Weeks in Recap 8.30.13

How did it get to be September (almost)??

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve properly updated here. Miss Coco is napping right now and it’s almost unbearably hot, even with the air and fans on!


Major news: next Thursday I start my new job at the Drybar. It’s going to be an interesting change of pace from the blue collar-ness of Cycle Gear. Understatement of the year, perhaps?

Light fixture made of hairdryers

Light fixture made of hairdryers

It’s been so long since I’ve worked in the beauty industry that I know I’ll need to step up my game. My original plan was to finish software testing school and then quit working at Cycle Gear, but plans have changed slightly. I need more time to work on my automation testing with Selenium, Java and more. It’s intimidating as well!

A great resource that I’ve been using for Java is this one: LINK REMOVED BY REQUEST on November 26, 2013 at 6:03pm.

Something that I think of often is that I wish that I’d paid more attention to programming in the past. Why did I wait so long to immerse myself in the tech field? Better late than never, as the saying goes.


Cycle Gear was a great experience overall, but I needed a better work-life balance and room for advancement. It’s a great “foot in the door” in the motorcycle industry though and I would do it all over again.


Katydid

Katydid

These are some pics that I took of a katydid. It’s part of the species tettigoniidae and is also known as a bush-cricket! I’d never seen one before and to me, it just looked like a leaf with legs! Go figure.


Sliding around with Coco!

Sliding around with Coco!

It’s constantly laughs with this one! This is us pretending to go down the slide while we were actually lying down, with Coco wiggling on me. I love being a mom and she’s a great kid.

How do you spell "googly" eyes?

How do you spell “googly” eyes?


Today is the birthday of someone great, one of my longest friendships, a friend that I made when I was a tween! I think of her often even though we’re miles away. We have the kind of relationship where we don’t have to talk but once or twice a year and then we pick up where we left off. It’s understood, you know?


Speaking of 1988, here’s a before and after of sorts. The pic on the left is from a quarter century ago (damn, I’m old?) and the right is a recent pic that I’ve been using for profile pics.

1988 vs. 2013, a quarter of a century later.

1988 vs. 2013, a quarter of a century later.

Although the truth of the matter is that most days I look like a cross between these two pictures.

First pic was taken at the optometrist’s yesterday. One of my eyes is better and one of them is worse, but either way I WAS CORRECT in that my current prescription was WRONG. I kept getting headaches every so often because I thought my glasses were too strong.

Prada at the Optometrist's

Prada at the Optometrist’s

Why do I always like the most expensive eyeglasses? Seems to be a curse.

Second pic was taken right now with Photo Booth and I’ve got a dewy complexion courtesy of the heat and a wonderful product by Tarte, their Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. The coverage is terrific, evens you out without sitting on top of the skin or streaking. No irritation or breakouts so far, either. Hooray! Perhaps I’ll post a review over at Put on a Little Makeup. (I feel sad that I haven’t updated that site in over a year.)

Photo on 2013-08-30 at 16.31 #4

Photo on 2013-08-30 at 16.31

I did the Pantone Foundation Finder thing and came up as a 3Y07. I’m not exactly light but I’ve never been exactly medium either and my oily/combo skin loves to oxidize most face makeup that I apply. This product is the best tinted moisturizer that I’ve found, hands down and I’ll have to buy some once my sample runs out!


So my new work has a dress code but the deal is that you can only wear the following colors: black, gray, white, denim, and/or yellow. I love yellow but don’t have really any of it in my wardrobe. I’ve been doing the Pinterest thing and have been perusing the site for ideas. These are two promising pictures that I found.

Dress Code #1

Dress Code #1

Dress Code #2

Dress Code #2

My major hurdle is in finding STYLISH shoes that I can work in comfortably. My feet are destroyed and there’s no sexy time heels for me on a regular basis. It’s out of the question. Please don’t suggest Danskos. I’ve never found them to be comfortable, ever.

What’s a girl to do!? Happy Labor Day weekend, by the way. I’ll be laboring it up at Cycle Gear on the actual holiday, which means time a half. Cool.

See you on the flipside,
Lisa

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Weeks in Recap 4.3.13

Also known as “the sickness.”

Where do I start?  I’ve been feeling pretty sick, since Tuesday, March 19th (I had to look it up on my calendar).  That was also the day that I went to see Nicole, my hairstylist, so that’s how I remember. When I got home, hair looking great, I realized that I had an intense headache. Ibuprofen and rest and I’d be fine, right?

