Hi! Another combined update, but I didn’t lose track of the events that made me happy each day! Passed the 1/3 marker! RAWR!
Day 32 is Friday April 11th. This day I got a couple things done like a car oil change. I noticed service in SF at least from the major well known corporations has kicked up a notch! For example Jiffy Lube service was really good down to the details like look you in the eye or open the door for you. Its the small things, but I felt they were well trained to provide good service.
Of course, after I got some things done, I met up with 4 other ladies and had some hot pot dinner in the Sunset (its a district, not the actual sun setting…for you non SF people that don’t know lol). Met some old faces and one new one that I had met on FB (the one I said was introduced through a friend of a friend). They all don’t speak English that well, but well, for some reason these are the kinds of friends I’ve had all my life.
I have infinite patience for people that have trouble speaking, which I guess other people sometimes do not, so I naturally never show frustration when I’m listening to people speaking struggling English. Its a theory, but I’ve had friends that don’t speak good English my entire life, and I think in a way this might be why, I have no problem with dealing with a language barrier. I know some people get irritated when people cannot speak English…but usually those people only know English. I think its kinda stupid to be honest sorry. So we did talk a lot about learning english since 4 of the 5 girls there were in America from China to learn English and many of them studied together or went to the same school.
Afterwards, one of the girls and I went to Ghiradelli to just sit and chat. The other girls decided to ditch us LOL so whatever, maybe it was a setup but I didn’t care. In Ghiradelli it also felt like service was really, really good! Is the standard of service (at least from major corporations) improved over the last couple of years!? Anyway, all of these things made for a very happy day!
Day 33 is Saturday April 12th. I actually had plans to meet my friend in the south bay, but he suddenly got work and let me know the previous day. Eventually it turned out that the work was taking a long time and he had to cancel, so I ended up going to JTown instead and discovered (through insane traffic grrrr…) that it was the Cherry Blossom Festival! I got there late so it was just finishing up, and I had to park like 7 blocks away (pffft…big deal). I remember one of the first things I saw was a Kendama gathering, some of them were pretty decent! I’m not that good…but I’m better than a beginner.
I went to Nijiya to look for bentos and due to the higher than avg expected volume of buyers, even though it was late they still had a lot of bento yay! LOL…and they were 20% off! I hoarded like 3 of them (I mean, they ARE perishable…otherwise I would of got a big stack of em…) and some Sakura mochi for a change. I sat in a nearby cafeteria like place and downed the curry again…haha I must have a craving for curry recently or I just always like curry. That was cool though! And this made me happy!
Day 34 is Sunday April 13th. Another tough morning, but had a really good chat with Jules this morning, and also happy birthday again even though its Monday now! Was supposed to study with Jade, but hey, she didn’t call or text, which was good LOL because I didn’t want to get up that early hahaha. I went to eat lunch with my dad at a nearby ish cafe (about 20 minutes by foot). I got a bagel with flavored cream cheese and a bunch of veggies, and we ate it outside as the sun poured down on as at a new outdoor eating area they have there. It was really a very comfortable temperature, but I think this sun exposure combined with more sun exposure later lead to very minor sun burn…
Later I drove down to SOBA (SOuth BAy…get used to it because I use SOBA and NOBA a lot lol) to meet with Jun. We ended up just walking around Stanford shopping center and Stanford campus. One thing is particular that I remember is that while we were on campus, an EXTREMELY positive student talked to us from behind and basically no matter what he talked about, it was the BEST THING EVER. He said he did some assignment where they go up to strangers and have them tell him stories. Although we only talked for a very short while, he told us about how he was learning about hacking your life. No detail, but I guess you can look it up on the Googles if you are curious…I haven’t yet. It was a nice positive booster for me to be reminded that sometimes, all it takes is a positive attitude and EVERYTHING changes. You can be doing the EXACT SAME THING and have it seem so much more exciting! After talking at the Stanford cafeteria he showed us, we talked for a long while, then made our long walk back to our cars.
Also, we visited a market where we scoffed at the $3 price tags for beverages…only to realize we are making a big deal out of $3. In our college days, sure, but screw that now! We both just bought whatever we wanted…and its cool we can just do that. We’ve graduated school and gotten to that point in our lives where we earn enough to be comfortable and don’t have to think about things like this. Ended the day chilling at his place until it was almost midnight…which was a little late but we had a lot of good discussion that helped me a lot.
Day 35 is today, Monday April 14th. Apparently people are scrambling tonight to file their taxes or an extension…but not me! Ahahaha Because you know what? I told myself last week I am doing my taxes TODAY and I’m not sleeping until I’m done, and I did it! So tonight I can relax.
Today I answered a craigslist ad for an item I really wanted and I got a reply to an offer I made that I thought was a little low, but he accepted! And on top of that I was able to just drive over and pick it up immediately after work, so that was cool! I really wanted this item so I got a pretty good deal and it was painless and fast. I was actually pretty happy about this haha. Today was a good work day, and the morning was not bad at all, which is usually the toughest part of the day for some unknown reason. On top of all that, I actually didn’t get much sleep the night before (~5 hours) but I was fine today! Usually 5 hours would kill me so I expected a really bad day today but it was fine! I feel really good today!
And now I’m all caught up! Every day is a happy day and these are just some of the reasons why!