Intro to “My Recencies”

My Recencies

As part of my revamp of my blog, every week I’m going to update what I’ve been doing, listening to, watching, reading, etc.; this is what I’m going to call “My Recencies”! This is what I’ve done this week!

Doing

  • Saturday: Here in California, we have a huge annual garlic festival in Gilroy, CA; they close streets off, organize shuttles to and from the parking lot, all for this festival. This was the third year I went, and it was super delicious as usual! I’m actually not a huge garlic fan, but who can resist garlic sausage sandwiches, garlic marinated mushrooms, garlic shrimp scampi, and trying some free garlic ice cream! There’s also tons of vendors like any other festival (not all of them have garlic related stuff). At night, my good friend Diana hosted a game night at her house, and I played Munchkin for the first time! That game was not my cup of tea, honestly; I’m more of a co-op person than a VS person, because I get way too competitive.
  • Tuesday: Episode 28 of We’re The Worst Podcast was posted; Sowmya and I talked about animé. And I posted a fact page about me on this blog!
  • Wednesday: There was a Beer Walk in Santana Row, a super fancy outdoor mall, so I went with my friends Julie, Ally, and Sarah! It was a ton of fun, and I’ll share some pictures soon!
  • Thursday: I saw Sowmya and we went window shopping! She had to get some stuff for a party, so we wandered around Santana Row but eventually we just went to Daiso with my persuasion. Daiso is basically a Japanese dollar store, except everything is $1.50 (unless otherwise marked). I bought some cute dot stickers and hope to share the pictures soon!

Listening

Spotify

Spotify is my main music app of choice, because it lets me have a “library” and I can add artists I like and albums that I own. It’s like an online iTunes, which is what I was using before. I don’t pay for Spotify because I don’t listen to it enough offline, but maybe in the future!

Spotify helps me discover new songs, because sometimes I just need something I’ve never heard before, but is similar to artists I like. For this reason, I’ve been particularly enjoying their newest feature: Discover Weekly. It takes your Spotify likes and play history to create a list of songs that you might like. I can’t link to it, because it will just show you my list, but if you look in your playlists it should be there! Also try searching for “Discover Weekly.” Another playlist I love is “New Music Friday” for the same reason. These always update, so you never have to look anywhere else for new music. Just remember to save the song if you want to listen to it after the week is over!

Other playlists I’ve been listening to:

  • Recreational Love – This is the bird and the bee’s latest album!
  • This Is: Kendrick Lamar – I love Kendrick Lamar, and Spotify put together a great playlist for his birthday on June 17th.
  • Indie Electronica – I listen this at work or while blogging because it’s nice noise to have in the background!

SiriusXM

I mentioned before that I bought a new car, and I’ve been listening to SiriusXM during my free trial. One of my favourite stations, and has been a big hit with my friends, is Station 10, Pop2K. It plays music from 2000 to 2009, and it just hits nostalgia hard with music from middle school, high school, and college! It’s been a couple of years since I got out of college (it’s already 2015, so it’s already been 5 years since I left New York!) so I think it’s a great station to reminisce about those years. My free trial ends tomorrow, August 1st, so I only have a day or so of it left! I definitely don’t listen to it enough to pay for it, as I just listen to it on the way to work, which is a mere 15 minute commute.

Podcasts

I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts! I just started listening to some marketing and blogging podcasts for this blog, so you’ll see that reflected in my list.

  • Editor-in-Chief – a marketing podcast about learning how to write for the digital age. I like it because it’s short and gets to the point quickly! I’ve only listened to the first couple episodes, but I like it so far!
  • Hack the Entrepreneur – a business podcast where the host interviews popular entrepreneurs to get some advice and tips for the rest of us! I’ve listened to two of them, they’re pretty interesting! I’m gonna keep listening but I really like it so far!
  • Hit Publish – a marketing and copywriting podcast that gives you tips on writing content better. I’ve listened to two episodes so far, they’re pretty interesting so far!
  • The How They Blog Podcast – a blogging podcast where the hosts interview bloggers. I’ve listened to a bit of the first one, it sounds promising!
  • The Lede – another business podcast that helps people with copywriting and marketing. I don’t think this is quite my cup of tea, but I’ve gotten good notes on it so far, and I’m willing to give it a couple more episodes before I totally give up on it.
  • The Nerdist Podcast – comedian Chris Hardwick interviews people on this amazing podcast. My admiration and love for Chris Hardwick is only getting bigger. This week I listened to an old hostful episode called yeahYUH.
  • Risk! – Risk is a podcast that where people tell their stories, and they’re usually side-splittingly funny or super, super sad. I’ve cried and have had to suppress a giggle during work before thanks to both of these. This week, I listened to “Live from LA Storytelling Fest” and “Scary Stories 4: Yikes!”
  • Sklarbro Country – comedian duo Randy and Jason Solar talk about sports in this comedy podcast! It’s not really about sports, it’s more about pop culture, but I’m still not sure if I’m gonna keep subscribing. This week, I listened to #4 with Wayne Federman and Chris Cox.
  • Spontaneanation – one of my favourite comedians, Paul F. Tompkins, hosts this combination interview and improv podcast! This week I listened to #3 A Secret Society, #4 Savannah Georgia, and #5 Mars Base 3.
  • Superego – a comedy improv podcast where “doctors” present “case studies” and they’re pretty funny so far. I mean, I like it okay, but I just don’t think it’s my cup of tea. This week, I listened to Episode 2:17, Specials, The Journeymen, Episode 3:1 and Episode 3:2.
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour – a HILARIOUS podcast that’s set up like an old-time radio play and it’s just the best. My favourite story is Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars! I love Marc Evan Jackson! This week, I listened to numbers 109-112.

