Friday, September 29, 2006
( 7:01 AM ) teahouse
Random Thoughts on a Rainy Friday
My posting has been spotty lately, and will continue to be. My job has been very, very busy. Enjoying it immensely, but the learning curve is still steep, so things are hectic.
So there hasn't been too much excitement in my life otherwise.
But I have collected the following random thoughts:
ONE: I just saw a movie that changed my life. It was Murderball. This movie was nominated for an Oscar in 2005.
I laughed, I cried. It was an amazing experience. I urge you to run, run, run to the video store and rent it (or click click click online at Netflix).
Tip: I think my favorite part was where the quadriplegics were talking about their sex lives. There are even excerpts from an instructional video on sex after a spinal cord injury.
TWO: To the girl who sat next to me on the train yesterday carrying the bag that said, "Hold Me; I'm a Fermata" -- I heart your bag. Where can I get me one?
THREE: I got a bad haircut a couple of weeks ago, and there's this random tuft of hair that sticks straight up on the top of my head.
I can't get it to stay down, even with hairspray and mousse.
I look like Alfalfa.
I caught a coworker staring at it yesterday. I could tell she was trying not to say anything. #
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
( 7:00 AM ) teahouse
I did something over the weekend that I'm so incredibly proud of that I couldn't resist snapping a photo and bragging to you all online.
Check out the parallel parking job I did on the street in Manhattan.
This was a FIRST ATTEMPT!
Yes, I'm good, I know. Feel free to applause and throw money.
I've always been good at parallel parking. In all other respects, I drive like a typical Asian woman. But that's the one thing I'm good at.
Look at the utter perfection, the symmetry. And weep. #
Monday, September 25, 2006
( 7:08 AM ) teahouse
I stole this from Bama Girl, who stole it from someone else. Fun, fun.
Have you ever…??
( ) Smoked a joint
( ) Done cocaine
(X) Been in love -- Yes, and it's wonderful...
( ) Had a threesome -- No, but I once came close. Got weirded out, though, and exited the situation quickly.
( ) Been dumped -- Not technically, but I've had guys act like jerks in order to force me to dump them.
( ) Shoplifted
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back -- Haven't we all?
( ) Been arrested
( ) Made out with a stranger
(X) Gone on a blind date -- ugh, too many bad ones to count.
(X) Had a crush on a teacher
(X) Been to Europe -- All over!
(X) Been to Canada -- Montreal and BC
( ) Been to Mexico
( ) Seen someone die
(X) Thrown up in a bar --Ironically enough, when I was celebrating after the bar exam!
(X) Met a celebrity -- Several of them since I've lived in NYC
(X) Met someone from the internet in person -- Yep, Marshmallow!
( ) Been moshing at a concert
( ) Gone backstage at a concert
(X) Lain outside in the grass and watched cloud shapes go by -- So many times as a kid
(X) Made a snow angel -- freshman year of college!
(X) Flown a kite
( ) Cheated while playing a game
(X) Been lonely -- too many times to count!
( ) Fallen asleep at work
(X) Fallen asleep at school -- high school calculus class
(X) Used a fake ID -- borrowed from an Asian friend (bouncers think we Asians all look alike)
(X) Been kicked out of a bar -- embarrassing memory
(X) Felt an earthquake
( ) Touched a snake -- well, whaddya mean by "snake"? Is it a euphemism for something?
(X) Slept beneath the stars -- on the beach in L.A.
( ) Been robbed
(X) Won a contest -- Yeah, won a beauty pageant in college - no kidding!
(X) Run a red light
( ) Been suspended from school
(X) Had braces -- and headgear!
(X) Felt like an outcast -- most of junior high
(X) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night -- guhhh, tummyache!
(X) Had deja vu
(X) Totaled a car -- Yes, my dad's Nissan (not my fault)
( ) Stolen a car
(X) Hated the way you look -- most of junior high
( ) Witnessed a crime
(X) Been to a strip club -- I think they're a lot of fun, actually...
(X) Been to the opposite side of the world -- trips to Asia!
(X) Swum in the ocean -- the Atlantic and Pacific
(X) Felt like dying -- the last time I had food poisoning. And the last time I had my heart broken
(X) Cried yourself to sleep -- the last time I had my heart broken
(X) Sung karaoke -- At the top of my lungs, the only way to do it!
(X) Paid for a meal with only coins -- a late night in Vegas
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't -- too many times to name...and usually involve exes...or crying in front of people at work...
(X) Made prank phone calls -- when I was a kid!
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Had a bonfire on the beach
( ) Crashed a party
( ) Seen a tornado
(X) Had a wish come true -- My parents gave me a baby sister!
( ) Gone bungee jumping -- Not in your life, dude
(X) Screamed in public
( ) Told a complete stranger you loved them
( ) Had a one night stand
( ) Kissed a mirror
(X) Had a dream that you married someone
( ) Gotten your fingers stuck together with super glue
( ) Been a cheerleader
(X) Sat on a roof top
( ) Talked on the phone for more than 6 hours straight
(X) Stayed up all night -- in college, too many times to count, doing problem sets (ugh)
(X) Not taken a shower for three days -- Yeah, on a camping trip
( ) Made contact with a ghost while playing a Ouija board
(X) Had more than 30 pairs of shoes at a time -- I have way more than that now
(X) Gone streaking - Awww yeah! In college! A crazy story I'll share someday..
