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29 January 2015 @ 11:34 pm
My first utility patent, design patent, and big product launch (all at the same time!) was spotted in stores recently!  So proud of my team.  Never thought the client would like my "gun" design so much, haha. Check it out!  It's in a bunch of different stores now all across the US (Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe's mostly, IIRC).  I wish there was a better close up, though.

65 hour work weeks are really rough. I really hate the lack of free time, but crossing fingers! So far it's been going well. Team was really impressed with everything so far, although the past few days have been stressful with this tight time-line. It's an odd way to start, but if this is the toughest it gets, I welcome it.

2015 has a lot of potential for being one of the best years I've ever had, and even if it doesn't work out, it'll still be alright so far.

Our re-do honeymoon is now only 5 weeks away! I'm so excited. All the necessary Groupons have been bought, and now I only need to keep an eye out for show tickets. MJ: The One and Zumanity are on the top of our lists; the other shows will just be icing on top. The Venetian is going to be so wonderful...maybe we'll take a midnight drunken gondola ride. So romantic, haha.

Warm midnight strolls, hand-in-hand, down a busy strip is one of my favorite things to do, ever. Somehow everything and everyone else just seems to fall away from the world. There is something exceedingly romantic about passing thousands of strangers everyday, as they pass through their own existences. Aspects of life that make me feel so small also make me feel so ethereal, so at peace. When all is said and done, we'll all be returned to the stars, as we were all once born from them.

Yeah, that's how Las Vegas makes me feel. A bit weird, but I'm glad I feel this way about anything, anywhere.
02 October 2014 @ 10:49 pm
Mason and I have officially decided that we will start baby stuff next August. :). In the mean time, I've been reading a lot of books about babies and about how much I think I'm going to suffer during the entire course of the pregnancy, haha. We've kicked our savings plan into higher gear and it's kind of exciting. We have a bit saved up already, but I look forward to being even more of a grown up.

I hope more than anything that my parents will be able to spend as much time as they can with our baby (or babies, but at most, two of them). We wanted to wait a bit later, but agree that given my dad's age and health concerns, delaying motherhood by another 1-2 years is 1-2 fewer years the baby will get to spend listening to my parents' stories. I am willing to give up most things in exchange for my parents' time spent with their grandchildren...I have the rest of my older life to do whatever else.

Life isn't perfect, but it's pretty good, and I'm really lucky. We make the best out of what we have, and support others on their own quests to do the same for themselves. That's really all you can hope for!
19 July 2014 @ 10:54 pm
Our wedding day was beautiful. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was definitely one of the happiest days of my life.  We took so many amazing photos with such talented photographers, but we won't see them until 1-2 weeks after the event.

I'm glad we made the extra effort to get married in my hometown in California. I got to be surrounded by the people who loved me most--the people who raised me and cared for me since the day I was born.  We laughed and danced and sung, all throughout the night. I created so many memories with them, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. After it was all done with, Mason and I had an awesome 8-day, 5-star Vegas food and show honeymoon to look forward to.

Before we left to go to the airport to catch our plane to Vegas, we decided to drive back from dropping people off at SFO to see my family one more time for 30 minutes. Mostly it was to see my grandma. She asked me why I was still there and I said that I wanted to see her one more time before I left. She smiled. We offered her tea and I kissed her on the forehead. I didn't know that that was truly the last time I got to be with her.

One day into our honeymoon, my grandma went into cardiac arrest. We immediately drove 9 hours from Vegas to her hospital bed.  30 family members were there, crying. She was our matriarch, our mama.  She survived the Vietnam war to raise her 6 surviving children and all of her grandchildren.  We all stood in her room as her breath and heartbeat faded. We talked to her as well as we could as she left us all.

It seems cruel that we were born to fall in love with people, only to have to rip ourselves away from those who love us when we die.
29 June 2014 @ 12:27 pm
Less than two weeks. :)

29 May 2014 @ 12:32 pm
When we were younger, we were told to stay away from "bad people."

When I was younger, those people seemed much easier to avoid. Some people behave in obviously bad ways, and it's easy for me to tell them no.  But I'm finding often, now, that that isn't the case at all.

Others wound you in much more subtle ways, often more severely.  And those are the ones you remember. They trick themselves into your life and leave you wondering why you ever tried. They have forced themselves into your memories, your life, yourself.  And what do you do?

2014 takes the cake.
28 February 2014 @ 12:04 pm
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04 June 2013 @ 08:47 pm

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Too many people choose to do what's easy.

17 April 2013 @ 11:31 pm
I really love this song.

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It doesn't last that long.  I remember being so carefree as a kid.  I didn't know what I had, and I didn't know what I didn't have.  I knew two emotions: happiness and anticipation.  I had no idea why we were here, and I can't say that I thought about it much.  Everything was bright, and there was a lot of green green grass and dandelions.  We rolled down the hills and sometimes even did cartwheels down the steeper ones.  That almost broke my arm.  There were a lot of jungle gyms; we'd climb so high and so fast that being up at the top first was simply exhilarating.  We'd fold paper boats and float them down little streams for hours.  I remember on the day before vacations that I could never sleep, so Kel and I just stayed up talking about all the fun things we were going to do.  It didn't matter.

We will never feel so carefree again.

Life is such a transient thing.  I often wonder why people chose to live it filled with regrets.  I wonder why people choose to live a life of lies and manipulation.  Our time is so limited here.  We're all just people.  No one is on a pedestal over anyone else.  Everyone has the same struggles, the same fears.  We worry about our friends, our family, our health.  We feel sadness and we feel pain.  We suffer.  We will never stop suffering.  We are just people.

We are complicated, but we are complicated with potential.   "Collaboration is the stuff of growth."  Stop fighting.  It's just not worth your time or your breath.  Take those on who respect this transient life and drop those who insult it.