katara OakMonster

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Office Music Hi-“Jack”

Jack FM is our office radio as it has been since I started working here 4 years ago. It’s a great station to have for white noise: classic rock on random rotation. After all, “playing what we want,” is Jack FM’s slogan. However, when it’s the only station you listen to 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, for four years, you’d notice that it’s the same damn catalog playing in different order. We lost count of all the times Hazel would whistle the intro to “Patience,” or I would break into basic “Beat It” moves in the middle of...
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Silver Fox Project

Guys, I’m going au naturel. With my hair color. You know, I’m low maintenance. I don’t really do much of anything, but I do have some beauty routines. Of all of those, the one I hate the most is spending hours at a salon to get my hair colored. I’m 40 years old. I have a house. I have something better to do with my money than coloring my hair. Well, I’m saying this now. This might just be “alternative facts” a few months down the road. We’ll just have to wait and see. Meanwhile, say hello to the Silver Fox...
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You’ve Gotta Have Faith

I can’t help paying my respect to the late George Michael. But I am about to talk about faith. So it is appropriate, right? Well, people’s faith awes me. You see, I am not religious. If you ask me, I’d say I’m Buddhist. I can’t really say I’m a non-practicing Buddhist just because I don’t go to the temple. (Long story.) I am practicing Buddhism in my everyday life. I believe in karma. I try to be mindful. I seek balance and moderation. I want to treat others the way I want to be treated. I was raised in a...
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Changed For Good

2016 has been ridiculously colorful, eventful, and emotional for all kinds of reasons–personally, professionally, politically. My job changed at the end of 2015, and it’s been an interesting and fun journey since then. I said goodbye to my childhood home in Thailand in March. Brandon and I moved into our first home in August. I enjoyed springtime in Scottsdale, fell in love with Chicago early summer, and grew to despise the convention/tourist side of Orlando in the fall. In June, after a few years of trying to get the ball rolling, I finally took “Be Kind For Khun Noi” from...
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Castle Boren

Friends, we’ve adulted. We’ve just bought our first home. And we dub it Castle Boren. Well, I’m calling it #CastleBoren. It fits the description. 3 stories with bedroom suite on the top floor. And with just the 2 of us, having 3 bedrooms is a lot of house. Best part? 100 yards down from where we’ve been renting for 10 years. It all happened so fast. We weren’t quite expecting to buy a house this year. At all. But as those who’ve read “The Alchemist” knows, when things are meant to happen, things will happen. It started when I went...
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Reading Challenge: Fahrenheit 451

Reading challenge #9: A book that was banned at some point. Note: This is NOT a book review. It’s more of a story as to why I chose the book for the challenge and my reflection after having read it. See full challenge list at the bottom of the post. This challenge is the irony to end all ironies when the book is “Farenheit 451.” F451 was not on my high school reading list, so I never read it. I came to the U.S. for my high school junior year, remember? And up to that point in my life, the...
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Oakley Dokely Karaoke

I love to sing. Y’all know that. For us Asians, singing is in our blood. It doesn’t matter if you can carry a tune or not. If there’s music, by god, there will be singing. Naturally, our brothers and sisters in Japan invented karaoke. Karaoke is a community event–in a bar, in private karaoke room, or in your friend’s living room. You don’t have to be able to carry a tune to enjoy this singing activity with your friends and total strangers. Alcohol is not needed but it does make things more fun and less awkward for everyone. 😉 The...
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Drink Myself Under the Table at Fillets Bangkok

I didn’t think I would find craft cocktails in Bangkok. I mean, American-style mixology and thoughtful craft cocktails; not the frou frou, tourist-trap, shaker-throwing type stuff the city hotels were known for. And I found it at Fillets on the third floor of The Portico Langsuan. (31 Soi Langsuan, Bangkok. +66 92 879 6882) Even two years ago when I was last in Bangkok, I could only find Jameson as an alternative to Johnny Walker and Gray Goose instead of Smirnoff.  And here at Fillets, sitting pretty on the shelves is a variety of bourbon, whiskey, gin, and tequila that...
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The Best of Me

