My Recencies Update!

My Recencies

So last year, I really liked the idea of the “My Recencies” posts, but honestly, it was pretty hard to keep up with. I had a ton of Post-Its with all the things I would watch and listen to, but I’m pretty boring and I listen to upwards of 40 hours of podcasts a week.

Then, I started reading the Food52 blog, and they do this thing every Friday called #happylist and I wanted to try that instead. But I didn’t want to stop doing a “My Recencies” post, so I’m going to do a combination of both!

So, here is my handwritten My Recencies list! Let me know if you like this better!

My Recencies - January 1-7 2016

Obligatory 2016 Resolution Post!

It’s the beginning of a new year, and it’s resolution time! Let’s start by going over my goals from last year:

  • At least 1 unassisted pull-up – I did not do this at all. I actually stopped going to the gym after I lost my job in March. I was completely unmotivated and depressed.
  • 10 minute mile – Again, I didn’t make it to the gym, so I did not improve on this at all. However, I did complete two Color Runs in the Bay Area! My mile time was terrible (I think it was 13 or 14 minutes?) but I find that to be a big accomplishment on its own.
  • Read at least 27 books – Again, this was not completed. I had too much on my plate regarding weddings, the podcast, job hunting, and crocheting.
  • Hike every two weeks with Julie – Due to scheduling conflicts between the two of us, we weren’t able to go more than 3 or 4 times I think.
  • Cook more – I am finally happy to say that YES, I totally cooked more! They weren’t all great, but they were certainly edible!
  • Inspiration! Blogging/podcast/vlogging – As some of you know, the podcast I started with my friend Sowmya was a complete success in that we did 50 episodes in 2015! We’re even doing a second season this year, and we’ll have videos and vlogs too! I also did a little bit more blogging in the middle of the year and had to stop once things got really hectic.
  • Greece – Perhaps the most disappointing of all, I did not get to go to Greece this year. The combination of the loss of my job and my most expensive purchase, my new car Kurt, it would have been financially irresponsible for me to spend even more money and take time off my new job to do it.

A lot of unresolved resolutions and it’s disappointing to see, but at the same time, I know how busy I was, so I’m not that mad at myself. Now, on to my resolutions for this year!

  • 28 books in 2016 – I’m continuing this ridiuculous tradition until I actually complete it!
  • Catch up on podcasts – This is one I think I can definitely do (especially since, at this job, I just listen to 8 hours of podcasts a day while doing my work). Unfortunately, I am not smart and I keep adding more and more podcasts to my queue.
  • Workout once a week – Self-explanatory. I believe I can do this!
  • Organize fonts and files on my computer – I wrote this as separate resolutions but I’ll compile it into one on this list. My computer is so messy! And now that I’ve finally got a backup drive, I want to start organizing everything so it’s easier to find!
  • Blog more – I’m hoping that after this wedding I’m in at the end of January, I will have a more lax year and I can turn my focus back to my blog!
  • Journal more – I think I have a good handle on bullet journaling, but when it comes down to mindfulness, I need to get back on that. So here’s to a more mindful year!

What are your 2016 resolutions? Do you have any tips or tricks that may help me finish mine?

Bullet Journal 2015

Hope everyone is having a good year so far! Continuing on with my summary of 2015, here’s the rest of my year in my bullet journal! If you want a summary, here’s my first bullet journal entry which has a summary, an explanatory video, and my Bullet Journal spread for July, the first month I tried out the system. In this post, I cropped and blurred pictures because this time I took it with my fancy camera (though some pictures are still blurry, can’t do anything about that).

Here is what my BuJo (what bullet journallers call it) looked like on the outside. A not-so-secret: I LOVE stickers.

Here was August. I went for a hexagonal theme for the headers and I really liked it! Probably my favourite font for my BuJo in 2015. You can see I also did a journal challenge which I talked about here.

Here is September. I went for a college/school theme for the header font because it’s back to school for a lot of people! Also, I tried something a little different, this time I left the entire right side blank (after splitting the two sides in half horizontally) for sketch paper. I didn’t really use all of it, so it was kind of a waste. You can see my sketches for October here!

For the month of October, I went for a gothic font, and for the main header, I used my calligrapher pen to write it. It came out awesome! For the rest of the month, I made a more simplified version with my drawing pen. We also started planning my friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, so you can see my Post-Its for that. And lastly, you can see the progression of my little bat logo from the second picture (a terrible bat) to the fourth picture (an awesome looking bat!). Based off the Batman logo.

