Weekly Update 004


So much has happened in two weeks. Here are those things, in no particular order.

I packed and moved to Brooklyn. I live in a different place now! Packing is a stressful and overwhelming process but I did it and I moved. My movers were two pretty string bean looking guys but bot were they AMAZING MOVERS! They did what I thought was gonna be a 3-4 hour job in almost exactly 2 hours. I'm still working on getting my place together, but with all the upheaval this past weekend, I'm not very far into the "settling in" process.

I've been thinking about how mad I am about mannequins with nipples. I have many very good reasons for being infuriated by them. I think about this about 10 times per year, and my conclusion is always that they ruin everything and are terrible.

I saw The Crucible on Broadway. The Crucible is one of my favorite plays and I have a crush on Saoirse Ronan (beauty, talent, and brains-- she is everything) so I was super excited when my friend Beth invited me to join her! It was solid. I liked most of the choices made, and can I just say that GILES COREY STOLE THE DAMN SHOW. If you like The Crucible, I do recommend.

I bought furniture. I haven't bought new furniture in... forever? I've bought things from thrift stores and craigslist, but I've never bought myself new furniture. I got a small shelf set from Target and ordered some pieces from Wayfair. I'm happy with the amount I paid, but the stuff from Wayfair still hasn't come in yet-- I will report back on that.

I saw Finding Dory. I cried a lot. She'd been missing since she was a lil baby, you guys. It was great but you will cry. Also, I'm definitely the sea lions.

I realized that there are really people named Jake who work for State Farm. They probably love to introduce themselves as "Jake. From State Farm." I imagine that they only wear khakis, and that they have a Facebook group where they catch up with each other from around the country. I also like to imagine that every year, they pick a different state and rent out a Six Flags for a "Jake from State Farm" reunion. I feel like it's a long shot that all of that is true, but by choosing to believe it, I live in a slightly more magical world.

I watched Pacific Rim for the first time. I loved it. I also loved how many Futurama references were in it. Apparently Del Toro is a big Futurama fan too. A brother named Yancy? Come on.

That's my life in a nutshell right now. What's new with you?
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Weekly Update 003


Wowowow I am so bad at keeping up with this update every Thursday thing. Admittedly, I'm super busy, leaving me super tired recently, because a lot is going on. I started to do these updates because I wanted to give everyone a peek into all of the "everything" going on in my world, so please bear with me as I get up to speed with the scheduling of everything. Apologies also for the lack of updates on my Youtube channel. Same problem, but Youtube is even harder to make time for since editing takes 3+ hours for me, and in the midst of packing, I lost my mouse, which means I'm even slower. Rest assured though, I will be uploading again after I finish moving. Anyway, here's some stuff happening in my life recently.

Movers are booked. So I'm really glad I have this done, but now I'm trying hard to not be overwhelmed by packing. I don't own that many things, but moving is just generally an intimidating process. I have to take down all my wall art and pack that safely, sort through all my belongings and decide what is and isn't worth taking with me... It doesn't sound overwhelming at all, until I look at my room and think, "nope." I'm getting boxes for my move from the liquor store across the street, which is saving me lots of money. Little things like that are helping me not get overwhelmed by everything.

I visited our apartment. My roommate moved in on the 1st (part way, just to take the first load of things in, check out the neighborhood, and be there to get our wifi set up) and I joined her after work to hang out at our new place. I love it. There are so many closets. It's hard to even get one closet in NY! We have a nice quiet neighborhood by the park and I'm so happy with the space. We had seen the apartment before with our broker, but it's totally different when you're there knowing it's yours, and planning out your new life in a great home with your best friend.

I started watching The Path on Hulu. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly mine. It's a show about a cult that is beginning to unravel, starring Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, and Aaron Paul. It definitely earns its MA rating, so it's not for the squeamish, but the story-telling and acting are excellent. It's a very balanced show that has great pacing and makes room to really show the complexities of something as dark and complicated as life in a cult. It's riveting and challenging and I highly recommend it if you're into well-told dark narratives that explore things like family, faith, and fraud.

