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29 Dec 2016

My Favorite Posts of 2016

Typically when I write “end-of-year” posts, I’m always pulling up what I wrote the year before in another tab as a reference. I already know that I didn’t do too much writing this year so it will be ambitious to find 12 posts that I really liked as opposed to last year when that feeling was so easy for me! That being said, I think there are going to be a few treasures in here that we can highlight. They may not be the posts that rank to the top in terms of views, but they are the posts that I enjoyed writing the most and the ones that you know I probably re-read a dozen times before feeling comfortable posting. Thank you all for another fantastic year… now let’s head into our 8th year of Yow Yow! This blog is now older than my previous Polly Pocket collection (7 years!)

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  • This Happened Tonight – I honestly don’t know if this is enough to consider it one of my favorite posts, but this is me totally just fangirling out over here. It might be on my list of funny moments in 2016, but whatever the case – this needed to belong on SOME list and I chose this. I think I like this post just because it reminds me a little bit of how I used to write in the old days – you know back in 2009/2010 – no filter – just blagh! whatever I felt like spewing out at the time. If you read the post though (and you know me!) then you know I’m suppressing my feelings here for the sake of appearing normal on Yow Yow! If only this weren’t so short lived…

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  • Happy 7th Birthday Yow Yow! – We’ve never celebrated a Yow Yow! anniversary like this before. The number 7 has no significance to me or Yow Yow! but after all this time, you kind of just feel like you need to do something different. We were already doing regular outfit photos, so I thought – why not throw in a balloon?! One of the best parts about this post is that Aritiza decided to feature this photo above for their Instagram account. I was ecstatic, but very quickly commenters started to notice that the balloon didn’t actually look like a “7” and actually looked like… male genitalia. So almost immediately, my excitement did a 180.

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  • Looking Back: Space Girl – It’s a weird thing to be in front of a camera. I’m not a natural by any means. Every shoot, Elynn probably takes on average 15-25 photos and while we sometimes get 2-3 really good ones, the rest are of me opening my mouth, fixing my clothes, talking, being awkward, you name it. We’ve come such a long way… this post was incredibly special to me though. Space Girl was everything to me when we were in college. I never could get comfortable in front of the camera and having this helmet on made me feel invincible. When we stopped using it and went back to outfit shoots, you can plainly see how hard it is for me in these photos, but I will never forget the gateway that Space Girl provided for me to get me to where we are today.
  • Wedding Mondays – I know what you’re thinking. How can you choose a favorite? We’ve highlighted so many incredible wedding videos in 2016, but one that I keep going back to (in addition to Mandi’s of course!) is this one featuring Jean (from Extra Petite) and her husband Nick. To this day, we still can’t wrap our head around the three dresses, but we think it’s amazing. Secondly, Long Haul films is no longer doing wedding videos so that makes this one extra special. (see what I did there?) Also, when I was in Boston this past fall for work, I got to stop by the Boston Library and see this venue myself and we fangirled the  same amount we did for BJ Novak. It was just as amazing in person as it is in the video…
  • Revisiting Casual – I like to look at “Casual” as something we continue to pass on. Every year, I’ve gotta share it with someone new and last year that was Manan. Together, him and I watched the entire series from start to finish and he loved it as much as I did! No surprises there – everyone I’ve ever shown this too has fallen in love with the series so it’s not too late if you decide to hop on the bandwagon. We’re still accepting fan club members. In all honesty, relationships are hard, okay? I’m never 100% content with mine and in 2016 it’s tough to date. If I knew in the long run that I was going to be okay then I would love to have that off my shoulders, but if Casual has taught me anything and if life has taught me anything – it’s that it’s all about timing. We have to let things play out the way they are supposed to. Thank you Casual for continuing to be a positive force in my life year after year.

