My Recencies for August 7th-13th

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Another week, another My Recencies post! Every week, I update what I’ve been doing, listening to, watching, reading, etc.; this is what I call “My Recencies”! Here is what I did this week!

Doing

I got a freelance project working on a menu. I’m excited for this opportunity! I was working on this on and off all week so it’s a little sparse.

  • Saturday – Taylor’s friend John is in an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and we went to go see it! I also brought along one of my friends, Scott, because I hadn’t seen him in a while. It was nice catching up with him! It has been a while since I’ve read Midsummer, so the only thing I remembered about the story is that it’s an old school romcom. There was lots of singing and dancing, and this adaptation was set in a school! It was super fun!
  • Tuesday – Episode 30 of WTW Podcast was posted! It’s a mailbag episode, so Sowmya and I answer questions from our friends.

Listening

  • Comedy Death Ray/Comedy Bang Bang – This week, I listened to #59 with Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Glass, and Andy Daly; Andy Daly played a hilarious German tourist and I just love Paul F. Tompkins in everything. I also listened to #60 with Donald Glover, Jessica St. Clair, and Brendan Walsh; Jessica St. Clair played an intern that hit on everyone in the room and it got pretty explicit and it was hilarious.
  • The Champ Podcast – New podcast for me! In this podcast, Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher talk to a different black celebrity each episode. I decided to give this a try because I love Moshe Kasher a lot! It is really funny so far, and I’ve only listened to the first two episodes.
  • Criminal – This week, I listened to an episode called “Pearl Bryan,” which was a great story about a woman who got an illegal abortion and was killed because something went wrong. That’s not new (unfortunately), but what made her a story is that she has a folk song about her story. There was a really great modern version of the song at the end!
  • The Dollop – This week, I listened to “George Spencer,” which was about two men and their alleged relationships with animals in the early Victorian era (I think it was Victorian?), and “Comet Panic,” which was a great collection of stories about different eras of people freaking out about Halley’s Comet.
  • The Fogelnest Files – This week I listened to the episode with Liz Lee, who I just learned is an MTV star. I thought she sounded pretty cool! Also I looked her up because I didn’t know who she was, and she has amazing and beautiful (but fake) red hair.
  • Hound Tall – New podcast for me! Similar to Professor Blastoff and Today We Learned, this podcast is a combination knowledge and comedy podcast! Comedian Moshe Kasher hosts a panel, that includes an expert from the field they’re about to discuss and two other comedians (Moshe is in the panel too), in front of a live audience at the UCB in LA (at least the ones I’ve heard have been in LA). It is really funny!
  • The Indoor Kids – This week I listened to “The Comic-Con Episode” during which Emily and Kumail documented their trip at Comic Con (in 2012 or 2013 I think).
  • Professor Blastoff – This week I listened to #5 about sleep and #6 about DNA. Both were really interesting, and I particularly enjoyed “Sleep” because they discussed dreams and working while drowsy and groggy.
  • Risk! – this week I listened to “Messssy” and “Live from Brown/RISD” which were both really good. I particularly enjoyed “Live from Brown/RISD” because these were just students and they had such great story-telling abilities. I really liked the first girl’s story about helping her uncle’s dog give birth!
  • Sklarbro Country – This week I listened to #5 with Nick Thune and #6 with John Dore and Chris Cox. Chris Cox played Tiger Woods during a sketch about his affairs (this was an oooooold episode), and it was a really funny. Give it a listen!
  • Spontaneanation – This week I listened to “Dracula’s Bedroom”, and I like where they headed with it. Too funny!
  • Superego – This week I listened to episodes 3:3 and 3:4. Patton Oswalt guested on a couple of these improv sketches, and they were really funny!
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour – This week I listened to a Cactoid Jim episode called “Good Jim,” two Beyond Belief episodes called “Making Spirits Fight” and “The Devil You Know”, as well as a Behind The Scenes episode with Acker and Blacker. I liked learning about the background of Acker and Blacker, and I really liked Cactoid Jim’s episode (even though I’m not the biggest Cactoid Jim fan).
  • Today We Learned – This week I listened to “Jay Duplass,” and I learned that OJ Simpson almost played the role of the Terminator!
  • Welcome To Nightvale – This week I listened to “PYRAMID” and “Feral Dogs.” I really liked “PYRAMID” because I always love it when things just appear randomly in Nightvale and they don’t know what to do. This time they tried shooting at it!
  • Who Charted – This week I listened to episodes “Jason Nash” and “Chris Fairbanks”. What I really love is hearing the top 5 music and movies from that week even though it’s old. It’s kinda nostalgic! Sometimes I’ll even discover what was popular; in one of the episodes, they did a top 5 hip-hop songs, and I hadn’t even heard of the number one song. Weird!
  • You Made It Weird – This week I listened to Sara Schafer’s episode, and it was really sweet when she was talking about her mom and I was totally not crying at work, nope.

