This song pretty much sums up how I feel about the year 2010 so far
I noticed that most people don’t use their blogs to talk about the good moments in their life. It seems like blogs are mainly for random thoughts that wouldn’t have come up in conversation or for venting. I guess it’s not as natural to encapsulate the best moments in life in such a public way. It seems illogically unbalanced, even though I do it. Wouldn’t we all rather read old posts about the good times than remember when we felt unhappy? It’s strange that it seems more difficult to share good feelings, maybe because we think it may sound like gloating.
Well tonight I’m going to gloat away.
I don’t blog as much anymore, mainly because a post will eat up an hour of my day. But I figure last night I slept at 10:30 and got a full eight hours of sleep, plus I kept napping in the car today so I can afford to use some time to write a post that I will one day read and think “god my twenties were fucking awesome.” 2009 ended with me being pretty annoyed and kind of fed up with home. 2010 has been pretty freaking bomb. I’m looking back at my little date book, and January 1st started with Paseo Colorado shopping with Andria, a quick christmas lights tour with some of TMV, watching videos of the 2006 TMV dinner at Frances’, and ended by watching Lost with Soo Jin until 3am. Then the last two weeks of my last winter break ever was spent trying to see people as often as I could. I learned – don’t burn bridges … but don’t stand around wondering how to repair one when you have another bridge right in front of you.
I’m going to go backwards in time, starting with today…
Sunday 2/7: I achieved my dream of a Superbowl party!!! It wasn’t my first Superbowl party, that was two years ago, Patriots vs. Giants at Caroline’s. But TODAY we did the works, sangria, beer, tacos, cupcakes, ribs, nighttime football, and it was everything I had dreamed of! The one, main thing I had always wanted to do once I became an adult was have traditional Superbowl parties. It did not seem likely until Laura and Li-Ting came into my life, people who LOVE football!!! I was really looking forward to this weekend ever since I found out Superbowl is on 2/7. The game felt so short, and “my team” lost but they were only “my team” because I actually know who Peyton Manning is and what he looks like, so I am not terribly crushed. We felt pretty full but we didn’t even make pizooki or cornbread or a full platter of ribs, as planned. AND today I bought my first case of beer from a grocery store. I have always wanted to bring a six pack of beer to parties. I picked a Mission St Blonde Ale from TJ, primarily because I hoped Mission St is a Bay Area brand (don’t know if that’s true) and because I like blondes. ;D After the game we walked to the park and threw a football around, and then we went back and watched She’s All That. We all made ARRGHHHHH noises when a line in the movie was “and the 1999 prom king is…” God, 1999.
Laura: So Soo Jin, what do you say about the game tomorrow?
Soo Jin: “Did you see what happened? Halftime … interception … Porter”
Laura: You’re just saying words
Saturday 2/6: Usually I plan on replenishing my sleep deficit during the weekend but I end up sleeping even less than I do during the week. Not that I mind, I end up reinvigorating myself in other ways like having fun and eating something besides cucumbers. Yesterday I just caught up on about four hours of TV with Jon, did laundry for the first time in three weeks, and ate sushi with Li-Ting and Lucy. I got a sashimi salad and really enjoyed it. Unless I’m at Ichima, I kind of just want to get sashimi salads from here on out. Then I slept at 10:30, it was amazing.
