Me Again

Today’s my birthday and there’s no rest for the wicked as I am off to my 14 hour day in just a few hours, if I can sleep that is. Work, then school. I’m getting sick again though. Bummer.

However, at least I feel like me again.

A recap: July 2008 found me living in Seattle, working for Ulta Beauty, and I wasn’t feeling very dynamic. I had just left the glitz and the glamour (ok, the hobby and not very glamorous hours) of working as an extra in Hollywood. I was adrift in the Pacific Northwest, in a new place and strange state of mind.

A hair appointment with a co-worker at the time resulted in the wrong level and tone. It wasn’t entirely flattering but it was a change, and I have always liked to change it up as much as possible. How else are you going to stumble upon something fun and charismatic?

My hair wasn’t in good shape at all and I was worried about putting more chemicals into it. I’ve had my hair break off before in the name of experimentation and I wasn’t ready for a big chop-chop.

August 2006. I was still in beauty school and my skin was nearly raw from all of the practice with massage.

August 2006. It was still pretty short and I was still in beauty school. Note that my skin was nearly raw from all of the practice with massage.

May 2007, the blurry hat wearing phase. Frizz city.

May 2007, the blurry hat wearing phase. Frizz city.

July 2007. Red=no. It also looks like I've got some variation of the "Rachel."

July 2007. Red=no. It also looks like I’ve got some variation of the “Rachel.”

Right before leaving for Seattle. I actually found a good stylist and then I moved.

Right before leaving for Seattle. I actually found a good stylist and then I moved.

July 2008, right before I went to mermaid.

July 2008, right before I went to mermaid.

September 2008

September 2008

December 2008, a short lived purple.

December 2008, a short lived purple.

At Crypticon 2009 with Ken Foree and Lloyd Kaufman.

At Crypticon 2009 with Ken Foree and Lloyd Kaufman.

September 2009, very light with baby bangs.

September 2009, very light with baby bangs.

February 2010

February 2010

June 2010 and I loved this color a lot.

June 2010 and I loved this color a lot.

September 2010

September 2010

December 2010, nearly 5 months pregnant with Coco.

December 2010, nearly 5 months pregnant with Coco.

March 2011

March 2011

May 2011, right before Coco was born.

May 2011, right before Coco was born.

September 2011

September 2011

January 2012

January 2012

May 2012

May 2012

September 2012

September 2012

January 2013

January 2013

April 2013

April 2013

I’m so glad that I went back to the mermaid hair and funny, I don’t feel 39. What a strange age to be, right? Maybe 40 will be a bigger deal.

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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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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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Transformations

It’s not really a secret that I believe that you can transform yourself through your appearance.

As I’ve gotten older, I realize that I’ve tried a lot of things, both personally and professionally to “hack” my appearance. Many of the experiments would be ill-advised right now. Like dyeing my hair and then using relaxer on my bangs. It should have melted my hair, but no. Don’t try that at home, Coco, and other kids.

It all starts with you, like everything else. Who’s to tell you what you should look like? That’s a loaded question for sure, but I think that it’s perfectly harmless to do your own thing. What if you want to have mint and caramel hair?

That’s what happened last week at my stylist Nicole’s new salon, Tetrachromat. In Oakland. She’s got a brand new space that I love and we spent an entire day together on this transformation. Here’s the before and after, taken by Nicole.

Before and After Transformations

You see, the freakiest thing is that I’ve gotten so dark through the years. See the before? I used to dye my hair blue-black primarily so it would be glossy and dark like my demeanor, haha. However, it took a turn to the really dark side around my pregnancy, I think. Which is fine, but then I decided that it was too dark. I wanted to try something very new. I needed a change. Now if only employment and school stuff would follow suit.

After having dyed it in the blue-teal-peacock-purpley range since 2008 in the days of Ulta, I began to grow it out by default last year. Let’s just say that it was too high maintenance to continue to do myself and with help at home. Baby takes precedence above all things and I vowed that I would not do my own hair again, save maybe for the erratic at home bang trim.

I love my new hair so much and wish wish wish that I had done this before. Now that I have the amazing resource to do so (it’s not cheap, but it’s not as astronomical as you might think, either), I’m going to see where this colour takes me. It’s TIGI for reference and I love all of their products that I’ve used so far.

Between this hair and seeing Moonrise Kingdom, which is one of my top 10 movies ever, I think that I do need a style shakeup. The character of Suzy Bishop is only 12 and it’s a Wes Anderson movie, but I think that you can and should take style inspiration from everywhere. AND THEN MAKE IT YOUR OWN, of course. That said, Peter Pan collars and knee high socks forever, right? She also reminds me of Margot Tenenbaum in eyeliner and demeanor. (Gwyneth’s best look, in my humble opinion.)

Suzy Bishop Moonrise Kingdom

This new dress was procured at Le Target in the clearance section for a pittance and I think it works very well.

Target polka dot dress

Here’s a pic of a dress that I actually fit into again. It’s plaid, dark blue and green, and was procured at Crossroads in Upper Sunset, SF. Yeah, yeah, creepy bathroom shot. Whatevs.

Target dress

On a side note, I’m sitting here a little exasperated as I need to take my last final of the semester, but can’t. The online system for PCC is totally down today and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to take it, which is a load of bull. Ah, first world problems, eh? Boooooo!!

Next semester should be interesting as I have registered for 18 units. Crazy, sure. Doable, maybe. Likely that I will drop a class, but we’ll see.

Stuff and things,
Lisa

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