Wrong. This has been the strangest illness that I’ve ever had.  By the end of Wednesday, I thought that I might have to go to the emergency room. Intense fever, aches and pains so bad that I couldn’t move for several hours, and gastrointestinal distress.  Due to a combination of ibuprofen and intense meditation, my temperature went down. Over the next few days after that, the fever would come and go, and then I lost my voice entirely. Did I mention that my throat has been so sore that it has felt like I’ve been swallowing razor blades nearly this entire time?

Don’t forget about the constant cough, aka “ashooooo, mama” (thanks, Coco!). She’s hilarious and can say her alphabet now. Not even 2 yet!

So the strep test eliminated strep throat as a cause and the doctor just said “the flu”. How ambiguous. No one else in my vicinity has been afflicted with this and I think that I’ll go back to the doctor for a second opinion and maybe ask for some blood work to be done?

This was taken on day three. I couldn’t talk, but see, my hair really does look great:

Day three of the illness. Thank goodness my hair looks nice.

Day three of the illness. Thank goodness my hair looks nice.


School started on Monday and I’ve got two classes this semester at PCC. Online. The first is PSY236, Adult Development and Aging. My second class was to originally be Math 65 (don’t hate), but two in-person exams were required, and I couldn’t manage either.

I picked up a Computer Science class, CS133U, which is C Programming. It’s the next class after CS160, Intro to Computer Science. I got a B in that class not that long ago and hopefully can continue the trend.

Hello world! I’m trying to program in C with Xcode and DevC++, but I find DevC++ easier to use?

A Hello World! moment

A Hello World! moment


I threw some pink into my hair and it’s good to be out of my comfort zone, albeit temporarily. It still looks more red than pink and I’m still ambivalent to negative about reds on me. I do miss my mermaid colored hair.

It's going to wash out.

It’s going to wash out.


So I’ve finished another book that I can highly recommend if you are curious about a lot of history of tech in the Silicon Valley and the world. The book is called Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.

This book gives you everything that you always wanted to know about Google as well. You’ll also be introduced to the term “Googzilla” as well, which made me laugh but I could see the point of the term. When anyone or anything is successful an entity as Google, there will be detractors and also curious bystanders.


Here’s an Arai helmet from 1971. It’s the X-7 model and someone left it at my work as they had purchased a new one.

Arai X-7 helmet from 1971.

Arai X-7 helmet from 1971.

Speaking of helmets, I think that I’m going to do a “How to Fit Yourself for a Motorcycle Helmet” post on here. There’s so much that I’ve been learning on the job about it and I’m in the market for a new one myself.


I’ve been meaning to do a series of “how to’s” for this site and haven’t been feeling like doing much of anything since being sick, honestly. The energy comes and goes and I’m doing my best not to speculate too much on WebMD!


I’m not really supposed to talk about the specifics, but I’ve been doing a study for Stanford School of Medicine at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. I’m in the middle of a 9 week study about compassionate meditation and I think that it’s been going well.

Meditation certainly helps to calm and clear the mind and in many instances for me lately, my emotions. I highly recommend meditation and I never thought that my ADHD self would ever be able to do it for longer than a few minutes. Like programming, it helps to practice, no?

Namaste,
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 2.8.12

Here’s Linda Evangelista from the December 2012 issue of Allure, as timeless as ever at age 47! She’s been one of my favorites ever since the beginning. Her infamous $10,000 comment was beyond.

I almost forgot that she dated COOP, Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) in the 90′s!

So in less than four months, I’ll be 39 years old. How on earth did this happen!!??

Let me count the ways in ways that count?

Colette is lying next to me, snoring, as I compose this from my phone with the brightness turned all the way down. (I started reflecting on this post late Wednesday).

When I can’t sleep, which is often, I’m reading things. Something that I’ll share with you about motherhood is that it’s really hard to trust your pediatrician. When this is your first (and most likely only) child, you don’t have any experience other than your instinct with which to turn. It’s like normal medicine in that way, only you are much more overprotective of your kidling than you are even of yourself. It’s like a piece of your heart is outside of your body and that you have to protect it as best as you can.

