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    Friday, December 7th, 2007
    1:14 pm
    If you want Peru pics, gimme your email.

    If you want a Xmas card, leave your address. Don't assume I have it. Ask Leina, she's given me her address a million times.

    Goddamn I'm tired from making this office impeccable for our office party. *sighs* I have a lot of Xmas cards so be selfish and make my life a little easy, thanks. :)
    Monday, October 15th, 2007
    7:23 pm
    Vegas
    I had fun in Vegas. There, I said it. Shocking as it may be, Vegas is actually a destination that can appeal to me since the food is terrific, the shopping is great, and god help me for finding the locational depictions accurate. Now mind you, I do not suggest staying at the Venetian as a way of making up for never seeing Venice. But if Vegas is the Disneyland for adults, then it might just be the happiest place on Earth! Well ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves...

    I ended up getting a room at the Barbary Coast my first night there for only $80! They only had one handicapped room left so they gave it to me. They renovated the hotel rooms and I got a NICE room with a huge flat screen tv. Since it was a handicapped room, there was no bathtub, but I felt like I got a great deal nonetheless. That night I watched Cheaters and had what would be my only night that weekend sleeping well.

    Saturday morning I got a facial at the Paris Hotel. It was freakin amazing! My esthetician is originally from the Bay Area so we waxed poetic about high rent, restaurants, and the interesting cornucopia of people that make San Francisco the unique city it is. After that, I met up with my family at the Paris buffet where I had breakfast eats and all you can eat crab legs, which I'm paying for dearly now. I hate having such sensitive skin. :( Honestly though, it was worth it! They put down a huge plate of crab legs on the table, along with massive bowls of melted butter. Let's just say I went to town. I have no regrets. :)

    Later that afternoon, my mom and I went to the half price ticket booth to get show tickets. My mom doesn't get that you can't just walk up to a place and get half price Cirque tickets. First of all, they SELL OUT FAST. And secondly, she didn't have much in the way of a "backup plan" so I gave her my choices. When I went there, I had my mind set on seeing either O, Mystere (wasn't happening for the two) or Phantom of the Opera. Sure enough, the half price booth was selling Phantom tix. They also had tix for Mamma Mia which I suggested for the group outing. So my mom relented and got 2 Phantom tix for us and 7 Mamma Mia tix for the group. Yes, we were ambitious enough to see back to back shows because that's how we roll.

    We got to Phantom at what was supposed to be about 25 minutes before showtime. But we were waiting for what seemed to be an eternity in line. Turns out there were some "technical difficulties" and the show started an HOUR late, argh! Thankfully once we were all seated, they started the show in lightning speed. The show itself was spectacular. Actually, I can't really give the experience justice with words. I will however say that the special effects were amazing, the score was wonderful (brought back memories of when I played All I Ask of You, and the storyline is great. And the fact that my mom loved it only goes to show that people need to listen to me sometimes. Or at least pretend to. For god's sake, have trust me in me! ;)

    So with the show starting an hour late, I was seriously worried we weren't gonna make Mamma Mia in time, which was on the other side of the strip. There was a line at the taxi stand, and I got really fidgety. My mom however, was feeling optimistic, which was a blessing because I was afraid they were gonna turn us down at the door. In any case, we made it with 2 minutes to spare, so that was great.

    Mamma Mia was so awesome! It would be unfair to compare it to Phantom, but I loved it enough to buy the show soundtrack! My entire family thought it was great too, so I'm glad I suggested it. Doing back to back shows is not something I recommend, but I honestly had so much fun. Unfortunately, my dad's sleeping kept me up that night, which made for a crabby me the following morning.

    Sunday my dad and I had brunch at the Bellagio, which was really yummy. I had prime rib, rack of lamb, roasted duck, rice,and lemon bars. Yes, I know, great combo, right? After that, we ended up going to Caesars Palace (which is gorgeous) and we took a ton of pictures. And once we parted our separate ways, I did a little bit of shopping at Fresh, Vosges Chocolates, and Anthropologie.

    Afterwards I took a cab to the Wynn, which is also quite beautiful. I ended up buying some gourmet chocolate at Frederic Robert, then sent off a few postcards. The Wynn concierge is amazing. If you think customer service is dead, go here. So yep, that was my trip. I'm back, I'm tired, and ready to hit the hay.

