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Date: October. 3, 2019

Subject: spoiled my dinner

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this is so cliche but I really feel like a new person with my hair chopped. wow I can't believe how nice my ends are and how I don't need to put my hair in a braid every day. I loved my long hair so much but it felt "right" to chop it off. it was last monday. originally, I tried doing it on sunday but I ended up standing around in the washroom with my mom for 20 minutes, hesitating. I couldn't do it and I felt an incredible amount of negative emotion, I felt very cowardly. my thought process was "if I don't do it now I'm never going to do it".

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I watched It: Chapter 2 with my friends and it was nice, wholesome time. I mean it wasn't today, it was a couple of days ago but man I've gotten so bad at recording here and I'm not going to be harsh on myself, cause I have work and school, and the down time I do have I want to see my friends etccc okkk.

overall...things are objectively ok I just feel lonely a lot of the times. and I keep thinking something is severely wrong with me but I don't know what, it's like back in hs when I felt so alien among my peers. the routine of school depresses me but I'm not going to drop out again. I want to but not actually. trying to think into the future and not the past.

it's starting to feel like winter.

Date: September. 15, 2019

Subject: No Subject (25)

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these couple of weeks have just been rough man someone from the wellness centre came to inform us about the school resources. she went over the basics, like how to cope and signs that you need to get help and I nearly started crying in class. I'm managing. got less than ideal marks for classes and I felt nothing which is new. I still care about my school work though. wanted to skip work today too but I'm forcing myself to stay in the food court until it's time to clock in. I can do it I can do it!

downloaded tinder for a brief moment, not to find a mate but because I would like to observe the men in my city lol. this isn't as sinister as it sounds, just got curious and bored. didn't like it much so I deleted it. something about it felt unreal, like the people on the app were just a bunch of well programed, super-human AI. I felt quite bad too, even though I wasn't doing much I felt like I was leading people on? I'm overthinking it. kinda umcomfortable with having my photos up too. oh a guy I thought was cute and funny in highschool superliked me which was cool. and I obviously swiped left and did nothing with that information.

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p.s: I cut 12" of my hair....!

Date: September. 28, 2019

Subject: No Subject (25)

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as you can already predict, I've been busy with school and work. been feeling like a classic uni student these days - balancing school work with work work. I even bought a new ~school~ laptop. it's skinny and it makes me feel productive. battery life is great too. I think I'm just super pathetic but I don't understand how people can have it all, having time for friends/significant other while maintaining grades and also working a job. I think I'm doing ok though, just feeling super overwhelmed and unfamiliar with things. my writing has devolved (Dude Way If We Pe Form Buts”, 2019). ← sorry I thought it'd be funny hee

last night I saw a guy hang himself in my dream. it was pretty jarring but to be honest, I forgot about it until now as I'm writing this.

Works Cited:
"Dude Way If We Pe Form Buts" Journal - Japan 2019, 12 Sept. 2019, https://incessantpain.neocities.org/journal.html/

Date: September. 5, 2019

Subject: week 1

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it's the first week of school
and I
feel
so


DUMB!

Date: August. 30, 2019

Subject: epilepsylandhahaha

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Mia got a tattoo yesterday and the 3 of us (Daniel, Brianna) hung around the tattoo parlour just talking. we talked for 2 hours! it didn't feel like it at all but the tattoo artist was going strong and our knees were nonexistent at this point so we decided to walk around the area. we walked around a thrift shop and found nothing of value. we decided to get korean food after her tattoo, which was a mistake because the place we went to was a mistake. the food and service was terrible, it was a complete waste of money.

we took a streetcar to this city fair (kinda like the luna park of my city but not as big) and the whole time I was just thinking about the opening scene of the movie "Us" hah. it was so crowded and so much was happening at once. I was definitely overstimulated. we bought tickets and went on a couple of rides. the lines were crazy long and unregulated so I'm surprised that we were even able to use up our tickets. they were legal death machines..got so dizzy, but on the other hand, all we went on were spinny rides. actually felt really sick after the second one.."I can feel my esophagus". but it was fun and the people I went with made it fun. the night ended with funnel cake :) I got home super grimey and tired.

I keep seeing people from highschool!!!!!! I typed this whole thing cause I was avoiding eye contact and pretending to not see this guy I knew on the subway!!!!! I was on my way to school to take an ID photo and the girl who was helping me was someone from middle school..it wasn't a bad interaction but..I don't know..small world I guess..

Date: August. 26, 2019

Subject: dang it I suck

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what the subject says, dang frick dude I suck I haven't been a good person. I mean I might be exaggerating but I still suck. a bit of scrutiny on the self isn't too harmful.

do I want to spend my days off alone or do I just not want to spend it with certain people? I'm just tired of forcing conversation and I sound like a loser brat, and I don't want to drag people down because I'm a loser brat. I should be grateful that they're making an effort with me. sometimes it does not feel like it and I want to wish them well and go on my way. something is wrong when people feel like parasites draining your energy. something is wrong when I feel relieved when we finally part ways.
(I'm not delusional I don't entirely blame the other party, just word vomitting/venting)
(a bunch of books just fell on me from my shelf greatttttt)

Date: August. 22, 2019

Subject: :(

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saw Julio off at the airport today. cried.

Date: August. 16, 2019

Subject: "squeeeeee!"

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@4:14PM: I'm trying to get my friend a polaroid camera as an early birthday/goodbye gift but I'm nervous and I can't work up the nerve to ask the shopkeeper about prices, why am I like this? I'm so nervous and I don't know why. I got to get it done though because I'm not leaving until I at least inquire.

still sitting...
this is such an irrational fear
my foot is asleep
I asked!!! and I bought it!!! going home now

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yesterday was such a good day. I went to the amusement park with my friends and then we had japanese bbq afterwards. it was a successful joke day, so many good bits. kinda cried when we rode the bus home because I was so happy. leaves are already switching colours and dropping. it's a little worrying.

Date: August. 9, 2019

Subject: ^q^

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why did I make an outfits page if I suck at taking photos of myself?
anyways, I thrifted a red gingham skirt with lace frill trim.

I ate dinner with some friends and coworkers a day after my birthday and I drunkenly spewed some songs at karaoke. I can't express how bad and out of tune I sound, and normally, I'd be self conscious but I wasn't in the right state of mind so I didn't care about anyone's ears. it was a fun time! I high fived some guy named andy and he told me that I was his favourite person that night hahahaha

Date: August. 6, 2019

Subject: and it's already another year

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so it's 12:53AM so it's technically the 6th so it's technically my birthday. everything I'm about to write about happened on the 5th (today) ugh no one cares about the technicalities just gooooo..birthdays are really meaningless blah blah blah I had fun today and I'm really happy. I'm ageing. I'm ageing with really really good people. I have to wake up in a couple of hours to enrol in classes but instead of sleeping, I think I might just cry and feel sentimental for a bit. I'm already tearing up a bit.

Date: August. 1, 2019

Subject: moving fast

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hi August,


Julia came over today. I'm not going to think about her leaving at the end of this month. it's too early for this.

