the corner, dust bunnies piling up, a broken floor lamp sitting askew next to the door, bills piling up on the dining table, mounds of laundry laying around waiting to be folded and put away, and stacks of framed art leaning against the wall.

I'm a mess.

In turn, I wake up each morning feeling discombobulated. It takes forever to get ready. I set things down haphazardly because really, nothing has it's place yet. I don't have the money to buy furnishings/shelving to house my cd's, books, knickknacks so they're all still in boxes. ... And I just don't have the time or energy to even organize it and put it away neatly in any manageable way.

I don't even have children! How do people do it? It's all so overwhelming. I didnt' want to take the Tahoe trip last weekend because I needed to clean, but spending Quality Time with Family is a priority too. How do we fit in a 40+hr work week, family, a honey, friends, gym, cleaning, sleep, volunteer work( in my dream world.), walkies with Sasa, and hobbies(old and new) into our lives??? With all the timesaving gadgetry at our disposal, where's all my time??
Oh I forgot to mention. I'm signed up to run 12k across the Golden Gate Bridge this Sunday morning. Rain or Shine. I'm gonna do my rain dance to give myself an out anyway.... *uh-shimmy* *uh-shimmy* C'mon, everybody! *shimmies to the left* *shimmies to the right*........*fade out*

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Wake Up!!!

I need an alarm clock that'll really get me going in the morning. How effective do you think these would be?

Jigsaw Puzzle Alarm Clock

Classic, modern style. Smooth, refined form. Oh, and possibly the most obnoxious feature set possible in an alarm clock (aside from a clock that actually flees away from you): You must complete a jigsaw puzzle to deactivate the alarm. No cord to cut, since it’s battery operated, and “recommended for ages 3 or over”—really, anyone old enough to wield a hammer.
Catalog Page [LatestBuyAU via RedFerret]

When you hit Clocky’s snooze button, he will roll off of the nightstand, fall to the floor, and run around the room, searching for a place to hide. When the alarm sounds again, you have to get out of bed to find it and turn it off. He finds a new spot everyday, “kind of like a hide-and-seek game”.

Monday, March 13, 2006


Row: I can't believe I "lost" an entire DVD player...!
Bro: Just get one from Mom's house.

Row: Mom has an extra DVD player laying around the house?

Bro: Mom has an extra everything laying around the house.

At my birthday dinner:

M: So I had an unsuccessful booty call last week.
Row: Don't believe it. How is that possible?
M: Well, I called him and he said he was busy and wanted to raincheck.
Row: *gasp* Who turns down booty?
M: Yeah. I was so pissed. I just said "whatever.." and hung up.
T: Wait a minute. So you gave him Booti-tude?
D: Has that made it onto urbandictionary.com ??
Row: Oh that is sooo going on my blog!

Row: I think we spend far more time In here than we do Out.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Bravo TV: Blow by Blow

10:55pm ********* Project Runway. I've been waiting to find out the winner... I can't believe I'm really actually nervous about who will win! My girl Chloe is in the Top 3; I put my money on her from the start that she would get to show at Olympus Fashon Week.

*gnawing fingernails* OMG. Seriously. I can't handle the stress!

10:58pm ********** Holy sh$t. I am totally crying! She won! She won! She is the next great Amercian Designer! That's my girl!! Beautiful collection. All her clothes looked soooo hot on the women. And a great cohesive collection with a point of view.

11:07pm ********** Ok. so Top Chef is on now. Despite being a foodie, I initially had no interest in seeing this show. But. Whoa. What did I spy? Telegraph Hill? This fucking show takes place in San Francisco!!! Now I HAVE to watch it. These guys have to work the line at Fleur De Lys! They're not horsing around. This is a SF institution!!!! I've actually met Hubert Keller dining there one night. Damnit. I don't have time to add another show to the rotation but now my hands are tied..

11:20pm********** Damn. My city is gorgeous.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Brave Face

My family was greeted by some sad news Sunday evening. A dear and old friend had passed away from a year long battle with lung cancer. And although our minds tell us that she is in a better place now, free from pain; our hearts tell us that we are saddened by her absence and by her family's pain.
My mother, who is the stoic one of the family, has tried to put on a brave face; but I know she is filled with grief. Afterall, this was The Friend. Y'know, the one who knows everything that'll make you laugh. The one who knew you before you were someone's wife, before you were so and so's mother, and before you were too jaded and weary to do something crazy and reckless. I am glad my mother was able to return to Hong Kong last month for one last visit. Strange isn't it? To see someone, and know it is the last time you will smile and see each other's face. Shirley Auntie was (yikes, I'm using "was".)beautiful, smart, funny, gracious, classy, down-to-earth, and caring; and you think , Why Her? But most of all, she made my mother happy and for that I will forever love her for.

