Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone! This past year held lots of difficulties I'm thankful for because they pushed me to grow. I'm so grateful for the new friends I've made and old friends I'll always cherish even if we don't get a to talk often. Most importantly, I know most of you will be dying to know (from left to right): chocolate chiffon cake, chocolate square cake, and green tea mochi from JJ Bakery in K-Town LA. #notanad #ijustlikecake #oneyearcloserto30
Actually, the 8th was my birthday but the title THREE DAYS AGO WAS MY BIRTHDAY doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Actually, my real birthday was like 3 weeks ago, but that’s a long story and if you’re Vietnamese or maybe just Asian and you were born in the countryside of the Motherland, then you might know what I’m talking about. The point is, I’m legally 28 now. Which really means nothing except I’m one day closer to 30.
I told my husband that in a forlorn sort of manner, and he was like, “You’ve been one day closer to 30 every day of your life since you were born.”
He has a point. ?
ANYWAY, most people make New Year’s Resolutions but I am way above doing that, not because I usually fail at them (which I do, but who’s counting), but because I like to make birthday resolutions! They make more sense to me, and also my birthday means more to me than the new year because life and stuff.
[fun fact: most Vietnamese people actually don’t celebrate their birthdays, but instead celebrate it on the Lunar New Year, which is why Tet is such a big deal. And also money in red & gold envelopes.]
Except I don’t actually make resolutions because they suck. Instead, I make goals! Yay me!
So here are my goals for this 28th year I’m lucky enough to be (still) alive:
!. Finish revisions on my current novel, which NEWS FLASH, received an offer of representation from an agent last month! I know! I’ve been such a bum for not posting about it, but to be fair, holidays and Christmas and vacation and things. Revisions are going at an okay pace, but right now I’m sort of stuck and the best cure for that is to do nothing. Which I love to do. That was a joke. Because if you know me at all, the one thing I suck at is relaxing.
@. Finish the second draft of my other novel. I changed the narrator perspective twice. Twice because the first time I did it, I realized it was a grave mistake, so now have to change it back. That’s what I get for not following my instincts, I guess.
#. Join a writer’s group. This one, to be exact.
4. Be the leader my book club needs! Fighting!
%. Stop making goals and make habits instead. I.E. Work on my bullet journal consistently.
And on that note, I will end this list, which is getting tedious. While I’m rambling, I’m seriously deliberating whether or not I should keep up this giving-up-coffee business as I almost fell asleep at my desk today. Again. But if you had to draw a million checkboxes without the aid of Illustrator’s guides or alignment tools, let’s see how long you stay alive.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, read by Moira Quirk
The narrator sounds so much like Keira Knightley that I had to double-check it wasn’t her. Great performance, and the story is brilliantly creative. It’s been making my daily slog through rainy LA traffic much more enjoyable, which is saying something.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Only 30% in and not sure how I feel about this yet. At times it feels really cute and quirky, and at others a little too far-fetched, but I’m enjoying the characters and unexpected adventures. Not a boring book, for sure.
This Kaweco Sport pen in mint. So lovely. Insert heart-eyes emoji here.