For November, I went for a classic-ish serif font with a thick “middle”. It was fun to draw, but I spent a longer time concentrating on how it looked and not a great lot of concentration on spelling, so you can see my terrible mistakes. (Novemebr!) And my number always came out looking awful. I also started doing day separators! Those are always fun!

And finally December! I went for a simplistic san serif font because I wanted to draw lights but it came out kinda terrible. I also tried a new monthly plan, drew little logos like pine trees, snow men, holly, and presents! I also went sticker CRAZY and added a little bit of washi to my weekly planner papers.

December was probably my favourite month because I branched out a bit and expanded what I could do with my bullet journal! I used this great blog post over at Boho Berry for inspiration and tips! It was a fun read and I had a lot of fun planning thanks for that post!

Well that’s it for now! I’ll be back for a resolution wrap up post soon!

How the Rest of My 2015 Went

So I’ve been away. Again. Life caught up with me. Again. I’m really not good at this blogging thing that I used to be so good at! One of my resolutions this year is to get back on track so let me start by summing up what I did in the last third of 2015.


A lot happened in September and most of it, I was on vacation and got vacation brain. So the last thing I blogged about from my personal life was that menu I had been working on. I finally got it finished after long, nearly sleepless nights and almost immediately I went on vacation.

Labor day weekend almost always falls on the birthday of one of my good friends, Julie, so she and I took a swoop down to SoCal (South California, for those not hip to the lingo), and spent the weekend in San Diego! It was a TON of fun. Coronado was gorgeous, the food was superb, and the weather was outstanding. A perfect weekend!

Day 1 of our 3 day weekend! Today was mostly on Coronado — gorgeous city, gorgeous weather! #MarriottMarquisSD

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Our gorgeous view from our room at dusk! #MarriottMarquisSD 😍😍💕💕

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I also went with my lovely boyfriend to Disneyland at the end of September! We wanted to go to see the Halloween decorations and seriously, they did not disappoint. To be fair, Disneyland hardly disappoints though — unless you’re there for Christmas because apparently it is super crowded! The only bad thing was we didn’t get to go on Pirates of the Caribbean because it wasn’t open.

The other big thing that happened in September was that our office moved! We packed up all our stuff and moved to an office in downtown Sunnyvale. It was pretty nice!


Not a lot happened in October except Halloween, and three of my friends had birthdays!

So my friends Diana and Anh have close birthdays so they always have a joint birthday party. This year we went to do a Paint Nite! We went to a cozy little place in Campbell called Bottle and Bottega and our painting that night was Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I knew I wasn’t gonna do well so I kinda screwed around with it and added a TARDIS for extra measure. That thing is gonna be valuable one day!

And of course the other thing was Halloween! Last year my friends and I did Disney Villains (I went as Gaston) and this year we were supposed to go as the Princess counterpart, so I went as Belle! I went as peasant!Belle because it’s my favourite version of Belle and also it was easier ;). I loved how it turned out!


Nothing of significance happened in November except that I went Black Friday shopping for the first time! It was torturous but not absolutely horrifying! I kinda had to go because I am the Maid of Honor in a wedding in January, and my bride wanted to pick up a couple things for the wedding! And also she and her future husband always go to Fry’s Electronics on Black Friday and I wanted to tag along for a large TB hard drive. I ended up getting a 5TB hard drive for my backup drive (which I’ve wanted since I got my giant iMac), and I also ended up getting a TV because we haven’t had one in a long time (it broke in April). No pictures were taken because taking pictures of things I use all the time is weird! I also had a weird a long Thanksgiving and if you want to listen to my story of that, you can go to Episode 47 of We’re The Worst Podcast, because honestly if I were to type it out, it would be too long for a summary blog post.


Many awesome things happened in December!

In order from first in the gallery to last: 1) I crocheted a TON for Taylor’s Christmas present this year! 2) I found the Deadpool in the Santa chair! 3) Taylor got me the Dark City expansion pack and the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion pack, and now my box for Legendary is TOO FULL! I love it! 4) Taylor’s friend Mitch has a girlfriend named Brie and she works at a bakery! She brought this amazing cake to the Christmas Party and it was a lot of cake. 5) I wrapped all the presents and slapped a greyscale filter on it so no one would no whose present is whose! 6) Here is the finished present for Taylor! It is a kha’zix blanket, all in tunisian stitch. It was exhausting and fully worth it! 7) We went to see The Hateful Eight in it’s 70mm glory. Now, I’m not a cinefile so I don’t know what any of that means, but oh my gosh, we got these freaking awesome packets to go with it, and boy oh boy am I a fan of nice, printed material!

