13 March 2015

Short New Haircut

Since my mom was in town recently and I had been thinking of finally getting a sophisticated new 'do after so many years with long hair (seriously, it's been like 10 years), I went ahead and had her cut off about 12 inches. It still feels weird, but I like the change.

Here I am, pre- and post-haircut:

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Here are the ~11 inches of hair that I'll be donating:

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I guess this means that 1: I actually have to do something with my hair besides a ponytail every day, and 2: I'll have to fight more with my cowlick than I'm used to because of the lost hair weight.

The first day after the haircut, I didn't really know what to do with my hair. I tried flipping it out slightly, but the way it looked made me think, "this is hair done by a person with long hair who doesn't know how to do non-long hair", so I tried curling it under with a straightener, and that seemed like a pretty good option, so I guess that's what I'll be sticking with:

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(Wow, my hair looks really red in that picture, doesn't it?)

Thanks, Mom!

05 February 2015

Christmas in Utah

We enjoyed two whole weeks in Utah for Christmas. It was really great to spend time with friends and family members we haven't seen for a while.

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Nestlé enjoying a Wendy's bag

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Watching football with family

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Snowshoeing in Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Morning basketball at the church (Michael made 46 free throws in a row the first day and the next days fewer—maybe practice doesn't make perfect?)

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Temple Square visit (JSMB)

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Result of Christmas tree decorating and cutting of snowflakes

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Christmas Eve Glauser party with "Santasia"

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My paternal aunts and uncles with my dad (think the guys match much?)

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Family pictures

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Nephew time

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Michael driving in the snow (notice the snow chicken hanging out on the wiper)

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Michael's enormous new phone, the OnePlus One

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Making a wooden sign at Uncle Scott's wood shop

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Getting a cube made of Sänd to last for many days

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Michael's first NBA game (courtesy of the Andersons, thanks!)

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Bernese Mountain Dog Hudson magic (thanks, Mark)

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Trying out the new air mattress and organizing my dad's stuff in his office

Showing Amos the joy of snow

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Late-night bowling with Sica, word games with my family, visits with Betsy and Melissa and Peggy and others . . .
So, as you can see, we had quite an enjoyable time. Thanks for having us, Mom and Dad!

14 January 2015

The Last Two Months of 2014

What special things (besides Kitchit and Thanksgiving and job stuff) did we do in November and December? I'm glad that you asked . . .

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Michael participated in Hult Prize again, this time with an idea to incentivize early childhood education in slums.

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We made wine-less Ryan's Bolognese Sauce and declared it a winner.

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We finally met our friends' baby, Gavin.

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Michael crashed his bike in the Broadway Tunnel. It took some persuasion each day for him to let me put Neosporin and bandages all over his knees.

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I got my new ring (made of white gold this time) on the same day that I woke up with sore, swollen finger joints for some unknown reason, so it took me a few days of turmeric ginger tea and Ibuprofen to get the new ring on.

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I went to LinkedIn's DevelopHer Hack Day in Sunnyvale.

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Then we went to see the San Jose State Warriors Sica at San Jose State. It was so cute to see Amos go straight to Michael to stay warm.

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Sica looks great in that shade of blue and watching her every move during the game was really fun (and easy, since her hair makes her so visible). She even let us go back to her office for a bit after the game.

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This is the final result of Michael growing out his facial hair for Movember.

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While our friends missed a very windy, very rainy week in San Francisco, we checked in on their cat, Mimi.

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Since we'd never been to the Christmas Creche exhibit in Palo Alto, we took Caltrain down to see it and were glad to see these smiling faces there for a bit as well.

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The latest Hackbright Demo Night was fabulously inspiring, as usual. It's so great to see what ideas women have and how far they get with their projects in just five weeks.

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I've been trying out some Thai recipes and the Christmas colors in this pepper basil tofu recipe made me happy (as did the delicious taste thereof).

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I was so excited to see Christmas candy at the store, because these mint chocolate truffle kisses are amazing (and I don't say that lightly, because I don't really like most Hershey's products).

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Here's one view of our Christmas-ready apartment.

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When our fridge looked like this, it was time for our Christmas vacation.

13 January 2015

Kitchit Tonight Dinner Party

I recently had the opportunity to try out Kitchit, so I booked a Kitchit Tonight dinner party. If you haven't heard of Kitchit, basically, they'll send a chef to your house to prepare a meal in your kitchen so you can just enjoy a fresh, professionally-made dinner with your friends at home. Even though I love to cook, I've noticed that for some reason when I make dinner for a bunch of friends, I can't really taste or appreciate my efforts because I'm so distracted by everything I need to do and all of the people around me, so having someone else take care of the meal-planning, shopping, cooking, and clean-up sounded amazing to me. Also, since I don't know much about vegan cooking and I was planning on having some vegan friends over, I was happy to book a unique, delicious-looking vegan meal.

Unfortunately, there were a few minutes the evening of the party when Michael and I were making emergency back-up plans because we hadn't heard from our chef, but it turned out that he was sick and another chef was on his way. All I did was get all the kitchen supplies out so Josh wouldn't have to figure out where everything was, and when he arrived, he took over while I enjoyed talking to our guests.

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I liked the presentation of the menus. I don't think that this appetizer was part of the plan, so it was really thoughtful of Chef Josh to bring something for us to munch on while he prepared the food.

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Black kale salad with pomegranate seeds and unpeeled delicata squash, yum!

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The celery root "pasta" was great. I was barely able to finish it all after such a big salad and the appetizers. Of course, though, there's always room for dessert, right?

The pumpkin cake with maple glaze was so good that we forgot to get a picture of it. :)

KitchitTonight photo 2014-11-23190703_zps1a840159.jpg Each item on the menu was amazingly flavorful, healthy, and nicely presented. We were all very impressed.

Josh was really quiet about washing, drying, and putting away the dishes, and when he left he gave us a Kitchit bottle to keep. The price of Kitchit is a bit steep for me, but I would consider very occasionally booking with Kitchit again because of how very delicious and how convenient it was. Thanks, Kitchit!

13 December 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving was great. We invited some nearby family members and some friends from Hult. Here's a video about our holiday for your enjoyment:

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I carefully made a Thanksgiving Day schedule the night before Thanksgiving so we'd know exactly when to start what and when we'd have time for a walk. It was pretty fun to teach our guests (some of whom had never celebrated Thanksgiving before) how to make the food.

We made our first (and perhaps last, turkey?). I just couldn't get over how disgusting it was to have a large dead bird in our kitchen.

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Michael bought latex gloves just to do the dirty bird work.

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Michael remarked more than once that it was like a headless baby. Yep.

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Since the apple was the last thing to be shoved into the bird, we laughed because it looked like the turkey was trying to poop an apple.

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While the dough for the potato rolls was rising, we went for a walk to Lafayette Park and enjoyed the great weather and view of Alcatraz in front of Danielle Steel's house.

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Eventually everything was done: mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, turkey, green beans, and stuffing.

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We got to try out our new extendable table (a Craigslist IKEA special).

Even though the turkey was so much work, I didn't have any until it ended up in turkey rice soup two weeks later. I'm all about the stuffing!

By the time most guests had left, I was too exhausted to stand up or doing anything besides eat leftover pie. Luckily Claire and Julia came to the rescue with their dish-washing skills.

Like I said, we had a great Thanksgiving!


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