I’m never going to be a billionaire CEO with my picture on the cover of a magazine. I’m never going to make it on any Top 10 list. I’m never going to have millions of followers on social media. I’m never going to sing like Christina Aguilera. Okay, I’m never to sing like any professional singer anywhere. I’m never going to be instantly recognized by the public at large. I’m never going to be rich. Or famous. I don’t have that kind of drive or ambition. I don’t have that need to climb the ladder. But what I do have...
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Reading Challenge: The Girl on The Train

Note: This is NOT a book review. It’s more of a story as to why I chose the book for the challenge and my reflection after having read it. See full challenge list at the bottom of the post. Note 2: Profanity is about to fly around here. You’ve been warned. You know it’s a good book when it sucks you right in and makes you feel very passionately about the characters. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is one of those great books. I fucking hate all of these people. Every. Single. Character. Hate them all. So,...
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Can you survive these “killer interview questions”?

My fellow social media professional Jeremy of Social Media Club Los Angeles posted an article about these “killer interview questions” asked by 10 CEOs. It reminded me of those weird interview questions I answered a few years back. It’s kind of fun to see what are being asked these days. You can certainly play along and leave your answers to these 9 questions in the comments. I’d love to see them! (I also post a professional version of this, more of interview tips, on LinkedIn.) As for me, well, you know, if the culture doesn’t match me from the get-go,...
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Reading Challenge: The Shining

Note: This is NOT a book review. It’s more of a story as to why I chose the book for the challenge, and my reflection after having read it. You already know that one of yearly goal is to read 12 books a year. Coincidentally, my friend Naz set up a book challenge with, guess what, 12 categories. A book that intimidates you. A book you should have read in school. A book published before you were born. A book you’ve already read at least once. A book you can finish in a day. A book you previously abandoned. A...
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Goodbye House

As far as I am concern, there is only one house that I can really call mine. The house in Bangkok that I grew up in. Designed by my dad, this brick town home was way ahead of its time. It’s the house that launched several other brick town homes around the city. The first town home (on the right in this picture) was share between the household kitchen and living quarter for our cook and driver on the ground floor. (Yes, we were very Downton Abbey in that sense). Princess Grandmother’s quarter was on the second floor, and dad’s...
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2016: Question Everything

There have been a lot of changes in my professional life in the past few months. One of the things that came with the change was a mantra: Question everything. Why did we do what we’ve always done? Did it produce result? Why are we keep doing it other than, just keep doing it? That got me thinking about my 10 goals I set every year. It’s like I set them and forget them. And I’ve been progressively worse about them every year too. Take a look at the 2015 recap here. I’m going to do it very brief since...
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I Miss This, Don’t You?

I went to grab a drink with Priscilla tonight and we reminisced how we first met. On Twitter, naturally, before we finally met face to face. We were both bloggers then. Me and my random, ranty, nerdy blog with the food spin-off that was starting to go somewhere. Then I got a job in the produce industry and the blogging stopped. Both the food side and this side. Why is it that when something you love to do as a hobby become your job, it wasn’t quite as fun any more? A quick walk down the memory lane with Priscilla...
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6-Month Check Up

Hey hey party people! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Frankly, I haven’t blogged because I’m ashamed of the state of my blog. JUST LOOK AT IT!!! I know it’s been broken for quite sometime now and I have all the intentions to fix it. But I couldn’t bring myself to the computer. Part of that is also literal, as in my office is a total FEMA disaster zone with all the cosplay and arts and crafts stuff everywhere that getting my desk is like a Spartan Race. As a part of my reorganizing, I can’t really put much away...
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10 Goals for 2015

