We’re Still Alive!

DUH. God wouldn’t let the world end because I haven’t tried foie gras or gotten to spin around in one of those judges chairs from The Voice.

BYE XTINA HELLO SHAKIRA

Posts have suffered these past few weeks readers, and I apologize. I have been busy at home in California for the holidays, as well as working at an amazing conference I had the privilege to be a part of for my job called Urbana. 16,000 people came to engage with missions to change the world, and experience God in St. Louis together. Check out some of me and my team’s videos here!

Michelle and I finally got to spend time to together when I was home (betches reunited!). As we were stuffing our faces with amazing Korean fried chicken, she paused for a moment, looked me straight in the eyes, smiled, and said, “This is going to be the year for you.”

“What? Who ME?”

THE year? There’s only two possibilities here of what she’s talking about: I’m going to finally meet Celine Dion or my significant other.

HELL YEAH!

The girl is an INFJ and has quite the intuition, so I’m gonna TAKE IT. Celine is too busy anyway, and since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to actually try but not depend on getting me a man, it’s gotta be time to stop idolizing Daniel Craig as a 25-soon-to-be-26-old-single-woman.

Me as Daniel Craig for Halloween. I sense your concern.
Me as Daniel Craig for Halloween. I sense your concern.

As much as I enjoy my independence, I think I’m ready to share my crossword puzzles, intentionally cook for two, and compromise choices for a movie night (no promises though).

I had some time to reflect on 2012 today, and it’s really been one hell of a year. Fantastic, even. Here are five highlights:

A personal question regarding my living situation in the Midwest.
A personal question regarding my living situation in the Midwest. Photo taken by Stacey Slevcove, when we were up to no good in Chicago.

1. I moved from Los Angeles, CA to Madison, WI to begin an amazing job as a full-time video production associate with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA.

The obvious is that there has been a ton of transition, but it’s been quite an awesome adventure with weather, culture, and lifestyle changes. I absolutely love my job, and feel blessed to continue my work with IVCF in this way. Here in the Midwest, cross-cultural encounters have taught me just how much of a Californian Asian I am. I realized this when I wanted to ask “Hey dude, where can find some hella good boba?” Outed myself too quickly it seems.

throw up airplane

2. I traveled to two continents (London, Europe and Swaziland, Africa) and parts of the US that I had never been to before.
I love traveling and experiencing new places. But I very much dislike airplanes as you all know by now. I have at least almost perfected my system for airplane travel, seen some cool airports, and am now a master of how to pack. And furthermore, I’ve learned that a person just can never know what surprises will come about during air travel. Just a few days ago coming back from California for the holidays, a kid puked in the seat directly behind me. It stunk so bad that I wanted to ask the stewardess to turn the kid into a mixed drink by pouring whatever liquids were leftover in her cart. Whether it’s a man with too much cologne and electronic devices, a woman with a deathly combination of halitosis and extraordinary speaking ability, or the cutest Russian grad student that made you confess to your confidants you might have made out with him if he initiated, you just never know who will sit right next to you!

My hilarious mother, thinking she’s got the perfect pageant pose, got photobombed by our silly waiter.

3. My mom retired this year, which means my life as the daughter of a restaurant owner is finally over.
Retired Dad is awesome. Retired Mom? She needs some work. I experienced a week of her and the woman just doesn’t know what to do with herself. She mentioned taking a Zumba class at the gym her and my dad are now members of. I am still processing the thought of that. She claims to have won dancing awards in her youth, and I extremely look forward to reigniting this old passion of hers. Maybe I’ll start a spin-off of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” called “Dancing Moms,” where retired immigrant women of all cultures take a Zumba class together with a psycho instructor. Every reality show needs a crazy person.

4. I finished AFI’s Top 100 Movies (Updated List).
AFI Top 100 ListI have loved movies since I was kid. And as a huge enthusiast of film, I decided to put this on my list because it was such a fantastic experience. I felt the fullness of just how wonderful movies are, in all genres, and how powerfully it can impact a person. This project has further affirmed my love for telling story through film, where it allows people to enter into worlds and ideas that they never would have imagined themselves. Movies can even illustrate the exact thoughts you have, and move you in ways other things just can’t. I sometimes sit for days and even weeks on a moment or an idea I saw. That’s the beauty of such a medium, where I can be just a distant observer or be completely sucked into the full emotions of the story. My current count is about 1,360 movies I’ve seen in my entire being, which I think might be on the more obsessive side. I did the math, and if I started watching movies at the age of 4, that means a movie every 6 days. Not as much as I thought. This can be explained by the fact that most of my life was spent watching television programming. Maybe I’ll just be buried in a couch when I die.

