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Blog Roundup

– 8 Graphs That Capture the Truths of Breaking Up [The Bold Italic]

– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?

– The Secrets of Highly Efficient Napping [i09]

– How my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill is evolving and unfortunately, not in a good way [Seattle Times]

– The science of why Legos are so painful to step on [Quartz]

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30-Day Minimalism Challenge

For the past few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit unhinged with my days and weekends being less and less structured. I’ve been enjoying it because it allows me to plan less – something that I have a hard time doing – and giving myself time when I need it for extra time hanging out with friends on the fly or taking a few extra hours to sleep in. After doing this for so long, I think I’m ready to have more of a balanced set schedule again or at least disciplining myself. This extra time has enabled me to spend more time on Yow Yow! but that means that I’m much more connected to my laptop than I need to be and I think more time offline would probably be good for me. I came across this 30 day minimalism challenge which seems perfect. It’s simple and not too demanding, but sticking to it for 30 days could really improve how I’m doing things in my life. I’m not at a point where I feel like I can accept doing it just yet especially since I run this blog and work in tech, but I thought I would share it in case anyone else wanted to test themselves. You have 10 days to decide if you want to jump on it or not! For full rules and details, click here.

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Currently Craving:

Kevin is getting a lot of shoutouts on Yow Yow! this week.

It’s not rare for me to get the late night munchies right before bed on…just about any given day, but I like to think I practice a little bit of self control. So lately, I’ve been buying packaged vegetables with ranch (my mom hates this stuff) so that I can snack if I need to in a healthy way! However, my late night snacks weren’t always like this and when I got hungry this evening, I was reminded of some classic childhood times. There’s something really endearing about having not only childhood traditions, but a brother that you can share them with! When we were kids, Kevin and I were all-star bakers and we LOVED cake mix probably more than the average household. It felt like every Sunday we were allowed to bake a cake and each week we’d compare if it was too dry, too wet (just so you know – this means it wasn’t cooked enough initially and we were probably on the verge of salmonella) or just right. These cakes would last us a week because we’d treat ourselves every night (and after school) until the next Sunday when we baked another cake!

Readers, did you have any quirky childhood traditions with your sibling?

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Find Foxy Films

Almost every evening, I come home from work and spend a little time with my television and my laptop looking for material that I’m going to post that day. I’ve had the same routine since college. 85% of the time it’s something that will be a quick post – something involving fashion, a funny photo, a Song of the Day, something that requires me to write so little because at the end of the day, I’m just tired.

This morning, my brother’s friend Phil launched his new short film company Find Foxy Films as a way to bring real stories to life… so I decided to be a little less tired this evening. Last summer, Phil unexpectedly learned that he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Nodular Hogdkin’s Lymphoma and immediately started chemotherapy. Though he had to put his dream job working in the film industry on hold, he wasn’t going to let that stop him from doing what he loved while still getting the treatment he needed in Seattle.

Find Foxy Films will give you a look into those big moments we may face in life in both a personal and intimate form. Some documentaries he has in production will highlight my brother’s two friends becoming parents for the first time and raising their child Asher as he explores his first year while another friend ventures into developing a cooperative brewery in Washington. We will also see Phil’s experience of battling cancer from his own eyes. Above is a scene from Happy Happy Punsalan, which I know you’re all going to love. I am really excited to see all of these films come to fruition.

I was thinking about writing this post all day at work and knew that when I got home, it had to come before anything else. Here are three takeaways that we’re going to leave you with:

  1. Asher is officially the cutest baby we’ve ever seen.
  2. My brother is surrounded by these incredible and strong people that he gets to call his friends.
  3. An inspiration and a role model to everyone in your life, Phil, we always knew you were destined for incredible things (especially after I saw The Short Game I knew for sure) and we’re rooting for you!

To learn more about Find Foxy Films, please visit their website and like their Facebook page.

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“After Us”

I read a blog called Doobybrain every day and every so often they highlight Wong Fu Production short videos and they’ve always been so so good. “After Us” definitely hits close to home. It reminds me of my own breakups, but also the type of rebuilding after a breakup that we all go through and that I’ve even seen through my own friends and those closest to me. I thought this was very well done.

And after watching the actual video, watch the behind the scenes for how it was all done.

