Saturday, October 15, 2016

Autumn Walks

The other day, Ariel and I decided to get up and go walk around our towns. We live on opposite sides of the country now, so the best way to do this was through Snapchat. She walked through her town, showing off the art and culture and her favorite shops, and I did the same. Snap after Snap.

When Ariel first went off to grad school in her fabulous city, I remember envying her. But the more I had to show off to her, the more it made me realize how lucky I am to be here. This town has so much life and fun in it. Even a day off turns into a little adventure, when I take the time to appreciate it.

By the way, Molly Moon's is very good. Get the honey lavender ice cream, if you go. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Healthy Living: Goals

Hey, remember that time I said I was going to start posting about trying to be healthier? Oh-ho-ho. Time got away from me, didn't it? Okay, maybe it hasn't been that long since I posted that, but in blogging-time it feels like centuries between posts sometimes.

This conceptualized post was like this nagging thing that hung in the back of my mind when I would check for comments on Blogger or check my calendar. That mental reminder only went off for about 2 seconds, and then I would forget about it again. I guess that was a subconscious measure of avoidance, though, wasn't it?

I'm not scared,  you are.

Once I've put it out there, it's out there, though.

Last winter was when I gained my weight back that I had lost before. It was rough realizing that. I even remember the exact moment, and I didn't take it well. Ever since then, it's either been a bit more of a gain or just staying at the same weight, annoyingly enough. I'm over the predictability. I've been treating my mind and spirit well, but that can easily crumble if I'm not doing my part for the rest of me, too. At the point of posting this, I'm looking at my two favorite apps: Google Fit and MyPlate, trying to figure out a solid, permanent game plan. My goal is to drop back down to 150lbs, at least, because that was a good weight for me and my body type, but my first stretch goal is a 15-pound loss.

I did pretty good - prepping my meals and eating light, and I dropped 5lbs in that first week - but then my period happened. Ho-hum. Now that it's over, though, I'm back to working hard at it. It felt nice to be seeing results on the scale as I was, but I know it won't be that easy the whole time.

I've noticed an overall change in myself, as well, though. I just don't feel well when I eat some of the more terrible things I used to eat. I feel dehydrated, greasy and groggy. I don't like feeling that way. I like having energy and feeling motivated.

It's going to be hard to balance the comfort food with the healthy meals now that we're in the colder season, but I think I'm just going to go for more light alternatives of my favorites. As I mentioned before, I will try for a weekly check-in with some yummy snapshots of the foods I ate, and a counter for how I did through tracking MyPlate and Google Fit. If you have any goals for staying fit, hit me up. Comradery is important.

Monday, October 10, 2016

私は初心者です ♡

I've always really loved Japanese culture. It may not be that hard to tell; I watched anime most of my life, used to subscribe to Shonen Jump, and have genuinely enjoyed all that I do know of the fashion and characters that make up Japanese culture. Sure, it's a completely different place than what I'm used to, and I'm sure it'd be a crazy experience being there for the first time, but I love what I do know.

Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm actually more exposed to the culture than I've ever been - actually, I'm exposed to all of Asia. We have Asian-Pacific themed stores, restaurants and entire districts devoted to the transplants who come here for work, education or just to live in America. I am surrounded by more Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese people than I ever have been. (Not counting the summers with my Korean aunt who would invite all of her Korean friends from church over for a large BBQ. Shout out to Aunt Anne.) I am also surrounded by more people who appreciate Asian cultures than I ever have been.

Stores like Daiso Japan are super popular here. When you walk in one, you see Japanese families with little kids getting groceries and toys, and then tons of other folk getting some tasty, affordable Pocky and roaming around the decor sections.

Daiso is seriously one of my favorite things and places about living here. Down the street from one of our better Daiso Japan branches is a boba milk tea shop that has a wide variety of anything from plain milk tea, boba, to even tapioca balls. It's one of our favorite places we just recently found. And in that shop there are a bunch of slightly worn (but in the best sense for a library lover here) manga lining the shelves. It's like its own little library. And they're all in the original Japanese - likely donated by the shopkeepers and friends.

I live in the state of Nintendo and international cuisine. If there was ever a place to learn Japanese, it would be here and now.

So that's what I'm going to do!

We've talked about it for a while, but Tripp and I are going to finally settle down and learn Japanese. I've downloaded some great apps to start with - that had some awesome recommendations from users on YouTube who are presently learning Japanese, themselves.

I tried to finish out my fluency in French earlier this year, but I just don't have the drive for the language. I hope no possible French readers get offended by that. In a lot of ways, I think it can be a very fun language, but I had a rough start with it in that I was kind of forced to choose one or the other, and so I never really felt like it was something that I wanted. I do intend to finish it out eventually, and pick up a few others, but right now I know that I really want to learn Japanese. I always have. My best friend, Melody, and I have talked about visiting Japan together for a decade now, and I would love to be able to do that with her and Tripp, and be able to speak the language while I'm there. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Yesterday I turned 26 years old. 

I spent it seeing Julia Jacklin, Landlady and Okkervil River. I swear, I love October.

Friday, October 7, 2016


I wonder about celebrity. That feeling of popularity, sinking into loneliness. Where you're always surrounded, but loved for shallow reasons. All the voices of admiration and affirmation drown out into white noise and you rarely hear them anymore - they can't comfort you the way the voices think they might. Every word you say is scrutinized and pulled out of context in a way that rarely happens in ordinary life. And then it's publicized.

Recently, I've seen some celebrities, who I enjoy as people, getting upset at their level of celebrity and wanting to just desperately take a break and do something real - something that matters. I can't say that I blame them. There is so much work that can be done when you have a loud enough voice, that spending it on the fragility of celebrity - a lush lifestyle - when you could help others seems silly. But it's not so easy to pull away when it isn't always your choice, either. You sign contracts, you have management, you are a brand. I don't know... I feel like that lifestyle is much harder than people outside of it give it credit for. Audiences expect these celebrities to serve them, rather than to create, and they aren't too keen on the service ending before they are ready.

Imagine being in that position? I feel like fall is the time to reexamine these things. Maybe I'm the only one who feels that way, but at any rate, it's worth giving celebrities a break from that life. Not that anyone will listen to me.