Goals for this Blog + Life

How do I always manage to get to this point? Procrastination is such a beast. I think I’ve made quite a few of these life/excuse/procrastination posts on this blog which is interesting given that I only have a limited number of posts… but hey, that’s okay!

Life has been good, although it has had its rough patches. This semester my schedule is much different than it was last semester so I’ve been trying my best to adjust accordingly. In the fall, I started working at my school’s nursing department which I’ve loved. I deal with a lot of spreadsheets and paperwork for the school which is a great experience because it’s so different from the other jobs I’ve had and what I want to do in the future. I also love it because I really enjoy spending time with all of my wonderful co-workers who are just so fun to talk to. Back in September, I also worked a couple of months as a PALS* assistant which was insanely rewarding and just a great overall experience. I never realized how much I loved pre-schoolers!

This semester I have class five days a week, and I work three of those days. This in itself has been a little rough just because last semester I alternated working and school days which streamlined my week nicely. This semester I can’t do that. I also have a couple of four-hour writing workshop classes before and after other two-hour classes, so I end up having some six/twelve hour days when I factor in work and music lessons. (Do you feel bad yet? Kidding, kidding!) Other than that, I’ve been enjoying myself immensely. I’ve also been trying to get out and do fun things once in a while, cook new recipes, and of course, read.

I have to admit folks, reading has been hard. I’m taking two different writing workshop classes where we do read, but not enough to warrant material for reviews. One of my classes is a non-fiction workshop where we focus on essays and shorter pieces so there’s not a lot of review-ready material with that class. The majority of the class is actually focused on reading our peers’ original non-fiction essays which is incredible, but I can’t talk about them here as these pieces are vulnerable in their beginning stages of life.  The other is a class solely focused on the way authors write love where we do read some longer books, but not usually ones I’m interested in enough to write a review. Maybe this needs to change?

I think the problem is that by the end of the day I’m so tired of reading peoples’ essays and critiquing them that I kind of just give up and listen to a podcast. I’m going to actively find a way around this because I really do love to read, and I want this blog to flourish.

My goal is that this will be the first post of many because I miss reviewing books I have chosen to read on my own. So anyways, this long post is basically another lousy : I’m sorry for the hiatus, and I’m back again. I didn’t create this blog with other people in mind so it’s funny I’m writing as if someone is reading this, but if you are, hopefully you will be able to see some new posts in the next coming weeks.

To close out, here’s some cool pictures from the last couple of months!

*PALs is an early literacy assessment for pre-k students aimed at helping their kindergarten teachers determine literacy skills such as how they’re reading or what letters they recognize.

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Weekly Update #3: Summer Unlike Any Other

Hello dear reader!

It has come to my attention that I’ve been extremely negligent with posting over the last couple of weeks, and for that I sincerely apologize. However, these last few weeks have been so action-packed that I haven’t even truly had time to collect my thoughts and reflect. Therefore, this post will be a brief personal reflection of the summer of 2016.

This summer has been incredible. In the past I despised summer break. Why, you ask? Well for one it is blazing hot where I live in the summer and I am not a fan of the heat. Secondly, summer can get dull quickly if you’re not doing anything fun or if you don’t get a chance to see friends. But despite my previous qualms with the summer season, in the last couple of years it has been growing on me.

This summer I traveled to new places. I had the opportunity to see some of my favorite bands in concert. I grew closer to new and old friends. I traveled by myself for the first time. I took a few baby steps towards becoming the person I’m supposed to be. And last but certainly not least, I fell in love with someone so beautiful inside and outside that I can’t even believe he exists.

The last couple of months flew by so quickly that even attempting to think about them creates a blur of hazy, colorful memories in my mind. There were ups and downs, but as I think about my time back home, this summer has been one of the best to date. I did my best to resurrect my blog, and I hope that my work (only a few, but detailed posts) inspires me to keep reading and writing during the school year.

Am I terrified for this semester? Hell yes. But I think it will be one for the books. I have amazing people by my side and a city that never stops shining.

 


A few pictures from my travels:

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What’s Up Homies? AKA Weekly Update #2

Happy Sunday!

This week has been pretty relaxed for the most part, although maybe that’s because now I’m struggling to recall what I did all week. I spent a lot of days at home, but I did manage to fit in a couple of outings.