And last but not least, it was my mom’s birthday, and I took her out to Morimoto Napa (the Iron Chef! His restaurant in Napa!).

The food was delicious! The atmoshere was very nice, if not a bit on the dark side (we couldn’t take great pictures of the food, and my mom and I are huge food picture people if it’s worth taking a picture of. We had tea, a couple of cocktails, Morimoto Bone Marrow, Duck Duck Goose, and the Tofu cheesecake. Super nice and worth the trip if you’re around the Napa area!

Well, that’s all for my first wrap up post for 2015. Next couple of posts will be my bullet journal updates and then my plans and resolutions for 2016! I made a little signature picture too, hope you guys like it!

My Recencies for August 14th-20th


Another week, another My Recencies post! Every week, I update what I’ve been doing, listening to, watching, reading, etc.; this is what I call “My Recencies”! Here is what I did this week!


Phew, I barely had any free time this week at all. I was doing menu work all week as the deadline was moved up suddenly and I got extra work to do on it. I took pictures for a blog post but didn’t even get time to download the pictures or write the post! Things will be busy next week too but after that it will slow down I think. I like being busy, but it’s like that image I’ve seen online: You have three options and you only get to pick two; sleep, work, and a social life. It’s a delicate balance and I’m still working on it. I really should have scheduled blog posts last week but everyone has 20/20 hindsight. Sigh.

  • Saturday – On one of the only days I got free time, I got tickets for Chris Hardwick here in San Jose, and he was amazing (as usual)! I said this before, but no matter how many times I hear him tell the same joke, it’s always funny. You’re the best, Chris!
  • Tuesday – Episode 31 of We’re The Worst was published! Sowmya and I ramble for an hour about what we’ve been up to!


