Monday, January 25, 2016

new destinations: Arizona

This Friday, I'm packing my bags and flying to Arizona for a long weekend. I've actually never been to the southwest, unless you count Southern California. I actually haven't seen all that much of the U.S. I've basically limited myself to the northeast, Florida, and Los Angeles. I've always had a penchant for going abroad - I mean, the grass is so much greener on the other side - but I've been realizing more and more that America has a lot to offer.

My brain has barely had any thoughts on Arizona; I only know that the capital is Phoenix and that everyone and their mother has been sharing their hikes in Antelope Canyon on Instagram. That's it. So when D suggested we go there for a quick trip, I immediately took to the internet (which is the solution to 90% of my problems).
After some time spent on Google images and Pinterest, I had a newfound obsession with Sedona and cacti and the dessert.

Monday, January 18, 2016

DIY Barn

My cousin's daughter, E, is adorable and I wanted to do something fun with her because at our Christmas party, she freaked out because she's afraid of dogs. And even though George Michael barely even looked at her, she was stressed out the entire night. I didn't want her childhood memories of me to be associated with fear and stress so after I found out she loves arts and crafts, I thought it would be a great way to bond (and hopefully reduce the trauma of her visiting our house and being terrified of George Michael). After all, I'm a huge fan of arts and crafts.

So, I thought playing with modeling clay would be fun. And then I took it a step farther and decided it would be fun to make animals and give them a place to live. So, I made a barn using some leftover cardboard from the dozens of packages I ordered over the holiday season.
It turned out super cute and E had a lot of fun.

You'll need:
small cardboard box as a base
large pieces of cardboard to construct the barn
X-acto knife
acrylic paint
hot glue

Monday, January 11, 2016

Where are you really from?

I am an American citizen and it's not because I took the citizenship test. I was born in Queens, NY. My parents were born in Korea. They decided to move to America shortly after getting married to pursue a "better" life and to give their future children opportunities they didn't have as they were growing up.

I thank my parents everyday that I had the luxury to be born an American citizen and grow up with the privilege of an amazing free public school education that got me into an Ivy League college which in turn earned me an amazing job with a steady income and excellent benefits. My job helped me pay off my student loans, it bought me a car, and I have a beautiful iPad and iPhone and MacBook Air (which is what I'm using to type this up). It's a pretty sweet life and basically, I've accomplished everything my parents dreamed for me.
And yet, sometimes I get extremely bitter about my life here.
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