What an interesting year 2014 has been. 2015 goals are less lofty but more personal. But first, a recap. 2014 Goals Recap: 5 out of 10 + Extra Credit Last year’s list was quite and ambitious one. Let’s start with all the fails, shall we? Fails I did not run 5K under 40 minutes at any of the 5 races I did this year. Nor did I finish reading “S”. I don’t even know where I’ve put the book at this point! I did not learn new phrases in Quenya or Klingon, which, ironically, is the opposite of the only...
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Nerdvember: The Final Days

It’s kind of hard to finish off Nerdvember during Thanksgiving AND the last USC football game of the year. But I did try. Day 28: Elf from Rise of the Guardian Inspiration: Christmas tree decoration at the office! I wasn’t going to wear the same ol’ elf hat for that. 😉 Components: The beautiful, handmade shrug from Pandoras Kloset. (Same person that I got my Jayne’s arm warmers from. And no, I cannot afford a full coat.) Red t-shirt. Red leg warmers. #settostunning #Nerdvember Day 28: Elf from Rise of the Guardians. We’re decorating Christmas tree at work today. 🙂...
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Nerdvember Day 27: Han Solo

Inspiration: We were going over to our friends’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. Since we don’t have many Nerdvember days left, I really, REALLY want to wear my brand new Gold Bubble Clothing’s Sherlock Holmes dress since I didn’t get to do it last time. The dress looks AWESOME because it’s nice and snug. However, I thought about all the eating we were going to do and then I reconsidered my choice of attire. An A-line dress that does not restrict the belly is a much better choice! Components: Her Universe Han Solo dress I bought from Hot Topic. Star pendant....
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Nerdvember Day 26: Firefly

Inspiration: Working half day! I wasn’t going to put too much effort into it. 😉 Components: Jason Palmer’s Firefly t-shirt. Another ThinkGeek vintage Jayne zip up hoodie. There was a fluffy pompom on top of the hood but I lost it years ago. #Nerdvember Day 26: #Firefly. #settostunning Classic @thinkgeek Jayne hoodie + Jason Palmer’s tee. #Browncoats A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:38am PST Challenges: Wearing geek t-shirt feels a little bit like cheating. LOL Comments from Muggles: Nada banana just as expected....
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Nerdvember Day 25: Iron Man

Inspiration: My hair. I didn’t want to wash it so I started going through the closet for an outfit that I would work with a fauxhawk pony tail. Components: Biker-ish boots. “Powered by Stark” from ThinkGeek. Iron Man fingerless gloves I bought from Geeky Mamas when it was still in Cerritos. However, I think they got it from Nerdifacts. And of course, the fauxhawk pony tail, a tribute to Tony’s awesome hair. #Nerdvember Day 25: Iron Man. #settostunning Gloves from @geekymamas_official #marvel #ironman #starkindustries A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:17am PST Challenges: I...
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Nerdvember Day 24: TARDIS

Inspiration: My brand new Optimystical Studios St. John Ambulance pendant. I bought it specifically for my Victorian TARDIS cosplay. Components: The pendant. Blue shirt. TARDIS socks. The long cardigan and my Converse (not shown) were a throw back to the Tenth Doctor. #Nervember Day 24: #TARDIS feat. Pendant of St. John from Optimystical Studios. #settostunning #DoctorWho A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:46am PST Challenges: These socks and the Converse don’t seem to like each other very much… Comment from Muggles: Not even a “You look cute today!” Oh well. 🙂...
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Nerdvember Day 23: The Fifth Element

Inspiration: Well, I’ve got this t-shirt thinking that anyone who’s ever seen The Fifth Element would get it right away. Not so much, actually. Component: The Fhloston Paradise t-shirt I bought from ThinkGeek eons ago. And a napping cat…who is not ours. #Nerdvember Day 23: Living in Fhloston Paradise featuring #ClarkKent #NotOurCat. #settostunning #fifthelement A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:28pm PST Challenge: Deciding on what to do with the selfie. Napping Clark provided a solution. Comments from Muggles: Nothing. But I got a great comment from BKK Greg though: he thought “Fhloston” was...
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Nerdvember Day 22: Party Avengers

