Sunday, February 27, 2011

2011 february bar

Hey, remember me?  Yeah, I'm back!  It's been one hell of a week, unfortunately not without its drama and emotional rollercoaster.  

The exam was yuck, and judging from my friends' feelings, they felt the same way about it, too.  No one ever knows how they did, even afterward, because you just feel yucky about it and it's impossible to know what they were looking for or if you even did anything right.  There are a lot less people that take the exam in February which makes the environment a lot less crowded and everyone is just more relaxed, probably because the majority of us have taken it before.  It's a very 'jeez, why are we here again, ugh' attitude, haha.  The trip out to the convention center was smooth and this year, I was smart enough to buy enough food for the few days so I didn't go hungry and could relax in my hotel room every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It was really cold in the convention center, though, and with the lack of sleep (you just get so paranoid about oversleeping), stress, and exhaustion, by the time I got back to my hotel room after the afternoon session of the third day, I felt horribly achey, dizzy, feverish and chilly at the same time.  Horrible!!  Although I was booked to checkout the next day, I had planned to just go home that night anyway (I wanted a place to keep my stuff so I didn't have to rush to pack before the last day and leave my stuff in my car the entire day, bleh), but I felt so terrible that it took me a while before I felt well enough to gather my stuff and go home.  Sadly, Matt was even flying in on Friday and I felt so sick and awful...I couldn't believe taking this test took that much out of me!  I was more afraid that I caught something bad, like the flu, since I felt achey all over, as if 50 lb weights were tied to each of the muscles all over my body, and there was just weird tinging running up and down my spine and into the top of my head.  I was cold but then falling asleep made me feel hot.  It was so painful to move around or even sit still, and everything seemed so cloudy.  I did rely on Tylenol for a few doses, since I was afraid I was getting a fever and it also helped relieve some of the aches.  I'm so relieved at least that this happened after the exam was over (even if it was ridiculous that it happened immediately afterward) and that it was also the weekend so I could try to sleep it off.

We ended up doing absolutely nothing this weekend and it really felt good for once.  I slept a whole bunch and finally, I feel somewhat back to my normal self.  I still have a bit of some nose congestion and my throat is just a little scratchy, but I hope to be back in shape within the next few days!  At least I feel I can function tomorrow for my first day of work after being away for 2 weeks.  I left with a million things due during the next 2 weeks and I'm praying that nothing major happened while I was gone, because I don't know what I'm going to do if there are disasters to clean up.  Trying not to think about that...

The week has also been hard because there have just been so many passings.  At the beginning of the exam, a friend of mine (who was also taking the Bar) found out that his grandma passed away.  On Tuesday, Matt's beloved cat Noogie, who he's had since his first day of high school, was put to sleep because he's been suffering from so many different health problems.  And the day after the exam was over, while I was in ill and crazed state, I found out that my grandpa had passed away as well.  Definitely a hard week for everyone :(  

The week has been so busy that I haven't taken as many photos as I would've liked.  And actually, I've been struggling a lot lately to come up with interesting photos to take to 'represent' my day in this 2011 year.  I had intended at the beginning of the year to do a photo a day so I would keep up with blogging but I think some days have become stale as I've had to force myself to come up with an idea of something to post.  Blogging for so many days already has made me really enjoy blogging in general and I think, in light of missing a week of posts, rather than catch up, I think I'm going to scrap the idea of continuing to force myself to come up with specific ideas for daily posts and focus instead on posts that are on a more creative level and more fun.  That would be more fun and interesting for all of us, don't you think?  So for now, I guess I'm scrapping my 2011 photo yearbook project and I'm just going to develop my creative and fun blogging side and keep blogging as much as I can to share the fun things that are going on with my life.

I did take some funny pictures from my Bar exam experience.  Matt was so kind to use his hotel points to book me a hotel and because of how often he has to book hotels for work (one of the ONLY perks about his job), he has platinum status and often gets to upgrade to a suite.  So I got to live in style and for free while taking this exam, same as I did last July.  Lucky me!  The front desk woman got really confused when I checked in and referred to Matt as my 'husband,' but whatever, at least I got the room even though it was in his name without any problems.  Check out my digs for those few days:

It was nice to have a lot of room, not that I really needed it.  (Yeah, do you also like my stuffed animals who came on the trip, too?  Haha...I needed the company and for it to feel like 'home.')  Too bad I can't transfer that extra room to my current apartment, haha.  We could really use that extra space here.  But I was glad I planned better this year so I had an easier time packing and transporting things to/from.  It's probably not a good thing that I'm becoming an old pro at this, though.  

