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Ugly Sweater Party

Christian hosted an ugly sweater party that was in support of helping out the less fortunate for the Christmas season. Anyone attending the party was encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to donate to a children’s hospital. Those who brought a gift was entered into a drawing to win a gift card! Christian is always holding some festive party in support of a good cause! I’m always encouraged by his efforts in that! Thanks Christian!

Kevin & Me

At the Ugly Sweater Party, I was able to catch up with some old friends who I had not seen for years! I have to say that a good amount of people were dressed up festively! By the way, there was an ugly sweater competition. Armando who dressed up as a Christmas tree won! Congratulations Armando!

Live Christmas Tree

L to R: Mark, Christian, Me

Me, Ugly Sweater Tree, & a real Christmas tree

If you’re curious about my outfit especially the ugly sweater part, let me tell you that it’s partially homemade! The collared shirt is from Old Navy and the sweater itself is from my sister’s closet. To be more specific, it’s from Anthropologie. The tree was made by me! Materials from Walmart. The tree was on a different sweater from last year, but it felt apart. So I got a Christmas yarn and looped it into the tree to make it into a necklace! Lastly, the vest is from Gap. Oh and the headband is from H&M. Next year I’m going to try to have a sweater that lights up! I need to step up my ugly sweater game!

Thanks again Christian for putting this altogether to help the children at the Saint Jude’s Research Hospital! God bless!

I Have Rhabdomyolysis

Yup, I have rhabdomyolysis.

Wait. What’s rhabdomyolysis?

According to my doctor’s note it is: a health problem in which dying muscle cells cause the toxic buildup of certain substances in the blood. If the condition is not treated, it can cause life-threatening damage to the body’s organs, including your kidneys. It can be caused by variety of things, including severe muscle injury, medicines such as statins, flu, certain blood infections, and drinking alcohol. Symptoms may include muscle weakness, pain, stiffness, fever, and nausea. Your urine may also be dark. Rhabdomyolysis is treated by stopping the cause of muscle cell death, when possible, and by giving fluids and treatments to protect your organs. Treatments to help the kidneys remove the buildup of toxins and other chemicals, such as providing plenty of fluids, are also important.

So, wait what? What’s going on?

Yeah, it’s kind of a long story. So here we go.

I started CrossFit earlier this month because I’ve been wanting to be active again. I thought CrossFit would be perfect to get into just because you’re always trying a new workout and you don’t get bored of it. I’ve been just hearing a lot of great things about it from a few friends. Sarah and Daniel mainly.

If you don’t know anything about CrossFit, it’s basically intense cardio doing natural movements with weights for one hour. Every CrossFit gym makes you take this beginners course so that you are aware of form when using weights and such.

So my first day of CrossFit was crazy. It was so much fun but so painful. I’ve never worked out so much in my life that I was actually sore on the day of my work out! I’ve never really experienced that kind of pain of soreness and body trembling before.

Even though I was in so much pain, I went back the next day to continue my beginning classes called OnBoarding. My second day of class wasn’t any easier as I was working out with pain all over my body. Luckily, I survived because I’m a survivor, I’m not gon give up, I’m not gon stop, I’m gon work harder! Ok, that was a Destiny’s Child reference if you didn’t get it…

So that weekend, I questioned myself the meaning of life because I was in so much pain. I wasn’t able to brush my teeth properly or put my hair up in a pony tail. It was so bad that when I grabbed dinner at a restaurant with some friends that Saturday, the waiter told my friend that I looked like I was in a lot of pain. A stranger was able to notice how much pain I was in! A stranger! Not embarrassing at all…

The following week, I went to CrossFit two more times to finish my OnBoarding classes. On the last day of Onboarding which was on a Thursday, I was still sore but had to push myself through just so I could graduate from the OnBoarding course. Luckily, I survived again.

But. That night after CrossFit, I went home, showered, and ended up getting buff on my right arm like Hulk physique. I thought to myself, “Wow, CrossFit does work that quickly, huh?” Just kidding, ish. Ok, I didn’t get buff. But my right arm sure did get abnormally swollen. It was so swollen to the point that you couldn’t see my elbow. In general, I have stick arms with no muscle but suddenly that night my elbow was covered by some baby fat. I thought to myself, “This is weird. I’ll let it be for now…”

Swollen Arm on Friday.

My arm is abnormally round when it should be edgy. You can see how big the swelling is by comparing the width between my forearm and wrist. Thank you CindyxBindy for taking the photo.

