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Monthly Archives: October 2015

No Need to Shiver – Kelvin Will Keep You Warm

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Words cannot express how excited and proud I am to know the talented young lady behind the Kelvin temperature controlled jacket.

While its a far cry from being the first tech-infused fashion garment, Madison has turned our attention on fusing practicality, function, and fashion together. They say fashion is fleeting and in sometimes is fickle with the constantly changing trends. Previously teens and young adults made up the majority who were buying quickly produced goods at copycat stores to stay on trend, but in recent years, buyers, especially the millennials, have decided to invest in closet staples versus buying and tossing the cheap trend items.

While the jacket is still in production, you may very well need to only invest in one staple jacket when it rolls out in stores.

The Future’s Arrived!

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Despite the mishaps with Pepsi Perfect’s tie-in, many are celebrating 10/21/2015, the date Marty McFly travels to the future to prevent his son from getting jailed thanks to Griff Tannen and his buddies. Happy Back to the Future Day to all!

While I didn’t score my own Pepsi Perfect for this occasion, I bought myself a Pepsi in a glass bottle to mark the occasion. Now where’d my instant bake pizza go…

And Snap! Your Loan’s a Game!

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Ah student loans…

Either you’ve had them or you’re paying them off like I am. Like many students or grads, it can be a little dark cloud hanging over your head for years until they’re fully paid off, unless you were lucky to receive a full ride to your college or found sufficient grants and scholarships to over tuition for the full duration of your program.

For Lizbeth Pratt and her son Preston, they approached solving the debt crisis through Givling, a site where students can receive funds for paying off student loans via daily site visitors who in turn play a trivia game to win cash prizes for themselves. A small fee of $0.80 gets you 1 round of trivia play with 2 randomly matched players currently on the site at the same time.

I’ll admit I was curious so I signed up to see for myself. Want more details? Check out the article about the site and its mission.

Remembering a Co-worker/Strong Woman/Friend

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A year ago I received an e-mail from a co-worker saying you left this world after a second round with ovarian cancer. I’ll be frank – the news felt like a huge slap in the face since everyone around me seemed to imply that things were rough, but it seemed like treatment was working out. Surprisingly I didn’t cry too much until I got home, watched The Fault in Our Stars, and cried myself to sleep.

Waterworks is an understatement for how I was at your memorial service. I’m not sure how much I cried but I reckon it was enough to fill a good sized bucket. A lot of the people we worked with seemed shocked that I cried so much but I had a feeling it had to do with the fact that it had been bottled up until then. Sadly, working a full week for 3 departments prior to the holiday season doesn’t give one a lot of time to pause and mourn properly, especially if your mind is distracted with meeting deadlines and delivering quality projects and results.

It’s hard to not drive past the El Super grocery store on the way to work without remembering the time we bought lunch and caught about things unrelated to work. You asked about my mom’s broken elbow and I was happy to announce that she managed to fully heal, courtesy of her determined, Elvis-loving therapist who kept her on a strict physical therapy schedule. I asked about your husband’s job and you said he was doing well and loved the area you moved to.

I kept telling myself that when I got a permanent position with our current company that you would be one of the first I would tell. You probably know about it, except…

I didn’t get to tell you in person.

It’s All Those Little Things

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I’ve heard many phrases used to describe life and the unpredictable nature behind living one to the fullest. For me, I believe that “Life is like a roller coaster. It has ups, downs, twists, loops, and corkscrews and you just need to strap in, take a deep breath, and hang on tight.” Everyone can attest to the fact that they will have good and bad days in their lives but its your choice to decide how you view things.

Writing alone is a struggle for me. There are times where I find inspiration in the smallest events, details, or things said. Then I get the dry spells where I feel uninspired and/or unmotivated to write. Sometimes my personal life tends to take center stage versus writing and it can consume me at times. Work was the main reason for my current case of writer’s block – I have been with the same company for almost 2 years and awaiting news regarding a permanent position. A few days prior, I received a phone call offering me a permanent position part time with my current team, which I happily accepted.

Yesterday I visited Universal Studios with my dad and we took the last tram of the day. A few minutes into the drive past the film posters, everyone in the third and fourth cars smelled burning rubber and saw smoke emitting from one of the wheels on the third car. We alerted the tour guide, who radioed the staff about the issue. At first the smoke went away and it seemed like things would be all right, until we reached the new metro sets. The smoke came back and the smell became more prominent, forcing the driver to pull us over and wait for 10-12 minutes to bring a new tram down to transfer us to. Nerve-wracking? Yes, especially since some passengers were speculating that either we going to lose a wheel mid-tour or some of the more cynical minded ones thought that the car could blow at any second. But while some people seemed unhappy about this happening, I was grateful that the issue was caught early on and I joked to my dad that it would certainly make for a memorable end to our day.

Where is she going with all of this? In short, life will not be a smooth course. It’s human to feel happy, stressed, sad, angry, etc. about the events that occur but I strongly suggest you never lose sight of the good times. With that, I’ll leave you with my favorite Dumbledore quote and a cute picture of my nephew dressed as Dobby the free House Elf.

“But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

A Little House ElfPicture taken by Angela Wang