Inspiration:  I originally planned to wear my Gold Bubble Sherlock’s wallpaper dress to my friend’s party tonight. But due to my USC superstition of not wearing bra during USC/fucla game, I had to change the idea around. A bra-less flat chest in a tight polyester dress is bad news for everyone. Components: Her Universe Men of Marvel dress which I bought from Hot Topic. S.H.I.E.L.D earrings from Optimystical Studios. Yellow cardigan from Mod Cloth. Boots. #Nerdvember Day 22: #Avengers for a dinner party. #settostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:03pm PST Challenges: Remembering...
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Nerdvember Day 20-21

Day 20: Pikachu Inspiration: My coworker Alex has challenged me to do a Nerdvember of Pikachu or Sailor Moon. I have nothing to do Sailor Moon. Components: Black tank. Khaki. Yellow cardigan from Mod Cloth. Red Scarf from Victoria’s Secrets. A pair of faux victory rolls (for the ears). #Nerdvember Day 20: @ajaaacks requested #Pikachu. I obliged. #settostunning #pokemon A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:37am PST Challenges: Finding the right pants. Jeans did not work well with the top. But somehow Khakis pulled it all together. Phew! Comment from Muggles: Alex approved! Day 21:...
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Nerdvember Day 19: Doctor Who

Inspiration: For my birthday, my friend Hazel got me this Doctor Who’s “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” pendant. I told her that I don’t really have anything in my closet to casually cosplay the Tenth Doctor, although I can easily do Ninth and Eleventh. “Why don’t you be all of the Doctors at once?” I couldn’t do all 13 but, hey, I can do all of the new Doctors (not counting the War Doctor). Components: Purple v-neck for Nine. Wibbly Wobbly pendant for Ten. Tweed jacket for Eleven. And a hint of red socks peeking from my boots for Twelve. Just...
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Nerdvember Day 18: Ratatouille

Inspiration: I was looking for something to wear next when I spotted the skirt and thought, “Well, I don’t think there’s anything I can do for November with a Paris print skirt…wait…WAIT!!!!” Components: You can’t see it but I have a pale pink tank top underneath the gray cardigan from Mod Cloth, so pink and gray for Remy. And of course, the now-famous Paris skirt from Stella Boutique in Bangkok. #Nerdvember Day 18: A rat in Paris. #Ratatouille #settostunning #disneybound Paris print skirt from my friend’s shop, @birdstella Stella, in Bangkok. A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov...
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Nerdvember Day 17: Jurassic Park

Inspiration: Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park. Component: Black t-shirt, black jeans, and black sweater. Amber necklace and pendant my mom bought me from Nepal. #Nerdvember Day 17: Jurassic Park a la Ian Malcolm. All black + amber pendant. #settostunning #jurassicpark #ianmalcolm A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:10am PST Challenges: Yes, I could’ve gone with the leather jacket for this look. But unfortunately, my little jacket will not hold up against the office arctic blast. Comments from Muggles: The necklace is ALWAYS a hit. However, to my surprise, I didn’t get...
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Nerdvember Day 16: Birthday Soft Kitty

Inspiration: It was my birthday so I lounged around the house all day. Until I had to get dressed to get my seafood on for dinner. Soft Kitty seemed an appropriate choice. Component: Soft Kitty t-shirt. Gray knit sweater. And yes, I do own quite a bit of Soft Kitty items. I’m just a wee bit obsessed. #Nerdvember Day 16: Celebrating #thegreat38 in my favorite shirt. #settostunning #softkitty #bigbangtheory #beerotter A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:38pm PST Challenges: Leaving the house. LOL I was enjoying having ZERO plan on my birthday and getting...
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Nerdvember Day 15: Star Wars

