December 31, 2016

Currently - Week 52

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cooking: salads and pastas.
drinking: tea with soy milk.
reading: so many books. This week alone, I finished Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (probably my favorite, for the portrait of a family it painted, not for the parenting theory), The Fortunes, Hot Milk, Everything I Never Told You, Lost in Translation (Hoffman), Voracious, and Better.
listening: to the people outside.
watching: the scenes outside.
bookmarking: nothing. I didn't use the computer much this week.
looking: at the New Year's tree I helped decorate.
doing: more sleeping in, and not regretting it one bit.
loving: all the time I get to walk outside, read, and (soon) re-unite with friends.
wondering: what 2017 will bring.
hoping: it'll be the best year yet.
wanting: the best year ever.
needing: a bit more caffeine.
wearing: PJ's.
smelling: like the banana pancakes I made this morning.
noticing: how quickly time flies.
knowing: there's more time left.
laughing: at funny things.
thinking: about the year to come.
daydreaming: about the year to come.
wishing: for the best year yet.
feeling: better.

grateful:  for another year.

December 23, 2016

Currently - Week 51


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Whew! Long time no post. Things got really hectic after Thanksgiving, but I am happy to report that I am finally on vacation! These days have included tying up loose ends, enjoying the mild winter weather, and stacking up on volumes from the local library.

cooking: salads, avocado toast, and more.
drinking: Earl Gray tea. 
reading: just finished The Martian. What a page-turner! I decided to check out the movie because I think the book is perfect for a movie translation, and I'm curious if the movie made the changes I thought about while reading.
listening: to TOP's collaboration with another band, Ninet, and more. 
watching: Zootopia. It was great visually, but pretty thin in substance, even considering that it's an allegory.
bookmarking: books to read.
looking: outside.
doing: more walking! 
loving: this time off!
wondering: what the next few weeks and months will bring.
hoping: for a great few weeks and months.
wanting: to continue resting.
needing: this time off.
wearing: dark blue shirt, black jeans, and my parka.
smelling: my grandma's cooking.
noticing: a bit more daylight.
knowing: there are good times ahead! 
laughing: at anything funny.
thinking: about what to do for my birthday. I'm thinking of adjusting my usual tradition - more sprinkles this year! 
daydreaming: of traveling.
wishing: for a great 2017. At least it kicks off with my birthday, which is always a good time, and something I really love about being born in early January.
feeling: good.

grateful: for vacation and time spent with family at home.

November 20, 2016

Currently - Week 46

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cooking: little. Finally visited Clover and tried their chickpea fritter sandwich this past weekend.
drinking: chamomile mango tea. 
reading: just finished When Breath Becomes Air. Really good book reflecting the meaning of life.
listening: to the radio. 
watching: time pass, when I notice it.
bookmarking: recipes and wishlist items.
looking: at my screen.
doing: more writing, finally.
loving: that I was finally able to write most of my paper, as I had set out to do. 
wondering: how I can slow time down.
hoping: for a good, productive week.
wanting: a little more time.
needing: some more warmth.
wearing: a robe.
smelling: my tea.
noticing: how much fun I had this past weekend, with two great social events.
knowing: that there are more good times ahead.
laughing: at my friends' jokes.
thinking: a lot lately.
daydreaming: of warm weather, ocean breezes, and grassy hills.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: pretty good.

grateful: to have caught up with my friends and former college classmates in one of my favorite cities. 

November 13, 2016

Currently - Week 45

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cooking: deconstructed sushi bowls. 
drinking: ginger tea mixed with Earl Grey. 
reading: cases and articles, and The New York Times. But oh so very soon, When Breath Becomes Air
listening: to the sound of the ocean on Spotify.
watching: a National Geographic special on turtles. 
bookmarking: more recipes to enjoy.
looking: forward to next weekend, which promises two get-togethers, including one in Cambridge.
doing: slightly less work.
loving: quiet moments. 
wondering: how much quiet I'll be blessed with each day.
hoping: for something great.
wanting: more time to write. 
needing: more sleep, I think. 
wearing: a cozy robe.
smelling: the fresh winter air.
noticing: how much of the month has flown by. 
knowing: everything will be ok. 
laughing: at some late night comedy routines.
thinking: about myself.
daydreaming: about traveling.
wishing: for more little happy moments.
feeling: ok.
grateful: for weekends, generally. 


