Wear It #4

I haven’t done a “what I wore” type of post in a long time. Looking back at previous posts here, I realize that this might be only the third of its type on this site.

This pic was taken on Saturday and I’m not sure what to call the look. Perhaps the Bay Area is having its influence on me!

Wear It #4


Sweater, Forever 21 clearance section
Dress, Forever 21 by way of Goodwill
Shoes, Chelsea Crew ‘Malibu’ (similar in Mustard here)
Socks, a nice thin wool blend that I wish I had more pairs of
Glasses, the Thatcher (in Whiskey Tortoise) from Warby Parker
Headband, unknown
MAC lipstick in Hang-up


Since I work in a blue collar-y shop-like environment most of the time, I seem to overdress whenever I have a day off these days.

You should see the condition of some of my work clothes. Battery acid can eat holes in your sweaters and jeans, which is why you won’t find me wearing any of my fancy stuff there. Most work days find me in inexpensive and/or old jeans, random old Threadless shirts, wearing Doc Martens, Adidas, or inexpensive boots on my feet. Comfy and pricey insoles are a definite must!


I need to stop looking at hair pics from 2009-2010, for sure. Otherwise, I will be forced to go back to this, which I miss so much.

Teal hairs


It’s totally ok to go the grocery store in your Batman pajamas, wearing a faux fur stole and yellow headband from H&M. Skull shoes from Target.

Batman

Right?

Her birthday weekend shenanigans were delightful and fun and I can’t wait until next year.

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Tired Car Birthday Hashtags Seagull

The title of this post is a merging of the topics on my mind right now.


I just remembered that I have a Vine account. Seven seconds is nothing, yet can be an eternity.

Also, Coco IS TWO YEARS OLD TODAY! As in right now. This instant. It’s amazing how much she’s been talking over the last couple of weeks. She tells me little stories and we laugh at a lot. She’s my light and I love seeing her blossom!


I’ve been feeling tired nearly all of the time, due to my schedule. I might be able to cut back on some stuff soon, but I need to make it for about another six months. Wish me luck.


I don’t think that I’ve ever owned a car that has such low miles. You either pay as you go or pay when something catastrophic happens. I’m thankful that I haven’t been on the side of the road anywhere for a long time. (My 1983 first Jetta, nicknamed Satan, I’m talking to YOU!)

Low mileage

Low mileage


One of my superpowers does NOT include having the patience to put together IKEA furniture, but this face was entirely worth it.

Coco and her new table

Coco and her new table


People I know have been moving, and have been choosing to move to New Orleans more often than not. I almost did the same thing once upon a time, pre-Katrina. It’s a bittersweet place for me and by that I mean that it reminds me of an alternate existence that I could have had, had I taken a leap of faith.

I had some beautiful yet sinister experiences while I was there.

Now that I found out through the grapevine that another friend is moving there, I think that would be a great impetus to give it another chance. For a visit or little vacation, for sure.


People like to complain about #hashtags that are used on the net, but you know what? You can find a lot of interesting stuff based on what people tag and can make new virtual friends in the process. Specifically I’m talking about Instagram and the #vintagemotorcycle hashtag as well as randomness on Twitter.

I’ve found some great accounts on Instagram that have nice pics of old bikes and amazing custom work. I recently revisited all of the bike pics that I’ve taken throughout the years and added the appropriate hashtags. #donthate


I’m running out of classes to take and don’t have a viable plan to tackle my Bachelor’s Degree situation.


My own birthday is coming up and I’m going through a little hair identity crisis. It’s taken so long to get it to look “normal” (whatever that is) but I don’t feel respectable nor interesting with this hair at the moment. SO. TEMPTED. TO. THROW. LEFTOVERS in it. I’ve still got some blue spectrum randomness in my stash drawers and it doesn’t help that Coco likes to look at them and say, “hair, hair” over and over. Although her version of saying hair kind of sounds like ear.

Edited to add: my friend and former co-worker Jody said the following on Facebook: “teal, where did the L go?”

