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i should be studying

but i'd rather blog than study

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saiko_michiketa
just saying good bye to another dream. no glamorous career, no stylish lifestyle and no beautiful wedding for seyoung. i bid farewell to the woman i had hoped to become.

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Need to work on:
Baby Announcement for my cousins
My own portfolio website

Also want to start finding things to hang on the bare walls of this apartment. Also want drapes and new bedsheets.

Carol and Susan are visiting me in PDX in June! Yay.

Reset my Weight Goals and Learned to Identify True Friends
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After losing about ten pounds last fall and winter, I stagnated around the winter holidays. Since January, I was just hovering between 133 and 136. I only took a couple breaks from working out but otherwise was putting five hours a week into it. However, my eating had fallen off discipline so I wasn't losing nor gaining weight.

My birthday was on the last week of June, and then our friend came to town to celebrate the Fourth of July. So it was two whole weeks of eating and drinking. On July 15th, my friend from Korea was going to visit for 9 days and that obviously meant lots of Portland food and beer. I also had to drop a week's worth of workout classes during her stay.

Between the Fourth of July and my friend's arrival, I only had about a week to fully control my diet. Rather than put it off until after she left, I decided to lose whatever weight I could for now. I somehow managed to lose almost 3 pounds in seven days and I was feeling more energetic than ever. I think setting a smaller short-term goal really helped because it made it seem much easier.

Nine days, my friend came, stayed and left. In those nine days I had gained five pounds.

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I'm going to work on greeting cards.

And I'm going to sell them.

And I'm going to make money.

That's what.

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In preparation for this trip to Hawaii, I've been pampering myself a lot more than I'm used to.

Got my first bikini wax since that awful brazilian wax experience 2 years ago in Vegas. This time, it was much more pleasant and I'm not afraid to do it again anymore. I'm probably going back to the same place and same person from now on.

Also been on a bit of a shopping spree, for both winter AND summer clothes. I didn't buy a whole lot but, since I'm shopping for both the trip and this cold weather, it's like doubling the purchases. I even splurged on a Coach bag because I've been wanting a decent-sized purse for a really long time. I got it at the outlet when I was shopping for a purse for Zachary's mom.

Today, I had a hair appointment for a cut, scalp massage, hair mask, foot soak and foot mask w/hot towel wraps, made possible by Groupon. Enjoying all that with a white wine really topped that feeling like I was living someone else's life.

All this so I can be ready for Hawaii and look decent for Zachary's mom. I'm so excited about meeting her. Nervous, too, but more excited.

I'm not going to that Beaverton salon anymore, btw. The first two times I went there, she did a good job, but we both must have been really lucky. The last time I went, however, she was slower than ever and did such a lousy job. Then she tried to mask her incompetency by straight ironing the whole thing flat. After that, my hair was completely unmanageable and the bangs were so unflattering. My whole face and head just looked awful. So, the girl I went to see today fixed all that. The style was still the same, just "upgraded" to be more flattering on my face.

I can't believe I'm going to Hawaii to meet my boyfriend's mom. I can't believe I'm going to Hawaii!!! I can't believe I'm going to see Zachary's mom!!! It's like a vacation and a huge progression in our relationship in the same package.

When I get back, I have a meeting planned with two friends and a "guest motivational speaker" to talk about getting out of our quarter-life crisis funk. There are so many things I'm always "going to do" but I keep procrastinating.

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Been sleeping very, very late. It's past four by the time I'm in bed nowadays and Zachary's been unhappy about it. He says he can't sleep without me. So, sometimes, I lay beside him for a bit and then retreat back to the living room sofa.

My skin has been looking REALLY good in spite of this lack of sleep. Normally, bad sleep habits show on my face but, lately, I've had remarkable evenness of color and texture. The old scarring is still there, of course, and those will never go away. Otherwise, my skin has never looked better.

I first noticed a noticeable improvement in my skin in Europe. If I deduce the changes that may have caused this...

1. Turning 30. Maybe my hormones have steadied and I'm not as acne-prone. I really thought I'd be acne-prone well into my forties and that the wrinkles would kick in while I still had break outs.

2. Mom's homemade toner. I started using this just before I had left for Europe. I brought some of it with me in a spray bottle and used it morning and night there. Once I got back, I continued using it regularly, every morning and every night. During the summer, I used this as my moisturizer as it had a bit of glycerin in it and it was very light and grease-free. I use this with Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist. So, basically, I haven't been wearing any creams or lotions. It's just liquid moisturizers.

3. My imagination. Maybe I'm just imagining it? But Zachary has noticed it, too.

This isn't to say that my skin is at its peak condition. It's at a rare "consider wearing no makeup to a party" point but it's still not at "take a picture with no makeup". Nor may it ever be. I'm not giving up, though.

Bella's been keeping me company on late nights. I didn't notice until recently that she will be where I am during bedtime, even if she's not very close. If I'm in bed with Zachary, she's content to lay on the floor. If I'm in the living room, she's at my feet on the couch or behind it on the table. This morning, I woke up to find my face buried in her back while she laid back against me. She left for a moment and I fell asleep again. When I woke up again, she was right there again, spooning herself against my face. She's either being very affectionate or she's trying to smother me.

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4-year anniversary with Zachary. Maybe I'm just spoiled from everything else we've done up until now but going out for lunch and a ridiculously high-priced dinner just didn't thrill me. I'd rather get cheap food and go to the sea side. It was worth seeing Zachary enjoy his food and being with me, though.


That workout class is kicking my butt. I had to stop for a drink of water because I could feel myself on the verge of passing out. I had never sweated so much before, either, and I was doing the easiest levels. Good thing I ate a shit-ton of fatty food for lunch and dinner because I actually might have lost weight otherwise! I'm not regretful about the food, actually. We've been good about eating at home and it's not everyday we'll be doing heavy meals at pricey restaurants.

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Went shopping with Amanda. She felt the need for jeans and I felt the need for jeans and a dress for my anniversary with Zachary.

The shopping was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed Amanda's company.

My feet are still killing me from today's long excursion and my whole body is racked with dull pain. I hope this won't be a permanent problem.

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I thank the universe for this. This has been around for quite a while and I hadn't known. Why??

I was already trying so hard to suppress loud laughter but when I saw my first Spaghatta Nadle episode, I started shaking uncontrollably with laughter and tears in my eyes.

I love this woman.

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Zachary bought me two sketchbooks from the art supply store and ordered some color pencils that will arrive in a couple of days. I'm going to start drawing again.

It's really hard to think of what to draw. I keep drawing the same things and they bore me now. I want to find inspiration in something new.

A few years ago, Zachary bought me an anatomy book. I hardly cracked it open. In fact, two months ago was when I tried reading and sketching at the same time. The language of the book is very technical. It looks more like it was written for med school but, my god, this is what art students have to read if they want to draw proportionately accurate human figures.

I think I spent half an hour reading about the skull and drawing it out. I found myself enjoying the mental exercise and it wasn't as tedious as I'd thought it'd be. Tomorrow, I think I'll spend some time at Floyd's just sketching on my smaller sketchbook. I'll bring the anatomy book with me, too. I'll do that for a couple hours and then practice some stuff on the laptop.

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Woke up and it's already 77 degrees inside. The weather forecast predicts 92-degree temperature today. I need to set the plans in motion so I can get out of here and find air conditioning asap.

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Awww, one person bought my t-shirt. I just made a KILLING off that one.

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