Monday, January 30, 2012

looking for love in all the wrong places




I watched Urban Cowboy for the first time this weekend and I loved it!  (I'm on a big Texas kick these days, in case you couldn't tell).

Aside from all the two steppin' and mechanical bull riding scenes (I just described 90 percent of the movie), there's also some great love songs. I couldn't stop singing this one all day.

Ps From now until Valentine's Day, I'll be posting about love and all its (dis)content.  I'll list my favorite rom coms, love songs, break up stories, dating advice, etc. Depending on your point of view, this is probably either awesome or the online equivalent of getting puked on.

LYLAS! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

winter shorts



- I told boo to take this photo cus all style bloggers have their boyfriends take their photos while they pose nonchalantly.  So we did several shots in his living room and this was the "best" one. This is why I could never be a successful style blogger. Also, I have no clothes.

-So the shorts. I was reluctant to buy them because they're a little too girly for my taste.  And you have to be careful with polka dots because when worn a certain way they can make you look either too rockabilly or too Zooey Deschanel. But they have an elastic waist (aka very beer friendly) so I decided to make the purchase.

-I wore these out to our friend's birthday party in Williamsburg and was so excited to get all the compliments one rightfully expects when brandishing new clothing and NO ONE noticed. Were they too busy talking to the birthday boy or something? Hmmmph! Next time I will keep the price tag on so everyone will notice that I bought something new!

-Luckily, boo noticed and complimented me on them. THE MORNING AFTER. (Shaking my head) I guess I'll take what I can get.

-On a positive note, these shorts are so comfortable that I passed out in them.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

the austin trip

at the salt lick; hence, the insane look


Okay, I finally got around to jotting down the deets from our Ausin trip and wowee zowee it took a long time. I thought I could be like Frank Bruni and journal all our culinary adventures but there are only so many ways you could say "this bbq was the bomb."


Day 1
We arrived around 10 pm and after picking up our rental car and dropping our stuff off at the Homestead Hotel--one of those Extended Stay Hotels frequented by recently divorced dads, Korean families, and serial killers, we headed to Magnolia Cafe for a night cap/snack. Shiner Bock beer (me) and Lone Star beer (him) and a plate of nachos (us, but mostly him ;))

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

red lipstick



I recently purchased a red lipstick from Nars called "Red Lizard" and I looooove it.

*However, I  must remember to exfoliate my lips or else it's more like "Dead Lizard".

Thursday, January 19, 2012

things that made me smile today

I decided that on days I feel really crappy, I'm going to force myself to find something positive about it.  I know I sound like someone who reads Real Simple magazine but, hey, I have a fever and all I ate today was a banana and a buttered roll (I love eating buttered rolls for breakfast--I'm like your aunt from New Jersey!)

Anyway, on this gray, cold day, these were the things made me oh so happy.

1. The posh, British guy who works at the coffee shop near my office
After having a rough start to my day, I went to my favorite lunch place near work and started crying INSIDE of it like a crazy woman. Why do I love crying in public so much??? Anyway, I ordered a cup of tea and a banana and the posh, British guy who works there said, in a very flat, American accent "You want a Ba-naaaaa-na". And we just started laughing about the way Americans pronounce banana. Kinda like when my French friends make fun of me for the way I pronounce Montreal. Anyway, it was a small, stupid thing and for a brief moment I kinda forgot what I was upset about. Thanks posh, British guy!

2.  Crying in my friend's office and making his co-worker uncomfortable
Okay, this is part two in the "Jiji loves crying in public places" series. So I'm fortunate enough to have a good friend work near me so I dropped by his office under the guise of saying hello but as soon as he asked me if everything is okay, I just started BAWLING.  And his poor co-worker had to stare at his computer screen and pretend to read Huffington Post or whatever the crap people do when they have a BAWLING woman in their office. Why did this make me smile? I don't know, I love making people uncomfortable?

Oh, and my friend gave me two vitamin cs and a napkin to cry with. That's friendship!

3. Emailing w/friends and commiserating about the crazy people in our lives.

4. Getting a goodbye kiss from my boo as I headed off to work <3 <3 <3

5. And of course this video by the hilarious Eliot and Ilana Glazer. I once did a storytelling show w/Eliot Glazer and he is even funnier in person and has an awesome tattoo of Bea Arthur's face on his arm. Now that's jinius!




relax, relate, release



It's only been two days since I've returned from vacay and already the familiar patterns of stress and anxiety have set in. The other night I awoke from a stress dream at 3 in the morning. I dreamt that I lost all these memos and forgot all my meeting dates and times. I haven't...yet.

