Thursday, August 31, 2006

Quiz Overload

Took a bunch of quizzes while watching Celebrity Duets. Here's some of the answers.

I thought my element was always water...

Your Element Is Earth

You excel at planning and strategizing.
You could be a champ at chess or Survivor.

Well grounded, you are able to be realistic and rationalize.
On the inside, you have a hard core. It's tough to phase you.

You are super productive, and you are able to think anything through.
Focused and super charged, your instincts are a good guide for your next step.

How is this the DARK color purple I said I liked?

You Are Lilac

You are a very innocent and pure person. Ethics matter to you.
Your friends consider you a great listener, and you often play therapist to your friends.
You are good at drawing out truths in conversation, however painful they may be.
Non judgmental and patient - people feel like they can tell you anything!

I don't think this one is that accurate either:

Your Learning Style: Unconventional and Insightful

You are very intuitive and ingenious. You're attracted to any field of study that lets you break the rules.

You Should Study:

Art history
Comparative religions
Eastern religion

And apparently my color of passion is pink. Sounds like Victoria's Secret to me when I hear pink.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Dinner today was teriyaki salmon and wild mushroom & herb couscous. Yum. I like cooking, but after work, there's usually never enough time!

It's definitely getting into autumn. Starbucks dropped the pomegranate juice blend tazo drink from their menu and added pumpkin lattes. I miss the pomegranate drink. Summer's really over.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Travel and Costco

A year or so ago, I started a list of the dates and destinations to which I had traveled, recording airline flights and hotel lodging and the like. I can't find the file (it's probably on my old computer), so today I have been putting together a new list. I like lists. This is fun.

Today I also went to Costco, mostly for an eye and contact lens check-up. I miss having lunch at Costco. I don't mean the pizza or chicken bake stuff; I mean the samples. Back in high school, I used to head over to Costco with my mom after school whenever I didn't have afterschool extracurriculars, and would eat sample snacks. I never really ate lunch in high school (I don't know how I did this - I rarely ate lunch, I didn't go to the bathroom the entire school day - how is this possible?), but would eat after school or when I got home. So Costco was perfect! Lots of fun picking up all different samples, and inevitably, buying something sampled. Yum.

I had lunch today, but also went to Costco for samples. They had turkey breast, chicken andouille sausage, breaded chicken tenderloins (these weren't ready when I was there), potato chips (reminding me that I don't really like potato chips), chocolate chip cookies and these multigrain crackers topped with crab salad. Bought the multigrain crackers. Can bring them to work and eat them with the cheese wedges that I got from Costco. A good snack.

I can't find some of the itineraries I am looking for, such as one of my interviewing trips to San Francisco. (You can see I am back to the travel topic). I think it is because some of the itineraries were sent via link to those travel reservation sites and not directly in email. Bah. I don't know if I saved printouts of them. Will need to check at home.

I never felt like I traveled much over the past few years. But looking at my list right now, there are tons of entries for law school. Then I realized it is just all the flying back and forth from Chicago to NYC. That counts, but it doesn't count. Oh well. Will go to try to discover more pieces of the past. Celebrity Duets is on tonight!

Kyle XY

Tonight was the Kyle XY finale. I haven't seen it yet (it's recorded on my DVR at home, but I'm at my parents' house and we're still only in the first half of the show's marathon from today), but I am proud to say that I got my mom's entire side of the family hooked on the show.

I told my mom, who really liked it on the ABC encores. My mom told her sister. While at my grandmother's apartment, I flipped it on and everyone got sucked in. And then, of course, I told everyone about the scheduling of the marathon.

I feel so proud. :) I'm trying to get people hooked on Psych as well, but that hasn't had the same type of results yet and now the summer season is over. Let's see what fall shows I get to advocate for!

Monday, August 28, 2006


I can't stop watching this panda video. It's adorable. It makes me smile.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


My random photo selector (currently, a couple of clicks on the screensaver) chose this photo for me to share with you today.

This is the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. We went on a tour on our first full day in HK, and this is where the tour met. It's a really nice hotel and was directly across the street from our hotel (the Sheraton). Our hotel room windows looked out at the Peninsula and out toward the harbor, so we saw it every single day. I don't have that much to say about it since it's not where we stayed, but it's still a great looking hotel and my random photo of the day! (Adding some color to the blog...)


Some recent searches:
  • Kyle XY (still haven't seen this past Monday's episode, but yay! If you're trying to catch up, there's a marathon on ABC Family on Monday)
  • Avram Freedberg (or however you spell it, the 9/11 coins guy)
  • Images of Paldo Aloe Vera (I love this stuff... I like it much better than the other aloe drink brands)
  • "I cut up my department store card" (I guess this must be done sometimes...?)
  • McDonalds new hire quiz (I know nothing about this)
I love the new Statcounter Google map which shows me where the readers are in Sweden and Russia and the like. It's sooooooooooooooooo much fun.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tech Support

I saw the funniest thing on QVC tonight.

