Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 2010 Bloggings

Sunday, January 10

2010 has been off to a pretty good start. On Monday, Jeanine and I went to Westfield Century City for lunch to meet up with Fluffy. Got treated to Pinkberry, which was nice. And it's always nice to get out of the office and spend time with people. And on Friday, Jonas bought me a burrito from Ralph's for lunch so that was really nice of him. And RH let me leave the office almost an hour early! Traffic sucked, of course, but I was so happy to have my Friday end a little bit earlier than usual. Yesterday I got to have lunch at McD's and go to Costco with my mum. I love going to Costco since they always have samples for me to eat! And today we had Panda Express when we went to Pavilions.

Apart from that this past week has been all about watching TV. Among others, I watched Modern Family yesterday (yay for Benjamin Bratt!) and the series premiere for White Collar (Matt Bomer is so hot). Good times.''

Sunday, January 17

Maria's Italian Kitchen 2

Doesn't that look delicious? I had dinner with Jinwon today and we went to Maria's Italian Kitchen. We shared the BBQ Chicken Salad and the Chicken Rosa. Yum! And really filling. I love Maria's--the food is delicious and the portions are enormous! But we still went to Starbucks afterwards, just to chat some more, and I got their Caramel Brulee Latte.

This week has been quite eventful. Wednesday was pretty busy at work and I ended up working around 45 minutes OT. My printer finally arrived so that was exciting. Until I had issues installing it on my desktop. I've given up on that so we will only be printing from the laptops. But I am excited that I got it to be wireless! On Thursday I finally met up with Lois! We haven't hung out in a long time so that was really nice. We stopped by Coffee Bean first so I could get a free Sunrise Smoothie and then we headed to Zankou for dinner. I love that place! Friday I got to leave work an hour early (thank you RH!) and I had dinner at Souplantation with my mum. Yet another place that I love. Yesterday my car had some work done--oil change, new transmission oil, changed the windshield wipers and air filters--and then my mum and I ran errands. And we went to Rubio's for lunch where we sharred a burrito and enchiladas. And today, Joe bought the host team kimbab and ddukbokgi! So nice!

I have also watched a lot of TV. Since I last blogged, I have watched 24 episodes of various TV shows! I was happiest about watching Supernatural. Despite my endless love for Jensen Ackles, I can't watch that show. It creeps me out too much. But this episode had nothing creepy or scary--they did parodies of different TV shows! So I was able to DL it and watch it and be happy :D I also watched the Golden Globes tonight. I am so excited for MLK day tomorrow because it means no work!

Monday, January 18

Today was awesome. No work. Slept in. Watched a lot of TV (six episodes!).

And Gardy came over and brought me.. TEN INCH HERO!!!

I love love love this movie. I still remember how happy it made me when I watched it in theatres. I cried on the way home because I was so happy. And grateful to the cast and crew of this movie.

Sunday, January 24

Our first AHS potluck of the year was last night. Fluffy actually attended this one so that was nice. Although I think we disappointed him since we weren't as cool and sophisticated as he expected us to be. He brought Riesling, champagne, Stella Artois, cheese, crackers, cherry tomatoes and poppyseed dressing. I want to go to the parties that he goes to! But our potlucks are awesome too. Crystal brought meat potato balls (not from Porto's though), Tiffany made banana pudding with vanilla wafers, and Candace made lemon mint cake with simple mint syrup and chocolate hazelnut meringues. I actually made an entree (with the help of my mum): chicken teriyaki drumsticks. It was a great night. A little awkward for Fluffy, but it was still really nice to hang out with friends. Crystal even stayed afterwards to chat and we watched an episode of Law & Order: SVU together. Friends are awesome. Even today I bonded more with my second service host team ladies. Over food, of course. Grace was generous and bought us nachos from Carnitas. Yum!

{January AHS Potluck group photo}

This made for a really nice ending to a not-so-great week. It seemed like this week was going to be pretty great since it was only four days long, but what a four days it was! Tuesday wasn't bad--Jeanine came back from her Europe trip and RH was nice enough to let us leave the office a little early. But Wednesday, oh Wednesday. RH was laid off! My boss was laid off! It wasn't really shocking, but it was unexpected. So Thursday our department moved down a couple of floors and on Friday we met our new boss. He seems like a nice enough guy, but I can't really tell what he's like since he was in meetings all day. It will be interesting to see how things change now...

But Friday was nice in that Fluffy treated me, Jeanine, and Jonas to lunch at Sushi Mac! And we even went to Yogurtland afterwards. Thanks Fluffy!

TV is also a comfort to me. Started a couple new series this week: Human Target and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Both look good. On Friday I also watched (among others) Parks and Recreation, which is actually not a show I follow, because Justin Thereaux guest starred in that episode. And now I'm off to watch more TV!

Saturday, January 30

Today I went to Acapulco with my mum since we had a coupon and hadn't gone there in a long time. Wow, their shrimp quesadilla is awesome! So unhealthy but so delicious. Of course, this comes to bite me in the arse pretty much because I went shopping with my mum afterwards and I had to go up a pant size. Blargh.

Quesadillos de Camarones 1
{Quesadillos de Camarones}

Yesterday also involved a bit of food. After work I met up with JoeMac at our usual plaza and we had dinner at the lounge upstairs. Tried out their rabbokgi and was very disappointed. I know that no one can ever compare to my cousin-in-law's, but dang, this fell way short. So we drowned our sorrows in lemon soju and Hite. We then took sticker pictures and karaoke'd. Could we get more Asian? ;) I really enjoyed karaoke last night because I got to sing Sechskies, H.O.T. and Ahn Jae Wook! Talk about a walk down memory lane...

