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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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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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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2013

I’m glad that 2012 is getting further away. So it’s January 14th and I’ve been very busy and this site has a new look that I’m thrilled to share with you!

Major news is that I’ve been at Cycle Gear for a little over two months. It’s going very well and I know that I enjoy it a lot.

The clock is ticking as I am registered to take my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at an unnamed date in the future! Here’s a video from their YouTube channel.

I went to Los Angeles with Colette for a few days and we returned last last Sunday. I really missed the old hometown and it was so great to catch up with some old friends. Even though I didn’t get to see everyone that I would have liked to. No Kubrick exhibit at the LACMA for me, but oh well. The exhibit goes until June 30th so maybe that could be a birthday present for me?

I tried to document my outfits during this vacation and the following pics go in order from each day.

Day one found me feeling chilly in Forever 21 skinny jeans, plain black tank top with a lace bow, Merona black cardigan over that with Skaist Taylor (Target x Neiman Marcus collection) faux fur vest over the cardigan. I initially perused that Target collab thinking that most of it was kind of tacky but I changed my mind when I put on the vest and saw the versatility of the faux fur.

Here are some pictures:

Day 1 outfit

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What can I say? These are just a small excerpt from the trip but those of you that follow me on Instagram and elsewhere will probably have already seen these and more.

2013 is full of surprises and I look forward to them. I won’t be as much of a stranger around here and will make time between school and the rest. Writing is something that I’ll be focusing on more. Now that things look better around here, it will be easier to check in more.

Love,
Lisa

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