My two new babes from Kate Spade came in! Over the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to treat myself. I'd gotten a little bonus from work and with the move stressing me out and Memorial Day sales in full effect, I thought I'd grab a few things I'd been needing. One, a little card holder/mini wallet for going out. I'm obsessed with my full-sized Cardcaptor Sakura Wallet but it just doesn't fit in all of my purses, especially not the ones I use when I go out. So now I have this little lemonade colored cutie (#branding). I also had been in the market for a black medium-ish crossbody bag. I have a lightweight nylon pink one (also Kate Spade) that I adore, but I wanted something in a neutral and in a more formal finish for less casual looks. So I got this gorgeous number in black on the outside with pebble accent. It's leather, unlined, and pretty lightweight. It's exactly what I had been looking for and I got it for less than half price thanks to sales.

That's it for me. What's new with you?


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Weekly Update 002



This week has been all about catching up after being so sick! That's also why this weekly update is a day late. Already screwing up and it's only week 2. In case you missed last week, I'm doing these weekly updates now, so that you can see stuff going on in my life like adulting, or the weird things I think about that are interesting but probably do not warrant a separate post.  Anyway, here's this week's dose. 

I feel powerful paying off my credit card. When I pay off a substantial credit card balance (substantial to me is not substantial to most people though) I feel on top of the world. I have always been super wary of debt because I know how real it is for most people and thus far, I have managed to avoid any, thanks in large part to my parents, who invested in a 529 Plan to fund my education (if you've got kids in your life, I highly recommend looking into this). I was honestly terrified to open a credit card because I generally know that I enjoy spending money and that as an emotional person, I can be an emotional spender, and that can lead to debt and a lower credit score. Every time I pay off my balance, I literally feel as though I have stood before a demon and defeated them. I have laughed at the face of death! I have tempted fate and escaped debt's clutches again! I feel like this is such a lame thing to admit, because cooler people than me get their thrills from things like mountain climbing, or riding roller coasters, and I can do neither and instead schedule transfers to pay my credit card and feel invincible.

I may be forcing one of my coworkers to allow me to decorate and arrange his new apartment. I mean, I'd like to say I convinced him, which I think is true, but is far overshadowed by the fact that I am insisting. I honestly believe that I am capable of making most bachelor pads (read: barren and confusing living spaces) ten times better. The second he told me he realized he definitely needed stuff for his apartment and wasn't sure how to make it homey, I swooped in like a predator, insisting he let me take on his space. 

Work was stressful, but I've gotten back in the swing of things. While I was still working from home while I was sick last week, my team took mercy on me and tried to minimize the amount of projects I had to work on, because they are the best. My first week back involved a bit of catch up and a lot of getting back to full steam ahead! The long weekend ahead of us also put some extra pressure on this week so things were a little crazy this week, but we've done pretty darn good, I think.

I joined another dating site. I'm on one dating site and one app-only dating service at the moment. As someone who is really busy and does not enjoy engaging in conversations with strangers in the physical world (a lot harder to bail) I really enjoy dating services because honestly, there is no other way I would be able to meet and evaluate potential dates at the rate I do. As clear as I am on certain things I look for in someone I think I could get along with, I sometimes laugh at my criteria, because I know they make me sound like a crazy person. I mean, I think if anyone was really honest with themselves, they'd probably sound just as crazy-- after all it's not like we're looking for just ANYONE (probably? I don't know everyone's lifestyle). Maybe I'll post a list of the more silly sounding criteria. 

I hung out with my cousins. I don't see them a lot, especially the younger of the two sisters I was with, as she's based in Boston for school. We did hot pot and Hong Kong style ice cream and waffles! It was nice to catch up with them-- despite being close in age we all have very different interests and grew up largely separated by hundreds of miles, so making an effort is really important.

I sent letters to my grandparents. I try to do this every other month or more, since it means a lot to them. Being older and having sacrificed a lot to make a lot in this country, I think my grandparents on both sides just want to know they are thought about and respected by the people they suffered and sacrificed for. Since they don't know tons of English, especially on my mother's side, and I know very very little Korean, I really do my best to tell them what's going on in my life and that I hope they are well in terms that they can read and understand. So far, I have been able to do so, and they have expressed to me and my parents how proud they are that they understand my letters and that they appreciate that I took care to write them something they could read.

