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5 more random things about me

April 23rd, 2015

This was inspired by a recent post by Jhanz, where she wrote 23 things about her for her 23rd birthday. I thought about doing the same since my birthday was last month! But then I realized I turned 30, and I don’t think I have 30 things to share… But anyway! The last time I did a “5 random things” post was back in 2012, so I think it’s time I did another :)

I grew up wanting to be an artist.

I actually had a pretty art heavy background before college. When I was very young, I was already drawing a lot, and my teachers took notice. They suggested that my parents sign me up for art lessons outside of school. At age 8, I was learning charcoal and pastels. At age 9, I was doing watercolor. I also loved cartoons and had dreams of being a cartoonist.

Crappy phone photo, but I did this watercolor when I was 9.

Crappy phone photo, but I did this watercolor when I was 9.

In high school, I switched to oil paints and Prismacolors and had also taken an interest in Anime. I wanted to sell paintings! Or maybe be a comic book artist!

However, around that time, I also discovered webdesign, and that’s what changed my world. I realized that I loved to code, and when college application time came around, I had changed my mind to being a Computer Science major (which is what I graduated with).


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My Favorite Things: March 2015

March 7th, 2015

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Another month, another entry to the My Favorite Things link up! This entry comes at a good time because it’s been a very frustrating week. It feels good to think about things that have made me happy lately instead of the negativity that has been happening (which I unfortunately cannot talk about).

Forest app

forest-app

At work, I use Simple Blocker in Chrome to block distracting websites during times when I need to focus. Last month, I took it a step further and got the Forest app for my phone too. It’s a very simple and cute app that helps you stay away from your phone.

You plant a seed, and if you close/minimize the app to check other things on your phone before it grows, the tree dies! And that’s sad! Each seed takes half an hour to grow, so you can plant multiple seeds to increase the timer. After using this app for about a week, I broke my habit of always reaching for my phone. I still use the app during busy times, but I no longer need it to keep myself away for long periods of time.


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My top movies of 2014

January 10th, 2015

I hope you’re not tired of these 2014 recap posts yet! (Especially since I’m so late and didn’t post all of these until 2015 XD;;) I don’t normally talk about movies I’ve watched, but I saw some really memorable ones last year that I’d like to highlight. It was tough choosing a top 5, but I managed to get it down, starting with…

#5: Guardians of the Galaxy [trailer]

"Why would you want to save the galaxy?" "Because I'm one of the idiots who lives in it!"

“Why would you want to save the galaxy?” “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!”

Of the super hero movies last year, Guardians was my favorite. I’m a sucker for the story type where unlikely heroes appear, and you end up with a dysfunctional group that has to work it out in their own crazy way. And yes, Guardians follows very similarly to Avengers (especially if you watch the Honest Trailer). The group has to learn to work with each other, there’s a big battle at the end where everyone’s involved to save the world, it ends in that “feel good” kind of way, yada yada. However, when cliches like that are done well, you get a very entertaining and funny movie like Guardians of the Galaxy.


#4: The Lego Movie [trailer]

"I know what you're thinking, he's the least qualified person to lead us... and you are right!"

“I know what you’re thinking, he’s the least qualified person to lead us… and you are right!”

There were also several great animated movies, but I have to pick The Lego Movie over them all. Part of it is the big nostalgia piece and my love of Legos when I was a child. Even with that aside, The Lego Movie is beautifully animated, has an amazing cast, is really creative, and is super funny. It was sooo fun to watch, and I loved seeing the different Lego sets used. This movie exceeded my expectations and ends in a surprisingly heart warming way.


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