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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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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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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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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Moved. Past Tense.

The entire process is still really icky and annoying. At least it wasn’t as traumatic as moving from Portland, OR late last year. I’m excited to work on my Goddess Haven course. More on that later.

That said, we are now inhabitants of Redwood City, no longer in Foster City. Now we’re closer to Facebook HQ!!! Hooray. Kidding about the hooray part, but we really are close to Facebook.

Here’s what Facebook looks like, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram.

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The new place is a lot less expensive and we are nearer to civilization and Coco’s daycare. Maybe I might be able to luxuriate in such amenities as a nice, new office chair. I’m eyeing the Tarina Tarentino for Paul Mitchell flat iron at work. Here’s it in all its branded glory. I do like the peacock looking one as well.

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I’ve got some homework to finish for one of my business classes and I’m feeling underwhelmed by school lately. It’s true. No end in sight, really. Maybe that’s why it’s frustrating.

Right now, little miss Coco is curled up next to me and it’s hard to get up to go to the computer. I’m on my WordPress for iPhone app right now, that’s how I’m updating this.

Here she is, helping to unpack earlier today.

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Love and light,
Lisa

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