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out of sync, again.

out of sync, again.

August 1, 2013 |  Category:   life rambling

Woke up in an unexplained bad mood today which totally derailed our plans for the day – and I did have some grand plans for us that involved geeky gadgetry and beehives (ok, it wasn’t as interesting as that sounds, but I had plans). I spent part of the day feeling bad about it, struggling to keep it contained and not taking it out on the girls. I don’t know if I was successful or not, but sometimes you just have to remove yourself from people when moods like that strike. So I did what I usually do when I’m in a bad mood. I cleaned. This is when the best cleaning happens. Not just surface dusting stuff, but scrubbing… CONTINUE READING

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

July 17, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life me rambling

*The image above is the homepage of a recently launched project that I designed earlier this year. See the full website here.   On Facebook the other week, I threw out on my status that I was looking for a new career and that any and all suggestions would be considered. I didn’t have any revelations on the new career of my dreams, but it did spark some interesting conversations with some friends who shared similar thoughts. Technology and industries are evolving so fast these days that we’re needing to adapt and reinvent ourselves every 5-10 years in order to survive. Plus sometimes we just need a change. With the way things have been gone this past year with work,… CONTINUE READING

sorting through the clutter

sorting through the clutter

April 30, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

I’ve been in between work projects for about 2 weeks now, and I’ve taken that time to sort through and clean every closet and junk drawer in the house. Yes, OCD at its finest. I’m an expert purger, unforgiving when it comes to cleaning out the clutter from our house. Toys, clothes, books, knick knacks, games – anything that we haven’t used in a year gets boxed up and put out on the street. In New York, you can put things out on the curb and 98% of the time, everything will be gone in a matter of hours. But there are 2 things that I can never give up despite thinking that one day I might let them go:… CONTINUE READING

why do we blog?

why do we blog?

April 23, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

About a year ago, a friend of mine hurled some words at me during an exchange that weirdly escalated into an uncomfortable misunderstanding and it stuck with me like an annoying fly all these months later. I wanted to ignore it, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t even directly related to what we were arguing about and it was an offhanded remark, maybe even a cheap shot, but there was some truth to it. It made me examine some of the reasons why we blog and put ourselves out there in social media. Is blogging a creative release? Yes. Is it self promotional for the business? Sure. Is it a way to connect with people and form some sort of community?… CONTINUE READING

About the teenager thing, let me explain

About the teenager thing, let me explain

April 4, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

This belt. I’ve worn it nearly every day for years. If I told you that my everyday belt was white studded leather, you might laugh and think it was tacky. Maybe it is, but it’s funny the things that we reach for, the things that we put on everyday like a security blanket. Maybe it’s like armour, something to hide behind. Or maybe it’s just a belt, or a studded leather bracelet (I do have a thing for studs, I must admit), or a pair of earrings. These small hoops were novel when I bought it 14 years ago because it was the first piece of gold jewelry that I’ve ever been compelled to buy and wear, but that color… CONTINUE READING

things that keep me up at night pt 2 + things I want to teach my kids

things that keep me up at night pt 2 + things I want to teach my kids

March 27, 2013 |  Category:   life parenting rambling

Retirement. I know…that word. Doesn’t seem like this impossibly far away thing anymore and I woke up one day rather consumed by it as if a switch went off overnight, much like when I knew I wanted to have a baby.   I wasn’t taught as a kid about money and saving, though I wish I had been. I don’t blame my parents; it wasn’t in their culture or upbringing to know about things like retirement accounts or even savings accounts for that matter – not when you come from a poor, wartime childhood. I also think in traditional Asian cultures, children are expected to take care of the elderly so retirement planning isn’t quite what it’s like here, though… CONTINUE READING

things that keep me up part 1

things that keep me up part 1

March 12, 2013 |  Category:   life rambling

Did anyone read this NY Times article “A World Without Work”? You could come away with a few different impressions, but I thought the conversation in comments that followed was very thought provoking. The theory that we could draw parallels between current employment trends to a 19th Century Utopian vision where people worked less has its obvious flaws (and the line about the rich working longer hours and the unemployed patching together various means to scrape by speaks more about income inequality than who gets to enjoy more leisure hours), but what was most interesting was this notion that this future of no work is “a basic reality of 21st-century American life”.   Unemployment stats aside, the decline of jobs… CONTINUE READING

that feeling. can we feel it again?

that feeling. can we feel it again?

January 31, 2013 |  Category:   life rambling remembering

My friend Lisa wrote a post recently about moving from the city she’s lived in for over 20 years and recalling how she felt that first night she moved there. Euphoric was the word she used. It totally brought me back because I know that feeling. It’s exactly how I felt when I moved out of my parent’s house and into Manhattan when I was 18. I’ve written about those years before, but have I written about that specific night? (am I starting to repeat myself now?) The night when I stayed up till dawn philosophizing about art and life with some junior-year art students from my school at someone’s apartment, which was really a painting studio with a mattress.… CONTINUE READING

winter, and blogging.

winter, and blogging.

January 29, 2013 |  Category:   life me rambling

We’re at the point in winter where most people are totally over it. Funny how even the complaining is predictably cyclical like the seasons, isn’t it? But even though the weather is a drag I haven’t minded winter much. I admit that I’ve been in a bit of a hibernating (hiding?) mood where I haven’t been going out at all (the girls have noticed too and have asked why I’ve been home every night. Like I was constantly going out all the time before??), but I’m pretty content with my boring life right now. I’ve been really busy with work, but I won’t deny that winter strips away most of the motivation to leave the house after dark.   Things… CONTINUE READING

part 2

part 2

November 29, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

Hi. It seems as if maybe some of you were under the impression that I was closing down the blog. I’m not, but sometimes you need a break and sometimes you just don’t have anything worth sharing. I haven’t even picked up my camera very much in the last month. To be honest, all of November consisted of printing, trimming, collating and packaging calendars! That’s all I’ve been really doing all month long. I’m happy to say I raised way more money than I thought I would and distributed the funds to 7 different Sandy relief charities and 2 businesses that were destroyed. Thank you to everybody who bought a calendar this month which enabled us to do that.  … CONTINUE READING

closing in + Nassau County Museum of Art

closing in + Nassau County Museum of Art

November 26, 2012 |  Category:   life outings rambling

Sometimes I wonder if this blog has run its course. I’m not planning on shutting it down, though I must admit if it weren’t for our business, I do think that I would at least consider it. But aside from that, writing and taking photos and connecting with people still give me joy, but I will fully admit that these days, I struggle a bit to find something to write about every day. This has always been a personal blog and in that sense I never needed to search for content – it always came from whatever I was feeling and doing at the moment, but in the last few months I’ve been wanting to close that door a little… CONTINUE READING

The dip

The dip

September 14, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling travels

Hard to believe, but there are less than 4 months left in the year.   When I look back at this year so far, 2012, I think of it as a lost year. It wasn’t exactly a bad year, but there’s been something off about it like it just never got going. I don’t feel like I accomplished much, or grew, or learned. I didn’t go in any one direction. I didn’t go backwards or forwards. It’s been… fine, but if you are even remotely like me, you’ll understand that fine is not fine.   In my efforts to create as much of a stable life for our family as I could over the last 5 or so years, I… CONTINUE READING

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