Simple 25 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

Since I had a workshop to attend after work (and close to work), I decided to have a quick dinner with myself at a little casual restaurant that I mostly frequent during lunch-time. It’s actually been a while since I’ve gone to a restaurant alone, and sitting there by myself eating dinner reminded me of two things. One, that I used to be so afraid to do this and two, how nice it is to do this.

I’m glad that I’ve learned to do things independently and that having dinner alone is no longer odd or lonely, but is a great chance to give yourself your own time. It gave me an opportunity to jot down a few notes and making a running list of things that I needed to do, places that I’ve been, and attributes I enjoy about certain people. I had a chance to reflect. I had a chance to think. I had a chance to observe. This is something I should give to myself more often.

Other things…
1. I always, always, always assume no one remembers me. So when I run into someone for a second time, I always make it a point to reintroduce myself. Mostly, I do this so that I never become so arrogant as to believe that people should automatically know who I am. I like to think that it’s one way of remaining humble and down-to-earth. But when people do remember my name, it also reminds me that I shouldn’t completely believe that I’m not a memorable person. Just something to remind myself. Today, two people remembered who I am, and that’s a really nice thing.
2. Salads. They have become my go-to meal and I’ve been enjoying them a lot. They’re good for you, they’re a no-brainer food, there are different kinds of salads, they can really fill you up if you mix in the right amount of nutrients. I’m glad I’m into them.
3. Sketchbooks. I will forever be the kind of person that starts anything with pen/pencil and paper. I like writing lists (instead of typing them), I like to sketch out my ideas on paper, I rarely use any list-making apps on any electronic devise I own. I still like to write things down. There’s something completely gratifying about it. I hope I always stay this way.

bore. 24 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

If I can make it at least one more month with this blog, it’ll officially become a habit. Goodness this thing is difficult … and I think it’s not very interesting for anyone who reads this.

Hard to be interesting when life is a tad boring…

1. I thought the weather would continually warm up and that the cold is behind us. Looks like I was wrong, as another cold front is coming in the middle of the week. I’m excited! I like cold weather.

2. Wore a skirt today. That’s always an exciting thing to do. We used to tuck our computers away at the end of the day at work, which meant that I never got a chance to wear skirts (for fear of flashing anyone) … now that we no longer do that, it’s nice to have the option to wear skirts again. Today seemed appropriate for it.

3. Seriously, unwinding from a work day with some ukulele playing is simply one of the most therapeutic things for me! I’m currently trying to find a new song to learn, and I’m thinking it might be Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole. (Which, I know, is a little cliché … but I feel like it’s something all uke players should learn, no?)

Yet another super short post. 23 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

… cause this weekend has been nuts!

1. Food. Oh man, am I stuffed with good food. I’m lucky for the abundance and incredibly grateful for it. Though, I feel like I’ve had way too much and I see a little cleanse in my future!

2. Yet again: NAPS. They are the best and I got to take a couple of them today. It seems I’ve needed to catch up on sleep.

3. Calloused fingers. … now that is a weird thing to be thankful for, but when you’re just starting out with a stringed instrument, you wait for the day the skin on your fretting fingers start to get tough and dry. Means two things: 1. less pain and 2. you’re becoming a true musician!

Lazy Saturday 22 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

1. Naps. Good god, yesterday was exhausting. Thank goodness today equaled major down-time.

2. A comfy sweatshirt and yoga pants. Can we just agree to wear these things all the time?

3. Pastries. My sister is in town for the wedding from California, and she brought boxes upon boxes upon boxes upon boxes filled with pastries from a bakery local to her. Oh myyyyyy, the number of cheesy, flaky, buttery carb-liciousness that I’ve eaten in the last two days … I’m going to need to majorly detox to make up for it, but it was completely worth it!

Nice day for a white wedding 21 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

Today is a big day! My younger cousin is getting married to a very caring young man, and I’m super happy for them!

1. Weddings. I can get cynical at times, and roll my eyes at how ridiculous the whole culture of weddings has become … but then toss me in a wedding and I’m all gushy and excited and feeling like a part of a fairy tale. Weddings aren’t so bad.

2. The color combination of a light peachy-pink and gold. It’s become my favorite thing. My skirt for today’s wedding is exactly that. Plus fun sparkly sequins.

3. Down time. Yesterday was hectic. This morning was a bit frazzled. I’m sure tonight is going to be madness. It was nice to have a few hours today to myself.

The Day before. 20 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

LONG DAY. There’s a wedding happening tomorrow!

1. Margaritas. Maybe I had one too many at tonight’s rehearsal dinner. But they’re delicious!

2. Family. I know my family is big and are all over, but it sometimes takes a wedding to really emphasize it. Good to be surrounded by them.

3. Tex-Mex. Ahhhh feels good to stuff my belly at the end of a long day with some good ol’ Tex-Mex!

Gaps 19 Feb 14 | 0 Comments

What’s funny is that throughout the day, I can think of a million things I’ll want to write about when I get home, or I’ll be in the biggest writing mood and simply can’t wait to log into my website and let it all out … but then the moment I sit down to get it done …

B L A N K

cricket. cricket. cricket.

Trying to fill in the blanks
1. I went shopping today to try to find an accompanying top for one of three skirt options I have for my cousin’s wedding this friday. I walked out of the store with not a top, but an apron. GO FIGURE. … I did, however, turn away from a $50 scarf (ain’t no way I am paying $50 for a scarf) that I was incredibly smitten with. That, I am proud of, because I can’t begin to tell you how tempted I was to buy it. … But I just can’t justify that kind of purchase.
2. I absolutely love the fact that I work with my former college professor and we can chat like friends now. When I first started working there, I was so intimidated at the fact that I’m working with someone that used to grade me. Forward seven years later and we’re laughing about the most ridiculous things and she’s telling me stories about her family and I’m telling her about my wedding-shopping drama. It’s nice.
3. My friend and I met for lunch today and exchanged stories about crushes (past and present), nutty people we encounter, and behaviors we just don’t understand. And I guess what we were discussing was so compelling that the folks seated in the table beside us were very non-discreetly eavesdropping into our conversation. On two different occasions and with two different parties, there were ladies that were literally turned facing us and listening in, as if they were in on the talk! (For real … one couple was seated at the table and this happened. Then they left, and a new pair occupied the table and they did the same thing! EAVESDROP!) It was incredibly hilarious! I hope we weren’t talking too loudly (I don’t think we were, as the music in there was a bit loud) and annoyingly. But it surely did seem like they just wanted to listen to what we had to say. Make me feel like we’re interesting people with interesting stories. I wonder what they were thinking as we were talking about these funny people!

(p.s. My cousin’s wedding is on friday, so for the next couple of days, my posts will probably be very short.)

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