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“Voted Best First Date”


Happy President’s Day! I’ve had such a great afternoon catching up on Yow Yow and completely (well 85%) turning off work. I also hope all of you had a very lovely Valentine’s Day. I’m totally stopping by my local Safeway tomorrow to see if there’s any candy on sale that I can snag for myself and my co-workers. Valentine’s Day weekend in San Francisco was absolutely stunning. It was 70’s all weekend and it’s February so we were really the lucky ones. I mentioned earlier this week that I whole-heartedly believe that Valentine’s Day should be celebrated by everyone and that it isn’t just for those that are in a coupling. So that’s exactly what I did. I totally took the opportunity to go all out and give my friend Vo a day that he would love. Upon picking him up at his place in the city, he arrived at the same time as I did on his bicycle and carrying a bouquet of flowers for me! I was a little bit surprised since I thought that I was planning this whole day, but the flowers are a nice touch and I would never turn down flowers.

From there, we drove over to the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park since we’d both never been there before. Did you know this place was voted “Best First Date” by the city or something? I don’t think I really agree, but whatever. For two, the admission is $16 and I’d say unless you’re really into flowers and all of that stuff, it might not be worth it because we got through the entire place in less than 30 minutes. We might have had a better time just sitting outside the conservatory surrounded by flowers on flowers on flowers. For dinner, I surprised Vo by making us drive over to Chinatown so that we could do a dim sum picnic in his living room! I forgot the blanket to perfect the setting, but I did remember the bottle of Riesling. Priorities. After we were stuffed, we watched a movie on Netflix called “Stuck in Love” which we thought was going to be pretty horrible, but it actually turned out to be much better than expected. I’ve included the trailer below. I hope you all had a great day celebrating however you did!

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Valentine’s Day: Not Just For the s/o’s

While Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, it’s definitely not a holiday that I have had an opportunity to celebrate as often as I would like. In college, I used to be around friends that hated the holiday because they were never in relationships. I probably had similar sentiments at the time, but oh my gosh, it broke my heart to not celebrate it because it’s such a fun holiday and if I’m being really honest here – I don’t think it has to be a holiday that you have to be in a relationship for to celebrate. So with that said, I’m planning a pretty elaborate date for my dearest friend this Saturday and I am pretty excited about it. I don’t think he reads my blog, but I don’t want to spoil anything just in case.

I’ve always been the “date planner” in most situations and I think relationship dates and friend dates are pretty similar so why not treat them all the same?

Readers, what are your Valentine’s Day plans and have you ever planned a friend date for someone special in your life?

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Vogue’s Love Stories

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day Week, love is pretty much on everyone’s mind. For me, a little bit more than the average person probably, but only because I just love love. I wanted to try and do a Valentine’s Day inspired post every day this week, but then I decided that I didn’t want to put that much pressure on myself. However, if there’s something that I find, that I feel like sharing, I’ll go ahead and do so. Basically, we’re doing what we’ve always been doing. I discovered today that Vogue has been hosting a series called “Love Stories” and publishing a new story every day up until Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry, it’s not all sunshines and rainbows, but that’s just life isn’t it? Sometimes even the greatest kind of love will end up hurting you big or small, but I think in the end, the most rewarding thing is the lessons you take away from it and they’re coming out in these stories that others have shared. I’m currently waching The Bachelor though and finding that I’m really enjoying these short stories during the commercial breaks.

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Weekend Ventures: Portland

Looks like I’ll be able to check off one of my New Year’s resolutions very soon! Earlier this year, I vowed to travel more in 2015. At almost 25, I feel like I’m finally ready to take on all of the vacations and weekend trips that I always dreamed of slash never had the chance to take advantage of while I was in college. On an upcoming “cousins” trip, I’m excited to finally be able to explore Portland! I’ve driven through Seattle’s number two city twice now for road trips to San Francisco, but never had a chance to actually see the city. I hear that it is very much like Seattle, much more hipster, and full of delicious food. I love the Bay Area, but I’m looking forward to getting my Pacific Northwest on just for a little while. We’ll be creating a little packing list that we’ll post about soon just for the trip on Yow Yow!

Since I’ve never been before, does anyone have any suggestions?

I can’t wait to brunch, but it will be easy to find places I think because…Yelp. I’m also excited to try Salt & Straw, Stumptown in its own city AND of course Voodoo Doughnuts. I know it’s completely overrated, but I just have to.

After talking with my manager this week, she even encouraged me to go to one place a month in 2015. Can you imagine the damage that could do to my bank account? I’m excited nonetheless and I’m just going to take it one trip/adventure at a time just so I don’t wear myself out. :)

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Super Bowl 49 – We’re Comin’ For You!