So last night, I curled up on the couch with a comforting bowl of shin ramen, a refreshing beer, and some 30 Rock. I may not be able to go on vacation any time soon but at least I can carve out some time to chill the eff out.

xo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

shiner bock beer




I had Shiner Bock on my first night in Austin and subsequently had like a minimum of five each day for the rest of the trip. I loved it so much that I would sing "I ain't not Shiner Bock girl". Even though that totally doesn't make sense because I am truly and wholeheartedly a Shiner Bock girl. But sometimes you give up logic for puns okay!

Oh, and that plate used to house super cheesy nachos. Only the best photography on the Jinius blog!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

howdy



I arrived from Austin late last night, swelling with Shiner Bock beer, brisket, and a bevy of indelible memories. I needed this vacay so much, you guys. I feel so relaxed that even my carpal tunnels syndrome is hardly noticeable. 

And what a wonderful time with my old college roommates. Even though we may not always see or talk to each other all the time, when we do get together it's as if no time has passed--much to the discontent of people in our vicinity who had to listen to us shriek with laughter as we reminisced about our college days.

Post coming soon about our trip details.  I'll let you know how we managed to enjoy Austin on a budget and the BEST dinner deal in town. :)

ps the above photo was taken at Balcones National Park. It was so cool and made me feel very No Country for Old Men y'allz.

Monday, January 16, 2012

maru



Happy Monday! Thought I'd give you a cute photo of Maru to jump start your week :)

Thx again to Sabbie for the link!

Friday, January 13, 2012

funny friday

As an Asian girl, I have to post this "Sh*t Asian Girls Say" video.



My fave lines:

-Why don't you change so we can match

-Bebe

-That girl's bag is fake

(Thx Sabs for the link!)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

austin

Source: google.com via Megan on Pinterest



Boo and I are leaving for Austin today! Along with some friends from college, we are heading there for a friend's wedding and a mini vacay. This is our first time flying together and I look forward to a date night at the airport Chilis Too and monopolizing his arm rest.

I'm so excited for:

-queso
-food trucks
-margaritas
-lone star beers
-breakfast burritos and breakfast tacos
-BBQ
-two steppin!

On Friday, we're going dancing at the Broken Spoke, a traditional Texas dance hall. When I think dance hall, I think Sean Paul, so let's see if I can still drop it like it's hot. Duhty'em!

Have you been to Austin? Do you recommend any places to eat or things to do???

And don't worry, I've pre-scheduled posts while I'm away, so as to please my target audience e.g. procrastinators, the unemployed, and spambots.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

why i shouldn't be allowed to own a dog



I've been going through a major puppy craving phase. Every time I see a cute dog, all I want to do is yank it from it's owner and take it home. But whenever I have the urge to walk into a pet shelter and find a new doggy to take home and cuddle with, I remind myself, "Jiji, you can't have a dog because they seem to die around you, remember?"

You see, growing up, my family and I went through more dogs than a Korean family should be comfortable with. It's bad enough that Koreans are already associated with eating dog meat. And my family was not helping in deflating that stereotype by going through three dogs in like a five year span.

Here were my dogs:

1. Trixie- she was a super cute chow chow mix we found through a newspaper ad. I remember her original owner's family crying as they gave her away to us and my family promising that we would take care of her. Oh, boy, if there's one thing Lees are good at, it's NOT keeping a promise. We tried really hard to take care of Trixie but she was a little more rambunctious than the Lee children could handle. For starters, she was a living thing. We were not ready for that and couldn't handle basic training like "sit" or "don't pee in the hallway". My parents, being the typical Koreans who didn't believe in domesticating animals, made Trixie stay outside, which, I think, only further alienated her from us and made the Lee kids less likely to take her for walks and clean her crap.

Eventually we all learned to love Trixie and she learned to behave as long as we didn't let her in the house. But after Hurricane Andrew hit, our house got destroyed and we moved into an interim apartment that didn't allow pets. My parents said we had to give Trixie up to a shelter. I remember the day we turned her into a shelter and my brother and I cried all afternoon. It still makes me tear up every time I think of that day. I don't know why. We were horrible owners and my dad was stuck with feeding and taking care of her. But we were kids and we were sad nonetheless. God, I so hope my future kids aren't that bratty.

2. Bear- I don't know why we thought it would be a good idea to name a dog after another animal, but whatever. Bear was a Korean dog (I think they're called jindok-gae) that my parents' friends gave to us. He was a really cute puppy but poorly behaved and the Lee family did not have the time, resources, or whatever the opposite word of laziness is to train him.