Hair identity crisis

Hair identity crisis

That pretty much sums it up but I worry about my “hire-ability in the Silicon Valley” if I look “alternative” in any way. What do us creatives do?


Here’s a very good video that I had to watch for school and it’s James Bach. Besides being one of the world’s foremost experts on Software Quality Assurance and Testing, he happens to be the son of Richard Bach, who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull” title=”Jonathan Livingston Seagull” target=”_blank”>Jonathan Livingston Seagull and other neat books.

When I had mentioned in my last post that I don’t think that software testing is brain surgery, I didn’t mean to offend anyone. It’s a field that can be very challenging but it can be tackled by people like me, and that’s what I meant the first time around.

I think of people that I used to know when I lived in Seattle and how self-important they would act about their job, as if it was some kind of sacred mystery. I am reminded of something that I heard in my meditation class. Elitist first world problems, as in “you wouldn’t understand my suffering.” Explains some people to a T.


This was posted elsewhere by my stylist, Nicole, and it’s about moving to San Francisco. I laughed.


Don’t miss this Smiths tribute!!

Smiths tribute

Have a nice everything,
Lisa

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Links in Recap 5.10.13

From Hyperbole and a Half

From Hyperbole and a Half

Allie of Hyperbole and a Half is back. This post is perhaps one of the most important and significant pieces in existence about depression. I’m still rereading it. Depression, Part 2.


Meet the Kawasaki Eliminator 125 that I used to get my motorcycle license.

Meet the Kawasaki Eliminator 125 that I used to get my motorcycle license.

Bell Vortex helmet with Transition Shield

Bell Vortex helmet with Transition Shield

I cannot recommend my experience with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation enough. Their courses, in particular. Last weekend, I embarked upon finally getting my motorcycle license, and lo and behold, I did it. Yay me!

The Basic Rider course entailed one Thursday evening classroom session from 5:30pm-10:30pm, as well as two in person riding lessons (concluding with the skills test) the same weekend. You could choose 5 hours in the morning or in the afternoon/evening. Even though it was early, I chose the morning session from 7:30am-12:30pm.

It was extremely hot the first day and even though I reapplied my sunblock, the little bitty esthetician that still resides somewhere in here is horrified at the sun damage, I mean, “the color” that I acquired.

Here’s a picture that I found on Pinterest of a truck driver. One side of his face has been exposed to the sun, the other side, not so much. WEAR YOUR SPF ALWAYS AND FOREVER, peoples.

Sun Damage

Sun Damage

It was rainy and thunderous on the final day, which was some very good real world training.

What can I say in the end? It was fun and informative. I’m very realistic as to my limited skills at the moment and hope to change that soon.


I’m in my second week of going to school for SQA (Software Quality Assurance). Yeah, you read that right. Although I am still pursuing my BA in Psychology, I am realistic in that I know my timeline and that a degree is not a guarantee of a job, period.

The degree is to prove to myself that I can do it. As for QA, I’ve known quite a few people that have been QA Engineers and leads and all of those titles, in Seattle and beyond. It’s something that I’ve always been curious about.

It’s not brain surgery. There, I said it. With that, I know that I’m on my way of finding my niche in the tech industry here in Silicon Valley while combining my love of learning.

What is the difference between Software Testing and Software QA?

Testing is mainly an ‘error detection’ process focusing on improving the source code.

Software QA is ‘preventative’. It aims to ensure quality in the methods & processes at all the stages of SDLC. (“Quality Assurance” measures the quality of processes and is used to create a quality product.)

It took me awhile to completely understand this, and I think that this is a great explanation of the difference.


This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. It’s also been handy as I complete my Compassionate Meditation course at Stanford School of Medicine. Ignore the hokey looking cover and the title, you’ll be glad that you did.


Parenting has been very challenging as of late, as Miss Coco gets bigger and actually is her own person. Instead of saying that she’s bossy, I’ve been saying “quite a leader.” Sometimes I wish that she would lead just a little less but I’d never say that out loud. Except maybe here.