Inspiration: It’s half way point through Nerdvember. And a Saturday. I wasn’t wearing anything nerdy all day until we had to go to our friend’s birthday gathering. So, voila. Components: Star Wars “Save the Tree” hoodie and, of course, my Star Wars Vans. #Nerdvember Day 15: #StarWars marks the half way point. #settostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:36pm PST Comment from Muggles: I met a fellow USC alum at the shindig. He complimented the shoes. I told him that I wear these to the games because of George Lucas. He kind of...
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Nerdvember Day 14: Rocket and the Birthday Surprise

Inspiration: Rocket Raccoon in his Guardian uniform. Components: Raccoon Laplander. Red thermal shirt. Navy sweater. #Nerdvember Day 14: Rocking Rocket from the comic books. #settostunning #guardiansofthegalaxy #rocketraccoon A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:32am PST Surprises: My birthday is tomorrow, and I had zero plan. However, my friends had a different idea. #TheGreat38 started on Thursday night at my monthly girls night out dinner where the girls came with a GIANT balloon and ice cream cake (thanks Diva Cowgirl!), and presents (Team Wicket’s other half Christine!). I was as happy as Harley Quinn rescuing...
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Nerdvember Day 13: Harley Quinn

Inspiration: Two things. First, Harley Quinn’s casting news. I think Margot Robbie is PERFECT. Secondly, I’m half way through the New 52’s comic book series. And I friggin’ LOVE HER! Components: Harley Quinn “dress”. (Well, it’s a sleep tank on most people but it’s a dress on ME!) Diamond pattern tights. Denim jacket. Red Scarf. #Nerdvember Day 13: Celebrating Harley Quinn’s casting news. #settostunning #harleyquinn A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:50am PST Challenges: I tried on both black leather jacket and black sweater. While I would probably be the only one in the...
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Nerdvember Day 12: Ichabod Crane

Inspiration: Tom Mison’s Ichabod Crane Components: Green button-down shirt. Military-inspired vest. Skinny jeans. Boots. #Nerdvember Day 12: I will never be as pretty as Tom Mison’s Ichabod Crane… #settostunning #SleepyHollow A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:14am PST Challenges: I can look through pictures upon pictures of Tom Mison all day. I didn’t want to stop browsing. Heh. Oh, and clothing challenges. Right. Deciding on the pants. Ichabod has brown pants and I have no such thing in my closet. Black jeans would be too much, so I went with regular denim. Comments from...
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Nerdvember Day 11: Very Large Array

Inspiration: Our trip to the Very Large Array in 2012. Components: VLA long-sleeve t-shirt. Star pennant. #Nerdvember Day 11: #VLA. That was one awesome nerd road trip! #settostunning #notsostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:30am PST Back story: Brandon’s family lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s always been a debate when we head out there if we wanted to see along the drive out there. (He likes to drive.) Our first time driving out, we visited the Meteor Crater. This was our second trip, so we had to decide on our nerd...
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Nerdvember Day 10: Hulk Smash

Inspiration: The big green guy who wouldn’t put up with a crappy Monday. RAWRRR! Components: Green sweater. Purple tank top. Avengers earrings from Optimystical Studios I bought at Comikaze. And, of course, ripped jeans. #Nerdvember Day 10: Hulk smash Mondays!!! #settostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:44am PST Challenges: Earrings. I don’t wear them usually. My piercings have closed long ago. These are clip-ons. So, not only I feel weird wearing earrings, they got uncomfortable after a few hours. Oh well. I tried. Comment from Muggles: My coworker Alex saw my Instagram post...
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Nerdvember Day 9: Long Live G4TV

Nostalgic inspiration: G4TV Seriously. Other than me, who else still remember G4TV? Or even better, TECH TV?!? Component: G4TV t-shirt I got from when I went to visit the set of Attack of the Show 4 years ago. #Nerdvember Day 9: #G4 is dead. Long live G4. #settostunning Just lounging around in my favorite sleep tee. A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 1:18pm PST Challenges: Getting out of bed for this photo. Still recovering from the cold, man. Give me a break....
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Nerdvember Day 7-8: Double Feature