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  • And When We Give Back – It was such a surreal experience to be speaking with students that had been accepted to Seattle University as the class of 2020. Let that sink in a little bit. When I was a kid, I used to think that college was almost the end all be all. It was hard for me to imagine being a woman with a career – not because I didn’t want to have a career, but because it just seemed so far away. I’m fortunate that my friend who works at admissions asked me to do this panel because it put a lot into perspective. It was a very humbling experience to be giving advice to students as to why Seattle U was a great school for me even though I kind of do this in my real life job too. Additionally, it made me appreciate my parents in a way that I haven’t before. Seeing the parents of these accepted students was a little bit entertaining; they were SO nervous. I wondered how my parents were able to handle me going off to college with such ease and tranquility when that is very clearly not the case for most.
  • To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China – Never have I ever ugly-cried so hard over a YouTube video, but this struck a chord with me. It’s 2016 and the pressures of settling down or being in a committed relationship are still very much a priority for most. It’s overwhelming at times! I loved hearing the stories of these young women – young women that I can identify with and find to be so brave for doing something like this. I’m glad the video had a happy ending too, a newfound perspective for their parents.
  • A Girl and Her Bed – I never write pieces like this and I remembered being very on the fence about it because it seems abnormal for me to dispel some serious feelings about a part of my daily routine. In reading it over though, I think the post is kind of beautiful. I’m using words that I don’t normally use and I’m being vulnerable in a way that I haven’t with Yow Yow! before.

  • “The Panic in Central Park” – Is this my favorite TV moment in 2016? Yes. I must have watched this episode at least 25 times and at one point, once a day for a week. We had given up on Girls the season before this one, but after hearing about how much commotion this episode stirred, we hopped back into it. Luckily, for this episode, you didn’t need to know what was happening before it. It was like it’s own standalone episode and it was a beautiful piece. Marnie may be one of the most annoying characters in the series, but in “The Panic in Central Park” she was all of us. We’ve all had that scenario – some version of it, sometimes shorter or longer or more fun or less fun than what Marnie had, but we all got to the same theme at the very end of it.
  • Our Twenties: How We’re Doing – “Be good to yourself” – a friend once advised me. Too many times in a year, I find myself complaining about how I don’t have this or don’t have that. How annoying for those around me that have to listen to this! The truth is, your 20’s aren’t easy. They were never supposed to be so it’s important for us to cut ourselves some slack. Earlier in 2016, I wrote about my New Year’s resolutions. This post though was sort of like our midpoint review. Initially this started out as a mini-project with Casper, but I ended up actually enjoying this more than I thought I would and had a lot of fun with it.
  • Aging and Alone in Manhattan’s Chinatown – I have a thing for pieces that remind me of my sweet Grandma Ruby. This profile by Mantai Chow truly captured a look into the life of an elderly living in Chinatown. I remember watching this video and thinking back to how I never worried about those that lived there because they had what I believed to be a strong community. In reality though, it seems much more lonelier than I thought. These individuals are more brave than I could ever be especially this woman profiled. Hearing her story was one of the highlights in Yow Yow’s 2016.

  • Let’s Talk About New York! – We made it to 12 posts! With all the trips we took this year, how could we not include our favorite one? It took me 26 years to get to New York, but I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner and tour guide. Mandi and I took the next step in our friendship and explored New York City together. She was a pro – obviously having done grad school there and me? Well, I could barely have a successful run on the subway without having a mini freak out. There was never a moment for us to stop because we were constantly on the move. And even though we had made a very packed itinerary for our trip, we only ended up doing half the things we were supposed to. I guess that just means we have to go back.
10 Jun 2016

Flashback Friday

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These photos are untouched because it’s a Friday night and it has been a long week so I just don’t even have the energy to begin editing them, but we have something important to say. It has been FOUR years since I graduated from college! Dom shared a group photo of us this morning and it was so nostalgic to see. Sometimes, it really is true what they say that college is the best four years of your life, but in no way shape or form do I feel the need to go back. There were some incredibly challenging moments, but I made connections with people that are very much my lifelong friends still.

