It’s been a week or so since I’ve been here. My school just finished with our “SQR” – School Quality Review, where we have to prove that we are teaching. That is, teaching kids the way they want us to – formulaically with speaking, writing and reading - completely focused on the Common Core in every single class. So of course, since I work with a kick ass staff of dedicated insanely hardworking and collaborative people, we blew the dog and pony show out of the water. Needless to say, we were all pulling 12 hour days (buffering those long days on the weekends with beer while we work) and stressed to the max. So here’s a collection of bits and pieces from the past week.
I took a quick jaunt down to DC this weekend to meet my new niece Josephine (JoJo) Rei. She is just 3 weeks old right now and pretty much a feeding – pooping – sleeping machine, albeit a cute one in a bear outfit. I was chomping at the bit to see her and cuddle her, so the 4 hour bus ride was worth it. Also, it’s been 6 months since I’ve seen my mom, and she had salted pork jook (congee) waiting for me. Bonus!
Happy Lunar New Year! I have fond memories of celebrating Chinese new year as a kid, great food, firecracker papers turning the streets of Chinatown red and lion dances everywhere (along with heaps of money that I never was allowed to keep!). This new year is extra special for me though, because I have a new baby! Not really me, but close enough (actually, as close as it’s ever going to get). My sister pushed one out yesterday, her first, my niece Josephine Rei. You know how they say that even if you don’t like kids, you’ll love your own? I hate kids, but I already love this one, and I haven’t even met her in person yet. When I heard that my sister was in labor I was like a proud parent, telling everyone who would listen. I even went out and bought my crew Dunkin Doughnuts for an impromptu celebration (I never advocate for teens eating horribly unhealthy sugar and fat ladden treats, but this time it’s special). Josephine (JoJo) made it right in time to be a Dragon baby. One thing is for damn sure, she already has a dragon grip on me. I got to meet her right away over face-time (I love technology). Normally I think all babies look a bit like aliens. but
Jojo is perfect.
Gong Hay Fat Choi! Happy year of the snake!
No news here, just some new additions:
New hair – free, through the Model Project at Bumble and Bumble University. I don’t know when I started to get so cheap about my hair. In my early 20′s I used to have a regular stylist whom I visited religiously every 6 weeks to get my hair cut/colored/touched etc. I guess all that eventually gave me wallet fatigue, because I stopped doing much with my hair in my mid 20′s. It whittled down from $150 haircuts to $60 cuts to $12 Great Clips cuts to $0 sister with a pair to Friskars cuts.
New hole – B was out of town last weekend and I was bored on Saturday night but also didn’t feel like going all the way to Williamsburg to meet a friend for drinks. I’m no stranger to piercings (see here, here and here), so I headed to my friendly neighborhood shop, The End is Near. Hello new anti-tragus hole. It’s still swollen and the skin around it is flaking, but it’s healing nicely now. For those who have to ask, no, getting it done didn’t hurt. But the aftercare/healing hella hurts.
New stripey top – I went shopping yesterday and picked up a number of t-shirt type tops from Forever 21 and H&M. This one, from F21, is supposed to be a dress. But with my freakishly long torso and 6’0″ frame, it’s a shirt, albeit a long shirt. I like the stripes (like everyone else in the blogosphere/world, I love nautical stripes) and the little pocket on the boobie. It will be good for a lazy, I don’t want to think in the morning item to throw on for the classroom.
On that note, I haven’t been posting lately. I’ve been lazy and I haven’t bothered with being inventive with my wardrobe. So what have I been wearing lately? See this post and this post. That’s basically it, along with about 4 layers of sweaters, coats, scarves and hat because it’s been damn cold here in NY.
I’ve been listening to New Edition lately. I’m nostalgic for the days of classic R&B where they didn’t feel the need to include words like bitches, hoes, bootie, and ‘got your girl workin for me’. So, here’s a little palate cleanser.
Things that have been doing it for me lately, things that tickle that little happy place in my brain/heart.
1. Safari animal heads to hold my necklaces.
2. My newest addition from Retro Whale. West Side fo’ life.
3. Hella whiskey. B is getting quite a collection going.
4. A new watch (RIP the old MBMJ watch) and He, the holy Flying Spaghetti Monster with his noodley appendage, a broach.
5. Magazine rack built by B for us, from this DIY post.
6. Happy Bambi feet. I love my little punk ass dog so much.
P.S. Thanks B, for #1, #2, and #4 <3
nails from the past few months, from my instagram.
It’s official. Everything is ok in the world now, I’ve got a lipstick that matches my shirt. Hello, the fall 2012 “ox-blood” trend. You are on me.
This new lipstick cost me $2.59. That’s right, this creamy, non-gloppy, evenly pigmented, non-grandma smelling and smooth lipstick is totally cheap. Even cheaper if you have a $3 off a $5 beauty purchase at Taget coupon burning a hole in your pocket. $5.59 regular price Rimmel lipstick in Bordeaux becomes a $2.59 steal for me. YAY.
I just changed my theme! What do you guys think?
Is it awesome now, or is the Hum theme (below) better? I can’t decide!