Tuesday, March 29, 2011

visitors from LA!

Visitors are always fun!  That means I get to play tourist, take lots of pictures (whoo hoo!) and enjoy good company  :]  My LA buddies Tiff and Lisa were here this weekend and we had a fun time running around the city.
Running around Harvard Square

Tim cooked us a yummy semi-homemade Tikki Marsala, veggie curry side, with basmati rice

Faneuil Hall (I've never been inside!  Last time it was just some shops on the lower level)

By the very cold and windy harbor

Cannolis from Mike's Pastry!

My chocolate mousse one was ridiculously delicious.  Heavy but delicious. :]

Obligatory clam chowder from Boston Chowda!  Aka known "Boston food"  haha

Group picture! 

Look how happy they are.  :-P  Everyone should come visit.  :-D

Saturday, March 19, 2011

we saw brandon sanderson!!!

Dear friends,

Guess what?  You probably have no idea who he is, but... We. Sat next to. BRANDON SANDERSON*.  While having pho.  >:oO

So we spent a long, but fun day, with Tim's uncle, aunt, cousin Paul and Paul's fiancee Sarah.  We went to eat at the Union Oyster House downtown, which was very delicious, and then took the ferry to Charlestown to see the USS Constitution.  Third time is not the charm because the first time Tim and I went to see it, we had an apartment showing to get to so we had to get out of line from going on the Constitution, then the second time when I went with Tim's mom and his brother James, it was closed, and today... we got there right at 4pm.. which is when it closed.  Booo.

When we were on the T coming home, we decided to get pho since it was already 6pm, slightly hungry (ok, I was like 7.5/10 hungry), and it was right where we got off the train.  So we go to our favorite pho restaurant, Le's:

Mmmmmm phoooo.  (Source)

Then Tim overhears the next table with like 8 people talking about D&D and Mistborn and nerd things.  We kinda make fun of them and discuss how some nerds have long hair and a beard cause they want to look like Aragon.  Then Tim's like, "the guy next to the Aragon-guy looks like Brandon Sanderson."  I lean back and peek and I was like "yeeaah, maybe a little.  One guy looks like Aragon and one guy looks like Brandon!  haha!"

It was not instantly apparent to us whether it was Mr. Sanderson because on previous book jackets, he looked like this:

And he looks like this now:

We still weren't positive it was him... but then as we were splurping away at our pho, Tim catches (ok they were kinda loud... it was a noisy restaurant) that this Brandon Sanderson-lookalike guy says "something something when I sold my novel...."  Um... how many people write... and sell novels?!  Then I googled his picture online to see if it was him.  haha.

Alas, our pho came to an end.  Even though I ate much slower today.  (And that was before I knew Brandon Sanderson was sitting at the next table eating pho.)  His posse of 8 people didn't look like they were going to be leaving anytime soon, so we decided to leave.  SADFACE.  I wanted to grab a hot beverage and wait until they came out (it was in a food complex so there was a Starbucks right across from the resturant and an open sitting area) to ask for a picture or something.  (Since where I was sitting wasn't conducive for a stalker pic.)

When we got home... Tim looked up Mr. Sanderson's tour schedule and he had been in Boston... Harvard to be exect, doing a book signing and giving a talk.  Right in our backyard.  !!!!!  Gah.  I should've signed up for his tour emails or something!  So.  It was indeed Brandon Sanderson.

* So if you have no idea who Brandon Sanderson is but have gotten this far in the post, he's a fantasy author who wrote the Mistborn series, Elantris (the first fantasy novel I've ever read -- I just didn't do fantasy before Tim told me to read Elantris -- and actually really liked), and is now the continuing author (the orginal author Robert Jordan passed away) of the bigg-deal Wheel of Time series, which has cult-following status AND is Tim's favorite fantasy series.

So considering Brandon Sanderson is like... the only fantasy author I like... and that he's penning the remaining Wheel of Time books... he's kind of a big deal.  :]

wasted and broke ramen!

At $3 a pop that's quite a rip off but maybe worth it for the laugh.  :]
Been super busy all week, but I have a few posts rolling around my head.  Hopefully I'll get around to them this weekend!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Desert Song

This has been my homework all weekend. Worship practice is tomorrow (Tues) night... and I've been practicing with... pens. >_< Ahhhhh.

Now I need to go practice some air drums. (You know... like air guitar?)

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Totally.  Random.  Stuff.  I found on PerpetualKid.com that is cute/strange/weird/cool.  :]

Beaver!  So cute.  (Source)

Might get this for my brother... for some occasion.  (Source)

Haha... it would make drafts more fun!  (Source)

World's Largest Gummy Bear.  Over 4lbs, equivalent of 1,400 regular sized gummy bears, and has 12,600 calories per gummy bear.  (Source)

Amusingly creative.  (Source)

So sweet.  (Source)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The CO

Tyler Ward teamed up with The CO for these two songs. I really like them. Mostly cause I really like The CO's sound... and then you add in Tyler and it's like extra awesome, right? :-P The CO sounds a little like... The Fray and my favorites, Green River Ordinance.

"Keep It Together" - Tyler Ward and The CO

"The Heartbeat" - Tyler Ward and The CO


left side

This made me chuckle from PostSecret:

Keep praying for Japan!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tyler Ward

I have found a new love interest. Don't worry, it's only a new music interest.

You know how sometimes on Wikipedia, you're reading an article... and then you click... and click... following links and then 20 minutes later you're reading an article that is nowhere near the orginal article you were reading? Well, I think that happens on YouTube as well. :]

Earlier this week... I was clicking around YouTube... and discovered Mr. Tyler Ward --- songwriter, fantastic guitar player and singer, music producer, entertainer, and YouTube extrordinaire. He has orginals and does a lot of excellent covers. His house is also a freakin' awesome recording studio. :]

Here's one of his favorites, "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars:

One of my second favorites... a rock version of "Like a G6" orginally by Far East Movement:

My favorite moment is the Epicc and Tyler dance at 1:38. :-D

One of his catchy orginals, "Paper Heart":

Since I have like... a million favorites, my next few posts might just be posting Tyler Ward videos. :-P There are millions of painful (to listen to) covers on YouTube, so Tyler is quite refreshing with his quality covers. The video is also awesome and high quality. I love watching musicians play and there is a good footage of his friends/band/crew. I think I listened to almost all his songs/covers within two days and bought his album, "Vol. 1."

He rocks the guitar (especially the acoustic) and in certain angles... he looks like Steven Curtis Chapman. How can I not be sold? :-P


Tip #1: Don't get the flu!

I've been MIA for awhile cause I've been sick!  With the flu!  It's a nasty little bugger.  Wiki's description... was dead on:

"Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects birds and mammals. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Although it is often confused with other influenza-like illnesses, especially the common cold, influenza is a more severe disease than the common cold and is caused by a different type of virus."

I was pretty sick... in bed from Sunday until Thursday.  I missed an entire week of work.  I don't think I've been this sick in a long, long time.  I was suppose to fly home last Wednesday, but ended up rescheduling my flight since I was in no condition to fly and I would've infected the entire plane!

Tip #2: Don't get the flu so you don't have to change your plane ticket!

On Virgin America, it cost $75 to change your flight (online, $100 by phone).  So I ended up paying the $75 PLUS... the price difference in the ticket since I orginally bought my tickets during a sale... so the price is not the same.  >_<  Stupid.  Flu.

I'm a lot better now.  Only traces of an itchy-throat cough.

Got a few posts floating into my brain... will hopefully get to posting them this week!
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