I reread "Hirunaka no Ryuusei" (Daytime Shooting Star) and love is real.

Date: July. 28, 2019

Subject: what's been going on, what I've been thinking about

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I always type up my entries on google translate and paste them into my code, it's easier than opening a word doc and I like the text size. anyway, these days I seem to open up google translate with the intent to write something..anything but I've been drawing blanks. so after a couple of minutes of producing short sentences, I give up because I can seem to form anything substantial. I find people who are able to wholeheartedly pour themselves online interesting...

I've been sososososo happy. I am happy. like the other day, I went to an ice cream cafe with a couple of my friends (I got strawberry soda, doesn't that sound nice?) and we all frolicked around the city for a bit before retreating to Sherry's home. we watched "Us"
and then it got dark
and then we walked to pick up a friend who was leaving work
and it was a cool and nice evening walk. "it's nice because it's not too hot or smelly"

&&& I put 3 days on my availability for work because it felt right and I wanted to have more time for myself. Julia's leaving soon and I don't want to think about it but I do, so I also want to spend more time with her. coincidentally, they cut work hours cause they're training a huge group of new hires. can't say I hate it....this month's pay won't be fat but..I am ok with that..

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this resonates: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvdVbsGFgPo/
I have it saved and I look back on it every now and then.
I used to stay home and web surf -> music -> manga. and I still do but that was all I did back then.
these days, I don't mind being a person as much.

oh and basically one month till school...nervous (don't think about it)

Date: July. 15, 2019

Subject: h*e*a*r*t

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ok..!! I did it!! I accepted my waitlisted offer. I didn't have much time anyway, the offer expires on the 17th and I gotta pay my deposit by then too. my decision doesn't feel very real at the moment. I'm sure it will set it when I select my courses and start attending in September. nothing introspective is going on in my head about this (yet).
man, I'm such a hypocrite. only a couple of weeks ago I was complaining about working downtown and how I was sick of the environment (I mean got dang a guy literally bled out from being stabbed right in front of me). one of the pros of my first uni choice was that it was in an entirely different part of the city. was that my genuine opinion or was I just coping? maybe a bit of both.

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ate dinner with a couple of coworkers and friends after work on Saturday. we went to a trendy korean place and we were seated in the patio. funky conversation and a lot of laughs. what a wholesome experience.( ◠‿◠ )
at some point, the waiter brought us a bunch of snacks and said "hey guys, here are some sides" and along with popcorn and kimchi he gave us a plate of sliced bananas which made!!! Brianna and I laugh!!! so much!!! (she had to take a photo)

Date: July. 12, 2019

Subject: I just want to end up ok

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I got a call from a uni I applied to the other day. I was waitlisted from their program and I didn't expect to hear back, I accepted another placement and have selected my courses etc. I'm conflicted because I don't know whether I should go for it or not. there was a time where I thought the first uni was the most ideal choice but now I'm not so sure. they're similar programs but they offer different degrees. worried about my future and job prospects so I'm obviously reading personal accounts on reddit...

I was thinking to myself, maybe this is a sign? maybe I should go for it? or maybe, it's a meaningless happening. but the genuine joy I felt when I got the call has got to mean something, right?

Date: July. 4, 2019

Subject: No Subject (24)

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I've been really sad at work. I feel like I'm astral projecting more than usual, and it's especially bad on the days when my friends aren't working the same shift...yesterday I felt like crying so bad I hid in the washroom but nothing would come out. it was an uncomfortable feeling. I hate-dislike management, or more specifically, I hate-dislike one major player in management...they did something really messed up and unethical (hr is on it) and I'm so conflicted because I work under that person. I shouldn't complain because I'm not in a position where I need the job to survive. I'm really just saving for school and extra spending money etc. but I still feel the way I do and I'm trying my best to fight against it but some days I cave. some days it's too miserable. in other news, I ordered a hat online last weekish and I'm obsessively waiting for it to come in the mail.

Date: June. 28, 2019

Subject: hoo

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I finally called my bank after putting it off for months to resolve an issue (that wasn't particularly detrimental but it was an inconvenience)! I feel really stupid for taking so long but at least it's finally done.

Date: June. 25, 2019

Subject: -

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we saw someone get stabbed...I didn't see the stabbing but I saw the aftermath of it all...there was so much blood...he was so close, he looked at us (maybe not us specifically but it felt like it) and said please help me. it didn't feel real. I separated myself from that experience. she was having a panic attack and I just wanted to comfort her. I don't know if I did a good job. I keep seeing him covered in blood..

Date: June. 13, 2019

Subject: No Subject (23)

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skipped work today, I don't know, I wasn't feeling it. this sounds totally ungrateful and irresponsible but I did what I did. small things have been building up and usually, I can brush it off but so far, this week has just been rough. been feeling burned out and quite angry. I sometimes feel like what I do is so pointless. just the typical complaints of working in retail...it feels like we're always understaffed so everyone ends up doing 3 different tasks at the same time which is pretty bad but it's whatever, what adds to the frustration is that management expects all 3 tasks to run smoothly which isn't possible! earlier this week I was scheduled to maintain 3 sections and while tidying 1/3 sections I was basically lectured by a floor leader on things I'm already aware of. it rubbed me the wrong way and put me in a bitter mood. I remember thinking, "thanks! I'll just clone myself so I can attend to all the sections!" and overall felt like an idiot. later on, I had to close 3 sections that were not maintained at all throughout the day. it was a really frustrating and draining, and I was cursing management the whole time. oh and my hair was super greasy and it was rainy and overall I wanted to be nothing.

(´・ _ ・`)

Date: June. 7, 2019

Subject: much to cry about

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May 28:
really wanted to eat katsu curry so I feigned illness and clocked out super early...sounds terrible but I do not regret it a bit. the curry was satisfying.

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June 8:
all facets of my life have been good (I hope I don't jinx things). not much to report these days. I feel like time is passing by really quick and I don't know how I feel about that. I was just thinking the other day about how much I didn't want to be alive a couple of months ago. a lot has changed since then. good things. sorry I'm crying right now cause I read some old entries and I just remember so vividly how I felt when I wrote them. I'm being dramatic hahaha. on another note, I never want to write about boys and romance ever again (being dramatic again)...old entries are so ugh! cringey! and that was only a couple of months ago! anyways, very soon I think my life is going to change...slightly drastically again. I'm going back to school in September and fingers crossed, hopefully I won't drop out this time...half kidding around...half very serious. I've just gotten really comfortable with my current lifestyle and schedule. and unexpectedly I have friends at work who I love so much...it's stupid to halt my life because of them and I won't but the fact that going back to school means that I won't see them as often still makes me sad. j_a will be moving out of the city this summer for school which is something that I avoid thinking about. I wish we could continue to grow up together in close vicinity.

