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tumblr: Yay! Finally printed my new “personal” business card…

Yay! Finally printed my new “personal” business card design for 2014!

Complete with photo and name in “I Am Sherlocked” font on front; phone, email addresses, links to my sindylee.com personal website, LInkedIn profile, and Twitter profile, and contact info QR code c/o Kaywa.

Posted via tumblr: http://ift.tt/1eQF4QY published on March 18, 2014 at 10:00PM

tumblr: Warning: Greeting Card Level Sentimentality Ahead Despite this…



Warning: Greeting Card Level Sentimentality Ahead

Despite this post, I’m not really a greeting card nut— I buy them regularly for a small handful of family and friends, usually for birthdays, but for every store-bought greeting card I send, I probably also send a homemade handmade card that I design and make myself on the computer, with specialty paper and other good “arts & craft” stuff, using a generic “Happy Birthday!” or “Happy Holidays” inside along with the same message I would have written inside if it was a store-bought card.

But weirdly— or maybe not so weirdly, considering how much effort I put into the cards I make myself— when I do use a store-bought greeting card, I take a fair amount of time picking one out because I actually care about the message. Now, I know this is kind of a chick thing, as Kevin James illustrates here so hilariously. But really, I respect the written word a lot and I take a lot of care in what I write by my own hand, so why wouldn’t I be just as particular about picking a pre-written, mass-marketed message to speak for me? Especially when they’re really long and get into the particular beauties of whatever relationship the card is supposed to be part of, but it’s like I hate lying so much that I won’t even send a superficially nice card if I don’t agree with every word of it. I’d rather just send a cheesy card with a picture of dynamite on the front and the message “Hope your birthday’s a blast!” (and write in my own sappy words) than one with an intricate floral design and a long poem talking about how you carried me through my toughest moments, without judgment or a harsh word, blah, blah, blah, if it’s not 100% true. Call me a freak, but hey, that’s just me.

Of course, this is all a roundabout way of getting around to the fact that I DID find a greeting card with the lace and flowers and the long poem that I really did like and wanted to send because I liked the message. Ironically, I found it while on the phone with my mom, browsing through a Walgreens to kill time before the next train home.

So, here it is— this has been an incredible difficult year for my entire family, as a whole and individually, and we continue to struggle each day, but on my mom’s birthday today (or at least the day we celebrate it— don’t even get me started on lunar vs solar calendars), I have to acknowledge not only how amazingly strong she is— she’s the strongest person I know, probably— but how much she has been my support and comfort through one of the most difficult year— yearS really— of my life, even when she has had every reason and right to be more pre-occupied with, thinking and worrying, about the unbelievably tough things she was going through everyday. I’ll let the card say the rest (pictured above, text below— I’m probably violating some type of greeting card copyright or fair use doctrine, but whatever):

(Front)
A mom’s love is an unspoken promise,
to be kind,
to be wise,
to be there.

(Back)
It’s hard to describe
how much it means
having a mom like you…
the joy that comes
from being loved,
the confidence that comes
from being believed in,
the sense of security that comes
from knowing
there’s always someone
to depend on…

It’s hard hard to describe how much you
Because you mean so very much.

Happy Birthday

Posted via tumblr: http://ift.tt/1huGr9K published on March 17, 2014 at 10:02PM

tumblr: Finally doing about half a decade’s worth of…

Finally doing about half a decade’s worth of #SpringCleaning and found these while tossing out the box my @DirecTV replacement receiver came in— held onto them because don’t they just scream “Arts & Crafts”? Like they’re just begging to help make/decorate Easter eggs or some third-grade science project growing lima beans?

Posted via tumblr: http://ift.tt/1cE2wFy published on March 13, 2014 at 09:29PM

tumblr: Just when you think the world can’t be full of any more…

Just when you think the world can’t be full of any more assholes, I come into the office to find this on my monitor. Thanks Tiffany— if people only knew how the smallest things can make or break a person’s morning, day, week, whatever.

And I can use it to try to stop the NSA from spying on me

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/72676160849 published on January 08, 2014 at 09:56AM

tumblr: I give up: I’m not really sure how I feel about this weird…

I give up: I’m not really sure how I feel about this weird smells-like-hipster-irony thing my apartment complex started a few months ago by having weekly food trucks in front of the main office/building during dinner time, but come January 14th, I don’t think I will be able to continue to resist chicken and waffles parked in front of my house.

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/72642409582 published on January 07, 2014 at 10:57PM

tumblr: Only took 3 days to make (sort of— most of that time is…

Only took 3 days to make (sort of— most of that time is waiting for the fresh ginger + sugar base “marinate” in the fridge), but now I can mix & heat up Mommy’s ginger tea at the office— that little 12 oz (1.5 cup) Martinelli’s bottle of concentrated tea will easily yield at least 3 big mug-fulls of yummy tea for both health and comfort. Will post recipe soon.

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/72573350828 published on January 07, 2014 at 11:04AM

tumblr: Happy New Year All! Too bad I never want to crawl out of this…

Happy New Year All! Too bad I never want to crawl out of this lovely cocoon, bundled up inside one of my favorite blankets I brought back from NY. My grandmother originally brought it with her when she immigrated from Korea— you can maybe make one, but definitely can’t buy a blanket like this in America.

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/71891023510 published on January 01, 2014 at 02:48PM

tumblr: Probably the first picture of Sean and me together since the…

Probably the first picture of Sean and me together since the ones from when we went to the prom together.

And while most people make their nice, high-resolution digital photos look worse, I added the Instagram-like “antique” effect on the photo to make a crappy photo shot in bad light look less crappy.

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/71528434817 published on December 29, 2013 at 08:34AM

tumblr: One of the best parts of being home: by the time I get up and…

One of the best parts of being home: by the time I get up and come downstairs, my mom has already been up for hours and is ready with a list of breakfast options. This morning- 빈대떡! (Bindaetteok- type of Korean pancake; just Google it…)

Posted via tumblr: http://sindyjlee.tumblr.com/post/71422779750 published on December 28, 2013 at 08:46AM