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OMG how amazing was today’s game? Pooping our pants, passing out, and almost vomitting were just a few of things that Mandi and I thought were going to happen to us. I know, that’s really gross and stuff and not really appropriate for Yow Yow! but the end of the game had us nearly pulling our hair out. I really wish I would’ve gotten a photo of the scene that was Mandi’s living room – both her and I screaming and yelling and Eric with his head in his hands and sitting on the upper ledge of their couch while Ryan explained to us some rules that we forgot about.

For the first time ever, I joined my friends in watching a Seahawks game at a bar. There happens to be a Seattle bar pretty close to Mandi’s place called Danny Coyle’s, but I arrived there at 10:55 AM this morning – well before kickoff – and found myself standing in line. Yep, there was a line before 11:00 AM at a bar. When we got pretty close to kick off time, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to get in so Ryan and I split up from our friends and found ourselves at another bar. While it’s exciting to watch with a huge group of strangers that are all a little bit more crazier than us, I found myself being pushed and shoved a bit which wasn’t fun. Also you know what else isn’t great? Not sitting for an entire game! After the third quarter, my friends and I decided that we were going to leave our respective bars and regroup at Mandi’s place to watch the last quarter and boy… was that a quarter.

I don’t want to say that I didn’t think that we could make a comeback because we have plenty of times before, but there was a point in time where I was nervous and realized my anxiety levels reaching its max. That’s nothing new when I’m watching the Seahawks though.

Doug Baldwin, I love you. Pete, when you’re happy, we’re all happy and Russell, don’t cry – you’re going to the Super Bowl AGAIN!!!!! Seattle, I’m so happy to have come from you. Let’s do this one more time.


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Elevator Etiquette

Being in an elevator with a bunch of strangers is already awkward enough. You’re confined to a small space and if you are on the top floor you have to make a stop each time to let more and more people off. You also have to watch people get on the elevator to go up one floor when they easily could’ve walked up the stairs and get there faster.

Today, I experienced my first instance of what I call “Elevator Bullying.” Unless I’m doing something after work, I typically just arrive without a jacket since I’m indoors the entire day. And whatever, I keep a hoodie and a blanket at my desk if I’m ever cold. Normal, okay? So when I arrived this morning to the parking garage walking towards the elevator and wearing my sleeveless blouse, I get called out by a random woman who asks me where my jacket is followed by a series of questions and comments about herself.

“Aren’t you freezing?” “I always wear a jacket even in the parking garage.” “Are you really not cold?”

Lady, there’s a heater in my car. Can you relax?

While we’re waiting for the elevator, two more of her co-workers join us and continue to berrate me.

“Where’s your jacket? “Do you know how cold it is out there?” “I’m wearing my long coat right now and I’m still freezing.”

Jesus christ, sir, I came from Seattle. This is California; it’s not that cold, okay?

At this point, I’m just dying to get off on my floor, but instead we go up to level 1 where a fourth co-worker joins us and good god – he’s wearing a puffer jacket (to make my situation even worse.) The guy already in the elevator with me goes, “See! This is appropriate attire for the weather we’re having.” They all chuckle to themselves and puffer jacket has no idea what’s going on so they tell him, “It’s okay, we’ll tell you later” because after they get off the elevator, they’re going to continue talking about me – the girl who showed up to her office without a jacket.

First off, I’m an adult. We aren’t co-workers and you don’t know me. You don’t get to talk to me like that. I can wear whatever I want. I wish in that moment that I would have been brave enough or quick enough to stand up for myself, but I know myself, and sometimes I don’t do well in situations like that and shrink to the back of the elevator embarassed. I realized though that it ended up bothering me all day because going to work and dressing the way that I do makes me feel happy and in this quick moment, a bunch of strangers had wanted to tear me down for something that had no relation to their life, but because they wanted to feel better about themselves – being older than me, being…I don’t know wiser than me and conscious about the temperature outside.

So readers, I’m telling you this story because it can be so quick to judge other people whether it’s in the elevator or out in public (yes, I’m guilty of this too,) but don’t think for a second that you know someone’s  situation or anything about them. Just keep your comments to yourself, k? Adults are bullies too and you don’t want to be one of them. Ugh. Wednesdays, man.