She’s a great kid and I love the time that we spend together.

Me and Coco

Me and Coco

There’s lots more to say, of course. When I have time.

Have a great weekend,
Lisa

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Week in Recap 3.6.13

Aunt Susan

Aunt Susan

Rest in peace, sweet and beautiful (Great) Aunt Susan. Although I didn’t get to know her for very long, I’ll say that she was a drop of color in a world that can be filled with humorless grays. She was also a formidable partner when it came to eating lobster, oh my! We bonded over Mother’s Day and lobster last May and she had so much fun selecting outfits for Coco.

We’re privileged to have known this wonderful woman who was honest nearly to a fault and told it like it was. She wasn’t afraid to use the B word, either, which I can really appreciate. Thank you for existing, Aunt Susan. We’ll miss you forever and the world is a better place because of you.


Now it seems so trivial (I had started this entry a few days before Susan’s passing) to talk about the first day of beginning millinery class at Cañada College last Saturday. I’ll say this, that it helped to spark some much needed creativity. It’s necessary to have a respite during the very challenging times as of late.

My instructor, Wayne Wichern, initially was a floral designer many moons ago, but after a trip to New York to be part of the dance world, he got into millinery (hat making) instead. He’s been hat making for nearly three decades. It’s a great thing to meet and work with someone who is so very passionate and creative. I was immediately charmed upon hearing his response when asked how many hat molds he owned. “Oh, around 800. You see, I’ve killed a lot of people.”

Wayne Wichern at work

Wayne Wichern at work

Millinery Class

Millinery Class

My first hat project

My first hat project

I am going to make a hat like this for my second hat for this class.

I am going to make a hat like this for my second assignment for class.

I’d known about this class for a long time now and I had missed registering for it last year. It’s only offered once a year at Cañada College and I got it this semester! The campus itself is exquisite and is located on 131 acres in the western part of Redwood City in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I’m unsure where this class will take me, but I feel like I’m doing something. Back in the days of burlesque in Los Angeles in 2005, I was not very confident. That was a shame because I was armed with my hot glue gun and feathers from the Mother Plucker Feather Company and wanted to create things to adorn myself with.

I’m currently inspired by the following milliners: Loreta Corsetti, J. Smith, Deanna Gibbons, Jasmin Zorlu, Pearls and Swine. That’s a brief list, by the way.


There a lot on my mind and I’ve had an extensive to do list this week. In no particular order: I really need to call my dad back, my taxes were finally finished today, I’m looking forward to getting the new David Bowie album, etc.


I’m a bit freaked out about an appointment that Coco has this coming Friday. She’s had some recurring episodes of croup since last May and finally enough was enough and we had to do some tough love with her pediatrician. We were unsatisfied with his answers and treatment protocol.

Now she is off to see an otolaryngologist. Local anesthetic so that they can insert a tube with a camera in it down her NOSE to check out her trachea and that whole area. Major sad face. I

It’s easy to get very sick to my stomach as I type this, so keep us in your well wishes and thoughts.

Silly moments with Coco

Silly moments with Coco

She’s talking a lot more and is stringing three words together now. I should really make a video of it.

Lisa

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Weeks in Recap 3.1.13

I could say a lot about the past few weeks and why I haven’t updated here.

All I can divulge is that I’m going through a rough patch at the moment with a very personal issue. However, I’m assembling a team as I type this that will be of immeasurable help and relief, both short and long-term. I also needed to drop one of my classes this semester, but it needed to be done.

So I’ll diffuse that comment with some pictures since my last update here.

Taking a moment to stand at the top of the stairs of our new place in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Taking a moment to stand at the top of the stairs of our new place in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Oh noes, our high chair was recalled. Well, not ours in particular, thank goodness. Pic taken in the IKEA elevator.

Oh noes, our high chair was recalled. Well, not ours in particular, thank goodness. Pic taken in the IKEA elevator.

The super floppy preferred by millions!

