This was one of the more mundane and uneventful weeks (not a bad thing). It turned out to be a good mental, stress-reducing, unplanned break for me. I got to hang out and do almost nothing (much like the frog, above). Which is good because I foresee the remainder of 2019 being very busy, on all fronts.
I appreciate all of the dialog that came from last week’s newsletter. Most of it was around mental health and it makes me feel good knowing that it’s something a lot of us are focusing on.
Take care, and have a great week!
[one] Early birds
Is 5:30 our new wake up time? Seems to be. If I wasn’t setting the alarm to make it to a conference call, I was setting it so that we could get to the gym. Surprisingly, the morning workout wasn’t bad and, in fact, did a lot to set the tone for the day. I found it easier to make better food choices and be more active throughout the day. My mood and overall energy levels remained pretty high too.
Morning workouts also took the pressure off of the evenings, where the biggest question still remains “what are you feeling for dinner?”. If I can just step up on the meal planning front (which I’m doing), that will get easier too.
Am I actually becoming a morning person? Nah...
[two] Everyone is going through something
“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” ― Rosalyn Carter
[three] 30 days of gratitude
This November, I am participating in a gratitude writing exercise. I’m following the “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price. If you want to keep up with them, they’re on my blog.
[four] Week of gaming
On Monday I felt energized and was able to get way ahead on both work and school fronts so, I found myself with a lot of spare time (good) to do non-productive things (also good, IMHO) for the rest of the week. I spent an embarrassing amount of that time with the Nintendo Switch, at first setting out to play my way through as many Mario series games (starting with the original Super Mario Bros) possible but, I was quickly sidetracked when I opened Zelda: Link’s Awakening just to “check it out”.
Though it’s a remake of the Gameboy version, I never played the original so everything feels new to me. I love the artwork and visuals, not to mention the characters from other Nintendo properties. It’s both weird and fun to have Link stomp on Goombas (from the Mario series).
I have also come to appreciate Tetris 99 for a quick match between calls/tasks. In it you’re matched against other players (online) and it’s a trip. A very fun trip. And I definitely cannot leave out Untitled Goose Game, something I play when I'm feeling particularly anarchist.
The Switch is great for its flexibility. I prefer playing in handheld mode, moving to different rooms, playing outside on the patio/porch, and throwing into my backpack to have with me when I go out.
I like that the City is involving residents (and those of surrounding areas) in the design selection of the I Street Bridge Replacement Project. They have emailed ongoing surveys with each design iteration, which I like taking part in. A few weeks ago, after dinner, Michelle and I ‘stumbled” onto a presentation in Old Town, where they were showing off different designs and explaining the thought process behind them. It just feels good to have some input (no matter how big or small) into our community.
In retrospect, I wish I had taken some time to read some fiction this week. I spent time reading about Python (coding language) because, well... that’s my (school) life for the next 8 weeks.
Maangchi, The Internet’s Korean Mom - This is a nice, short, profile on Emily Kim. She has one of the few Youtube channels that I watch regularly. She mentions Korean adoptees liking her channel; I’m part of a Korean adoptee Facebook group where we talk about her and her recipes a lot. She does give us a sense of connection to Korea. It’s amazing how food can do that: make one feel at home even without having actually experienced home.
Star Trek: the Next Generation - We’re up to season 5, episode 10. It was nice watching Leonard Nimoy’s first appearance in the series (“Unification” parts 1 & 2). He has really done so much for the entire Star Trek franchise. That was followed by the “A Matter of Time” episode, which left us debating whether Matt Frewer’s character was more or less annoying than Q.
The Office - Carrying on the theme of re-watching older TV series, I started watching this in correlation with the Office Ladies podcast so I have the episodes fresh in my mind while listening to the stories and fun facts behind it.
This week’s rotation included Sharon Van Etten’s album “Remind Me Tomorrow”, Peggy Gou, Elvis Costello, and Japanese Breakfast.
[Podcast] Criminal: A New Kind of Life - I listened to this episode on Halloween, which was fitting because it creeped me out for the rest of the afternoon. It recounts the story of Elena de Hoyos and “Count Von Cosel”. *shudders*
Frog photo is from our visit to the Sacramento Zoo.
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