I came home to do work from home and put on QVC. I went through a phase when I watched QVC a lot during law school, mainly because it was good background noise and also because it was so amusing sometimes! Anyway, today they were showing the Dell Computer Workshop for an hour. I had been thinking of how awesome it would be if someone called in to ask about the exploding batteries, but figured they would never let someone on the air who said that.

Then this woman named Fran from Georgia calls in, and it was really awesome and I could not stop laughing. Here's the general gist of what happened on the call.

They exchange greetings and Fran mentions that she has had a Dell computer for a couple of years and it's been great. Throughout the entire next section of the call, the host is doing that "uh-huh" thing, except it noticeably changes in tone. I'm sure you can guess where.

"I just wanted to make a comment about the technical support, which is pretty much nonexistent, so I'm in the middle of a real problem with them right now, so I recommend that no one buy a Dell."

It's at this point that I pause the TV because I have to stop doing work because I can't stop laughing. And the host's fake smile at the time is hilarious because you can tell that she really doesn't want to be smiling and just wants this woman off the air.

The host and the Dell guy then go back and forth about how shocked they are that someone could possibly have a problem with the Dell tech support. Honestly, I never did, but I also know why I never did - I ordered from small business and their tech support wasn't outsourced. Every time I called up, if I didn't call small business directly, it would take at least 20 minutes to answer a simple question. I can imagine the woman is frustrated!

The Dell guy then tells Fran that he would love to talk to her more about her problems with the tech support (they really want her off the air!) and she's like, "Oh, I'd love to talk to you about that too because I've been talking to them for days trying to get mine fixed!"

So awesome.

I never thought they would have a comment like that on the air. Fantastic.

Treasure Hunters Finale

Warning: Spoilers Inside!

I came home to find my DVR overspilling and erasing itself (if you did not catch an away message of mine earlier, it said that I was thinking about how the new fall TV season started tonight, but the season finales of 24 and Lost remain unwatched on my DVR), but I had previously marked the Treasure Hunters finale to save since I wanted to find out who won. I've seen all the episodes and generally followed the show, but I'm not obsessed with it like SYTYCD and in no way is it as good as the Amazing Race (which is coming back so soon and they are going to awesome cities!). Anyway, I sat down to watch it over dinner, after reprogramming the DVR to pick up repeats of Kyle XY and Prison Break that are broadcasting later in the week. (Vanished and Saved remain on the DVR, unwatched as of right now).

Anyway, here are my thoughts on the finale:

1. I tried to decide which one was worse: this finale or the bloated Apprentice live finales. I think this one might actually be worse than the Apprentice ones?

2. I really wanted Air Force to win. I'm disappointed.

3. I liked 2 of the 3 Genius guys. But my dislike of the 3rd made me not want them to win. Then there were the imploding boys on the other team...

4. 3 million dollars? Seriously? If Genworth has that much money to just give away, I'll gladly take some! It's not like that many people even watched the show!

5. Paraphrase: We tried to open the cryptex with every five letter word we could think of, like France...

Too many other boring/cheesy/bad moments of the finale to mention. But yeah, I suppose I did watch the whole thing. Oh well. Maybe Contender tomorrow will be as good as last week's episode (I liked both of those guys so much! Finally people who aren't fighting because of personal grudges and actually respect each other!) and I can recuperate with a good reality show. Something to tide me over until Celebrity Duets starts next week!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

And That Makes 4

Game 1 (Friday afternoon): I was at work, so I didn't watch. And I forgot to watch it online. Win.

Game 2 (Friday night): Every time I watched part of the game, things started to go downhill. I refused to watch anymore, so I watched Psych instead. Win.

Game 3 (Saturday afternoon): I thought the previous night's bad luck was carrying over, since the first glimpse of the game I saw was when Boston tied things up. It seemed luck had turned, however, since I was able to watch us go up 10-5 before heading to the park. Win.

Game 4 (Sunday night): Watched other TV instead of the game because I was worried things wouldn't go well. Realized the game was best for the Yankees when the game was on but I was in another room. Win.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring...

By the way, our cable is "ribbiting" (I don't know what else to call it, but that is the sound it is currently making). It's quite annoying, especially since it messes up randomly and you can't understand what anyone is saying. It's especially bad seeing as how we are entering summer finale-fall premiere time. Argh.

On a lighter note, I watched half of Dirty Dancing Havana Nights this afternoon and thought it was a lot of fun. I love dance movies. I already miss So You Think You Can Dance. And I don't have tickets for the tour. Oh well.

