Friday, June 16, 2017

More lists

Reasons I loved growing up in the suburbs

  • Waking up Saturday mornings to my dad's gas lawnmower and the smell of freshly cut grass through my window
  • Having a front and back yard
  • Falling asleep in the summer to the sounds of frogs croaking in the pond behind said back yard
  • Enjoying such simple past times as movies with friends at our one local theater and getting Coldstone afterwards
  • Benefiting from a public education that was rigorous enough to get into college but not so demanding that I had a nervous breakdown
  • Having my pick of sprawling parking lots in which to learn how to drive
  • Having parking, always, wherever I went, period
  • Having... quiet... so much of it. No buses, trucks, trains or planes. 
  • Beautiful, glorious suburban sprawl as far as the eye can see.

Concepts I learned in college that I still think about constantly

Boutique business starter pack

Things I like about working in Pioneer Square

  • Picking up holds at the Central Library on my lunch break
  • Walks on the waterfront now that there's less construction
  • Meeting up with my mom who works nearby
  • Chinatown for Uwajimaya (and Pokemon Go gym battles)
  • Columbia Tower for juice
  • Westlake for buying presents
  • Witnessing the full spectrum of social classes, all together in one square block, more or less. 

How millennials communicate

  • writing things in all lowercase letters
  • capitalizing the first letter of only specific words for Emphasis, even words that Aren't Proper Nouns
  • using exaggerated kerning with words, also for e m p h a s i s
  • putting👏clapping👏hands👏emojis👏between👏every👏word👏to👏add👏even👏more👏emphasis
  • using gifs
  • using #hastags #thelongerthebetter
  • starting sentences with the word "honestly"
  • ending sentences with imho, lol, lmao or tbh.

Things I look forward to when I travel to England/Spain this August

  • Buying and reading a physical copy of the local newspaper
  • Tasting the best of that region's junk food (very important; I'm talking sweet and savory)
  • Taking public transportation
  • Chatting with locals
  • Attending church and worshiping God in a different way
  • Spending hours at museums
  • Taking tacky selfies
  • Committing a cultural faux pas (like the one above)
  • Getting lost
  • Shaking my head at other tourists. 

Friday, June 02, 2017

Just a bunch of lists

Over the course of the past five years I've

  • Held five different jobs
  • Lived in four different places, including another country
  • Read 182 books
  • Lost two grandparents
  • Learned so much.

Things I've loved about living in North Beacon Hill

  • The sound of train horns in the night
  • Growing tomatoes on the deck with western sun exposure
  • View of Puget Sound, SoDo, the stadiums and downtown
  • Hearing the cannons at CenturyLink Field go off with every Seahawks touchdown and field goal (which then broadcasts on my TV, delayed)
  • Having two ovens
  • Delite Bakery, Hair Skill Design, Red Apple
  • Walking home from work
  • Driving to church in eight minutes
  • Reminders and memories of my Grandma Yvonne.

Reasons I love Twitter

  • The memes
  • Curated news and articles
  • Black Twitter
  • Subtweets
  • Heartwarming viral videos.

Things I loved about working in Belltown

    "Peak Millennial"

    • Thinkpieces
    • Irony
    • Instagram
    • Pressed juice
    • Sanctimony
    • Binge-watching
    • Mash-ups
    • Complaining about millennial thinkpieces.

    Things I loved about Los Angeles

    • How it feels like one giant suburb
    • Diaspora communities
    • TV/Movie billboards that are six stories tall
    • Sunshine, Santa Monica, the PCH
    • Feeling like I could happen to run into my favorite screenwriter/director/actor at any time
    • East L.A. and the mestizaje vibe
    • The overall creative *atmosphere*
    • The satisfaction that I was, if but momentarily, a part of the zeitgeist.

    Favorite demographic data sources

    2017 Podcast Roundup

    Netspeak I find amusing

    • mood
    • sjw
    • soft
    • smol
    • hbd
    • petty
    • receipts
    • my aesthetic
    • it's lit. 

    Favorite parts of teaching Sunday school

    • All the kids talking over each other because they want to tell me about their week
    • Their elation at being able to drink Crystal Light
    • Pretend marching around the walls of Jericho with paper plate "trumpets"
    • Inadvertently predisposing them to libertarianism by giving them Hershey Nuggets then having tax collector Zacchaeus collect 2/3 of them back
    • Yelling "NO SPOILERS!" when a student already knows the Bible story and tries to tell the whole thing to the class
    • All tangents leading to Star Wars
    • So many Teddy Grahams 
    • Being asked, "Do you know what a gangster is?" 

    This was fun and maybe I'll do it again. Have an idea for a list you'd like me to write? Request it in the comments.