Date: May. 26, 2019

Subject: grapevine

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I was going to start this entry raving over katsu curry because I ate it for the first time ever the other day and it's all I crave for these days, but I don't know how I'd appropriately transition to -this- topic. "-this-" topic being something I discussed with my friend at work two days ago. recently I've been including names in my entry but I'm afraid to so for this. I'm afraid to have these words and thoughts tangibly exist but no one's ever going to find this so here I go.
they were helping me with a task and at the same time, we were making jokes and random conversation. out of nowhere, they said, "I'm married". it threw me off for a second because I didn't get a "married vibe" off them, plus they were fairly young (but I'm haven't thought about the state of marriage in a while. what's the typical age anyway..) then they also added, "my marriage is blown to bits". I wanted to ask many things but I didn't want to pry, so I thanked them for telling me because I knew it wasn't easy. I did ask if they thought that this event was the reason they are the way they are currently. they said that they changed a lot from that experience but for the worst. I told them that they could improve but they just quietly laughed. it sounded a little sad. they are the type of person who I desperately want to be happy. all I can do is lend an ear and I hope that'll be enough.

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read through my old weebly "fashion"/personal blog from when I was 15/16 years old. whew. it's a time capsule. I kinda miss the style of blogging I did back then, aka "addressing an audience despite having maybe 2 readers on a good day". it was all good fun. I can't log in because I forgot which email I used...but it seems fitting to leave the blog untouched. it's interesting to have various eras and phases of my life encapsulated in blog form. maybe this is another era/phase. I sorta want to create a "fashion"/outfits page for this website but I'm debating. I don't know if I'll actually deliver. I'm too picky with how photos look and I haven't been maintaining my current pages as much as I'd like...(sweats) but on the other hand I find myself frequently revisiting incessantpain's clothing page and thinking, hey nice..!

Date: May. 16, 2019

Subject: dreaming

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1. April 30: "I had a dream that I saw 3 moons in the sky"
2. today: "j_a and I went to the beach during the evening, everything was blue and sparkling. we saw jellyfish glowing in the water. it was different from reality"

it's a little sad when I dream of beautiful and vivid scenery...it's not real and I'll never see it again.

Date: May. 17, 2019

Subject: No Subject (22)

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signs you like someone:
you google "signs you like someone"

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it's currently 1:05AM and I decided to sort through my clothes and reorganize everything. there are certain pieces that I loved and wore so often but not so much anymore. I look at some of them and can't believe that I was even able to pull it off! eg. a pair of denim pants with *very* raw hems...it looks like a shark bit straight across the legs. I don't really know what I'd wear them with, but back then I would wear those pants basically everyday...

Date: May. 13, 2019

Subject: etc

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there was an "influencer" party on Friday at work to celebrate and promote the opening of the third floor. it was a strange experience but at the same time, I don't have much to say cause I spent the majority of the day hiding in the stockroom. before the party started, I felt anxious for no reason. I had a hard time maintaining positivity ("I feel like I'm developing stomach ulcers"). Eiji was so disgusted by how management was behaving that he feigned illness and went home early. I was kinda jealous. it was actually pretty chill. the last hour or so was super draining and slow. everyone was so tired.

Anmol told me that I walked really straight and that made me really happy, cause I thought that meant my posture was good! but he was actually just referring to my stiff walk and lack of arm movement...which was pretty funny to me cause so many people have pointed that out to me.
"why don't you move your arms when you walk?"
retold this to Eiji cause he also mentioned my...gait recently and added the description, "you walk like an alien trying to fit in with humans"

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writing this on May. 16, 12:53AM...I want to update (other pages other than this log) more often but man I'm physically exhausted nearly every day. hoo.

Date: May. 5, 2019

Subject: 2:00AM

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how do I stop feeling like dust?

Date: May. 3, 2019

Subject: lala~~

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it's been a while...again. I finally have a day off and I slept til noon and I don't feel bad. my friends and I made each other playlists on spotify (SO WHOLESOME) and I'm listening to one of them right now (falling for you - weezer playing at the moment). small things like this make me really happy.

I'm going to start sporting a glossy pink lip to work...maybe.

omg Mischa's listening to the playlist I made her right now! lonesome love!

Date: April. 22, 2019

Subject: sentimental animals

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it's been a while. happy to report that things have been good. just the usual, going to work and hanging out with friends. the weather's been a mix of gloomy rain and shining days. there was one cloudy day a couple of days ago and I remember it feeling like summer. it felt really humid and heavy.
I called out today cause I just wasn't feeling it...it's sunny and I want to prance around in a dress.
( ◠‿◠ )( ◠‿◠ )

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catching up...
g_l and I are mutually ghosting each other. nothing happened but I realized that I'm happy with just having friends. he is kind and has many admirable points, and I enjoyed the time we spent together but he's definitely someone I would rather have as a friend instead. it's hard to put into words because nothing was particularly bad but it didn't really feel right either. I think a part of me wanted to really like him but deep down I knew that certain aspects of us were too different. I don't really feel anything but I feel like I should. oh man I sound terrible. well, if I'm going to be super honest, there were a couple of instances that made me go hmm..nothing outwardly heinous but just kinda questionable. he definitely has yellow fever and even joked about it once. I don't know how I overlooked that fact but it did and not to make everything about me, but I generally thought I was rational with this type of thing...I guess it's a first hand account on how you can't really box people and decide whether they're good or bad based on a flaw. well that's my take on that.

Date: April. 9, 2019

Subject: my favourite words

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capsule
float
tender

Date: April. 8, 2019

Subject: this is the first day of my life, am I doing a good job ?

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just a bunch of thoughts recorded on my notes app from the past week or so...
I haven't written anything in a while because I find it extra hard to articulate my thoughts these days. they're mostly short snippets anyway but I guess I still feel the need to elaborate even though I have nothing to add.

I think about last year, more specifically, the past 3ish months and I wonder if I've actually moved on. I think so, but I still catch myself feeling disconsolate/bitter(sweet) about it all. which is reasonable so I'm not going to be hard on myself about it. I think about the good and funny times and laugh, and I don't feel like I'm missing something.

I've been doing better and I'm happy to see my room filled with sunlight. I'm happy to have people to call my friends.

on another note, I've been spending so much money. it might not actually be much but I just kinda have a feeling that it is. I'm afraid to track my purchases to find out. in a weird and ungrateful way sometimes I want to retreat to my lifestyle of nothing and just stay at home all the time. I saved so much back then! but it wasn't the way I wanted to live. I don't know how I want to live. I'm happy to say that I'm happy but I carry a nagging uncertainty with me all the time. ← I typed this in the passenger seat of a lyft because I felt stiff and slightly uncomfortable

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I'm debating on starting a ~public~ log which I'll link on my instagram profile...but I don't know...don't think I'll successfully manage and update 2 sites. maybemaybemaybeMAYBEmaybeeeee~~

Date: March. 29, 2019

Subject: lately...

