Monday, June 19

Summer Plans

Though I've been working for several years now, I can't stop thinking in terms of summer plans. Perhaps it's because so many of my peers are still in school (somehow) or have gone back to get their graduate degrees (so glad I'm done!)... or even that we still have so many interns and new staff start in the summer. 

It's probably all of those. Either way, this summer, I plan on relaxing. I plan on travelling. I plan on focusing on myself and what makes me happy. 


I never thought that I would look forward to summer, but I have a few trips to Arizona planned this summer. There's something about the blazing oppressive heat of Arizona that makes you want to sweat it all out and start anew. And in Seattle? Well, the the long days, blue sky and sunshine after a long dark winter just makes me want to spend all day by the beach. 

I plan on moving this summer to West Seattle. I'm not sure where yet, but I think if it as an amazing, idyllic town. I'm sure I have a lot to learn. A few vacations, a move... and I'm even thinking about adopting a dog later this year. Only half the year has gone by and I think the second half of 2017 will be much more exciting than the first half. 

Monday, May 1

More Movie Reviews!

I love movies, and I love doing movie reviews! Movies represent a fun escape to me, something to watch in the background or a nice night in, cuddling with a giant bowl of popcorn. For my other movie reviews, please click here
Guardians of the Galaxy - This movie had a ton of hype and I agree with it, 110%. The film was hilarious, witty, fun and emotional. Basically everything a good superhero movie should be. I loved the establishment of this unlikely team and hope to see more of them. The film definitely brought Chris Pratt into my bubble as an awesome actor. The sequel to this film is coming out this summer and I'm looking forward to that as well! 5/5 

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters - Sure, the premise of it is very "high school" and childlike, but for those of us who like that type of movie, this was great! A silly adventure story with kids. It was actually very reminiscent of Harry Potter. 3/5 

Frozen - This seems like America's new favorite movie. With a hit song, Let It Go, it seems like we can't let go of this film at all. I really liked it. I loved the song, but it's not my favorite Disney film. If you're one of those individuals holding out on watching it just so you can say that you haven't seen it... stop. If you like movies like this, go watch it. You don't have to love it! 3.5/5 

Captain America: Winter Soldier - I really enjoyed this film! It was leaps and bounds above the previous Captain America film in quality (reviewed here). It's actions were bold and changed the landscape for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you haven't seen the television show Marvel's Agents of Shield, I highly recommend it. 4/5 

The Amazing Spiderman 2 - Guys, it's no surprise that I just really like Andrew Garfield. I have to admit that despite the inclusion of Mr Garfield and his charming costar Emma Stone, this movie is just OK. I felt like there was less heart in this film, still, it makes me sad that the series is once again getting rebooted. 

Maleficient - This was a very cute movie. I definitely loved Angelina Jolie's Maleficient. It's just a fun family film. 

22 Jump Street - I'm not sure how these movies continue to be awesome. Despite this being a sequel, I really loved this film. It was incredibly self aware and made fun of it as a sequel. The meta type humor really appeals to me so I found the film laugh out loud funny. I'd definitely watch it again. 3/5

A Million Ways to Die in the West - I don't watch Family Guy, but apparently the humor in this movie is classic Seth McFarlane. If you like that type of movie, Blazing Saddles, or western parodies, I think you'll like this movie. If it's not your brand of humor, don't expect anything different. 2/5 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - This movie definitely fell to the sequel downfall. The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless was still cute, but by going bigger and better and including giant dragons, it lost touch with its humble beginnings. Still an enjoyable movie. 

