This week has been non-stop in preparation for a big event this weekend.
Nevertheless, here are some peeks into my week.
You can't quite blame Ikea for their non-durable chairs. Especially when you buy them for $10 each. I broke one this week, and Snoopy's bed was in the washer so he decided that the broken chair cushion would do.
It's rare that places get my name right. And hey, I don't blame them. I used to work at Starbucks, I'd try my best to get names but sometimes when you're looking at a line growing around the pastry case and are trying to remember what I said for my drink order (since I'm pro at ordering, duh) sometimes you want to write down "Venus" instead of "Eunice", you know, for kicks! This lovely barista got it right though, and I didn't even have to start spelling it, "E.. U.. no no it's not with a Y..", who am I kidding I don't even do that anymore. It's kind of fun to see what people come up with.
Ughhhhh yess, Taiwanese food is so great ANYTIME. Beef noodle soup with homemade noodles and minced pork rice. After those came out, a beef roll and pork roll came out too. Heeeeeavenly!
Another snapshot of Snoopy while I did work today. He likes to get in the middle of my business and look at me with neglect in his eyes. Seriously. He's spoiled.
I looove Toblerone. One time I picked up one from Trader Joes and for once decided not to go at it on the car ride home. And when I got home, my Toblerone wasn't in my bag. I shed a slight tear and huffed around for awhile. So when I saw it at Target I knew that I deserved it, so now not only is the Toblerone in my home, but in my tummy.
Birthday Part Deux is seriously coming soon, I promise.
Blouse: Old Navy | Tank: H&M | Khaki Capris: Mossimo from Target | Shoes: Thrifted
This morning, I reluctantly thought about how I needed to put on some pants for work (I mean pants other than jeans and leggings - let's just say I don't need to do that too often). Then after groggily sliding my closet door open, realized that I would finally be able to wear my new blouse from Old Navy that I ordered from their Fall line and some new FUN accessories. That's when I pulled out my ironing board, snapped it open in one swift motion, tossed my head (like Tina Turner) and sha-bam, looked like Megan Fox when she wakes up in the morning. After a little help of coffee (and delusional thinking), of course.
I picked up this new gold heart watch, and leopard belt - which came in a set with a coral and tan belt (how can you pass that up, REALLY! I have to refrain from wearing all three at once) from Cotton On and this darling "e" necklace from one of my dearest friends, Linda. Who hand-crafted this necklace as well as 8 others for my girlfriends who spent my birthday weekend with me! Last is my new Essie Lady Like nail polish from Ruthie. My friends are the best :)
I also got to spend my work day outside in some pleasant weather. It's been a good day!
Eight years ago, I was eighteen. I was in my first year in college, living away from my parents for the first time, and thinking that I had finally escaped the chains of the asian parent household. Then came an insane 4 years of saving up all my money to bleach my hair blonde, sharing a 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other girls, working at Starbucks and making my pillows smell like caramel and coffee even after showering, wearing shirts as dresses, cramming for midterms and finals late into the night, making friends that would last a lifetime (and some that wouldn't) and well, having the best time of my late adolescent life.
Four years ago, I was twenty two. Graduated, sure that I had a bright future ahead of me, and fresh into a new and first full time job. I told myself that I'd do it for awhile but was still so unsure about myself and what I REALLY wanted to do for the rest of my life. (Because you know, the wide eyed college grad always believes they'll stay in their first full time job forever, right?!) Years passed as I lived just like I was in college and enjoyed the flexibility of my job but still was unsure about my future and what I wanted to do.
Tomorrow, I'm twenty six. I don't really know what it's like to be out past 10pm (besides an occasional mexican food run), how I bared through the cold nights running from bar to bar, how my friends and I would drive home in the wee hours of the morning after playing in LA, how I could go for weeks without talking to or seeing my parents. What? Who was that girl?
I am in love with my job, hear this- the same job I started four years ago (with a couple of changes) and am so blessed to be surrounded by ambitious, creative, and successful people day after day. I have learned so much about maturing as a professional, caring for my work and the people involved in it, and how important it is to learn how to be passionate about what you're doing.
I've learned that you really truly are, who you hang out with (and what you eat, but I'll save that for another entry). I attribute so much of my growth to the people around me. The close friends, my parents and my boyfriend have allowed me to finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I don't need to have some wild hair cut and color to be cool. It's okay to have braces when you're 24, they make your teeth straight, and your friends and boyfriend will think of you the same with or without them. The 80's should be left in my closet for themed parties. Going out on a Wednesday night is cool only sometimes. Being a hermit is not such a bad thing (and a money saver). It is never too late to find one's inner arts and crafts/DIY obsession. It's OK to be working for the man, what's more important is gaining life and professional experiences. Your parents should be thanked, told and shown that they are loved everyday. Dogs are to be treated as part of the family (or in my case my only precious protected child). Peace comes from your relationship with God. Love is unconditional and kindness and compassion should be shown daily.
It is inevitable that life continues in seconds, minutes, hours, days, and then before you know it, years. I may be more anti-social, have larger bags under my eyes, wear looser clothing, and not know what the biggest rap artist is at the moment, but, I am only 26 (in 2 hours). I've got quite a bit of life ahead of me.
I am so thankful that I have the next chapter of life to step into. Here's to another year!