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All entries for 2006
12/26/2006: My 3 day weekend.

12/23/2006: Gift giving.

12/22/2006: Mind of Mencia


12/16/2006: Where have I been?

12/09/2006: Only the minimum.

12/08/2006: untitled

12/07/2006: untitled

12/05/2006: Public restroom experience.

12/04/2006: Closer to my goal!

12/02/2006: Baffled.

12/01/2006: Where has my week gone?

12/01/2006: Why me?

11/30/2006: Wash your hands.

11/28/2006: Something is very wrong...

11/25/2006: Do you dream in different languages?

11/22/2006: Sex, deception and Taiwanese vs. Japanese.

11/22/2006: Psychos, houses and mother-in-laws who can be considered psycho.

11/20/2006: Big trucks + me driving = 90% change of accident

11/17/2006: Blogmad.net

11/16/2006: WTF!

11/15/2006: Angel and Vic Zhou

11/15/2006: Vengeance is best served slow.

11/14/2006: There needs to be a time limit rule...

11/13/2006: Mars.

11/10/2006: Where is the rain!

11/09/2006: The cleaning ninja!

11/08/2006: Confession is good for the soul.

11/07/2006: Over priced movies and kids.

11/06/2006: Marie Antoinette.

11/03/2006: Uneasiness

11/02/2006: Dirty looks...

11/02/2006: Menopause Fairy where are you?

11/01/2006: WOOT!!

10/31/2006: All in a name...

10/31/2006: I feel the love!

10/30/2006: Personal space.

10/29/2006: Finally done!

10/29/2006: Password protected recipe.

10/28/2006: Almost there.

10/27/2006: Appropriate gifts.

10/27/2006: untitled

10/26/2006: Behold the power of QVC!

10/25/2006: Do you want fries with that?

10/24/2006: Random thoughts.

10/20/2006: Fickle and can’t seem to learn...

10/18/2006: I want...

10/13/2006: Finding happiness in hectic times.

10/11/2006: Being responsible SUCKS!!

10/04/2006: And then there was none...

09/30/2006: Only to be single...

09/22/2006: Free at last!

09/14/2006: My mom always did tell me not to stare at people...

09/12/2006: Manga, homeless, Jun <3 and lack of sleep.

09/10/2006: Karma.

09/07/2006: His ears must have been burning.

09/06/2006: Bangs head against wall...

08/31/2006: Hot water.

08/22/2006: No pain, no gain!

08/17/2006: Mixed feelings...

08/15/2006: Buyer beware and why I dislike UPS!

08/09/2006: Hobo Stew.

08/07/2006: Oh to be so close and yet so far away...

08/06/2006: "I long for you." It's a compound of love with zero impurities.

08/05/2006: In need of a maid...anyone willing to work for free?

08/04/2006: Say WHAT?!

08/03/2006: Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho…Back to work I go!

08/02/2006: Is there a doctor in the house?

11/14/2007 8:11 PM
San Francisco Day 1 (aka I seem to follow trouble)

Last weekend I was supposed to go down to San Diego with my mom, my niece and her friend to cheer on my favorite Aunt and cousin for a breast cancer marathon. Well...then the fires happened and after speaking with one of my reps who lives in the area we would be visiting I decided there wasn't any way I'd go. Since I had already taken the days off we decided to make use of them and my mom booked a hotel and we decided to go to San Francisco. It's been a very very long time since I last went there. I decided to drive since my mom doesn't like driving in cities and my car gets better gas. Normally we just head to the wharf, but because of Veteran's Day on Monday we decided to go to China Town, Japan Town (I gave them no choice in going there.), the Exploratorium and the Golden Gate Park.