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I feel so much love.
I went to sing karaoke with my friends/coworkers the other night. I laughed so much that day. something that I keep thinking about over and over is when I was offered soju and about to drink but Mischa was like "don't give her any", but not in an obnoxious manner but like she was looking out for me. I wasn't pressured or anything but I think I'm easily swept away by the mood. I left the earliest and the station was just a 5 minute walk away but Mischa insisted on walking with me to the station. John tagged came along too cause I didn't want her walking back by herself. they waited with me until the train arrived. I cried a little during my way back...because...I was so touched...
they also had a couple of Mitski songs at the karaoke place which surprised me..! I didn't get to (badly) sing any though. next time!(?)

oh and the weather's been really nice. still a bit chilly but I'm grateful for the sun and the fact that there's a sunset transition and not just the sky going from gray to pitch black.

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I kinda want to buy a journal and try to write a small snippet every day. I read an old one I had during my last year in highschool and it inspired me. I guess this log serves the same purpose but I don't write as consistently as I used to which makes me feel u_u but I'm not too hard on myself either. hoo.

Date: March. 26, 2019

Subject: No Subject (21)

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March 17:
"you're quiet today"
"I'm always quiet"
"well, a different kind of quiet"

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sad and overwhelmed over seemingly nothing. I'm way more introspective while I'm spacing out during my work shifts I swear but once I actually find time to write, my brain deflates. it's not helping that I'm watching Dancer in The Dark right now (even though I've already watched the end scene on youtube and while we're on the topic of this: gotdam. is all I have to say) so I'm not too focused.

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March 21:
Dancer in The Dark was predictably heartbreaking. I keep listening to "I've Seen It All". I went to H-MART after work yesterday with 3 of my coworkers and we all got snacks and kinda just goofed around. Jacky bought dropped his carbonated drink and when he twisted off the cap it sprayed everywhere...it was straight out of a sitcom but I was so shocked that all I said was "you good?" (he was)
wholesome experience! I went home really happy.

(talking about microwave dinners) "it's a sad man's dinna....it's a divorced man's dinna"

Date: March. 11, 2019

Subject: sorry!

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so...I called out of my closing shift on Saturday cause I got invited to a party hhhh! u_u the funny thing is I made a resolve Thursday night to not attend cause I felt like I'd be misaligning something in the universe by doing something so out of character etc etc. then I went to work on Friday and a couple of my friends♡/coworkers convinced me otherwise. it was embarrassingly easy to change my mind:

me: (text above)
them: call out lol
me: ???? should I ????

so...I went to my first house party and I would describe it as a very young adult experience. I was kinda nervous and I felt like a pit was forming in my stomach a few hours before arriving. but it was ok because I went with Brianna and Mia and I was just going to stick around people I knew. I got really frickin drunk and my switch in character is still really strange to me. I had verbal diarrhea and hugged everyone. I cried too. I was everywhere with my emotions. I had fun even though I feel like I've made a fool of myself hahahaha. I'm so thankful to everyone that took care of me and kept me safe!
I thought I would feel lonely but it was quite the opposite..I'm not used to it. I admire some aspects of my non-sober self. like how open and receptive I was. there was no overthinking.

Date: March. 6, 2019

Subject: +-

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I couldn't sleep last night (I took a nap earlier in the day), I was worried because I had to be up early. I felt like I just laid in bed with my eyes closed with an active mind for 5 hours. surprisingly, I didn't feel terrible when I woke up. it was pleasant because despite it being quite early, it wasn't pitch black outside. the blue sky combined with the sparkling snow was so beautiful. the sun no longer sets at 4pm. spring is near! I'm excited.

I was off work for 4 days but I didn't do much on those days. I was a bit antisocial? kinda just felt burned out and was mentally prepping to work 4 days in a row. I've realized that I don't write much about work. most of it is about my vague interactions with my coworkers anyway. a part of me is fearful of the consequences of complaining about work too much. I'm *really* grateful to be employed and so many of my coworkers are lovely but gotdam working retail is still draining. upper management could be worst but...it's not good. I try to not think about it too much because it depresses me.
want me to write an exposé? ...just kidding.

oh! this is kinda embarrassing and stupid but
I got pat on the head a couple of times and it feels so nice and comforting.
sometimes when I'm alone, I pat my own head to replicate the feeling but it's never the same, why do I expect it to be the same?

Date: February. 25, 2019

Subject: "it's not goodbye it's see you later", said by my coworker daniel. it's corny. it was comforting

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last night's dinner was fun but I got so sad midway when everyone started hugging each other and saying things like, "thank you for everything" and "I'm so happy to have worked with you". I went to the washroom to cry. I was sad because chris (jpn) was leaving but I was happy that we talked and because everyone was having such a good time. so I guess it was bittersweet.

"_ _ _, are you having fun?"
"yeah!"

"I'm so drunk right now?"
"really?! you look fine though"
"yeah, I don't get asian glow"
"how much did you drink?"
---thinking--- "5 glasses"

I couldn't hold it in any longer and I cried while everyone was getting ready to leave. I cried because I was going to miss him. I cried because I never expected to be part of something like this. I cried because I realized that I work with a lot of good people. chris telling me to talk more and not be alone, and asking another coworker (chris 2) to take care of me also kinda made my tear ducts explode.

chris got hella drunk so I got hugged and patted on the head a lot. right as I was about to go home, he drunkenly confessed to me (this doesn't sound real) so I just said thank you and then I walked home. it was late and his whole body seemed to be made of jelly at this point. you know when you get asked in middle school "do you like ___" and ___ is just a friend so you awkwardly reply with "I like them as a human"....that's how I kinda felt. I think he knew deep down that nothing would've happened but he wanted to say it anyway, so I appreciate his feelings.

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I saw g_l today!
but I'm too tired to write about it so this will have to do.

Date: February. 24, 2019

Subject: (b)loggin'

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February 17:
for a long time, I didn't want to be anything or have any sort of presence...I'm slowwwwly changing?
I'm finally making some progress with my about page (a site update here...weird). it's been blank for a while now. partially due to laziness and lack of energy, but mostly because I didn't know what to say for the longest while.

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February 23:
I worked the whole week....drained. lately, I feel like my logs are just different variations of "I'm talking more at work and that makes me happy" but man!!! I won't stop cause for the first time I'm not so much a silent floater.

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February 24:
I remember thinking that there was no way I'd be able to move on. completely at least. I mean, I knew that I would eventually have to become better because time would do its thing and I needed to survive one way or another. I'm ok! I made it! anyways it's currently 8:31PM and I'm getting ready to for chris' (jpn) goodbye dinner thing.

Date: February. 16, 2019

Subject: No Subject (20)

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had lunch and hung out with chris (jpn) today! when I was done eating my karaage don, I was prepared to pay but he was already heading out the door. I thought he forgot but the employees didn't stop us or anything. then I realized that he paid for my food earlier when he randomly got up and I just assumed he was going to the washroom. I felt bad but thank you so much!!!

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g_l texted me today and said that he wanted to meet soon. ummm so I feel a bit naked because of my last entry but I know I have legitimate reasons to be wary. so I will continue to be.

how sad it is to prepare to be temporary.

