KISMET: Creating

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(@ SF Girl by Bay)

You may or may not have noticed that I have been absent the last few months. Or year. Whatever. There is a reason!

In late February, I was informed that I was being pulled onto a ‘special’ project that was essential to the operation of the company. Super exciting at first…until it turned into a crazy, long ordeal of waiting around until the end of this year. Essentially, my brain cells have been wasting away, and this boils down to a few things:

1 – I don’t like working for big companies. There’s too much bureaucracy and red tape and politics, and I don’t care for it at all.

2 – I want to be much more creative! I have a lot of spare time now, since I’m waiting around for people to get things to me. It’s quite frustrating and annoying, and has really made me evaluate what I want to do in the future.

Lately, there have been several sites that have been go-to sites for inspiration, especially The Every Girl. Today, I read this article: 4 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves, and it was super inspiring, especially the first question: How much of your day do you spend consuming what other people have created? How often do you create?

Instead of creating things myself, I feel that I’ve been just consuming loads of articles on LinkedIn or other social media sites, skimming through the news, and generally wasting brain cells consuming instead of creating.

So, my goal for myself is to start creating. I’ve been talking with some friends about ideas, so hopefully you’ll see some of that start to get woven into my posts as I update. (Gonna shoot for two posts a week! Maybe more!).

Great to be back, starting on a new journey!

~R

KISMET: Hello, 2014!

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Well, hello to a new year!

So, I realize that I’m late with posting a “New Year’s Resolution List…” But I’ve never been good with following rules. I’m pretty sure rules were made to be broken. They just make you test your limits, right? Right.

I’m not sure how well I follow these lists. Feels like every year I make one…and then the list somehow disappears, literally, within the first few weeks of writing it, and then I never see it again, until the last week of December. Suddenly, it’s right there on top of my desk, having finally built up a year’s worth of courage and come out.

This year, I’m making it semi-public it, which means that it’ll be here, and easy to search whenever I need to see it. That way maybe I will actually follow it…and short and sweet is the way to go.

1). Get my pistol permit – I’m a fairly violent person…at least as much as a five-foot, petite Asian girl can be when I’m angry. But I was going to get my pistol permit with a good friend, who tragically drowned last summer. Getting this seems like a good way to remember him.

2). Wear my seat belt more often – See above about breaking rules. Apparently, breaking this rule is liable to get me killed sooner than I’d like to be. So, I’ll try to do this more!

3). Sleep at least 7 hours a night – I deprive myself of sleep because I feel like it’s a waste of time. I have so many things to do, and sleep is a necessary evil. But, sleeping more = really narrowing down what I want to do.

4). Be more assertive – I need to have more of an executive presence and tone down my friendliness in the corporate world.

5). Read more literature – I find myself spending more time reading blog posts and fluff books as opposed to books or essays that actually make me think. I need to think more.

Short and sweet. Here’s to a new year!

~R

OBSESSED: Tech Talk Lovely

Now that I’m a working girl, I have finally entered the world of smart phones. I got a Samsung Galaxy S4, and I LOVE it. The screen is so nice and big! The only problem is, I tend to drop things…usually pricey, expensive and electronic things.

So, I need a case.

But it seems like most of the guides I’ve seen online are all for iPhone cases. This, ladies and gentlemen, is clearly a case of phone discrimination. And I’ve set out to right this wrong!

Here are some I’ve come across so far for my lovely Samsung Galaxy S4:

Panda! Of course, this is completely adorable.

panda case.

( $8.50 @ iPhoneXCases )

Colorful glittery and bold.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Purple Gold Art Pattern

( $27.17, @ etsy.com )

This wooden case looks nice and sturdy…like it would still protect my phone, even after I’d dropped it for the millionth time.

( $27, @ etsy.com )

Giant flowers. Hmm.

samsung galaxy s4 case galaxy s4 case samsung s4 case Art cute unique and best embossment the tulip samsung galaxy s4 case

( $18.90, @ etsy.com )

Wood and teal. Can’t go wrong with that.

( $24.99 @ etsy.com )

We can’t end until we fulfill my mint obsession. And here we are:

Mint dandelion pastel Samsung Galaxy S3 case,Samsung Galaxy S4 case, Plastic hard case cover,Samsung Galaxy I9300/ I9500 case

( $9.88 @ etsy.com )

Hope I get a case soon!