    Current Mood: tired
    Sunday, October 7th, 2007
    8:21 am
    long needed update
    So I'm officially 30 now and I'm quite happy about that. When people say, oh I wish I were 21 I'm assuming they mean they want to "look" young. I mean honestly, I'm SO GLAD I'm 30 now. If hopping from shitty job to shitty job and having pathetic paychecks is a great time of your life then by all means, live it up. But I feel much more content in the knowledge I have now that I so obviously didn't have back then. Brad Pitt was right: "I'll take wisdom over youth any day."

    My 20's weren't all negative though. I got to travel a lot and see places I never thought I would see. I have to thank Fred in particular for opening my eyes to camping although to this day I'm only camping if flush toilets are available at the campsite. I can honestly say I'm living out my lifelong dream of seeing the world, even on a small income. I still have a lot of places to see, but I am taking it one trip at a time.

    My cousin is flying out here from Montreal for my brother's wedding, yay!!! She's from Vancouver originally but currently lives in Montreal. I don't think I've seen her in over 5 years! So I guess in a way it'll be a reunion of sorts. This tends to happen during weddings and funerals as many of you are probably familiar with. It's too bad I can't get any time off work to show her around but I'll make the most of my time with her as soon as I get off work.

    My sister is 21 today. 21 seems like ages ago! I bought her a great gift at Nordstrom. Unfortunately I can't call her because it looks like I lost my damn cell phone. The last known time I had it was in the cab on our way home last night. Argh! :(

    Current Mood: angry
    Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
    6:20 pm
    exhaustion
    Ugh, I feel like crap from a combination of a cold and allergies. It sucks because I have no energy for work and I need to be alert and taking a lot of information in since my coworker Aubree is leaving for her trip tomorrow. I think for the most part I have everything together but the real test is doing everything by myself. We'll see how it goes.

    I'm so excited about seeing Velvet Revolver with Fred this Saturday!!! It's also gonna be Cinco de Mayo so I'm gonna try and eat lots of yummy Mexican food as well. Speaking of Fred, he's back from his UK business trip and he kindly got me some fabulous souvenirs: 2 magnets (one from London and one from Scotland) and a black Harrods tote. From what he's told me, it's insanely expensive there so he's definitely glad to be back home.

    Finally signed up for health benefits at work: opted for the $20 copay Kaiser plan. I am in desperate need of making eye & OB appts. And in true Emily fashion, I always wait till the last minute to schedule them, thus stressing me out. I have so much on my mind that those 2 things are always the last things I remember.

    Looking forward to the Canucks game tonight although I always get nervous right before them. I'm happy the Sharks won last night and now it's time for my team to kick some ass! I swear if both the Sharks & Canucks advance to the 3rd round, I'm so getting myself a ticket even if it's insanely expensive. I'll cross that bridge when it comes though.

    Current Mood: sick
    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
    12:30 pm
    YESSSSS!
    Found out today my refund is $1342!!!! Damn, it couldn't have come at a better time too.

    Current Mood: bouncy
    Friday, February 2nd, 2007
    10:04 am
    Super Bowl office pool
    Oh my god, I'm in a bind. I have 32 squares left to fill for my office's super bowl pool. It's $10 a square... I know it's last minute but is anyone interested???? Anyone? Bueller??????

    Current Mood: worried
    Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
    10:31 pm
    2 interviews!
    Yes, that's right... I scored myself not just one, but TWO interviews. The first one gave me a call and we set up an interview originally for Friday, but got a call a few hours later changing it to Thursday at 11:30am. And maybe an hour later I get another call from a different company wanting to set up an interview for tomorrow at 3pm. :) So after sending out damn near 50 resumes, I've heard back from 2 in the same day, which for me is an accomplishment. ;)

    I just took a yummy Lush bath and I smell scrumptious. I can't stop sniffing myself! Since I've already used pretty much all the bath bombs, bubble bars, and melts, I'm going back to my old favorites for now until they make new ones. Although instead of 3 a week, I'm only using 2 since after all I'm still without a job... I need to keep my sanity though.

