Archive for August, 2010

My first paparazzi pic

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2010 by poojaland

Last weekend, M.G., her boyfriend and I had plans to meet up to see “The Switch” at a movie theater by my house. M and A got there early, so they plopped down by a concession stand inside the theater — and right by a window — to wait for me. They happened to then look out the window and see me crossing the street. Just as I would’ve done, M pulled out her phone and snapped a pic of me, then sent it to me, with the text “We see you.” I don’t know why, but I find the pic hilarious. It’s sort of morbid too, like “Pooja was last seen crossing the street near a movie theater in north Seattle”..

In other news, the theater had freakin’ long-ass straws!

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 by poojaland

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Movie recommendation and deep thoughts on … relationships

Posted in boys on August 19, 2010 by poojaland

Click for more on "Something New"

For some odd reason (…), the underrated movie “Something New” popped into my head last night while I was hanging out with my friend MG. The film is a rom-com, but it’s made with more smarts, humor and reality than most recent rom-coms. It’s about this tightly wound black lawyer lady who has a list of qualities she’s looking for in an “IBM” (Ideal Black Man). She gets set up on a blind date by her assistant, and then is unpleasantly shocked when said blind date turns out to be a white dude named Brian (Simon Baker). The date is awkward and over quickly (Baker figures out the situation pretty fast).  A little while later, the laywer lady, Kenya (Sanaa Lathan), is admiring the backyard of a family friend, when who should come by but Brian. Turns out he did the landscaping. Kenya ends up hiring him to redo her backyard, and eventually the laid-back Brian is able to get Kenya to mellow out and spend time with him in a romantical sense. A wrench is thrown into the mix (surprise) when Kenya meets an IBM in the form of Blair Underwood (whom I always now associate with “Sex and the City” and using a tampon as an ad-hoc fix for another guy’s bloody nose). You can sort of imagine how things pan out from there …

Anyway, I highly recommend the movie. I own it, and have watched it many times. What stands out to me personally is that a relationship doesn’t always (ever?) need to be based on both parties’ interests/hobbies lining up exactly. Not to get all deep, but for whatever reason, I’m the one who, when meeting a guy for the first time, always feels like I’m the one on trial. And if, for example, he says he loves camping, I immediately feel inferior because I don’t escape to the mountains every weekend in the summer. Or if he’s super in shape, I start feeling intimidated because I’m not. It’s an ongoing struggle, but I’m trying to focus less on those minor things and more on things like do we both want kids, want to be married, share the same religious beliefs (which in my case is a lack of them), find the same things hilarious, respect each other, etc. And also, I need to realize that I’m not less of a person if I don’t, say, love camping or spend hours in the gym every week. Being a couple doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do everything together — and/or enjoy it. It does mean trying new things, supporting your partner in their various pursuits, but also continuing to maintain your independence and individuality. Yes, I want to get married and start a family at some point, but it kind of freaks me out to pin my entire life’s happiness on the existence of that other person. That’s one reason why I cringe whenever people talk about their “other/better half.” Shouldn’t you be two fully formed people, both before, during and after (if that ends up being the case) you become a couple?

Whew, not sure why I’m suddenly overly sentimental today! Time to get back to work.

Fun iPhone (4) app

Posted in iphone, Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 by poojaland

How fun is this app?! It’s called the IncrediBooth, and it’s by the folks who made the Hipstamatic iPhone appp. It lets you make photo-booth style strips of photos. The hitch is that it currently only works on the iPhone 4, and only uses the front-facing camera. It costs $0.99 (the App Store gift card you gave me for my birthday is truly the gift that keeps giving, M.G. :o)). There are three filter settings, and the app takes four pictures in succession just like those fun photo booths. Get more on the app here. Click the image to the right to enlarge it.

Friends, watch out, I’m gonna be firing this app up the next time we each hang out! It’s minutes of entertainment!

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 by poojaland

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The saga of… tall boots, part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 by poojaland

Jessica Simpson "Capry" boots

Went back to Nordstrom yesterday, just a few hours before the Anniversary Sale came to a close. I ended up buying yet another pair of tall boots, but non-over-the-knee, and at half the price of the “Pretty Woman” boots in my previous post. I almost didn’t buy them on principal, because they’re by Jessica Simpson … and they’re of course a little too roomy at the top in the calf area, so I’ll need to get some additional opinions before I give them a final yea or nay. They’re at least comfy..

In other news (file under: TMI), I put on my underwear inside-out today. I didn’t discover this fun fact until I got to the office, and there was no going back at that point. Just a day in the life!