Watching

  • @midnight – This week I really enjoyed Tuesday’s episode with Julie Klausner, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Jonah Ray! I love any time they have Jonah or Matt on, or when they have Thug Life or Hug Life, and this episode has both!
  • Blue Bloods -I’m finally on new episodes I didn’t catch while it was airing. I’m on Season 4 now, and I like Danny’s new partner! She’s got gorgeous eyes!
  • Domics – I started watching these cute videos because of a video on Reddit, and I quickly fell in love with his comic style but also his storytelling. He kind of reminded me of my brother, and he really inspired me to do what I love because he’s doing what he loves and is making money from it!

Eating

My carb game was too strong this week.

  • Cafe 152 Burger – We went here before the play on Saturday, and it was pretty good! Taylor got these loaded fries, I got a giant burger, and Scott got sweet potato fries. All was good!
  • High Five Pizza – My friend Abbey works here, and my friend Julie and I went to go visit her! I was especially happy because the last time I saw her was at her wedding, so it was awesome to catch up! And it’s always nice seeing Julie :-*
  • Kotetsu Ramen – This ramen place is so delicious! You need to try their appetizers, they are so tasty! Taylor and I have eaten a bunch of fried things (on different occasions!) and they have all somehow been super juicy and the crust was perfectly crunchy and everything was just perfection.
  • Mod Pizza – This just opened near our neighborhood, so we went to check it out! It’s quick, personalized thin crust pizzas that are made-to-order. Kinda like a Chipotle for pizzas!

Everything Else

I’m still using all the apps I was using in my original post so I won’t repeat myself.

  • I just launched my Facebook page! Please like my page! I will be adding it to the sidebar soon, and there’s a lot I still have to do, but I was working on the logo and the banner for a while and I finally just gave up because I’m always gonna be wanting to tweak it, so I should just keep it as it is.
  • Taylor and I are playing Batman: Arkham Knight. I say “we’re” playing it, but he’s playing it and I’m watching and giving suggestions. I have a long history of starting games and never finishing them, and I usually suck at things like fighting or puzzles, so it’s pretty great having someone who does those things for me. I just wanna see the story! It’s really fun so far!
  • I am planning on going to Disneyland in September! (Maybe twice!) Taylor and I are going for the Halloween decorations, and they start on September 11th this year. You guys should check it out if you can! One of my coworkers told me you can dress up (there are restrictions) and trick-or-treat too!
  • You can catch my start on hand-lettering in the blog post here! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do any this week because I was so busy.
  • You can also read about my love for animals here; two posts in one day!

That’s everything for this week, guys! Hope you enjoyed your week, and liked a glimpse at mine!

My Recencies: July 31st – August 6th

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Another week, another My Recencies post! 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

I did a lot of blog work this week! I got really motivated to share my experiences this week, and I’m trying to think of a better name for my blog, but I really like having my name as my domain because it was one of my life goals from when I was a wee teenager. I have more to share this next week so I hope you like what I’ve done so far! I made a pretty awesome title card for the My Recencies posts (at the top of the page)! I also started handlettering, a new hobby!

  • Saturday – I went to the Santa Clara county fair with my mom! Turns out she had never been before, *and* had never tried a funnel cake so I defintely had to change that! I also started a 30 Day Journal challenge with Sowmya because why not get our creativity flowing together and cheer each other on! The link to my 30 Day Challenge is further down. I also started my August bullet journal!
  • Tuesday – I posted Episode 29 of WTW Podcast; Sowmya and I talk about beauty products and our routines and what we’d like to try, and what we love! I also included the time to which you can skip if you don’t like girls talking about that kind of thing. This night, Taylor and I went to one of our favourite BBQ places and the host was like “…Oh hey guys! Welcome back!” and we were like “oh crap, we can never come back here, they’re starting to remember our faces!” but I’m trying to reason that he must say that to everyone. Right? …Right?

Listening

I didn’t add anything new to Spotify, though I have been using it to meditate with my Stop, Breathe, & Think app so it’s nice! Here are the podcasts I’ve been listening to:

  • Comedy Death Ray/Comedy Bang Bang – a radio podcast hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman, he has guests on and he interviews them! Sometimes the guests are characters, sometimes the guests are real people, but all the time it’s funny. This week, I listened to #57 with Brian Posehn and James Adomian, and #58 with Rob Huebel and Steel Panther.
  • Criminal – a podcast about different crimes, criminals, and victims of crimes. This was perfect for a crime junkie like me. The episode I listened to was called “Triassic Park”; it was a really interesting story about the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, and the thefts that occur there.
  • The Dollop – an American history podcast where one comedian, Dave Anthony, reads a story from history to another comedian, Gareth Reynolds, who knows nothing about it beforehand. Hands down, this is one of my three favourite podcasts of all time. Of all time! This week, I listened to #57 about Eric Red, and #58 about Lenny Dykstra.
  • Everything Is Stories – a combination between an interview and a storytelling, this podcast believes that everyone has a story, and goes to interview some extremely interesting people. The episode I listened to was called “Vanished Status” and it was about a protestor in the 60s who was falsely accused of starting a fire during a protest, and given 5 years in jail for it, so he changed his identity. His story is a fascinating one, but it really instilled in me the fact I could probably never be a fugitive.
  • The Fogelnest Files – a podcast where the host, Jake Fogelnest, shows weird or hard-to-find clips from pop culture, and they talk about it. This week I listened to #3 with Jon Hendren and #4 with Steve Agee and Horatio Sanz.
  • The Indoor Kids – a video game podcast hosted by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon who are both hilarious and amazing! This week I listened to “Gaming School with Adam Sessler.”
  • Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – comedian Kevin Pollak has a chat show where he talks to people (usually celebrities). This week I listened to #3 with Jim Gaffigan, and #4 with Joe Mantegna.
  • The Memory Palace – stories from history told beautifully by the podcast’s creator, Nate DiMeo. This week I listened to “400,000 Stars” and “The Glowing Orbs”.
  • The Moth – stories told by people that are usually hilarious or extremely sad. The only thing I don’t like is there’s only one a week. This week I listened to “Fathers” and “Nicole Kear and Christy Kent.”
  • The Mutant Season – an interview podcast where a kid (I think he’s 12 now? He starts out the podcast at 9!) interviews people about their jobs! It’s really cute and inspiring to listen to this smart kid interview people! This week I listened to “Chris Fairbanks” and “Bobak Ferdowsi.”
  • The Nerdist Podcast – I try and listen to at least two episodes of this per week. This week I listened to “Fred Willard Returns!” and “Billy Crystal.”
  • Never Not Funny – comedian Jimmy Pardo is joined by his producer and a different guest and they just talk about anything! This week I listened to #811f with Conan O’Brien and #914f with Ty Burrell.
  • The Pen Addict – a podcast with host Myke Hurley and the owner of The Pen Addict website, Brad Dowdy, they geek out about pens and paper! This week I listened to “Not Your Grandfather’s Fountain Pen” and “Retro Style.”
  • Pop My Culture – great and silly podcast about entertainment culture with Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton. This week I listened to #71 with Fred Stoller and #72 with Judy Greer.
  • Today We Learned – an educational podcast where the hosts often have a guest (usually a comedian or actor) and they just talk about interesting facts they know, and tie in stories from their lives and stuff. I’m doing a pretty terrible job of describing it, but it’s really good! The episodes I listened to this week were Omar Dorsey and Christian Spicer.
  • Welcome To Nightvale – a comedy podcast set in a fake fantasy town called Nightvale, and lots of crazy stuff happens! Like mysterious hooded figures and dog parks that you can’t look directly at. The episodes I listened to this week were History Week, and The Lights in Radon Canyon.
  • Who Charted – another podcast I’m going to keep, this one reminds me of Pop My Culture, but this one focuses on the top five lists of certain media that week, specifically in music and movies. The episodes I listened to were Jason Nash and Sarah Silverman.
  • You Made It Weird – a really introspective podcast where comedian Pete Holmes interviews people about everything from religion, love, and their careers. This week, I listened to the Ron Funches and Live In Chicago! episodes.

Watching

  • @midnight – My favourite episode this week was last night’s with Aubrey Plaza, Paul Sheer, and Rob Huebel! I love them all so much!
  • Blue Bloods – I finished Seasons 1 and 2, and I’m on Season 3 now!
  • The Boxtrolls – I watched this on Netflix! I love stop motion animation so anytime it is used, I will watch it. This was a cute movie, and the story wasn’t predictable at all; there were a lot of weird twists I didn’t expect, and it made the movie like 30 minutes longer than I thought. It was fun!
  • Minions – I watched this with Taylor; I had seen both Despicable Me movies while he had only seen the first one. We both really liked it; it was cute! I don’t know a lot of people obsessed with the little guys, so I guess it wasn’t ruined for me, but I know people who are definitely over the Minions craze.

Eating

I didn’t do a lot of reading this week, and I wanted to share the restaurants I went to this week, so here you go!

  • The Smoking Pig – This is the BBQ restaurant I mentioned at the beginning of this post, where the host kind of remembered us. We usually get the Meat Combo because one type or style of meat is not enough! They also have one of my favourite sauces to eat with BBQ, and it’s called Carolina Sassy. So good!
  • Chipotle – my mom has never had Chipotle before, and we had a nice two-for-one coupon! If you’ve never been to one, what’s wrong with you?? Seriously.
  • The Counter – If you have never been to The Counter, get to one right now. It’s an expensive burger but they’re so good! One of the only places I know that sell bison (they have bison at the location here, anyway) and I just found out they ground their meat privately so they can cook their patties rare, which, I read, is healthier than eating it medium. They also have really great burger bowls – healthy and low carb!

Everything Else

I’m still doing everything I did last week so I won’t repeat myself.

  • Here is the pin I am using for my 30 Day Challenge! – For some reason the website doesn’t work, so I’m linking to my pin.
  • JetPens.com – I have such a long wishlist at this place and I just recently bought a small chunk of it, enough for the free shipping! I bought a Platinum Preppy, and I love using it so far, two different drawing pens (one Pilot Drawing Pen and one Sakura Micron), two Frixion products (one Frixion marker and one eraser), and one regular eraser! I also bought some ink and a dip pen. Don’t judge me!

That’s everything for this week, guys!

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!