Friday 2/5: I finally felt the real magic of SF. I got out of work around 8:00 and met up with Soo Jin and Albert who were also just leaving the office. We were thinking of going to happy hour, and I was kind of like OMGGG I am SO in the mood for happy hour because EVERYONE on the streets was clearly just getting off of work and kicking back and I was thinking, “omg I actually belong in this demographic!!!” There are a lot of !!!s in my post. It was a little rainy on Friday, so I pointed and laughed to Soo Jin when we were walking behind three women dressed EXACTLY the same – long black coat, black tights, and almost up to the knee black leather boots. We ended up going back to Soo Jin’s to get her car, and after sitting around a little, we lost the momentum to go drink. BUT we went to eat at Giordano Bros and it was SOOOO good. We found it by searching “french fries” and $ on yelp. Their sandwich bread is SOOOO soft and I got one with coppa which is a mix of bruschetta and pastrami, and in the sandwich they have olive oil and vinegar cole slaw, AND french fries INSIDE. It was in this small bar in North Beach which is like Little Italy. There was a loud, live band that played pretty cool folky music and I am just kind of like *happy sigh* when I think about that place. I got a scrimshaw beer which was light, which I am learning is my favorite type of alcohol. Light beer. Then we walked around a little, got gelato (but not even Italian gelato, we got Tutti Melon gelato), drove down Lombard St and to Twin Peaks, and then I slept at Soo Jin’s around 2am and completely knocked out since I had work the next morning at 8am. It was one of those days where I tried to soak in as much of SF as I could. It made me a little sad that I will be living in SJ, not SF in the future, but maybe five minutes driving in SF will change that for me.
Me: I only have to work five to six hours tomorrow!
Soo Jin: Wow … I’m so jealous … only five to six hours on a Saturday …
Crap, that took thirty minutes and it was only one weekend. Maybe I’ll type up the rest during my morning commutes.
Sunday 1/31: This day was pretty freaking packed. Caroline came to visit and stayed until Tuesday morning. It was pretty cool to have a friend who also woke up at the same 6:30am time that I do. I would wake up and wash up and then she would get ready to go running and walk me to the bus stop. I am jealous that she has the time to go running. So we went to Cafe Intermezzo to eat their breakfast burrito, which I didn’t even know they served. It is an AMAZING deal – it is one of those things that would cost more for me to make than to buy. It’s only $4.50 including tax, and you can choose whatever you want in it. I think I had broccoli, cheese, eggs, potatos, pinto beans, black beans, some other things … it tasted amazing. AND it was large enough that I saved half of it for Monday lunch, so it’s like paying $2.25 per meal! You can’t find a deal like that anywhere else. Then I dragged her to Rasputin where I finally bought Paris Je’taime. Then she went rock climbing and I hung out with Li-Ting. She took me to Safeway where they were having the MOST AMAZING FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SALES I have ever experienced in Nor cal, $3.87 clementines, 98cent grapes, bags of oranges and grapefruit for cheap omg… I’m still finishing them off. Then we walked to Ici and drove to 4th st which Li-Ting had never been to before, and then the Marina which I had never been to before. We walked all the way to the end of the pier and back, so gorgeous. I wanted to run there and back today, but it’s 5.5 mi one way and I haven’t run more than 5mi straight ever, and I ALSO haven’t full out exercised for about three weeks. Then I went back home, ate Brazil Cafe with Jon and Caroline, and then had to go to bed since I had work the next day
Saturday 1/30: I somehow went to work and finished and was still able to catch brunch with Soo Jin, Laura, and Kaitlyn. Actually, not “somehow,” we all know that Soo Jin’s brunch is everyone else’s late lunch. We ate at Dottie’s which was a pretty awesome little cafe place in SF that has been featured in those travelling food shows on Food Network. I got some kind of scramble, they got blueberry cornmeal pancakes. The line was pretty long but well worth it. Then I somehow ended up napping in a curled up ball on Soo Jin’s apt floor and finally after some major delay we drove to Berkeley and went Target shopping! That place is so awesome with friends. I spent so long examinining each type of facial wash and facial lotion. I pointed out some things that I would like to have in my future apt and Soo Jin said it is very NY style. Then we went to Lucy’s and watched Project Runway and ate Cheeseboard pizza which was amazing as always.
Heidi Klum: You are safe and can go back to the house
Laura: WHAT?! She doesn’t give them criticism?! But how will they know what they did well on and how they can improve in the future?
