The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone.
—Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
It’s strange how I blinked, and suddenly, it’s August. Last week, on July 27, I marked my 100th day here in the US. It’s only been a hundred days, but it feels like I’ve been gone for long. These days, my homesickness is creeping in. I often find myself thinking about my family, our house in Manila, my room that was immediately converted into my brothers’ shared room, our three dogs, our family cars, our neighborhood. My life has turned a complete 180—it’s fun, but still not quite. Before I start becoming weirdly emotional, let’s do a quick recap of how I did in July:
Last Month’s Goals in Retrospect
Living an active lifestyle. While I don’t go to the gym 24/7 to work out, Roan and I have been spending our weekends doing outdoor activities such as hiking and trail walking/running. Just last week, we completed the hike to Mt. Woodson, otherwise known as the Potato Chip Rock, which made for a great butt and leg workout to say the least. I also tried kayaking for the first time with Roan and my brother-in-law Patrick at the Carlsbad Lagoon. It’s just so convenient to engage in outdoor activities here in San Diego where you never run out of things to do.
Beating my own personal record. I’m working on building up a foundation of cardio fitness in order to perform more vigorous activities without hurting myself. I find that gradual transition is proving to be more beneficial than simply jumping right in.
Making the most of my medical insurance. Roan and I have both scheduled ourselves an appointment with an optometrist and a dentist. While his results turned out great, I needed an upgrade on my prescription glasses and was recommended for two teeth fillings and a wisdom tooth extraction next month. I’m going to a doctor’s appointment next week, and I’m hoping that I leave her office with nothing else but great news (no, we’re not yet trying to get pregnant).
Take the driver’s license exam. No progress at all. Ha!
What You Might Have Missed
In the Spirit of 4th of July / IFTTT: Instagram to Twitter / Insta Lately: Vol. 4 / Historic Old Town San Diego / Dad Goes to San Diego: La Jolla Cove / Dad Goes to San Diego: USS Midway Museum / Dad Goes to San Diego: Balboa Park / Swirl & Sparkle: Demo + Review
Practice photography. I thought I’d never say this, but here I am drowning in my own words. I’ve been watching a lot of photography classes on Skillshare to help me understand how to utilize the manual settings of my camera more. It may not be as powerful as most dSLRs, but mirrorless cameras are equipped with equally advanced technology that I have yet to master.
Introduce a variety of topics on the blog. I’m well aware that talking mostly about San Diego can be too much (though they’re not going anywhere, sorry), so I’ve decided to add a little spice here and there to make the blog more interesting to some, if not for everyone. I’ll be throwing in some lifestyle-related posts in the next few weeks, and hopefully you find them at least helpful.
Be on a semi-shopping ban for a month. I need to resist the urge of falling into the newsletter-subscription-slash-discount-coupons trap. Enough said.
GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE! Roan is going to start with the training for his new job in November, so essentially, his schedule won’t be as flexible as it currently is. I need to stop bothering my in-laws into driving me around the city to run errands, so getting a driver’s license, once and for all, is top priority.
What goals do you hope to achieve this month?