In an attempt to quell some anxiety, I will blog today. Seriously, if I’d spent half as much time writing as I do thinking about writing this wouldn’t be a problem. But alas, my capacity for crippling self-doubt coupled with my penchant for procrastination knows no bounds. Points for consistency? *shrugs*
A few updates since my last post:
I am no longer unemployed! Well, sort of. I’ve been getting a lot of freelance work lately and it’s been great. September was awesome. Riding a wave of depression at the tail end of August, I suddenly had a string of good luck come my way and it’s really done wonders for my mental health. Hopefully it continues for a while.
My family is coming to visit at the end of the month! You can’t imagine how excited I am for that.
I’ve taken up running! As someone who used to share Ann Perkins’s feelings about it, this is a huge feat, one that was made a lot easier with the help of this particular app. Since I started almost two weeks ago, I’ve run about 33 km already. It really helped ease me into the routine, especially as someone who couldn’t really run continuously for very long. It helps that I live right next to a massive park that has running trails and scenic views. I don’t think I would’ve started if I had to run on the street.
We moved to a new apartment! It’s been more than two weeks since we moved to Hai Ba Trung from our Hoan Kiem apartment and it has been wonderful. I love this neighborhood so much! Don’t get me wrong, I kind of miss the wide roads and the proximity to the Old Quarter, but, yeah, that’s about it. I love that everything is literally right outside our apartment: the best cafes, bun spots, and of course, Tong Nhat Park. In the last week alone, we’ve discovered our new favorite Japanese restaurant (that’s open til 2 am!), a gem of a banh cuon place near Vincom, an amazing dim sum place, our new favorite massage parlour, and a corner cafe that sells a mean ca phe sua chua (yogurt coffee). The fact that ATK (the bar where Joff works) is just three blocks away is a bonus.
We’re seeing Morrissey when we’re in Bangkok in two weeks. It’ll be my second time seeing him and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Been listening to not much else but The Smiths lately. It’s bringing me back to my early 20s when that’s all I would do. It got me thinking about what my three favorite songs of theirs are and I came up with: Rubber Ring, Back to the Old House, and, probably my all-time favorite, That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore. (If anyone’s reading this, what are yours?)
October has been a tough month. I kept meaning to write, but life got in the way. I also felt a bit uninspired, which I kept kicking myself over because being inspired shouldn’t be a pre-requisite for writing here. So, I’m gonna try to be better about that.
J got really sick two weeks ago so I took that week off work to take care of him. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill flu, too. It took everything out of him. I’d never seen him that sick. His body just shut down and he was totally helpless. We were convinced it was Dengue but, thankfully, it just turned out to be a particularly nasty viral infection. It took him two weeks to recover. Ugh, it was terrible. I got so worried I would just break down at random times during the day cos I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Anyway, it’s over now and he’s back to his normal, silly self. We’ve taken it as a sign to keep our immune systems up, especially during this bipolar weather we’re having.
My health hasn’t really been in tip-top shape either, but I’m getting better at taking care of myself. Allergy season is in full swing and it’s been a real bitch. There were times when I’d be sneezing throughout the entire day. My breaking point came during a particularly nasty allergy attack a week ago. I’d been sneezing and sniffling the entire day and when I came home, I couldn’t find my allergy medicine and I started crying in frustration. I got our carpet, drapes, and bed vacuumed a few days later and it’s helped immensely. I really wish I’d done that earlier, but I kept thinking it would just go away by itself. Now I know better.
In between sneezing and taking care of a sick boyfriend, I’ve managed to keep Boys and Pizza running. I needed to get my kicks somehow. I’m super happy about it cos my last post did really well: I got 30 likes! More than any other post has gotten since I started this whole thing. If you haven’t followed it yet, PLEASE DO! I promise it’ll be worth it. If only to inspire the occasional giggle from you.
Other things that have kept me from falling miserably into depression:
Survivor! This season has delivered in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Some players I thought would be more aggressive have been relegated to the background, like my main bb, Ciera. But it’s still relatively early days and I know how crazy things get post-merge so I’m already looking forward to that. BUT, fuck we’re only on week 6 and so much has happened already. Despite being a relatively early boot, Varner kicked so much ass and I can’t wait to see him on the show again.
How to Get Away with Murder – OMG this show is bonkers. I always dismissed it as some low-brow show that relied on cliffhangers and melodrama — it does, but it’s also SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. I’ve gotten so used to the cast’s diversity that all other shows just seem so painfully white now. I started it initially so I could see Matt McGorry during OITNB’s off-season. There are some problems with the plot but overall, it is awesome, and if you haven’t gotten on this yet, you should.
My third Block Party is coming up! It’s on November 7 and 8 at Makiling Park in Ayala Alabang. I’m really gonna try and step it up in terms of booth design. Please come if you can!
I haven’t been keeping up with this blog as much as I should be. I know. I promise to do better.
Life has been delightfully uneventful lately. I say delightfully because when you get to a certain age, as I have, you kind of relish the absence of drama in your life. It’s the seemingly boring stuff that I go gaga over these days: quiet mornings spent making and eating breakfast with Joff, weekends when all I have to concern myself with are which shows I want to watch and what I’m having for lunch/dinner, falling asleep on the couch while playing Star Wars Commander, listening to my podcasts with a cigarette in one hand and a Schlurp in the other. Just listing all these things down makes me giddy. These days, I don’t get FOMO anymore. I get JOMO (Joy of Missing Out). Going through Instagram on a Saturday night gives me intense JOMO that I’m not at some shitty bar paying for overpriced cocktails while trying to shoot the shit with someone I barely know. UGH.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m just done with that life, but who knows? This is probably just a phase and I’ll soon be chomping at the bit to get crazy at ‘da club’ again. Probably not, though, but YA NEVER KNOW.
Anyway, here are some things that have been keeping me busy:
SURVIVOR IS BACK! – If you’re one of those people who groans, “What? People still watch that?” when someone mentions Survivor then you are not my people and maybe stop reading this blog? Survivor is a huge part of my life. (Sad, I know.) and I’m like a kid during Christmas whenever it’s on. I love this show so much and I love its fans even more. I recently got added to a local Survivor fan group on Facebook (thanks, Anj!) and it has made my life exponentially better now that I’m able to talk about this stuff with people from here. My friends are big fans of the show too but I worry I annoy them sometimes. So, yay!
The Serial Dynasty Podcast – If you followed Serial then Serial Dynasty is an absolute must-listen. Bob Ruff, Dynasty’s host, distills new information gathered by the Undisclosed team (Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson, and Colin Miller) plus his own findings into easily digestible nuggets of HOLY SHIT. It’s amazing the stuff they’re finding out and I’m still floored to learn there are STILL so many people who believe Adnan Syed had anything to do with Hae Min Lee’s murder. Do yourself a favor and subscribe.
How to Get Away with Murder – I started watching this show just to fan out over Matt McGorry. 6 episodes in and I’m enjoying it. I wouldn’t say I’m hooked or that it’s the greatest show ever, but it’s entertaining and I hear it gets better, so I’m on board for now. At least until Bennet gets his ass back on OITNB.
BOYS AND PIZZA – To deal with the less-than-savory aspects of my life, I started a new Instagram account! It combines the two things I love in life: cute boys and food. Please follow BoysAndPizza for your daily dose of gluten and dreamboats!