I also took a funny picture of my Ziploc bag for the exam.  I learned last year just how strict the proctors are about making sure that you put everything into a (stupid) plastic bag, including your wallet.  The list of items you can bring to the exam is really strict and everyone has to look like a total fool carrying a plastic baggie full of all his/her belongings to and from the convention center every day.  That's how you can spot all the exam takers - I mean, really, it's not hard to notice someone tightly clutching something as ridiculous as this everywhere s/he goes:

My last picture is actually one I borrowed from Matt's mom of precious Noogie.  It's one of our favorite pictures of him - he just looks so handsome and distinguished in it, and it was a photo that was used on many of Matt's birthday cakes, complete with a party hat, too.  She posted this picture of him on Facebook the day of his passing and it made me really sad, and Matt even sadder of course.  I guess since he was fine at Christmas, I just assumed I'd still see him this year so I never thought anything of it that he was getting older.  But he's had a steady decline lately with a tumor in his head growing bigger every day behind his eye, causing it to swell and the side of his face to bulge, among other mouth and teeth infections :(  Matt got to say bye to him last weekend, but it's still hard to imagine that I won't see him there anymore.  It's going to be really weird.  Even though we all know it's for the best so he doesn't suffer, it was still hard.  But he did live a great and long life with a family and a little boy turned man who loved him very much so I guess that's what's most important.  Rest in peace little Noogie, the best kitty ever.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #50

Yet another unexciting day!  Sorry things have been pretty lame since I haven't been doing anything but dealing with this Bar stuff.  Once all this is behind me and I can get back on track with life (and crafting!), I promise things will be much more exciting.  Now that I have a new camera, too, I can't wait to fix up my poor Etsy shop with better photos and new items!  Good goals to have for March.

Have I ever shown you my Hamtaro backpack?  How cute is he, right?  Matt's a big baseball card autographing person (for fun, not profit - not that you could make much off it anyway with the usually minor league players he gets).  He heard about this card show that happens in City of Industry so we went one Saturday a few months ago.  I thought it would be lame (I mean really, card shows full of weird collectible people?), but it turned out to be an interesting mish-mosh of people and collectibles.  It was a lot of different vendors at tables and stalls selling anything 'collectible' in nature.  And anything cute and kawaii always catches my attention, of course!

I'm not sure how I forgot about Hamtaro when my sister and I used to watch the cartoon all the time many years ago (or so it feels like).  And when I saw this plush backpack, I knew I had to have him!  We actually thought he was a plush at first but then we realized he was a plush backpack so it was both cute and functional, go figure.  The backpack zipper is a bit smaller than I expected but that's ok, I still think he's adorable.  There were some other neat sellers, and we even got a solar-powered monkey head bobbing figurine...but the monkey is sitting on a toilet reading a newspaper/magazine, HA.  The little Asian lady running that booth was so cute, she tried to sell us stuff for super cheap and even let me pick out a Hello Kitty cell phone charm for free (we chose a Hello Kitty head dressed as a monkey, you know, to stick with the theme). 

Baseball season's just around the corner and I'm sure we'll be back soon.  Since I know what to expect this time around, I think I'll have a sharper eye to look for cute and unique things.  Hopefully my sister and her bf can come with, too, I think they'd find it fun!

Oh, btw, I'll be gone for the next few days taking the (stupid) Bar and I have full faith that the Internet connection at the hotel will be TOO SLOW so it'll be nearly impossible to upload these pics while I'm there.  I'll be back on Thursday so I'll backtrack and update everything then.  See you on the other side! 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #49

Life isn't so exciting these days with the Bar being next week, but I realized I never shared some of the other fun Valentine's Day gifts (e.g., clothes) that we exchanged.  Want to take a peek?

Matt saw this Juicy Couture poncho-style sweater hoodie in the window display at the store in SF and thought it was cute for me.  What do you think?

