Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It's been over five years since I last wore a pair of jeans, and I haven't looked back since.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I went to a restaurant last week with a friend for some drinks and snacks. This was after coming from another bar, so we casually grabbed two stools near the entrance and ordered from there. Our server was completely nice and we had a good time with no problems. When the bill came, my friend and I split it equally, and we had decided that she'd pay all the tip on her card. I didn't feel like writing zero on the tip line of my check, so I wrote "friend" to let them know my gal pal was tipping for the whole bill. Then I checked the charge earlier today on my card, and the restaurant had totally overcharged me by adding on a large tip. I couldn't believe it. The receipt I signed had clearly indicated that my total payment was for the amount my card was charged, and nothing else. I called the restaurant today and someone on the phone helped credit me back my money. But what gets me is a year or so ago, I had gone to this restaurant and had the same exact problem happen. Even then, they overcharged me on the tip when I sat at the bar, and I had to contact them to fix it. In general, this has never happened to me at any other restaurant, ever. Maybe this is a coincidence, or maybe it's really not, but after thinking about what happened today, it's like, no thank you. There are too many other great places to go eat and drink at than deal with this.

Monday, July 23, 2018

All you've got to do is not eat that. That. Is. Your. Only. Challenge.
There's something about watching videos of people eating that brings so much comfort. It's the sounds that truly lure me in. The crunch of that initial chomp. Mouthfuls with a smile. The chewing as wet food becomes smaller with each bite. Swallowing in gulps. It's a body reinvigorated. And all these mukbang YouTubers talk about stuff, too. It's like, I'm out to eat with them and we're having a conversation. Only I can ignore them and drift in and out of what they're saying whenever I want while I mess around on my phone or computer. There are days where I truly do want to get absorbed by a series or movie, but then there are others where my brain does not have the bandwidth to do anything but tune out the world.
Attention.
A tension.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hack.
Handle it.
"I'm more interested in ideas than in recipes, if that makes sense."

From the Editor's Letter in the September 2018 issue of Bon App├ętit magazine. Written by Adam Rapoport.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I've only recently started watching make-up tutorials on YouTube for fun. And all I have to say is, learning about what highlighters are and what they do has completely blown my mind.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Friday, July 06, 2018

My bedroom is too small to fit my desk, so I had to put it in my living room. And there's nothing like sitting alone at it with my computer while in a quiet room. It feels instantly different from the times of having it on my lap watching tv on the couch, or even when I'm being super lazy with it lounging in bed. There's no distractions. It's just the laptop at easy-to-see eye level forcing me to sit up and pay attention. Anytime the tv is on, it's bad for me because it becomes my main visual focus. It'll make me glance at my computer screen for a second before darting my eyes back up and away. I don't care how much more great technology gets invented, but my attention span can not be dissected between fighting elements. Especially when these actions differ so much from each other, and create an unnatural pair joined together only from convenience. One of them that I have to deal with the most is people walking down the sidewalk with their eyes glued to their phones. And I am not talking about functional usage, where you see someone writing something or doing something. This version is only slightly better because at least the person puts their phone away at some point or there's an end to their usage. But I'm talking about people who are scrolling nonstop or even watching a movie, or whatever videoclip, as the world continues to run around them. These are the people who slow everyone else down on the sidewalk without a care in the world. They're completely tuned in to a parallel dimension that leaves them incapable of accomplishing the simple feat of walking down the street. As one of the first few waves of collateral damage due to technology, perhaps sticking to walking and chewing gum remains a better fit for them.

It was the 4th of July a few days ago, so we're well into the summer right now. It's been good so far. I like feeling the warm weather and working up a small sweat from just being on the subway platform. The one thing I haven't done yet is go to the beach. It's been a few years since I've been, and I've never been an avid beachgoer here in New York in general. But I definitely want to go to one a few times this summer, so I'm looking forward to just laying out under a big umbrella and chilling for a bit at some point. Plans of going to the beach are really my only getaway plans for the season. I have no real plans to do anything else major, which is totally okay by me. Because there's something about the older I get, the more I know myself, and I like the options that come along with having no set plans.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

What are the fireworks of the future? Because I think we're ready for it.
Pour you?
Poor, you.
To leave the house, or not leave the house?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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You are what you scroll.
I love Aquaria.
Happy Friday! Okay, well at least the holiday week version.

With it being the 4th of July tomorrow, the city seems quiet today for a Tuesday. But I love it when national holidays fall on a Wednesday because it breaks up the workweek into two manageable parts.

Happy Independence Day and birthday, America! Have fun celebrating.

Monday, July 02, 2018

"There's nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself."

Said by comedian Hannah Gadsby in her Netflix stand-up special.

This comedy special is so good. It's not just about jokes, but as Hannah said, about sharing stories. Because the one imagined in our heads is purely fiction, and a version that we could never even imagine awaits.
"Where are the quiet gays supposed to go?"

Said by comedian Hannah Gadsby in her Netflix stand-up special.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The separation of families is wrong. There's a difference between a process, and unnecessarily cruel behavior that parts people from the ones they love most in the world. And this is especially during such a vulnerable time for these families. And the fact that this is happening to children? I don't see how any of that is okay for anyone, anywhere.