February 2017 – Journal #2

Quote of the week: 

“I’m compulsive, but I’m also very indecisive. I don’t know what I want, but I know that I want it now.”
— Dylan Moran

Happy February 29th, everyone!

What’s that? It’s March?!

WHAT.

Seriously, though, February went by really fast! I mean, it seemed forever till Valentine’s Day, but then after that — ZOOM! I can’t believe it’s already March, nearly spring, almost MY BIRTHDAY (!!), and Easter is . . . April 16th? Huh. Well, guess who’s gonna be stocking up on Easter candy for nearly six weeks? THIS GAL.

Anyway, on with the second part of this month’s journal challenge! As always, please feel free to join the conversation in the comments! I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and whatever awesome things you all are up to!

Favorite fragrances

Given my propensity for sweets, some people might guess, “sugar.” But they are WRONG. Sugar itself, raw white sugar, doesn’t have a smell, or at least, not a very good one. More like whatever container it’s in.

The word “fragrance” makes me think of perfume, which I don’t wear, really. I’d like to, but I haven’t been able to find a good (inexpensive) scent that doesn’t — to be blunt — smell like old-lady perfume. Sorry, but most do! To me, anyway. I need softer, less flowery scents, and even at fun places like Bath and Body Works, their perfumes still have that acrid note and the ones I do like are only limited time or seasonal. I guess I have to face facts: I just can’t be a suspect in a murder due to my distinctive perfume. =(

Having said all that, there are so-called fragrances I do like: lemon, mint, jasmine, vanilla, almond (and yes, I realize those are mostly food related, DON’T JUDGE). I also like new shoe smell and new tire smell. And Febreeze, but that’s a given.

What makes you blush?

I have no idea. Honestly! I’m not prone to blushing, though I definitely know my face gets hot when I’m really embarrassed or nervous. But no one ever tells me that I’m blushing or even, “boy, is your face red!” All my nerves seem to be mostly centered in my stomach, so if anything, besides getting warm, I think all the blood just rushes to that area, making me nauseated.

One time, though, someone did say I was blushing. It was in high school, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had just come out. My friend and I were discussing our other friend’s crush on Rupert Grint, who neither of us thought was particularly attractive (sorry, Rupert). Then my friend said that she didn’t think Daniel Radcliffe was cute either, and I got a little defensive at this. Another, older friend had come over to see what we were talking about, and when she saw how impassioned I was about Daniel Radcliffe (and his blue eyes), she said, “Look! She totally likes him, she’s blushing!”

It was very embarrassing, to say the least.

The perfect date

The BF doesn’t read this blog (I hope), but even so, most, if not all, of our dates together have been perfect in some way. ❤

D’aww.

Recently, though, we were talking about what we would do and where we would go if neither had to work and money was no object. The first thing that came to my mind was the beach: a private stretch of sand, with no one around except the two of us; we would be relaxing in a hammock between two palm trees, with drinks and snacks and good books; periodically, I would go and splash and dive into the crystal-clear water while he cheered me on (he doesn’t like the ocean much); and overall, it would be nice and relaxing with the warm sun, crashing waves, and cool breeze.

I mean, that’s just one idea.

Describe your dream life

I think I just did!

List the names you’re attracted to

This is a weird question.

The BF’s name starts with an F . . . so that one, I guess.

I dunno, I’m thinking either baby names or character names. Chraracter names, it’s pretty much me throwing spaghetti at the walls and seeing what sticks. It has to feel right, y’know? For baby names, I like names that start with M, K, J, and S. Good solid letters!

Do you believe in soul mates?

Yes and no. I don’t think there is just one person out there for each of us, it’s simply statistically impossible. (Cue obligatory xkcd link.)

But I do think that if you shouldn’t settle for less than your standards when deciding on that one person to spend the rest of your life with. It’s one thing if your SO has little idiosyncrasies that are annoying, but anything that could lead to potentially abusive or otherwise hurtful behavior is a big NO. That seems like obvious advice, but many people tend to let physical attraction or fear of loneliness override warning signs. (Cue obligatory Bojack Horseman quote: “You know, it’s funny; when you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.”)

I read this little essay about the “Captain America” rule for dating: “Date someone who treats you the way Captain America would. Never settle for less.” That may sound like a too-high bar, but it’s really not; boiled down, all Cap does is treat others with kindness and respect. And so should your SO. (Reminder, though: “Just make sure you’re holding yourself to the same standards — you can’t expect to date superheroes if you’re going to treat your partners the way a supervillain would.”)

Personal Prompt

What is your quest?

(Sorry, I’ve been watching Monty Python again and it’s been GREAT but now my brain is overfilled with quotes.)

My current “quest” is finding a long-term, well-paying job so I can save up enough monies to get a new place to live.

That’s not hard at all, right? /sarcasm

Miscellaneous

  • I still can’t believe it’s March already.
  • For Valentine’s Day, The BF and I went to Medieval Times! (We’ve decided that the V in Valentine stands for “Violence” — last year, we went to a murder mystery dinner.) We got the red-and-yellow knight, who . . . did NOT win. ETERNAL SADNESS. The first time we went together, we had the green knight, who also lost. So he’s not had a winning knight yet. I have, ’cause Medieval Times was a common field trip in elementary school, and I still have the class picture and (the winning) black knight flag from our fifth grade venture.
  • My sister and I are still doing our weekly baking (we had to get a whole new binder to store all our recipes!), and one of our favorite food blogs, Sally’s Baking Addiction, has started a monthly baking challenge. For February, it was lava cakes, and OH MY WORD, THEY WERE DELICIOUS. They seriously tasted just like in a restaurant! (Except ours didn’t have pretty garnishes or syrups — we put a scoop of ice cream on top and called it a day.) You can see it on my Instagram, along with the fancy galaxy cookies I made for The BF. (Excuse the poor camera quality, I’m not a photographer, XD)
  • I started playing Stardew Valley and I can’t stop mining things and chopping down trees and fishing and foraging for berries help me

How was your February?

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