sandiegolifer

my life in san diego. and other places.

Month: June, 2014

13/100 Happy Days. (Day 25)

The positive event that stands out most yesterday was at my other job. There are new people promoted to my job title and I worked with one of them yesterday for the first time. The whole day I was asking questions to gauge what he knew and what I could show him. I showed him a few ways how the place operated and gave some tips. He also asked questions that I helped him with. At the end of the night, he thanked me for treating him like an equal and not just bossing him around, which he said all the others in our position were doing to him. I really appreciated him telling me that a lot and thought that my actions weren’t that different from the others. I guess I was very wrong and made me think how intimidating it would be then to come into it if everyone (but me) was giving him that treatment. He’s also been working for a few weeks but I work very seldomly (I think I just made up that word, I don’t think it normally can have that ending LOL) so we didn’t encounter each other much except for in passing.

Moments like that make this job an okay and rewarding job.

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12/100 Happy Days. (Day 24)

Oh happy day! I got my wallet back. I wrote yesterday about how I lost my wallet. I was in a really bad mood since I had my driver’s license and credit cards all in there. It is a really unique wallet pictured above. It is more like a cardholder / money clip but I call it my wallet since it holds everything I would carry in a wallet.

I lost it yesterday when I went to the disc golf course. It was a nice, sunny day so I wore some new shorts that I got. The shorts had really small pockets and my wallet somehow and somewhere fell out. I didn’t notice until we were back at my car. We had to retrace our steps and I went to every place I could think of where my wallet could have fallen out. It was nowhere to be seen. I went to the disc rental shop and left my name and phone number to call if someone turned it in. No calls.

I called today and they had it. Someone did turn it in! …although they didn’t call me when they turned it in, I was still happy I got it back. I told them I’d be there in a few minutes to pick it up. I went there and asked for it. The guy handed it back to me and I checked to see if everything was there. It was! All my useless (now that I cancelled all the cards) pieces of plastic but I was glad I got it back. My wallet was unique and my ID was there. So so happy! No need to wait in the DMV line to get a new one. Just need to wait for all my cards to be back!

There are still great honest humans out there! That’s why I love San Diego! There are still a few left here 🙂

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11/100 Happy Days. (Day 23)

Ugh lost my wallet and don’t feel like writing a full post today. Its a really rare wallet too so I’m not sure if I’ll get it back.

For my happy days, I’m happy no one found it and usde it before I could cancel my cards!

UPDATE: It was found.

10/100 Happy Days.

Si, si, si, si! I’m proud of the quickness that I am learning Spanish. I got my test back from class and I got another hundred percent! OMG, I might be able to scratch off something on my bucket list at the end of the year if I continue to do this well in the third semester of Spanish. I know it will be that much harder but at this rate, I know I can do it. There was even a writing portion where we write a paragraph and there was only two minimal corrections as opposed to the last one I did that had many! I think the main issue is the grammar and when to use certain words like “de”, “a” and “en”. If you are translating word for word, you can get really mixed up because it doesn’t translate exactly. I guess it all comes with practice and the more you use it, the quicker and more accurate it comes to mind.

I’m listening to more Spanish conversations at my other job to try and figure out what people are saying. I’m finding that I can figure out more and more each time I get back to work. I think understanding it will come easier but trying to speak it myself and come up with the words and placement on the spot will take the most time. Practice makes perfect! That will mean by the end of the year, I will most likely cross off #3, 5, 13, 49 and 57!

One tenth of the way to the full challenge!

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Challenge Accepted Again. (Day 22)

So I am back on track with the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. I started up again and began with Day Seven. So for the seventh day, you do 25 push-ups, 80 squats, 40 sit-ups, 35 crunches, 20 leg raises and a plank for 30 seconds. Just for the record, sit-ups suck so much. All the exercises are pretty doable with no breaks or possibly a one second break every so often but my abs must be in really bad shape because the sit-ups were killing me.

I don’t see much of a change physically because I did take a break and during the break, I was eating a little too much. It is twenty two days until pride and I’m wondering if I can lose my tummy before that. I need to not take any breaks and make sure my eating habits are on track. I think my biggest struggle is not being prepared and suddenly need to make a food choice and all the available choices aren’t healthy. I just need to think ahead and be prepared. Not only do I want to lose that for pride and for my trip to Asia but I also just want that weight off permanently so I need to make a lifestyle change now! That way I can lose the weight and keep it off.

UPDATE: Did the next day’s exercise and it was still the same struggle. The sit-ups are killing me. I might need to perform these in three sets with a short break in-between instead of just busting through them at once. I’m getting to the amount where it is becoming painful to do. All the rest are a piece of cake in comparison.

UPDATE: I took two days off because I was at my boyfriend’s house and there was lack of room to do them.

UPDATE: I did day ten and it was brutal after the two days off. I wish I just had stuck with it. I found a new way to do the sit ups that make it much easier to accomplish. The sit-ups are still the hardest thing on the line up for me. The push-ups were killer too after the break. I had to take a break in-between to finish which I’ve never done before. The rest was okay.

UPDATE: I did day eleven exercises before class. It made me feel so much better all day. I’m not sure if it was mental or physical but I felt better that day. The sit-ups again are not my best friend. The crunches feel like a breeze afterwards. I don’t notice much of a difference in my body though. I can tell I’m gaining some muscle underneath but I’m not losing any inches on my waist or anything. I look pretty much like I did before. Hopefully this changes towards the end.

