Yesterday’s question:

If something catches you off guard, it means that you didn’t expect it.  You were surprised/you didn’t see it coming.

Examples from the web:

He’s got a lot of tricky moves, so make sure he doesn’t catch you off guard!

The soldiers moved in quickly,hoping to catch the enemy troops off guard.

think I caught him off guard when I told him I was resigning.

Good question!

People sometimes say “you busy?” to mean “Are you busy?”

in spoken English, sometimes a few words are shortened/omitted to get one’s meaning across faster!

Here are a few examples (we call them “contractions”):

  • wouldn’t (would + not)
  • can’t (can + not)
  • haven’t (have + not)
  • should’ve (should + have)
  • she’s (she + is)
  • he’d (he + would)
  • gonna (going + to)
  • lemme (let + me)
  • kinda (kind + of)
  • dunno (don’t + know)

 

Hope this helps!

 

Cheers,

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أضفنا أكثر من ٣٠٠ كلمة و عبارة، مع الصوت ومثال لكل عبارة وكلمة (يحتوي التطبيق حالياً على أكثر من ١٦٠٠ عبارة). عملنا واجهة جديدة وتصميم مميز للتطبيق (شوفوا الفن)، أضفنا امكانية للاختيار بين اللغة الانجليزية والعربية لواجهة التطبيق، و يوجد قسم جديد “للملاحظات” حيث من الممكن ان تضيف و تحفظ الملاحظات الخاصة بك من داخل التطبيق. التحديث يحتوي ايضاً على إصلاح لبعض الاخطاء واضافة بعض الميزات للتطبيق.

Learning is hard work, but everything you learn is yours.

So…I laughed when I got this question! I had heard of something called “BRF” a few years ago, but most people say “RBF”? Go figure.

I spoke about it on Snapchat yesterday — basically, it means…well, I’ll let Huff Post tell you:

“Resting Bitch Face, or RBF for short, is an increasingly rife cultural advent describing a facial expression, or lack thereof, conveying a particular mix of irritation, judgment, or boredom.”

Yes, I’ve had experiences where I thought someone was upset at me / angry because of RBF.

No, I haven’t been told that I have it / though once in college someone said about me “she’s so unapproachable” — ! Since then I’ve def. changed, I’m a happier person than I was during my college days, so maybe I used to have RBF, not sure!

Here is a Youtube vid about RBF that you may find useful:

Hello!

As some of you may know from my Snapchat, I have recently recovered from a strange under-eye rash that had been bothering me since the end of February.  It started out small, only under one eye, and then it spread to both eyes.  My vision/ eyes were not affected whatsoever–just the skin underneath them (lower eyelids).

While trying to figure out a cure, I went searching the internet and only found a couple of useful articles…and almost zero photos.  So…I’m writing this in the hopes that someone else may find use/benefit from my experience!  I was about to delete all the pics from my phone but decided that they would be useful for this article.   Also, if there’s anyone out there who has had a similar reaction before, let me know in the comments!

As a preface note: I’ve never had an allergic reaction like this before, no history of eczema or psoriasis, no food allergies that I know of, and no allergic reactions before except to Mary Kay makeup when I was young, and another time in Dubai I got hives from something I ate (to this day I wasn’t sure what it was).

Part 1: The Beginning

I woke up one morning near the end of February with a tiny rash on my lower eyelid.  It was small, and I figured I must have scratched myself in my sleep or something like that.  I didn’t take it too seriously.   I usually wear concealer, so it didn’t affect my daily routine…just something strange I saw in the mornings and then evenings after washing off my makeup.

A couple days later, it was still there.  And it hadn’t gotten any smaller.  In my ignorance, I got some Vaseline to put on it at night…which didn’t help.

About two weeks later, I decided to go see an optometrist–I figured I must have done something wrong in caring for my contact lenses or maybe my tear duct had gotten clogged.  I was instructed to use a warm compress for five minutes twice a day, then the eye scrub sheets, and then a prescription eye drop for good measure.

For reference, this was how my eye looked on the day after I saw the optometrist:

Which is better than it looked on the 13th!

I did what the doctor said — religiously, to the letter.  And my eye seemed to be getting better!

…I was a bit impatient because I was filming on the 17th…but it was almost gone by then!

As you can see — it wasn’t fully gone, but it seemed to be better.

So…I didn’t take pics on the 19th or 20th because I figured we were good to go…that it was gone. But turns out it wasn’t the case:

 

I had no idea why it wasn’t going away…but I decided to stop taking photos because my trip to Tokyo was coming up, and maybe focusing on the problem would make it bigger…

Well, the rash didn’t go away, and it ended up spreading to my other eye as well! See below on April 8th (taken while I was in Tokyo):

I thought maybe the change of scene/air would have cured it, but nothing changed! At this point I figured it must have been something in my makeup, or an infection/virus, or eczema? but I’d never had eczema…

Still not getting better!?

