10.21.14 – me

It’s really hard to keep up with a blog. Sorry to all three of you who read this! But I haven’t forgotten, I just don’t think it’s good to force it if a post isn’t coming, you know?

I’ve been really busy so I’ll get you guys caught up some time, but that’s for another post. Right now I’m in a pretty introspective mood, so I’m just gonna talk about myself for a bit. Here are five things you should know about me!

I hate being alone. No scratch that, I don’t mind being alone. I hate doing things by myself. Like going grocery shopping or watching movies. I’m not sure why, but it’s been like that since probably junior high or so. To the point where if I couldn’t find someone to do what I was supposed to do with, I just wouldn’t do it.

I have a really short attention span. Maybe this is why I can’t keep up with a blog? Haha. But really. I can’t even get to the end of a YouTube video before wanting to change it. I have tried starting some TV shows, but I just end up being bored after watching the first ten minutes. It’s not you, Breaking Bad. It’s me.

I am hard on myself. I don’t like failing, and I really hate that I make the same mistakes over and over again. When I’m running late for work or if I accidentally hurt Chandra’s feelings, I spiral into this bad mood that ruins my entire day just because I’m mad at myself for not being able to get over being mad at myself for not being able to get over being mad at myself.

I have thick legs. Is that weird to say? It’s too often that I hear people ask, “Do you play soccer?” This fact is highlighted by how short my legs are. They really help for sports that require a lot of lateral movement, like Ultimate, basketball, and tennis. But I’m really bad at running long distances. Like really bad.

I am lactose intolerant. It’s true! Unfortunately, this means that I have to drink Swiss Miss instead of the real good stuff. And I always have to make sure that baristas use soy milk in my lattes. I can eat a few slices of pizza, one grilled cheese sandwich, or a quarter glass of milk before I have to stop myself. Fun Fact: My Fantasy Football team name is Legen Dairy. The team logo is a skull and crossbones with a cheesehead.

Okay that’s all. I’m not tired yet so maybe I’ll work on that update post. Maybe.

9.9.14 – 11 albums

It’s always fun to participate in those monthly challenge-type posts, and here’s one I found on FB: 11 albums that have had a lasting impact on me! This is the music throughout the years that made me who I am today. It’s hard to put it in a specific order so I’ll just list them chronologically.

  • Nobuo Uematsu – FFX OST (2001)
  • Jason Mraz – Waiting For My Rocket To Come (2002)
  • Dashboard Confessional – A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar (2003)
  • Linkin Park – Meteora (2003)
  • Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk (2003)
  • Lifehouse – Lifehouse (2005)
  • John Mayer – Continuum (2006)
  • Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007)
  • Ben Rector – Into the Morning (2010)
  • Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops and Hooligans (2010)
  • Eric Whitacre – Light and Gold (2010)

So yeah, there’s a little bit of everything in there from when I first started developing my own taste for music to maybe stuff I wouldn’t listen to today. Seeing anything familiar?

8.11.14 – oligopoly (comcast sucks)

There’s no intro to this one because the following videos will explain, better than I can, how terrible cable companies are. Here are 5 YouTube videos that will show you just how much Comcast sucks.

  1. The first honest cable company
  2. A parody but you question if it’s really a parody because everything they’re saying is true so maybe it’s just a documentary 
  3. Comcast subscriber isn’t allowed to disconnect service
  4. Comcast doesn’t want customer to record the phone call
  5. And last but not least, South Park gang tries to unsubscribe from their cable company

I don’t have Comcast, but I’ll never do business with them. I have TWC and they’re probably only slightly less terrible than Comcast. I pay way too much for a service that won’t cost them much more to upgrade. I’m very bitter about that, and I would not be sad if these corporations failed.

8.7.14 – how to become a runner

I am not very good at running, but last year my boss somehow convinced me and my coworkers to do the Tough Mudder with him. We trained from June to September, and I was able to get up off the couch and do 11 miles of running, jumping, swimming, climbing, and everything else you could think of.