The super floppy preferred by millions!


I’m starting my Beginning Millinery class tomorrow and am very excited. Going to learn how to make hats and make three hats in as many weeks. Palpable anticipation!! Back in the days of burlesque, I used to marvel at how much mediocre looking feather fascinators used to cost and I thought, I can do better! Here’s putting up or shutting up about it.


On a parenting note, here are two books that were highly recommended by my therapist:


Parenting is hard no matter what the age of your kidling. This current stage finds both of us feeling frustrated about breastfeeding. I’d anticipated weaning her at the beginning of the year, but it seems apparent that the poor babe isn’t ready and I’m not going to push it.

We still co-sleep, too, and sometimes it’s a challenge because your body isn’t yours at all. Any quirks that you have about your body are manifested tenfold. Forget any sort of privacy at all.

Coco is becoming very confident in her fashion recommendations and wouldn’t let me leave the house yesterday in my Adidas. “Nooooooooooo. Booooooootsssssssssss.” There you have it. She’s a lovable little person who tests your boundaries and has a good sense of humor. I’ll take growth for $100, Alex.


Random, but did you know that idiosyncrasy is spelled that way? Keep looking at the word. Doesn’t it look incorrect and weird?? I kept spelling it idiosynchrocy and idiosynchracy to no avail.


Nothing pleases me more than getting treats in the mail, especially when they are from one of my very favorites, Sugarpill Cosmetics. They went above and beyond the call of duty with their customer service and they are tops! Behold, my Valentine’s discounted treats.

Expanding my Sugarpill collection is fun. I can't wait to try Tiara, the silver sparkly eyeshadow.

Expanding my Sugarpill collection is fun. I can’t wait to try Tiara, the silver sparkly eyeshadow.

I’ll make updating here a more regular thing when I can deal with some other stuffs, dear readers.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Lisa

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Week in Recap 1.25.13

This week was filled with school, work, and shopping. Oh, and the sky was all purple.

After taking the lovely route on the 280 freeway the other day, I ended up taking the exit that dropped me off right near Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Oh, the mall. I wanted to go to H&M and check out some stuff for the always thriving (and getting taller) Colette. She’s bigger than the sizes in the 18 month range but isn’t quite there for some of the 24 month items.

This is her hot sauce and cookie face. I don’t like anything too spicy nor do I like sour cream, so I know where she gets it from!

Coco loves her salsa

Coco loves her salsa

Coco is obsessed with owls lately and I found her an outfit at H&M. I meandered into the clearance section at H&M, I found goodies galore. Allow me to introduce you to a piece from the Margiela collection. For a paltry $10 (!), I acquired this “lining dress”.

Margiela for H&M

Margiela for H&M

It’s not my usual color at all and it’s a bit big on me. However, I see some distinct possibilities with a dress clip 90′s style and maybe these wedges.

All of the accessories were half off and I got these eggplant faux suede wedges for $10!

H&M Eggplant Wedges

H&M Eggplant Wedges

I’ve been beyond obsessed with faux fur for my entire life and this bag fits the bill perfectly. A steal at only $7.50!

H&M Faux Fur Purse

H&M Faux Fur Purse

This skirt reminded me of Lip Service and the Fly Girls from In Living Color at the same time. Very form fitting and a mere $7!

Shiny skirt

Shiny skirt

What would winter be like without a furry winter hat, also known as a Ushanka in some parts. It kind of matches the wedges.

Faux fur Ushanka

Faux fur Ushanka

Lastly, there were experiments with hair chalk. I miss my “alternative” hair color so much and never really ventured into the rose colored side of things. I rather like it, but will have to see if it can be pulled off long-term.

Pink hair chalk

Pink hair chalk

1/3 of our household has been hit with the flu. Coco had her shot last year and we got our shots last Friday. Hmm. I’m still skeptical about them, but it apparently takes 2 weeks to reach full immunity. Now I’ve got a headache and feel a little out of it.

What are you up to lately?

The show must go on,
Lisa

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