(ok that line was a bit intense but it's dang snappy)

Date: February. 14, 2019

Subject: I don't have a lover I have something better

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February 11:
I've been having a lot of moments where I want to burst into tears cause I'm so astonished at how much I've changed and the progress I've made despite it being a slow process.
I went out with a bunch of my coworkers after the closing shift yesterday and honestly, I felt really out of place and fraudulent for a bit but I felt more at ease near the end. my need to "feel" "normal" will probably always be a recurring theme in my life but last night, oh my gosh even if it was only for a brief while I felt. real.

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hello...today is February 14th and I'm resuming with my thoughts. I keep writing partial entries, I know I have a lot more to type but I'm too tired to continue. anyways, the dinner was lovely! I got home soo late that day. it was snowing, which was kinda moving. this is super dramatic and bizarre but I felt like I was reborn that day..? like something changed in me and all I wanted to do was cry because I was so overwhelmed. I've realized that simple things affect me so profoundly.

I kinda wrote about this already but I'm more talkative at work and it feels good. saying hi/bye...short conversations...exchanging social media...wholesome interactions. it really makes work less soul sucking. going to work with a better attitude contributed too.

oh and I think g_l ghosted me, I can't really tell yet. I'm more disappointed than sad but I'm still a bit sad. I like him a lot but I can't deny the fact that I tried to not attach myself to him too much, and it worked because I don't feel anything close to heartbreak. I've made some observations that I filed to the back of my mind and I don't like writing about them in the moment cause I feel like I'm jinxing things or being paranoid. not really red flags (I think?) but things that make you go huh. questionable behaviour I suppose. but I feel ok because of my improving relationships with my coworkers. I think that's more important to me. this is not a goodbye post! I don't know what this is! basically if he's not ghosting me then cool! but if he is then I'm slightly disappointed but I know I'll move on!
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part 2?
I wrote this before my shift on February 15
I can tell he's a very physical person while I am not so great with that type of intimacy. I admit, snail pacing on my part but what's wrong with that? we've only really known each other for 2 months and hung out for a total of 6 times maybe. I wanted to value him as a friend before anything else. during a moment of weakness, I wondered if things could've been different if I submerged myself into him. but then I thought nah bad thinking. he wanted faster progress but he became impatient. well, this is all just my assumption.

Date: February. 7, 2019

Subject: happenings part 二

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I feel like I haven't been writing much these days. I'm getting shifts again at work so I'm working pretty consistently again. predictably, I come home too tired to think. and sometimes I just don't feel like recording. even the good days. I just want to exist in that happiness without any obligation, you know

these couple of days have been really good. I'm talking more at work ( ◠‿◠ ) it feels so nice. a girl on the escalator said hi to me and told me her name. she said something along the lines of "I don't think I introduced myself to you"... this interaction was so so kind. I admire that attitude.

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checked out a really cute cool girl while I was on cash today. served her friend a couple of minutes later, I slightly struggled with bagging the clothes and cute cool girl attempted to help. it was kinda awkward but it was a charming gesture. she had a really nice smile. I feel like writing a missed connection about her on craigslist (ha).

edit: I wrote one huh

out into the world it goes

Date: February. 5, 2019

Subject: happenings

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February 2:
< I'm alone in the break room right now and I feel like my brain is unwinding. today was a better day :))) >

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February. 5:
me expressing sadness: I'm hurt etc
me expressing romantic feelings: I like you etc
me expressing anything: etc etc

I went to a cafe with my new work friend (c_s/k). I ate brick toast for the first time ever. it wasn't really an adventurous option but it was still pretty good.

Date: February. 1, 2019

Subject: you can change

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yesterday wasn't good. summed up by this phone note:

< I hate going to work sometimes cause it reminds me how alienated I am (even if I'm not).

help me stop this loneliness
I want to cry
and cry
and cry" >

and I did just that. "cried" on the sales floor, aka maybe like 3 drops came out of my eyes. mild and unnoticeable. it was a long day (closing shift..!!). I cried more liberally on the train ride home. it was just a bad day.

but...yesterday's yesterday was good! I made a new friend at work.

Date: January. 28, 2019

Subject: 100

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these days I feel like I've been just going through the motions. things have been good, but I still feel this underwhelming sadness and it's so pitiful. I feel dreadful and abnormal but I don't write about it. I thought about how j_a is (likely) moving again. I've always been aware of that fact but today I really thought about it. I'm really scared. I'm going to be alone (I mean, not really) and everything (ok, maybe not everything but a large portion of my life) is going to change. when the time comes I'll most likely adapt and move on but what if I don't. what if I just disintegrate.

I wish I was outgoing and able to connect better with people. I'm still trying but sometimes my attempts just make me feel so empty. I don't want to be empty.
this is my 100th entry and it's a bummer. sorry

Date: January. 24, 2019

Subject: No Subject (19)

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I watched Sky High today while cutting my split ends and I know I'm 14 years late BUT layla and warren should've ended up together...

Date: January. 21, 2019

Subject: No Subject (18)

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I keep spending money!!! I used to be so stingy but my spending has been so liberal recently. being antisocial saved me a lot of money, I used to just stay home all day. I'd occasionally eat something cheap (usually) with j_a and that was pretty much the extent of my spending. thrifty lifestyle, but I was kinda miserable.
anyways, going to try and cool it with eating out after this Saturday. j_a and I might go for sushi ayce cause I have a free meal coupon/ticket.

bonding over food is nice but sometimes I just wanna sit on a bench and talk. or go to the library and talk. or just hang out with no real purpose other than hanging out.

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I had a dream that g_l said something along the lines of "you're cute and all but I think you have some communication issues". what's my subconscious telling me?
he appeared in a number of my dreams since I met him, but I don't really remember any of them. I wake up a little embarrassed. and of course, I wonder if he's dreamt of me too. I won't be sad if the hypothetical answer is no but if it's yes then hehehehe...(・Θ・;)

Date: January. 19, 2019

Subject: thoughts at work when the store's empty

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I've been doing very little of thinking lately but this is what has been floating around in my head.

I know it's dramatic and exaggerated, but I feel like a part of me died since things ended with j_m. typing that out is so wild. it's kinda sad but not really. it's just a "wow that version of myself is gone forever" type of realization. we understood each other and there was no need to put up a front. no bond will ever be the same. but I think I'm ok with that. I'm not looking for a replacement, just peace.
I kept a lot of thoughts to myself because I didn't want to appear petty and I wanted to be the bigger person, I guess. I thought it would help me move on. I was/am so utterly disappointed in some aspects of our friendship. ditched for a boyfriend (there were other reasons but honestly I think they were just cop out excuses)...ugh...so cliche...you have a blog, and when you got your heart broken by your first tangible love, you wrote her a huge paragraph that she probably never read. I listened to you cry for an hour and it broke my heart. I don't care if this is entitled but I deserved more. years of straight-up friendship, and I didn't get anything. look, I'm not a desperate egomaniac who wants a reflection on our friendship published. it's just apparent how much you value relationships over everything else and I should've seen it coming.

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am I protecting myself too much?
am I missing red flags or am I just paranoid?
how do I learn to give myself to someone?
I don't know how to be romantic.