Sunday, August 20, 2006



You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

You've Changed 56% in 10 Years

You've done a good job changing with the times, but deep down, you're still the same person.
You're clothes, job, and friends may have changed some - but it hasn't changed you.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Another Panda Birthday

Everyone should go send Mei Sheng a birthday card!  You can do it here:
Yes, I am recommending online birthday cards for pandas.  And he even writes back! :)

Career Quiz

I suppose this quiz isn't too far from reality...

Your Career Personality: Independent, Down-to-Earth, and Hard Working

Your Ideal Careers:

Business executive
Computer programmer
Financial analyst
Hedge fund manager
Real estate agent
Technical writer

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Summer in the City

Here are some of my favorite photos from the summer that (to me) represent "summer in the city"...

Photos: Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago (June 2006); Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City (August 2006)

The weather lately has been gorgeous. The humidity was down, the breeze was cool and refreshing... it really felt like autumn is coming. I love autumn. I love this time of year.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Summer TV

People use the term "appointment TV" a lot. That all changes (a little) with a DVR, but the three shows which are the closest to appointment TV for me this summer are So You Think You Can Dance, Kyle XY and Psych.

SYTYCD is in its second season, which ends on Wednesday. It's a lot of fun to watch, and is the perfect post-work escape into something fun. I love it more than last season, possibly because of Benji and Travis. Kyle XY is technically on ABC Family but has encore airings on ABC on Friday nights. Considering that I like sci-fi and teen dramas (I only missed one question in the TV Teen Dramas part of World Series of Pop Culture and was wishing they had done the remaining questions!), it's perfect.

Of the 3 shows, Psych is probably the one I've watched most (as in, watched each episode multiple times). I first heard about it in DC where they were having a promotion for the show. Since (at that time) I hadn't really watched Monk (not so anymore...), I had missed all the promos for Psych. (Can I just say how great USA promos are that combine their characters?) But it's turned into my favorite scripted show of the summer. Sure, it's not realistic, but it's supposed to be crazy ridiculous. And I love it.

So if you're looking for something to watch... Kyle XY and Psych are running through the end of August (and I know Kyle XY is having a marathon at some point). I highly recommend. The fall season of TV is starting so soon!! (I have my schedule ready, do you? Yes, I'm an addict...)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Tentatively Marking the Calendar

July 13, 2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
November 21, 2008: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I'm going to pretend they're doing this again for my birthday...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I haven't talked about food cravings in awhile, so let me just say that I had a crazy craving for bibimbop all afternoon today.  However, I did not head down to Koreatown for lunch; we actually went down to a great little Italian restaurant.  Since this was one of the most gorgeous days of weather we have had all summer, we ate outdoors and it was fantastic.  Great restaurant and I definitely intend to go back!  I wanted to stay sitting out there all afternoon...

Monday, August 07, 2006


I was dumb at Starbucks today.

I don't go to Starbucks often, mostly because I don't drink coffee, but the firm gave us these gift cards to use for coffee breaks with our buddies for the summer. Mostly I go for tea-based drinks; that pomegranate frappuccino tazo tea blend thing is really good. And a gorgeous color - I want a dress that color.

Anyway, like I said, I was dumb at Starbucks today. I ordered the pomegranate drink, the guy says what size, and I say large. I am shocked when the drink comes out much larger than the previous ones I have gotten because I thought I ordered the middle size. Yeah, I stupidly said large because I was translating "grande." But I don't even have an excuse because I have been to Starbucks before and I have ordered a grande sized drink before, and I should just know better!

Oh well. It was good.

Weekend Warrior

My body is sore.

Yesterday was Alvin's company picnic which was held at a JCC in Jersey. It was a lot of fun and I'm really glad that we went and that I attempted to play sports. (I am a non-athlete for the most part; I grew up watching sports and not playing outside on the fields because of my severe allergies to trees and grass. Couldn't really play any sports while hacking up a lung...)

But I am so out of shape. Was completely exhausted last night, so we only went about a block to go to dinner (not that this is a problem, since there are about 12-15 restaurants that fit that description) and then I was fast asleep within minutes of going to bed. Woke up this morning and everything ached. And I slept longer than I had in awhile! (If you exclude Saturday morning, that is.) Advil did the trick and I went off to work.

I kind of wish there were more play days like that, where I could just run around and play sports even though I completely suck at them. But it's so much harder when there's not a readily accessible and free field. I guess Central Park could work and Alvin does have plenty of frisbees, but I kind of want to play soccer too. I guess this weekend awakened my "inner athlete." HA.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


I'm watching Who Wants to be a Millionnaire and it's the million dollar question. One answer immediately jumped out at me, and I just checked it online and I was right! I could have won a million dollars!!!

The question was, "which of the following landlocked countries is entirely contained within another country?"

Choices are Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Mongolia and Luxembourg.

Of course, had I been there, with real money riding on it, would I be sure enough to pick it? I was pretty sure about it before I looked it up, but just how sure was I? :)

(I know these are re-runs but despite watching many episodes of this show, I don't think I've EVER actually seen someone win the million. This is awesome!)