The next day, my arm was still abnormally swollen. My right hand started to get cold and I started to lose mobility as I was typing at work. I talked to my sister-in-law who’s a nurse about this swelling and she was thinking that I had a blood clot since only one arm was swollen. She told me to go to Urgent Care immediately before it got worse. A part of me was thinking, “Eh…Maybe the swelling will go down by Sunday.” My sister-in-law urged me a few more times to go to the doctor’s immediately. She was saying that if it is a blood clot and if I don’t get it checked asap, then I may have to go through physical therapy in the long run. After hearing that, I got a tad bit scared and said I’d go to the doctor’s.

An hour after talking to my sister-in-law, my left arm started to get swollen. At this point, a few coworkers were saying that my arms looked like Pop-Eye’s. It looked pretty bad. So after work on Friday, I went to the doctor’s and he said it was definitely not a blood clot since both arms were swollen. He said to do a blood test to see if everything is ok, take ibuprofen 3 times a day for the inflammation to go down and if it gets worse come back. Afterwards, I popped a pill. Few hours later my legs ended up getting swollen!

Weekend comes along, I took ibuprofen here and there. Swelling on my arms worsen. Monday comes, somehow the swelling went down but was still there. Went to the doctor’s again but this time, I was assigned to a different doctor. This doctor said that the swelling could’ve gotten worse over the weekend if I had salty food which I did. I had seafood. Guilty… She also said that my legs probably got swollen because of the ibuprofen which has a side effect of swelling in them legs! Everything was starting to make sense. Ish.

After my first blood test, everything looked a-ok. But the doctor suggested that I do another blood test and ultra sound for a blood clot since my arm was still a tad bit swollen. So I did another blood test on Tuesday. Ultra sound appointment ended up being cancelled due to some confliction with the scheduling at Kaiser.

Wednesday, I felt completely fine physically. Swelling was nowhere to be found. I was able to see my boney elbow again. No more Pop-Eyes arms. I thought to myself, I guess no more doctors, yay! But I celebrated too early. The doctor called me that afternoon saying that I have to rush to the ER because my blood test resulted very poorly. Once I heard that, I was thinking, “Uh..can this wait? I’m at work.” I honestly felt completely normal. So normal that I could go for a run. Emergency Room? Uh, no thanks! The doctor seemed so concerned that I guess I had to be concerned also. I ended up leaving work early and headed less than a mile down to Kaiser.

Next thing you know, I was in the ER lying on a hospital bed with a needle in my arm. The nurse took about 7 to 9 blood samples for more testing. She hooked me up to some IV Fluid. I ended up getting 3 liters of IV fluid in. This was to ensure that all the dead muscle toxics in my body flushed out. What the doctor was concerned the most about was my Creatine Kinase (CK) Level. CK is an indication of muscle damage. A normal CK level is between 100-200. I was at 11,710. So that’s why I had to go to the ER…heh.

My Instagram Picture.

I was so bored that I made a picture collage of my experience in the ER.

While I was waiting for the 3 liters of IV Fluid to stream into my arm, I was SnapChatting, Instagramming, Facebooking, and checking my emails. I was on my phone for hours since I was bored and had nothing else to do. I wasn’t going to call anyone to visit me at the hospital because I wasn’t in a critical state. Like I said, I felt completely fine but that blood test didn’t say so! I thought it was actually quite humorous that I was in the ER because who would’ve thought that I’d be there! I’m sure I scared some friends through SnapChat and Instagram because of the pictures I posted of me being in the hospital. Sorry if I scared anyone! I know it looked bad but it wasn’t that bad at all. Thank you all for your concerns though.

After 3 or 4 hours of finishing the 3 liters of fluid, my doctor told me that I had rhabdomyolysis from CrossFit and for not drinking enough fluid. He told me to drink a lot of water, Gatorade, and to not exercise or do any strenuous movements. And! Don’t go to work for the rest of the week! Woot, woot! No work! So after hearing that, I was out of the hospital.

So I had a 4 day weekend and it was the weekend that the iPhone 5s was coming out! I thought it was a sign from God that I should stand in line for the iPhone 5s. I’ve been wanting it for awhile because my iPhone 4 of 3 years is not recognizing my human touch and won’t let me go Home anymore! Well, it’s just that the Home button doesn’t work.

Ok so, I ended up not standing in line even though I wanted the iPhone 5s badly. But you know, health is kind of more important than the iPhone 5s.