I never knew it was possible, but with the help of my girlfriend (she runs like all the time), here are some tips to get yourself in tip top shape for running!

  1. Pretend you know what you’re doing – My high school tennis coach once told me that the number one rule of playing tennis is you gotta look cool. It’s a funny joke, but there’s also some truth to it. Part of it is dressing the part. Get yourself some nice shoes and comfy clothes (maybe even an armband for your phone, more on that later) so you can feel good about yourself while you’re out there. Not only that, but it will also help prevent injuries that could easily be avoided. The other part of looking cool is just doing it right. Just keep your head up, mind your manners on the trail, and don’t quit. This is just something you’ll have to get used to.
  2. Ease into it – Let’s be honest. There’s no way you can do a 5k right off the bat unless you’re already fit. Don’t expect to automatically be good–your muscles and lungs will need some time to adjust to the activities you’re putting them through. You can start by looking up training schedules (C25K is a really popular one, and there are millions of others that are just a google search away).
  3. Listen to music – This is just to help you get into the right mindset. You can make a playlist that will pump you up or you can just pull up your favorite upbeat Pandora/Spotify stations that are already custom made for exercising. If music isn’t your thing, it’s ok. I’m actually listening to podcasts during my runs. Whatever the case, it just helps the time go by faster and gets your mind off of thoughts like “I’m so tired”.
  4. Track your progress - I mentioned earlier that you can start with a training plan. It’s up to you whether you want to set goals, but I think it’s a good idea to know that you’re at least doing better than when you started. Personally, I use RunKeeper on my phone. It tracks my progress as I run and tells me my pace and stuff. I can look at a list of all the activities I’ve logged and check how I’m doing week-by-week.
  5. Stay hydrated – Okay, guys. This is important. Not just for running but for life. Drink water.

Please note that I’m no expert on running. I’m not averaging 10-minute miles nor do I consider myself a runner. But these are just a few things that helped me get on the right track, so if you’re really serious about it, you should do some additional research online. Hope this list helps!

8.6.14 – celebrities i don’t like

Well I tweeted about Melissa McCarthy earlier then immediately deleted it because it was kind of mean. But I still kind of wanted to say it so here’s a blogpost! Here are five celebrities I don’t like.

  • Melissa McCarthy – Whatever happened to Sookie? She was a great chef, bubbly, funny, and just a really cool character in Gilmore Girls. But now all we get is just… trash. Her roles in Bridesmaids, Identity Theft, The Heat, and Tammy threw away everything that was sweet and endearing to embrace the gross/raunchy stereotype. Really, I’m just disappointed. I’m not sure if McCarthy purposely chooses these typecast roles to act in, but I really hope she just stops. It’s not funny.
  • Serena – Serena is undeniably the most dominant force in the WTA right now. She will leave her legacy in the tennis world as one of the greatest to play the sport. HOWEVER, she has the worst attitude. When other players of her caliber hold themselves to much higher standards, it’s easy for me to dismiss Serena.
  • Milos Raonic – Quite the opposite of Serena, Milos Raonic has not achieved much despite his No. 6 ranking. Sure he has a booming serve and a big return forehand, but what else? Then he has the audacity to say “I’m a force to be reckoned with” and that Roger Federer in the 2014 Wimbledon was just someone standing in his way? Check yourself bro. Raonic got demolished in straight sets.
  • Justin Bieber – I remember back in the day when he was still a teenager, and people gave him so much crap for releasing songs like “Baby”; I never understood why he got so much hate when he was just doing something typical teenagers would do. But now he’s a punk that speeds in neighborhoods and pees in mop buckets, and frankly that’s just a total d-bag move.
  • Yoko Ono – Umm, I’m just gonna leave this here: 

    And here’s the clip of the actual performance for reference: 

Well that’s all. This wasn’t meant to be a negative post, I don’t actually hate these people. …But really though, Milos Raonic, I hope you lose every match.

6.7.14 – the internet

Yeah, okay, so maybe the lack of posts isn’t so much because of my busy-ness but rather because I’m too lazy and I can’t really think of what to blog about? To be fair, I picked up two more shifts per week compared to April/May so there’s that.

