Fifteen [embarrassing] things

A few weeks ago, Kirstin Marie tagged me to share 15 things about myself. I’ve decided to share some of the more embarrassing moments of my life… enjoy!

necklace1. I can’t watch scary movies. Wait, let me rephrase that. I can’t watch movies that are not romantic comedies, comedies, or action films. Case in point: I screamed in the movie theater during the 4th Harry Potter when the dementors came out of no where! The 10 year old kid sitting next to me shuffled over to the left of his seat as far as possible. How were there little 8 years old in the theater that didn’t scream? My friends always ask if I’m going to scream again whenever we get ready for the next Harry Potter movie release.

2. I like to win bets that involve food. One of my roommates once bet me $5 to eat 5 cupcakes in less than 5 minutes. Right after winning the $5, I treated myself to bubble tea. haha!

3. I’m navigationally challenged. I have absolutely no sense of direction. While being the co-pilot in my friend’s car, I once had us driving in the wrong direction for over an hour. This was back when we were living in the northern Bay Area of California and took a trip to San Jose. Instead of a 30 minute trip, we got back 3 hours later. In my defense, this was the first time I had ever been to San Jose. So…Who wants to go on a road trip with me?!

4. Two things are always present in my kitchen: cookies & ice cream. This is probably more awesome than it is embarrassing, but it’s true! I cannot live without a constant stash of Rainbow Chips Ahoy! cookies and some sort of ice cream… which leads me to #5.

5. I’ve eaten 4 tubs of ice cream in 4 days. Last summer, Safeway was having an amazing sale on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream where it was $2/pint if you purchased 3 or more. With such an amazing sale, I went home with 4 pints. Moral of the story: Don’t start eating ice cream on a Monday if you’re going for this “one pint a day” thing. Friday will REALLY SUCK when you realize there is no ice cream in the freezer.

6. I enjoy ‘caraoke’ a little too much. caraoke = car + karaoke. If you ever see someone in their car dancing up a storm and belting out words to Top 40s, that might be me. Other favorite caraoke songs include “Buddy Holly” by Weezer, and “Combat Baby” by Metric.

7. I ROFL in real life. If I laugh hard enough, I ROFL. If I start laughing while sitting in a chair, I’ll fall to my knees and then proceed to roll around on the ground a bit. It’s really embarrassing when this happens in public. My friends try hard not to make me laugh when we’re out, as I’ve been told I look like a goofball for laughing as hard as I do about something that probably isn’t all that funny to begin with.

8. Awkward conversations with strangers. Let me just start off by saying that one of my roommates has a very popular winter coat and is average height and build for an Asian female. Sometimes I end up talking to strangers who I mistaken for my roommate because I see silhouettes in my peripherals and just start yapping away. My roommate usually realizes I’m talking to a stranger before I do, so she’ll tap me on the shoulder to let me know that I should probably stop talking about flying pigs and sprinkled cupcakes to random people at the mall. Whoops!

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outfit details: button-up – Derek Heart | cardigan – Bluenotes | jeans – Garage
heeled oxfords – Payless | necklace – self altered piece

9. Underestimating my size. Thanks to wishful thinking, I usually take in three pairs of pants to try on when shopping. I start with the smallest size and work my way up. It’s happened more often than I’m willing to own up to, but there have been a ton of times where I can’t pull the pants past my thighs and I just stand in the change room laughing at myself for a good minute. I wonder what the associates think is going on… haha

10. Walking into doors is my kind of thing. Muscle memory tells me to push when I see a door. Whenever I push, I don’t stop walking. I don’t even want to know how many doors I’ve walked into in my lifetime, but trust me it’s been many. Even if the door has “Pull” labeled on the handle, I push first. Natural instinct, I guess?

11. I’m a squirrel chaser. Please don’t ever ask my friends about this one incident, but I once climbed on the side ladder of a truck to take a picture of a squirrel who was hanging out in a dumpster on a loading dock. Apparently my ladder-climbing caused a bit of a scene. My friends almost disowned me that day for prioritizing squirrel photos over my public sanity. LOL

12. I own enough pairs of argyle socks to impress any grandmother. Do grandmas even like argyle socks? I don’t know. I do own about 20+ pairs, which does not include the three pairs of argyle knee socks. ; )

13. Jersey Shore is a guilty pleasure. I can’t help but anxiously wait for Thursday nights because I’m hooked on (watching) the GTL lifestyle. I’ve been a closet fan for quite some time, but can you really blame me? There’s so much drama every week!

14. Hello Kitty is my hero. Yes, I got all giddy when I met someone dressed up in a Hello Kitty outfit last summer. Don’t judge me!

15. I’m a sleep talker. I learned I was a sleep talker in my first year of university. My design project group was pulling an all-nighter and we scheduled one hour naps for each member. During my nap, I started integrating some function aloud, accompanied by hand gestures while using the “substitution method.” Friends from university will never let me live this one down. It was sad because I couldn’t integrate when I was awake but apparently my subconscious had the math down pat. I was advised to just fall asleep on my final exam and pray that I would be able to dream up all the answers before time ran out. haha

Now I’m supposed to tag 5 other bloggers to share 15 things about themselves. Consider yourself tagged, ladies!
Kristen of Honestly Kristen, Kimmie of Blue Paper Lanterns, Amy of In My Closet, Jen of Hemming and Hawing, and Linda of The Auspicious Life.