Date: January. 10, 2019

Subject: No Subject (17)

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hihi I bought a flowy black dress and it's cute and flattering, it's a spring/summer dress so it's going to be a while until I can wear it out. ( ◠‿◠ )( ◠‿◠ )

Date: January. 9, 2019

Subject: it doesn't matter

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I think I saw j_m while walking down the subway platform. maybe. it was just her back but she looked very j_m-esque. I didn't say anything, I just stuffed myself into the crowded train.
I'll admit, when the train arrived at the station where she lived, I did attempt to look for her as the train was slowly picking up the pace to the next station. anyway, I quickly gave up cause my eyesight's too poor to keep up with the speed and the sea of black coats (everyone looks the same).

Date: January. 8, 2019

Subject: zZzzZZzZz

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Janurary 7:
...
I want to text g_l but I don't have anything to say. it's also late. I want to feel his online presence. I want to see his name pop up. ha~I don't know what I'm becoming (´・ _ ・`)

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Janurary 8:
I woke up around 2PM today. I feel so out of it these days, haven't been doing much of anything. I'm eating oreo ice cream and listening to glide from the movie Lily Chou-Chou.
I'm in the process of cleaning my room. yesterday, I culled through my memory box and decided to get rid of a few things. sounds cold but I only really threw away like 3 actual things from people--I'm a sap. the rest were scrappy magazine bits and stuff like that. also dusted and cleaned up my dresser. I really want a new dresser just cause my current one is super ugly and old. it's still functional so I really should just chuck that thought butttt I still want a new dresser. today, I cleaned my shelf and desk cabinet. quite a bit was put into storage. I had a teddy bear from j_m displayed, it's in my closet now. it didn't bother me but it does feel more refreshing.

Date: January. 6, 2019

Subject: me

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this sounds really stupid but I don't know how to talk about my life with people. vulnerability and openness are necessary if I want to form genuine connections with others, but gotdam it's hard. I don't want to exist so flatly but at the same time, I don't want to be unbearable. the balance is hard to find.
I guess the way to go is to just spout and see who accepts it. intimidating and totally out of character.

what I realized from the past 2 months...I think I have trouble opening up because I'm afraid of being hurt. I don't like this cowardly side of myself. I don't think I'll ever be the person with a ton of friends but having a couple of more friends would be nice.
I remember telling a_i last year that I thought I repelled people and that I felt like I wasn't meant to have friends. I didn't say it sadly but stated it like it was a confirmed fact. I still feel that way but now I'll admit that it makes me sad.

Date: January. 5, 2019

Subject: in a notepad file with no dates

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1. 4+ years of nothing and one day someone who appears apathetic talks lovingly about their cats and suddenly love isn't dead? it sounds like a bad drama.
- on a_w/d.b. hahahaugh...

2. every time you talk to me I feel like crying because you believe in me so much but I can't see myself as a "full fledgling adult". I keep thinking about dying and I'm scared. I don't want to disappoint you. sorry that I snap at you. I don't know how to communicate my insecurities and loneliness. is there really nothing left for me in the world? of course not! but sometimes it just feels that way.
- a bad time

3. once I was talking with j_a and I said something similar to, "I think 2 people who're depressed [or have symptoms of depression] together can be kinda bad. they can relate and help each other, but they can also enable each other's bad behaviour"
- huh

4. why do I try so hard to understand when someone does something crappy to me
- I don't want to do this anymore I'm tired

Date: January. 3, 2019

Subject: the pressure of a first entry

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I'm trying to be less solitary.

Date: December. 31, 2018

Subject: 2018 reflection

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it's strange. it really wasn't a bad year, especially during early spring. I was pretty happy then. I was pretty happy for the majority of the months but things really snowballed into mud over the summer. it's sad, the beautiful memories seem so vague. I reread my old logs to remember and assure myself that I wasn't entirely troubled.

I avoided a lot of people during the summer. I felt ashamed and fraudulent. I felt like I was making a lot of mistakes. I was so unsure and hesitant.
I was going to study bio but after just a DAY of attending class, I realized that I absolutely was trudging down a regrettable path which made me intensely nervous. I dropped out of my program which sounds clean through text but it was so mentally gruelling. I didn't regret it. I don't regret it. even then, I knew I was making the right decision but I still felt like diving an icepick into the side of my head every day (eek).
I was a NEET for 2 very slow and guilt-ridden months. not being attached to an institution felt whimsical and free for like, a week. I never felt like I was doing enough with job searching.

someone who was really important to me was also exiting from my life with no explanation from their end. I didn't turn to anyone which was incredibly stupid, thinking back but at the time I didn't feel...well enough to ask for help? my entries at the time didn't accurately reflect my "true" thoughts, I don't think. I just didn't want to think about anything. as usual, I mostly wanted to remember the calm moments.

so...I was alternating between straight up despair and apathy. I wanted to get better and I knew it was going to happen. it was frustrating to be self-aware but not being able to crawl from the pit. the best way I could describe how I felt: staying at home wasn't helpful so I would go out. I'd go out and not feel anything but at least I'm not at home mulling, right?

I don't want to jinx it, but during things have been. turning around? maybe? just a bit? (maybe it's slightly apparent in my recent logs) I'm glad that 2018 is ending on a better note. I'm ok, I'm improving.

Date: December. 30, 2018

Subject: actively alive

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I feel like when someone constantly assures themselves and the people around them on how ok they are, they really aren't. I think that's how I've been feeling, but on the other hand, I've really, genuinely, truly been feeling well...( ◠‿◠ ) I'm aware and accepting that there will always be days where it feels like my insides are flipped but I don't think it'll be over j_m as much.

it was a hectic week. worked the morning boxing day shift which meant that I had to arrive at 5:30AM...crazy. I had the closing shift for the next 3 days, so I was perpetually tired. I hate the closing shift, it makes me anxious and I'm bad at tidying under pressure/a time constraint. I managed and I'm free! I have the next 3 days off and so far, my January schedule is looking pretty relaxed.

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I broke my favourite cup. actually, I don't know if it's actually my favourite or I'm just attached to it cause I've been using it for so long. whichever it is, it's gone and I'm using a random mug now. maybe I'll grow attached to it too.

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I'm meeting with g_l and then going skating with coworkers later today. whoooo!

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skating was fun and wholesome~ a_l didn't know how to skate so j_y and I supported him. he got off the ice quite early and just took pictures with his camera. we skated and talked but it was a bit hard to keep up due to the fast-paced environment. I asked her if she wanted to hang out one day, somewhere where we could sit down and have a conversation.
I told her that I hung out with g_l earlier in the day and she asked what we talked about. I was unintentionally vague cause we talk about...everything and anything (corny...but it's true). I like that though.
...
all I know is that I randomly think of him and it makes me feel. giddy. happy. etc. I reread texts cause they're nice. today he texted me saying that he was just thinking of me and he was listening to beyond (last time we met, he asked what music I remember from my childhood, answer: listening to my mom sing along to beyond songs in the car).
I tell him goofy stories and we laugh. we're both bad at math. he's so honestly affectionate.
I'm changing from this experience and I don't think I'm bothered by it.