Fast money round on Family Feud:

"Something people do inside that in the summer they do outside."

- Pass -

"Prettiest city in the US"

- Pass -

She did manage to answer the other 3, but that amused me. Then again, it's been an amusing episode as it is the Playmates of the 1980s v. the Playmates of the 1970s and 1990s.

And her answer to one of those 3 was: "Name the most romantic season."

- Valentine's Day -

What a contrast to the Dawson episode before where they won Fast Money with 222 points and 2 answers to go!

More Quizzes

You Belong in Brooklyn

Down to earth and hard working, you're a true New Yorker.
And although you may be turning into a yuppie, you never forget your roots.


You Should Rule Jupiter

Huge and hot, Jupiter is a quickly turning planet with short days and intense gravity.

You are perfect to rule Jupiter, because you are both dominant and kind.
You have great strength and confidence, but you never abuse your power.

You are always right. Even if you make mistakes, you compensate for them... before anyone knows it.
Headstrong and ambitious, you always have a goal in mind. You are optimistic and believe thing things will always work out.

Jupiter's pretty... I like Saturn too...

Your True Birth Month Is March

Loves traveling
Loves attention
Shy and reserved
Musically talented
Loves home decor
Not easily angered
Sensitive to others
Loves special things
Attractive personality
Loves to serve others
Loves peace and serenity
Observant and assess others
Loves to dream and fantasize
Appreciative and returns kindness
Hasty decisions in choosing partners
Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic


Thursday, August 03, 2006


You Are a Centaur

In general, you are a very cautious and reserved person.
However, you are also warm hearted, and you enjoy helping others in practical ways.
You are a great teacher, and you are really good at helping people get their lives in order.
You are very intuitive, and you go with your gut. You make good decisions easily.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


It's hot outside.
I am exhausted and now ready for a nap and I just walked to work.  Ick.
And by the way, if there is a Fruit2O post below this one... it is from weeks ago.  I posted it by email but it never showed up so I reposted it, and now it appears on like August 1st.  Very odd.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Hmm, is it Fruit2O with an "O" or Fruit20 with a "0"?  I guess the second way it looks like "fruit twenty" but...
Oh wait, I'm dumb, the "O" in H2O isn't a number, it's a letter, so I suppose it is just Fruit2O, excuse my ramblings.
Which I am too dumb to delete :)
Anyway, I was just writing to say that the grape flavor of Fruit2O is pretty good.  I got a free bottle of it on the way to work yesterday outside Planet Hollywood and I was hoping they would be back again today.  Unfortunately they are not.  But at least it was kind of refreshing outside today.  Not quite as humid, and not quite as 100 degree heat.  Crazy how 80 degrees with a cool breeze seems like perfect weather.  It's actually quite a nice day to go walking around.  If only I could...


According to my blog, 1 year ago, I went apartment hunting in the city, went to Better Burger and then went to a nice hour long aerobics class in which I was so glad to do a cardio class because I hadn't done one in so long.

(Hmm. Usually the "day" for me doesn't end until I go to sleep and then when I wake up that starts the "next day"... but after the last post where I wrote that it was August, I think I got so excited about looking to see what I did on August 1st. Oops. So it's technically right, but a little off.)

That means that it was exactly one year ago today that I first saw my apartment. Of course, it was empty and beautiful. It was afternoon and it smelled of new paint, and the sun was shining through the leafy tree outside the window. It was getting near sunset and the way the light came through the windows everything looked even better. So one year later, and I'm still not unpacked.

As for the aerobics, I would love to do an hour long cardio class right now. I need one even more than I did a year ago.

According to my blog, two years ago today, I went to the movies where I saw Manchurian Candidate, watched a bunch of trailers and got a new cell phone.

I still like the original of the movie better, I haven't really watched many trailers since I started working (sigh) and I don't care about my cell phone so long as it works. I don't remember when I got my new one - December?

I can't believe it's been 2 years since I was a summer or 2 years since I started blogging at this address. And I can't believe it's been 1 year since I saw this apartment. Time is seriously flying by.


I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted. I've been lazy or tired or distracted or... yeah, pick one.

I had been planning to blog around the time of the bar exam, mostly because I can't believe it's really been a year already, but I never got around to it.

It's supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow before the heat index. Wheeee.

Happy August! (Even though I can't believe it's already August and the summer program is almost over...)

Rising Sign

Your Rising Sign is Cancer

You are compassionate and kind - and the one who gives security.
And while you sometimes tire of it, people always turn to you for advice.

Emotions are your domain, and you use tend to use them for good.
But you've also been know to be very manipulative when you need to be.

You're quite loyal to those you love most - friends and family.
For everyone else, you tend take time to build up trust.