The morning of graduation, a bunch of us decided to head over to someone’s apartment for a mimosa party. A lot of mimosas. I didn’t even know the person that lived at the apartment, really, and I still don’t know who that person is, but my friends were there so that’s all that mattered. We had all just gone out the night before, but graduation is long and sometimes you need a little pep in your step as you’re walking across the stage. These photos are really funny for me to look back on especially this top one because it’s totally my “I’m ready to graduate!” pose and it’s ridiculously annoying.

If you would’ve asked me back then if I ever saw myself leaving Seattle, I probably would’ve just said “nahh.”

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20 Mar 2016

And When We Give Back…

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No no, I’m not getting into comedy and improv, I promise! A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Lucas, who is an admissions office at Seattle University,  asked me if I would be interested in being a part of the alumni Q&A as part of an event that he throws for accepted students in the Bay Area. Before we move forward, this is for the class of 2020! How crazy is that?!

Now that we’ve let that sunk in… I’ve been out of school for almost four years now and students from the university still call me every once in awhile asking me if I’ll be able to donate. Since I’m still trying to pay off my loans (like most other people from my year) this isn’t feasible so when Lucas asked me about this favor, I thought – this is something that I can do.

The entire event was such a trip. I totally remember going to campuses and learning about the different programs that universities had to offer with my parents, my aunts, and touring Seattle University’s campus with Kevin. Naturally, all of these high school seniors were somewhat embarrassed to be with their enthusiastic parents, but it was the parents that impressed me the most. When their kids were away, they would come up to me and ask me questions like how safe Seattle was, how the rain was, what I felt like I got the most out of the curriculum, etc. I wasn’t the most easygoing child, okay? I can totally admit that, but I have so much praise for parents for what they do – and mine especially. Shout out to them for caring about where I went to college and helping support me through this first big adult decision that I was making on my own. Yesterday, was a really humbling experience.

It was really funny because I happened to be on the Q&A panel with two other alumni who spoke a lot about the Jesuit values and curriculum and course load whereas my questions were very much student life/culture based and at one point I thought I was answering these questions incorrectly because I was a little bit of the black sheep. Those parents in the audience were probably like – What? How did this girl get through school when she spent three years planning events and hoping to obtain a career in the music industry?

Where I might have slipped up – telling these kids that this is a tough decision to make and that if it isn’t the right one, it isn’t the end of the world because you can always fix it (ie – transfer) lol. my bad.

Where I redeemed myself – telling them that they’ve all worked really hard to get to where they are at and obtaining these acceptance letters. They probably took a lot of hard courses in high school and did a ton of extracurriculars, but it doesn’t stop there. You can’t slow down in college or after you graduate and you must “continue to show your hustle” (yes, I was very proud of this line) because it’s a competitive world out there and everyone wants exactly what you want.

I can’t believe it has been 8 years since I made that decision myself, but wow – what an amazing experience. Four years of life skills, a great education, and friends that I will have for life. Wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

25 Apr 2015

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I still remember the early days of Yow Yow! and when I was a college student writing posts about Quadstock. Quadstock isn’t one of those things that defines me, but honestly, I wouldnt have minded if it was one of those things. I worked on this festival behind-the-scenes for two years and on my third year, I was running it along with my co-chair. It has been three years since I last did it and even though I’m very far removed from the Seattle University community and this organization, I still feel really proud of how far it has come and I get just as excited about the reveal of the lineup as I do for any other music festival. Beat Connection as a headliner is just downright amazing. They are well-respected within the Seattle music community and they’re going to do a great job of closing out the night. Also when I found out that SEAC was still doing the unveiling party, my heart skipped a beat because I’m so proud and thrilled that something I started is still continuing five years later!

06 Jul 2014

The Weekend: Lots of Things!

