Thursday, April 28, 2016

Darbysmart DIY box!

I haven't blogged about crafting in AGES. Mainly, I haven't been doing much of it - I knitted a few small things for the holidays as I typically do, but otherwise, my room has basically been a WIP graveyard.

I heard about the Darbysmart Mystery DIY box from some roundup of cool subscription boxes. For about $20 a month, they send you the materials to complete a craft project! It's something different every month. I used their introductory signup code (which made it half-priced) to give it a try - my daughter really likes crafting with me, so I thought we'd check it out together.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dear Beyonce: I was wrong about you, and I'm sorry.

I was an ignorant, elitist brat when I was younger, in my teens and early 20s. I believed in female empowerment, but I was slut-shamey and judgmental of other girls' clothing choices. I called myself the "white Asian," because I was all about the things that white people liked. I would often joke that I was actually half-Asian, with my inside half being white. I definitely wasn't AZN or gangsta, and I will admit it: I bought into the whole stereotype of those cultures being thuggish and uneducated. If I indulged in hip hop or R&B, I would do so "ironically."

Look, I'm just gonna say it, because it shouldn't surprise anyone: I was racist. Let's just call it what it is. Those thoughts and behaviors are racist. I don't remember if I identified as feminist or not, but my actions and beliefs were definitely problematic. I look back at my younger self and cringe.

What does this have to do with Beyonce?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring brings new beginnings

The Oregon sky, from my backyard
Sorry for the radio silence! I haven't been up to much lately, including hitting the gym - I've been feeling sick, so mostly I've been trying to lay low (lie low?).

I did, however, have spring break this past week, so we packed up my car and drove a bunch of things to our soon-to-be home in Oregon. We basically just wanted to chill out, get house stuff done, and acclimate to our new place before our big final move in July. We drove up on Monday, and drove home on Friday.

What can I say? It's beautiful up there. It's an entirely different mood and atmosphere from that of the Silicon Valley, and even though we spent a good portion of our week assembling endless amounts of Ikea furniture, I still felt relaxed and at peace. Granted, it was spring break, so I could do whatever I felt like, at my leisure, instead of worrying about getting up for a full day of work every day, but even when I have days off at home here in California, I always feel really antsy. I think I have a lot of hobbies and activities down here because I have a hard time settling down. I constantly feel like I need to be on the move, going somewhere or taking care of something.

This was my first trip to Portland in a while where I barely left the house (except to get food, or to haul furniture), and it was really nice. It was kinda like a stay-cation, except we did technically go on a trip, but otherwise, it was mellow and we have awesome couches for lounging around, and with the additional furniture we assembled this time, we started to get a clearer vision for our new home. And you know what? I like what I see. The pieces of the puzzle that is the rest of my life are starting to come together.

My new reading corner. Now I just need to bring my books!
I have six more weeks of school left, and roughly the same amount of time left after that before we say goodbye to California for good. It's stressful to move, and it's hard to leave loved ones and familiar places behind, but it's also exciting because it's a chance to reset and start anew.

Pause and reflect

I haven't written a blog post in almost a year. I've had a lot of stuff happen, some good and some bad, and I could've written a...