New Year Manicure – 1.10.14

In honor of the New Year, I wanted something colorful and sparkly. I’ve started getting gel instead of just regular polish because it lasts way longer and there are things they can do with gel that just can’t be done with polish. The down side to that, though, is that I don’t change the design as often. It’s a fair price to pay, though.

20140110_221404 20140110_221441I also made a New Year’s resolution: to wear lipstick everyday. The idea is to just put a small amount of effort into my appearance instead of being lazy. So far I’m succeeding, but it’s only been 13 days. We’ll see if I can keep it up. 😛



Happy Birthday, Nico!


20 years ago today at 7:05 PM Hawaiian Standard Time, I gave birth to my only child, Nico. He is the light of my life and my favorite person in the entire universe! He also makes great derpy faces, which I just had to share. (I should see if I can find one of his CURRENT derpy faces… You know, the ones from drunken parties in college… Hehe.) I really can’t believe that it has been 20 years. I don’t feel like I’m old enough to have a 20 year old son. He’s my favorite gaming partner and one of my best friends in the whole universe. And when it comes to obsessions, even Final Fantasy, MOOCs, Tuxedo Sam, and Star Trek ain’t got nothin’ on this guy!

Happy Birthday, Nico! I love you!


Spring 2014 MOOC’s

It’s a new year and a new semester, so free online class websites have a whole slew of new classes starting up between now and the next couple of months. As I am wont to do, I signed up for EVERYTHING that sounded even remotely interesting to me. Hell, they’re free, so why not? Last year, I signed up for around 20 courses and actually completed (with a statement of accomplishment) 8 of them. There’s no penalty for dropping them or not completing them. I can always take them again if I want to actually FINISH them. So here’s what’s on my plate so far:


Stanford Open EdX

Introduction to Databases

Introduction to Computer Networking

Your Body in the World: Adapting to Your Next Big Adventure



Harvard’s CS50: Introduction to Computer Science

University of Texas at Austin’s Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

Australian National University’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe



Duke University’s Medical Neuroscience

University of Washington’s Computer Networks

Yale University’s Moralities of Everyday Life

Wesleyan University’s How to Change the World

Ohio State University’s Calculus One

Yale University’s Constitutional Law

Stanford University’s Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

National University of Singapore’s Reason and Persuasion: Thinking Through Three Dialogues by Plato

University of Virginia’s Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World



Lancaster University’s Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

University of Warwick’s The Mind is Flat: The Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology

University of Birmingham’s Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics

University of Leeds’ Exploring Anatomy: The Human Abdomen


There’s quite a bit of overlap and OBVIOUSLY I’m not going to actually complete them all, especially since I’m planning on taking an in-person introductory Mandarin course. But it’s great to be able to try stuff out. We’ll see what I actually stick with. Anyone else taking classes (free or otherwise) this semester?

Star Trek Starfleet Ships of the Line Shirt

I really like Forever 21. Their constant rotation of styles plus their cheap prices are hard to resist. I have friends who give me a hard time about shopping there because I’m supposedly “too old” to be buying clothes there, but while it’s true that you wouldn’t catch me dead in a lot of their stuff (short-ass-hanging-out-shorts, I’m looking at you), there is a lot of nice, cute, tasteful stuff in there. When I go to the women’s sections of most department stores, they’re also filled with stuff you wouldn’t catch me dead in because I refuse to look like a middle-aged woman, thank you very much! As a side note, I REALLY HATE being in this in-between stage for clothing. I don’t want to wear the super young styles, but I don’t want to look like my older female relatives yet, either… /sigh

ANYWAY… Forever 21 often has pop culture reference clothing. You know, stuff like Hello Kitty or Disney shirts, sports team pajama bottoms, 80’s-style t-shirts, and the like. So when I went into the store in Waikiki, wearing my 45th Anniversary Star Trek shirt, one of the salespeople said, “Oh, did you see our Star Trek shirt?” Of course, I couldn’t resist. Star Trek is one of my favorite things in the universe! As you can see from the photo, it’s that cut-off sleeves 80’s t-shirt style which works really well with layering. I’m not 100% sure if I’ll actually ever wear it. Not because of the style, but because it’s shiny and I don’t want it to fade…


Proof it was from Forever 21:

IMG_20131118_223827(PS – I apologize for my absence. I hope to start bombarding you with all my favorite stuff again soon! My son flies back to the mainland for college on Friday, so I will hopefully have more time then.)