    Last night I met up with my friend Hanh for dinner (he was kind enough to pay!) and we chatted for a little bit at this totally cool looking bar called the Lime. So I'm in the bathroom, and lo and behold, there's a TV in there, I'm not even kidding. The movie was 40 Days And 40 Nights, LOL. I recognized it because I'd seen it in the theater, but talk about bizarre! Anyone else been to a place like this?

    Afterwards we went to Cote Sud in the Castro for dinner, and I got 3 courses for $25! My first course was rock shrimp risotto, then I had a filet mignon in peppercorn sauce (which was oddly similar to what I made with kobe beef not too long ago), and well dessert was shall we say, interesting. The only way I can describe it is that it's a fruitcake ice cream, but it didn't taste bad. I was looking for the creme brulee and was sadly disappointed by its absence. Anyway, this is a gem of a restaurant and I definitely will go more often once I have solid funds coming in.

    I then had this crazy idea of dragging Hanh to the Mint for karaoke. He pleaded and begged with me not to go but I was quite the insistent one. Did I mention how much I love that place? I think I wanna have my future bachelorette party there. Screw the male strippers, I want my Smirnoff Ice and cheesy karaoke! Anyway I had enough courage to sing 2 songs this time around: Madonna's Crazy For You and Bon Jovi's Livin On A Prayer. Yes, I know what you're thinking... what gave me the crazy idea that *I* could actually pull off Bon Jovi? Well that's where the Smirnoff Ice came in... :) Anyway, I did surprisingly well and complete strangers were cheering me on once again. :) Hanh sang If I Had A Million Dollars (forget who sings that) and Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven. There were some incredible singers in the house, and one that stands out in my mind is the butch lesbian who sang Train's Drops of Jupiter. Her singing was deep and soulful.

    Ok, enough about that... sorry I just get so giddy thinking about the next time I get to go to the Mint. :) Tomorrow will also be cooking duty for me in lovely North Beach... salmon & rice, with steamed green beans I think. Anyway, I'll be crossing my fingers in hopes that tomorrow's and Thursday's interviews go well. :)
    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
    10:07 am
    I HAVE A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Heh, forgive the caps, I'm just so excited. As of Monday, I'll be a receptionist at Nuvo International at Newpark Mall so if any of you guys stop by, you get half off services like facials, botox, scar removal, tat removal, etc. :) Finally, crisis averted. :)

    Current Mood: bouncy
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
    1:09 am
    Friday, July 11th, 2003
    12:24 pm
    get me the hell outta here...
    I babysat early today because Leina, her sister, and I are gonna be heading over to San Jose to meet Rachael Ray from 30 Minute Meals. She is doing a book signing at Sur La Table so it'll definitely be fun. I still have to buy her book but I'm figuring they're selling it there, so I'll just get it in San Jose. It's always nice having new cookbooks just for inspiration. I never really get to cook anything but I love flipping through cookbooks anyway. I've only really cooked with Chris, and it was nothing too difficult.

    I must be PMS'ing because I want sex and chocolate. Not necessarily at the same time, but damn... I need a distraction so I don't dwell on my obvious physical needs. Hmm, ok I have an unexplained bruise on my left hand... have no idea how that got there! I'm just basically bored out of my mind, although I think I'm gonna just sit back, listen to music, and maybe get some more Harry Potter done. I'm not even close to being in the middle yet, for those of you who are wondering. ;) Don't worry, I'll finish it eventually, haha.

    August looks like it'll be a busy month... gonna make my monthly pilgrimage to the magical land of SoCal, see the GoGo's on August 15 (hah happy now Leina??), see Baby Grand on Aug. 22, (both in Sachole), and hopefully attend the SJ Jazz Festival with Nicole. At last year's jazz festival, I damn near died of heat exhaustion... it was damn near 100 degrees. We sought refuge in the nicely air conditioned Waldenbooks that was nearby. Hot weather sucks, because I feel all gross in it, and it makes me tired. Maybe it's just the Bay Area girl in me, but I like the low-upper 60's... perfect weather right there. :)