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I used to think I was antisocial but nooooo I'm so into (the right) people.

2019 is so so so close and I don't know how I'm going to format this log. should I just continue writing or should I have a year archive? let's find out in 2019! hehehe

Date: December. 25, 2018

Subject: overflowing

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christmas...pretty normal day, I just stayed at home with my family. ordered pizza which was nice. I've been pretty much out and about for most of my off days so solitude is relaxing.

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christmas eve was really fun. I hung out with g_l and his friend carlos. carlos is an exchange student from Spain and I don't think I'll ever see him again. he's a cool guy, I didn't say much initially but I think I opened up more near the end. wish him all the best!

phone note December 24, 2018 @4:15PM
"I can see the harbour from his window. the way the sun shines in is so wonderful"

we prepared dinner together with christmas music playing in the background.
carlos: this is the most American thing ever
me: yeah!!! I feel like I'm in a sitcom or something

g_l picked me up like I was nothing and carried me around the room and then gently placed me on the couch. I just looked at him and said "I'm so easily kidnappable" and we laughed.

3 more of g_l's friends (yuki, daichi, keisuke) came over to eat dinner with us. they were so funny and chill. we just made stupid jokes while eating. it was comfortable and wholesome!
I left before everyone else cause it was getting kinda late. g_l accompanied out. he held me close for a bit when we walked. it was just. nice. made my heart kinda jumpy in a good way.

Date: December. 23, 2018

Subject: goodnight

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phone note December 22, 2018 @ 2:17AM

dear god,
I believe I can move on
but please give me strength anyway

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why was I so bad/scared of texting people hahaha it's pretty chill.

Date: December. 21, 2018

Subject: :::we:::live:::

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December 19:
I don't remember when but j_y gave me homemade cookies and a really nice card attached to it...she thanked me for being her first friend at work and wrote, "let's build this friendship"...on the actual day, I was so sad that I was numb to any feeling. I didn't feel anything beyond a flat "oh this is nice". it did improve my mood but I didn't fully comprehend/appreciate her gesture.

I'm reflecting on it now.
I'm so thankful. it's soso sweet.
( ◠‿◠ )love!( ◠‿◠ )

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went thrifting with a_i today. it was a successful trip, I bought a sweater and...shoes! I never thought I would ever thrift shoes. she just got a pair of jeans. I think we both have more self-control when it comes to thrifting now.
we went to get bubble tea afterwards (the usual) and we talked for hours. we left but then we just talked some more in her apartment's lobby.

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December 21:
I'm meeting with j_m today...I'm not expecting much but I'm still a little scared.

1:23PM: going to eat some chocolate, put some lip colour on and the skedaddle. not very nervous? I don't know. maybe it'll be terribly awkward.

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I forgot to put lip colour on. she was early due to miscommunication. I felt like I didn't know the person sitting in front of me. we initially small talked about our lives, kinda just tip toeing around the elephant in the room. eventually, I got answers and some of my suspicions affirmed. I think it was productive. I don't want the takeaway of the conversation to be "well she's kind of a terrible person" even though she admitted to certain things that are objectively notttt the best. I don't think I communicated the extent she hurt me. but it doesn't matter because I didn't feel the need to. we only talked for an hour (I don't think either of us felt the need to stay any longer) and then we parted ways. we didn't hug or anything. it ended neatly.
I expected to have a final major cry but I didn't. only about 6 teardrops and that was it.

I feel different after today. like a weight's been lifted and the unease in my heart is dissolving. I've been desperately trying to heal and better myself these past few months but those attempts seemed so...ingenuine. after today, I finally feel like I'm going to put my whole heart and effort into healing!
the world seems a little different. like I'm seeing it for the first time after months of just passing by. music performed by the subway musicians sounded so beautiful.

Date: December. 17, 2018

Subject: I'm finding a new song everyday on spotify

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December 16:
it's really pretty. the sun was out all day and it wasn't too cold. it's currently 4:46PM and the sky is pink. I bought this dress from off a stranger from this reselling app that's like depop but not as trendy. she listed it as a white dress but it's honestly more cream coloured. anyways, not really complaining. it's a really lovely dress either way (edit 12:17PM: it's a really really really lovely dress).

today, I have a side parting in my hair.
yesterday, I subtly cried during my commute home and my contacts stayed intact so I was impressed.

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when I was 16/17 I knit a red scarf as an assignment for fashion design. I decided that I'm going to start wearing it. always liked the concept and cozy look of scarves but they were annoying cause my glasses would fog up every time I breathed.

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ummmmm
I miss g_l....

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December 17:
a little kid was talking about her silk screening project on the subway and all I'm thinking is dang arts and crafts is so advanced now. do kids still do that thing where they put colourful sand in a mason jar to create scenery? is that a totally butchered description?

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didn't feel great today. I can describe how I feel so well during my most vulnerable moments aka when I can't stop the tears rolling from my eyes on public transit, but when I'm in a more sensible state I don't understand myself anymore.
it's been a combination of things. I'm trying/I need to let myself feel more. I'm reminding myself that living is just a combination of good and bad days and that it's still going to be ok, we're going to get through the bad. sometimes it feels so bleak and pointless, but I have to continue on.
I'm hurting.

Date: December. 14, 2018

Subject: No Subject (16)

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I went home with j_y, while we were waiting for the train, we saw another coworker and we all talked and went home together. they got off at the same station and I told them to go home safely and they hugged me which was unexpected. I felt so connected in that moment. r_a also wrote and gave me a thank you card on that day. I had this urge to cry. it wasn't much but it meant so much to me. small things that make me feel less alien, I'm grateful.

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as usual, I conflicted cause I don't want to write about him in every dang entry cause...I don't know, I guess I don't want this log to be all about him. but on the other hand, this is my life and he happens to be in it. and I'm having thoughts about that. it's ok!!! this is a somewhat of a milestone in my life, it would be nice to have records of it.

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"I don't think I actually liked him, I think I was just infatuated with the idea of him"
"you're so pragmatic, I love it"

you tell me you miss me over text and I'm not used to that type of thing. it's a nice feeling.

Date: December. 10, 2018

Subject: No Subject (15)

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the first few hours of work was fine, they taught me how to wrap gifts and handle cash. handling money is genuinely nerve-wracking (or am I just an idiot?) they're really stern with the process. it feels very mechanical rather than natural but I guess it's for good reason. a lot of people pay with card anyway so I've counted change like, twice today. I think it'll get easier over time. I think I'm pretty ok checking debit/credit people out, my movements are less awkward and more efficient.
I felt so drained after my second break. I want to ditch a day but I won't. they scheduled so many closing shifts and I hate it but it can't be helped. at least for this week, I get days off in between. time doesn't really feel like it's passing. I still feel like I'm floating through time, except now I get paid.

