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vacation day 1 - 6/7/2024

first day of vacation!! hooray!! our flight was at 7 am which SUCKED but we eventually made it to north carolina (which was only mildly grueling). i'm really hyped up to try some new foods while i'm on vacation because where i live is like a barren wasteland when it comes to diverse food options. i tried something mediterranean-ish for lunch (it wasn't authentic by any means, but it had the whole nine yards - kalamata olives, feta, etc). after that we went out and explored the town a bit. in town i tried a "golden milk latte" (otherwise known as a turmeric latte, apparently) at the coffee shop. i didn't know it was a big health craze; i just saw cinnamon and ginger and knew i had to try it. the texture is weird since there's a LOT of powdery spices in it, but i'd order it again if i had the opportunity.

the landscape here is really cool - the midwest is pretty flat, so coming here and seeing the blue ridge mountains on the horizon is pretty neat. i also enjoy the folklore surrounding the appalachian mountains; i think appalachian culture is really interesting too! anyways, for dinner we had authentic middle eastern food. my mom and i split chicken, lamb, and kofta kebabs. my aunt and uncle are vegan so i got to try a good variety of dishes. one of my favorites was falafel - i REALLY wish i had ordered it for myself. i was a bit tentative at first, but it was delicious!!! i know i really only talked about food on my post for today, but i can't explain how cool it is to go from eating plain old things every day to trying completely new stuff, especially when that new stuff is SUPER good.

coffee and packing - 6/5/2024

i went to town today with my pal (estranged lover? idk) and we got coffee and went to the store which was super fun :) i wanted to hang out one more time before i leave for vacation tomorrow, since i'll be gone for a week (and will probably miss him a lot, oops). i'm very excited! i think i'll make a bird blog sometime when i get back so i can record my awesome vacation findings.

i'm alive!! - 6/4/2024

wow, it's been a long time since i've updated this thing! i can't believe i just spent a bunch of time coding my website back in 2022 then promptly forgetting about it as soon as i finished. i hope i don't do the same after updating it this time around; i'm about to go on vacation, so i probably won't be updating a ton until i get back, but i'm gonna try to keep up with it.

9/29/2022

ughhhhh... this week is just dragging along. for the majority of the days i've been tackling my completely stupid executive dysfunction, and LORD is it tiring. i wish it was easy to convey to people that i'm not late for things because i'm lazy. i feel like if i tried to explain the fact that i physically can't convince myself to get up and do things sometimes makes me sound utterly insane, but it is what it is. on the contrary: today in particular was pretty good! i've been playing a lot of poker recently with my pals in band. (un?)surprisingly, the fact that i might get to play poker later is a huge motivation for me to get up in the mornings... man, i'm so lame.

9/25/2022

hey! it's my first post! i'm not even really sure exactly what i'm gonna put here, but i'm sure there'll be some pedantic rants eventually. i originally planned on doing a prospit theme but got a little sidetracked somewhere along the line... aaaand yeah. oh well, i love jane too much to complain. the upkeep with this blog might be quite a bit of work, and i negotiated using a seperate client to give myself a little less of a workload, but i think it's a good opportunity for me to get more comfortable with html if i just do it myself.

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