    I got an unexpected phone call last night from one of the preschool parents. She says her daughter misses me and was wondering if I could do some babysitting. I said I could pretty much do it as long as it doesn't interfere with babysitting Lavanya, which really shouldn't be a problem seeing I don't have anything else to do besides babysitting. Getting extra cash is always a good thing. Alright, time to do something productive, haha. I'll try and update about the events of Sur La Table later tonight. :)

    Current Mood: bored
    Thursday, July 10th, 2003
    4:18 pm
    my good deed for the day
    After talking to Shawn yesterday about his dilemma, he found me on messenger today to say thanks for calling him when he was feeling down and that he had a nice long talk with the girl and straightened things out. I am so happy for him! Shawn is one of my dearest friends in the world... it's just too bad he lives all the way out in BC. :( I dunno what I would do without my music guru.

    So to all of you who even get the tiniest inkling that a friend is feeling down, just call and talk to them. Little things like that really do matter. (Wow, was that Jerry Springer at the end of his show or WHAT! hahaha)

    Current Mood: accomplished
    2:20 pm
    Pirates, contests, and birthday reminders galore
    Pirates of the Caribbean was pretty good. It wasn't spectacular or anything but it was pretty good. There was a lot of hotness in that movie so that was definitely good. Wet, hot people are an awesome thing, what can I say. There was a lot of sword fighting, if you're into that thing, and Johnny Depp had a pretty good performance. So for those of you wondering if it would be a waste of a good $9.25 (yeah, what is this world coming to when it costs that much to see a movie, I would have to say it isn't. Just be sure not to miss out on T3 too because it was very good. Of course nothing can live up to T2, but T3 was great, even if it was a bit short.

    I have been entering online contests like crazy. Why, I have no idea. I think it's because I'm bored and in terrible need of a life. The one that I've been entering pretty much every day is the Emeril Live one. I would SO die to see his show live. And if I did win, I could bring along 3 or 4 other people and I can think of some people who wouldn't mind going. ;) Plus it would help out on the hotel bill!!!

    Seems I know a lot of people with summer birthdays, most of whom are from SoCal. What am I saying, I'm a summer birthday too... *sigh* Right now I am trying to find inspiration on what to get people for their birthdays. Anyone up for a day in Great America for my birthday? LOL I haven't been there in a few years. Jenai and I always talked about getting season passes but I haven't heard from her in a while. :( She's probably getting busy for her big trip to Europe. That lucky bitch, I am so jealous. I haven't been to Europe in 10 years. I am long overdue for a trip. :)

    Current Mood: blah
    Wednesday, July 9th, 2003
    11:35 am
    the moment you've all been waiting for...
    Yesterday I spent way too much money... but I now have a Vancouver Canucks italian charm, wooo. Damn my expensive hobbies. Leina wants me to come up with a list of stuff I want for fucking CHRISTMAS, wtf. Heh, it's my birthday in September, helloooo! ;) Anyway for those of you who are just dying to know what I want for my birthday, because I know the suspense is killing you, here it is:

    Birthday/Christmas List:
    1. bookstore gift certificate
    2. Skirts' Smashing The Sky cd (dibs go to Leina, she called it)
    3. something I don't already have from http://www.emilystrange.com
    4. Gap gift certificate
    5. Old Navy gift certificate
    6. Nordstrom gift certificate
    7. day at Great America
    8. day at Tragic Mountain
    9. Trading Spaces t shirt
    10. Sephora gift certificate
    11. a cool colorful Italian charm you think would suit my personality
    12. cool concert I would enjoy
    13. Zagat Guide of the Bay Area, LA, or NY persuasions <--new additions to my list
    14. Lather gift certificate <--new addition to my list

    Ok people, do you see a common theme here? In other words, I am the easiest fucking person to shop for!!! When in doubt, BUY A GIFT CERTIFICATE! I highly endorse the gift certificate. It is the most thoughtless gift anyone can come up with, but it is a blessing in disguise. If you think of it as cash in card form, then it's not so bad. Woo, and it gives you the liberty of picking something YOU WANT. Speaking of which, I still have a $20 gift certificate from Old Navy I haven't used. In any case, the only tricky things would be the Emily Strange stuff and the Italian charms. If you want to know what I own, email me and I'll send you a list so you don't make the mistake of getting something I already have. ;)

    I am taking my sweet ass time reading Harry Potter. So sue me. I just want to make sure I take in all the minute details. As much as I enjoy the Harry Potter books, I was just never one to skim a book. Maybe that's why I have a pile of them sitting waiting for me... ok well not a pile, but I do have some on my list that I would like to get to sooner or later. Everyone wants to discuss the Harry Potter ending with me though, and as tempting as it is to ruin it for myself, I won't.

