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Archive for January, 2012

happy chinese new year!

as proud dragons, rohini and i want to personally wish you all a happy (albeit slightly belated) and prosperous chinese new year!

since we’re both falling short of our resolutions outlined in this post, we’re conveniently recalibrating our new year’s clock to everyone’s favorite, or in many cases only known, chinese holiday. this affords us a nice fresh start.

and if we’re feeling really desperate, we have as our backup tamil new year in mid-april to reset the clocks one last time. make that another thing to add to this list of pros of having an indian best friend.

this little greeting isn’t completely without a news peg either. this third day of the new lunar year is also my chinese birthday. so happy birthday to me! i didn’t have time to prepare the customary egg and noodle birthday meal and let’s be honest, i’d rather not make this meal.  so i treated myself to a chipotle dinner instead. it’s time i start some chinese traditions of my own.

chinese new year fact: when the year falls on your sign as it does every twelve years, custom dictates that you should wear red on your body at all times to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. i only have a limited number of red dresses (four to be exact, all recently acquired), so guess who just purchased a hundred dollars worth of red underwear?

rohini and i wish you 新年快樂 and hope you’ll treat yourself to some of your favorite chinese foods. ours are traditional delicacies: sweet and sour chicken and vegetable lo mein.

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we’re 2!

two years ago on this date yang and i took the intimate details of our best friendship and posted them on the internet for all to see.  in those two years we have graduated, moved to different cities, taken on different jobs and grown more into our adult selves.  we’re happy you’ve been able to tag along for part of the ride and we hope you’ll continue to read about our musings and adventures.  let’s be honest.  these are our terrible twos.  we’ll be tearing this year up.

to commemorate our second anniversary i’ve made a list of my top ten favorite rohiniandyang posts.  hope you (re)enjoy

10. kid in a candy shop – my important take on diversity

9. let miley dance – yang campaigns for the public to show miley cyrus a bit of sympathy

8. i love college – my commentary on graduating from college and joining the adult world

7. goodbyespace – yang says farewell to her time capsule/embarrassment of a myspace account

6. usa vs. canada – yang and i still haven’t resolved this one

5. goodbye kitty – owning hello kitty pens as a teenager is one thing, possessing a hello kitty debit card as a grown woman is an entirely different matter

4. mccain-lieberman – best friend duos revisited

3. hump day – wednesdays would never be the same

2. crop failure – where i become a purveyor of facebook etiquette

1. a chindian friendship – if the reasons weren’t obvious, yang and i spell out why having a chinese/indian best friend is bomb

hope you enjoyed reading some (or all for our special fans) of our faves.  also as two denverites it would be wrong to conclude this anniversary message without a shout out to our home team and the amazing game they put up yesterday.  go broncos!  yang and i look forward to the text conversation we will have during this saturday’s game.

2012: the year of legit

it’s official. rohini and i took our small presence on the world wide web one step further and bought ourselves a real deal domain name. we’re finally legit and our best-friendship has been resealed for life. i imagine the emotions i’m feeling right now are akin to what brides feel when they set up their wedding websites. it’s a real shame best friend registries aren’t a thing. nevertheless, we’re lucky rohiniandyang.com wasn’t already taken. i’m told it’s a hugely popular name combination.*

in the spirit of the new year, and the oft ambitious resolutions that come with it, rohini and i came up with a list of other things we’d like to make legit this year. and we will. here it is:

our gym memberships
total cliché, i know, but it must be done. we pay for them, and we never go. it’s time we start hitting the elliptical with some regularity.  my new slogan is “12 pounds in 2012!” note the exclamation mark, it means i’m serious.

living together
most people our age move to be with their significant others, so it’s hard for people to understand why rohini would move to dc to be with me. our blog helps dispel some of that confusion. it’s time we put an end to our long-distance relationship and swap the 800-some miles standing between us for a reasonably-priced, thick, sound-proof wall.

careers
part of rohini’s moving here is also motivated by dc job opportunities in education reform. her time at TFA is nearing its end and i’m excited to see where her budding career will take her next. i’m also thinking of some professional moves of my own.

our status as bloggers
we don’t blog enough. we have our good streaks, but life and exhaustion keep getting in the way. living together should help.

las vegas for new year’s eve
rohini and i had a plan in the works to go to las vegas this past summer, but failed to get our act together. we now have our sights set on sin city for new year’s eve 2013. i can’t think of a better way to end what has the makings of being a great year and ringing in the next one.

and there you have it. it’s also worth noting that 2012 is the year of the dragon, a sign we both wear with pride. so if there’s ever gonna be a year to get things done, it’s this one.

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*total lie, but we hope it will be someday. rohini and i dream about future generations of indian and chinese girls being named after us and becoming best friends over their shared love of our blog. we dream big.