Watching

I was a little busy this week with the blog, and I spent a lot of nights hanging out with friends or Taylor, so my list is a little sparse this week!

  • @midnight – another thing with Chris Hardwick! I love this fake game show so much. My favourite one from Monday to Wednesday was definitely Wednesday with Jimmy Pardo, Chris Distefano and Kurt Braunohler!
  • Blue Bloods – I started rewatching this to help me sleep, because I need some noise and it’s better if it’s a show I’ve already seen before, but then I started watching it for real. Oops! I’m still on the first season this week!
  • BoJack Horseman – Taylor and I gave this a try earlier this year and loved it so much! We watched the second and third episodes of season 2. I want to name a future dog Mr. Peanutbutter now!
  • George Gently – a 1960s detective drama set in England. I just finished the third season this week!

Reading

I use Feedly to follow RSS feeds and blogs, and save them to Pocket for future reading! Here are a few of my favourites!

  • Anything About Nothing – a wonderful webcomic about everything and anything! One of my favourite webcomics.
  • Brit + Co – a great site for girls about everything from beauty to DIY to celebrity gossip to healty living! I love this site so much!
  • Cute Overload – for those pick-me-ups everyone needs! I love this site so much.
  • Nerdist – Chris Hardwick’s blog, which has now turned into a nerdy news and media HQ!
  • What’s On Netflix – while technically a blog, this is what I read to see what got added to Netflix, and what’s about to get taken down! They also sometimes post reviews of shows, and Netflix news! Super useful!

Everything Else

  • Bullet Journal – this is the planner/journal system that I use for my day-to-day life. For long term stuff, I use my phone, but for every day stuff, like dates and hanging out, I use my bullet journal!
  • Duolingo – I’ve only recently got back into this, but I’m trying to relearn French, and maybe other Latin languages! What I’m really waiting for is for English to Chinese or English to Japanese, but while they’re working on that, I have a lot of European languages to learn!
  • Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) – this is a geeky productivity app I use, and it is just what I need! I used different productivity apps, and none of them made it past the first month, but I’ve been using this for about six weeks now and I really love it.
  • Line app – Sowmya and I communicate solely with stickers and emojis in this app. I love the stickers so much! I’m a little obsessed with the animated Big Hero 6 ones that are on there…
  • Stop, Breathe & Think – this is my guided meditation app of choice right now! I love the narrator’s voice, and the pace she goes. I think my favourite one has got to be Kindness!
  • Tsum Tsum – holy crap, have you played this game? And if you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? Well, you shouldn’t because it’s so addicting, every break I get at work, I play this. It uses Line, the messaging app I mentioned!

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of My Recencies! My goal is to post at least twice a week, including one My Recencies post a week, eventually leading up to at least one post a day. Eventually I want to create a banner, maybe I’ll make one this weekend. Anyway, thanks for reading, everyone! Have a great weekend!

Some Facts about Me (or: Things I Might Blog About)

My Facts

There are certain subjects that will come up often in my blog, and here is a master list!

  1. I Love Art
  2. First and foremost, I love art. Mostly vectors, illustrations and typography, but I also love a good-looking painting a handsome website, even just a really well-designed couch. I don’t just like physical art; I thoroughly appreciate music, photography, cinematography, story-telling, and dance. I’ve particularly always enjoyed taiko drum performances, which combine dance, music, and storytelling. I will post interesting art I find and want to share! All art will be credited to the artist, unless that artist is me! I hope to also make and post “art” as I make it (by no means do I consider myself an “artist”).

  3. I Have a Podcast
  4. In late 2014/early 2015, I was unsatisfied in my creative side, so I started up a podcast with a good friend, Sowmya! It is called We’re The Worst, and we just hang out! We have a different topic every week, and we answer questions, and it’s generally a good time! It helped teach me a lot about life, like trying to get things uploaded on time, recording with dueling schedules, and trying to promote yourself, which is something I will never enjoy. I also learned a little about podcasting, like microphones, iTunes RSS feeds, and Audacity. I will post links to podcast episodes as they are posted! I will also post about podcasts I enjoy so other people can enjoy them too!