    I am going to see Pirates of the Caribbean tonight, woohoo. :) Even if the movie sucks, I will have my butter laden popcorn because no movie is complete without the popcorn. I think movie theater popcorn is one of my favorite smells in the world. Whenever I smell it, I have tunnel vision. Must. have. popcorn. now. And plus Keira's in Pirates! I would say the hot chick always saves the movie, but that definitely wasn't the case with The Hulk. If any of you are thinking of seeing it, don't waste your money, or even more importantly, your sanity. On that note, I will be getting some lunch. Mmm, scrambled eggs...
    Monday, July 7th, 2003
    11:15 am
    invasion of the twins
    My 7 year old twin second cousins are here visiting from San Diego, and the house is turning into a bit of a zoo. They're running up and down the stairs, screaming their little heads off, but thankfully I have a headset on and I'm content listening to music. One of the twins Kayla, is in a combination class because she is so smart. Just yesterday I was asking her if she'd seen Finding Nemo, and she said she had. And then I asked if she was scared of the scary shark with big teeth. She said, "No, because that's just ANIMATION." Heh, can you believe that came out of a 7 year old's mouth? Oh and get this, she can already write in CURSIVE. Damn. The other twin Amanda provided me with some comic relief as well. I asked if she knew how to read in kindergarten, and she said, "No, we just turned the pages and that's it." Hahahaha, ahh kids crack me up sometimes. :)

    Yesterday my babysitting stint was cut short because Lavanya had a seizure. :( My heart sank, she looked so exhausted and confused. The last time she had one was actually back in August when I first started babysitting her, but it wasn't anything obvious where she was convulsing or anything. She had a "staring episode" where she would just stare off into space for long periods of time and not respond to outside stimuli. I remember mentioning it to her mother when it happened, just thinking it was a short attention span, but she informed me the day after that it was in fact, a seizure. And in the time I've known her she hadn't had one until yesterday. Lavanya kinda lashed out when she saw me, I don't think she likes it when I leave for days on end. So when I said hi to her she just wanted me to leave. I know she's just a kid and meant nothing by it, but it just broke my heart. This is all Rob's fault!!! LOL j/k But I just hope my poor baby feels better today. She is such a good, sweet, intelligent kid and I am lucky to know her.
    Sunday, July 6th, 2003
    3:14 pm
    say hi to Amy Wynn!
    Yes, she is my new icon... and for those of you who don't know who she is, she's the kickass female carpenter on Trading Spaces! Whenever I see her on tv, I just can't help but smile. She has such an engaging, funny personality, and she is a big part of the reason why that show is great. Doug is my favorite designer on there, and although he can be whack sometimes, Doug is very much loved.

    I just got back from the most AMAZING trip to SoCal ever. I flew in on Wednesday and had lunch with Rob at Wendy's(mmm nuggets), went back to his apt and watched some shows on his replay (Extreme Elimimination Challenge, The Amazing Race, etc) and then went to the Angels/Rangers game that night. Our seats weren't bad at all, and the Angels won, which made Rob a very happy guy. Can't really get too enthused about them seeing well... never mind, let's not rehash that. :P So anyway we got hungry at the game and spent a good 20 minutes just looking for this bbq place that had an amazing smell. Turns out the only one in the park was the one closest to us. So I had the bbq sandwich and Rob had the roast beef which was dripping in fat.