5. I finally live an apartment where I have my own room.
This sounds silly for someone my age, but it’s true. Since moving away from home at 18 for college, I have always shared a bedroom with at least one or two people. And when I actually counted how many different roommates I’ve had (not counting apartment mates) in the past seven years, the number was fourteen. Fourteen different women with different living habits, values, and lifestyles. Some were quieter in their sleep than others, and some were louder when awake than others. Even though it has taught me a lot, I am so damn grateful for my living situation now. Laura is seriously the best person to live with, and we have a wonderful thing going here in our two bedroom apartment for two people. I think I’m just relieved by the simple fact that I can come back to my room and fart at my own leisure.

farting in bed
I’ll use my “dutch oven” when I please, OKAY?

So that was 2012, and now it’s 2013. So everyone, we gotta make the most of our lives and right now would be a good time to start. No use in putzin’ around. And if you find it hard to leave the recliner, at least put on a good movie or read something enlightening.

Resolutions for the year are being finalized.

This is Amy Hu signing off for January 14th, 2013.

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Twelve Twelve Twelve

Today is significant. We’re gonna have to wait another century for the day, month, and year to be the same number again.

In order to celebrate this numerically significant day, I will think of how the number 12 has affected my own life:

The number of…

1. chips in bags nowadays (wtf, amirite?)all that and a bag of chips

 

 

 

 

 

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But some people never grow out of it.

2. years to create the world’s most awkward lifestage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montreal_Peppered_Steak.ashx3. ounces for a medium-sized steak

 

 

 

 

stay in bed all day4. hours I wish I could stay in bed everyday

 

 

 

WTF are you looking at?
WTF are you looking at?

5. times I’ve been harassed by a dog or cat

 

 

 

 

6. times in a day I wish I remembered to do somethingto-do-list-nothing

 

 

 

 

Daniel+Craig sweat wipe
I know, you’re getting old. Don’t sweat it. I still love you.

7. years younger I wish Daniel Craig was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Pettyfer-RSH-007023
I know, in reality, I’d take him now. Dayum.

8. years older I wish Alex Pettyfer was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BathtubSpaghetti9. feet of spaghetti I want to dive into

 

 

 

961_684552608946_5921_n10. seconds it usually takes to get my attention while I’m watching TV

 

 

 

 

union-buffet11. plates of food I feel I should go through at a buffet to get my money’s worth but realize I want to live

 

 

2012-05-17 13.55.0812. years ago my mother started menopause and nearly killed me during a hot-flash emotional rampage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 12/12/12 everybody!

This is Amy Hu signing off for December 12th, 2012.

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Daniel Friggin’ Craig

Let’s Get Ready to RUMBLE STUUUUUUMBLE!

I just cannot WAIT for Skyfall to come out in theaters. And yes, it’s because of Daniel Craig.

Something just paralyzes every fiber of my body when I see Daniel Craig. I’m completely defenseless against him–like kryptonite for Superman or chocolate during my menstrual cycle. Total submission. Maybe it’s his incredible physique. Or perhaps his piercing blue eyes. Or his breathtaking ability in ass-kicking. Or his rugged, I-don’t-give-a-damn-about-anything attitude. Or his heart for justice because he dressed in drag once for a gender equality PSA for women. Or he married my favorite actress, Rachel Weisz, this past year.

But if I was really honest with myself, I think it’s just because I want to have his babies. I could make the world a better place with these magnificent Hapa offspring. And yes, I’d enjoy the conception process more obviously. (keke oh my!)

So not fair, right?

I remember the first time I realized that a man could actually take my breath away on screen during my early 20s (I had finally moved on from strapping young men of my age like Jake Gyllenhaal and Joshua Jackson) was when I was watching “Casino Royale” in theaters with one of my closest friends, Mel. The moment Daniel Craig came out of that ocean water in that tight, baby-blue number, I got so flustered that I grabbed Mel’s forearm and simply said, “Oh my God.” She didn’t even flinch and gave me the most sympathetic “I know” look. We were two helpless college women, sweating in our theater seats as 007 continued to destroy everyone around him for the woman he loved, and of course in the most stylish and form-fitting clothes that eventually all came off during a torture scene. If only I could break through the door and save him in that moment. But then again, I’d end up being the one needing rescue if I actually encountered Daniel Craig like that. I’d pass out in a second. Maybe two (just long enough to take a mental picture to last a lifetime).

And here’s the PSA that he did on gender equality. What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man:


This is Amy Hu signing off for August 29th, 2012.

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