Life with Churry.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Good thing one of us graduated with honors from the School of Suburbia Etiquette. I yelled hello, waved, and ran to hide in the house. But I was comforted by the knowledge that someone was being a good, friendly neighbor.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
San Francisco's like a kid who refused to wear a bathing suit and is now sulking on the sidelines because it can't play in the pool. Maybe in pre-school it'll learn to skinny dip.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
"Ok. It's not like I eat them. I only eat the strawberry ones."
"What? How can you not like figs? That's very un-American. They should send you to Guantanamo Bay. The charge is 'Dislikes Figs.'"
"At least I'll know what my charge is."
"Yah, we make exceptions for U.S. citizens."
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
The saddest thing is when avocado products turn black. It is such a waste! Imagine all the children who don't have enough to eat! And here we are, forced to throw out yummy avocados because of some pesky oxygen. As luck would have it, I found out why avocados turn black-separation anxiety.
For Diversity Day, Jose and Vicky manned the Mexican booth all night because Agustin, the only other Mexican student, was a bartender for the night. Vicky made some awesome guacamole, and I hung out there after making my rounds and getting all the stickers. It was a small shocker when my chip hit a hard object in the guacamole. Geological discoveries are cool and all, but a brown object in my, um, our food? That is not cool, man.
Trying hard to keep myself composed, I pointed and asked as gently as I could, "What's that!" Jose and Vicky, who apparently have encountered worse reactions before, answered matter-of-factly, "It's the avocado pit. It keeps the guacamole from turning black."
*whew* The dangers I brave for good food.
So there it is. If you have to peel away the avocado meat from the pit, at least let them stay together after you process the meat. Keep your avocado happy, and it will stay green.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
It took everything in me to not make a snide comment when, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, several travel agents from the American south complained about the food at the banquet. They obviously had no idea how hard it is to serve 100 tables the same dish at about the same time at about the right temperature. I won't even mention all the well-made, labor and skill intensive dishes cooked up by the kitchen that these ladies considered inedible.
I've come to accept the fact that most of us may learn to appreciate authentic cuisine of different origins, but we will never truly enjoy certain authentic dishes that taste drastically different from our mom's cooking. So here is my small contribution of the day towards educating people about authentic cuisine-King of Thai Noodle is not authentic Thai food. (Source: Saran with the really long last name.)
Friday, September 15, 2006
"Cupertino blood center. They called and said there was a blood shortage so I agreed to help out!! I get to write it off as a tax deduction, right? I estimate my blood is worth $1 million!! I wouldn't get audited for that would I?
Thursday, September 14, 2006
After more complaining and bitching about the first-years and the professors, Jose attempts to throw a piece of paper into a trash can two feet away. Seizing its opportunity to add to Jose's issues, the paper floats around a la American Beauty and falls next to the trash can. "The lazy work twice." grunts Jose.
Sobhi walks in while I'm practicing my Spanish phrase-of-the-day, and he promptly aims some trash at the aforementioned trash can from the other side of the closet-sized team room and...makes it. Instead of rubbing this in our (Jose's) face, Sobhi gamely fulfils the decree, aims some more trash at the trash can, and sinks those, too. I mean, he did have to split up his trash-throwing into two moves. So technically, he did work twice.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Am I not a diligent business school student? No, I am. I read the book in the bathroom-the usual toilet time, but especially when I was brushing my teeth, and even when I was taking out or putting in my contact lenses. I know, that takes skills. It also took determination, considering the other free reading material I had to put aside-MacWorld, Entertainment Weekly, Technology Review, Fortune, Newsweek, Yachting, Conde Naste Traveler. Maybe TR isn't really free, considering how much tuition I paid, not even considering the blood, sweat, and tears.
Anyway, Keith makes a really good point there about focusing on the people in your life. After all, if you don't spend time with your loved ones, you will never ever have material for a blog like this.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
I am, however, enough of a fanatic that I remembered the day and (almost) time of the keynote speech, and followed along with Steve and company's performance by reading three different web sites simultaneously to make sure I didn't miss a beat.
So when several new Mac users showed up for our configuration meeting at school this week and couldn't stop beaming about all the cool things you can do on a Mac, I felt tingly all over. I then almost fainted with pride when one of them said to another, "She really knows how to work this thing."
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Oh wait, I have better things to do with my money.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Boy oh boy, this mom-and-pop restaurant might as well be my mom's kitchen. Ok, it's not as good as my mom's cooking, but it's close and it's cheap. Fine, it's better than my mom's cooking, but only because they make dishes my mom doesn't make. Anyway...
Shanghai Flavor Shop 上海生煎館 is located at 888 Old San Francisco Rd, Sunnyvale, 94086. It's in the same strip mall as the Shell station and the Safeway. The phone number is 408.738.3003.
Our favorite dishes are the steamed dumplings (xiao3 long2 bao1) and the red bean cakes (dou4 sha1 su1 bing3).
Oh, did we mention it's cheap? We really want it to stay in business.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Anyway, I hope the frog didn't place higher than the drunken bear.
Wait, I thought he wasn't trying to pick a fight.
A few hours later, digg funneled me to a blog about why someone ditched his Mac for Linux. Notice that his main complaint is the incivility and ungratefulness of the Mac community.
We just can't win, can we?
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Steve Pavlina gave us 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job, and every single one sounds great. He says he loves to write, and he's a pretty good writer. So I think it's cool that his blog generates $9,000 a month for him. The problem is that not everyone is a good writer. Not everyone knows how to build a million-dollar web page, which looks horrible. Who really clicks on those links anyway?
It's not that I don't want to control my own life, but it's so much easier to bury my head in the sand and enjoy the comfort of a regular paycheck. It's also much easier to maintain a relationship when we're not stressed out about getting rich. Greed makes people evil, and I don't want to be evil. If I'm meant to have more than I do now, I will. I'm pretty sure my millions will fall on my head in a beautiful bag without knocking me out.
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Friday, July 21, 2006
Then they started talking about reality. One friend tried to pack shampoo and soap and towels and, you know, toiletries. Guess what? This is camping. No shower for you. Now look, I admit that I don't always shower every day, but that's only when I spend my weekend and holidays locked inside the house. If I even had one drop of sunscreen on my finger tips, I'm not even touching my bed until I've showered and lathered myself in moisturizing lotion. There is no way I'm floating down a river in direct sun light while covered in sunscreen and Off! for three days in a row, relieving myself in the bushes, sleeping in the wild, without a single hot shower.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
"Me, too, for another ten days. I decided I was following my sister's footsteps too closely, so I'm going to do something else."
"I chose a different strategy. My sister is a cancer surgeon. My goal is to put her out of business. Make her obsolete."