    Thursday we ate at Taco Mesa, mmm... love that place. I've had different meats with each visit: chicken, fish, and just recently beef. It's about time I tried the carnitas. :) That place never disappoints me. During lunch Rob and I discussed the option of buying movie tickets online for T3 because I had a feeling it would be insanely popular. So after killing a small amount of time back at the apartment, Rob fandango'd the tickets and we headed out to Universal City. The movie was so good! I highly recommend it to everyone. It was a bit short, but at that point of time, I really had to use the bathroom so I was anxious for it to be done. I didn't want to miss a single scene. Afterwards we had some chicken at this Cuban place at the food court there and by the time we finished, it was time to head on over to the concert: Skid Row, Vince Neil, and Poison. Yes, hairband city. I actually love cheesy 80's music, so it's not like Rob dragged me or anything. The show was beyond anything I could ever have expected. To say it was awesome would be an understatement. Skid Row was pretty good, but not the best act. Vince Neil was kicking some MAJOR ASS, wow. And Poison, well I think just about everyone stood up for them, except the chick sitting next to me, who unfortunately was dragged to the concert by her 70 year old boyfriend. That guy was funny. Rob and I smiled at each other and laughed when he said, "Man, this band CRANKS!" Cranks? Please. Act your age ok? ;) So yes it was fun fun fun. *still smiling in giddy contentment over it* Ohhh, there were actual mini sofas with ottomans in the lounge area. That rocked! I basically put my feet up and relaxed before the show started. I mean, why sit in uncomfortable seats when you can relax on comfy leather? Yes, I think the choice is clear. :)

    The 4th of July was rather uneventful. We had lunch at Red Robin where I got a cup of chicken tortilla soup and my usual chicken red's rice bowl. Mmm, good stuff. And then I had to convince Rob to take me to South Coast Plaza so I can make some chick purchases at Sephora, aka lipstick, eye pencil, and perfume. He quickly vanished from sight and I was left to buy my stuff. I spent $66, ouch... but that perfume lasts 8 years so I really shouldn't complain. I'm the biggest cheap ass when it comes to stuff, but there are some things worth paying more for. After that we went mini golfing in Fountain Valley, and the course just SUCKED ASS. I got very agitated very fast, but Rob calmed me down in a nice soothing manner. Thank god he was there. I probably would've cracked someone's head with my golf ball, I was that pissed. Then later that night, Chris came over for eats and we headed on over to Coco's because I HAD to have my salmon. C'mon, we all get food cravings. I just wanted some seafood ok? :P Chris brought some truffles for all of us to eat, and they were very good. He was not impressed when we told him we already had ice cream though. So he headed over to DQ to get some, and he took a really long time. But in the end, he came back with some stuff, and we hung out watching cheesy music videos while I silently prayed for a Britney video to come on... *inside joke there*

    Yesterday was a totally laid back lazy day. Rob and I decided to have lunch at PF Chang's and when we came back to the apartment I took a 2 hour nap while Rob read his book. I swear I felt revitalized when I woke up. I haven't been sleeping too well lately. :( I think a lot of it has to do with allergies. By the time I woke up, it was too late to go anywhere, and Brian kindly informed us he would be bbq'ing. Wooo, I got Brian to bbq. :) That made me very happy, as Brian is a wonderful cook. It's one of his best talents. I gave him $20 for it, and did my part in setting up the table. While the food was cooking, Rob and I watched 10 Things I Hate About You on DVD. By the time the food was ready, I had to wolf it all down because my flight was fast approaching. So after giving Brian a hug and a thank you, Rob dropped me off at the airport. Now I'm home, and although it feels nice, I am already missing SoCal. *whimper*
    Tuesday, July 1st, 2003
    1:46 pm
    Wooooo!
    Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead is next on HBO... god help me, I love that silly movie. :) I remember the commercials for it too, and it came out in 91, wow. David Duchovny's in it too, interesting little tidbit for those of you who may or may not have noticed before. :)

    Leina, now you have me listening to my Willy Wonka soundtrack. "She was a bad egg, *honk *honk*" Hahahaha. :) That movie was great, and yes anyone who doesn't get the snozzberries reference should be smacked. Ohhh that reminds me, I should probably tell my little version of Saturday's events. ;) You conveniently omitted the whole Pocky incident!