My very deepest condolesces to the Wong Family. We too are pained and send you our love.....

Monday, March 06, 2006

Ocsars for Everyone!

So I guess the Academy decided to share the wealth this year with 3 Oscars each for Brokeback, Crash, King Kong, and Geisha. What? You didn't get one?? What a loooooser!
Big w00t goes to Ang Lee for the first Asian to win a director's award(or other major Oscar for that matter.) I love how he gives shoutouts to the Motherland in Chinese in his acceptance speeches. It makes me cry everytime. But who told him that the "I wish I knew how to quit you" joke would be funny??

And I'm going to go with the insider theory that the academy robbed Brokeback Mountain of the Best Picture award with Crash. I enjoyed Crash but overall found it simplistic, manipulative, and obvious. And as defamer.com so aptly put it, it's a movie that was filmed in LA, with LA actors, financed by LA money. Big shock who the academy would ultimately vote for. Yes. I'm bitter. When are they going to let people who spent hard-earned money paying full price to the movies get to vote??

So happy to see Reese win for her superb performance in an actually mediocre film. But did anyone else think this was just too much dress for a such a petite woman?

And oh.. Clooney. *sigh* As the girls say on Sex and the City, "Clooney is like a Chanel Suit; he never goes out of style.." w00t for you George!

Indeed... So nice, let's see him twice....

And I dub thee..... Hottest New Male on the Red Carpet.....

Eric Bana 78th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Hollywood, CA - 3/5/2006 Photo: Steve Granitz, WireImage.com

Which one of the ladies wowed me? Well, it certainly wasn't Keira. The Vera Wang had a little too much mermaid/fishtail for my taste. And what's with the I'm-going-to-Junior-Prom ponytail with the bits hanging down?

It could've been Jessica Alba. I don't know what on earth she has to do with the Oscars, but who cares right? The hair is fabulous. And if you're hot, you can rarely go wrong with Versace; although her bust area is a little too squished down and awkward to strike a perfect 10 for me.

It could even also be Zhang Ziyi. I loved this black and white Armani number.. except... oh hey.. Molly Ringwald called. She wants her choker back.

Also rocking some basic black for the evening was another standout. Felicity Huffman? Perhaps she is keen to shed the I-played-a-man-wanting-to-be-woman image, but w00t on the skin baring Zac Posen dress! And look at those arms! Whoooaaa Flicka!

But Felicity seems an amateur to this woman. Many of you are already aware of my Uma infatuation. But how do you argue with this? Who works a nude/fleshtone frock(Atelier Versace) better than her? The coloring, the hair, the smoky eyes? I was WOWed.

Personally, I think she has redeemed herself for the Lacroix debacle of 2004...

That's it until next year folks.. I'm spent...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Who's the Birthday Boy????

Yo Shorty!! It's Your Birthday! We gonna party like it's yo birthday! We gon-" Oh wait dude.. You're tall!!

Nonetheless, you've got birthday wishes coming your way Baby Brother!!! Seems I never see you anymore, I mean... I don't even know what blockbuster's are coming out this summer! I have a calendar to plan you know!

Despite all my jokes and all the ribbing, I am quite often very proud of you, and wish I could give you the world. Thanks for being there when I had that meltdown on Half-Dome. Thanks for introducing us to Blokum( I don't even know 'em!). Thanks for laughing along with your crazy sister. *muah!* I love you...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Birthday Miracle

It's gone!  It's gone! My deformity is gone!

I remember clearly I still had it yesterday.  (I had grown quite accustomed to my ganglion cyst's presence.  At meetings I would stroke it like a pet cat.  *cue Dr. Evil voice*  "Yess...  Tell me more..." ) But today, while discussing my upcoming surgery with a co-worker, I looked down, and it was gone.  No lovely lady lumps to be found!  My wrist is a little swollen and slightly tender, but really none worse for the wear. 
It's disappearance has ellicited quite a variety of responses...

Dad: Are you sure it just didn't move somewhere else?
E:  Omygosh.  That just doesn't sound right!
D: Wow..  *pause* Do you miss it?
Co-worker:  *gasp*!!!  It's your Birthday Miracle!!!
Dr's Office:  If you want it to come back, you could try doing something repetively with your hand."    (uuuhhh.... yeeaaahhh.....)

Hey. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times.... Strangely enough, it all turns out well!!