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A Not-My-Birthday Cake for Me

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If I had to live in one pair of shoes for the rest of my life, I would choose either Rainbows (flip-flops) or Birkenstocks (sandals). That should tell you what kind of gal I am.

Me and flats? We don’t get along. I only bought this pair of flats to wear to work when I didn’t feel like wearing heels. I only wore them out this past weekend because it was Easter Sunday, my friend Marina requested us to dress nice for Easter brunch, and I didn’t want to wear heels. When I got home, I immediately put these flats in the donation pile because they ripped the skin around the ankles even though I’ve worn them multiple times before. I hate flats so much.

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Let’s Explore: Boston (Part 1)

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Modes of Transportation

  • Uber or Lyft
  • T (public transportation) – $2.25 with CharlieCard (pick up from most subway stations), $2.75 without CharlieCard
  • Walk – not a bad idea when it’s a nice day outside

Sites to Check Out for Upcoming Events

 

It was quite rainy and windy over the last few weekends, so I had to just suck it up and go out in the bad weather. My friend Becca told me about a Gilt sample sale event, so we headed over to South Boston to check it out.

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Then we headed to Somerville to try out a Peruvian restaurant – it was decent. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back there and try other foods. Peruvians seem to really enjoy their salt, otherwise the flavor was quite mild. Check out the video below to see what we ate!
Machu Picchu
307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

 

Musings

November 2013 Lovin’

Annie

  • Birthday Month!
  • Long but fun team meetings
  • Feeling the sun on my face on a beautiful fall day
  • Checking things off on my long to-do list
  • Long stroll back home with a friend, just enjoying good company and good conversation
  • Waking up to the sun beaming through the cracks of my blinds
  • I am in love with the ukulele and any music that plays one. There’s just something about the sound of the uke that makes me so happy.
  • Hour long conversations on the phone with my mommy – times like these make me miss home a lot!
  • Handing in my final business plan to my professor a day early
  • All you can eat sushi lunch date with some team members at Yamato to celebrate!
  • Finally being able to relax in bed and to be lazy the whole day to re-energize after handing in a three months long project
  • Receiving birthday presents in the mail from two of my best friends
  • Enjoying a relaxing and chill night with some friends on my birthday
  • An awesome thanksgiving dinner with friends (& also playing apples to apples for the first time)
  • Taking a risk and going down a big slope for the first time snowboarding, never giving up and learning quickly how to snowboard! So proud of myself (: and had so much fun on the trip with friends
Juliet

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Lowell-ite for a Day

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(left to right, from top row): Bella, Juliet, Mr. Lee, Calvin

Saturday, October 26, 2013

When Bella invited me to give her high school adviser a campus tour together, I thought about the last time I gave one. It was less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombings. The city of Boston and most of the educational institutions were pretty much shut down, and Boston University advised students to stay in their rooms and only go to the dining hall if necessary. I was restless and decided to study at the dining hall while I waited for my friend to join me. On my way to the dining hall, I ran into a lost father-daughter pair who were here for a campus tour that was canceled due to the bombings. I was bored so I took them on a two-hour campus tour. During the tour, my roommate called me and asked me, “Where are you? You aren’t in the room and you aren’t in the common area and I’m a bit worried.” I said, “I’m giving a campus tour to a father and daughter because their official one was canceled.” And she starts yelling at me. Out of love, of course.

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Time vs. Accuracy

Today, my Operations Management professor gave another one sentence lesson about life and work. He told us:

“It is better to be late and correct, than to be on time and wrong.”

In the business world, your boss won’t remember if you’ve missed the deadline if you get the most accurate results because your work has positively effected the company either way. People will remember if you provide wrong/inaccurate information, even if it’s on time. For example, if you’re trying to collect data and forecast sales in the future, it is more beneficial if a good amount of time is taken to generate the best forecast than to try and utilize a poorly researched sales forecast right now. Before my OM professor became a professor, he worked in the military and he asked his superior, “Would you rather have me give you crappy, wrong results now? Or have correct results later?”

