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1 Apr

1) To add to my guilty pleasure of watching the Jersey Shore, I’ve recently realized that my musical taste borders on that of a teenager.  I’m pretty sure if I was actually 16 years old, I would totally be a Belieber.  Every time his songs come up on my iPod, I get in an instant good mood.

I’m quickly realizing that perhaps making friends at business school will be harder than I thought.  Note to self:  do NOT tell people that Avril’s new song is your new ‘pump up’ song when you run.  Or that you know all the words to Bieber’s “Baby” (not that there’s a lot of lyrical genius behind it).  Instead, please tell your new classmates about how you love Thao (which is true) and that you know all the words to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

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just a few more..

16 Mar

Here’s the thing.  I know I’ve been incredibly lucky to have gotten into 2 of my schools already (yes, this is another post about my MBA apps–I’ll save my recipe and pictures of cheesecake brownies for another day).   But, I really, really want to get into at least one more.   My superstitious self won’t let me post specifics about this school until I’m officially in (or out), so I won’t say too much.  Other than this school was one of the main reasons I even started this MBA process.   I thought I was pretty good at being patient (my dog may beg to differ), but waiting for business school decisions of any sort have really put me to the test.   This part of the process, this obsessing and waiting, is awful for my psyche.  I’ve replayed all of my interactions with the school, with their alumni; reread all of my essays–and I feel like I could have done better.  Continue reading

next steps

10 Mar

Now that some of the thrill of the acceptances have worn off, I’ve been thinking of all the things that will need to happen in the next few months that will prevent this summer from being a crazy, un-enjoyable mess.  It’s still a little surreal to think that I’ll be leaving this place, this state, that I’ve called home for the last 6 or so years.  I have two separate lists in my mind that need to get out–one, of all the things I’d like to do here before I leave and two, of all the things that I need to do to make this move possible.  I think mostly in list form–my days are filled with creating and crossing off items–and these next few months will be no different.

Cali Bucket List
Things that need to happen to make move possible
Eat at Chez Panisse Donate clothes
Go to the Exploratorium Figure out which furniture pieces are coming with
Wine Tasting/Bocce Ball day Become more diligent about eating food in cupboards
Korean BBQ Buffet Research cross-country moving companies
Plan an awesome going away party Figure out how to sell/donate car
Cal Academy after dark Start collecting boxes (last 4 weeks)
Start inventories of all items

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self-congratulatory (read: lots of exclamation points!)

7 Mar

This past weekend I completed one of my 30 in 30 goals–I attended my first yelp elite event.  Hooray for me!  The event was to attend a film festival (Cinequest) pre-party and to then see a film for free.   It was everything I thought it would be: loud, lots of people, free drinks and food.  I took SH as my date, and we mingled with some other yelpers and film folks.   We ended up chatting/hanging out with a few film directors during the pre-party, and.. well, wait.  SH did all this–he chatted them up and asked intelligent questions.  I, on the other hand, refrained from eating a lot of food and drank my beers way too quickly.  The few things I contributed to the conversations were words like “mall-rat” and “seriously?”  Eventually, I shut myself up and just listened to SH chat it up with complete strangers, while I just tried to appear cute and in control of my crazy thoughts.   Continue reading

back ups

1 Mar

To calm my over-caffeinated self, I’ve compiled a list of possible career paths, should I not get into any business schools:

1) Continue to plug away at my current job, squirreling money away, but with full-time employee benefits.  Will live stress-free, able to pursue leisure activities, and take vacations.  Or continue at current job, apply to be a part-time MBA student at local (less prestigious) university.  (the likeliest of all the options)

2) Apply and attend culinary school, and finally, finally, learn how to cut things quickly.  And,  how to filet a fish.  Will lead to eventual career in catering or appearance on Top Chef (where I will sprinkle my speech with catchphrases I’ve picked up from the Jersey Shore).

3) Find my inner zen and become a yoga instructor.  First, I’ll need to master the crow pose.  Then, I’ll start ending all of my blog posts and emails with “Namaste.”  Continue reading


25 Feb

There are a number of things in my life that I’m trying really hard not to think too much about. 

1) the fact that I need to find time to get my car checked out.  the check engine light has been on for a while, and I’ve been bad, bad, bad about trying to get it fixed.  Mostly because I’m worried about the cost of any repairs that may need to take place.  But! Since it’s on my blog now, maybe this will be one of the things I do this weekend.  (Speaking of this weekend, weather reports are saying it’ll be cold enough to snow here, in the Bay Area.  I love the carefully chosen language “cold enough to snow” versus the weather reports on the east coast that issue flat-out warnings.  Anyways, here’s hoping we get a few snowflakes here! )

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i’m terrified

16 Feb

Ever since I hit the ‘submit’ button on a majority of my business school applications last month, I’ve been terrified and obsessed with my email.   Thanks to the MBA forums, I am VERY aware of when a particular school is issuing invitations to interview with them and any other communication that may be coming out from the institution.  Therefore, I’ve been terrified of checking my email the past few weeks.  I’m terrified that I won’t get an invitation to interview, that I won’t get admitted, that in general, my last 6 months have all been in vain (my biggest fear).   And yet, here I am, with my email running in the background–jumping every time I get a new email.  Needless to say, the next 3-6 (!!!!!!) weeks will bring on new levels of anxiety.

This whole process has also brought to life a level of superstition that I had no idea existed within me.  I don’t like talking about which schools that I’ve applied to specifically, in case I’ll jinx it.  I don’t like telling others if I’ve actually gotten an interview with a school, in case I’ll jinx it.  Sometimes, I wonder if this is how sports players feel like before a big game.

Bless SH for putting up with me these last few months.

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