Belated Four Year Anniversary

September 28th was the four year anniversary of this blog. I’ve been unbelievably busy lately, seemingly more than ever before (but I always seem to say that).

Some landmarks from the last year:

I bought a MacBook Air.
I was so sick that I had to miss singing in choir concerts for the first time.
I spent Thanksgiving by myself.
I held my college friend’s baby when he was only a day old.
I was the best man at my high school bestie’s wedding.
I bought an iPhone.
I started doing research in statistics.
My brother became a doctor.

I haven’t mentioned this landmark anywhere, but it happened before September 28th: My advisor got me an office! I share it with seven other people, but at least I have a desk and chair that I can call my own! Unfortunately I’ve been staying there until past midnight for the last two weeks…

My list of landmarks seems to get shorter every year. The next year should be full of interesting decisions and possibly big changes. Stay tuned!

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Three Years

It’s been three years since I started this blog! I posted infrequently for a few months, but I’m trying to post more often these days. I somehow have more time in graduate school than I did when I was taking undergraduate classes.

Some landmarks of the last year:

My sister got married.
My mom retired.
I became addicted to Lost.
I made six-hour long drives by myself.
I rejected an offer to a Ph.D. program with a full scholarship.
I was offered admission to a master’s program at a prestigious university.
My best friend from graduate school had twins.
I learned how to properly hold and comfort babies.
Two of my friends from graduate school got married.
I reconnected with a high school friend after ten years.
My best friend from high school chose me as his best man.
I moved away to graduate school.
I joined two choirs.

This list feels a bit short (my list from last year is here), and a lot of the landmarks had more to do with my friends and family rather than myself. School took up most of my landmark-making time this year. Still, it’s been a great year. A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be where I am now, in graduate school at Prestigious University. Life can be surprisingly amazing sometimes.

The Days Are Just Packed

Wow, it’s so easy to fall off the blogging bandwagon. I didn’t mean for my summer vacation to also include taking a break from blogging.

Anyway, I’ve kept myself pretty busy the last month. To recap:

My brother came home around the middle of June (around Father’s Day, actually) for a ten-day summer break from medical school  (he started his fourth and last year as a medical student this month). One of the first things we did after he came back was go to Disneyland with my parents and my sister. I’m not sure if I had ever been to Disneyland with my sister before, so it was great to go with her. Also, I just love Disneyland!

Two days after we went to Disneyland, my family (not including my sister) and I drove  up to the Bay Area and spent about a week there. Before my brother decided to pursue the medical profession, he bought and lived in a condo in San Francisco for a year. The two tenants who lived there the last six years moved out a couple months ago and left a huge mess for my family to clean before we can rent the condo out to other people. Seriously, who leaves dishes in the cabinets and food in the refrigerator after moving out? Moreover, nothing was cleaned, and a lot of half-broken furniture was left behind for us to deal with.

We spent most of the week in the Bay Area cleaning and fixing up the condo. My dad and I still have to go back in a couple weeks to replace the carpets and install new blinds. We still took a little time to explore the city, though, so the trip wasn’t all business with no fun. I also got to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, since I didn’t get to go the last time I was in the area.

I spent July 4th with my best friend from elementary school, just like last year. His mom has a place in Marina del Rey with a beautiful view overlooking the marina, so we visited her (just like last year). The day was very much like I would imagine Independence Day should be: American food fresh off the barbecue, the beach, and fireworks. Good times (except for the sand on my sandals, but I’ll overlook that just this once)!

Just yesterday, an old friend from college who I haven’t seen in five years flew to LA for a visit. Five of the friends in our circle who live in LA (including me) gathered to have dinner and drinks with her. It was like a small reunion!

Several days sprinkled throughout the last month have also been spent with high school friends, my big sister from work, a friend from Target (the only one with whom I still keep in touch somewhat regularly), and extended family. I’m trying to see as many people as I can while I still live in LA. Only two months left before I move away (again) for graduate school!

Blog Turns Two

Today is the two-year anniversary of this blog! Since I’m big on birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates, I like to use this day to reflect on the landmarks from the last year. My list from one year ago can be found here.

Landmarks, big and small (and huge):

I reconnected with my best friend from elementary school after nearly fifteen years.
I came out to my best friend from elementary school.
I came out to my sister.
I tried to come out to my dad, but it didn’t take.
I can no longer legally marry a boy (in California).
I went on dates (with boys!).
I started going on nightly walks with my parents.
I got a Starbucks Gold card.
I got an iPod touch (best purchase ever).
I got a Twitter account.
I went on my first out-of-town business trip.
I drove a big van (still four-wheeled) for the first time.
I made three-hour long drives by myself.
I transitioned into the accounting department at my company.
I went from being friends to strangers with my boss.
I quit my job.
I went back to school to study statistics.
One of my best friends from college lost his mom.

I feel like I’m leaving some key events out, but I can’t dwell on that right now. I have homework to do!

One Year Ago

I started this blog one year ago today. Before I decided on WordPress and on a username (it took longer than you’d think), I was very skeptical that I would even be able to keep up a blog for this long. While I don’t update nearly as often as I used to, I’m glad I’ve still been able to post somewhat regularly.

Even though I feel like I haven’t really moved forward, a lot has happened in the last year. Some landmarks, big and small:

I got my wisdom teeth pulled.
I received my master’s degree.
I passed the first actuarial exam.
I got my first job.
I got my second job.
I lost a net of 25 pounds (I lost 30 and gained 5 back).
I started driving on the freeway.
I made the leap to HDTV and Blu-ray.
I got a new laptop after my old one gave out.
I got a new digital camera.
I made my first trip to West Hollywood.
I had (at least) three straight crushes.
I attended my first bachelor party (and subsequently went to my first strip club).
I can now legally marry a boy.

I wonder what landmarks I will list one year from today?

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, whether intentional or accidental. I hope to still be updating this blog for years to come.

More Of A Chore Than A Hobby

I really hoped this day would never come, but I’ve decided to stop trying to update every day. I feel like the quality of my posts has been going down, and many of my posts are starting to sound the same.

My biggest reason for this change is that I can’t keep up the one-a-day rate anymore. At least, not right now. The combination of work being incredibly tiring and not having a free private moment to sit in front of the computer to write makes this blog more of a chore than a hobby. I wanted to make a change before the burden became so big that I stopped writing altogether.

I haven’t worked out my new blogging schedule yet. I would still like to update semi-regularly, if not regularly, but I have to see how I can motivate myself to do it. Hopefully you’ll hear from me again very soon!

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Lacking Privacy

I’ve never really cared that much about having privacy. When I shared an apartment in college, my room was the dining room/breakfast nook that you entered as you walked in the front door; I shared a wall with the kitchen. My roommates would basically be in my room if they wanted to come in, leave, or get a bite to eat.

Maybe it was different because I was living with my friends, but I really didn’t care at all that I had zero privacy. From there, I went on to graduate school, where I had my own apartment and all the privacy I could hope for. After I graduated and moved back home, I lost all my privacy again, but this time I do care.

Even though I don’t ever go out without telling my parents what I’m doing, they mostly do their own thing and I do my thing. That usually gives me time to sit in front of my computer and try to think of a good topic for this blog.

Now that my brother is home for the summer, though, I really don’t have any time to myself. I work all day, and then at night my brother wants to make the most out of every waking minute. While I do like watching multiple episodes of Scrubs every night, I don’t get a chance to do what I want until I’m about ready to fall asleep on the couch.

I guess what bothers me most is that I don’t have the time or privacy to write for this blog until I’m too tired to write. I love that my brother is home, but at some point, I just want to be alone.