We decided to go up a different way then we normally do. Usually we take the 99 to the 152 to the 101. It's an easy, simple, fast and nice drive. Since we were staying in Mill Valley we decided to go up and around. Well of course we got lost. I ended up having to drive across the Bay Bridge. I don't hate the Bay Bridge, I just find it more unsafe then the Golden Gate. As we went across my niece's friend noticed a large boat not moving. I thought it was odd and wanted a looky so I went to the side. I hadn't realized that the reason it was stopped was because of an oil spill that happened a couple of days before. I only heard about it that night when we watched the news, and they made it seem like it just happened. I couldn't believe it. The night before when I was packing I noticed it was going to RAIN on Sunday, the only full day we stayed, and now an oil spill?

This trip was the first time I drove in San Fran and boy was it an experience. In Fresno there are a ton of left turn lanes, right turn lanes and the lights go up high so they are easy to see. In San Fran. only a couple of places had "normal" lights and so I almost ran a red light since I was following a truck from Alaska and didn't realize the lights are on the side and hard to see when surrounded by large vehicles. The lanes, except a few major streets and small residential streets, were soooo skinny. I hated the cramped feeling on the road, but luckily I wasn't in the downtown area too much.

We were able to check into the hotel early and decided to go first to the park and then to Japan Town. We, of course, got lost heading to the Park. My mom can't seem to be "on the spot" when it comes to navigation and with it being the first time I drove in San Fran. I was paying more attention to lights, no left turn signs, etc. then street names. The park was a lot of fun, but I was very disappointed with the Japanese Tea Garden. It didn't impress me at all. It felt cramped and wasn't very relaxing. I guess the Fresno Japanese Tea Garden pampered me. It's very beautiful and has a much larger feeling. Then again it also didn't cram in a gift shop or a tea house. The Planetarium and Aquarium are shut down until 2008, we couldn't find the Conservatory of Flowers (we got lost twice trying to find it) and after checking out the De Young Gallery we decided to just go to Japan Town.

Japan Town was wonderful! The parking was pretty cheap, so much food, so many shops! It was very exciting. We were pretty hungry by the time we got there so we decided to have an early dinner at a Korean restuarant called Seoul Korea. We ordered so much food! Three orders of Bulgogi, an order of mandu gook (a pot sticker soup) and some fried pancake things with calamari, shrimp, green onions and carrots. It was soooo good! I missed having real kimchi and Korean side dished. I'm not a fan of all of them, like the seaweed. I just don't get how people can like it. Sure at first the pickled seaweed tastes ok, but then a minute later you have the taste of nasty sea in your mouth. I just don't get it.

Well everyone knows how I am around other Asians. That dinner just proved my point, well that whole trip. For those of you who don't know I'm adopted and my whole family and husband are white. So we're having dinner and I don't eat with chosticks very often, well none of us do. My mom asks for forks for all of us since large dinners like that usually take a long time. The waitress brought three. That's right, THREE!! I was stuck without a fork, in fact every place we went to did the same thing! Needless to say I'm good at chosticks now and can go an hour and a half straight using them.

I love the Japanese Plum Wine so given the chance to drink some Korean Raspbery Wine I took it. Now it came in a small bottle with a screw on cap. I figured there would be like 5 small glass fulls in the bottle. You know how they are usually made with thick glass with very little alcohol inside. I was wrong. Normally I would have just had a couple of glass fulls, but my niece wanted the bottle as a suviner. I decided why not and to drink it all. Of course by the time she mentioned it I was already slightly buzzed and not in my right mind. It wasn't until I said that my niece "owed me" when I had one glass left to drink and totally buzzed did my mom point out the cap could screw on. <_<;; The wine was very good though. XD

The shops, oh the wonderful shops! The prices for the cds were pretty fair. It was so sad that I couldn't buy much since we're on a tight budget. We both want to pay off debt and to buy a house. I was soooo tempted though! Orange Range, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Arashi... /sigh I ended up buying two singles (well cds with only 4 songs); one Orange Range and the single for Love so Sweet by Arashi. I already have the sone Love so Sweet, but I picked the single by how hot Jun looked on the cover. XD I know, a pretty bad reason to buy any CD, but he looks so great!! I bought a ton of Pocky (strawberry w/ bits, dessert, mint chocolate, dark and milk chocolate, hazelnut and tiramisu) and some an-pan. I'm disappointed with the an-pan though. The an part is more like a ball of it instead of evenly spread. It's also more of a puree and sweeter tasting. Oh well, can't win them all. :)

We left back to our hotel with plans of coming back on Sunday on the way home and with me knowing I need to go back when they hold their Hana mei. There's a hotel right in the middle of the shopping malls that looks very nice, I took a look inside. I just need to save about 1,000-1,500 bucks for food, shopping and a one night stay.

