Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tech Gal has a Crappy Day

So generally I'm all sunshine and roses but today has just been lame. I had a completely different blog post planned (I was going to brag about my UK client and adventures in London) and even though it is gorgeous in San Francisco today and things haven't been horrendously awful, they honestly haven't been that great either. The thing is I made a few mistakes today, which is something I don't like or do often. Neither are big nor memorable for my boss (which is the only person who matters in this instance) but for some reason I am taking these particularly to heart. I know that no one is perfect and I should be easier on myself -- but honestly this is part of what makes me good at my job.

Speaking of -- I must remember to write a post about what I'm doing these days, very interesting if I do say so myself! Okay, off to drown my sorrows in a glass or two of wine with a friend visiting from the UK...

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm baaack

Okay so I'm going to try, but I make no promises! It's been almost a year since I started this bad boy and I apologize for falling off the wagon and forgetting to actually post. I can give you the typical excuses -- I got busy, I moved, work got crazy...but honestly I just stopped taking the time to write. So here is my new goal: one post a week, even if it gets a little boring. I don't even know who is reading anymore -- but to all you people out there, I'm gonna try my best :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

City Weather -- Global Warming and Beyond

SF weather is pretty unpredictable. I'm not sure if its global warming or el nino fallout, but in general it is pretty ridiculous. In the past month and a half or so, it has been both 80 degrees and 50 degrees with a delightful mix of fog, rain and unbelievable sunshine. In the summer, it is often cold, whereas in September and October it is generally sunny and warm. December is clear and beautiful but doesn't go much above 50 degrees.

Beyond this, different areas of the city have completely different micro climates. While the Mission and Potrero Hill are generally fog free and warm, the Sunset and the Richmond (both close to the beach) are almost always fogged in and breezy. I remember a month or so ago (November 15th -- I remember the day because I bragged to all my friends living on the East Coast) it was 75 degrees. My girlfriends and I actually laid out at Ocean Beach IN NOVEMBER. There were a ton of surfers out, lots of dogs, and families all frolicking along the sand. I love that when it IS beautiful in SF that everyone takes advantage of it, too. So basically, the weather is yet another reason why SF is amazing...I swear I'm not biased!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dude, Update Your Blog

Today one of my friends IMed me "dude, update your blog" so I guess it's about time. (PS, how psyched am I that I have actual readers who care...kick a**!)

It has been a crazy couple of weeks particularly since my roommate went and got engaged to her bf (I am happy for them...I swear!) and they are kicking me out of the apt. Let me just tell you that with the shoddy economy and the tough housing market in SF as is, it has not been fun. Plus work has been super crazy and you know how we all have family requirements around the holidays! Anyways, back to apt hunting in SF. I read recently that San Francisco is the most expensive place to rent in the entire United States next to NYC. I get that SF is an exceptionally desirable place to live (duh, why else would I want to live here?!) but this really irks me because moving really sucks. Like really sucks. And finding a place to move TO really, really sucks. So basically, I have started to spend all my free time on Craig's List. And not in a creepy way, (no missed connections for me, thank you!) but in a practical way. As soon as a new room goes up in one of my four or five target locations, I recraft my "pick me, pick me, I'm an awesome roommate" email (which by the way has had record responses this time around...apparently I'm doing something right!) and shoot it off right away. With that said, I guess I am being pretty picky this time around also since I have already turned down a couple of places. I just keep on thinking the perfect place, with the perfect roommate(s) at the perfect price will show that too much to ask?

PS -- How cool is this house?! I know where it is too, the colors are unreal in person.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tech Gal Weakness: Shoes

I don't know what it is about shoes, but I feel like I can never have enough. I don't even need to dress up for work (I pretty much wear jeans everyday) and I organized my shoes this evening and was overwhelmed by the number of pairs that I have. I mean, I totally wear all of them and (most) are very practical. Plus it's technically winter now here in SF, so I totally needed those adorable brown slouchy flat boots that I picked up today (they were on sale...I SWEAR) and the other black ankle pointy toed ones I got from zappos last week. I could write a whole post on zappos alone, between their customer service to their unbelievable selection and kick-a** free shipping upgrades, I feel like I will never look at shoe shopping the same way.

Anyways, back to root (or should I say heel...haha) of the shoe problem. I don't know a single one of my friend
s who doesn't love them. Even non-girly girls love shoes. What is it about them that is so appealing? I actually have a friend who has over 40 pairs stashed in her closet and almost always wears uggs, vans or flipflops. I am convinced that all women have this weakness. Perhaps it is HBO's fault or Dorothy and her fabulous ruby red slippers. HBO may take the cake due to the unbelievable success of Sex and the City, a show that references at least one pair of $500 shoes on every episode. Women lust after said shoes even though we know they are unrealistic, uncomfortable and completely overpriced. Are we that easy to please? Is the key to every woman's heart through a pair of Manolos, Louboutins or Choos? I don't think so, but they sure are pretty.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tech Gal Baracks the Vote

I am an Obama fan and I am exceptionally proud. Tomorrow (hopefully, I'm staying VERY positive) marks the end of the Bush regime and the beginning of something new and exciting. I sincerely hope that I can post tomorrow and say that I feel the world is moving in the right direction. I know this is a little heavy compared to my usual upbeat and sassy commentary, but I want to stress the importance of going out and voting tomorrow. I will be at the polls bright and early (before my morning conference call...ick) and am going to have a hard time sitting still until a winner is declared. I wish everyone out there a wonderful election day. It's going to be fun and exciting one for sure!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Seriously? SERIOUSLY.

So as I have mentioned before, I am an overly connected person. I am constantly texting, mobile internet-ing, twittering, and facebook updating. Generally, I like to know what all my friends are doing at any given time but recently something went seriously wrong. I love twitter, I really do. Those adorable 140 character updates sometimes make my day. Today was not that day.

There once was a boy, let's call him silly tech boy 1.0, who is also overly connected and exceptionally busy like myself. Silly tech boy 1.0 (or STB 1.o for short) had expressed interest in going on a date a few weeks back, but it hasn't quite happened yet. STB 1.0 was happy to tweet when he was hitting all the tech parties, enjoying a movie, or visiting other friends, yet could not make time to call a wonderful tech gal like myself back. So, I decided to unfollow STB 1.0 on twitter because honestly I didn't need to know what he was doing 24/7.

And here comes the seriously part. Less than TWO HOURS LATER I receive a forwarded email from STB 1.0 from a lovely (and now hated) service, called qwitter. The service sends you an email every time someone stops following you on twitter and apparently STB 1.0 had signed up for the service and KNEW that I stopped following him. How embarrassing is that? How was I supposed to know that this freaking technology existed!? I had a friend who recently got called on un-friending someone on facebook, but I had NO idea that you could tell when someone stopped following you on twitter. I mean, I love technology, I really do, but what was the service's parent company thinking when they created the service? Did they know it advance that it would totally mess with my afternoon? And NOW I have to freaking explain myself to STB 1.0...Seriously? SERIOUSLY!!!!