Breaking 23

It’s been nine days since my racheLOG break, but I can’t help but meet the need I have of filling my dear blog in with what’s been happening. January is almost over, and so far I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve been keeping up with my 23 Things. I’m totally failing at my book challenge, however. Here I am in the middle of the second week of my 50 books in 50 weeks challenge and I haven’t even finished one book. Although I’m choosing to blame that fail on the fact that Christine was here visiting this past weekend and that I’ve been extra busy at work training a new person. Maybe next week I can start and aim for 48 books in 48 weeks. I am still planning on meeting #4 on my 23, which is to read at least one book a month. I’ll be back to normal blogging soon.

23 Years in 23 Days

I will be 23 years old in 23 days. I already know that 23 is just going to be one of those ages, like 17. I remember being asked how old I was on my 17th birthday, and when I answered, I felt 17. It was different from other ages, where it took me about a month to remember that I had become another year older. But I know that come January 12, 2011, not only will I be 23, but I’ll feel 23. So here are 23 things I want to accomplish while I’m being and feeling 23:

1. Be able to watch a movie in Italian and understand 95% of what the people are saying. I.e., learn Italian once and for all!

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.

3. Read the entire Bible.

4. Read at least one book a month.

5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.

6. Follow an exercise regimen.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.

9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.

10. Drink more water.

11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.

12. Attempt to knit or crochet.

13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.

14. Go geocaching.

15. Develop proper sleeping habits.

16. Stop saying “like” as often.

17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.

18. Be craftier.

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.

20. Make pancakes more often.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.

22. Visit more museums.

23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann, 1927

I’m Awake

Well it’s 4 AM and I cannot sleep. Ugh. 

-The automatic sprinklers for our front lawn just turned on and it scared the crap out of me.

-My dad is currently flying to the Philippines right now.

-I would really just like some kind of job now, please. This is pretty ridiculous.

-I like watching Buffy in October.

-I can’t find my camera and I have no clue as to where it could possibly be, which is quite frustrating.

-I’m meeting KP at the SFMOMA tomorrow. I’ve never been there before. And I’ve never hung out with her before. So that should be fun.

-I hate that now that I am broke, I can come up with all kinds of things that I want to buy but can’t.

-I really, really, really want a cranberry-colored (“Salsa Red,” officially) Prius.

-Fall is definitely my favorite season. Or maybe I just think that now.

-I’m not a college student anymore and I am not employed. It’s like the limbo of life right now, and it is not fun.

-I need to practice my guitar more so that I can actually play it.

-It’s really quiet outside, which I like, but it’s also kinda weird.

-I think I’m getting carpal tunnel in my right hand from being on the computer so much. How sad is that?!

-I need some motivation.

-I think I’ll try sleeping again.

Tomorrow Later today I need to get gas for my car, close my savings account, do laundry, find my camera, and apply for more jobs. Hopefully I can wake up at a reasonable hour. Eck.

Good night to some; good morning to others.