Friday 1/29: Another night in SF after work. Laura was staying overnight but Li-Ting drove me home. Janie ended up making ramen for Laura and me since we hadn’t eaten dinner yet but they had just gone to a Dine About. Soo Jin also cut up a chicken and gave us chicken with spinach, quite tasty. This was the night they started to get to know Kaitlyn, Janie’s subletter/Andria’s friend of a friend. She is sort of amazing. She looks like Hermione in Soo Jin’s eyes, but I wonder if that’s more because we so rarely see red heads. She likes just about everything we like, and then does things we dream of. Like painting and cooking and exercise and television watching and celebrity gossip. We didn’t do anything outside of the apt but spent some time playing with webcams. Janie was leaving for Japan the next morning, SADNESS!!! She is already gone now, but will be back around May once her rotation is done.
Soo Jin (viewing Janie on a rather pixelated screen): This is how I’m going to see Janie for the next few months!
Sunday 1/24: Li-Ting took Lucy and I to 99 Ranch, where I bought a lot of groceries that I have either thrown out or not finished eating. It turns out I don’t need to buy very much food at all since my work kitchen is completely stocked with enough food to last me the entire day. But it’s fun to bring my own fruit and vegetables I guess. Then I went to visit Laura again with Soo Jin and Janie. Helped move the giant TV and realized how I am beginning to become very out of shape. Ate at a ramen place in Mountain View and spent some time in a used bookstore that also had shelves and shelves of video tapes. Apparently Soo Jin has been going there after work since her previous client is in that area. HAHA
Saturday 1/23: This was another fun go out after work day. Those are my FAVORITE times, because it seems so efficient to stay in SF after working and actually experience the fun, non-working side of SF. Right after I finished work I called up Soo Jin to see if she wanted to hang out, and then realized that we had already made plans to go to a Dine About with Li-Ting and Janie. So I sat in the office for another hour, watching Parks and Recreation. Then we ate at One Market St, where I had a delicious sole and amazing bread pudding. Then Li-Ting and I went to visit Laura in SJ around 10pm, after dropping Soo Jin and Janie off for clubbing. It is so bizarre for me to see how the financial district area converts into a nightlife scene. So then we drove to Laura’s and in search of something that was open in Sunnyvale, we ended up at Denny’s. We left around 2am and I got back to Berkeley around 3am and that entire day was just so wonderfully fulfilling
Sunday 1/17: Went to Soo Jin’s place and watched the Golden Globes on tv with Laura and Li-Ting, mainly sat around. But it was my first full day back in Bay Area, and I’m so happy I have friends up here. I can’t imagine working such long hours if I didn’t have a good release during the weekend. We drove back to Berkeley and had some Bongo Burger, then sat at Lucy’s and watched the delayed showing of the Golden Globes. HAHA I love watching awards shows. I was SO SAD on Monday though – usually after an awards show I will spend a good few hours reading through all the post-awards show celebrity gossip. But Monday was my first day of work, and ever since then, I haven’t had the time to keep up with people’s lives who I have never met.
I totally just knocked that out and it’s now 1:30.
On top of that, I love my work and I eat lunch with a coworker and I REALLY WILL TRY to make it to Pilates this week so I can hopefully make MORE friends! I love love love my commutes, which is usually the time I contemplate how much I am enjoying life at the moment and how lucky I am. Maybe in another three weeks I will give another loaded update. I’m really hoping I don’t have to work very long hours this weekend. Three holidays rolled into one weekend! One UNFORTUNATE weekend since a lot of the tax deadlines for our clients is 2/15. Andria and Christina are coming up so I will do everything in my power to have time for fun this weekend!
My fourth week of this internship continues tomorrow. My god, 7.5 weeks left. Crap, once I wrote 7.5 weeks, it seemed a lot longer than it sounded in my head. Well, as long as I’m still enjoying it.
Crap crap it’s 1:40. I’m going to regret this tomorrow morning.