So for the 4 day weekend, I didn’t do anything. The only active thing I did was stare at a wall and not move. Just kidding. I went online shopping…

Did another blood test for a follow-up on my second day off from work. Blood test results definitely improved from 11710 to 3220 for my CK Level! Praise the Lord! I still can’t exercise just yet. Not even run! I almost feel so paralyzed from being restricted to just even go for a run! I still feel completely fine though. I probably have to do a few more blood tests until my CK level goes down to the normal range.

Now, what I have learned from all of this? Um…I’m a beast! I didn’t know I could work out so hard like that! Geez, I deserve a pat on the back or some kind of protein shake. Just kidding-kind of. Well, I learned that I should never work out as some friends have said:
Anna's Response
Chelsea's Response

Honestly though, I personally think it’s hard to not overdo it when you’re doing CrossFit. You see everyone working so hard and pushing themselves, and how could you not push yourself intensely like the others? So, I gave it my 200% even though I was super tired. I really didn’t know my limit so I just kept going at it like a beast and telling myself mind over matter. But as you have read all of this, everything I did should have been more controlled with better judgment on some things.

So will I re-join CrossFit? As for now, no. I really want my CK level to go down! If I were to go back into CrossFit, I know I would push myself again even after rhabdomyolysis because I can’t help it. I could let my instructor know that I had rhabdomyolysis but I really want to be part of the group and not have to be an exception in this matter of working out.

In conclusion, rhabdomyolysis is real as that one article about Uncle Rhabdo from Medium.com that’s been spreading all over Facebook has said. Now that I’ve met Uncle Rhabdo, you can tell all your friends that you know someone who has met Uncle Rhabdo and had to go to the ER but is fine now. I’m only sharing this in my blog because I want to remember this because it’s so ridiculous. And so that some people may know the whole story of why I was in the ER when they saw pictures on Instagram, SnapChat, or heard from word of mouth. And so that you future or current CrossFitters are aware of this issue.

Note to everyone. You don’t need to meet Uncle Rhabdo to be a beast. But just know that I’m a beast.

Thank you,
Tina

That’s Just Racist

Stacy and I went to Cheesecake Factory one night for dinner. We ordered spinach and cheese dip for appetizer and split an entree. At the end of our meal, we asked for our check. Our waitress did a quick double check to make sure that she was handing us the right receipt. Once she confirmed she said, “Yup, that’s your check.” We then looked at it and this is what we saw…

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Do you see the problem? If not, let me say one word. Asian.

Stacy is Asian. I am Asian.

It was definitely not the right check. We think the waitress gave us this check thinking that we being Asian ordered the Asian Chicken Salad. We weren’t offended. We just laughed it off. We could have said something but decided to not embarrass the waitress. It happens. She was busy. Perhaps I’m justifying her actions but we need to give her a benefit of a doubt.

Pretty funny though, huh?

Valentine’s Day

My Valentine’s Day started at work with co-workers who brought some cupcakes and plates of homemade cream puffs covered in pink chocolate! Yes, homemade cream puffs! I need to try and make them one day. Apparently it’s easy to make. Later in the afternoon, we had root beer floats! I’m actually not a fan of root beer floats in general. The concept of it just doesn’t make sense to me. It never did since 3rd grade. But. I decided to be part of the Valentine’s spirit by giving root beer float another chance. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the root beer part but the vanilla ice cream did no wrong! Presentation of the float was great especially with the mustache straw. We all had fun with the mustache!

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Note to Readers: No, I did not have a valentine. So don’t expect to read anything about how cupid set me up with a valentine. And no, I’m not upset that I didn’t have a valentine. I’m really ok about it. OK?!? Just kidding about the anger part but I’m really not upset. 🙂

After work, I went to a Valentine’s gathering for all the single ladies! *Starts singing the Single Ladies song by Beyonce and does the dance* Oh, oh, oh…
Valentine's Day

In the Korean culture, Valentine’s Day is a little different compared to the American culture. The roles are reversed where the girls ask the guys to be their Valentine’s. Those who are single on Valentine’s Day end up wearing all black and eat black noodles (aka jja-jja-myung) to mourn their singleness. Sounds depressing, huh? I actually think it’s more fun than not to celebrate the Korean way.