So anyway, I thought I’d talk about the social media sites I spend a lot of time on, and how I use them differently. Let’s go!

  1. Facebook – So this one is probably the one most people are familiar with. I keep it around for three reasons: for work, because that’s how I get my weekly schedule; for pictures, and staying in touch with old friends in general; and most importantly, birthdays! I don’t really post much content on Facebook, save the occasional snarky status update.
  2. Twitter – I’m really sassy on Twitter. I’m not a very political person but I think Twitter is where most of my political and socioeconomic opinions are posted. Either that, or I’m retweeting Razorback stuff. Go Hogs!
  3. Reddit – This, along with Twitter, are my sources for news. The added benefit to Reddit is it’s also entertainment in that I can directly subscribe to feeds for topics that I am interested in. There’s subreddits for Lincoln, Fayetteville, tennis, crappy design, slowcooking, and urban planning, just to name a few. I post zero original content and most of my contribution is, like on Twitter, sassy comments.
  4. Tumblr – So I really never post on Tumblr anymore. I think I just outgrew it. Not sure if it’s the format, or the crowd I follow, or what. I think a lot of it was just I got tired of the same old stuff getting reposted. Doctor Who fandom this, gifs and terrible hashtags that. I feel like it tied me down emotionally, keeping me from maturing by holding onto things that I could relate to with other people but not actually form a real bond over. So I left. Don’t get me wrong. Tumblr introduced me to a lot of cool people and things, and it taught me a lot about love and life and being a good person. Tumblr is a place that people can be themselves without being judged. But it was just time to move on.
  5. WordPress – I never post on WordPress either, haha. But when I do, I think it’s a really good way for me to just wrap things up or gather my thoughts on a particular topic. Like journaling. Which is why I don’t mind so much whether people actually read it. But for those who do, I hope you get something out of it. It’s not like I’m super deep or insightful with these posts, but maybe just reading it will get you to think, “Oh yeah, this and this is how I personally gather my thoughts on a particular topic,” or “Posting political beliefs on social media is always a disaster!”

So yeah, that’s what I use the internet for. That, and a whole lot of YouTube and Netflix. Maybe that’ll be my next post. IF I EVER POST AGAIN HAH

4.27.14 – my top 5 heroes

This list is of the people who I aspire to be, particularly the traits they have that I really admire.

1. My dad – well, my dad is just all around a great guy. He grew up on a coffee farm, where he and his family had to work hard to get him through school. He taught me things like how to build a shelf and how to change my oil. He’s a pastor and a coach and a professor and a husband and a dad. I just really love him and respect him a lot.

2. Ichiro – work ethic. Ichiro is getting pretty old now, so he’s not that much of a superstar. But I’ve been a fan of his since he was playing for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan, and I was so excited when he moved to Seattle not long after my family moved to the States. He was scary on both offense and defense, which were the result of his meticulous hard work and preparation.

 

3. Roger Federer – brilliant genius. I do also like Nadal and Djoko, but Fed is undeniably the King. His tennis embodies elegance, precision, and sophistication that led him to 17 Grand Slam titles. His forehand and backhand are slingshots, and his prowess at the net perfectly complements his powerful and pinpoint-accurate serves. His versatility isn’t limited to the court, either; he can speak perfect English, German, and French.

 

4. Fay Jones – pure kindness. He produced world-class architecture despite keeping a very low profile. Everyone who knew him always talked about what a genuine person he was, and you can see this very same spirit come through in his work. Actually, I really want to get married at Cooper Chapel, which I personally like even more than the famous Thorncrown Chapel.

 

5. Bruno Mars – raw talent. I think this really came through during the Super Bowl Halftime performance, which usually brings in a more time-tested artists to cater to the older audiences. Despite his relative newcomer status compared to past performers, many people who didn’t really know much about him were really impressed by his showmanship and voice. Also, he’s Filipino!

 

That’s it! What about you guys? Who are your heroes, and why?