Monthly Archives: June 2013

Miracle Time

June 28, 2013

HAPPINESS / Uncategorized


I just got this in the mail…have you read it or heard about Gabrielle Bernstein? I’ve heard this is a life changing book from a dear friend and I am all for some more miracles! Want to try this 40 day transformation with me? I’ll let you know how it goes. For starters, the day I ordered this book-Tuesday, I bought two tickets to VEGAS for this weekend! What are you up to? Looks like it’s going to be hot everywhere!

What’s the most persuasive word to use at work?

I Want THAT Job…The Boutique Professions

June 27, 2013

MONEY / Uncategorized


Do you ever reconnect with an old friend or see someone on Television’s job and think, “I want THAT job!” Or, “THAT’s a job?” No WAY! Then perhaps your next thought sounds like, “I could never do that.” Actually, you probably can.

Taking your daughter to work day where I sprayed some water in people’s mouths at my dad’s dental clinic was very sweet and I totally encourage you exploring very classic professions like dentistry but this post is about wandering into more boutique professions or jobs that are less than easily accessible.

Do you think celebrities are looking for a fashion stylist with no red-carpet experience, who does acupuncture with a military background? NO. BUT, I have a bestie who IS a celebrity stylist and has allowed me to tag along and play! Bottles of champagne and thank you gifts are always on her mail table. She is a brilliant stylist and friends with the back door entrance of every style house on Rodeo Dr.

I couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do a job like that full-time (I often wear the same outfit many days in a row) but doing it for a few days makes me feel stylish, exclusive and energized.

  • Identify the Boutique Profession
  • Do you want to sample it or consider it as a profession?
  • Do your research so you know how to industry-communicate with your soon-to-be guru. See if someone has a blog on this profession…sure they do.
  • Find your guru.
  • Develop a rapport with the right guru.
  • Approach them offering your free help, trade, or ask to tag-along.
  • If it clicked, consider an internship, paid position, or further formal education.

Once I got to tag along with my mentor to an exclusive medical clinic with cutting edge techniques and I got to have my brain hooked up to a machine that delivered music therapy waves that successfully treats brain-damaged patients. Incredible.

In the Navy I was often charged with touring DVs (distinguished visitors-CEOs of American companies/politicians/actors) around the ship and answering all their questions. They were SO interested in what I did. It really made me feel incredible and cool so I know what it’s like on the other side b/c ship driving is not exactly glam on the day-to-day.

Another friend is a music video director and I’ve asked to tag along on set with at YES! I’d also love to try out matchmaking for a bit. I am totally into Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stranger.

What boutique profession are you interested in? Is there someone who would love to be YOU for a day? Does anyone wonder what it’s like to be a blogger?

Your Apocalyptic Skills

June 26, 2013

TMI / Uncategorized



What do you think of all this apocalyptic hype? We’ve been into zombies! Loving The Walking Dead TV show on AMC! While reading World War Z over Chris’ shoulder (also just watched the movie this weekend), I learned that in an end-of-the world Zombie attack, the white-collar workers (other than virologists) actually fell to the bottom of the ladder and the skilled tradespeople rose to the top. Think construction workers, soldiers and electricians versus bankers and technology professionals.

Some survival skills that you and I might have:

  • sewing
  • cooking
  • girl scout skilz
  • self-defense (years of Tae-Kwon-Do)
  • military planning/strategic training
  • weapons training (guns etc)

Stuff I could learn that would come in handy:

  • hunting
  • growing food
  • triage first aid skills
  • living off the land
  • land navigation

At dinner, Chris, his sister, Mattie and I played a game: If there were to be a situation where we had to run out of the house right now, what ONE item would you take. One person said laptop, another said water bottle…and another person said Charlie (our dog).

What would you take with you? What survival skills do you have? What do you consider to be the MOST valuable skill and single item?

How To Get Out of a Ticket

June 25, 2013

Favorites / How To / Uncategorized

Porsche Pulled Over

Sitting in the passenger seat of my friend’s Porsche while she tries to talk her way out of a ticket.

Have you ever gotten out of a ticket? We all have our own internal relationships with authority figures, especially the law enforcement variety. I am half Asian and there are some major stereotypes here with driving. Here are two experiences I’ve had.

Rolled through a stop sign/California stop/kind of stopped & no one was coming so kept going.

I had gone out to a local bar about 5 minutes from my home to meet friends for a drink. I had one drink when I arrived and left 2 hours later for home. Two blocks from my house I rolled through a stop sign and was immediately pulled over by an unseen police car.

“Do you know why I pulled you over,” he asked. Truly, I wasn’t sure because I probably thought I stopped “enough” and didn’t see anything else wrong. “No, officer, I don’t,” I truthfully admitted. “Well, you didn’t make a complete stop at the sign,” he accused. He was probably right. Then he asked if I had been drinking-it was late on a Saturday night in a fun part of town. “Yes, officer, I had one drink about 2 hours ago. I’m on my way home. I’m coming from ******* establishment (a few minutes away). I’m extremely tired and my home is 2 blocks away.”

