Q3 Review: It’s Almost Christmas

When I flipped my planner the other day, I was surprised to see the next quarter divider. How did we get to the last quarter of the year so quickly? On one hand, it made me feel excited to draw up a mood board for Q4, but it also made me feel how the year simply slipped away.

Even on bad days, good things abound ✨

Every day, it’s a constant reminder to not feel defeated. Being stuck at home for more than a year now, it’s so easy to fall into the same pattern of waking up, going through the motions, sleeping, and repeat. What got me through quarantine last year was continuously mixing up my routine. But with a full-time day job, it’s harder to switch up routines. I’ve been religiously waking up to show up on my mat for my 10 to 20-minute workouts and I’m proud of myself for sticking to the habit. I’ve stopped weighing myself and counting calories, which only made me become obsessive about numbers rather than focusing on strengthening my body. I’d like to think I eat much better now but this lockdown has me reaching for food that gives me comfort, which isn’t necessarily the healthiest choice. The good thing about being stuck at home is I’m not really spending for anything other than groceries and essentials. I set a goal amount to save this quarter and reached it easily.

Started my new role at work but not without a hitch. Growing pains, I suppose? I’m still constantly learning—about myself and the people I work with. It’s always a challenge finding a happy medium between what works for me, what works for them, and what works for both of us. I keep reminding myself that I won’t always get things right, but it shouldn’t discourage me from trying to. Here’s to finding ways to grow and become better and asking for help when I need it.

A year in the kitchen, getting #domaceticated

It’s officially been a year of sending out recipes. My drawings have been a little lackluster as of late, but trying to get back into it. We’re still cooking, getting to know the airfryer (cooked a soft boiled egg in it this morning!), and trying new recipes.

Thanks to my brother successfully ordering pie from the always sold-out-in-seconds Hey Pie People, I am now obsessed with making pie. We got to try her Mangosteen Coconut Cream Pie and her crust is perfect. I watched Em McDowell’s video on how to make pie dough and it’s a gamechanger. I now make the dough by hand to get a better feel of it. Now I know not to rub my butter into pea-sized pieces but walnut-sized pieces instead for that #flakyAF crust. Still experimenting with fillings but I’m a little bit more confident with my crust.

What I’ve been consuming 👀

I used to just open Tiktok for the occasional peek but now I find myself spending hours just scrolling endlessly on my #fyp, hahaha. And now that I’ve engineered it to show me Hometown Cha-cha-cha and ASMR kitchen content, I can’t get away from it. The other day, I was up until 1am just watching people prepare their meals silently. HAHA!

Speaking of Hometown Cha-cha-cha, I AM OBSESSED. I watched episode 10 three times already. LOL! I take a quick nap before it comes out at 10pm because yup, that is already late for me. But it’s such a feel-good show I sleep with a smile on my face. Weekends are so much better because of Hong Banjang, Ms Dentist, and the Gongjin fam.

Also enjoyed Nevertheless, even if the last half of it was practically the same episode over and over again. You know, sometimes we all just need some mindless harot in the form of TV series, lel.

And who hasn’t seen Squid Game, right? Personally liked Alice in Borderland more, but it’s insane how big this show has gotten. Like who hasn’t seen some tutorial for Dalgona or Player 067’s lewk on their feed at least once?

I’ve gone through so many shows the past 3 months including my 2-week binge of La Casa De Papel/Money Heist. I’m not sure why I never got into it the first time it came out but finally finished it in time for the Part 5 Volume 1 launch. Ugh, now all my favorites are dead. Can’t wait to for Part 2 and see how it all ends. Oh, and Outerbanks which I finished in a week. When I get into something, I really can’t help but binge. 🙈

For our FME re-watch Sundays, we’ve gone through the OG Gossip Girl (Blair is like no other) and are currently going through Friday Night Lights (Texas forever!).

Other stuff I watched: The Parisian Agency (made me want to travel), Virgin River (will we ever find out who shot Jack, lol), Atypical (ended up watching this slowly for some reason), Young Royals (I end up watching random titles because of work), Gossip Girl (lol the teachers), The White Lotus (loved it), Clickbait (too many plot twists tbh), Sex Education 3 (justice 4 Rubes plz), Midnight Mass (didn’t really know what to expect but this was so good).

Now watching: Ted Lasso, Only Murders in the Building, The Morning Show

Finished Doree Shafrir’s memoir Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer, which I loved. A reminder that we need to stop comparing timelines with other people. There’s no one right way of doing things! Followed it up with Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, which wasn’t as great as You but I just wanted an easy read, lol. Now I’m in the middle of the new Sally Rooney, but I’m not really feeling it. Will probably switch to something else until I’m in the mood for it.

I wish I wrote more here, but sometimes I don’t know if there’s really anything to say other than I’m fine.

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