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13 Jan 2021

2x Impeached

That’s it. That’s the tweet.

Now can we stick it this time, please?

10 Jan 2021

Blog Roundup

  • These Are the Rioters Who Stormed the Nation’s Capitol [The New York Times] I hate this, by the way. I did, however, think that this piece was well done.
  • User Not Found – Bottega Veneta Goes Dark [Substack]
  • ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Officially Confirmed [Hypebae]
  • 7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet [The Every Girl]
  • Who Cleans Up After A Coup Attempt? [The Cut]
  • Jamiroquai’s Lead Singer Is Not A Pro-Trump Viking Rioter [The Fader]
  • Shake Shack Introduces New Korean-Inspired Items [SF Gate]
  • Cherry Blossom Trees in Japantown Vandalized [Hoodline] WHYYY
  • The End of the Golden Age of Silicon Valley Cafeterias [Bloomberg]
  • The Silence of the Damned [NY Mag]
  • 21 Trends That Will Define the Lives of American Men in 2021 [InsideHook]
07 Jan 2021

January 6, 2021

Didn’t yesterday just feel like the longest day ever? For my friends and colleagues, that emotional weight has carried into today and probably will until Inauguration Day. I’ll save some of my own commentary because what I would have to say isn’t suitable for the internet.

In some ways, I woke up this morning relieved. I have heart eyes for Georgia and the work that has been done. Time and time again, they continue to show that your vote matters and those two wins will make a huge impact for Americans in the years to come. What we all witnessed happening at the State Capitol yesterday was appalling. I don’t think anyone (regardless of party) will disagree with me on that. There is an image I will unfortunately have when I look back on the 2020 election year and unfortunately, it has to be that. Selfies, climbing up walls, tasteless fur wearing and terror.

I would be remiss to make no mention of what happened yesterday. We spend so much time on Yow Yow! talking about other topics, but as much as I hated yesterday I also don’t want to forget that this happened. I still stand by my comment about remaining hopeful for 2021. This has to end. And instead my own comments, I am using the rest of this post to share the voices of people I really looked to in college or rather – the type of people I turned to at the end of the day for a recap – late night television hosts. We basically have the same sentiment.

04 Jan 2021

How To Come Back From A Vacation

Chances are if you asked anyone today if they were ready to come back to work, the answer would be no. And luckily for us, the universe was on our side because Slack had a major outage this morning. Additionally, a system that I use to do 85% of my work was also down. I used this extra time to grab myself a latte this morning before settling down into my work.

I also did something differently this year that I’ve never done before. After coming back from a 2 week vacation, I decided to give myself even more buffer time. I gave myself 0 meetings and 0 phone calls and instead marked my calendar for the day as “do not schedule.” This time was fully dedicated to getting through my inbox, organizing myself, and prioritizing what I needed to tackle first and who I needed to speak with. Any other year, I look forward to the first day of coming back and tackling everything. If the last year taught me anything though, it’s to embrace the slow. You don’t want to burn out too quickly after returning back to work and instead you want to settle for easing back into it.

So give yourself a break. You have the entire rest of the week, why not spread it out?

04 Jan 2021

Bay Area Eats: Dad’s Luncheonette

When the pandemic first hit, I was a little scared to travel farther distances. Luckily for us, I’ll likely never hit my cap of Bay Area spots to see. One of my favorite spots is a place less than an hour away and it has some of the best views. I’ve been known to flee to Half Moon Bay when I’m looking for some quiet, peace, and space when I feel stuffed up in the city. There also happens to be an amazing spot for sandwiches that I heard people raving about for years, but never tried myself until the pandemic.

[Dad’s Luncheonette] doesn’t boast a large menu, but what they have won’t disappoint you. Our first time there, Kevin and I got really excited and practically tried one of everything. If you have to make some choices though, get the Hamburger Sandwich, Mac & Cheese and always ask about the soup of the week and sweet of the week!

Currently, they’re on their winter closure, but will re-open later on this month!

04 Jan 2021

Blog Roundup

  • The Astonishing Duality of BTS [The Atlantic]
  • How the Pandemic is Forcing Women Out of the Workforce [Vox]
  • The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2020 [Bon Appetit]
  • 5 Small Changes to Make for a Happier New Year [The Every Girl]
  • Remembering the Startups We Lost in 2020 [TechCrunch]
  • Money Lessons From A Truly Terrible Year [The Cut]
03 Jan 2021

Bay Area Eats: ju-ni

Chirashi Bowl with rice

This is a [ju-ni] appreciation post! I owe so much gratitude to the team here for keeping me full and giving me the sushi fix I needed during the pandemic. With their demand pre-pandemic, I never had a chance to eat at their restaurant in person. Their new set-up, however has allowed me to eat there so many times that I’ve lost count. They were able to quickly pivot and accommodate customers with their signature Chirashi bowl and a number of other varied bowls during this time. As you can see below, we’ve tried most of them! Other sushi restaurants in the city tried a similar model; we tried those too. Overall, ju-ni was the place that I kept coming back to because they nailed it in quality, variety, and price.

Ikura, Salmon, Crab, and Uni over rice
Salmon over rice
Cherrywood Smoked Aburi King Salmon with Ikura over rice
Toro, Ikura, and Uni over rice
02 Jan 2021

2020, in 7 minutes

These recaps are making me a little emotional. It has been such a grueling and devastating year. I really hope that 2021 can be much brighter for all of us.

02 Jan 2021

2020 Best Nine

The moment of me waiting for these results to calculate every year is exhilarating for me. Somehow, every year, I’m shocked by the results. An up close shot of flowers? That’s the thing that gets the likes? I think it’s because every year, I have an idea of what shots will end up being the most important to me. I hope they align with people, but it’s a toss up every time which may just tell me that I don’t know my audience as well as I think I do.

This year’s mix tells an interesting story. There are two photos that I clearly took myself to represent life in quarantine. However, the majority of photos are of me without a mask, out and about that depict a normal life that wasn’t accurately represented during this time. I also have one shot from my trip to Thailand – both a highlight and low light, but that I’m glad made it to this because it does tell my 2020 story.

As we take steps in 2021, I wonder what the future holds for us. Will things improve or will they be much of the same? Does this mean I have to improve my self-timer game if we continue on with this? Photos are so crucial to storytelling, but they are tell part of it. Again, I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

01 Jan 2021

Pre-Weekend Thoughts

Sometimes we are unaware of what it is that we need. Every year, I look forward to these two weeks of holiday vacation likely for the wrong reasons. It’s the time that I have away from my day job to fully dedicate towards Yow Yow! What I’m doing is putting aside one type of work for another. There’s some enjoyment that I get out of it, but it’s not restful by any means.

I woke up this morning with dread realizing that I only have three more days until I return to work. As I lay in bed, I tried to ask myself what I accomplished during this time. Anything? I didn’t spend nearly as much time writing as I hoped I would. Once again, I put off a project that I’ve been procrastinating on. I thought that I didn’t need the rest, thought I didn’t need the extra sleep, but I did. The weight of not having work on my shoulders – that’s what these two weeks gave to me. I wish I didn’t have to be this old or this far into my own vacation to realize something like this.

TBD on whether or not we’re making New Year’s resolutions. As we step into Day 1 of 2021, I’d rather not make any plans. 2020 has taught me to appreciate these slower days and I’d like to continue on that path for a little while longer. Happy New Year!


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