FASHION: Nina Ricci Spring 2013

Well, this is long overdue, but I came across these photos I’d saved on my computer from the spring collection, and I couldn’t not share them. And, with holiday parties coming up, why not?

@ Style.com, #16 )

Besides the fact that aqua is pretty much my favorite color ever, I also love the cut of the neckline.

@ Style.com, #21 )

Polka dots and beige, in a classy little dress.

@ Style.com, #35 )

Polka dots win again here, in a cute LBD. Would totally wear this to a banquet or smaller, intimate affair. Not so sure if I dig the feathers though.

@ Style.com, #42 )

Holiday thoughts?

~R

FASHION: Stripes

Went on another shopping spree, and picked up an item at Forever 21 that I’ve been wearing nonstop.

It’s another classic item, and for less than $20, I think I hit the jackpot.

So, I tried it on, and it fit nicely, and looks perfect with both skinny jeans and black pants. Perfect for fall, and if you remember this awesome post about stripes a few weeks ago, you might start to get how my brain works…

( @ Forever 21, $19.80 )

And I’m sure it would look great with a skirt too, like the one the model is totally rocking. So, in essence, got a fall sweater that I can wear everywhere! Plus, the quality is surprisingly good. Super soft and comfy.

It says handwash though…but are you serious? Who handwashes things anymore? OK, maybe you do because you care about your clothes. Me? I love this sweater to death….which is why I will be tossing it with my other whites.

Picking up any new outfits for fall?

~Ruth

FOOD: Apple Dutch Baby

So, I was in the mood to bake something…

APPLE DUTCH BABY

What’s a Dutch baby? I’m not quite sure, but it’s ridiculously delicious. Here it is, minus sauce and ice cream, straight out of the warm oven.

Ingredients:

Berry Sauce:

3 T. sugar

1 t. cornstarch

3 T. water

1 cup berries (we used frozen, but I could recommend not raspberries unless you’re going to strain the sauce)

1 t. lemon juice

Dutch Baby!:

4 T. butter, divided

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk (whole is better, we used 2%)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 T. sugar, divided

1 t. vanilla extract

1/4 t. salt

2 apples, cored and cut into slices (we used Cortland)

Ice cream (we had this delicious raspberry almond ice cream we’d made awhile ago)

How to make it!
1. Prepare the berry sauce:

2. In a small saucepan, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Add in water. Add berries and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and berries are softened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Simply re-warm before using to top dessert).
3. Preheat oven to 425°F.
4. Melt 2 T. butter in the microwave and then pour into a bowl. Add eggs, milk, flour, 1 T. sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend batter until smooth. Let sit while you prepare the apples.
5. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Melt the remaining 2 T. of butter. Add the remaining 2 T. sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add apples to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened.

Here’s how he cored the apples (optional…)

6. Briefly re-blend the batter, then pour evenly over apples. Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven.
7. Bake until puffed and golden brown all over, about 18-22 minutes.
8. Let cool slightly! Top with many scoops of ice cream. Then pour  blueberry sauce liberally over everything, then serve immediately right from the skillet.
9. Sooo delicious, so please enjoy!

It took us about half an hour to prep everything, then 20 minutes to bake.

My lonely single slice. Lonely because it was only one slice.

Makes about 4 servings.

I’m definitely making this again super soon. Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Midnight snack? Yes to all.

~R

Adapted from: http://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/peach-dutch-baby-with-blueberry-sauce/

FASHION: Oxford Comma

I went for a little shopping excursion last week.

Surprisingly, I didn’t find that much. Maybe I’m getting too picky. Maybe my taste is changing. Maybe I have enough clothes summer on my mind still, and it’s actually fall.

Bordering on winter, with this hurricane storming in coming to cancel my classes, work, and life in general.

What you mean I can get a weather day before winter even starts? YES.

I’m just glad my boss lives in the same region as me and wants me to stay at home instead of driving in.

Here’s the one shirt that I’ve pretty much been in love with since I bought it last week.

Simple, blue, classic.

Forever 21 Oxfor Shirt

( @ Forever 21, $19,90 it’s almost sold out, go go go! )

Stay safe from the storm!

~R