Archive for January 2011

day 6

Posted on: 26 January 2011

A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

I’ve always had a soft spot for felines. They are way classy. How epic would a pet snow leopard be? Never again would strangers follow me off the bus, asking stupid questions like, “Are you sure you’re married?”

A snow leopard might prove really high maintenance, though. Maybe I should just settle for this little munchkin. Isn’t he cute?

day 5

Posted on: 23 January 2011

A photo of yourself two years ago.

New Year’s day, 2009, I believe. Doesn’t feel that long ago. Past years are starting to blur together! Is that a sign of aging?

I don’t think I’ve changed much. We joke that Asians age well … that is, until they hit sixty or seventy, after which they suddenly look ancient.

Please tell me that aging gracefully isn’t a lost art.

day 4

Posted on: 16 January 2011

Your favourite photograph of your best friend.

It’s total cheese, but of course that would be my husband. We met in November 2003, sort of, if barely speaking a few words to each other counts as a meeting. We’ve been together since July 2004, married since May 2008.

My parents gave him a ridiculously hard time for two years. But they like him now. In fact, if my mom wants to tell me something she’ll usually call him, not me.

I like to say that the forces of equilibrium are in our favour. Kevin is the visionary to my realist. I am the string to his kite.

I’ve done this once before, recapping 2008. It’s a bit late; I was away in Sumas, Washington earlier this week and before then I worked absently on it off and on.

1. Where were you when 2010 began?
At church, I think? They missed the countdown by about half a minute, which was lame! (This year there was an onscreen countdown clock.)

2. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I spent time in a professional recording studio. I recorded a demo single of an original song. I sang into three devastatingly expensive microphones. I learned about audio signal flow. I did a lot of awestruck staring because the place was AMAZING.

3. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t normally make any. This year I resolve to stop thinking, “Who am I to do this?” and just go for it. I want to stop second-guessing my abilities.

4. Go to any concerts this year?
Not really, but I had the opportunity to see a variety of artists during the Olympics – Jacob Moon, Andrea & Amaris, Mirror Dance.

5. Will you be looking for a new job in 2011?
Maybe. We’ll see.

6. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2010?
No. I save a lot of money by being a non-drinker. Kevin and I save fund companies who host events a lot of money by being non-drinkers.

7. Did you go on any vacations? If so, where?
Nothing like 2008-09! Family overnights in Whistler and Washington. The California trip hardly counts as a vacation.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Um, a 4.21 GPA? Or my thirteen-page arrangement and reharmonization of “Silent Night” for theory.

9. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2010 and change something, what would it be?
I would’ve forced Kevin to listen to me when I said, “Only invest as much as you can afford to lose.”

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I NEVER GOT SICK IN 2010, HOORAY. In fact I haven’t been sick since October of 2009, and I haven’t been bedridden since high school. There was one precarious week where I thought my voice was going kaput, but it came back without dying away entirely. And I felt fine still, so it doesn’t count.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Flat mid-calf boots, from Le Chateau of all places. The original $85-ish price tag was covered with a sticker that read $65, which was covered with another sticker that read $45. And I happened to have a $25 gift card from Christmas. Win.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Our youth, because they are sincere and quirky and loveable.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one depresses or appalls me without my consent. Self-absorbed couples in immature romantic relationships exasperate me, though.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Tuition, sigh. Some long-sleeved shirts and sweaters, because it didn’t make sense that I own more summer than winter wear considering the meteorology here.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Recording in studio. Housesitting for my parents in Vancouver, because it meant privacy and convenience and FREEDOM.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Is it weird that “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga came to mind? The lyrics are quite awful, but darn it’s got some strong melodic hooks.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
I was happy last year, and I’m happy now. I’m happy the vast majority of the time. But I feel more uncertainty and restlessness going into 2011, along with excitement and expectancy.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Practicing my instruments (vox, keys, bass). Dating.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spending, on food in particular.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With Kevin, David, and Eric at my parents’ place, in deep and life-altering discussion HAHA. We ended up having dinner at a Bubble World restaurant, because Asians are workaholics and don’t take Christmas off.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I have been in love since 2004, and it only gets better.

22. What was the biggest change for you in 2010?
Settling into being a wife and full-time student at the same time, without the momentum that comes with a year-long break from academics. Priority challenge right there.

