May 2017 – Journal #1

Quote of the Week: 

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
~ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, Mr. Rogers

Did you know (as of today, 16 May) that Twitch is running a non-stop marathon of Mister Rogers’ NeighborhoodAll 886 episodes. 

First of all, I had no idea there were that many. Second, I didn’t know the first season was all in black and white! It’s very interesting watching these early episodes, because well, not that much has changed! Mr. Rogers is younger, of course, but if you grew up watching Mister Rogers’ in the nineties, you’ll notice that the format is pretty much the same. Mr. Rogers teaches something to the audience, either in the form of direct lesson, by inviting a guest on, or by going to someone’s workplace. There’s a segment in the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” that sometimes ties everything together or is just its own thing. Since it was on every day, there could be continuity from episode to episode. It’s really quite amazing that the cast and crew were able to stick to the style and never waver, even over the course of forty years (!!). I’ve seen a few tweets and such about the show, usually very nostalgic and positive and with hashtags like “#TooPureForThisWorld” — which is amusing, but so very true. Mister Rogers’ is slow-paced and gentle, and Mr. Rogers himself always, always, always believed in the intelligence of his audience (kids aged two to five, obstinately, but of course, suitable for all ages) in that he never talked down to them, but he also understood that children can find things to be scary or intimidating or frustrating, and he showed how to work through that by validating those feelings and finding ways to properly express them. I think when I was little, I found Mister Rogers’ to be a little boring but very comforting, and watching them now, even these older episodes, I can see how much thought and care and yes, love was put into them by a man who simply wanted to make quality television for young children. It’s a show I would be proud to show my own children someday. Sometime in the next eighteen days, click on over to the Twitch channel to show your support (they are also raising funds for PBS stations)!

Anyway, on with the first 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!

Why May is marvelous

Well, I would say because it’s spring and starting to get warm again in preparation for summer, but it’s NOT. >(

(I have very low cold tolerance.)

5 goals for this month

Golly, this is a sticky question . . . if only because I haven’t made any goals. ^^; Let’s see:

  1. Apply for more jobs
  2. Finish side projects
  3. Read books
  4. Finish ongoing video games
  5. Learn something new

These are vague goals, I know, but so far, I’ve only done like, two — MAYBE — so it’s not like they’re easy!

A time you felt you changed

Honestly, I feel this way any time I do something that someone used to do for me. Like, when I drove to Los Angeles for the first time by myself, when I had to go to the counselor’s office at my college to discuss financial plans, or going to the doctor’s alone. “Grown-up” stuff, I guess you could call it. They may seem silly, but these are the kinds of things that terrified me when I was younger, and as I’ve grown older, I naturally had to learn how to make decisions for myself and go do things without my mom or another adult for support. Even though I’ve now done all those things I listed many times, I still feel like I’m learning “how to adult,” and I think that feeling doesn’t really ever go away, which I believe to be a good thing, because it means that I’m still always learning and maturing and overall becoming a better person. =)

An embarrassing moment

Pssh, these happen all the time. AND I DISLIKE THEM.

But one that sticks out (if only because my friend never ceases to bring it up) is a time in high school. My friends and I all had the same Psychology class, and though we were normally quiet listeners in other class, putting us all together usually meant mild chaos from our little group. Luckily, our teacher was strict but accommodating, and let us sit together and do group work, etc. Anyway, one day, I was chewing gum in class (horrors!), and my teacher suddenly stopped lecturing and said, “Hayley, are you chewing gum?” And I jumped a little, looked down and scanned the floor, and said, “No . . . ”

She just kinda stared at me, and then asked, very amused, “Why did you look at the ground?” And I felt very hot when I replied that I didn’t know. My teacher shrugged and went back to teaching.

My friend was sitting next to me and could not stop (silently) laughing.

When she asked why I had done that strange thing, I said it was to hide the fact that I was chewing gum so I could quickly swallow it, but I don’t think she’s ever believed that. Truth is, I have no idea. I mean, I did swallow the gum, but I notice that when I’m embarrassed, I tend to look anywhere but at whoever is talking to me or whatever is embarrassing me — even for things that have nothing to do with me, like secondhand embarrassment! Like, if someone accidentally bumps into someone else, and I just happen to witness it, I have to look away because I just feel embarrassed for them!

I’m ridiculous.

Goodreads goal

My Goodreads goal this year is to read 50 books. So far, I’ve read 20, which is pretty good. My non-Goodreads goal is 100, or roughly two a week, but that’s going less well.

Animals you love

ALL ANIMALS ARE LOVE. Some animals (like dogs) I like to love up close and personal and rub my face in their fluffy fur. Other animals (like naked mole rats) I like to love from far away and just sorta wave at them. But with love.

A place you feel safe

Home. Or any place with my close family and friends, including The BF. A place where if something bad should happen, either a true emergency or I’m just having personal problems, I know I will have their help and their love. ❤

Soothing sounds

I GOT THIS:

Now, play all three at the same time, and not only is it soothing, you feel SUPER CLASSY.

Personal prompt

Stealing again from Spontaneanation:

What animals have you seen in the wild?

I haven’t seen too many . . . Besides basic city wildlife like squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, and possums, I’ve seen a coyote — fairly recently too. I was picking up my siblings from school, so it wasn’t at night or anything, and it was just standing in the middle of the street. It ran off before any of us could get a picture, and I hope that it hasn’t gotten hit by a car or anything since, because that sadly happens fairly frequently around where I live. =/

I did go snorkeling during a family trip to Hawai’i, and I saw lots of fish, dolphins, and a sea turtle (!), and I’ve also been whale watching and have seen whales and sea lions.

I guess that’s not too shabby a list!

Miscellaneous

  • Imagine Dragons has a new album coming out on June 23rd!
  • Last Friday, The BF and I went to Disneyland to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. I LOVE this parade, as I remember seeing it when it was at California Adventure (called simply “Disney’s Electrical Parade”). We also have a Disney album with the theme song, so I’ve heard that music ever since I was little. It’s very catchy.
  • My sister was in both the senior plays done at her school, and she had quite a few speaking parts, including a couple monologues, and I’m just very proud of her. ❤
  • Did I mention that The BF, my sister, and I will all be seeing Hamilton this fall? YEAH, WE GOT DEM TICKETS. don’t be jealous~

How has your March been?

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