Friday, July 31, 2009

becoming mom

Recently my mom has been emailing more than calling me, probably realizing that she'll get faster answers than calling since I'm on email all day long. Today she sent me this email:

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Hey Lis,

How are you?!

Good to see you and spend time at the wedding last weekend.

Hope things are going well?

Next week Auntie Joy is going to Camp. Do you think you can stop by at
Grandma's to break up her week? I think Uncle Kirk usually goes on Monday &
Auntie Joy goes on Tue or Wed. Well, whatever works for you?

I had lunch with Suellen G yesterday. She told me this story about you, when
you baby-sat her girls. She said that she told you to take the girls to the
movies & she gave you $ for the snacks. Well, her girls came back & told her
all about your taking them to the store to buy the snacks & also that "you
carry a big purse!" I just smiled, you have learned well my child ; ).

Have a great day!

Love,

Mom

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Growing up, we never bought snacks at the theater. Who pays $7 for a tub of popcorn and $4 for a soft drink?! My mom would always make popcorn at home and gather a bunch of candy in a ziplock bag and smuggle it into the theater. I don't even remember taking these girls to the movies and depriving them of movie popcorn, but I must have been in high school or college. Unknowingly, I have become my mother.

P.S. Crickets on my last post, even via facebook and twitter. It's cool. I think I have enough orgs and I'll post a list on the side of my blog to keep track of the $$ I raise!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

worthy causes

Ok. So a lot of people have been coming out of the wood works and started giving me their recyclables. I've decided that I cannot hoard all of this cash for myself, so I want to start donating all proceeds* to a non-profit organization. Every month I will donate to a different organization. August and September will be: Children of the Night and International Justice Mission.

What other orgs should I donate to? Please give me suggestions for the rest of the months for this year!

*Edited as of 9/27/09.

Monday, July 27, 2009

empty

After 7 years it is finally time for my Amy to leave the Charlotte House nest. We’ve had some good times and some scary times with shootings on our streets, ant infestations, cockroaches, busted garbage disposals and strange smells emitting from our fridge. But through it all, Amy was a great housemate. She is a caring and generous individual with a true servant’s heart and I will miss her greatly as she goes off to Henderson to become a doctor. As she’s been moving out, the house has begun to feel empty. The absence of her wall art, big tv and electric keyboard have left gapping white spaces in our living room. Like so:


Any ideas on what we should do with this space?

Friday, July 24, 2009

romeo

Not sure what's up with Gabe's glasses, or his omission of "I love you" in the song, but I'm a sucker for Taylor's "Love Story" and this is a good stab at the song from Romeo's perspective.



Check it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

harry potter vs. edward cullen

I'm not one for Harry Potter...nor Edward Cullen, but I am one for Jimmy Fallon and this is freaking hilarious.



Daha. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

you guys rock.

Jennifer K: i've only had 1 soda today, but i'll try to drink more so you can have more canz
Me: JEN
no! your health is more impt to me
Jennifer K: what? i already drink 1-2 a day
if i just increased my intake by 1
it won't be that bad.
i'm drinking for you!

What a friend! My mom also collects bottles and cans and drives them down from the Bay Area when she visits. Thanks to Mom, Grandma, Auntie Joy, Tinz, Sam, Eric, Wade and now Jen for contributing to my recycling effort. You guys rock.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

new artist in rosemead

My neighbor Denia...


...decided to try her hand at art today. On the outside of my house.


Awesome.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

what's up?!

Late in 2008, I started on a recycling kick. Not for Mother Nature. But for the sheer purpose of getting some extra cash. So I don't sound like a complete miserly jerk, I did put the money I earned toward dinners I cooked or bought for some of the girls at youth group. Anyway. Let me tell you it has been a complete cultural experience. I have interacted with people I never would talk to and or care to hang out with. When I first dropped off my recyclables, I had people yelling at me in Spanish, Cantonese, and Vietnamese instructing me how to sort my plastic and glass bottles. Homeless men would give me tips on where there were other centers that gave more money per pound. It might sound ridiculous, but I like the sense of community I feel when I am there.

Anyway, all this to say, I usually get $8, maybe $10. But today I hit the jackpot! Today I turned in this:


And I got $28.75. WHAT'S UP, ROSEMEAD?

Friday, July 17, 2009

thanks, mary!

Thanks to § Mary § for her beautiful photo that is now my wallpaper for my blog. It brings me joy every time I look at it!


I had a lot of fun tweaking the basic html template for this blog layout and making it my own. Basically it was increasing numbers in the html code and then hitting "preview" to see if I changed the right part of the code. HA.

As I consider trying my hand at photography/Photoshop/web crap I'm already overwhelmed. I started looking at tutorial sites like the Digital Photography School, and my brain started to hurt.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

camera quandry

So. I leave for Japan in 64 days. And, I want to take a good camera with me since my current camera...well, is dying. Here are my options:

Canon 40D
If my wallet could justify this purchase (about $1059, us1photo.com), I would do it immediately. Especially since the kit lens, (17-85mm, f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) would be 50% less than purchasing it alone. But after the case, flash, memory card and possible 50mm prime lens, I'm looking at a $1,400+ investment. Ouch.

Canon XSi
People tell me that the lenses are what matter, and so I believe this Rebel will probably do just fine. I would opt for this older model vs. the new T1i because I really don't need the HD video capabilities. And a nameless benefactor offered to just give me the kit lens, so I would just have to purchase the body ($549, us1photo.com). However, saving for the 40D seems like the most economical decision for a dSLR, since I will eventually want to purchase the 17-85mm lens because the Rebel kit lens is supposedly crappy. BUT, in the grand scheme of things, this lens and body will still take better quality photos than a point and shoot any day.

Canon G10
This cam would seem like a good compromise. It has some of the functionality of a dSLR, but is still compact enough to carry around while traveling. However, according to dpreview.com, like most compact cameras, at high ISO levels the noise is still pretty bad . And according to Ken Rockwell, the flash stinks and it pretty much has the same as a Canon compact, just with a more sturdier body. Ken also says that it's just as good as the Canon SD880.

Canon SD880

Which brings me to the cheapest route. This cam is about $259 at Fry's. I eventually will need to replace my point and shoot because I hear that people get scared of a huge dSLR in their face all the time. But should I really put my $$ toward this purchase when I could be saving it for a dSLR?

Decisions, decisions.

Friday, July 10, 2009

new crush

My new desktop


My new iTouch wall paper

Oh, Lee Min Ho. You have stolen my heart.