Friday, July 16, 2010


Two days ago my mom handed me a dollar bill. As you can see this is a very special dollar bill – it was issued and made by Sarah. I feel so privileged receiving it. Although, I don't recall sporting a moustache during our encounter – I hope that's Abe Lincoln.

Fun Facts About Dollar Bills:
  1. A dollar bill is 2.61 inches in height and 6.14 in length and about .0043 inches thick and weigh 1 gram.
  2. It's made of 25% Linen and 75% cotton along with red and blue synthetic fibers which are distributed throughout the bill.
  3. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) prints 16,650,00 one dollar bills everyday to replace worn and older dollar bills. The government pays 4.2 ¢ for every dollar printed.
  4. The average lifespan of a dollar bill is about 18-22 months

Monday, July 12, 2010

Y Must I Go To NYC?

I was super excited today after receiving an e-mail from the regional office regarding volunteering for the YMCA event. I replied to the invitation right away and told them I'll be there. But my excitement turned into disappointment when I remembered that I'm going to New York on the 28th and the event is the 29th of this month...Argh! How great would it be to be a part of Invention Convention? I wanted to go so badly but I already bought my ticket. If I had known about this event earlier, I would've rescheduled my vacation – this is one of the saddest moments in my life but I'll recover (perhaps). If you guys have time, I encourage you to attend – it's free! I'll be in New York and be thinking about Thingamajig...

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas.

~Paula Poundstone

I used to be a member of Science Club when I was in elementary school in fact I was the secretary of the club. My childhood dream was to create a robot (haha!). In high school, I was selected by my teacher to participate in Science Fair together with two other students. My group created floor wax out of okra leaves. I'm not sure how we got the idea but it was a complete failure and we ended up adding paraffin wax to alter the viscosity of the solution. Of course we did not win (and thank goodness we didn't) but it was a lot of fun. I hope my science teacher didn't notice the foreign substance.
My invention.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gnat Again!

So I purchased Revlon Grown Luscious Mascara this week. And for those who know me, this might come a surprise because I don't wear a stitch of makeup. The closest thing to makeup that I use on my face is tinted lip balm. So, what's the deal?! Okay, I've been having problem with gnats entering my eyes. Every time I step outside, gnats would be flying into them. My theory is – since my eyes are too large and I have no lashes to cover them, gnats love to take refuge in them. If my lashes were longer, gnats would be more likely to avert an invasion. I hope this product delivers its promise and validate my theory.

According to B.M. Drees and John Jackman, authors of Field Guide to Texas Insects, gnats are attracted to wet areas on your body including your eyes and can cause conjunctivitis or "pinkeye." Most people confuse fruit flies (Drosophila) with Chloropid flies because of similar appearance but if you look closely, they differ in antennal structures, eye gnats have simple hair-like projection while Drosphila has feathered arista; however different, they are both vexatious and unsanitary.

Here's a quick sketch for you. I am so tired and hope to retire to bed soon. I don't necessarily hate gnats, I just don't like them in my eyes.

The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination awake.

Leonardo da Vinci