November 4, 2016

Currently - Week 44


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cooking: this past week, a variation on Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad
drinking: water, tea, and coffee 
reading: soon, when breath becomes air. (Finally got my hands on it.)
listening: to the sound of the ocean on Spotify.
watching: music interviews and videos.
bookmarking: the usual.
looking: out the window.
doing: today, more coloring. Fascinating how calming it really is.
loving: all the good little things my mom does.
wondering: what to eat for dinner.
hoping: for a productive and restful weekend.
wanting: more sleep.
needing: not much more.
wearing: a grey sweatshirt.
smelling: perfume.
noticing: how fall has finally burst forth.
knowing: everything will turn out ok.
laughing: at little funny things.
thinking: about what matters.
daydreaming: about my dreams coming true.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: good.
grateful: for all the good little things my mom does.


October 29, 2016

Currently - Week 43

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cooking: lentil-based salads. once, with local pizza (that I did not cook) 
drinking: water, coffee, and tea. 
reading: cases and newspaper articles. a lot going on in the world right now. 
listening: to music. 
watching: the latest gilmore girls trailer, and younow streams 
bookmarking: an endless stream of things to read, make, and think about
looking: at my new calm desktop background 
doing: more. 
loving: learning so many new things. 
wondering: how soon I can catch up on work before I get back to...other work.
hoping: to have a wonderful week. 
wanting: a bit more sleep. 
needing: a bit more time to myself. 
wearing: pj's. 
smelling: nothing in particular.
noticing: how much darker it's getting already.
knowing: that everything will be ok.
laughing: at random turns of phrase, in print and on video. 
thinking: about my readings. 
daydreaming: about being in California again. 
wishing: for the best. 
feeling: alright. 
grateful: for the weekend, even if it had some downs. 


October 20, 2016

Currently - Week 41 and 42


cooking: kale salads, green smoothies, and tomorrow, mac and cheese. Because Friday.
drinking: more tea.
reading: all of my textbooks.
listening: to a late nite indie playlist. Currently, "Space Song."
watching: the days go by. 
bookmarking: events to attend.
looking: at my bed.
doing: what I feel I need to do.
loving: the moments I'm taking to myself, especially today.
wondering: what comments I'll receive on my thesis.
hoping: to catch up on studying after this much-needed pause.
wanting: to do well. 
needing: to sleep in soon.
wearing: make-up. 
smelling: the neighbor's cooking.
noticing: the orange trees around the neighborhood.
knowing: that everything will be ok.
laughing: at some of the funny phrases in my textbooks, especially when they're in cases. 
thinking: more about my thesis.
daydreaming: about some more quiet little moments.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: pretty good about the work I've done this week. 
grateful: to be back, to have learned so much this week, and to have had many good little chats with friends. 


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October 7, 2016

Currently - Week 40

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cooking: not cooking much.
drinking: tea.
reading: the usual. next on my "to-read" list: when breath becomes air.
listening: to classical music on my mom's radio.
watching: this weekend, a civil action.
bookmarking: more ideas.
looking: forward to the long weekend!
doing: more resting.
loving: the upcoming opportunities to sleep in, and being taken care of at home.
wondering: what to do this weekend.
hoping: to heal well.
wanting: more sleep.
needing: some time off.
wearing: a robe.
smelling: the lemon from my tea.
noticing: the leaves starting to change.
knowing: the weekend is here.
laughing: at my tax professor's jokes.
thinking: about laws.
daydreaming: about an awesome future.
wishing: for an awesome future.
feeling: grateful.
grateful: to be alive.

