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These are just my thoughts. I don’t have a particular order on how I want to write things down so this post might be all over the place. When I first created this blog, I fully thought I would be able to give more advice and anecdotal stories. That has not been the case and I want to change that. It has been hard coming up with things to write about and find inspiration because my daily routine has become pretty monotonous now that my semester has ended. Some time this week I will sit down and crank out a few particularly interesting stories about my experiences but I have not had the time to actually do that yet. 

What have I been up to?

In the past month since school finished, I have spent a great deal more time focusing on things I actually find interesting. I have started learning Japanese and have been reviewing French. My goal is to be fluent in French (reading, listening, and speaking) and conversational in Japanese (listening and speaking) by the end of 2020. Not gonna lie, Japanese is a difficult language to learn; however, I watch a lot of anime and am tired of reading subtitles. That alone has been pushing me to practice every day and learn more. That leads me to the topic of what I’ve been watching on TV.

House MD. Alias. Bones. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel. These are all shows that I grew up watching with my mom but was way too young to understand what exactly was going on. So I’ve been re-watching them. In addition to this, I’ve been watching a lot of anime and even got my mom hooked on one of my favorites - Assassination Classroom. 

Like I said before, I have been back in the kitchen, experimenting with different recipes and trying to figure out what I know how to make without needing to lookup a recipe. So far, I’ve been able to make potato soup, baked mac n cheese, and candied yams from memory. That’s not a lot but it’s a start. I haven’t been cooking for myself very long but living on my own, quickly made me realize I need to learn to put together a nutritious meal without having to look at a recipe or run to the store because I don’t have some specific ingredient. A few weeks ago, I suffered from a really bad pain in both of my hands that had me unable to cook for a week. Even now, I still get some stiffness in my hands and have to take breaks from doing normal things like typing and braiding my hair. 

Writing. One of my life goals is to write a novel. I don’t plan on ever letting this novel leave my computer because it is bound to be garbage. I have begun working on this goal but without having any social interactions, I have lost inspiration for it. I might switch genres and start writing something else while I try to regain my inspiration. 

Where my head’s been?

For starters, my upstairs neighbors moved out. That has been the biggest blessing I could have asked for. I’ve been able to sleep through the night without being awakened and my overall mood has improved greatly. I’m smiling more, less quick to anger, and just overall happy. 

I was also able to visit my mom and spend about a week with her. I had been self isolating for around 80 days and was going stir crazy being in this apartment by myself, with nothing to do. Plus it was getting close to her birthday so I figured it would be okay to go see her. It was good to be home and my dog was even happier, because she got all the belly rubs she wanted, whenever she wanted them. 

Lastly, I have been spending more time with really good friends that I had been neglecting in pursuit of my academic career. I think that this time in quarantine has taught me not to put all my chickens in one basket and to not always rely on one person to provide companionship because they won’t always be available. So I’ve been trying to grow my social circle this year, but my plans for that were also cut a bit short because of the pandemic.

Plans for the future

The first episode of my podcast is still in the works but I’m having trouble actually starting it and coming up with a set plan of what I want to talk about in my first episode.

Continue working on my novel. Practice my French weekly and Japanese daily.

Formulate a plan for my future post graduation. Research and continue learning more about topics that interest me.

Keep in better contact with my friends. I have a really nasty habit of seeing people’s messages, acknowledging them mentally, and then never replying. I don’t like it when people do that to me so I need to be mindful not to do it in return.

Find a date (?) It’s been a hot minute since I’ve dated anyone and 2020 was supposed to be the year I shifted my attention away from building my career towards my social/love life. With the pandemic going around, that shift didn’t happen. I’m concerned this might not be the year for that but I can’t keep putting it off.

Well this has been kind of long and has really been more for me, instead of someone else’s viewing. It’s good to get things off your chest every now and then and see where you’re at. Until next time. 

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