2003 Yearbook Flashback


I stumbled upon all my old yearbooks this weekend and sifted through the myriad of notes written in sparkly, multi-colored pens. One entry always stood out to me. I remember my senior year and having our graduation cap decorating party at my house. One of my classmates Jon* stayed behind. We had gone to the same school for 13 years (kindergarten-12th grade), but we weren’t close friends. The finality of high school graduation was hitting me. I’d gone to school for 13 years with the same person and now, we would be departing to our respective schools, across the country from one another. Would I see this person again?

As we sat across from each other in my kitchen, he asked to sign my yearbook. I watched in amazement as he filled up an entire page. I didn’t want to be rude or awkward so I read his entry after he left. It was the most poignant note that I’d ever read.

I always remembered Jon’s note as being touching, but I couldn’t remember the words he wrote. When I found my senior year yearbook, it was the first thing I reread. Nine years later, and it still evoked the same feelings I felt as a 17-year-old girl, getting ready to embark on the next chapter of her life.

Jon and I didn’t keep in touch. As fate would have it, we actually had a random mutual friend from his college and we hung out a few months ago for the first time since 2003. Ironically (or maybe not so ironically), he didn’t remember what he wrote in my yearbook, but I told him how much it meant to me.

It’s almost a decade later, but reading his note has served as a good reminder to stay true to myself. As cheesy as it sounds, I like the person that I was and still am. Thanks, Jon.

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RBJello’s 2011 in Review

I know every single WordPress.com user got a report for 2011, but this is my first year having a blog–it’s all new to me! It’s been a great year and looking forward to more adventures in 2012. I already said my thanks earlier this year, but I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

Here’s to 2012– a leap year, the year of the dragon and a summer Olympics year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Bucket List: Check!

Perhaps, this blog post is not correctly name. It should probably be “My list of things I accomplished but didn’t try to do on purpose.” No, it’s not the end of the year and this isn’t some impetus to start my New Year’s resolutions. Something about Thanksgiving and the start of all the holidays is definitely making me reflect on this past year. So, in no particular order:

  1. Justin Bieber started following me on TwitterI can die happy.
  2. I ran 5 miles. I’ve only been able to do it once, but I did it (like a month and a half ago). This probably shows how weak sauce I am, considering my roommate just ran a half marathon. The goal is to be able to run 5 miles again and maybe even run farther.
  3. I made friends with chefs. I ate some really delicious food (and met some really amazing people).
  4. I rode a horse for the first time. Not only did I ride a horse for the first time, but also the horse galloped into “2nd gear.” It was exhilarating and scary at the same time.
  5. Virgin America paid for my weekend trip to Vegas. Technically, my best friend won an all expense paid trip (courtesy of Virgin America) and I was her +1. Now, I can say that people actually do win those contests.
  6. I tried acupuncture. Needles scare the crap out of me, but I’m hoping it will help with my wrist pain that’s been bothering me for the past 1.5+ years. I’m two sessions in. I’ll let you know how it goes.
  7. I helped pitch and secure The New York Times’ Style section. Bill Cunningham came to one of our work events. My only regret is that I did not get to meet him. Then, I could have died happy.
  8. I had my first New York bagel. On my 2nd trip to New York ever, I finally ate my first New York bagel. And yes, it was a life changing experience. Now, I know what the hell New Yorkers complain about when they eat our bagels in California. I no longer think you guys are snobs. I understand now!
  9. I successfully stalked someone a decade later. Leave it to LinkedIn’s “people you may know” section to find the boy who you dated when you were 16 in China. We are now Facebook friends. He is also probably reading this and thinking I’m crazy for talking about it publicly.
  10. I started a blog! It’s probably terribly cliché to talk about how I started a blog on my blog, but I’m really happy with it. It’s been almost 5 months since my first blog post and I’ve surprised myself at how much I’ve been able to actually write and maintain the posts (28 posts, baby!).

2011 has been very good to me. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I also want to  thank you for reading and supporting my blog! You made me really happy. Check that off your bucket list!

It's been a good year

It's been a good year. Treat yo self!

What is rbjello?

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for awhile but have been intimidated for a number of reasons: 1) I lack any type of artistic abilities, 2) Going hand in hand with artistic abilities, I lack creative writing talent, 3) The time factor worried me, and 4) What happens on the internet, stays on the internet (forever!). What magically changed my mind?

It’s true that my artistic abilities haven’t improved, but I was given the opportunity to use WordPress more at my job and kind of learn it on the fly. I figured it’s a lot better to screw formatting on my own blog than screw up things on the website of a major organization. I still don’t think I am the strongest writer, but I find writing therapeutic. For all you foodies out there, you can understand how writing a Yelp review can be therapy. I like writing restaurant reviews during my lunch break and I find myself relaxed and happy afterward. I wanted an outlet where I could write about more than just food.

The time factor is still an issue so I’m not making any promises. There is no goal of “I will post once a week” because I will not meet that goal. I’m just going to say that I will write as often as I feel inspired. Let’s face it… you’re probably not going to want to read about the mundane details of my life either.

There’s no use trying to hide my identity. Everything is connected with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. I’ve just come to the conclusion that there’s no use hiding when I’m one Google search away.

So what is rbjello? Rbjello = Rainbow Jell-o.

Rainbow jell-o at its finest

What was the inspiration for this wonderful screen name? Well, I was in 6th grade and trying to come up with a screen name for an AOL account. I don’t know how it popped into my head, but I started thinking about “Layer Jell-o” (more to come below) and how it looks like a rainbow. And BAM, Rbjello was born. It’s been with me since I was 12 and it looks like it’s not going anywhere. Rbjello has ALWAYS been available on every single thing I’ve ever opened an account on and it’s never failed to disappoint me. Yahoo! Mail recently congratulated me on being a customer for 12 years with that name. It made me feel old (and I am not).

OK, you’re probably wondering what is Layer Jell-o. I am so glad you asked because Layer Jell-o represents everything that is good and wonderful in this world (not to mention also delicious). It’s a time-consuming dessert made with jell-o and condensed milk. You have to do each layer one by one and make sure it sets before adding the new one; otherwise, you will not have layer jell-o–you will have blob jell-o.

I rarely make it because it normally takes a couple of hours (plus cleaning jell-o is a pain), but it always reminds me of July 4th because we used to make it at BBQ’s every year in the summertime. I’ll post the recipe after the page break, but I wanted to say thanks for reading my blog! I look forward to hearing from you too! Continue reading