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It’s been two weeks since we’ve had one of these posts and so much has happened! I didn’t have time to post last weekend’s highlights so I’m combining it with this lovely holiday weekend. Some of my best girl friends from Seattle flew to see Ash and I for the long weekend and like any vacation we jam packed our days from start to finish. It’s interesting how the trips you plan when you are out of college and “more of an adult” shift from the vacation breaks you had when you were in school. Instead of traveling to cities where you plan on drinking constantly and sleeping in because of your hangovers, you’re waking up at 8:00 and getting your morning started. (Sort of like how the five of us would any day!) Instead of drinking, we put our money towards amazing meals and instead of going to bars, we went wine tasting in Sonoma. So there.

– also don’t those fireworks look great?! They went off Wednesday evening in San Francisco after the Giant’s game and they looked a whole lot better than the ones we tried to watch on 4th of July from this view.

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I did my first hike with some co-workers at Rancho San Antonio Open Space last weekend! There really are some gorgeous views here in the Bay Area.

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On Sunday afternoon, we caught a free concert from Yuna and Allen Stone at Stern Grove. We had never been over to this area before, but we loved how it was just kind of hidden in this park and large enough to hold a concert and fit THIS many people. It’s definitely one of the prettiest venues I’ve ever been to.

We’ve been watching episodes of this on Netflix.

We got athletic and competitive during our pre 4th of July company picnic with Bubble Soccer.

Happy 4th from the Seattle gang!

Visiting our Ash at Stanford

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

04 Apr 2014

Goodbye Piecora’s

The Capitol Hill that I had the opportunity to experience back in college is not the Capitol Hill it is today. When I first learned about the closing of the pizza place in my university’s neighborhood, I was instantly reminded of that Boy Meets World episode where Cory returns to his hometown to find that the restaurant he frequented – Chubbie’s – had undergone a complete renovation. It wasn’t the same and in a weird way it completely turned pirate themed. Piecora’s was a huge part of the Seattle University community. We always worked with them for events and they were so happy to work with us! I could always count on them for a slice of their amazing veggie pizza, salad, and spumoni. I still remember a night in college where I had given up on studying and dragged my then roommate – Anna with me so that I could get my fix.

Piecora’s has decided to sell to a developer – Equity Residential for $10.29 million. It’s interesting because Equity is one of the largest owners of apartments and was my home for two years. Piecora’s has been living at their E Madison location for 30 years and will close for good on Tuesday, April 15th.

I’m really going to miss this place.

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19 Sep 2013

Shoutout to Pope Francis

We’ve been fans of Pope Francis ever since he was a Jesuit. Duh, Seattle U – represent. Today, however, we REALLY like Pope Francis because of his opinion on how the Catholic Church is too concerned about gays and abortion. In fact, he said they were obsessed – which makes the church sound crazy – which makes this entire article more than just a little bit funny. Did we mention that the Pope said this? Hey – at least he’s saying what we’re all thinking. It’s time for everyone to move forward 🙂

To read the full article, click here.

Pope Francis, we like having you on our side.

02 Sep 2013

Wedding Mondays

Happy Holiday weekend everyone!

I’m so excited to share with you a very special wedding video this weekend. It’s not every Monday that I get to share a wedding video of a bride that I know, but this just happens to be one of those days. Stacey and I went to college together and as a freshman when she was a junior, she was someone that I looked up to in the Seattle University community. Her kind personality, bright outlook on life, and love for her friends and family are just a few of the many qualities that have made her such a beautiful bride on her wedding day.

Congratulations Stacey and we are wishing you all the best here at Yow Yow!

 

17 Jul 2013

Mayer Hawthorne on Jimmy Fallon

Yesterday was a very special day for Veronica, Charles, and I. Not only were we celebrating Veronica’s belated birthday at one of our old stomping ground restaurants in Capitol Hill, but we were also celebrating the release of Mayer Hawthorne’s latest album “Where Does This Door Go?” Two years ago, the three of us booked him for our college’s music festival and to this date, it’s still one of the things in my previous life as a booker that I am so proud of – mostly because…it’s just nuts and that life is insane! Our boy Mayer performed his single “Her Favorite Song” on Jimmy Fallon last night so check it out here!

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