However, this idea does not work in every situation. When correct and accurate results are very important for the future of the company (the actions the company plans to take are based upon these particular results/information), then it is crucial that the information used is as accurate as possible. You also have to take into consideration the costs/benefits of taking a longer time to generate the results. On one hand, taking a long time may slow down the process of launching a product – thus missing an opportunity – but on the other hand, you may produce better results that will help better guide you in the process. It will all depend on what is more important to the organization, time or accuracy.

Written by Annie

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Celebrate Women. Celebrate Movement.

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(left to right): Juliet, Annie, Rebecca

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“Enjoy yourself! It’s later than you think.” -Unknown

Monday, October 14, 2013

lucy, an apparel company for active women, partnered with Boston’s Department of Conservation and Recreation to install a 10,000 motion-sensitive LED lights on a quarter-mile stretch of the Esplanade near the Hatch Shell. Rebecca, Annie and I decided to check it out last night after a long day of studying (for them) and a 10-hour work day (for me). I thought we would only spend about 10 minutes there, taking pictures here and there and then bounce. However, we ended up spending about an hour and a half there because it was so beautiful, especially with the Charles River as the backdrop.

The lucy light forest tracks movement and responds to each person passing through it by radiating amber hues of light and complementary tones of sounds for everybody to see and hear. It was “designed to represent that feeling [one] gets from a great workout.” lucy chose Boston for its first installation because of the vibrant active community, and the company will continue its movement across the US throughout 2014 and beyond. Learn more about the lucy light forest here.

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Calm Before the Crazy


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(left to right): Richa, Juliet, Annie

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

I was stuck. I don’t know how to explain in detail this stickiness or why I feel stuck, I just do. Instead of getting upset, I decided to take this Saturday morning for myself (even though it is midterms week).

Richa, my teammate, came with me to get our hairs cut (my high school teacher said it isn’t a haircut, but a hairscut. Get it?) at Unique 8 Hair Salon in Chinatown. There was a lady patron with two-toned hair, and she wanted to get some coloring done like Kim Kardashian’s. She had difficulties communicating with the stylist working with her, so my stylist asked me to be a translator. Helping them made me feel good. Anyways, cutting off my already short hair was liberating and I feel invigorated and ready to charge through life again.

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Musings

Monthly Appreciations: September 2013

Annie

  • Seeing friends when school starts
  • Being excited about a full calendar of Operation Smile events for the semester
  • Getting work done early (before 7PM is pretty impressive)
  • Improving my 5K (~3 miles) run time consistently
  • Having an amazing team for my CORE project
  • Keeping myself busy – gotta appreciate the precious time we have!
  • Being able to sleep in on a weekend
  • A song recommendation by a friend which turned into my song of the month (Mexico by The Staves)
  • The joy in helping people (volunteering at the Ovarian Cancer run)
  • Complimented by professor on graphic design work
  • First time networking with start-up companies & meeting new people
  • Pursuing new things that interest me
  • Finding out that I have a mutual friend with an old friend – what a small world!
Juliet

  • Although I don’t agree with her fashion choices most of the time, I can’t deny Willow Smith’s voice.
  • Friends who send a pick-me-up song to me when I’m upset.
  • Eric Stonestreet (from Modern Family) getting Vined on Ellen. It’s pretty funny.
  • Waking up early and having time to yourself before you start your day.
  • Smell of school! I love keeping busy. Entering workaholic mode…
  • This Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon skit about #hashtag
Musings

Monthly Appreciations: August 2013

Annie

  • Skype sesh with the best friend
  • Starting a blog with Juliet
  • No work on typhoon day
  • Relaxing at home on a rainy day, listening to chill music
  • Reading a book
  • Meeting coworkers that make work interesting
  • Having air conditioning (#appreciatingthelittlethings)
  • Teaching kids that are smart (class goes smoothly)
  • Friends taking me out to explore
  • Anticipation of going back home to Boston
  • Arriving back to Boston safely without too much struggle
  • Seeing and catching up with all my Boston friends
Juliet

  • Meeting new people and hanging out with them outside of work
  • My sister visiting me