Wednesday, December 31, 2014

24 Things For Year 24 List: Review

2014 was the "go-get-it career" year and also my most busiest thus far. I felt like I was putting my interests and passions on hold half the time. Also, does this mean that the older one gets, the busier you get with life? If so, I'm making my hobbies a half-priority next year (we all still have responsibilities). I also need it. All this being with people and work and no me time is making me super cranky. Vacation, can you come soon enough?!

So funny, because I looked up my horoscope for fun and it tells me for the new year, I will be pursuing more artsy inclinations. Hmmm. That wouldn't be bad.
Let's see how I did:

1. Get out of California  7/17 
2. Walk across San Francisco  12/30/2013. Ahem. This was done around the time of the construction of the original list, so it counts!
3. Drop a 20 dollar bill into a busker's hat
4. Find a new job  2/2014
5. Take a ballet class
6. Write, record and finish an EP
7. Go horse back riding
8. Run another race   4/13, 7/12, 8/23, 12/14
9. Go rock climbing  7/18
10. Prepare a will
11.Make Sinigang
12. Change the look of this blog
13. Get sister a 30th birthday gift
14. Get someone an ipad
15. Get to Alcatraz 11/14 and here. 
16. See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park 
17. Get egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown
18. Save up for a flight to an international destination  CHECK
19. Check out the new Exploratorium
20. Bowling 12/21 (I haven't been in a few years)
21. Ziplining
22. Plan a memorable 6 years
23. Have my palm read
24. Go on a ride along with a PD

Other things I've forgotten that were in my bucket list that I thought of and I want to add:

Kayaking! 7/18
Visit Pinnacles
Hike Palomarin and see the falls 9/14
Have a weekend getaway in the central coast
Go up to Reno-Tahoe in the WINTER


I did well, considering this was a first time I was doing a yearly bucket list. The point of a list is not to do them all, but to make life interesting anyways. 2015 list will be coming up shortly! [This post may be edited because my birthday isn't till late January.]

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week in Photos (Sun, Dec 14 - Fri, Dec 19th)

This has been one of my most busy weeks of the holiday season. Christmas is my favorite holiday but because I've been mentally cluttered, I haven't been in the christmas mood. So sad. I can already hear the devil on my shoulder going, "Welcome to life, baby!" in his own sassy attitude. 

On Sunday I ran my last race of the year, on a pretty course, and received a pretty medal and mug at the end of it (not pictured). 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ano Nuevo State Park - Tuesday, December 9th

This is a day of photos from Tuesday, December 9th.
Back when I blogged super private entries on livejournal, I loved taking photos of my days and then sharing them to a ljcommunity. It was a good mish-mash of creativity and story-telling. Those days are long gone, but my love for the visuals still exist.

I am working from home today and Nate makes me breakfast. Golly gee, thanks sweetie pie!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More from Alcatraz

Today, we anticipate the largest storm in a long time... and that storm has come. It has been raining all day. Because of anticipated flooding, I have a day off work and it is a good time to catch up with the digital world. I want to rewind back to a better day, with no rain. 

So after viewing the art exhibit, two other coworkers and I decided to stay back to do the audio tour. The audio tour was the other thing that had been in my mind besides the art exhibit. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cool Panoramas! 5

Muir Beach 

Palomarin end of trail

Santa Cruz Triathlon

Restrooms at Big Basin 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

@Large Ai Wei Wei Art Exhibit at Alcatraz

15. Get to Alcatraz 
I can finally cross that one off my list. 

I felt like an angel came from above and surrounded me with a halo of good luck. Just imagine me, walking down the street in regular street clothes, with a blinding halo hula-hooping luck around me. This was one work trip I was too excited for. 

Three weeks ago:

Because this was work-related, we got to jump ahead in line for the ferry.
 We all received glares from the tourists after this.

It was a very full ship. I was too worried that the bird above would poop on me... because I've had enough of those.
They do say that when one lays it on you it's good luck?

Claudeen meets Alcatraz.

Hello Rome, izdatchu?!

How Ai Wei Wei greets his guests.

"My words are well intended and innocent" 

Other international prisoners like Ai Wei Wei himself -- all made of legos!

Must have taken so much work.

On to another part of the gallery where we listened to music of rebellion/freedom words.

One would just need to enter a cell to listen to the music. I know what you're thinking-- what?
But hey, sound was really good in those cells. 

Walking Dead, much?
One song I found interesting. Unfortunately it was in Russian. Fortunately, it was translated here in English.
Apparently these ladies caused a stir a few years ago.
Looks like a skeleton of a dinosaur... 

Ceramic flowers

Also wrote postcards to prisoners in the Middle East. I wasn't planning on writing them and was merely admiring the photos on the cards themselves and decided, heck why not? 

The whole art exhibition was set up without Ai Wei Wei's physical presence at Alcatraz - a rarity, but also amazing. Our tour guide informed us his art had to be shipped secretly from China to San Francisco and it took about two weeks for all of his art to be put together by volunteers. 

His choice for venue parallels his own state of being and mind. Alcatraz, before it closed down, was a maximum high-security prison for the most dangerous criminals. Ai Wei Wei is also a prisoner in his own country, for his open criticisms of the Chinese government. There is also imagery with his art; if one looks really closely into the eyes of the dragon kite from earlier, one would notice they are Twitter icons - for the artist's use of social media to connect with the outside world. He has the largest number of followers on Twitter for any international prisoner. 

Seeing his art invoked a sense of freedom; the kind that is invisible to one until it is pointed out to you. With the sense of freedom it also reminded me the rights and privileges that we are have in our American society (highlighting the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution): religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. It may be the year 2014, but there are still plenty societies that do not recognize and grant these basic rights. Through his art, he reminds us that not only should we recognize our rights, we should also stand up and exercise them. 

The exhibit is on display until April 26th, 2015.