23. What were your favorite TV programmes?
All the time I save by not having cable TV at home, I squander on the internet.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t have enough emotional energy to waste on hatred for someone who would probably be oblivious anyway.

25. What was the best book you read?
Worlds Unseen by Rachel Starr Thomson.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Patrick Fiori’s voice is gorgeous. Confession: I google image searched him, expecting him to be hot. Because his voice totally is.

27. What did you want and get?
I wanted a working knowledge of how to use GarageBand; I gained a working knowledge of Pro Tools. So I should be able to manage basic recordings on my Mac now.

28. What did you want and not get?
A Canon DSLR. A melodica, ocarina, or voice looper.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I’d have to say Tangled, which for me hearkens back to Disney’s golden era. Also I’m nursing a crush on Flynn Rider.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Two dozen years. We were housesitting for my parents while they were in Asia, and Kevin took it upon himself to cook me a lobster dinner. I remember watching them twitch in the oven. Mmm.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A summer visit to China. I haven’t been back for ten years, and I refuse to travel that kind of distance with infants, so I feel that time is running out.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Three years into the trend, I finally caved and got a pair of skinny jeans. Mainly because I was tired of tucking my pant legs into boots. I also seem to have favoured dark reds and chunkier jewelry.

33. What kept you sane?
Music and laughter, surreptitious snacking.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – the Canadian pair who won Olympic gold in ice dance. (Besides, how awesome a surname is Virtue?)

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
it’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
because my dreams are bursting at the seams
(Owl City, “Fireflies”)

36. Who did you miss?
I haven’t gotten together with high school friends half as often as I’d like.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I first met Christy the previous September, but didn’t really spend time with her until 2010. Serious talent, beautiful spirit, one of the most authentic people I know.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Not to doubt in the dark what God has shown me in the light.

39. What are your plans for 2011?
A Caribbean cruise at the end of January. Finishing my associate of arts in music at PLBC in April. Shadowing Kevin’s mom in the kitchen as often as possible before we move into our own space. Hopefully a trip to China and Taiwan before we drop the birth control.

(Jan/25) has scraps of song ghosting through her consciousness but CAN’T QUITE CATCH THEM.

This hasn’t really changed. I need to start carrying a notebook in my pocket or something.

(Feb/28) is ridin’ this citywide exuberance.

We watched the men’s hockey gold medal game with the youth, all crowded around a laptop in the church office. I think I screamed when Crosby scored that goal. Afterwards a bunch of us decided, spur of the moment, to go downtown. I have seen Vancouver pulsate, and it was good.

(Mar/03) could totally live in the studio, it is that awesome.

My baby – “Higher Ground” – was born. To date it’s probably the only song I’ve finished that I’m not totally embarrassed about. It’s hard going back to SM-58s when you’ve sung into a $7500 tube mic.

(Apr/23) wants lebenstraum.

And I still do! Theory kept me busy analyzing Bach chorales and drawing armies of abnormally tall snowmen. (Eleventh chords, anyone? Thirteenth?)

(May/09) fears being a jack of all trades, master of none.

This feels like a blog entry for another day.

(Jun/21) is travelling along an orthogonal vector.

So does this. I remember thinking that I’m good at being a student, but that being a student isn’t a career.

(Jul/01) is celebrating Canada Day in California.

Because Kevin and I were in Fremont for the onething conference with fifteen teens, preteens, and young adults in our care. There was also a short family trip to Whistler.

(Aug/19) is finally finished editing and formatting Kevin’s trading business plan. Now to figure out what it means.

He’s convinced that I could be the better stock trader, because I’m less emotional, especially when it comes to money. And I’m better at following rules. Both of these observations are correct, but I’m not sure about proving a better trader.

(Sep/21) is hoping for an indian summer?

We did have a beautifully warm autumn before the cold snap. Classes resumed – ear training, event planning, audio recording, theology.

(Oct/02) is chewing on metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology.

It’s like TOK revisited, almost, except with more … clarity. Six years out of high school – I’d like to think that I’m more certain of what I believe.

(Nov/20) is editing a paper on Salmonella meningitis in neonates and infants …

I’ve been proofreading for people since grade 9 and I’ve only just started charging for it. At least I learn things too.

(Dec/31) is expecting breakthrough and adventure in 2011.