Friday Favorites (10)

Happy Friday and happy May!

Today is May Day, which also makes it International Workers’ Day, so I encourage you not to cross the picket line as essential workers strike for better benefits and protection while their employing corporations reap in record profits during this crisis.

May Day is also a festival of spring, so enjoy flowers and spring cakes and little makeshift maypoles if you’d like.

We are also kicking off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month today. I’ll try to find some good reading for next Friday but in the meantime, try to consume something made by an Asian Pacific American this weekend. You don’t have to go watch Crazy Rich Asians but there are a lot of other good options, one of which I mention down below. You can also watch a Youtube video, read a book, read an article even. And of course, continue considering supporting Asian-American-owned businesses.

“Lockdown Productivity: Spaceship You” – CGP Grey

CGP Grey has long been one of my favorite Youtube creators, and this has become one of my favorites of his videos. He reframes our quarantine in a creative way – you are isolated in a spaceship above Earth, and before you can return to Earth, your mission is to return to Earth better than you left. It’s really worth a watch and can be really motivating if you’ve been starting to feel burned out and finding quarantine to be pointless and draining. He focuses on how important it is to maintain your physical and mental health, and the importance of having dedicated physical spaces to do so. Read More »

I finally Blogged Every Day April!

Today is Day 30, aka the last day of Blog Every Day April!

I am still a little bit shocked that I made it. First of all, April really flew by, didn’t it? A lot of folks on Twitter are remarking that March felt really slow while April felt really fast, perhaps because the stress of a global crisis was still novel  in March, which made it seem longer, while it felt more routine by April, which made it seem shorter.

In any case, I am kind of in disbelief that it’s now April 30th, and this is my 30th blog post in 30 days. (Really really close to a true BEDA…) Let’s do a bit of reflecting on my most successful BEDA yet.

Sandy Beach Sunrise
A little throwback to our trip to Hawai’i last year, where we caught the sunrise at Sandy Beach

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Currently…

I literally can’t think of anything to write right now. I’m completely blanking and, if I’m being honest, I feel likeI’m heading towards burnout? So I figured it would be easiest to just spit out whatever was currently on my mind.

📺 Watching… Never Have I Ever on Netflix. I really love the show so far. It’s funny and gives me a ton of feels. (I cried during episode 2.) I thought that the storylines would be a little dumb or cheesy, but they hit much closer to home than I thought this show would do.

Oh gosh, this throwback…

😋 Craving… Japanese soufflé pancakes. I’ve never had them before but I think what I’m craving is sweet breakfast food and the soft texture? I’ve seen some recipe videos, so maybe when I’m feeling really ambitious I’ll attempt to make them…?

💃🏻 Grooving to… some oldies that used to autoplay when you opened my Xanga:

😓 Worrying about… the weird cracking I keep hearing during my workouts? It seems like the cartilage in all my joints just has to work something out when I go through stuff, and I’m feeling a lot of extra tightness and pain in my right hip that I would really rather not.

I don’t know, all, my brain is kind of blank. There isn’t really much else on my mind right now, which is maybe an okay thing.

Something Something Hubris

(Proceeds to not post a blog yesterday)

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Yesterday was a rough day. My husband was paged in the middle of the night, which woke me as well. Since I was unable to fall back asleep after then, I luxuriated with a morning facial oil (so I could try to depuff my sleepy face with a cold roller and some gua sha) and a healthy breakfast.

It was rough for other reasons that I don’t want to go into too much right now but, despite how ~off~ the entire day was, I was actually relatively productive? I took a meeting sitting on the floor to try to let the sun shine on my face and it was an energizing change, versus being a distracting one. I ate a salad for lunch, which is silly to consider a productive tasks but it did feel productive. I had planned on taking a nap but wound up dealing with the bulk of my work tasks during the last few hours of my work day. I was finally able to donate the KN95 masks that I have had since the beginning of quarantine. Despite planning for a nap that never happened and intending to go at about half-capacity, I managed to keep up pretty well with the workout class I was signed up to do. After, I had a really nice catch-up phone call with a friend.

Of course, being as sleep-deprived as I was, I nearly forgot about my 14-day workout challenge until I was literally headed to bed, and of course, c o m p l e t e l y blanked on writing a blog post as well.

So this is a belated post for yesterday, but there will be another for tonight. Being in the home stretch for my challenges is exciting! I do the last of the workout challenge tonight and tomorrow we’ll do a reflection on 30 days of blogging.

Cosplay Wishlist 2020?

A looooong time ago, before I started actually participating slightly in cosplay, I made a little costume wishlist of characters who I wanted to bring to life.

With many conventions getting cancelled this year, I have been thinking a lot about the cosplayers who I have been following and befriending, whose plans and potentially incomes have been affected by the convention circuit being derailed. However, they have been trying to stay positive and are sharing their cosplay plans for whenever they are able to start attending conventions again.

In that vein, I have been thinking a lot about new costumes I want to make a reality for myself, eventually!

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Elizabeth's Burial at Sea Outfit Analysis | REAL OTAKU GAMER ...

From the original list, I still haven’t done Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite yet, actually! This game is pretty old now but I hope I get to do wear it soon, because it’s maybe the first game I’ve played all the way through, with my husband. Read More »