No one has been feeling well in this household for a bit and it’s tough because she’s had the croup a few times. This current cough has lasted on and off for over three weeks in its latest incarnation. I don’t want her to see the same doctor only to brush off my concerns. It’s time for a second opinion and I hope that there will be satisfactory and conclusive answers.

We woke up on Thursday at 7am and if you suspect that I’m not a morning person, you might be right. It’s hard to take pics of Coco sometimes, since she’s a whirling dervish, non-stop motion.

This kid is always in motion

Always in motion

For a totally random “awwww” moment, here’s a disabled fish that someone made a “wheelchair” for. Poor little guy/girl.

This is my last month at my beloved Crunch gym and I made it to a Pilates class on Wednesday that literally kicked my behind. Soreness and seeing this undated pic of PJ Harvey really gets my motivation going. Sometimes my best fitness levels are attained without a gym.

I’m excited to move again and I’m being both sarcastic yet hopeful when I say that. It’s been fun to get rid of some things that are no longer needed.

Work outfit

Work outfit

My work outfit consists of jeans, rubber bottom soled shoes (usually my pleather boots, Adidas, Converse), and a cardigan underneath my Dickies-like work shirt. I’m wearing that Kimchi Blue thrift score from the other day and sometimes I get away with my Chevron/Twin Peaks favorite scarf.

The work scowl

The work scowl

My hair is brownish-pink and I worry that it will morph to be too red. I’m not a red girl in the slightest and don’t wear it well, unlike some people. It’s time for a visit with my stylist, Nicole. That’s the thing about style, it’s all about evolution and I’ve got to figure out a balance between a shade that’s alternative but yet is also conservative enough for me to remain employed.

Oh and I’m so tired as I slept 3 hours total last night and let’s not talk about it.

Have a great weekend,
Lisa

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Week in Recap 2.1.13

I’ve had the sonic death plague for most of the past two weeks.

Today is exactly two weeks from the time I got a flu shot. I’m very, very skeptical of them now and will heavily reconsider getting one next year. FWEH!

This is what happens when we’re sick at our house. We wear silly furry pants on our head that don’t fit anymore.

Coco pants

Coco pants

Speaking of where we live, we are moving further south down the Peninsula to be closer to the Googs. Hello, Mountain View. I hope that my commute to work will be ok.

So this is what’s happening when I try to log into my online courses. Thanks, Desire2Learn. I wasn’t looking forward to my annoying essay anyhow. Yeah.

Maintenance for how long?

Maintenance for how long?

Oh my goodness, new Depeche Mode! DAVE GAHAN FOREVER. /swoon

I QUIT SUGAR! At least, I’m following Sarah Wilson’s plan for cutting out sugar. I feel better already and it’s getting easier every day. Did you know that sugar is in EVERYTHING?!!!?

I Quit Sugar!

I Quit Sugar!

Here’s a pic of my famous lentil soup.

My Crock Pot lentil soup

My Crock Pot lentil soup

Lastly, I went for it and inserted Manic Panic’s Cotton Candy Pink into my highly calico colored hair. The inspiration was my Issey Miyake Florale perfume. However, it’s a fine line between pink and red (which looks terrible on me).

Cotton Candy Pink

Cotton Candy Pink

Thanks to Matt for reminding me of the existence of Lindi Ortega. Her voice reminds me of Emmylou Harris, who I adore. Definitely one to watch.

OH! I almost forgot. I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that I found hair inspiration from Instagram. Check out Kailey’s Mermaidens. She followed me on Instagram (liking my Jane Fonda Barbarella pic) and I checked out her site. What can I say?! I adore it! How I wish I had such inspiration when I was younger. Here’s to the future of blogging and the colorful characters on the net.

Kailey of Mermaidens!

Have a great 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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Week in Recap 11.9.12

November 9th and it’s almost the end of a very long week.

My mood is on the upswing because I removed a bunch of negativity from my RSS reader and I couldn’t be more pleased! I’m even tackling my two research papers early (for Women in Art and Sociology). Hooray!

