Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Chapter of Your Life Entitled San Francisco

I'm headed back to San Francisco with my boyfriend for a few days starting on Thursday night. It will be nice to be back since I haven't seen my dad and brother since the beginning of December. I have a bunch of stuff to bring him and my dad. I even have some things for my sister and my niece, who have birthdays coming up in March. I hope to see my sister and her family since it has been awhile. Some friends from Sacramento may also be there for Interpol at the Warfield. My boyfriend likes SF a lot, so it's a good place to celebrate his birthday. We will be able to use our MacWorld Expo passes for the exhibition hall at Moscone Center. Should be fun since I've never been to MacWorld before.

In preparation for the trip, I am returning some clothes and beauty products to Sephora, Victoria's Secret, and Body Shop. I will probably resume listing stuff on ebay after I come back, since it makes more sense to list stuff when I am home to ship it all out. I'm mostly just relaxing at home while also trying to clean up and get more organized. I still have tons of yarn and clothes to sell, so I've got a lot to do in preparation to selling. I've recently discovered a really cool review website called, it links to a lot of online accounts to allow you to review purchases. I like the interface design and customizability of the site, not to mention that there seems to be a lot of cool people using it.

Here's my account:

In case you're wondering, the title of this post refers to a nice song by the Lucksmiths - one of those cool Australian indie pop bands that many people have never heard of. I guess they based the songs on an actual book, but I've never read it so I can't say what the book is about.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


On Thursday afternoon, I did have a phone interview with a hiring manager at that company I've wanted to work for since I first got into using computers and I did feel that it went well. I'm sure they had many other highly qualified candidates, so the company can be selective about who they go with. Since it isn't local and I may not hear back for up to 2 weeks on the next step, I'm kind of in a weird state of thinking of whether or not to apply to jobs in this area or maybe just deciding that it would be better for my career to move to either San Francisco or Silicon Valley. 

My dad and brother are in San Francisco, but are somewhat fickle in how actually supportive they are of my life and choices. My sister is in Silicon Valley, but she has a small house with husband and 2 kids. I could possibly stay with her for a short time, but I would eventually have to get my own place and I would hope my boyfriend would be able to move with me. I know the easiest thing to do is to just stay here, find any sort of web design job, and just gain more experience. It's a hard thing to want to do when I know all the high tech companies that are leading the way are not far away.

Another thing I've considered is focusing more on getting freelance work and selling more on my ebay store. That would be a nice way to pay the bills while I am deciding my next step. I don't really enjoy moving, but maybe I could use a fresh start in a new place that I am familiar with. I've stayed with my sister in Santa Clara and I've lived in San Francisco, so I do know that both areas are pretty nice.  I know more people in San Francisco and there is more to do there, but the tech industry is more in Silicon Valley. There's plenty of good jobs in both places, so it could go either way right now.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - I Am Not Willing

Today has been a slightly better day, but maybe also slightly worse. I got a message and email yesterday from a recruiter at a large computer company in Cupertino about a position I applied for several weeks ago. I was a bit in awe to find out that they actually wanted to speak to me, since I've put in many job applications there for positions I was and was not qualified for and this is the first time I'd heard anything from them. I was excited to get the messages and responded within minutes, leaving messages and an email back to the recruiter. I am still waiting to hear back from him, and trying to figure out how likely my chances of actually getting a job there might be.

To get my mind off the anticipation of a possible interview with a company I passed up Google for (long story, possibly not worth mentioning), I decided to focus my attention on a new article for - Eye on Kawaii: Cute, colorful fashion inspired by Japan. The new article is a listing of events, brands, and stores in the LA and Orange County area. It would be much longer if I went into detail about each thing I mentioned, I could have probably just written an in depth article on the events alone. Most of them were past already, which is why I chose to do a listing.  I could really go on and on about Tokidoki alone, which I believe is what I originally wrote about to get chosen as a Fashion Examiner. Maybe I'll post that article next.

For those of you reading my blog because of BRMC, here's something you might like. It's a HOWL era b-side called "I Am Not Willing." I wonder how it slipped by all these years without me even hearing the name?

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - I Am Not Willing

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - I Am Not Willing

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Introducing LC Crafted: My ebay store

I've been getting plenty of calls since I updated my portfolio with the new design. It's a promising start, but the one interview I have had since I did the re-design was a little less so. The company itself seems pretty cool and not too far. It's actually even moving closer to where I live. The main issue seems to be that they are probably interviewing more experience people than me, and they may not be willing to pay much since they thought I made a lot at my last job. I suppose it was a lot for someone with my level of professional experience, but it's actually around an average for web designers.

I was thinking also that I may be a better fit for web content or marketing positions, since I have gotten pretty good at writing and I didn't really study much graphic design. I know graphic design isn't the same as web design, but a lot of companies kind of put them together. Anyways, since there is no guarantee I will find a job anytime soon, I decided to start an ebay store. The store format will allow me to list items for a longer period of time and provide a set amount that I want to sell items for, but also give the "Best Offer" option to people who want a better deal. Plus, I get a slight discount on fixed price listings and free picture packs, which helps a lot.

Here's a link to the store:

I've currently got 18 items listed: some Red Heart Kiss yarn, jeans (Lucky, GoldSign, Paige), several band shirts, and a Tokidoki for Hello Kitty dress. Here's a promotional flyer to give you an idea:
LC Crafted

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Women's Paige Premium Laurel Canyon Jeans Boot 28 x 30
US $29.99 Buy It Now
Feb-15-11 20:48:42 PST
Category: Paige Premium Denim
Women's GoldSign Gold Sign Jeans Dietrich 27 P Wide Leg
US $14.99 Buy It Now
Feb-15-11 20:24:33 PST
Category: GoldSign
Women's GoldSign Gold Sign Jeans Bianca 27/32 Wide Leg
US $14.99 Buy It Now
Feb-15-11 20:10:39 PST
Category: GoldSign
Women's Lucky Brand Jeans Sundown Skinny Capris 6/28
US $9.99 Buy It Now
Feb-15-11 19:35:49 PST
Category: Lucky Brand

Item TitlePriceBidsEnd Date PST
Women's Paige Premium Laurel Canyon Jeans Boot 28 x 30US $29.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 20:48:42 PST
Women's GoldSign Gold Sign Jeans Dietrich 27 P Wide LegUS $14.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 20:24:33 PST
Women's GoldSign Gold Sign Jeans Bianca 27/32 Wide LegUS $14.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 20:10:39 PST
Women's Lucky Brand Jeans Sundown Skinny Capris 6/28US $9.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 19:35:49 PST
Women's Lucky Brand Jeans Sweet Dream Short 6/28 BootUS $14.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 19:23:01 PST
Women's Lucky Brand Jeans Lola Boot Cut Size 6/28 x 30US $19.99 Buy It NowFeb-15-11 19:10:03 PST

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  • Women's GoldSign Gold Sign Jeans Dietrich 27 P Wide Leg

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