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10/28/2007 7:18 AM
I'll take Hodge-Podge for $300, Alec.

I was cleaning out some of my e-mails, for over a year I saved all of them, trying to get rid of the "chatty-Cathy" ones and read some of the ones I got from an old contact again before deleting them. I work with a company where, well it can be difficult. In fact, before him I believed a project was being worked on for 3 months when it wasn't. He was totally cool to work with and a lot of help. I have a new contact and while the e-mails are always pleasant it's not the same or even close to the same. Before I would get answers within minutes, now I wait a week or more. I miss him greatly, but I guess anyone would prefer to become a lawyer then work at that company and be the whipping boy and having to people's complaints. Even my boss liked him a lot. When a letter was written to the company a lot of names were bashed and smashed, but his was praised for being so great. I still never got to see that letter like I was told I would since he forgot to cc me. I think because it caused a bit of a stink...

A co-worker of mine recommended a doctor to me. I'll be seeing her, or the nurse practitioner, next week. I've been feeling a bit yucky, I think I might have a small sinus infection or something. Also I need to see her about my leg/knee. So many problems and I'm only 27! Totally unfair.

I found a TV station that plays Dark Angel! (SiTV) It's a Latin station that has a variety of shows. It can also be pretty informative since during commercial breaks they have a little show called "In the Up" or something close to that and they talk about issues that involves Latin-Americans. A while back I made a blog about a pizza place that is now accepting pesos. Well they are doing better then ever and are going to be opening more places. I'm not surprised. That whole thing was a bunch of bs. I don't hear hundreds and thousands of people upset because people buy extravagant items for themselves. What's the diff? It was that guy's business and it's their money. They both earned the right, although I do think that buying extravagant gifts is pretty stupid and the money could be put to better use, to do whatever they wanted.

I also learned how "illegal immigrants" are able to go to school/college and in New York can get their driver's license. Ok, if that's the case why not let them become citizens? Let's get some money from these people. Also I don't get the whole illegal thing. 1) Unless you went through the process to becoming legal you're illegal. Boat loads of people came over and claimed a bunch of land that wasn't theirs. 2) Probably 8 out of 10 of those people are here for a better life, aka will be working hard and won't be a bunch of blood sucking low-lives. Why not let them work if they want to? What jobs are they taking? Ones we don't want to do in the first place! Who cares of their English is next to nil or very limited? I know people who are legal who can barely speak English!

I also found an old TV show called Designing Women. I'm sure you all are too young to remember the show, but I lived off of it. I wanted to be Dixie Carter. For me she is the epitome of someone who has good manners, intelligence, integrity and grace (minus those little speeches they had her do). I disliked a lot of her lengthy speeches. While I agreed with some, I found it more set up as a soap box for the writers then what would really happen. No one would be able to go on for that long without someone who disagreed stepping in. My mom was watching when she went on about Carter and how wonderful he is. She said, "I met him. She's right. He's a very nice guy, but bad President. Last democrat I voted for." Oh, those years of me saying, "Have y'all just COMPLETELY lost your mind?"

I'm studying for my Series 6 exam and I must say the first chapter is very funny. I know it shouldn't be, but the example they used to help us remember what they are going over is just hilarious. Since I'm not sure what I can or cannot say about the study material I'll just say that you'd think study material that in the end is connected to the gov. they wouldn't stereo type people with pictures, descriptions and/or call their company "TwoGeeks".

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