October was a busy month because of work and school, and with school ending in just a few weeks, I am excited for some free time!
“Look like you’re excited to hang out with me!” And this is what he gives me… -_-
At the beginning of the month, my high school friend Jason was back in town (from Seattle) so we went out for lunch. We went to try out the first poke restaurant that opened in Fremont, Sunfish Poke Bar. He actually had to treat me out because we made a bet on the UCLA-Stanford game. Stanford won with a touchdown in the last minute, so that was a sweet, sweet victory for me.🙂
After every Vegas trip, I think to myself, “Okay, this is the last one.” … And it never is. I mean, I don’t go overly crazy a la Hangover/Hangover II/Hangover III or even gamble, but there’s just something about the Vegas vibe that makes me want to get to another level when partying. (Plus, people won’t judge you when you want to day drink and night drink.)
When my sister invited me to go on a girls trip to Vegas, I couldn’t say no. Plus, the San Diego crew aka TinaTine and StephLeen were going to be reunited!
When people ask me what kind of books I usually read, I tell them self help books. I don’t necessarily think I need “help” in certain areas of my life, but I do think people should always be open to seeing different ways to improve their habits, mentality, and life in general. When I came across Anuschka Rees’ The Curated Closet, I was interested in seeing how I could improve my closet.
I’m sure a lot of people have sat in front of their closets and thought, “Man, I have nothing to wear.” It happens to me all the time… even when my closet is fully stocked with clothes! Rees knows this happens frequently, so she wrote this book to help readers overcome this problem. She breaks down this book into four sections: the basics, personal style, building your dream wardrobe, and shopping.
Dang it, I really tried to keep up with the scheduled posts, but alas, life. Happy November, everyone! I can’t believe how fast time flies… Whenever October hits, the rest of the year disappears in a blink of an eye and then we end up celebrating the new year just like that *snaps*! As much as I dislike the colder weather, my sister and I agreed that Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday of the year. Besides all the ~family feels~, people are surrounded by lots and lots of food!
Back in September, Tina took me to her sister’s Labor Day potluck. There, her sister Linda taught me how to make homemade rice krispie treats. Back when my metabolism worked to its full potential, I could eat five or six of these bad boys in one sitting. I love rice krispie treats! After seeing how it’s made aka seeing how much butter is in this made me re-think my serving size suggestions. (Still really cool to learn though!)
A few months ago, Starr told me she was going to visit San Francisco with Ben and a few of their friends. I was stoked! All of the times I made comments about them visiting or even moving here finally worked!? Just kidding.🙂 But really, besides the expensive standard of living, the bay area is definitely one of the best places to live in the world. (Right?) I honestly think the weather makes a huge difference in terms of living conditions – we never have to worry about it being hot and humid or getting too much rain/snow. I know, I know, we need the rain… but I’m really not about that life.
Since Starr has exquisite taste buds, I didn’t want to disappoint her when we went out to eat in San Francisco. And what’s a trip to San Francisco without waiting in ridiculous lines for brunch? Mama’s on Washington Square is my favorite brunch place in the city, but I remember waiting 1.5 – 2 hours in the rain last time I dined here with Gary, and that was not fun. Although Starr was probably still jetlagged, I suggested we get in line an hour before the restaurant opened. (I’m a terrible friend, I know.) I figured waiting in line for an hour at 6am and getting in first was better than waiting in line watching people inside eat delicious food for two hours. Surprisingly, we weren’t the first ones in line!
I caught up with Mitty last night, and he asked me what I liked to do for fun lately. I had a hard time coming up with anything because I feel like I’m just drowning in work and school… but then I scroll through my blog posts and remember that I actually have a ~fun~ life. (I think?) After my family’s trip to Seattle, all four of the Shieh kids went back to school – my brothers headed back to Berkeley, my sister started her masters program at San Francisco State, and I started taking accounting and Japanese for fun. Not really sure why I thought taking accounting would be fun. Poor Evonne had to listen to me complain every time I work on homework.
Although I really enjoy filling my time with classes because they enrich my life, when October rolled around, I started to question my decision to take classes. Between going to class, studying, and doing homework, I had a hard time squeezing in all my sports-watching. The couch potato life was put on hold!
I got to be twins with Neil (who volunteered at our pharmacy during the summer)!
For our last day and a half in Seattle, we wanted to squeeze in a few more must do’s (mostly places I haven’t been to, but Steph has). We woke up and walked next door to Top Pot Doughnuts to get some coffee and donuts for breakfast.
The first time I visited Seattle, Tina and I brought these donuts home to share with friends. I feel like it’s gotten even more popular because there was always a line! (Those Seattle Seahawk themed donuts though… boo!)