Nerdvember Day 7: Firefly #Nerdvember Day 7: Screw it. I’m wearing a t-shirt. It’s Friday! #Browncoats. #settostunning #firefly A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:07am PST Components: California Browncoats t-shirt. Red long sleeve t-shirt for Captain Mal’s signature red shirt. Challenges: It’s Friday. I’m lazy. But then, I went to work in that shirt for a few hours before I started feeling horrible and came home with a cold. Nerdvember Day 8: Big Bang Theory’s Soft Kitty #Nerdvember Day 8: I’m sick. Sing Soft Kitty to me. #settostunning #notsostunning #softkitty #bigbangtheory A photo posted...
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Nerdvember Day 6: Galaxy Quest

Inspiration: Tawny Madison of Galaxy Quest. Components: Red scoop neck. Grey hoodie. Star pennant my mom gave me. (Real diamond in the middle, yo!) And for the hell of it, Star Wars shoes. #Nerdvember Day 6: Never give up! Never surrender! Tawny Madison is shaking her head at this I’m sure. #GalaxyQuest #settostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:14am PST Challenges: I realized that I really don’t have that many geek accessories which sometimes could make putting together these outfits a bit of a challenge. Comment from Muggles: After I told them this was...
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Nerdvember Day 5: Indiana Jones

Inspiration: Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark Components: White tank top. White button down shirt. Khaki. Brown leather jacket. Keffiyeh-ish hand-woven scarf from Thailand. #Nerdvember Day 5: Indiana Jones. A lazy one. LOL #settostunning A photo posted by oakley boren (@oakmonster) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:00am PST Challenges: Southern California weather is swinging like a teenage girl’s mood. So, I couldn’t possibly wear the jacket AND the scarf at the same time. But that’s okay though. I don’t want to wear a leather jacket indoor when it’s 90F outside, and the scarf was just perfect to protect me from the...
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#Nerdvember: a Creative Challenge

I’ve learned about #Nerdvember from my network of geek girls about a week before Halloween. #NERDVEMBER is a month-long contest we run over on Instagram. Participants are challenged to post a photo of themselves in a geek-themed outfit every single day of November. Outfits can range from something obviously geeky like wearing a Batman shirt or Star Wars leggings, or more vague, like an outfit inspired by a character through the use of a specific color palette. Of course, I’m in. But I’m not in it for the prize. I’m in it because I’m a geek. And I need motivation...
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The Hobbit Diet: Journey’s End

And it was done. YAY! The FIRST of my 2014 goals off the list. Let me conclude this journey properly in the same style of the series with the 5 Thoughts. #1 The question I get a lot is if eating all day helps lose weight. It wasn’t my goal to begin with so I couldn’t tell ya. I usually fluctuate from 110-115 lbs. through the whole month. I’m back to 110 again after it’s all done. But then again, I wasn’t working out during most of the month. MAYBE if I had stuck with my usual workout schedule and...
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Day 31: The Final Feast

5 Thoughts Wow this month went fast! I can’t believe this challenge is over. I actually followed through with this 2014 goal. Yay me! I’m going to celebrate in style today and eat really, REALLY well! Bring on the feast! I haven’t over indulged in a meal this whole month…until now. Holy over eating, Batman… Now what am I going to write on my blog? LOL Today’s Photo As I said, best nostalgia for your buck. Breakfast The last of the leftover pork chop and vegetables. Second Breakfast Orange juice. Elevensies Shin Sen Gumi 1/2 bowl ramen with an egg...
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Day 30: Today By Numbers

5 Thoughts ONE more day at work before the weekend. We can get through this! TWO more days on this challenge. THREE is the speed of which I use to forward through Prisoners. That movie was much too slow even for a “slow burn.” FOUR thirty was my beauty appointment. Not 4:45 I thought it was. Whoops. FIVE forty five is my dinner appointment at Curtis Stone’s Maude next Tuesday. My coworker Alex has been on a waiting list. Once she got them on the phone, we pretty much picked apart the rest of the availability for June. Today’s Photo...
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Day 29: Benadryl Haze

