The Finite Things in Life

Finally, we are leaving the gloomy overcast behind as the days are turning into a real scorcher, folks! Oddly enough, the air is so cold at work, I yearn to roast outside. Summer, we welcome you with open arms. Except climate change is real and it’s probably going to be really bad this summer so I have to take care of my skin. Remember back in the day when we took summer for granted and didn’t think about time, responsibilities, ultraviolet radiation…no cares in the world, right? Sometimes we forget that nothing in life is forever and certainly, nothing is guaranteed. Thus, it is imperative to be present in the moment, not necessarily because “it could be our last”, but because it’s what’s matters most.

Connection

  • I got to have a vegan lunch at my place, which is something I’ve been planning to do for such a long time. The items were hit and miss, but overall, a success because Alan taught me how to make oat milk and I’m addicted. My dream is to have vegan dinner parties where I can introduce friends to vegan food and also have guinea pigs on which to try my recipes/experiments.
  • I also realized I went to a fully vegan restaurant for the first time in my life (usually, I make do with where other people choose to go by not eating or eating fries or eating the one vegan option that’s not a salad or a sauce). It was probably because Hanna’s the only one that’s down to do that with me smh.
  • We did an escape room for Danni’s bday and I am 2/2! It’s like a D&D puzzle oneshot with a time limit and your only enemy is your own intelligence, for which you cannot roll checks. There’s something about escape rooms that really scratch that cooperative itch and I’m surprised I haven’t done more of them.
  • Yesterday for Independence Day, I got unexpectedly wasted and threw up, so that was fun.
  • Taking perspective is a huge part of how these blog posts help me live a fuller life. I love looking at people and seeing how they’ve helped shape me as a person. I love experiencing that moment of complete connection with another being.
  • Lately, I’ve been consciously trying to understand and appreciate the nuances of every individual person and their feelings, particularly at work with the kiddos.

Development

  • Having a simple home gym has been such a fun blessing. I can work out at any moment because it’s just a walk away. Then I can hop in the shower or grab a snack from the kitchen right away. I haven’t had an intense work out in a while, and though I’m still getting back to the point I once was before, I’m so grateful to be able to have this access. I would like to reiterate how important exercise is for, not only physical, but mental health as well. I just feel more clarity when I exercise regularly. I’m excited to get back into this healthy habit.
  • I’ve been doing really well with sleeping on time and waking up on time and staying hydrated! I’ve noticed I’m off and on with proper meal prep weeks and lazy meal prep weeks, because sometimes, it’s so much easier just to microwave things.

Freedom

  • My budget has been thanking me lately because I haven’t been spending too much at all. It’s like, everything has been focused on the Tesla, mentally and financially. So I’m just trying to go back to my frugal roots, which obviously ties in with my minimalism and simple living I’m trying to achieve. Every time someone has asked me variations of “what’s new?”, nothing pops up because I’ve just been devoting time to my Tesla.
  • That being said, my laptop is in its death throes and I’ve just been using my work laptop for everything. I don’t necessarily want to buy a new laptop because I’m hoping maybe I don’t really need one anymore. We’ll see. I feel like, without one, I can free myself from the incessant need to be on it at all times. Slowly, but surely, I am disconnecting.
  • I’ve been trying to give myself permission to relax and enjoy life because sometimes I forget that I don’t always have to be doing something. Not doing anything or doing something that’s not “productive” can still be useful. I’m still trying to accept this.
  • Then again, there’s been this nagging feeling in the back of my head: it has to do with the idea that life is passing me by so quickly and while I’m struggling/managing to get control over things that can be controlled or while I’m struggling/managing to stay present in the small moments of life…I can’t help but think that there’s so much that the world has to offer and I’m squandering it because I’m not doing enough. And that scares me. I don’t know if the hunger for more will ever be satiated, but I imagine as I get wiser, I’ll understand what my needs are. I want to be content in just being, but I also don’t want to get complacent.

Sustainability

  • After collecting tons of pasta jars, I have finally put them to use at Sprout’s and can finally start my zero-waste crazy-scientist/witch jar shelf aesthetic.
  • Some progress with the Tesla (excitement because everything is so slow with all these applications (luckily, I’ve learned to just out-of-sight-out-of-mind everything because it would just drive me crazy if I’m waiting and worrying about these things)): I’ve received my carpool lane stickers, but haven’t had the chance to put them on yet.
  • Also, after I wrote that, I got news that one of my rebates has been approved and will be coming in the mail! This was a major one because it’s one of the reasons I was able to swallow the high cost, so I’m relieved it’s been approved. Now, I can entertain superfluous things like a vanity plate (psychologically, even though I should consider this rebate as money saved, it actually feels like I already spent the full price and now this is just extra money I can use).
  • In related news, my car had an issue (still not really sure, but it had to do with the charging or something), it self-diagnosed and showed me on the screen, then ordered the part for itself, and all I had to do was set up an appointment. Yes, a new car shouldn’t have issues, but with new tech, it’s bound to happen. On the other hand, I was so amazed about how everything was handled. Plus, everything was so stress-free. They loaned me an S for the weekend and I was totally going to do a roadtrip, but spontaneity isn’t my forte as I felt I had things to do at home. The S was a strange drive and I was so glad to have my 3 back safe and sound.
  • In even more related news, my windshield has a huge crack and I have no idea why! Just happened earlier this week. There goes my rebate money. This whole section has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I’m trying to keep my worry over the entire situation in check. Mixed results. The irony doesn’t escape me.

Signal Boost

Alita: Battle Angel. A movie about the future where a robot woman who lost her memory competes in a sports competition to gain access to the rich city above. Or something, I’m not really sure. But it was a fun romp.

Dumbo. A movie about a circus elephant who can fly. Dumbo is super cute as all baby elephants are. It was an interesting take on the film, fun and cute.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu. A movie about a guy searching for his father, who disappeared chasing a story about illegal experimentation. Also, with Pokemon. I was unsure with the marketing of this campaign and have been a vocal critic of the design choices, but they ended up being cute. Gritty, fun, emotional, silly, and not too self-important. Not enough Pokemon battles.

Shazam! A movie about a boy who gains superpowers and hilarity ensues because children are hilarious. What a well-crafted DCEU movie! Funny and action-y with a lot of heart. I don’t need an entire DCEU because these films do perfectly well as standalones. I know nothing about Shazam (like all the MCU heroes), so it feels very fresh and exciting.

Black Mirror (season 5). A Netflix anthology series about how technology is scary af. A solid 3 episodes that each had a very different story tonally. I still found them interesting, though not as mind-blowing as previous seasons.

Documentary Now! (season 3). A satirical show presenting documentary style episodes that are truly random and hilarious. Such prominent guest actors. Very well written, it’s almost as if these could be real.

Jessica Jones (season 3, final season). A season that’s really all about Trish Walker turning into Hellcat. Tonally, it’s very grounded, not superheroic at all. At first, it felt tame: “let’s spend the season catching a serial killer”, but it turned into so much more. An end of an era of Marvel TV, but I’m so happy to have enjoyed it when it was here.

God of War. A game about a father and his son’s journey to spread the ashes of his mother. It’s so simple, yet it vastly humanizes Kratos. The voice-acting was superb and I found the combat to be fun and fresh. There were few flaws, and all of them negligible. Such a satisfying story. A masterpiece.

~ by Btab on 5 July 2019.

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