Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 16, 2010

Seattle Cheese Festival

Shirley and I went to the Seattle Cheese Festival at Pike Place Market today, and it was a complete success. I’ve sadly missed it every other year, and was determined to go this year. There were hundreds to cheese samples and we did out best to try them all. I fulfilled my cheese quota for the next three months in less than 2 hours and it was oh so worth it. No pics of the cheese…it was kind of a war zone there and we were too busy eating.

Things to remember for next year: bring a plate to gather all the cheese and bread samples. Also bring a drink and buy some apples and grapes at the market. Some of the more experienced samplers there were making a veritable cheese platter for themselves and heading to the wine tasting for wine and cheese heaven. Shirley and I were just popping pieces into our mouths as we went, which was delicious, but more strategy needs to be applied for maximum efficiency. We were noobs this year, but never again!

(Props to Shirley for her mad self photography skills!)

Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 11, 2010

Thoughts on tea

I’ve been drinking a lot of tea at my office job lately and today I just realised that the lifetime of a cup of tea always goes like this:

Scolding hot
Still too hot
Still too hot
Still too hot
Still too hot
Still too hot but I’ll try a sip anyways…ouch
Still too hot
Just right
Cooling down
Too cold
Too cold
Too cold
Too cold
Too cold

Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 9, 2010


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Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 5, 2010


Hi guys. Stealing an idea from Jessica’s blog, I realised that it was a good idea to password protect some of my posts, especially the more recent job-related ones. Writing inspiration comes from the most unlikely places. Contact me and I’ll give you the password. :)

Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 5, 2010

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Posted by: tinyoliphant | May 1, 2010

Style Inspiration #002

I could never pull the scarf off, but I absolutely love the statement it makes.

photo via The Sartorialist

Posted by: tinyoliphant | April 29, 2010

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Posted by: tinyoliphant | April 24, 2010


Somehow my sneezing and running nose from allergies has segued into sneezing and running nose from actually be sick. I have also temporarily lost all sense of smell, and, with that, all sense of taste. I have no idea how this happened. This especially sucks because I’m anticipating to work about 60 hours next week.

Right now I’m drinking lots of hot tea with honey and lemon and reading backlogged Danny Wallace columns on I will probably go to bed at 9:30 tonight.

Update: My snot color has changed from frightening yellow to clear. That’s a good sign, right? Right?? Yay!

Update 2: Fever coming on. So cold. Guess it’s time for bed.

Posted by: tinyoliphant | April 21, 2010

Art imitates life…Life imitates art

Today I was watching The Colbert Report in the living room. Stephen was saying something utterly ridiculous about illegal immigrants. My dad walked by and asked: “Are you watching Fox News?”

I’m not sure if this says more about Mr. Colbert’s parodying talents, or the scariness of Fox News. Probably a little of both.

Posted by: tinyoliphant | April 14, 2010

Busy bee

I’ve been really busy lately and I absolutely love it. Being busy means I’m doing something. Doing something means I’m not doing nothing. And after a long time of doing nothing, it’s so great to be doing something. Three part-time jobs + volunteering and other miscellaneous events. My schedule is completely booked tight from 9am-9pm for the next three days. This is a lot of fun.

Depending on how things work out with my position with the US Census, my evenings and weekends are going to be booked for the next three months. It’s going to be hell on my social life, but I’m not stranger to sacrificing to reach a goal (i.e., LSAT, and now GRE). This time around, the goal is to save enough money to go traveling next winter. The good thing about this job is that it frees the daytime for another job and if things work out well, I might be able to make up for all the money that I haven’t been making these past few months.

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