Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Well I fell off the 365 wagon. That's the hardest part! First I had my normal 1-2 week lag, then my phone continued its crashing, then blogger went down, and then I thought about giving up...

But no! I will press on. Once I figure out how I wanna restart. Back post a few? (I kept taking pics, even though I didn't post. But I am still missing a few days, especially once I went into my "give up?" phase.) We'll see.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Project 365: day 34

Past midnight and counts for Monday! :) So this was my coverage of Obama's announcement of Bin Laden's demise...
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Project 365: day 33

Tough call for the pic of Sunday but Race for Hope 5k wins!
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Project 365: day 29

(I think this is what I tried to post for 29...) Blasting!
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Project 365: day 32

Saturday was more tennis with friends and many shirtless men? (The guy on the left is in good form...?)
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Project 365: day 31

Mysterious lone muffin in the pantry.
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Project 365: day 30

Finally made it to a thursday kickball game...
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Project 365: day 28

Contemplating hundredpushups again, mostly to get back to 50. And look! It's a tiny PocketMod book!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Project 365: day 27

Knittin' and beer. My favorite pasttime.
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Project 365: day 26

I didn't leave the apartment on Sunday so here's a picture of food... Kale, delicious kale!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011


Hmm, now that I'm on a real computer looking at my posts it looks like Blogger Droid compresses the pictures a lot! I guess the gist is still there though and it's not like the pictures on my phone would look that much better. Still disappointing.

Project 365: day 25

Hard to choose a pic from Sat...bb exam, picnic...but I think this pic of Jed wins the day. What a good pup.
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Project 365: day 24

I admit, this pic was taken on Tuesday, but Friday is when i finally really had time to play! Joy joy.
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Project 365: day 23

Thurs was a health fair at work. Gotta love balloons! Can't not brighten your day.
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Project 365: day 22

My first Seder! Also I still have no idea how to make pix go vertical when posting from my phone. :(
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Project 365: day 21

Behind this mystical garden are tennis courts. (And my second loss of the season.)
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Project 365: day 20

This? This is delicious.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Project 365: day 19

Decided against a film at a museum and enjoyed cool weather with some friends on the tennis courts! By Howard University.
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Project 365: day 18

Only a week behind! Unfortunately all I took last Sat was Misu rolling around in my apartment/landfill. She's back to "almost adopted" so there may be not many more pics of her. :(
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Project 365: day 17

Friday, post Crystal City 5k run. Portraits by Joe Foley, part of his Bakers Dozen works.
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Project 365: day 16

First soccer game of the season on Thursday. Go Foxchase!
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Project 365: day 15

I tried "no cook" steel cut oats. Soak them in 2 parts milk overnight. I added honey, cinnamon, and raisins. Not my favorite, but worked well with normal oatmeal the next day! :) Gonna try 5-min/soak steel cut oats next!
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Project 365: day 14

Mmmm. What is better than a piece of salmon sashimi? (Plenty I'm sure but it hit the spot.)
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Project 365: day 13

I got nothing for Monday :( so here's another Sunday shot from the train models store in Strasburg, PA.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Project 365: day 12

Sunday was meandering through central PA. Amish buggies!
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Project 365: day 11

Let's go Pens redux. (WBS Pens and Hershey Bears split the weekend 1-1.)
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Project 365: day 10

On Friday was gamblin at Mohegan Sun and watching the Wilkes Barre/Scranton penguins. Also eating at a random buffet, at which I encounter the largest mass of kimchee I've ever seen. Who knew it was so popular?
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Project 365: day 9

On Thurs I left for a weekend trip! But not before a random kick off at work. Clearing old patent applications vroom vroom.
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Project 365: day 8

For wed...hi cuteness! (Sorry for the double kitty post!)
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Project 365: day 7

And for yesterday, Misu the foster says "oh hayyyy". (I have a captioned version but I decided against posting it.)
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Project 365: day 6

This drink was called Bone. No "the" iirc. From Founding Farmers. Knob Creek, lime juice, tabasco sauce, with a bacon lolli (candied bacon) garnish. A very manly cocktail. :)
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Project 365: day 5

Line at Georgetown cupcake...the usual...(I don't get it.)

(Also my phone as been annoying at the worst times since the OTA update to froyo. Especially with 3g data. 4g is fine! Still no g in the office. :( So I am bending the rules for a post a day and will for a while I'm sure...)
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Project 365: day 4

Whenever I think I'm baking a large batch of tofu, it never turns out to be much. (Protip: bake extra crispy for a healthy crunchy snack :P)
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Friday, April 1, 2011

project 365: day 3

Juggling guy at today's Crystal City 5k! Long line... (also my phone ate my pic yesterday...longish story but i think my phon decided it was too blurry and deleted it replacing it with a weird icon. Is that possible? I was mad.)
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fine, I admit it

Having a rice cooker has sort of changed my life. I bought it off of a friend who was moving. Initially I had my doubts, especially buying one using "fuzzy logic" because as I'm sure was the case in most Asian households growing up, you had some ancient thing with a 2 pole switch that somehow made rice, puddings, steamed vegetables, and whatever else. You could trick those things. Fuzzy logic (whether or not this term is correctly applied) rice cookers are a whole different animal. You have to tell it what you're making (some of them even have cake modes...which my friend and I tried and hey, it looked enough like cake! Imagine if we made it mixing with a whisk and not a fork and also when sober!) and then it'll magically cook it juuuuust right.