UPDATE: LOL I postponed it again. My boyfriend and I are on a Master Cleanse so don’t want to strain myself too much since I’m not taking in very many calories. Although, I did do 30 push-ups, 30 sit-ups and 30 squats just to keep my muscles active and not fade back into nothing.

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Niece. (Day 21)

My niece is the cutest thing ever. It’s my sister’s first baby and she is so adorable. She is one and a half and can’t talk quite yet but I love that little kid. I am one of her two stepfathers. It was a very untraditional baptism. My sister wanted to name two guys as the step-parents — me and her husband’s cousin (no, he’s not gay). It was hard for her to find a church that would baptize her with two guys as the step parents, even though we aren’t together like that. I think they assumed we were and hence weren’t okay with it? She eventually found one willing to do it but then also named her brother’s sister as a stepmother as well.

My sister came to pick up some tickets I got for her from me at my house and she brought over her daughter. She is a little shy at first and doesn’t always recognize me. I think that’s a sign I need to be in her life more. After a while, she got more comfortable and she was playing around like little toddlers do. She was curious about everything and walking all over the place. Everything on the tables she was inspecting and throwing on the floor. She likes birds so when we ask where the birds are, she points at the bird statues around the house. She is also learning English and Spanish at the same time so when she hands us things, we tell her “Gracias” and she imitates us. So cute. She got more comfortable with me near the end of the visit and let me hold her for a while without wanting to go back to her mom. I need to make more play dates with her so she grows up knowing who I am.

9/100 Happy Days.

null This goes along with my last happy days post but I got my passport card today! I guess you get your passport card and your book in separate mailings. I think that is smart because what if for some strange reason, your package got lost in the mail. It has your passport book, your passport card and all the documents you had to provide to prove you are a citizen. That would be a gold mine for a prospective criminal that wanted to sell it. Although it is inconvenient to have everything come separately, I definitely appreciate it. I wasn’t born here (although I am a citizen and have been since birth) so it would be more inconvenient to have to obtain new copies of all the documents again. So this means I can do some road trips that go into Canada and Mexico!! Let the planning begin.

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8/100 Happy Days. (Day 20)

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Yes, it happened. Which means that is going to happen! It’s official.

What is it? Well, my passport came in the mail! And what is that? That is my trip to Asia! Scratching number thirteen off on my bucket list. I’m going to visit a friend that lives there, who is teaching English to kids. She has been there since earlier this year and offered her place to stay if I was to visit. With an offer like that, how can you refuse. I’m sure that will cut the cost of the trip by a lot. I’ve already bought my ticket and saved the dates. I will be going early August. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post while I’m gone. Most likely not though. I’ll definitely be back after with lots of pictures or stories to post.

I love how my passport looks. Its so fresh and new. It’s never been stamped and the pages are so crisp. I’ve had a passport before but it was when I was a kid. It has since expired and has since been lost. It had the cutest picture of me when I was little kid. I was so pale and white. Now, I’m sunkist and tan. I wish I could find it and compare how many stamps I had on my first passport so I know what I need to beat in my adulthood.

AHHH, so excited.

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Status. (Day 19)

I have been really bad lately on my 30 Day Fitness Challenge. I need to really step it up. Maybe even start all over again? I think if I start from the beginning again then it will feel too easy so many I will just start where I left off and keep it going for thirty days from today and just add on to the last one.

The main reason for me putting it off is that I’ve been staying at my boyfriend’s house a lot. He crashed his car recently so I’ve been kind and have been driving him places. I’ve been at his house and his room doesn’t have as much room to do the at home exercises that I’ve been doing for this challenge. I’ve also been driving for Lyft in my spare time to pay off some debt that I accrued when I gave my boyfriend some money recently. It wasn’t much but with my other bills it put me a little out this month.

I, also, ate waay too much yesterday and I need to be in better shape for Taiwan and our city’s gay pride festival is coming up too. We all know how judgmental gay people are…. I need to get rid of my little belly before then.

On the school front, I am doing well. I have a test tomorrow so I need to study a lot tonight to get another good grade. The course is moving progressively fast with more ideas and topics that I don’t remember so I need to put more effort into it to get good grades.

Also, I haven’t talked about it on here but I have another job as well. I am getting really bored of it and am wondering if there are better pastures somewhere else. I don’t get paid handsomely but I do make a few dollars more than minimum and am scared I won’t find a job that will pay as much or more. I feel kind of trapped and stagnant there.

UPDATE: I did start my fitness challenge again here. We are also now on the Master Cleanse.

7/100 Happy Days.

I decided to be social today in class and made plans with the girl in my class. She was saying how hungry she was and how good In-N-Out is. I agreed and we made plans to go after class. I hadn’t eaten anything that morning so I was indeed starving at this point. My boyfriend and I take summer classes at the same school so he was waiting for me to get out. While he waited today, he sat out on the grass and read some of his textbook. I get out two hours after he does and he looked really red/pink when we went out to meet him after class. He was hungry as well so we all went to eat. He thought she was a little annoying but she is a few years younger than us so the maturity level due to the age difference might be what he was tuning in on.

Yay, I made my first summer class friend. I can be social. 🙂

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