Molly Crabapple illustration

Illustration by Molly Crabapple

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5 Ted Talks that are about lying

I’m considering tablet options and have been curious about the iPad mini. (Gizmodo)

The World of a Professional Naked Girl is a must read. That Molly Crabapple is one smart cookie. (VICE)

Hank the Cat got 6,000 votes in the state of Virginia, where he was running for Senate! Yeah, he was on the ballot and came in third place. Awesome. (The Examiner)

Coconut oil has superpowers, because Dr. Oz said so. It’s also good for your hair and I can attest that it tastes great/is good in high temperatures for cooking. (Dr. Oz, The Beauty Brains)

This is the kind of weather where I want to drink my beloved tea all day and read books for pleasure, not for academia!

Have a lovely weekend,
Lisa

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Week in Recap 10.26.12

It’s time for a recap. Where do I start?

It’s that time, my favorite time of the year because it’s my favorite holiday. HALLOWEEEN! It’s even more fun because Coco is now 17 months old and not only is she talking more, but she can also whisper now. So there’s no excuse to not use her inside voice, haha.

All signs point to yes that she’s inherited my flair for costume and adornment. This year, she actually has two costumes, a bee and a lemur. My friend Zoe joked that she could be a BEE-MUR. I love it. Yesterday we dressed up and went to GoogleWeen ’12 at her dad’s work. I’ve been told many times that I’m a comic book character and I went with that vision for this year.

Here are a couple of pics:


I still love to play with makeup and took a lot of inspiration from some images that I found on Pinterest and actually made an idea come to fruition. I smell a tutorial in the future with this one. I did my best impression of a Roy Lichtenstein pop art piece and tried to get my expression just right.

I already had most of the makeup that I used to achieve this look. One thing that I didn’t do is create a white Kabuki type of base because I wasn’t quite sure how I would do the dots. Jonas graciously made a pattern for me just, but the grease makeup that I had wouldn’t slip easily into the holes of the pattern.

To refresh my memory with what I used for the makeup: L’oreal Magic Lumi primer, Makeup Forever HD foundation, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, POP Beauty’s Pop Neon palette, Sugarpill’s Love + eyeshadow, ELF waterproof liquid liner, Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashes, Kate Moss for Rimmel’s red #1 (which I almost love more than MAC’s Russian Red, sorry MAC!). Let’s see, what else? Oh, some cheesy red grease crayon that I went over again with the Sugarpill Love + shadow (one of my all-time favorites).

Makeup should be fun and whimsical and yesterday really was a blast. I’m thrilled with how it turned out for my first time trying this look and I think that I’ll need a couple of different brushes to supplement my existing arsenal. It’s always a challenge to layer the makeup seamlessly. Heat could also be an issue as well as any mineral oil in the products (which is notoriously comedogenic, gross!)


So I got a job! You’re looking at a new sales associate for Cycle Gear. This is the first job that I’ve ever had that required a HAIR drug test. They took a decent amount of hair but I really do have enough hair for 3 people, so there. I haven’t been scheduled yet, but it will hopefully be soon and I’m trying to get major stuff done with school before my schedule changes.


Next semester I’ll hopefully be going to in person classes at my local community college here in Redwood City. While online classes have been great, it’ll be a nice change to attend class.

Wish me luck that I can actually get the classes that I need. As of now, I’m still pursuing my Psychology degree.

Hello, math, we might meet again. I also need a language requirement. I used to speak Spanish until I was 5, but the prospect of math is actually scarier than any horror story, in my opinion.


If you’re on Facebook, this article is a MUST READ for all of the crap that’s going on with promoted posts and how you can’t see anything anymore.

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.

SINKING SHIP!


Thanks, Nicole, for sharing this article: You’re Being a Dick on Instagram.

Now, we’re doing it with images. They’re Instaboasts. Look how pretty, look how clean, look how nice, look how fun. You want your friends to envy every little thing like it’s a cocaine piñata at the Trump Tower.


Here’s an important read from my friend in Seattle, the ever so glamourous Sydni Deveraux. You must read Bullies in Burlesque.

This article really hits home for me in many ways. It also makes me think of doing burlesque again.

While we are talking burlesque, Into the Gloss did an interview with Dita Von Teese and I love it! She’s so funny.

Burlesque should always be on your terms and that’s why I was attracted to it. It can be fun and a good way to go with self-acceptance, body, mind and soul.


I’ve been taking Pilates and Spin classes at Crunch and have also been cutting back on my consumption of animal products. This time I’m doing it not because of weight concerns, but because I want to feel better. I also have a conscience. The readings in my Personal Health class have also impacted me greatly.


Have a wonderful and amazing weekend!

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