January 31st, 2017

Today I feel Powerful (yellow).

For the second day in a row I have gotten a lot of things done around my apartment (yes I realize I forgot to post yesterday, sorry all). When I moved into this apartment, I had only managed to find places for things to be out of the way. Nothing was sorted or organized, and now that I have a break from work, I’m getting it all done.

Between these two days, I have sorted all my important documents from the pile that infested my closet. Put them with the pile of electronic odds and ends into drawers. Using some of those parts, I re-mounted my remote control light to the ceiling in my room. This gave me a source of light when my curtain is closed, and light that lets me actually see my closet.

I discovered yesterday that something was wrong with my washer/dryer unit. It washed things just fine, but it took over four hours of dry time to finally have dry clothes. Today I googled the owners manual for it (thank God there was an English version), and fixed it. The lovely machine is equipped with a filter for the water, which is hidden inside a strange hole, behind the bottom skirt of the machine that looks like a solid piece. I’m supposed to clean it out every twenty washes or so according to the guide… could they have made it any harder?

Water went everywhere because it was in fact very clogged. I threw in another load which included a towel and heavy socks to make sure it actually worked again, and it did. I also strung some wire through my vent between the two floors so I could install a fan later to help circulate air into a windowless room. I just need to wait for stores to open again to buy said fan.

Bit by bit this apartment is getting organized, finally moved into, and changed into a home that’s mine. This is down the road a ways, but one project I’m going to work on when I have the time and money is wiring a sound system through the whole apartment using as many parts (rather than a pre-made a system) as I can.


January 29th, 2017

This morning is Rage (red) filled.

That wonderful job my mom just got was all a scam. They had the same logo, everything looked the same as the real companies website, their “company policies” were the same, all of their accounts were through the same bank that the real company uses… My mom did as much research as she could, and everything checked out. The cashiers check had all the right watermarks and everything.

Luckily, Huntington Bank is awesome and caught it before any damage was done. Their amazing fraud team is already on it, and working with the very real credit union already. Addresses are being investigated…. all that good stuff. The real credit union these “checks” are coming from said a lot of people have been getting screwed over. Once again they saved the day.

January 28th, 2017

Today I feel Contempt (red and purple mixed), Remorse (purple and blue mixed), and Disappointment (blue and teal mixed)… pretty much teal all the way to red.

Today I tried practicing my Chinese with a friend (typing, not speaking). I always do a little better than I expect, but honestly after three years I should be doing much better… Simple conversations are still a real struggle for me. I really should have studied harder in college…

January 27th, 2017

Today I feel Boredom (purple) and Annoyance (red).

First day of vacation, so it’s not a bad kind of boredom that I feel. Mostly I haven’t left my cave, and have taken three naps. I’ll have something to do soon since I need to cook dinner. I felt a little annoyance because I haven’t done any writing today… and I really should if I want to keep on schedule. That annoyance is starting to fade because I’m starting to feel more like writing as it gets later. I guess since I usually write after work anyway, it makes sense that I struggled to start right after waking up.

Maybe after a little food I’ll be ready to crank out a thousand words!

January 26th, 2017

Today I feel Ecstacy (yellow)!! Also a general sense of Amazement (teal).

I just heard from my mom that she got a new job! Great news of course since she was laid off (gotta love the economy) about a month ago. I set her up on LinkedIn with a solid profile. Not to toot my own horn too much but I’m getting really good at resume and professional profile editing. Lots of my friends have recently gotten some solid jobs after I helped them out a bit. It really helps that her admin abilities are crazy (and has the awards to prove it).

The company she now works for found her on LinkedIn… not she applied. They went after her! She did the interview (all online), submitted an essay that had a two hour time limit, they asked her to hold for a bit while they reviewed it… an hour later they asked for more time to talk to the board, and she was hired a few hours later.

I’m really proud of her. She has such strong abilities, and now she has double the salary to show for it.

January 25th, 2017

Today I feel Serenity (yellow).

Sure things have gone wrong today. 10ish hours with kids… of course there have been some… interesting moments. But, overall nothing has really shaken me up that much inside.

I also just got done venting some stress that was building up from some background things going on in life. Nothing major one way or another, just little things that build up over time. It’s nice to get some of that out on an internally peaceful day, like getting an oil change for your car. You could go that extra few hundred miles without it, but if you have the chance, why not right?

Now I’m going to curl up with a book before turning in for the night. Can’t get much more peaceful than that.


January 24th, 2017

Today I feel tension from two opposing emotions, Optimism (yellow and orange mixed) and Pensiveness (blue).

Today was a field trip to Zhishan 芝山 park. It’s a nice walk, that looks like it has more interesting things like temples to go see. I want to go back and see those. There is also an activity center with some DIY painting things that are pretty cheap. I want to go back and do some of that too. I’m sure it will ne fun and I feel kind of excited by the idea of going…

On the other side of that coin I don’t like going places and doing things like that alone. It would be more fun to go with someone, and that just won’t be an option for a while with hiw busy I am, a d how busy my friends are.