( ) Been skinny dipping
( ) Been pushed into a pool/lake with all your clothes on
( ) Had sex in a public or semi-public place
( ) Been kissed by a complete stranger
( ) Broken a bone
( ) Caught a butterfly
(X) Mooned/flashed someone -- Just in the privacy of my own home
(X) Had someone moon/flash you -- The Boy does it every day to make me laugh
( ) Cheated on a test
(X) Forgotten someone's name -- Way too often to admit
(X) Slept naked -- but it's not as exciting as you think. I once got out of the shower and was so exhausted I just conked out while still wearing the towel. #
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
( 7:03 AM ) teahouse
I had an appointment to see my ob/gyn next week. But I have to reschedule it, because I have an important meeting at work the same day.
I called the doctor's office yesterday to reschedule. I didn't think it would be a big deal to get an appointment for later in the week.
But the receptionist said, "Her next available appointment is November 1."
November? Yes, apparently, my ob/gyn has gotten really popular.
Dammit! I started seeing her 6 years ago, when she was still a resident and it was easy to get an appointment with her.
Now she has all of these fancy new patients. And I feel like everyone has discovered MY secret restaurant, that nobody knew about before, but then it was given a good review in the NY Times, so now it's impossible to get a reservation.
So I did the next best thing - I made an appointment with her partner, Dr. S.
I've met Dr. S before. He was on call one night last year when I had to make an emergency appointment for bad cramps. He just joined the practice a year ago.
Dr. S is young and totally hot. And he's gay.
Which made me wonder for a millisecond - what makes a gay man want to be an ob/gyn?
When I told one of my friends this story, she made a cynical remark about wanting to look at the menu even though you don't eat at the restaurant.
But then I thought, maybe he wants to help women and babies, like all baby doctors do! And his sexual orientation should have nothing to do with it.
I certainly don't care, because I've never thought I have to have a female ob/gyn. And besides, Dr. S is a really good doctor. He's well dressed, has soft hands, a soothing bedside manner, and he's very attentive.
And he had appointment openings for most of next week.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. #
Monday, September 18, 2006
( 7:22 AM ) teahouse
Isn't It Ironic?
The Boy recently played in the pit orchestra for a local production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Mikado.
For anyone who's unfamiliar with that opera, it takes place in Japan, and all of the characters are Japanese.
So in this production, the major roles were all played by white people.
But ironically, the pit orchestra was almost entirely made up of Asians. #
Friday, September 15, 2006
( 7:02 AM ) teahouse
Tae kwon do class was good last night.
Since the weather has been so nice and cool this week, the windows were open to let the breeze in. Very pleasant.
At one point, halfway through class, the smell of bacon slowly wafted into the studio from the deli downstairs. Pretty soon, it had permeated the ENTIRE studio.
Mmmm..I was so distracted...
I think the tae kwon do Master was distracted as well. I caught him with a glazed look in his eye as he counted out loud in Korean while we did our exercises.
At one point I looked down at my sleeve. It was wet.
Not from sweat, but from drool.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
( 6:52 AM ) teahouse
F in Following Directions
Some people just don't know how to follow directions, do they? #
Monday, September 11, 2006
( 7:04 AM ) teahouse
Five Years Later
As many of my old readers know, today is my birthday.
Yes, 9/11 is a special day for me.
The Boy threw me a birthday party last night in local bar. It was lovely.
Several of my friends were late because they drove in together from Brooklyn, and they were stuck in the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel for over an hour.
They couldn't figure out why. The cars came to a standstill. People shut down their engines, got out of their cars and hung out for a while.
They heard from other car drivers that the President was in town for the 9/11 memorial activities, and all of downtown was shut to traffic.
When my friends finally arrived, they asked me, "Are you mad that Dubya almost made us miss your birthday party?"
Nah. This kind of thing has happened every year for the past five years. But I've taken it in stride.
I'm just glad I was able to celebrate my birthday surrounded by friends.
Happy Monday to everyone. Hug and kiss your loved ones today, and thank God you have them. #
Friday, September 08, 2006
( 12:14 AM ) teahouse
Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May
Summer is slipping away.
There are little signs. The kids playing in the fountain, trying to squeeze every last minute of summer sunlight out of each day before the dreaded morning when the school bus arrives.
The increased traffic to and from work, due to the back-to-school and back-from-Labor Day-vacation crowds.
The light jacket I've started dragging with me in the morning, to throw over my shoulders in the evening.
Another summer gone, another autumn ahead.
Where has the time gone?
If you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be in the Park, trying to soak up the sun's rays while they're still around.
Stop and smell the flowers. #
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
( 5:08 PM ) teahouse
Back to Normal
Hey, everyone! I'm back!
Whew, what a summer it was. I can't say that I'm too sad it's over.
I had a lovely time with the parents, but part of me is happy to have everything somewhat back to normal.
Just got back home from the last hurrah and sending the parents off. Trying to catch my breath, sort through my dirty laundry, unpack.
I'll post again soon. But for now, I'm back! #