  • Memory Palace – This week I listened to “We’ve Forgotten James Powell” and “Other Bodies.” “We’ve Forgotten James Powell” was about minorities who were killed for insignificant reasons during the 60s, and “Other Bodies” was about Jane Froman, a mute opera singer who helped out entertaining the troops during WW2.
  • Mike Detective – This week I listened to “The Postman Always Sings Twice” and “Ace Venture: Mike Detective.” Mike Detective follows a mysterious knocking and ends up at a racetrack!
  • The Moth – This week I listened to “Blue Men, Psychopaths and a Bad Date” and “Snow White and the Screaming Meemies.” A heart-warming story from each episode: At the beginning of “Blue Men,” a guy who was in the Blue Man group tells a story of how he gets reminded about the best parts of the job, and at the end of “Snow White,” a girl tries to literally help a guy off a cliff. Really great stories!
  • The Mutant Season – This week I listened to “Ryan and Jake from Meltcast.” Ryan and Jake run the podcast for Meltdown, and they talk to GIl about comic books and superheroes; always good topics!
  • The Nerdist – This week I listened to “Misha Collins” and “Charlie Day.” Misha Collins talked about Supernatural, Gishwshes, and about how he used to work at the White House! Charlie Day talked about Pacific Rim, It’s Always Sunny, and auditioning.
  • Never Not Funny – This week I listened to “1016F Tom Arnold.” Tom Arnold talked to the guys about working at Hormel and really gross stories about killing pigs. I’m sure there were other stories (there were stories about being addicted to pain killers and his various ex-wives), but those kinda got blocked out for me by the pig killing stories. Wow, I could not eat after that.
  • The Pen Addict – This week I listened to “Get the Lead Out.” In this episode, they talk about a really small fountain pen called the Kaweco Lilliput and also their favourite pencil, the Uniball Kuratoga.
  • Pop My Culture – This week I listened to “John Hodgman, Aimee Mann and John Roderick” and “Amber Tamblyn.” Vanessa and Cole talk to John Hodgman, and Aimee Mana and John Roderick stop by! They talk about John’s work on the Apple ads and the Daily Show but also about Hunger Games and the Tripod Trilogy. Vanessa and Cole talk to Amber Tamblyn about her conflict(?) with Tyrese and they sing jingles! I love singing jingles!
  • Professor Blast Off – This week I listened to “Déja Vu” and “Evolution.” In “Déja Vu,” they discussed different theories of why déja vu happens and if they’ve ever had a memorable déja vu experience. In “Evolution,” they talked to a evolutionary scientist and a lot of their discussion centered around why “weak” traits like compassion are carried on. A really fascinating discussion!
  • Risk! – This week I listened to “Family Secrets” and “Live From Philly 4!” In “Family Secrets,” my favourite story was from a woman who went to North Korea with her father to visit her father’s family. It was really interesting to get a real view of what North Korea is like (from a couple years ago, anyway). In “Live From Philly 4!” my favourite story was from a woman who goes to Brazil to teach English (and learn Portugese). The stuff that happens to her sounds really fun and scary at the same time; I was picturing it as a short film in my head!
  • Sklarbro Country – This week I listened to “Har Mar Superstar” and “Janeane Garofalo.” My favourite Har Mar Superstar moment was when he sang acapella in the studio for the guys! In Janeane’s episode, they talk a lot about comedy!
  • Spontaneanation – This week I listened to “A UFC Weign-In.” This was a really funny episode, but I was intrigued b Kaitlin Olsen’s interview at the beginning, about her growing up healthy!
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour – This week I listened to “Tales of The USSA, ‘New Frontiers,'” “Sparks Nevada, ‘I’m from Earth’ Day special,” “Sparks Nevada, ‘Something Wicked This Way Is,'” and “The Cross Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, ‘Mrs. Parker and the Doctaparatorious Paradox.'” I really enjoyed the “I’m From Earth” Day Special (especially the “If You Love Something, Never Let It Go” song), but I was really intrigued by “Something Wicked This Way Is” because Paul F. Tompkins was in it, and he plays an interesting character! I can’t wait to listen to the follow-up episode!
  • Today We Learned – This week I listened to “Brady Matthews” and “Seth Green.” In Brady Matthews’ episode, they talked about a lot of artist facts because Brady is an artist! I learned that Bob Ross could record a whole season of his show in two days! In Seth Green’s episode, they talked a lot about remakes and they’re kinda our way of passing down our mythology (movies) to younger generations. I also learned that stop motion was first used in 1897! (I wonder if flip book animations started around the same time?)


  • @midnight – This week I really, really enjoyed Wednesday’s episode with Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and April Richardson. April was at Chris’s show on Saturday, so it was great seeing her again! I also absolutely love any time when Wil is on!
  • Blue Bloods – This past weekend I finished the rest of the series! It ended on a good note, but kinda flat last episode. I guess that’s good? It’s supposed to be like a regular day and their life just goes on even after we stop following them.
  • George Gently – This show is about a British detective called George Gently (if that’s not obvious), and the show is set in the late 60s. I started George Gently before I got caught up in Blue Bloods so I just started this back up after finishing it. These episodes are an hour and a half long each, so they’re pretty long.


I guess I ended up eating out a lot this week during my limited free time.

  • AFK Lounge – Taylor and I went here after seeing Chris Hardwick because it’s in downtown San Jose! It was both of our first times there, and it was pretty fun! Kinda expensive, but it’s a bar so I kind of expected that.
  • Bon Chon Chicken – I’m kinda hesitant about blogging about this place because it’s already too popular in my area. Bon Chon Chicken is probably the best fried chicken place ever. The crust (is that what you call it?) is the BEST; so crunch and flavorful! I didn’t have a free day and I still went out! I knew I wasn’t going to be able to see Taylor over the weekend, so we met up and just had dinner.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – This is Taylor’s favourite wing place (mine is Wing Stop, in case you were wondering) so we come here often.
  • Kenji Sushi – My mom and I went here on the weekend (when I wasn’t busy). It both of our first times here, and my coworker was saying that this is his favourite sushi place. Neither of us had sushi, but the entrees we had were pretty good!

Everything Else

I’m still using all the apps I was using in my original post so I won’t repeat myself.

  • – I bought the Brush Pen Sampler on JetPens because it just came back into stock. Again, little free time and I barely got time to play around with them, but I’m glad I got them because the sampler has been out of stock for a while!

That’s everything for this week, guys! Hope you enjoyed your week, and liked a glimpse at mine!