I know how much Matt loves funny t-shirts and thanks to my sister, we remembered the funny designs from artist Natalie Dee!  I chose the following two for Matt:

Super cute, huh?  Neither of us have had the chance to wear our new clothes yet but hopefully soon. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #47

Hammer likes to feast.  Yummy dried cranberry.  Nom nom.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #46

Strawberries.  Nutella.  Yummy for my tummy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #45

Taking pics of my precious lil guys (and girls) is good practice and fun with my new camera.  Love my hammies! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #44

Happy Valentine's Day from my love bugs to you!  I hope everyone's had a wonderful day full of love :)   

(When Matt saw these lil guys, he said, 'Oh...are these flies?'  -__-)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #43

Valentine's Day treats!

 Randy's Donuts - chocolate glaze, apple fritters, and raspberry jelly filled.  Yum!  (Matt ate his maple glaze before I could take this picture, haha.)

Matt bought me this Valentine's day card.  Just for the "awkward Finn face."

Matt previously chose/bought me a striped sweater hoodie from Juicy, but then I also got this beautiful Juicy bag (in lotus rouge).  Love it!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #42

San Diego Zoo animals want to say hello (and Happy Valentine's Day)!

The elusive porcupine actually woke up and showed off his quills

The (stinky) echidna thought it best to take a nap with his head buried inside a stump

Our favorite pygmy marmoset

Gabby, the white-cheeked gibbon, was high up in the trees poking at leaves but had to drop down by me when she saw me snapping her pic - look at that pose!

Matt and the bonobos, one of his favorite exhibits

Mama hippo Funani and her new baby boy, Adhama - born on Feb. 7!  Adorable.

Giant panda dad and bamboo-eating machine Gao Gao

Super giant panda mom of 5 panda babies Bai Yun....but wait, where's Baby Yun Zi?

Oh no!!  I knew that Bai and Yunior were being separated soon as a part of the final stage of his weaning process, but I didn't realize it happened on Thursday!  I was so bummed not to see him on this visit, but we'll see him again soon.  I hope he's coping well with little separation anxiety without his mama.  Maybe Bai and Gao will have a 6th cub this year?  Hoping so!

Loved the face this youngster made at me, haha

Why such a sourpuss face, big giraffe? :)

Sophia's enclosure mate, a Grants zebra

Sophia!  Named after actress Sophia Loren.  She's a miniature Mediterranean donkey and such a cutie

Spotted the baby Wallaby!  This youngster recently hopped out of his/her mama's pouch - so many babies at the Zoo this year!

We couldn't spot the new koala baby (we think it was a far away hiding and sleepy koala) but I still enjoy the koalas anyway.  The koala will receive his/her name in a few days during Koala-pa-looza at the Zoo.  Fans have been able to vote on 3 names and they'll each be posted on 3 trees and whichever one the mama chooses to climb into on that day will be the baby's name.  Cool, huh?

As usual, the animals were delightful and fun to see.  We saw our previous monkey babies who are all grown up now, too, and even spotted the kiwi bird!  That little guy is always so elusive or sleeping but he was up and about and wondering around like no other in his dark enclosure.  Super cool!  We got a late start to the day but as Zoo members, it's ok.  And I'm sure we'll be back soon and for more photo opportunities :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #40

Valentine's Day treat bag for Matt, all ready to go! :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #39

Too cute beyond words.  And designed and created by one of my favorite amigurumi authors, Ana Paula Rimoli!  (This pattern appeared in the Jan/Feb 2011 edition of Crochet Today magazine of which I now subscribe just for this exact reason.)  Love me some love bugs :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #38

Because some days really just call for a French Silk pie.  And a Strawberry Cheesecake.

Monday, February 7, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #37

Proud to support the SD Zoo and all of our animal friends for another year.  It's a leap year, too, so we get a bonus day, haha :) Memberships are such a great deal, especially when you have a dual membership.  You even get 2 free passes to share with your friends who might want to go with you!  Yeah!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #36

Starbucks Passion Iced Tea Lemonade, how I love thee…Let me count the ways...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #35

Yummy for my tummy

 Happy pizza


The game

Hi Derrick!

Fight on, Taj

 Yay game

 My new friend from the flight (and new NBA ref) Kevin Cutler

Friday, February 4, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #34

I'm a sucker for puns.  And cute things.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 photo yearbook project day #33

DSLR.  Score.  Happy V Day to me, thanks to my parents and Matt.