American Hustle - The only Oscar nominated film that I've seen, I think. My opinion? Very average. It was a decent movie, but it definitely made firm my preference of summer blockbusters over Oscar nominations. This was the first film that I saw Jennifer Lawrence in, and I can absolutely see why she's popular. I absolutely loved her character in this movie. 2/5 

The Lego Movie - Confession: I only watched half if this movie. It was interesting, catchy and unique but ultimately, it wasn't captivating. I found my attention drifting in and out of it. Everything is Awesome is a great song though. Listen to it on repeat. ?/5 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle - Very... interesting. This movie was composed of action scenes held together by the loosest thread of a plot. The turtles were cool as always, but not as funny as I remember. Megan Fox as April O'Neil was an interesting casting choice. I really wanted to like the slightly feminist portrayal but the acting was a tad flat. 2/5

Monday, April 10

The Perfect Date

Have you seen Miss Congeniality? Then you've probably seen this image floating around. 

 I'd like to know, where do you live... and what is your ideal date?


When I was in Phoenix, Arizona... and my idea date was December 13th. When I was in school, I'd get out at around that time. The weather is perfect. It's when we get to wear boots and coats and drink warm tomato soup with grilled cheese because it's cold outside. It's so close to Christmas time and there's so much to look forward to. I know a ton of December birthdays, not to mention all your friends and family returning home. 


On the other hand, this year in Seattle, I can't wait for a warm spring day. 

Monday, March 20

Snapshot of Snapchat


Snapchat makes me feel like an old man. Not even an old woman, but an old man. I didn't get Snapchat for the longest time and thought it was only for dirty pictures... then of course, I was confused as to why so many "normal" people had Snapchat. 

Now that I have it though, I think it's so much fun! Since the pictures don't last, I'm much less concerned about quality than on something like Twitter or Instagram. Snapchat a great tool to informally keep in touch with people and inform them of what you're doing. Since people can choose to look at your story, it's unlike a facebook post where it's sharing with hundreds of people against their will. 
Do you use Snapchat? You can find me under seven-percent

Don't use Snapchat? Find me on Twitter with seven_percent.

Monday, February 27

My Life is Average Monday: Catch 22 of Dating

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If you're not familiar, Catch 22 is an American novel about soldiers trying to escape military service. In order to leave the army, these soldiers had to write a logical, well reasoned essay to claim they were insane and therefore unfit for service. After reviewing the essay army superiors would obviously claim that anyone who had written such an argument could not be insane. Others, who were actually mentally unwell, could not write this essay and remained in the military as well. Therefore, either way, soldiers had to remain in service. This no-win scenario is now referred to as a Catch 22. 

But what is the Catch 22 of dating? Well, a desirable date is someone who is fun, outgoing, and has an active social life. But someone who is looking for a significant other may be lonely... which is why they are looking for someone. Especially after a break up, it can be impossible to pull yourself out of a funk and go out and have fun again. But the dating pool doesn't exactly reward these individuals. Without interesting friends and hobbies, it's hard make conversation!

Monday, February 6

2017 Resolutions

For my resolutions this year, I decided to separate it out into different categories. My intention in doing this was to make sure that I was keeping a balanced life and progressing on all of these areas. I created these resolutions after thinking about my last year's resolutions

For the record, this picture doesn't relate to this post at all. 
But just look at how happy I am with this giant dog. 

1. Career - Set work/life balance. 

I am overall, pretty satisfied with work. However, one big complaint is that work takes so much time and I feel like I don't have the time to pursue passions outside of work. So this year, I aim to set a balance with work. I want to be able to leave work at work and not stress about it outside. I want to be able to leave work at a set time, rather than when I physically can't work anymore. My goal is to work more when I'm at work instead of goofing off and learn to be more efficient with my time. 

2. Physical - Be mindful about health

This is a refresh of my goals from last year, though I'm going to focus more on diet and nutrition than exercise. I'd like to cut out more dairy - especially those Starbucks drinks! I'd also like to substitute more veggies for pasta and rice. Finally, I have plans to do a few "eat at home" challenges to encourage me to bring more food to work. I've already done one of them this week and I'm already noticing how it's helping me eat just a bit less. 

3. Creative - Keep chasing beauty.  

Over the last year, I've picked up a few hobbies: calligraphy and watercoloring. I was inspired by how popular these hobbies have gotten in the blogging realm. I'm not good by any means, professional or amateur, but they bring me happiness. And if it's relaxing and makes me happy, I'll pursue it!