September 28, 2016

Currently - Weeks 35 to 39

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cooking: this week, spinach salads w/apples, cheddar, and dried cherries. Next week, maybe this honey cake. Or maybe Pho.
drinking: water, coffee, and tea.  
reading: so many cases. 
listening: to the radio, in my car. to cars, from my house. 
watching: music videos, interviews, and other YouTube clips.
bookmarking: ideas for later.
looking: out the window.
doing: a bit more yoga, though I don't have a routine down yet. 
loving: the apple-picking trip I took with friends this past weekend. It was so nice to get out of school and to see a pretty new town. 
wondering: what next week will look like.
hoping: to recover quickly.
wanting: a day off.
needing: some slow time to myself.
wearing: red shirt, black jeans.
smelling: nothing in particular.
noticing: the crisp fall air.
knowing: that I'm happy right now.
laughing: at my friends' funny comments, and the inside jokes that have taken root over time.
thinking: soon, about my thesis topic.
daydreaming: about the fall days ahead.
wishing: for something comforting.
feeling: good overall. 
grateful: for my kind school friends.


August 27, 2016

Currently - Week 33.5 + Week 34.5

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cooking: spinach, beet, and hummus salads.
drinking: a taro ice cream smoothie from Boston Tea Stop. So happy it's still there.
reading: I just finished Dept. of Speculation, which wasn't as good as I expected it to be. I also read Fitzgerald's short story "The Rich Boy."
listening: TØP. All of it.
watching: Gilmore Girls. Because back-to-school is around the corner.
bookmarking: a recipe and a bucket list.
looking: at this screen.
doing: more walking.
loving: the time I've spent at home, on the Esplanade, in the library, and at Harvard Square this week.
wondering: what going back to school will feel like.
hoping: to get back into a good routine.
wanting: my dreams to come true.
needing: a calm week.
wearing: a navy skirt.
smelling: summer outside.
noticing: how my plant has grown.
knowing: that this weekend will be pretty good.
laughing: at something funny.
thinking: about how I'm going to get the rest of my textbooks.
daydreaming: about winning an award while wearing a beautiful dress.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: good.

grateful: for a week off.

August 13, 2016

Currently - Week 32

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 cooking: best cocoa brownies
drinking: coffee, tea, water.
reading: the usual. In terms of books, I'm still deciding what to start with.
listening: Vessel and Twenty One Pilots.
watching: band interviews.
bookmarking: videos to watch.
looking: at the screen.
doing: more socializing!
loving: the time I spent with a good friend and her friends on Saturday, celebrating and laughing together. And the plant I got, along with the planter I painted.
wondering: how next week's haircut will turn out.
hoping: for a calm week.
wanting: not much more than I already have.
needing: not more than what I want. 
wearing: a jogging skort.
smelling: earlier, the perfume roller I tried.
noticing: how much of the year has already gone by. 
knowing: that this has been yet another great weekend. 
laughing: at myself and my friends. 
thinking: about where to put my new succulent and planter.
daydreaming: about getting published.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: ok.

grateful: for music that I love, and good friends.

August 5, 2016

Currently - Week 31

        Looking backwards and forwards during Week 31. (Image from Pexels.)

cooking: collard green wraps.
drinking: coffee and water.
reading: Smarter Faster Better
listening: TØP.
watching: TØP videos and TED talks.
bookmarking: recipes galore.
looking: at my clean floor.
doing: yoga at home! 
loving: my new planner (in progress). 
wondering: what to do next week.
hoping: for a great month.
wanting: to go for a run or a jog by the esplanade. 
needing: exercise. 
wearing: essie's minimalistic, on my nails. (I think I found my favorite shade of pale pink, though the formula's not so great).
smelling: nothing. And that's a good thing.
noticing: all the streets I've never walked down before. 
knowing: things will be ok. 
laughing: at some funny turns of phrase. 
thinking: this weekend is going to be great.
daydreaming: about the weekend.
wishing: it were Sunday afternoon.
feeling: good.

grateful: that it's the weekend.

July 30, 2016

Currently - Week 30.5

Looking backwards and forwards during Week 30.5.