Wednesday I was working, so I had the opportunity to drive through Sacramento and stop for coffee which is always a plus. I found this cute little place called Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters and it was gorgeous inside! I felt a bit awkward since I was alone, but I hung around for about an hour during my break and studied a little. Besides the coffee itself, (overpriced, but good quality) I loved the light fixture near the window.

**Note: Apparently I have a thing for lighting. Who knew?

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Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters Downtown

As far as books for the week go, I finally finished the infernal Inferno (haha, didn’t see that one coming, did ya?). I will be posting a review soon, but if you want a sneak peak at my thoughts regarding the classic story of fire and brimstone, here you go: this book was a pain in my ass. It was the worst book I’ve read this summer, so I’ve got a lot to say about it. But hey, it wasn’t for nothing because it will make for a great story!

Currently I am reading Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel, An Ember in the Ashes, and I love it so much. I haven’t read many fantasy novels, but it’s definitely the kind of book I need after suffering through Dante. I will definitely be posting a review once I finish.

As far as books in my future, I still have my whole entire stack to get through. I’m also pretty excited because today I ordered a copy of V.E. Schwab’s , A Gathering of Shadows, which is the sequel to her book, A Darker Shade of Magic, which I enjoyed immensely.

 Tomorrow I plan on visiting a used bookstore, so hopefully I’ll find a new classic to replace Dante. Despite my negative thoughts, I am actually glad I read The Inferno because it’s a book I’ve wanted to read for so long. So if all else fails, at least I have that one under my belt.

As for this next week, I am thrilled because I will be attending KCON 2016 in LA! WOOHOO! I have been a K-Pop fan for over 6 years now and I have never been to a concert, so it’s safe to say that I am over the moon. My favorite group is BTS, but I am pumped to see SHINee, Dean, and Block B. And after KCON, I will be attending a concert for The Wombats! So if I don’t post for a week or two, please forgive me, there are many concerts to be had.

Anyways, I hope that you all have a wonderful week, and I will post again as soon as possible!

Cheers,

L

 

 

What’s Up Homies? AKA Weekly Update #1

So if my hip, catchy title didn’t capture your attention, maybe my hipster-esque pictures will!

One of my summer goals is to take this blog more seriously than I have in the past year because I’m the type of person that sets goals and doesn’t follow through. To change that, I am going to make an effort to read as many books as possible over the summer. The picture above on the left is my stack of books that I want to finish by the time summer ends. I also have a few books in front and to the left of the stack. I’ve already finished Americanah and “The Glass Menagerie,” but I’m currently working on, Into Thin Air, and the infamous, Inferno. 

Today I read a bit of Inferno before I went to coffee with my best friend. It’s funny because she’s always been one of my closest friends even though we attended separate high schools and now, colleges. Many times it’s hard to stay close to people who aren’t in the same immediate setting as you are, but with my friend that’s never been an issue. It’s quite a relief to have such a great confidant that I’ve happened to know for years upon years, so I love her dearly. As a matter of fact, I started Inferno because of her.

C and I often meet up for lunch and coffee (shown above in an obnoxious coffee selfie, but hey, the foam was cool). One day we were discussing books we would make our English classes read when we suddenly decided that we were to start our own book club. (Because we’re that cool.) We quickly drove to the nearest book store to pick up a book to read together. We were going to read Catch 22, but unfortunately a paperback copy costs $17 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so we went with Inferno for a much more reasonable price of $6. Currently we are a little behind our reading schedule, but hopefully we’ll both finish in the next week and get to discussing. 🙂

Some other books in my stack include: Kite Runner, Going After Cacciato, Throne of Glass, Z, Catch 22, and some other books I want to reread such as, To Kill a Mockingbird, and, The Catcher in the Rye. To be perfectly honest, I absolutely despised Catcher in the Rye when I first read it. I’m not a huge fan of anything depressing (even if it’s somewhat humorous) so you can see the dilemma I had in reading it. However, I think that perhaps my views may have shifted since I last read it three years ago, so I’m going to give it another shot.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments what your book stack includes! Do you have any summer goals? Any books you would like to recommend? Have you read any of the books in my stack?

I hope everyone has a spectacular weekend!

Cheers,

L