4. Travel - Plan it, and it will happen. 


Oh, where in the world do I want to go this year? There are a few trips that I know I want to take. Portland, for one. And I want to fly to visit a friend. That's for sure. Otherwise, my plans are hazier. I'd like to do an international trip to an small island or to Australia, but that might be in the books for 2018 rather than this year. 

5. Mental - Pursue knowledge. 

I'm a few years out of school now and I feel like to a certain extent I've stopped learning. Of course, through out the course of life, I'm learning a lot of life lessons, and I learn a lot at work, but it's not quite the same as in school. This year, I want to do something to encourage my learning and professional development. There are plenty of courses to take online and maybe I'll attend a lecture or two!

6. Relational - Don't be a loner. 

Let me be honest here. I have no friends. I'm kinda okay with that, but I feel like in the long run, I should make some friends because that's healthy and stuff. So, I started a list in my bullet journal to do one social activity a week. I'm 0/4 in January so far, but you know, it's all about improvement!

Monday, January 9

Chicago Days 3 & 4

I started recapping my Chicago trip so long ago. See parts 1 and 2 here.  But obviously, I have to finish!

Saturday - 11/8/14 - Brunch and museums!

On Saturday morning, I had the best pancake I'd never had. Ever. And probably will ever have. 

Let's start from the beginning. The goal on Saturday was to explore the Museum of Science and Industry. This came very highly recommended and I love museums, so I thought to give it a try! I rode out on the L like I had the day before to get to another line to reach the museum. After the 30 minute ride on the L, I got hungry, so I jumped off and looked for a nearby breakfast location. A quick yelp search brought me to The Bongo Room. When I got there, I knew I had found the right place as the wait was about 40 minutes long. After being seated, I split some red velvet pancakes and a breakfast burrito with my dining partner. With the red velvet and the glaze, I thought for sure that the pancakes were going to be too sweet, but to my surprise, they weren't. They were dense and subtly flavored. The breakfast burrito was good... but not life changing. 

By the time breakfast was done, it was around 1:30 in the afternoon. Instead of bothering with the train, I hitched an Uber ride to the museum. I only spent a few hours in the Museum. It was full of well.... science. There were exhibits about storms and a miniature Seattle with a train running through it. While I enjoyed the Submarine Exhibit, I'm not sure I could ever submerge in a submarine! I think I would be too scared. Another favorite exhibit was "Yesterday's Main Street" where we got to see an American street in the early 1900s. 

After spending some time there, I went to UChicago. Oh! How I wish I had gotten accepted there back in the day. Visiting probably would have made me try harder on my application. I loved the small old homes, bookstores and churches. The diners really made me wish I had lived there. I stepped in a few of the local bookstores as the sun set outside. In all honesty, I was looking forward to meeting Dan Pashman, who was promoting his book, the Sporkful (titled after a podcast of the same name), but a few misteps and spending too long at the museum delayed me. Still though, walking around the campus was wonderful. 

Dinner that night was at Goose Island Brewery. If you're a casual drinker with an awareness of beer brands, you've heard of this brand. While the food was nothing to write home about, the beers were great! I really enjoyed some of the beers! If I remember correctly, Sofie was my favorite. I think I'm a fan of sweet and sour tastes. 


Sunday - 11/9/15 - Chicago Field Museum

Sunday was my last day, and mostly spent in the Chicago Field Museum. This was one of my most favorite places. The biggest attraction for me was seeing the Ghost and the Darkness, two man eating lions from the Tsavo region in Africa. 

There were plenty of other awesome sights in the museum though. There was an exhibit dedicated to the religion of voodoo in Haiti, a hall of diamonds and rare gems, and a rich history of tribes native to the northwest US. It was also home to the largest T-Rex fossil. 

A quick lunch wrapped up this fun trip. A fancy hot pocket and stuffed mushroom, featured below.