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Julie Kang
Long Beach, CA
Chronicling the glorious indignities of motherhood since 2005
Interests: music, gardening, animals, hiking, reading, blogging, the environment, fonts, vermiculture, self-deprecating wit, really cool architecture and design, funny kid stories, good food (any cuisine)
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I'm at Long Beach airport, waiting to board a plane that will take me 400 miles away from my loves again. Winter break for App Academy is done for me, and the grind starts back up on Thursday. Emi has changed considerably since mid-November, when I first left. She uses... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
Squeee!!! My baby's first comment on my blog! You're very welcome. Love you, Bu. Actually...eek!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2013 on Isaac, You Are Ten at Geisha School Dropout
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Dear Isaac, It's still the 26th here in San Francisco, but it's the afternoon of the 27th in Japan, where you are right now, thousands of miles away from my heart. Happy birthday! You're the best, you know that? I probably don't tell you often enough, but Bu, you are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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I am now 35. Zoiks! I leave for App Academy in less than two weeks. I am pretty darn nervous, and I miss the kids already. Tim asked me this morning what 35 feels like, and so far it feels like uncertainty and dread. :) Happy birthday, Julie! You're now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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We have two concord grapevines in the backyard, and it has become our yearly fall tradition to pick dozens of pounds of them in September around the Harvest Moon, then try to unload them on our loved ones and neighbors as fast as possible. Dozens of pounds of grapes are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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As if I didn't have enough on my plate, I have joined a new blog, The Nerds of Color, or N.O.C. for short. It combines two of my favorite things: pop culture and good-looking smart people, in one convenient package. All contributors had to introduce themselves via their "Nerd Origin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
Thanks, Jgo! I'll be sure to report back on how well the school runs.
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Thanks so much, Elizabeth, for your support throughout the lifetime of this blog. I hope to kick much ass.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Thanks Jomama! I'm sure I'll be able to grab a meal or two to let off some steam! I'll keep in touch.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Thank you SO MUCH! Your message really touched me. I've always had a riot grrl streak, but this time I feel like I am doing something more than just shallow rebellion. Thanks again!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Thanks Rachel! That's my greatest hope, that the kids will remember this time as a good thing.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Thanks so much for the encouragement, and good luck with the Kimchi Baby on the way!
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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Aw, thanks, Dusty! I hope the time will fly by too.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2013 on Leaning In, Nerd Stylee at Geisha School Dropout
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from tech.co I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg a few months ago, and it really inspired me to start challenging myself and take more risks with my career. To that end, I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into the November cohort of App Academy. App... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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Emi had a rough day today at her new summer school. It was reminiscent of her old preschool breakdowns, a crying tantrum brought on by getting 4 spelling words incorrect on a spelling test we did not know to prepare for, and it took about an hour and a half... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
Aww, I'll make sure to tell him so, because he considers writing such an unbearable chore!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2013 on Stranger than Fiction at Geisha School Dropout
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We vacationed at my friends' flat in San Francisco last week. Strange things happen in the Castro, that is internationally known. However, the kids and I were not prepared for the events that occurred early one morning. I'll let Emi tell the story first. "Hawk Atak" by Emi This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
Tell me how it goes! And awww, thanks!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2013 on Tripping at Geisha School Dropout
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You dad is a genius! I should remember the roll of quarters next time. And that HS project totally sounds like a stoner dream come true. :P
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2013 on Tripping at Geisha School Dropout
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It cracked me up too, although my pocketbook weeps. :P
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2013 on Needs vs. Wants at Geisha School Dropout
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Isaac is currently caught up in the Monopoly sweepstakes at McDonald's, where you collect pieces to win prizes. The yellows (Marvin Gardens, etc) are worth $20,000 if you manage to get all three. Which, of course, will never happen, but good luck telling a naturally-optimistic 9-year-old that. I ain't judging,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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The kids and I just spent 8 hours driving back home from our summerly trip to the Bay Area today. It was 9:00pm, still an hour to go, and although Emi fell asleep, Isaac was wide awake and in absolute mental agony, asking how much further we had left every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
I am so excited to share with you a response from my dear friend and colleague, T. Robert Hicks. This concludes "The Verdict" series, and I'm grateful to end it with a piece that captures the totality of the tragedy we experienced and are still going through. --------------------------------------------------------- Missing Trayvon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
Today's piece comes from Stephen "iGGy" Igwe, father of one and b-boy extraordinaire. You can find him @bboyiggy and Facebook. --------------------------------------------------------- The beginning of this rant never started with Trayvon Martin and surely will not end with George Zimmerman. I don’t blame George Zimmerman; I blame America. African-American mortality holds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout
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Jason with my parents at my wedding Today's reflection comes from Jason Gordon. Jason writes about education and his multiracial identity (dubbed NORWAY, which stands for "No really, what are you?") on his website, jgo3000.com. --------------------------------------------------------- A few days before the verdict, I started listening to the audiobook version of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Geisha School Dropout