That's what's new with me. What's new with you?
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Weekly Update 001



Seeing as how this blog is often about adulting, I kinda started to miss telling you guys about my real-life updates. So every Thursday (or every other Thursday if things get busy) I'm going to give you little updates on what's going on in my life. What I'm watching or listening to, what kinds of things I did over the weekend-- all that goodness. 4-7 little tidbits about what I've done, what weird things I've been thinking about, and other such nonsense you might relate to. So here's this week's update.

We are moving to a new apartment! I've not talked that much about how much of a hellacious endeavor it was for me and my current three roommates to get our little two bedroom in Hell's Kitchen in depth, but rest assured, it was a special kind of hell. Not only were 3/4 of us un- or under-employed-- we were also fresh out of school and had no idea how the heck to do an apartment hunt. Bless Annie, our 4th housemate and savior. This year, I had a much better idea of what I was doing. My friend Emily and I recently found out we're approved for a place in Brooklyn! I am both excited and overwhelmed by the thought of moving again.

We went to DisneyWorld! We're getting an apartment together and we went to Disneyworld together! It was a little spur of the moment in that I only planned it a month or less out, but it turned out to be exactly what we both needed. Neither of us had been to Disneyworld since high school and I finally cashed in on my Disney Employee perks at the parks! You can see the trip video here, and next week there will be a haul video of all the goodies I bought.

I'm sick. Almost immediately after coming back from Disneyworld, I fell deeply ill. I'm currently fighting an upper respiratory infection, an ear infection, and pharyngitis. The weekend I had planned to spend getting stuff done (like laundry) went out the window and I've been instead trying to stay hydrated, fighting off fever and chills, and generally attempting to rest and remain in bed.  And that's honestly been the majority of my week.

I am so mad that CBS didn't renew Rush Hour. I have been fighting so hard for this show. Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 (Rush Hour 3 was terrible, frankly) were actually really important to me as a kid. I grew up an Asian American kid to immigrant parents and we were all trying to navigate identity. As an Asian American, you're not really considered a part of the "minority" identity due to "model minority" myths, and you're locked out of whiteness with very little history or solidarity with other oppressed peoples to stand upon, because in many cases it's been a game of distancing your people from the fact that you are people of color, lest you be treated worse. Rush Hour was so important to me not just in that it was a fun buddy cop movie, but because it brought an Asian guy and a Black guy together, fighting bad guys, kicking butt, and forging friendship through navigating a fish-out-of-water situation. The new Rush Hour TV show had a lot of that in it, while doing so much more. It gave Lee sex appeal (in the eyes of non-Asians even!) which is very rarely afford to Asian male leads. It gave Dede an expanded role and Carter more heart than he had in the films. This show was so genuinely funny, too. I am so mad CBS didn't renew it and I hope someone picks it up. Please go watch this show, available for free on cbs.com. Also please tweet about it.

I'm making a list of stuff I gotta figure out before I move. There is so much to figure out. I gotta make accounts with service providers. I gotta get rid of a bunch of stuff I don't need. I gotta pack everything. I need to figure out which stuff I need to get-- this is no small amount of stuff since I'm going from an apartment with 4 people's stuff into an apartment with only 2 people's stuff.

I paid for a flight using credit card miles! Okay, I didn't pay for the whole flight using miles, but I did pay for like 2/3 of it. The idea of having "miles" and being able to travel with them has always seemed like such an adult-y thing so I kind of feel like I hit a milestone.

That's it for me. What's new with you?

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DISNEY WORLD TRIP VIDEO!

So I'm currently fighting 3 different ENT afflictions right now. I guess I'm basically like a baby or something and got an ear infection (and pharyngitis, and an upper respiratory infection?) on the plane.


There will be a haul video and post coming soon, so stay tuned. Sorry I'm like, low key dying right now. Hopefully things will pick back up here soon!
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