Bear was also relegated to living outside and this was not very good for his people skills. He was really hyper and had the bad habit of knocking you over and trying to bite you. Alas, Bear met a tragic fate when one day he started acting really strange and bit my grandmother. He had to be put down.

These stories just get sadder, people.

3. Minnie- Considering that the fates of our last two dogs ended in tragedy, you'd think the Lee family would just give up and show mercy to these animals. But noooo, it's like we had some weird memory disease like Drew Barrymore in Fifty First Dates and convinced ourselves we could take responsibility for another living thing. But this time, we decided to get a dog from a shelter that was already trained and broken in. We found an adorable, little dog named Minnie. Or did we name her that? God, we gave such awful names to pets. Anyway, Minnie was extremely well behaved and docile. She was so well behaved that my parents let her live INSIDE.

But this wouldn't be a Lee family pet story without a tragedy so don't get your hopes up.

One day I noticed that Minnie wasn't eating her food. She was also sneezing. I didn't know dogs could sneeze or catch colds. But Minnie was sick. Real sick. Or maybe she was depressed. Oh god, you know you're bad with pets when they would rather stay at an animal shelter than at your house!

The next thing I knew, my mom had to return Minnie to the shelter where she said she would be taken care of.

So that is my past relationship with dogs. I'd like to say, however, that since then, I have successfully dog sat TWICE without anything happening to dog. I didn't accidentally sit on her or forget to feed her. Buuut, I also think I can only handle pets for one week MAX.


the weekend in bites and pieces

Source: google.com via Tanya on Pinterest




Friday

Twin Peaks and crying marathon, as noted earlier.

Saturday

Dallas BBQ

Sunday




Roasted lamb, mashed potatoes, string beans, red wine, with a heavy helping of The Kardashians and Mob Wives. Class and Trash! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

rihanna and britney spears collabo




How long has this song been out and why am I now just listening to it???

I have been playing this non stop. I always do this with songs I like. Instead of playing it once or twice on my commute I'll play it the entire subway ride to work and then back home, and I'll do this consistently until I get sick of it. I guess it's the equivalent of me eating an entire box of ferrero rochers. Which I just did right now.

I'm a mess.

currently reading: the history of love

Source: amazon.com via Sarah on Pinterest



Even though author Nicole Krauss has plenty of literary street cred (being married to Jonathan Safran Foer instantly places her in the hip author category 4 life), I was still a little embarrassed to carry around her book The History of Love--the title just seemed a little too cloying, even for an unyielding romantic like me.

Also, wanna place bets that Zooey Deschanel will be in the movie adaptation?

Monday, January 9, 2012

things i learned about dallas bbq



On Saturday, Boo and I went on a double date with our friends to Dallas BBQ. This wasn't a recession special, the four of us just happen to really like Dallas BBQ.

These are some things I learned while I was there:

1.  The regulars refer to it as "BBQz". Our friend works in the Bronx and said that all the Bronx locals refer to it as BBQz. If you mention the Dallas part they will have no idea what you are talking about. Right after she said this, an urban gentleman (okay, black) walked over to the hostess stand, hijacked the mic and said, "Everybody, welcome to BBQz".  

2. People love bringing things into the bathroom
When Boo went to go use the men's bathroom, he saw three men at the stalls carrying their Texas sized margaritas. Maybe they were afraid of getting roofied??? Our female friend went to the women's restroom and saw a woman carrying in a plate of chicken. 

3. They only carry the frozen Long Island Iced Teas in the Chelsea location.

4. Some white people enjoy Hypnotiq* i.e. my friends

5. I have a soft spot for fobby Asian families eating at a chain restaurant. 
There was a South Asian family of five sitting at a table, drinking Texas sized Coca Colas. If that isn't the perfect picture of assimilation I don't know what is. 

*I originally spelled it Hypnotic and Boo so astutely pointed out that it is actually spelled with a "q".

the women of twin peaks



LOVE this.

Also, the nineties was all about defined brows.

via

Friday, January 6, 2012

have a good weekend!

Source: imgur.com via jiji on Pinterest


Mariposas! Soooo glad it's Friday. Just finished my first week at my new job and I'm exhausted.

