Haven’t been writing because I’m suffering from awful headaches. I think it has something to do with my contacts. In the meantime, here’s a video of my BFs band, taped playing live on KCCN FM 100. Enjoy…it’s Aloha Friday!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I’d been a smoker for nearly half my life. Well, it also seems that I’ve been in debt for half my life. I pay my credit card bills on time but because my amount of debt is so large, I haven’t tried to apply for a loan to pay it down because what institution in their right mind would want to loan someone like me more money? Tonight, I said f^ck it and filled out the 15 minute application in the hopes that I’ll be on my way to getting my finances in order. It won’t be a surprise if I get declined; I’m already resigned to the fact that I will never be debt free. I don’t regret my money situation – I used the money to travel and LIVE! – but in retrospect, I do wish I’d been smarter about how I choose to use credit vs. cash. I’m learning though.
When the day comes that I’m finally debt free, I’m going to treat myself to a Yoga Retreat in France!! (Provided I’m NOT purchasing said retreat with my credit card…I think I finally figured out my problem!)
Lately, I’ve been trying to walk to and from work these days; today I got a quarter of the way home and it started dumping rain. Luckily my bus was at a red light and I was able to dash across the street in time to catch it. For the 5 minutes that I was there, a man who looked like he at one point had a drug problem started making small talk with me. I say a previous problem because even though his eyes were clear and he looked sharp, he had to only have been in his mid-30s but he had no teeth. None! I mean none that I could see. So we talked briefly but in the back of my mind, I was hoping he didn’t plan to chat it up with me on the bus. He didn’t. As a woman who travels mostly by public transportation at different hours of the day and night, I have my guard up at all times. Plus, I’m naturally paranoid and judgmental. But that short conversation with a stranger made me think that I really need to relax my boundaries slightly (read: I need to stop being such a b*tch).
Speaking of drug problems, what’s going on with the homeless situation on Oahu? I moved into my neighborhood less than 3 years ago and since then, there’s a bunch of folks liking at the neighborhood park bathroom. Is the problem drugs? The economy? Lack of support for those with mental issues? It’s depressing to see glass “affordable” high rises being built, and new restaurants and shops opening in the neighborhood, but watching people look down their noses at those who can’t, won’t or don’t know how to help themselves. I’m researching ideas, but what are simple things regular citizens can do to help? Realistic suggestions welcomed.
I realized I don’t have any hobbies. I mean, I’ve known it for quite some time but I choose to pretend that keeping abreast of the recent additions to Hulu and Netflix count as hobbies, but I guess they don’t really. So, my goal for the year is to write. Hopefully my entries will evolve into something more profound than what I cooked for dinner (pasta with ‘shrooms, spinach, old jar sauce from the fridge and Fage to replace heavy cream) or how my nails look (I’m trying out home “manicures”).
Other goals for the year are continuing my journey of being a non-smoker. I’ve been an addict for almost half my live, but I haven’t smoked since around January 23, 2014. I recall it being around that date because on that day, I found out I was being promoted to Advertising Manager. And on that evening, my dad went to the Emergency Room, then spent the next 3-1/2 weeks in an isolated room in the hospital (he’s got multiple myeloma and because of a weak immune system, he contracted TB). Anyway, because of my dad’s hospital stint – BTW, he’s back home and doing fine – I didn’t have time to cruise after work drinking beers and chain-smoking, which is what I used to do a couple nights a week! Smoking is a hard habit to quit. I’ll admit that I did have a cigarette on March 28 – why do I remember that date? Because the BF and I went out to Mai Tais and I ended up bumming a smoke off someone. So I fell off the wagon, but I’m back on and my lungs, throat, skin, etc. thank me for it.
I think at some point this year I’ll also want to re-join the gym. I might try these poses tomorrow morning though.
One of my favorite places to find easy recipes is the Sunday USA Weekend food section. Everything I’ve made from that section has been simple and tasty. Last week I made blueberry syrup so I could make my own blueberry soda. Since we ended up using it on the 4th of July holiday, we had to take it next level with a Hawaii-made, sugar cane distilled, lava filtered vodka that I found at Safeway. Blueberry cocktail in hand and the grill fired up…all i needed was a firearm to round out my love of ‘merica!