It’s a Wrap, June!

As I sit down and write on my journal the other night, I thought to myself, “Whoa, we’re halfway through 2017.” I went back and re-read some of my journal entries from three months ago, and they inspired me to reflect on how this year has so far been. Guess I’ll just throw it in here—now’s the time to re-assess goals you’ve set yourself to work on at the beginning of the year. If you’re not doing well in that department, then know that you still have the rest of the year to get back on track, but be otherwise kind to yourself. It isn’t the end of the world.

Let’s Get to It—Change of Plans

Remember when I got sick a few weeks ago and mentioned that I’m going to take it easy this month as I wait for my next class? I have been doing pretty well with practicing self-care that I have essentially decided to take the entire summer quarter off to enjoy the season and work on a [personal] project. Since I also plan on skipping winter quarter [again] this year, I will fall behind the original time frame the program is set to end; however, it’s designed for professionals like me, so I could go back and pick up where I left off whenever I please. I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to work on this particular project, so it’ll be my priority for now. I hope to fill you in on the details in the next few months, but this is all I could share with you for now.

Currently… Watching

The latest season of my all-time favorite show Grey’s Anatomy has ended, and won’t be back until Fall 2017. Roan and I ran out of series to watch together (I know, shocker), and although I’m late to the party (as always), I finally decided to binge-watch on This Is Us. Man, is the hype real about this show! It’s one of those shows that you keep wanting to see more of one episode after another. I absolutely think that the entire cast did a great job in portraying their roles (both the adult and younger versions of themselves), and those who’ve seen the show would agree that the entire production was spot-on. The show is so inspiring because you just know (and feel) that the problems the characters go through are based on real issues.

I didn’t know how to recover from binge-watching This Is Us, so I gave in and started watching Riverdale shortly thereafter. The show is loosely based on the [still on-going] comic book series Archie. While I’m not a big fan of the comic book, I’ve read a few issues when I was younger, so I’m familiar with the main characters’ names. I didn’t tell Roan what the show’s about/based on, and it took him six episodes to realize it. Jughead Jones gave it away when Roan remembered him as one of the [grown-up] twins in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody! [P.S. I like his character the most in the show!]

Currently… Reading

I have been writing semi-consistently on my journal for four months now, and I say semi-consistently because I don’t write on it on a daily basis. One afternoon, I searched for “Anne Frank” on Netflix, and there I found a movie based on her diary. I love history, and although there are a lot of movie adaptation versions of Anne Frank’s life during World War II, I wanted to read the book (or diary) that started it all. I know who Anne Frank is, but I want to get to know her more through her writing. So I did. According to Goodreads, I’m currently reading three books. The latest of which is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

May this week fly by as quickly as last weekend did because #FourthofJuly weekend is right ’round the corner!

Meanwhile…

Roan and I are really enjoying summer season here in San Diego. It’s unmistakably summer weather, but we take great pleasure in the fact that it’s 30–40 degrees cooler down here than most neighboring cities in Southern California. We’ve been going for outdoor walks a lot these days (in spite of the heat!), and taking advantage of living close to the ocean. One weekend, we went kayaking in the open waters of La Jolla Shores, and we had so much fun! I’m definitely looking forward to doing it again (and again and again)! We plan on going to the beach more this year (because why the hell not?), and make most of the summer season while we can.

Tomorrow kicks off the Fourth of July weekend. What are you guys up to?
Happy Fourth of July (in advance), friends!

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  • I also just caught up on Grey’s anatomy after not watching for a while. I can’t ever stop watching it lol. Alex and I are watching Parks and Rec, I’ve never seen it before but he has and he forced me to watch it and now I like it. I’m also watching The Handmaid’s Tale on the side but it always makes me feel kinda depressed so I watch it sparingly lol. I also really want to read the Anne Frank diary, I’ve been on my TBR for a long time and for some reason I haven’t got around to it. I’m so jealous of you living close to the beach with all of the palm trees! I guess the ocean is pretty close here too lol but it’s just not the same. And this whole summer has been either super humid or rainy so it’s not the best.

    • Tell you what—even Roan is hooked on Grey’s Anatomy when I’m watching! I think we tried watching Parks and Rec, but didn’t quite enjoy it, so we moved onto something else… Roan does watch old episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (remember my comment on your blog post?) when he couldn’t find anything else to watch. Ohh, The Handmaid’s Tale… Some say that the book’s better than the series. Have you read it??

      I know the story didn’t end well, but I still want to read her diary, as if putting myself in her position during WWII. Doesn’t that sound creepy? Hahaha! Aww if I could transport you guys here, you know I would in a heartbeat!

    • It’s dark, but it’s engaging, isn’t it? I, too, can’t wait for Season 2! I want to know what happens next to Betty and Jughead!

  • I think it will be nice for you to take a summer off and enjoy yourself! I can’t wait to hear more about this mystery project 🙂

    • So far thinking that I made the right decision, and I’m currently enjoying this summer vacation (even when I really don’t have to because SAN DIEGO)! Happy 4th, my friend!

  • OMG JAE. I cannot take this California weather but I’m glad you’re enjoying it.
    I hope you have a lovely Fourth of July! I’ll be spending sixteen hours of it at work… yay me!

    • I’m sorry, Eena! I know it’s hotter around that part of California where you live.☹️ We are so far taking advantage of the beach weather here in San Diego! What?! Bummer!☹️

  • I would be interested in reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank someday. Hope you have a lovely fourth of July weekend!

    • I got mixed reviews, but I wanted to still read the book to somehow feel what it’s like living like that during the World War II. Thanks, Kim, and I hope you enjoy yours, too!

  • Sounds like a good month! I’m glad you’ve devoted some time to self-care and personal projects! Hope you weekend and your July is a great one!!