    The Pocky Incident:
    So yes, still unsure of Gerri's ethnicity, and seeing that I had some Pocky in my purse, Leina decided to test her Asianness by seeing if Gerri knew what Pocky was. So we're in the bar, drinking away (ok that's mostly Leina) and Gerri spots us and comes toward us. Leina has some of Gerri's nasty ass jack & coke and I go, hey Gerri, want a pocky? ;) Hahaha, I'm so slick. I have mad skizzils, what can I say. And she goes, what's that? I damn near died.. I snuck a look at Leina and thought, hmm well she failed that part of the pocky test: recognition. And then she takes one bite right, and then DEEP THROATS the rest of it. Whoa, definitely nice seeing her take that Pocky whole, even though her eating approach did not fulfill the Asian test. Mmm lucky husband. ;)

    I honestly don't remember the sequence of events leading up to me finding out she was Asian, but she did make Leina and I guess her ethnicity. She did say she was part Asian, and I swear we guessed everything BUT Chinese! Thai? Indonesian? Japanese? Hahaha, we were so pathetic. And then she threw in the little tidbit about being part Cherokee... that was a bit of a nice surprise I think. Wooooo half breeds. :) Gerri just rocks even more for that, and being a great conversationalist. She's a bubbly, interesting gal and I like her.

    Leina and I were staring at the vegan chick's long beautiful hair. It made me want to grow it long again. Hers looked so silky and beautiful, and Leina thinks it's b/c of her diet. I would have to agree. See, the thing with having hair that long and beautiful is that it's a BITCH to comb out! The consensus is that I should grow my hair out again. I suppose I could do that... it would be $15 saved from another haircut. :) Isn't that silky soft feeling the best after getting a haircut though??? I am torn. Help me. :)
    1:36 pm
    Saturday, June 28th, 2003
    12:58 pm
    trying not to be a letdown
    Well, I don't want this to be too much of a downer as far as an entry goes, but sometimes I wonder if my parents will ever be happy with what I do. Yesterday my mom saw these newly scanned pictures of me that I was flipping through, and she goes, "Oh, you should send these to Tom!" "Have you spoken to him lately?" Yes, I know she loved him to death and wanted me to marry him, but seriously, GET OVER IT! Hopefully one day she'll realize that he and I just weren't meant to be. Doesn't make him a bad person, hell it doesn't even make me a bad person for breaking it off, but it just means we needed to move on with our lives. I just can't help but feel that I'm always being a letdown though.

    Wow, it's been so incredibly hot here I can't even think straight. The last few days have been pure torture as far as babysitting goes because it's been too hot to take Lavanya out for a walk, although today I did. And she is apprehensive about me starting up her bath because she thinks I make the water "too cold". Her mom goes, oh she likes it at this temp, and I swear it was scalding hot! My glasses fogged up in 5 minutes after running the water. She has eczema and hot water is NOT good for sensitive skin! Hmm, oh well... it's not my place to say because it's not my daughter I'm raising. :)

    Woohoo tonight Leina and I are seeing the Skirts in Sachole. We're gonna have dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory first, and then get to the venue where hopefully we won't run into Larry, that evil scary stalker dude. Man, what is with old men stalking younger hot looking chick bands? Hopefully this time they'll have some merchandise so I can buy a cd and/or shirt. ;)

    Can I just say woohoo to it being mango season??? Mmmmm, omg. I tore into those mangoes like a guy giving... uhh forget I mentioned it. :) Mangoes are yummy things. Carbohydrate filled food is yummy. Hopefully my Goobers didn't melt... I'll probably tear into those later today. ;) Please let it cool down soon!!!
    Saturday, June 14th, 2003
    7:36 am
    I feel loved
    So yesterday was the last day at the preschool. I'm relieved, yet sad at the same time because I'm really gonna miss my kids. The 3 year olds were the first order of business. It was basically a free day for them, so it went by pretty fast. First they had play time, then they watched a Bob The Builder video. He fucking rocks. :) In between squirts of Windex, I peeked at the screen for a few minutes. That show is so funny sometimes. One of Bob's friends lost his nose, and so they were looking for tools that could "replace" his nose, LMFAO. Ahh, the things that amuse children, I swear. Or maybe I'm just easily amused. :)

