Archive for December, 2002

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I love the Holiday Season because it means you get off work early so often. It’s true that it sucks that I actually have to WORK, but it’s okay since it’s slow. I spoke briefly with my boss who’s in Europe having a grand ol’ time. Geez, can you imagine being in some wonderful place and calling in just to check that things are okay? Either she’s paranoid, or doesn’t trust us. I think she’s just paranoid about her deals dying while she’s not around.

I made Oatmeal Raisin cookies for the first time this evening. Not too shabby. I think most of cooking/baking requires a good recipe. If you’ve got reasonable skills, all you need is a good recipe. Perhaps some would disagree.

So I’m wondering how long it takes to figure out if someone likes you. That’s what one of my friends asked me today. I thought about it and gave her a generic answer: it’s different for each case, but basically I use my instinct. I suppose my instinct is based on all of the “signs” that I may see. Gotta watch out because when the mind sees what it wants to see. I think the mind can pretty much interpret any little thing into something positive about whether or not someone likes you.

Looking forward to the New Year. Hope you all have a good one.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Crumbling Wall of China

5 years ago, I went to the Great Wall of China. I decided to buy myself a mini-Great Wall as a souvenir. I figured that it’d be a cool looking object to have on my desk or something. Well, about a year after I bought it, I noticed a crack of sorts. I thought about it and tried to remember whether or not I had every dropped it.

Time passed and I was looking at it the other day. I noticed that it has a whole bunch of cracks and the paint was falling off. How on earth did this happen? Perhaps they did that on purpose to kind of immitate how the wall deteriorates a bit each year. Yeah right, I’m sure it was just cheap material.

Oh, so I went climbing today. It was fun as usual and I did 5 climbs and still kept up my 10a level. Woohoo! True, it was an easier 10a, I still finished it. I think next time, I’m going to push myself up one level. I doubt I’m strong enough or have the required technique, but hey, I have to try, don’t I?

I got to try out my new gear and I also splurged on some shoes. A whopping $134 after a 10% discount and tax. Heh, so much for only wanting to spend about $70. The way I saw it was similar to snowboarding boots. Since you rely on them so much, they absolutely MUST be comfortable. There’s nothing worse than having sucky shoes when doing something like snowboarding or climbing. If you’re constantly being annoyed by your shoes, then you won’t be able to focus on what you’re doing.

How do I justify spending about twice the amount that I wanted to spend? *ponder* Well, I consider it an early birthday present to myself. Hmm… have I already used that one? If so, then I also remember that I was having a conversation recently with one of the 2 partners at my company, and he was complementing me on the good job I was doing and that in January, there will be a little bonus coming my way. Woohoo!

Hope your holidays are going well. *sigh* I must go to work tomorrow. Maybe next year I’ll have myself a grand vacation from work during the holidays.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Woohoo, I had a good bowling night! Since I’m very inconsistent when it comes to bowling, I’m sure next time will be bad. Let’s see, I got a 121, 167, and 140. So I went to Classic Bowl in Daly City and I saw their Friday night price: $5.75! Holy smokes! Luckily they had one of those rent-a-lane specials for $25 per hour.

Since there were only 2 of us, we took that option and bowled 3 complete games, and we were about to finish our 4th game when on the 10th frame, they cut it off right before I was going to bowl (I was the 2nd bowler).

Have a safe weekend! Better watch out for those random sobriety checkpoints.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Happy Feet

Ahh… my feet are feeling very soft and happy now. Since I got off work early today I thought it would be fun to go visit this day spa I’ve been wanting to try. I went for the foot massage where they exfoliate your foot, massage it, and apply some hot oil wax. I think I almost drift off to sleep twice.

And the rain is back…

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Son of a… my post from yesterday has disappeared! It wasn’t too much writing though, but I did say that I got some climbing gear and a scarf. Woohoo! Now all I need to buy are some shoes and I’m set. I also got some other random stuff like a nice flashlight that I’ll be putting in my car. It’s one of those LED ones that are super bright, especially when you shine it into people’s eyes. *evil grin*

The train was depressing empty this morning. Yep, I’m at work instead of being all cozy warm in my bed. That’s okay though, because it’ll be an easy day and perhaps I can slip out to do some shopping. Actually, I’ve already sort of started doing that. On my way to work, I dropped by Walgreens to pick up some giftwrap for 50% off. Hooray.