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, not much progress…and covering it up with concealer didn’t help much-esp. when the skin was peeling!

At the time, I thought it just wasn’t hydrated enough…but even La Mer “the eye” concentrate couldn’t cure it.

Fast-forward to April 16th, when I returned to LA:

 As you can see — slightly better? But maybe it was just the lighting!

I made an appointment to see a dermatologist.  When I met with her on the 17th, she informed me that I am suffering from an allergy.  She reminded me that the skin under the eye is more sensitive than our skin anywhere else, and to be cognizant of the kinds of shampoos, creams, makeup, and fragrances I’m coming into contact with.

I was confused–I hadn’t changed any of my products recently! She understood my frustration, and added that they could prescribe an ointment that is used to treat eczema in children–it’s called “Tacrolimus” — and to be aware that insurance can be difficult with this one.  I nodded, confident that my insurance was great and I’d have no problem in getting the script filled.  Well, even Aetna requires pre-authorization for Tacrolimus (though if I didn’t want to wait, I could pay $220 for a tube).  I agreed to wait (I’d been dealing with this for about two months at this point, what’s a few days more?)

Well, the pre-authorization took nearly 2 weeks.  Here is how the rash fared (mind you, I learned the hard way that putting Vaseline on a rash like this makes it worse– putting it on at night will make your eyes puffy in the morning!).

April 27th was a Friday–it was the day I found out they had re-submitted the pre-authorization because my insurance had denied the original request (because the doctor had written “eyelid dermatitis” instead of “atopic dermatitis”!) The doctor told me to use hydrocortisone cream 1% (the one you can get from CVS for like 5 bucks)– twice a day until the medication is approved, then I should switch to the tacrolimus.

I started using it on April 28th in the evening:

How did I apply it? I first applied my own eye cream, then waited about 10 minutes for it to be absorbed before applying the cortisone.  As you can see, I woke up to a huge improvement on the 29th! I applied the cream on Sunday morning and evening, and then on the 30th in the morning.  During the day they informed me that my prescription was ready to be picked up! I wasn’t sure I needed it at that point, but picked it up anyway and used it that night and also on May 1st in the evening.  I had read reviews about Tacrolimus causing a burning sensation — it felt a little warm throughout the night–not burning, but warm.

By May 3rd I stopped taking photos because it looks almost 100% back-to-normal!

However, I still to this day have NO idea what the allergy is/was, so I am doing the allergy tests in the coming weeks! Wish me luck!

Love you guys!

P.S. I really hope I’m not allergic to gluten…or milk…because I love ice cream & cookies.

P.P.S. I can’t believe I suffered for almost 2 months when I could have gone to a pharmacy and used hydrocortisone from the beginning! *Lesson learned*

What is the difference between “hang out” and hung out”?

Good question! So, one is in the present tense and the other is past tense.

If I say “let’s hang out” — it is referring to now / or some time in the future (let us spend time together)

If I say, “we hung out” – it is referring to the past / (we had spent time together)

And re: what does it mean to “hang out”?

Well, hanging out can mean a bunch of different things…but the gist of it is that you are spending time (with someone) doing (something you might do in your spare time).

If I say “let’s hang out at my house!” I mean “come over to my house and spend some time with me there…” what you do is up to you — sleep, watch TV, play games, rest…

If you were coming over to clean or work, I wouldn’t call that “hanging out”…

Also, the noun “hangout” refers to a place where you like to “hang out” / gather with friends to spend time.

I would call the Arabic استراحة — like a “guy’s hangout” — from what I know of it, it’s like a place where guys meet up to hang out and play games/talk/ watch tv/ eat/ chill.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

 

 

 

Today’s question (based on the below image):

What does it mean to be a “plane ride away”?

If I’m in LA and my friend is in Tokyo, we are just a plane ride away from each other…meaning that one of us could get on a plane and see the other person.

She says this is lucky–perhaps because the person is still alive and your friendship is still strong.  People move, but thanks to air travel, we can still go see them (and with planes, you can usually get there in 24 hours or less).

Happy Wednesday!

 

If you’re working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you.

Just a little reminder– we pronounce “hear” the same as “here” but they mean different things.

I hear you = I hear you, but it can also mean “I understand you” / I feel for your situation.

Here — refers to a location (real or imaginary, or “here” in the present)

Hope this helps!