    And after that the kids had their promotion ceremony and performance. Before their parents came in, Jenai had them practice, and I SWEAR TO GOD they did just fine, belting it out, and when it came time to perform, they had serious stage fright. Jenai was so disappointed, she was like, "Oh man, that sucks that they didn't sing". It's ok though, because the parents could hear them singing through the door before it came time to do the real thing. And after that we had the party. Mmmmmmm, lots and lots of food. Most of that time was spent talking to the parents though. They all loved me and Jenai so much. It really makes me so happy that we could influence their children in such a positive way. One of the parents had tears in her eyes when she talked to me, and said, "Austin really adores you and always talks about you. He's gonna miss you so much." I had individual goals with each child, nothing too high so they couldn't reach them. But I did let the parents know that each child reached their goal. My eyes are welling up in tears because I am going to miss them so much.

    Omg, these parents are generous givers. Jenai and I got SO MANY GIFTS, it was insane. I got candles, picture frames, a $20 steakhouse gift certificate, a $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificate, a $20 Old Navy gift card, body lotion, a wooden jewelry box, a little teacher book, a big cookie, some chocolates, and lots of well written thoughtful cards. Ohhh, the best gift I got was this little totebag with a picture of me and Mateo ironed onto it. It is SO CUTE. :)

    Jenai and I cleaned and cleaned and although I can bitch about it, I really won't because the day was overall really awesome. One of the parents I talk to sometimes even wants to hang out with me one day! LOL I'm all, "Oh, if you and Joe ever need a night out, I can babysit Elyse." And her mom goes, "Actually, we should hang out and do something... Joe really doesn't mind, and he can take care of Elyse." That was a nice surprise, was totally not expecting that! And another parent wants me to babysit her kid at the end of July for a homeschooling conference she and her husband are attending. Her kids really like me, and they're a fun bunch, so I said FOH SHIZZLE! Ok, I didn't say that but I was totally thinking it! Hahaha

    Now I'm just being a slacker. My room looks so damn sad. Jenai came up to my room and said, "Em, your room is so clean!" I'm all, shut the fuck up, I know. ;) Hell, all of my friends know I am not exactly a neat freak. Alright, time to go do something about this mess.....
    Friday, May 30th, 2003
    7:08 pm
    too good to be true
    I just got done babysitting Lavanya and I had to run home and update my LJ because I just couldn't believe what happened today. The two hours I babysat her were probably the fastest two hours ever. After doing her usual computer time, feeding, and bath, it was time to take her out for a walk.

    Lately she's been apprehensive about the walk, but I know her mother needed time alone to do her housework so I kinda had to drag her out of the house while she complained to high hell and cried for a good portion of our walk. I did however entice her with a chasing game so that got us to the first park faster. We did our usual swing, sit & spin, slide, and merry go round routine. There were these people at this park who magically ended up at the 2nd park with us... I felt like we were being followed for some time. :P

    So we ended up at Pioneer Elementary, which is the elementary school I went to as a kid. They have 2 playgrounds: the kindergarten one and the big kid one. We played in the kindergarten one first, bouncing on the seesaw for some time, then walking across the mini bridge and going down the slide.

    Afterwards we went to the big kid playground where she went down the numerous slides and she desperately wanted to do the big kid monkey bars but she was too small for that and by that time we had to head on home, so we walked across the grass, which is something I don't usually do because we usually end up walking on the concrete near the basketball courts because she loves to watch "the boys". :P

    So we're walking across the grass, and we see this german shepherd puppy chasing his owner and the dog is so cute. Lavanya and I both noticed the dog so she cried out, "Doggy!" and approached the dog. And I swear the impossible happened. The owner came up and omg... wow. I think I found the ONE really hot guy in Union City. The world is coming to an end. He was so cute... athletic with dark hair and deep blue eyes. He looked about my age, maybe slightly older. I was too stunned to check for a wedding ring, but we both smiled at each other kind of shyly while his dog interacted with Lavanya.

    Then he had his dog lie down as we all rubbed his belly and he explained that that's how a dog knows who is boss. :) I wanted her to keep petting that dog so I could just look at him again, but alas we had to go. I stole one last glance at him when we left and that was it. I will probably never see this guy again or his cute dog. Such is life...
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