10 Nov 2018
It’s hard not to watch this and become frustrated. Why are there still such awful human beings in 2018? Kevin and I sometimes talk about how we were able to be shielded away from most racism because we grew up in a city like Seattle, but we often wonder what our lives would have been like if our parents had chosen another city. Maybe, the wrong city. We’re grateful we don’t know anything different and that we’re happy to have better memories of our upbringing because of this.
If I’m being honest, in 2018 I constantly fear the moment when someone decides to say something racist to me and how I’m going to defend myself. The hope is that I’m able to think quick on my feet, but the reality is that I will probably run away out of fear or embarrassment. My other fear is that someone will direct something at my parents. I don’t want to have to worry about these things, but in 2018 we still do.
10 Nov 2018
Since moving up to San Francisco, I’ve discovered my ultimate comfort food. In general, Sundays have always been reserved for that and I’ve always made it the day that I eat meals that remind me of home and my mom’s cooking. Hainanese Chicken Rice is simple and straightforward, but so satisfying. It’s a combination of white and dark meat with rice and a sweet ginger, garlic, and soybean sauce. Add-ons are always an option. My favorite is a side of steamed broccoli (cucumbers included) and a perfect runny egg. The portions are generous and often times I’ll eat half for my meal and save the second half for dinner. As if that wasn’t enough food already, the meal comes with a side of chicken broth to sip on. There are many versions of this meal in the Bay Area – Chicken Meets Rice, Rooster and Rice, Chick N’ Rice, and each does their own version a little bit differently.
20 Oct 2018
We’re more than halfway through the month so it seems like now is an appropriate time for me to think about Halloween and how we’re going to celebrate. It’s not in my top five favorite holidays to engage in; it might not even be in my top 10 (are there 10?) but it’s a social holiday so you have to participate a little bit right? I’ve rounded up just a few ideas that I’ve either started to do or am considering and it’s so low key that no one will even blame you if you don’t participate at all.
- My OnDemand currently is full of Halloween themed films. I wouldn’t watch them normally at any other time during the year, but given that it’s the season, it’s an opportunity to freshen up with my favorites. I will throw one on and just have it in the background or I’ll full on participate and watch the entire thing without being on my laptop. Rare. This week so far, I’ve watched Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown and who knows? Maybe I’ll watch a few more.
- Since I’m two months into my new job, I’ve been debating whether or not it makes sense to dress up for Halloween in the office. Is this something people do? Will my friends even do it? One solution is this: find a costume that is so low maintenance that if you get to work and no one is dressed up you can remove pieces immediately to make it seem like you dressed up for a normal work day. My idea is Hamburgler, obviously. Steal it if you want!
- As I’ve lived in San Francisco longer, I’ve realized that it’s not always the easiest place to celebrate the holiday given the environment. I’m not in a neighborhood to have trick-or-treaters or even be able to get to them immediately with candy. It also does not make sense to have a pumpkin outside my door. I do like my decorations though. Instead of my usual flowers, I’ve been considering purchasing smaller pumpkins that I can paint and decorate and leave indoors to spruce up my living room.
- Allow yourself to have a cheat month. When else do you have an excuse to eat this much candy?! If every kid is going to do it, shouldn’t you also? I always thought that around Halloween, I’d have a small bucket of candies near my desk that I can have a piece every now and then. It’s also just a great way to win over your coworkers. Lucky for me, my offices have always had these lying around! They’re a hit.
- Get yourself out of the city and head to a pumpkin patch. I missed this field trip when I was in Kindergarten because I was sick and regretted it ever since. It felt like a prime part of my childhood was lost because of this! I didn’t get to go to another until I was in my early 20’s after college and it was a completely different experience. Even if you have no intention of buying a pumpkin, it’s the epitome of fall. It’s the fall version of a spring field of flowers.
20 Oct 2018
Happy Saturday y’all! After having an active morning of brunch and spending some time outside at the Ferry Building this morning, I returned home to catch up on news and write. I haven’t had this solid chunk of time in awhile. Since having Yow Yow! I always wished that I could have more of a balance with writing and work. In my head 50/50 seemed inappropriate. In college, it likely was 75/25 – 75 being this blog. Since starting my new job, I’ve become immersed in it and in a way, it has been giving me a new kind of energy that I haven’t had before in my previous roles.
At the end of my work days, I have the time to write, but it’s easier to just work instead. That transition for me is easier. And I often feel like I just don’t have the mental capacity or energy to be as creative as I need to be. The way I started out this post doesn’t sound happy, but I promise we’re getting there!
As I reserve myself some time today to write, I think about what’s ahead for us. In just a couple of months, we’ll be celebrating 10 years of Yow Yow! Did anyone ever think that I’d be keeping this alive for this long?! Definitely not me! However, when you’ve had something as a routine for so many years, it’s hard to quit. Not to be confused with an addiction though. It hasn’t been an easy year. I migrated to WordPress.org. I hired someone to help me do that and that had its own set of challenges. We also weren’t recording my stats for some time. Every problem I didn’t need on my plate happened, but we made it!
We’re not quite at 10 years yet and while I’m thinking about how we should celebrate, I want to just add a quick thank you! The first readers of Yow Yow were my peers in college and they spread this blog by word of mouth like fire. It was so fun and as cringeworthy as those posts were, I love having 10 years of archives to look through. They are filled with not only personal moments, but pivotal moments in history, culture, and trends across music, fashion, and food. I wish I could say I had a grand plan for Yow Yow! but for now, surviving and staying afloat feels just as good.
12 Oct 2018
One of the best parts about moving offices frequently is that I always get a chance to discover the new neighborhoods I’m in. Before joining my recent company, I had to fetch myself lunch almost every day and sometimes I’d get a little cheap. Other days, I want to eat well. I want something that tastes delicious and for Elisa and I, that was Universal Cafe. It’s one of the few places where you can have something resembling breakfast during a work week lunch so naturally, we took advantage. Also, we never ran into the issue of getting tired of this place because it felt like their menu was changing often.
I will forever be a breakfast fan. Only in the last few years did I start ordering hashes and I’m convinced that you can never go wrong with a poached egg. How is it possible that it tastes good on everything?