cooking: tofu-based non-dairy yogurt (a first). 
drinking: water and coffee always.
reading: articles and reports galore. Also, Smarter, Faster, Better
listening: to a live broadcast of the Tanglewood concert tonight (currently playing Sibelius)! Previously, No Phun Intended (obsessed)! 
watching: the sea in Beverly/Salem.
bookmarking: more recipes and articles.
looking: at the cleaning I need to do tomorrow.
doing: more thinking - and coming up with more ideas as a result.
loving: the weather today. No humidity and just the right amount of heat.
wondering: whether the area around my house is better suited to running than I had previously thought.
hoping: my dreams come true.
wanting: to jog at the Esplanade and to go to Harvard Square in the near future.
needing: to sleep in tomorrow.
wearing: shorts and a tee.
smelling: the salt of the sea in Beverly/Salem.
noticing: how many happy little moments I've had this summer. 
knowing: there's more to look forward to.
laughing: at something my friend and her friend said.
thinking: about the comments made by during the Tanglewood broadcaster.
daydreaming: about the future.
wishing: the sound at my place wouldn't carry so much. 
feeling: the breeze coming from the ocean in Beverly/Salem.
grateful: for the new experiences I've had this summer.


July 23, 2016

Currently - Week 29.5


Looking backwards and forwards during Week 29.5. (Image from Pexels.)

cooking: "quesadillas," pasta, and (spontaneously) rosewater muffins (good!). 
drinking: water and coffee. 
reading: law journal articles, books, The Wall Street Journal, and some of Harvard Business Review. Also, some helpful online articles found by chance.
listening: to the radio and the last of TØP, I think. I love the song "Truce."
watching: make-up videos on YouTube.
bookmarking: more recipes, articles, and ideas for later.
looking: forward to going home again in a few weeks, and jogging around the Esplanade again.
doing: more contemplation.
loving: the articles I've read this week, and how inspired I felt, even if only briefly.
wondering: what I'll do for the rest of the summer (outside of work).
hoping: to see more of my friends or to find more of a routine that I enjoy.
wanting: to find that routine.
needing: quiet and fresh, cool air.
wearing: my pj's.
smelling: the fresh (and not so fresh) air outside.
noticing: how much more aware I am this week.
knowing: everything will be at least good.
laughing: at something funny somewhere, no doubt.
thinking: a good deal, lately.
daydreaming: about the future.
wishing: for the things I want most to be great.
feeling: aware.
grateful: for a Saturday.

July 16, 2016

Currently - Week 28.5

Pink Flowers and Green Leaves

Looking backwards and forwards during Week 28.5. This way, I capture all of the things I've enjoyed so far and all of the things I'm looking forward to. (Image by Aurelien, from here.)


cooking: more of that delicious spinach and strawberry salad, and eggplant noodles.
drinking: currently, chamomile tea.
reading: law journal articles (still loving them). And soon, Middlemarch (because it was recommended by a former house tutor here, which reminded me that I've been meaning to read it for years).
listening: to more TØP and what's on the radio.
watching: YouTube videos, I think.
bookmarking: more recipes, like a rose and pistachio cake, and a Persian love cake.
looking: forward to the rest of the weekend.
doing: more yoga.
loving: my new library card, and the books I got to check out with it. 
wondering: how much I'll be able to read this week.
hoping: to interact with my friends more, and to have more full evenings.
wanting: not too much more.
needing: not much more.
wearing: a new old pair of shorts.
smelling: the chili I cooked earlier.
noticing: how it's mid-July.
knowing: there's more left to the summer.
laughing: at something that happened earlier this week with a hat.
thinking: about the future.
daydreaming: about the future.
wishing: for more peace.
feeling: pretty good, and grateful too.

July 11, 2016

Currently - Week 27.5

Looking back on Week 27.5, writing in future tense


cooking: spinach salad with strawberries and homemade tortillas.
drinking: water and coffee.
reading: law journal articles. (Really interesting still!)
listening: to tracks on YouTube. Recently got into Twenty Pilots' Doubt.
watching: my friend's vlog series. Fascinating to think about the day-to-day of life, and so great to get inspired again. 
bookmarking: recipes for later.
looking: forward to housekeeping.
loving: how much nicer my home feels when it's really clean. 
wondering: what a weekend without my trip to the Esplanade will be like.
hoping: for more.
wanting: to do well.
needing: more.
wearing: my college shirt. School spirit! 
smelling: the fresh air.
noticing: how quickly days go by.
knowing: that everything will be ok, and if it's not ok, it's not the end.
laughing: with my friend's videos.
thinking: about the near future.
daydreaming: about the near future.
wishing: for my dreams to come true.
feeling: glad that I'm getting to the other side, and grateful for everything that I have.