And I've been living without a rice cooker for years, being the bad Asian that I am. (Along with not playing the piano or violin.) I just make rice in a pot. What is so hard???

But hey, you help a friend out by buying his junk and you get junk you might use in return. Yay! Also I joked that with the fuzzy logic brain 'n all, it might be intelligent enough to become my new best friend.

And it has.

I haven't done anything crazy in it yet but make white rice and brown rice. Okay, I attempted to make steel cut oats twice, which sort of yielded goopy nightmares, but the oats that remained in the pot were delicious. (I should add that I've never made steel cut oats before and so they sort of astound me and I'm sure it'll just take some experimentation with the water ratio. Also the oats all remained in the pot...the goopy mess was the...oat water that had congealed?) The cake was at someone else's place so I can't count that. But combined with my normal stores of pickled vegetables I never get around to eating (kimchee, cucumbers in soy sauce, etc) I am in snacking heaven. It feels healthier too than some of my past snacking habits. (Until you factor in just how much rice I can inhale with the right sesame and seaweed seasoning and then I remember why I don't lose weight.)

And so, as with I later admitted with getting a real bed, I concede that a rice cooker is a good investment. Tending periodically to a pot of rice doesn't take much work, but setting a timer for rice to be done when you're back from errands is pretty clutch. And since my jaw has been hurting the past few weeks it's been nice to have large amounts of rice porridge (mixed with sweet potatoes! mm) as a staple starch around. You win, Asian-and-now-common-American-apartment-dweller wisdom.

Project 365: day 2

Walk of shame after a lost tennis match.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Project 365: day 1

Project 365: day 1 by muroo Project 365: day 1, a photo by muroo on Flickr.

Spring is here sort of! By a work parking garage.

Hmm, there was supposed to be a message about retrying this project now that my phone is smarter. But it didn't work. I'll find a way!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

running in circles

Hello world again!

I wonder who still has this blog on their feeds! So I am back, reflecting on my life, with no guarantees that I will post again. :-) I guess I converted to tumblr, but since apparently it's a bandwidth whore (hence not playing nice with use at work) maybe I'll spew my thoughts here again.

I have a lot of saved drafts, and a lot of more organized things to say...but perhaps expanding on that indication, this is a post about how I am woefully unfocused.

As I type right now, I am amid another flurry of work left to the last minute. The super last minute. I've been aware of this workload for a while, and I've had the past 3 weeks to work on it, but I just haven't. I can't really put my finger on why other than just being a pathological procrastinator. But I do know I need to improve on this. And I've been better this quarter at work than usual...but not quite the best. Why haven't I been able to improve myself at work as much as I'd like? I think it's because I'm also trying to be better at every thing all at once.

I fall into this trap so much that it's not even a trap, but a dysfunctional way of life. I suppose growing up being placed in specialized programs and then going to a competitive high school and an even more so college has led me to increasingly believe that I should be good at everything. I bitterly scoffed at people who delved into their studies and didn't do extracurriculars and got the same or better grades than I with less stress (for shame!) thinking I was the capable one. Some of my friends do still envy my logistical ambitions -- if I want to fit something into my schedule, it will fit. I may sacrifice a little bit of everything else, but I can and will go to work, see an apartment, get my teeth cleaned, help out at the tae kwon do school, go to my soccer game, and then meet you for your birthday party.

I've been skipping things as of late (the past year) with mixed results. I've mostly been stinging on the exercise and the social engagements, which might not be the best way to go. Either way, this has led to no improvement in my life regarding stress level, work production consistency, and clearly not my health and fitness since I've been exercising less. And now I feel guilty for not leading the jam-packed life I used to with zero results.

What I've forgotten is one of the fundamentals of learning which I now see applies to life skills. Master one skill, build a foundation, and move on.

Instead of trying to (currently):

  • cook more and eat better
  • exercise regularly (and meet my 10k race goal)
  • work better at work
  • declutter my apartment and life
  • read books
  • play more video games (this is a good thing, promise =P)
  • take trips
  • work towards my second degree black belt
  • enjoy life and see friends in the area more than once a year
  • write more music or at least finish some songs
  • and the list goes on...(including some knitting projects for my niece...she'll be too big soon!)

I need to focus at fewer at a time. Often at 2am, I'll be awake, thinking I should do something. But what? I need to work, but I'd also really like to get started on cleaning out my dresser, and hey it's never too late to do a strength workout, oh but there's that book I wanted to read...
I just need to simplify what I want to do.

This will be hard, but I think it's for the best. Maybe I shouldn't be training for the 10k and working on my second degree black belt at the same time as compatible, as those goals appear to be, since at the moment, I only have so much time to exercise and it's hard to choose. Also I feel like reading books and playing video games take up the same-ish time slots in leisure home time. Soccer and tennis together was probably also a bad choice. Cooking more doesn't work when I don't get home until 10pm most nights exhausted. (Though I have been working on recipes on the weekends.) And most of all, perhaps work should take a bigger priority over all of these things (at least for a little while). I know there must be a way somehow to do it all at once, and do it well (I've had a taste of it!), but clearly this isn't working for me. I feel like I've spent the past year and a half trying everything and improving on nothing. I guess I don't have the same ability as I (at least think I) used to to send my life in a billion different directions.

Or maybe I do. But at this point trying to level up all of my skill sets at once makes for a long time until a stat boost. :-) And ya need little bits of encouragement along the way.

Now to figure out what to do first...

*edit - even just ten minutes after writing this, I've already had too many ideas to do everything at once. Don't know how to hold myself to taking things one at a time!