Hope your week was lovely and your weekend even lovelier.

ps that photo made my entire week.

xoxoxox

pet peeves

Do people still write pet peeves posts or is that soooo blogger circa 2002? Is this the lame equivalent of comedians who write lists like "rejected children's book titles"?*   ANYway, I started my new job this week and it requires me for the first time to not only take TWO subways to get to work but also a walk through Grand Central Station! If you ever run into me on Madison Avenue and I accidentally sever your head, you'll know why.

These are a list of commuter grievances. 

1. The herd at the L train 
Now that every person who wears Toms sneakers and Pendleton blankets as coats has moved to Williamsburg, the L train in the morning is a horrendous, crowded scene. I now know that I have to wait for TWO trains to pass, before I can finally board. And when I do board I have to prepare myself for various body parts to be rubbed up against. Why do I even bother showering in the morning???

2. People who don't move to the middle of the subway car
SERIOUSLY WHY IS THIS STILL AN ISSUE??? I feel like New Yorkers have been complaining about this since the dawn of subways so I really don't understand why people insist on crowding in front of the subway doors. Can't we just put a sign in the middle of the train that says "hey, a-holes, please stand here so other people can get through". I mean, if we don't have the budget for it, at least graffiti over a Dr. Zizmor ad with that message.

3. Union Square Station is larger than a football stadium
It takes me thirty minutes just to walk from the L train to the 4,5,6. Ugh, this is why I can't wear cute shoes!

4. Grand Central is the size of a small country
Omigod, I am surprised they don't have customs and border control people here!!! Why is it so big??? Also, why is there a Michael Jordan's Steak House in here???

5. Every breakfast street cart sells the same crap
Buttered rolls, buttered bagels, and donuts that look so stale that if you threw them at someone's head you'd get charged with manslaughter.

6. Musicians who play inside the subway train and on the L train platform at Union Square
I don't know if I can contribute anything new here except omigod nothing annoys me more than father/son accordion players! Why are you making your ten year old play the accordion with you? This isn't the Romanian countryside! Let him be like kids his own age and suffer in an overcrowded public school.

*I still write and love these lists

Thursday, January 5, 2012

brooklyn fish camp: part deux



We're smiling but our bellies are about to explode from shrimp overdose.

I love Glidewell's crustacean possessed eyes. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

brooklyn fish camp: all you can eat shrimp




Every Wednesday night at Brooklyn Fish Camp you can get:

all you can eat peel n eat shrimp
french fries
hush puppies
all you can drink modelos

For the recession friendly prices of $30.

The photo above is the aftermath of a two hour shrimp binge.

Warning: you will not be able to stop saying the word "shrimp" after this meal.

Second Warning: your chapped lips will burn from the Old Bay seasoning!

piggy hall

Source: ffffound.com via jiji on Pinterest


This always makes me smile.

Also, I think Miss Piggy is my spirit animal.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

sherilyn fenn



My boyfriend has gotten me into watching Twin Peaks. On New Years Day we spent the ENTIRE day on the couch, eating sliced meats and cheese, and watching all of Season One and most of Season Two. It was awesome.

My favorite character on the show is Audrey Horne, played by the alluring Sherilyn Fenn. (David Lynch called her "five feet of heaven in a ponytail".)

And I love her character's style-- a mix of femme fatale and innocent school girl charm. I need to start wearing more cardigans and pencil skirts ;) But I think I'd just look like a school marm :(





And this is one of my favorite photos. How hot is Kyle Maclachlan???

via

Monday, January 2, 2012

stereotypes

I went to my local natural foods store because I was too lazy to walk all the way to the Whole Foods on Union Square.

It's the kind of place that SMELLS like a natural foods store, you know? I don't know what it is. Hemp? Sage oil? Employees with dread locks??? But all natural food stores have that distinct odor.

So I was looking for a bag of organic sugar and saw that it was on a really high shelf that I could not reach. If this store were my apartment I would just climb on top of the shelf and grab it but I didn't wanna risk knocking down any fair trade hemp bread.

I walked around the store, looking for an employee to help me, but honestly could not discern between the employees and customers. So I went to the natural products section where they sell like soy candles and tea tree rain water shampoo and I saw a white dude with dread locks who totally looked like he worked at a health food store by day and then did bikram yoga and played in a dub band at night.  I was afraid of offending him by asking if he worked at the store. I mean, not all white dudes with dreads work at natural food stores, JiJi, they could totally be hedge fund managers! So I hesitatingly asked if he worked at the store. He did. And he helped me get my sugar.

Moral of the story: don't be afraid of stereotyping people when you're in a bind because us short people have enough problems to deal with!

happy new year


Karaoke + Drinking champagne at home = best nye weekend ever! 
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