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The bare minimum

I was asked a while ago about my makeup routine and it’s taken me just about a month to figure out what to say.

To be honest, I was quite the tom boy up until recently. I lived in sweat pants, oversized hoodies, and sneakers. Up until two years ago, I maybe wore eyeliner twice at most. Senior prom was one of those times, and the second time might’ve been to a wedding?

I consider a dolled up day to include some winged tipped eyeliner and a quick brush of mascara. It was only recently that I learned how to use liquid eyeliner. Although I admire the women who are extremely meticulous and creative with their daily makeup routines, it’s incredibly hard for me to find time (and motivation) to follow suit. Unlike most makeup gurus who can get the eyeliner right on the first go, I usually have to try extra hard not to stab myself in the eye with the tip of the brush. If I’m lucky I’ll get it right on the second try, but it usually takes a solid 10 minutes to avoid looking like an 8 year old was let loose with a set of markers to scribble over my eyelids with.

winged-tipI wish I had more insightful things to say about makeup. Maybe you could leave me with tips you’ve come to master or fun ideas to try in the future!

What are your makeup routines like? Are there any techniques or looks you’re looking to try to work into your daily routines?

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Roses and hearts day

So tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day and I can’t help but wonder what everyone else has planned for this Hallmark Holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a fan of the heart-shaped balloons, oodles of red roses being sold at the local grocery stores, and sickeningly cute greeting cards– Yeah, I’m one of those suckers.

I would like to categorize myself as a closet fan of Valentine’s Day. I like to play it off like I could care less about all the lovey-dovey, mushy-ness overload on this one day of the year, but I actually love it! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the generic “Oh, let’s go out for dinner because it’s Valentine’s Day” kind of dates, but I love doing small things to acknowledge the day.

A couple years ago I wrapped a bunch of cinnamon hearts, conversation hearts and Hershey’s kisses in cellophane and gave them to my friends (complete with grade-school Valentine’s Day cards!). I’ve also woken up at 7:00am to make a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies to deliver to my then boyfriend who loves soft-baked chocolate chip cookies. Last year, I collaborated on a huge batch of red velvet cupcakes topped with homemade cream cheese icing (photo below) and shared with my cupcake-loving bff. It’s all in the details, you know?

red velvet cupcake

This year’s a little different. I can’t bring myself to get excited about Valentine’s Day and I don’t know why. Instead of taking someone up on an offer for dinner, I opted for a game of dodgeball. Something about getting hit in the hip by a foam ball being wailed from across a gym seemed to scream OMG-SO-ROMANTIC when compared to a dinner date. haha!

Thankfully, my Valentine’s Day spirits haven’t been fully crushed. I’m still planning on baking two dozen French vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting for my roommates.

Do you have any plans for the big day? Let’s have some girl talk; I promise to tell you all the juicy details about my dodgeball game!!

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Getting to know you: The Kitchen

It’s no secret that I love to experiment in the kitchen. For this week’s Getting to know you, I thought it would be funny to tell you how all the cooking craziness started.

When I left for university (or college, whatever you want to call it), I moved away from home. No more home cooked meals, no more pre-stocked fridge, and hello to a tiny student budget! Thanks to my super bland food palette and affinity for chicken breasts over steak, my eating habits have proven to be quite wallet friendly (except for those crazy weeks during exams when I would get take-out every day and run up ridiculous $150 food bills every week. ugh).

Having roommates that also love to cook is definitely motivating for trying new things in the kitchen. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve prepared a chicken pasta salad for myself in the past five years. Something like at least once a week sounds accurate. haha

Aside from the economic advantages of dining in versus getting takeout, I cook a lot for myself due to food allergies (Thanks to Sylvia, you’ll get an extensive list of my food allergies in one of the future Getting to know you posts). So now I’m curious…

How often do you make a home cooked meal? What do you like about dining in versus going out to eat?

(P.S. All the food in the photos above were taken on the same night. I had quite the feast making fried noodles, a chili chicken dish [not pictured], and shrimp spring rolls)

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Is there anything you’d like to get to know about me? Feel free to leave suggestions for future topics in the comments.

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Grilling the night away

Korean BBQ: sitting at a table with an inset grill, surrounded by good company and copious amounts of meat. Occasionally comes with unlimited servings of delicious green tea ice cream and mango pudding for dessert.

Huge apologies to the vegetarian readers. I’m quite the meatatarian and love going out for all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue. There’s just something about cooking your own meal while not in the comforts of your own home plus eating seven scoops of ice cream after eight servings of meat that appeals to my inner foodie. I promise I don’t binge this badly all the time, but when I do it’s like being in food heaven.

This was the first time I had ever seen full-sized steaks being served at a Korean bbq place. Usually, there are only thin slices of steak meat being served but I wasn’t about to complain! Actually, that’s a lie. My only complaint was the lack of cutlery for these steaks. There were only chopsticks (which I admittedly suck at using) and no knives or forks! I can only imagine how savage-like it must have looked trying to bite into a steak being held with chopsticks.

Tip: Don’t wear nice clothes to eat Korean BBQ in. I wore my Label of Hope shirt hoping to keep it free of oil that splatters out from the grill, but I sadly failed. I also left the restaurant smelling like meat for the rest of the night. Attractive, I know. : P

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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