He let me go with a stern lesson on stop sign safety and I thanked him. I took a few moments to breathe deeply in my car, he followed me home and took off.

In a left hand turn lane at a red arrow.

The straight through traffic light turned green as the arrow turned green. I realized I needed to go straight. There was no oncoming traffic and I merged into the straight lane and through the intersection. BWEWWW BWEEWWW. Pulled over.

He told me that I had made a traffic violation because I had gone through a red light. “Actually, officer, both lights were green,” I corrected. Risky to challenge the cop, I KNOW, but I couldn’t let it go. He was totally ok with it! I explained to him that I was on a lunch break, on my way back to work from taking a co-worker to pick up her car at the shop. I was a little lost so I ended up in the wrong lane and was correcting. I had made sure to merge into the straight traffic before entering the intersection.

Then he explained to me that crossing a solid white line (as in the one dividing the turn lane and through traffic) is not illegal. I still have to look that one up. He let me go and that was that!

The bottom line is that police officers are people too and they deal with the same stuff we do. I really feel that they appreciate being spoken to as a real person as long as they are still given the respect of an authority figure.

  • It is up to YOU to choose a safe location to pull over. You can slow down so they know you’re not evading or put on your hazard lights until you find a well-lit, safe area.
  • Consider explaining your method of decision-making and any factors influencing your choices. Just because they pull you over does not mean that a ticket is going to be issued.
  • Keep your body language relaxed and your voice calm.
  • It’s ok to be scared. Take a deep breath and communicate clearly.
  • Cooperate immediately.
  • Address he or she as “Officer,” as often as possible.
  • Consider apologizing if you are in the wrong.
  • Ask for some help in your “sentencing,” after you have given them to opportunity to offer it.
  • Thank them for upholding justice, keeping the roads safe and making it a tolerable experience.

Even if you still get a ticket, they can lower the fee or severity if they feel you “learned your lesson.” The worst thing that could happen is a ticket. You’ll live. The best could be that you are reminded to be a more conscious driver with just a warning!

Chris recently got pulled over for rolling past a stop line before stopping and told the officer he just had an argument with his wife so he wasn’t paying attention. That guy MUST know what that’s like. He let him go! Goes to show that cops don’t just let cute girls off the hook.

Please share your stories!

The Land Before Time

June 24, 2013

Out and About / Uncategorized

“The Land Before Time,” is what my 23 year-old sister-in-law, Mattie, named the “endowment” we spotted at the Fremont Solstice Fair in Seattle (see at bottom of post) this past weekend. The Fremont Fair is how Seattlelites welcome the summer! Tons of craft booths, food and a parade that starts with a nude cyclist explosion. Clothing is optional and creative body paint is admirable.


We were surprised by how many children were there and we wondered what they thought of it all. There were lots of other questions too like, “How are they sitting on those bicycle seats with no underwear?”

We had to get into the spirit-Rated G style-so we got our face paint on.



Face Painting

The artist went for Mardi Gras with Mattie and I asked for a flamingo.


Then we had readings by clairvoyants. The woman asked me if I did calligraphy. I said no. Then later she looped back and asked if I was a writer…”Sort of,” I told her. She had professional creative advice that was specific and rang true! Mattie was given some love and career info that left her more puzzled!

Here are two guys who asked Mattie to take a photo of them. “You look like you know how to take a good picture,” they said to her while handing her a paint encrusted smart phone. I DID NOT notice that one of them was completely naked (left) and I said, “Mattie, get in there and I’ll take a picture with you and them.” Looking back at the photos we all freaked out because I finally noticed one was naked! Chris and Mattie had known all along and just thought I was cool with Mattie being in a photo with him!!!!  NOOOOO!! HAHAHA

Fremont Solstice

The nude guy is thinking, “Wow, this chick is taking a nude photo of me. Cool.” That little blue soldier girl in the background is all paint except a tiny thong!

Some people who I pointed out as, “No Paint,” were just nude with NO PAINT! Usually they were wearing a backpack…probably to carry their clothes.

Fair Food.

Fair Gyro

I heard the nude and painted girls behind me in the beer line saying they had a few drinkies before their bike ride and were staying pickled.

In the beer garden, we were sitting in the grass, minding our own business and then BOOM. “Oh my Gosh,” I yelled as I saw what is now known as “The Land Before Time.” This man was standing about 30 feet away, wearing only a fanny pack, sunglasses and red and gold body paint. Mattie said she was reminded of the children’s dinosaur movie when she saw…it. Even Chris was impressed! Check out the back of him in yellow and red!


P.S. Twinkies are coming back July 15th. Hmmm…I can remember the days when I used to like those (age 8)!

What do you think about being nude in public? Have you tried it or would you? They looked to be having a grand time.