  5. I Crochet
  6. I started crocheting at the end of 2011 and have completed at least 40 projects since then! I hope to occasionally post projects I’m working on, yarn purchases, and maybe some crochet inspiration I find!

  7. I Love Stationery
  8. Stickers, washi tape, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, and everything else in-between! I love it all: anything cute or colorful; anything having to do with planners or scrapbooking; anything that can be found in Maido and Paper Source. I hope to post about my (cheap) stationery hauls and maybe a look into my planner!
    You can read more about this here!

  9. I’m Super Pro-LGBTQI and a Feminist
  10. I love all people equally! Except meanies. I hope to post interesting news articles about equality from all fronts! #LoveWins!

  11. I Am Eco-Conscious
  12. I’ve been trying to be green and save the human race since I was about 5. I learned about recycling, reducing, and reusing on PBS and haven’t stopped since. (I say “trying to save the human race,” because the earth will still be here long after global warming kills us all :)) I hope to post about ways I stay green!

  13. I Love Animals
  14. My favourite wild mammals are giraffes and whales. My favourite breeds of cats are Exotic Shorthairs, Maine Coons, and Birmans. My favourite breeds of dogs are French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Shiba Inus. I also love cows and snakes! I owned two chinchillas, but they passed away in July 2015. I will probably post cute animal pictures to cheer myself up.
    You can read more about this here!

  15. I Have a Boyfriend
  16. Taylor and I got together roughly 3 years ago; our actual anniversary date is sometime at the July, but we agreed to move it to a day we would remember, so officially our anniversary is May 4th, which some of my fellow nerds will recognize as May The Fourth or Star Wars Day. I will probably talk about him from time to time because he’s pretty awesome ♥ and we do a lot together!

  17. More Recurring Friends and Family!
  18. I have a handful of great friends and we do stuff together! I will list them here with their permission, but most of my personal friends are pretty private, so they will just be noted by first name, and if they want, whichever social media they want to promote! Julie, Diana, Dorothy, Kris, Scott, and of course Sowmya! I also have a mom I do a lot with, and various other family I see pretty often.

  19. I Enjoy Pop Culture
  20. Like most people, I enjoy movies, TV, and the occasional book or other reading material, so I’ll probably talk about things I watched or read, or media I’m excited about! I also love a few celebrities! I will refer to these celebrities a lot and I’m letting you guys know now so I don’t have to apologize in the future. They are Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hardwick, Grant Imahara, Tom Hiddleston, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Bell, Emma Stone, and Chris Pratt. I’m sorry for all the fangirling ahead, and this will be my only apology. (Sorry, not sorry!)
    You can read more about this here!

  21. I love Lists!
  22. …Is it obvious? I will share lists I make! :D

I’m going to take some of these subjects and create full posts, and also edit this list as I go, so I hope you’re prepared to know way too much about me!

And so, we begin again.

I have lapsed once again in my blogging.

During my time away, in chronological order, I:

  • survived my birthday party. I wanted to go play bocce ball, but ended up bowling instead and had a ton of fun doing it!
  • bought a car! A huge decision but ultimately a good one. I love my new 2015 Subaru Legacy! I bought it for myself on my birthday.
  • lost my job. Honestly, I felt it coming on the morning that it happened, and the only thing that sucks is that it happened the day after I bought my car!
  • went through a slight Sushirrito obsession. These things are SO good!
  • started meditating. It really helped with the depression over losing my job and looking for a new one.
  • survived an anniversary with the ol’ boy toy. Three years! ♥
  • had stuff get stolen from my new car, including my new prescription sunglasses and one of my credit cards. It’s a long story, but basically it was my fault and I now lock my car before I shut all the doors.
  • helped twist my mom’s foot on Mother’s Day. We went hiking on Mother’s Day, and my mom goes hiking every week, but I was talking to her her and she turned around to listen to me and twisted her ankle. Go me!
  • started a new job. I can’t say much about it because of an NDA, but it’s a job!
  • started journaling. This really helped me clear my mind before meditating.
  • went to a cat café. My obsession with cats will never end!
  • did a lot of wedding stuff! (No, I’m not getting married.) I went to two bridal showers, two bachelorette parties and two weddings, one of which was one-of-my-oldest-friend’s wedding and may have cried a bit (it was so beautiful and I was so happy for her). Another one of my oldest friend’s got engaged a couple years ago, and her wedding is in January 2016 and I’m the default maid-of-honor, so I’ve been doing a lot of stuff for her, too!

Not all good, but not all bad! Some in fact, were pretty freaking spectacular! I’ve been reading a lot and planning stuff to do with this blog so if you’ve stuck with me this far, please look forward to stuff in the future! Stuff may get wonky as I move stuff around! Here are some pictures from my time away, click to see the full image!

What I did while I was away from blogging...