Here’s something random. So when the milk carton says “2% Reduced Fat” what does that actually mean? 2% of what? Then it went on further to say “37% less fat than regular milk.” So, which is it? I’m totally confused.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I’ve said it before, but Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all! For some reason, today feels like Friday. I suppose that’s because tomorrow is a holiday and I don’t have to work. Hooray! Too bad I have to work Thursday. Boo! I don’t really mind working during the holiday because my family is all here and it’s not like I have to fly somewhere to spend Christmas with them. Besides, the workflow is so little that I get to goof off and catch up on some little tasks that I’ve been meaning to do.

At any rate, enjoy yourselves. Be merry, have fun, stay warm, and be safe.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Score!! The Tivo arrived in the mail yesterday. It’s all set up and I even programmed a few shows to record. We’ll see what happens when I get home. Hooray half-day!!

Season’s Greetings to all, and to all a good day.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Wow, the weekend flew by pretty quickly. I had a lot to do, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed or rushed as I went from activity to activity. Let’s see, when I went to my secret santa gathering yesterday, 2 boardgames were given: Imaginiff & Chronology. We decided to play both games and they were quite fun.

Imaginiff is a game where you roll the dice and select who is the “subject” of the “imagine if” blank happened, then what would so and so choose. Everybody is supposed to guess from one of the 6 choices and if you match with others, then you move along the board.
Chronology is a game where you roll a dice to see which category you get, and you’re supposed to guess when the event took place relative to the other cards on your timeline. If you guess right, you get to keep the card. The goal is to get 10 cards in order. I got hosed on the first game, but ended up barely winning in Chronology. Hooray for lucky guessing! Heheh.

So I’m wondering about maternity leave for men. Are men supposed to get it? I mean, they’re not the ones healing their wounds and all, but I think this is a more modern thing. I was taking the train in today and overheard these 2 guys talking about it. Apparently, one of them is expecting anytime now, and the other guy asked him if he’s going to take leave.

Then last week while making cheesecake, I had the tv on in the background and I forgot what show it was, but the guy was on maternity leave and he went on about how guilty he felt being on leave. He felt like he was goofing off of work. I guess it makes sense for men to take leave too since they are helping to take care of the mom who’s probably still kinda weak from giving birth. Having the husband around probably is nice to help with all the chores, diaper changing and baby feeding.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I just got back from the little potluck party where I played the white elephant game. I was really surprised that this time, I participated. Basically, that means somebody ACTUALLY stole a present from me… TWICE! Hehe. I ended up with a Chia Head, which I guess I’ll plant since I’ve always wondered about them.

It was cool to catch up with some friends and make some new ones, only to find out that we have friends in common. I guess it must be the Asian Bay Area degree of separation.

The only sucky thing for me this evening was my nose was totally acting up. I’m not sure if I was hit fiercely with a sudden cold or I had allergies hitting me. I’m also not quite sure what I’m allergic to, but maybe it was the air. *sigh* I’m sure it’ll go away with a good night’s sleep as it usually does.

Oh yeah, thanks to R for sharing with me the origin of the white elephant game. I’ll post it next time.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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“We have no common race in this country, but we have an ideal to which all of us are loyal. It is our ideal which we want to have live. It is an ideal which can grow with our people, but we cannot progress if we look down upon any group of people among us because of race or religion. Every citizen in this country has a right to our basic freedoms, to justice and to equality of opportunity, and we retain the right to lead our individual lives as we please, but we can only do so if we grant to others the freedoms that we wish for ourselves.”
Eleanor Roosevelt: “A Challenge to American Sportsmanship”

I’m currently (still) reading this book about the Japanese Internment during the Second World War and thought this was a good quote.
Well said, but hmm… what about non-citizens?

SG, signing off.

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