Some of my friends decided to plan a single ladies night with a mix of Korean American culture where we dressed up in black but in white also. We didn’t have black noodles but had pizza, chips & salsa, and other goodies instead. Thanks to Anne we had Banberry Pie from Polly’s Pie! Banberry Pie is probably one of the best creations of pie in this world. Banberry Pie = Banana cream pie topped with strawberries.
Banberry Pie

We ate. Played the game naked. Oh, what? Naked? Let me clarify. We did not get nakey. That is just wrong. It has nothing to do with being/getting naked. It’s a game where there are two teams. Every player writes a word or phrase on a piece of paper. Round one try to guess the phrase by explaining it verbally. Second round you do charades. Third round, say one word to describe the phrase. Under time restriction, teams try to guess the correct word as fast and as much as they can. Whichever team guesses the correct word/phrase the most, then wins. It’s a fun yet intense game to play. I tend to get really loud when playing. That’s just how intense I play.

At the end of the night, we took a group picture with serious faces-
Valentine's Day - Serious Face

No more serious Asian faces.
Valentine's Day

Thanks to Esther, Elaine, and Michelle putting this all together! It was my first time celebrating Valentine’s Day Korean style. I had fun eating and laughing with everyone.

One last thing I’d like to share about this night is a quote from Jin, “Let’s hope that this gathering doesn’t exist next year.”

Ugly Sweater Parties

I’ve been wanting to go to an ugly sweater party for the longest time! I was determined to make an ugly sweater for some Christmas gathering. There was a Christmas party at my church and I told myself that I’d make an ugly sweater even though there was no dress code. So I bought some fabric, sequence, and some holiday stickers from Walmart and Michael’s. I also used some small ornaments from my Christmas tree. I think I spent a little less than $12 on my sweater which included the sweater itself ($5) and the decor. I had to make myself a budget for the sweater just because it was going to be ugly and because it was going to be a one time kind of a thing.

Ugly Sweater Party #1
The day after I bought my ugly sweater materials, I found out that my church was having an ugly sweater competition! It was perfect timing! I’ve never worked so hard a project that I wasn’t going to be graded on! I didn’t even procrastinate on this! So a lot of love and time was put on my sweater. Though a good amount of time was spent on my couture sweater, it was really fun putting it together when it came down to it.

So I wasn’t the only one wearing a homemade ugly sweater. A few competitors/friends made their own too! Who do you think won? Drum roll. The one on the right at the end. Michelle! Her sweater was definitely ugly!

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Ugly Sweater Party #2
My company was encouraging all employees to wear holiday sweaters and anything festive for our annual holiday party. Once I found out that it was ok to wear “holiday sweaters”, I immediately knew I was going to wear an ugly sweater. This time, I switched it up a little. I made my sweater cugly aka cute ugly. A lot of my coworkers were impressed with my sweater. They all liked it but I’m not sure if that meant they liked it because it was more ugly than cute or the other way around. Either way I took it as a positive comment!

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The cool thing about our holiday party was that there was a photo booth! So my coworkers and I took one! I had to put a Christmas tree hat on just to match with my ugly sweater even though you can’t see the tree!
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Ugly Sweater Party #3
My last ugly sweater party was a girls only gathering! Before going over to the party, I had to buy some salad since it was potluck. I went to Ralphs with my ugly sweater on. People started looking at me intently. Well, they kept looking at my sweater. I was getting really uncomfortable so I ended up zipping up my jacket. I’ve never felt so self conscious before! It was a little humorous though. At the grocery store, a kid complimented out loud about my headband with the big bow. So that was nice but I was still self conscious about the ugly sweater. Anyways. At the party, two people, including myself, were the only ones who wore our ugly sweater. I kept my sweater still cugly.

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Knowing that I was able to wear my ugly sweater three times made the craft work worth it! I can’t wait to make another ugly sweater next year!

Asian Bowl Cuts

I discovered a hilarious blog called Asian Bowl Cuts. The name of the blog speaks for itself. My favorite post is about Jack from Jack In The Box. The blogger questions whether or not Jack is Asian because of his bowl hair cut. Indeed, that is a tough question to answer.

Check out the whole post:
http://asianbowlcuts.tumblr.com/post/8261916473/burger-bowlcut-is-jack-asian-i-dont-know

Songza

There’s an app called Songza where you can choose the genre of music you want to listen first based on your mood. The options they give you throughout the day changes. They’re pretty hilarious. One of tonight’s option was a new one for me that made me laugh. Guess which one made me laugh.

“Looking at Pictures of Your Ex”. Funny, huh? This is the selection of genres they give you if you click on that. The contents of what they write there is pretty funny also.

I like how this app customizes your music based on your mood. Even better, there are no commercials on this! Download it on your phone or go to Songza.com.