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Proud Owner:

What person doesn’t love to start out the year with a brand new spankin’ wardrobe?! Not only was “dressing better” one of my resolutions this year, it was also just dressing smarter. I wanted to really invest in long-lasting pieces that I knew I could wear over and over again and with other pieces that I already love. That means not succumbing to trends that are going to go away in a season and making sure that when I buy a piece I really love it. Over the holidays, I went on a little splurge at one of my favorite stores – Aritzia. I already own so much from them, but for the past couple of weeks they have been having a massive sale and naturally we had to take advantage of it. In fact, I’ve already been wearing a new piece from them every day this week and I’m bummed that I didn’t get to document it – but my new clothes aren’t going anywhere so they’ll be another opportunity for this.

I kicked off this past Monday with my new Babaton Dexter Pant. I knew that this was going to be something that I was hunting for in the new year so when I went to Aritzia I picked out a couple of black pants in similar styles. This one was actually picked out for me by a woman working at the store and granted it was the most expensive pair…but it was by far, the best pair. I love the way that I feel in these. Completely comfortable and ready to do anything. The elastic waist band was exactly what I was looking for because I didn’t want to struggle with a drawstring (too casual) and buttons and a clasp (too complicated.) When I wear these pants, I can just put them on and go. I paired these with a black sleeveless Madewell blouse and my Vince Camuto heels. It was fancy, but not too fancy. We satisfied the “I, at least, look put together on a Monday” look.

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Seattle, You Haven’t Changed

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I spent a grand ten days back home in Seattle for the holidays – the longest visit out of all of my visits since I moved to the Bay. Prior to flying back, I thought that my duration was going to be a bit too long for my own comfort, but I actually found myself really enjoying being home. In the past, I had to make all of my plans one week ahead and jam pack my entire day so that I could see everyone and not have to drive back and forth out of Seattle. This year, I decided to not really do any of that. The home was quiet, the silence was nice, and my parents are funny so they make for some pretty good company. On my second day home, my girlfriends from college and I brunched at Portage Bay in the land of Amazon buildings! This area is so quiet because people only come to Amazon to work on the weekdays.

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Currently Craving:

Similar to how they say you should never go to a grocery store while hungry, the same can be said about going to Pinterest when you’re hungry. Since I’ve been enjoying my time off of work these past few weeks, I’ve really had to fend for myself in terms of food. As much as I could avoid it, I tried to quit eating out…with the exception of Asian Box, and Arby’s roast beef sandwich anddddd a salad from Nordstrom. Today, was the first time that I’ve ever spent more time in my kitchen since I’ve lived here which isn’t saying much because I just made mac and cheese. Adult life is hard and I’ve forgotten how to make enough food in the kitchen that can fill me up!

Here is what I wish I were eating right now… now I’m just going to go make a can of corn. bai!

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My Most Important Lesson in 2014

It hasn’t been a year since Sam has passed away, but we’re nearing his birthday and he would have been 25 this year. He would’ve done 25 amazingly. In recent weeks, thoughts of Sam have come up a lot more and even more vividly than I would have imagined. Grief is something that I never experienced fully until we lost Sam and I think that what I have learned the most in 2014 is that grief is ongoing. We all hope to mourn in the moment when something happens and while we think that that may just be it, that’s not usually the case. I know that I’m going to mourn for Sam at least twice a year – his birthday and the day that he left us – and addititionally more days after that.

When I thought of him the other day, I was taken back to a time of our heart-to-hearts except what would’ve been the future. In it, we have those lengthy conversations that my friends and I have presently.

Sam was the kind of friend that always wanted to make sure that his friends were happy without ever expecting too much back. He’d ask you all of the right questions, but never doubt any of your answers. He was a really good listener in that way.

In what I dreamed to be a future chat Sam asked:

“Are you happy? What about him makes you happy? Would he be friends with us? Has he met your family? And what did they think? Do you think you’ll ever move back to Seattle? Are you happy with the way your career has turned out so far?” I’d answer all of his questions and at the end he would laugh and say “Ok bud, as long as you are happy.”

I don’t always remember the dreams that I have, but I’ve been dreaming about this one for weeks. This is the type of catch-up conversation you’d have with most of your friends as you move forward through life. However, this is not a conversation that I will ever be able to have with Sam. What saddens me the most is that I’m not going to watch Sam become a loving husband or a phenomenal parent and we can’t ever routinely catch up in our lives like we should be. My hope is that somewhere Sam is living out the life that he always dreamed of and that he’ll be able to tell me about it again in my dreams one day.

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