5 Thoughts You know today is going badly when you started sneezing right after you used your prescription allergy nose spray AND eye drop. I know that a day of sneezing fit is tiring. I didn’t know how much worse it would be when you add coughing to that too. I love my job and I adore my team. It’s so good to get to have lunch with all of them. Benadryl is a miracle drug. Benadryl usually makes me sleepy but somehow today I was extra drowsy. But then again, I had TWO other allergy meds already in my...
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Day 27: Holy Crap Kind of Day

5 Thoughts Holy crap! My abs look AWESOME. But damn, I’m tired of coughing… Holy crap! I’m hungry right on cue all day today. Back on the horse so fast after 3 days of eating seven times a day willy nilly. Holy crap! I didn’t starve and/or crave junk food on my Meatless Tuesday! Yay for me! Holy crap! Today went by FAST! Holy crap! This experiment is almost over! Today’s Photo While waiting for Brandon to get his hair cut, I browsed some fashion magazines. Not sure how I feel about crop top and overalls making a comeback. Well,...
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Day 26: Much Ado About Nothing

5 Thoughts The new mattress is a wee too firm. However, it’s nice to NOT feel Brandon when he tosses and turns. Upon seeing a picture of a pancake on my friend’s Facebook, I decided to make pancakes for breakfast. I dropped an egg, then overheated butter in the microwave so it exploded. While cleaning everything up, the buttery glass tray slipped and shattered, thankfully, into the kitchen sink. Eventually, pancakes were made and eaten and I gave up on today. TV Binge report: Machete Kills (Best. Movie. EVER!). The Normal Heart. (I totally cried, by the way. Matt Bomer...
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Day 25: Easy Like Sunday Morning

5 Thoughts It’s Sunday. Why am I up at 7 a.m. without the alarm for no reason at all? Oh right. I started coughing. So much for going to bed without Nyquil for the first time in a week. What a beautiful day outside and pleasant inside. It’s a great day to do whatever! And so we went mattress shopping. And it was virtually painless (except for when I cut my thumb on the laminated price sheet). We were in and out of the store in less than 30 minutes. Our new mattress arrived within a few hours. TV Binge...
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Braised Chicken with Baby Artichokes

When I scheduled a test kitchen day at work, I didn’t think about it being the first day of the Hobbit Diet. Not that it would change anything but it was interesting for me to try to log what I just made into MyFitnessPal app. What was I going to test? Braised Chicken with Baby Artichokes, originally from Williams-Sonoma blog. Fortunately, someone else made a similar recipe–actually, one of the recipes I considered testing–and added the calorie counts to the database. Surprisingly, this recipe is quite a healthy one at 280 calories per serving (if serving 6). My lab rats…I meant,...
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Day 24: A Day of Doing Nothing

5 Thoughts I’m doing absolutely nothing today. Except for making breakfast… …picking up my car (yay!)… …getting a massage… …and watch LOTS of TV. Hello, my Netflix list. It’s been a long time! Today’s Photo Robin Hood is finally returned to me whole, and with new shoes! There were scratches on the bumper for over a year that has bugged Brandon so much. Since his car was fixed up beautifully at the body shop, he dropped mine off to get fixed as well. So we had been a one-car household for almost 3 weeks. I got my car back from...
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Day 23: X-Men is My Harem

5 Thoughts Yay Long weekend! Yay I’m getting my car back and we’ll be a two-car household again! X-Men: Days of Future Past! Great movie. Good times fun, and man I need a private moment every time McAvoy and Fassbender has a scene together. Seriously. My personal dream harem is this cast: Jackman, Fassbender, McAvoy, Hoult, and J-Law. Even Sir Patrick! It’s perfect. Hugh Jackman’s naked backside! #HereHaveMyPanties Hugh Jackman’s naked backside! Today’s Photo A few minutes before this, he got out of bed butt naked, man. Glorious. Glo-ri-ous. Breakfast A few little scones and a shot of cough syrup....
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