May 2017 – Journal #2

Quote of the Week:

“It’s such a good feeling
To know you’re alive.
It’s such a happy feeling:
You’re growing inside.
And when you wake up ready to say,
‘I think I’ll make a snappy new day.'”
~ “It’s Such a Good Feeling,” Mr. Rogers

The non-stop Twitch marathon of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood continues!

I’ve been watching as much as I can, even keeping it on while I’m sleeping — and I gotta say, it’s a very soothing thing to fall asleep to~ I believe 3 June is the last day, so if you’re reading this before then, be sure to check it out and to donate! All proceeds go to your local PBS station (and viewers like you; thank you).

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!

Plans for the summer

Very good question! I mean, I will still have work and family responsibilities, but besides those, I will be going to Anime Expo and to Catalina Island in July!

For personal plans, though, I’d like to do something creative, like build a birdhouse and take up the sax again. Something that’s totally outside of my work and to learn a new skill.

How do you flirt?

literally don’t know. I don’t know if I ever have, and if I did, it was TOTALLY ON ACCIDENT.

Healthy fitness habits

Yo, I got this, fam:

  1. Eat healthy foods.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Exercise.

Yes, that’s an oversimplification and everyone’s body is different, but that’s the basic tenets of healthiness. Specifically for healthy foods, eat green vegetables and lean meats. For water, it doesn’t have to be the standard eight glasses a day, as it depends on your weight and exercise levels (and don’t forget there is water in your food and in juice, soda, tea, coffee, etc.). As for exercise, weights are great for building muscle, and cardio is good for overall health.

Best summer of your life

I think to think it hasn’t happened yet. ;P

But so far . . . Well, that’s a bit tough, as I don’t really remember a lot of them. I’d have to say one summer where my parents and sister (brother not born yet) went to three different places in one summer. It was kind of like three different vacations! We went to San Francisco, Carmel, and Fresno (to visit my great-grandmother). I was a bit smol, so San Francisco was very big and scary to me, but I’ve glad to have gone. Carmel was where I flew a kite for the first time, and I always loved visiting my great-grandmother (and the hotel had a pool, so).

We’ve also gone to San Diego and Palm Springs in various years, and I love both those places.

Your personal hero

My mom. ❤

(Hey, it was Mother’s Day this month.)

Favorite getaway spot

The BEACH. Ideally, a private beach. With a hammock under palm trees. And loads of sunscreen so I can spend hours in the water without burning my little face off.

TV shows you binge watch

I mean, I hardly ever watch shows actually on TV any more, and I also tend to forget about them, so I end up binge watching out of necessity, just to catch up. Netflix shows are kind of a given, since all the episodes are always there from the beginning. Recently, though, with the kids, we’ve specifically waited to binge Adventure Time and Steven Universe, since each episode is only 11 minutes, and they both have been having these mini-arcs that are just way better to watch all in one go.

What do you like about your blog?

Hm, the look of it, I guess. I don’t have the premium version or anything, so I can’t edit the coding directly, and I had to find a layout that had everything I wanted and still looked nice. I think I succeeded. =)

Favorite summer snacks and drinks

What’s with all the summer questions? It’s still May!

Anyway, the answer is watermelon. DUH. (You can eat it in the pool and not have to worry about getting messy, it’s GREAT.)

Comfortable summer clothing

Tees and shorts, man. The only way to survive. I’m mildly uncomfortable wearing tanks (maybe TMI, but: if anyone can recommend a good deodorant that won’t wear off so quickly, lemme know pls), but I will at the beach and such. I’m also looking into sundresses that suit my style and aren’t terribly expensive.

Favorite places to shop

Nowhere, I hate shopping.

. . . Does the bookstore count?

Personal prompt

Stealing again from Spontaneanation:

Stipulating that there’s nothing wrong with [where you are], if you could be anywhere else right now, where would that be?

With my family and The BF somewhere in another country. Just chillin’ and sightseein’ together. Maybe England. Maybe Italy. The world is a big place, you guys.

Miscellaneous

  • Last week, I was contacted by a recruiter for a large financial company. It was to apply for an editorial job — a temporary thing, but it would be an exciting opportunity to work at an industry-leading business, earn (quite a bit) more money, and overall improve my craft. Despite it being temporary, it could lead to more opportunities in the future, perhaps even long-term employment. So I went through the interviewing process, talking on the phone, submitting my resume, submitting references, etc. I was then asked to do an in-person interview. I had to buy new professional business clothes (pants, blazer, blouse), since I didn’t have any that fit, and prepare. I studied up on the company, made an interview guide, and made sure to get a good night’s sleep (sorta). Their building is located in Los Angeles, and I left extra early due to the traffic, but it suddenly cleared up about halfway, and so I got there a little too early and had to wait for awhile. The interview was in two parts, with two people. And I did fine. It’s hard to be objective about that, of course, but I wasn’t shaking or terribly nervous or anything. Then, it was over and I went back home. A couple days ago, I found out that I didn’t get the job, no reason given. Now, admittedly, this was a bit of a blow. It’s hard not to look at this as a failing. Somehow, I wasn’t good enough. I think part of it was my lack of previous experience in a corporate environment (I mean, I’ve never even had a “real” job), and part of it was the interview; I don’t think I had the proper professional air and didn’t promote my experience well enough. Again, I did my best and it was fine, but I was being me, and that wasn’t quite what they were looking for. And I’m . . . okay with that. Not getting a job sucks (and losing out on money really sucks), but that job isn’t obviously not where I’m meant to be. It would have been a rough gig, the commute in particular (like, four to five hours a day in traffic), and it would have been working with numbers mostly, not so much the content-driven work I do now. I would have done it all, of course. I’m up for a challenge! But I suppose there’s a different opportunity out there for me, and I just have to take what I learned from this one to be ready for it. =)
  • The weather had been all over the place lately, from low 60s to high 90s, and it’s driving me NUTS.
  • My mom had a very nice Mother’s Day, thanks to ME. (And my siblings and the rest of my family.)
  • My brother was sick last week, and I had to take him to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t anything serious. At Kaiser, you can either check in at the desk with the receptionist or just use a kiosk, and the line was long, so we did the kiosk. We went to the room it told us to, and waited. And waited. And waited. Then a nurse comes in, asking for my brother. Turns out that we were in the wrong room, as the doctor wasn’t working on that floor that day. So, we had to go to another waiting room. Happily, however, we were admitted right away, and once we got into the examination room, they had written a nice message on the table for my brother. ❤

How was your May?

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