Thursday was even more unhealthy food! After work I met up with Ariana, Emily and Miloni at Cafe 50's. That place has the most awesome Southern Fried Mac and Cheese. It is so sinfully delicious! We also got the Green Bean Fries. I didn't think I would like them since I don't like green beans but these had me singing a different tune! I really do love anything as long as it's fried :P On top of all this, I got their Orange Dreamsicle Shake and their Breakfast Burrito (without bacon and bell peppers but with avocado). The shake was awesome, of course, but the breakfast burrito was not. Our cafe at work may be ghetto, but they do make a great breakfast burrito. I unfortunately did not take any pictures this night--sorry!

But my week was not all about food. On Monday I went to Apple One in Pasadena to sign up with them. Interviewed, tested, etc. Unfortunately this branch doesn't deal with Disney. I need to sign up with the Glendale branch someday... I stayed last at work until 7PM since I had come in late. Apart from that, the rest of the week was business as usual. Worked and watched TV. Story of my life. Tomorrow will involve even more eating since I'm meeting up with the girls from church for lunch afterwards. Let the eating begin (again)!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Do Not Be Anxious

Lately I've been having yet another life crisis.. #50 probably? It's a culmination of many things, but I think the most obvious trigger is the fact that it's been two years since I've returned from New Zealand. TWO YEARS.

And what have I done? I haven't left Southern California in all that time. I've barely left Los Angeles County! To make it worse, it seems like everyone else is travelling. One of my coworkers went to Scotland for a couple of weeks. She visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, and Paris. A former coworker travelled throughout Asia last year for a few months, and is now travelling through South America. Elaine is in Amsterdam. Nancy will be going to Japan next year for a year. Paul's going back to South Korea for his third year. Lina just came back from a year in Australia, and will go to Africa next. I'm sure I know more people who are travelling. And yet I am stuck in LA.

I would probably feel better about having my damn wings clipped if I had something to enjoy at home. But I just have work, and that is worse than nothing. YP is a place of bitterness, anger, and misery for me, and it's wreaking havoc on my soul. I desperately want to work in the entertainment industry, but it seems like an impossible goal.

I had a couple breakdowns this past weekend about this, but I feel like God is really trying to help me through this time. I felt like the passages last week for the daily journal I'm doing with YNCC last week were aimed at me.
  • A couple passages were about the condition of the heart. Even if we didn't actually commit any sinful actions, thinking sinful thoughts was also a sin. I may not actually do anything bad, but you can be sure that my mind has gone to some very dark places. Whether it be triggered by road rage or some stupidity that I'm forced to endure at work, my mind thinks some very sinful thoughts, and I need to put a stop to that.
  • One of the reasons why I've been bitter about work is because I feel like everything that I'm doing is pointless. I work my arse off at work, and for what? I pay close attention to invoices and try my best to make sure our company isn't paying for something that isn't our responsibility or paying more than we actually should. And yet no matter how hard I work, nothing happens. I'm never going to get a raise, get promoted, or even get hired. So what's the point in my working so hard? But another couple of passages from last week addressed this. They talked about doing things in secret: praying, giving, etc. If we do these acts in public and receive praise/approval, then that praise, that admiration, is our reward. But if we do these things in secret, so that only God sees them, then he will reward us in heaven. So I should stop being so bitter about my lack of immediate reward for my hard work, but rest assured that God does see it and appreciate it so it is not all in vain.
And then came today's passage. I have been so anxious, so worried, so worked up about my present and my future. I'm in such a rut and I feel like I need to do something to get out. I want to get into the entertainment industry. But how? Should I quit my job and hope that my temp agency can find me a gig with the studio? Or should I join another temp agency? Or should I shut the door on my passion for the entertainment industry and instead follow my passion for travel? Should I move to San Francisco, since that's the closest city that I want to immerse myself in? Or..? So many thoughts and 'what if's' constantly fill my head.

But then I read this:

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
-- Matthew 6:25-34

That is the truth. God will provide for me. He always does. I seriously need to stop worrying and just focus on Him, and everything else will fall into place. Being anxious does nothing for me. And today is more than enough for me--no need to be anxious about tomorrow as well. Well said, Jesus. You rock.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy 2010!

{Happy New Year!}

Gardy and I started a new tradition at the end of 2009: spending NYE together! We started off the evening together after dinner, went to Starbucks, and just hung out for the rest of the night chatting. It was really nice :)

Of course, since we were chatting until 5AM, I spent the rest of my New Year's sleeping and then watching TV. Yesterday I went to Red Lobster for lunch with my mum. That was the second time I've been to Red Lobster in my life. We got several different shrimp dishes and they were so delicious! But so explicitly unhealthy. I am not allowed to come back here for at least another year. Ran some errands, napped, and watched some more TV. I love the weekend.

{Katie on the swings}

Today I met up with Gardy, Keri and her daughter Katie! We grabbed lunch at Corner Bakery, where I got my usual: combo with the chicken pomodoro panini and tomato basil soup. So delicious. We then went to Eisenhower Park, which is literally down the street from my house, for a photo session with Katie. She is so cute!!!

Afterwards I helped my mum with some Kumon stuff, did my devotional, and watched an episode of IRIS. It is going to take me forever to finish this drama at the rate that I am going..

{Good times at the park}