We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost
– Henry Rollins
Can you believe it’s the first of September already? It’s been said time and time again, that time has felt even stranger during this pandemic than usual, but August truly sped by. It feels like just yesterday I was lamenting how quickly July was coming to an end and now it’s September!
Even though September is still firmly a summer month, and everyone rushes into cozy fall feels, the heat wave breaking in New York has been a palpable relief. I have been on a little staycation this past week, and allowing myself to venture outside of my apartment to enjoy and support my city. The weather has been excruciatingly beautiful the entire time and I could not be more grateful for it. These fresh breezes really add to the feeling that I’m at another fresh start, another new page, that I arbitrarily feel at the beginning of the year, the beginning of each month, and even the beginning of each week.
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 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.
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.