I was going to buy a $64 l'occitane gift set just for the verbena perfume. I went to the store today and realized that the perfume was tiny and I wasn't really interested in the soaps and gels. I sprayed the sample bottle onto a strip of paper and left. my bag smells beautiful. maybe one day I'll get the $69 perfume...

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I fell asleep on the subway with bad posture and the guy next to me was crushing me cause he was asleep too. I woke up a couple of stations away from my stop and realized that a coworker (I don't know them well) was sitting in front of me. this sounds super dramatic but I was honestly disgusted. I ran out of the train and reentered through another section.
1. I was agitated because the guy next to me was still crushing me into oblivion.
2. I didn't want the coworker knowing which station I get off at. nothing against them or anything but that's just how I felt.
it didn't feel like I was navigating through reality. I think I was still half asleep or something.

my back hurt like crazy so I just layed on the floor for a really long time when I got home.

posted on instagram for the first time in 2018. it's going to be 2019 so soon. what.

Date: December. 9, 2018

Subject: huh huh huh

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my room feels especially cold these days. my dad bought a pepperoni pizza and hot chocolate, I ate 4 slices. I would describe myself: stuffed to the brim. I haven't had fresh pizza that wasn't from the grocery store in so long.

I expected it to be a lazy day but I saw g_l today but I didn't mention the texts cause ummm I don't know, maybe I didn't know how to bring it up or maybe I just wanted to organically spend time with him. he ate a korean dish that was way too spicy and I tried to listen to his heartbeat. we sat shoulder to shoulder and listened to french music for a bit afterwards. that was pretty swell...

things I've never experienced before are happening??? and it's like duh yeah it's called life stupid but it's still very ??? I'm discovering a new part of myself and it's interesting. it doesn't feel like a front, it feels very real. I'm noticing certain things and I think I can no longer continue to pretend to be dense. like how I can see the way he looks at me when I talk with my peripheral vision. and how engaged he looks, my words are going somewhere productive in his brain. he smiles so tenderly at me. it's all very cute and nice.
most importantly, I'm not infatuated with him! he doesn't reside in my thoughts 24/7 and I'm still valuing and thinking about other aspects of my life. I like that. I think that's how it's supposed to be.

oh and I finally used the l'occitane soap bar!!

Date: December. 7, 2018

Subject: 2:24AM

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these last few days...

December 5:
1:34PM_I was suppose to start at 1:15 but they apparently changed the schedule last minute so I'm actually starting at 2. now I'm waiting.
4:51PM_first break, I wish I packed some chocolates to eat. 6 more hours let's go
4:56PM_yesterday was all fun and good but I felt so..sad...? on my way home. sleeping on the subway is too comfortable.
I don't know if I want to become someone special to you...? all I really know is that I like hanging out with you.

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December 7:
he said he likes me

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December 8:
? a lot has kinda happened ?
yesterday, during my first break, I sent a text to j_m asking if she wanted to meet on the weekend cause I wanted to talk. I was nervous and I felt cold after pressing send. I did it near the end so right away I shut my phone off and headed back. now or never I guess. I surprisingly didn't think much about it cause I was put on cash, so time sped up and I was preoccupied. it's still pretty ambiguous, it's exam week for her so yeah. I just wished her good luck and suggested maybe next week. she didn't reply and I'm not assigning any meaning to that. I did something! and if it's not reciprocated, I feel like I'll be able to truly move on. I don't have any expectations. I want to keep it that way.

got through the 3 closing shifts! one of those days was especially nice. I think I appeared more open and the world just was just so much more receptive. I'm trying to keep this in mind. I have the whole weekend off, which seems to be rare?

re: he said he likes me
it's all very strange. when I'm confronted with those types of feelings, I always feel kinda sickly and my automatic response is to shut it down fast. seeing

I like you
A lot

appear on my phone made me feel...warm.

"I don't not-like him but I think it's too soon" was how I described how I felt to j_a today. I couldn't immediately respond to his feelings. I told him that I liked spending time with him and wanted to continue with that. is that a fair response? I didn't want to talk about this over text.
I'll ask him to meet me soon and I'll be like HEY...
the thought of seeing him after those series of texts doesn't make me feel dread.

Date: December. 3, 2018

Subject: diary, heart

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December 2:
I still have a habit of mostly keeping everything in my head.

the lights in the store are too gotdam bright but I still feel like I could fall asleep standing up. the funny thing is, if the lights were dimmer I would still complain. I think I just hate the ambience of busy malls in general. it's the opposite of comfortable, cosy.
I feel like I'm under a microscope at work which sounds alarming, but is also a great metaphor for micromanagement. hah. my schedule this week sucks. I have the closing shift 3 days in a row. but at least I have the weekend off + school signup fees ate up so much of last month's paycheck. I'm going to earn back that amount (double, actually) with just this week. trudge on!

I'm thinking of doing something but I won't say what cause I'm scared of having expectations. somehow, things always go wrong when I start imagining possible (I wrote pissible at first haha that's funny) scenarios in my head. I'm inspired by g_l's decisiveness.
I don't know. even typing it out scares me cause now it exists somewhere outside my thoughts. so I either do it and live or...nothing...

this is today's report. it's 12:18AM and I should sleep soon (now) cause I've got the opening shift.

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December 3:
I didn't think much about anything today.
I was grumbly because I spontaneously put in one the more dead sections of the store for a bit, which sounds chill on text but it's actually super boring. it's the very front of the store too so it feels kinda vulnerable. I was originally supposed to be restocking which passes the time faster.
anyways, I was pretending to be busy and rearranging the already neat piles on the display table when I heard someone excitedly call out my name. it took me a moment. for some reason, whenever I hear my name called out I automatically assume they're talking to someone else? it was g_l and he was on his way to start his shift. my reaction was weak, I was feeling lethargic. it was so sudden..! but it made me happy.

Date: December. 1, 2018

Subject: not great but more than good

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I ate tonkatsu with j_a yesterday~

I got full really easily, my appetite really shrunk over the years. I mean. it's not a new realization, but at that moment it was just very apparent. during my second serving of rice, I already felt weighed down. I'm sure 1, 2 years ago I would've been able to eat 3 bowls and still feel fine. my stomach felt like an endless pit back then. it's just kinda...interesting?
anyways, it was a really fulfilling meal.
I also bought a pastel blue water bottle for work. now I no longer have to drink from bottled water, it's about time!

happy December...time is really flying by...!

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reading my old entries is weird because they're honest but I can tell that I'm holding myself back. reference for myself: from the months September-October, I felt either despair or emptiness for the majority of the time by myself. I didn't want to die but I remember feeling like that was the only option/the "right" thing to do. I didn't let myself fully feel things except at night when everyone was sleeping, and I quietly wept to myself but all I really wanted to do was loudly bawl. I'm sure I'll find myself feeling that way again but these days have been better. I still, and will probably always feel lost and abnormal but I'm relieved that it no longer feels like the end.

Date: November. 27, 2018

Subject: No Subject (14)

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November 24:
asked j_y for her number but I ended up texting the wrong person cause I replaced an 8 with a 9.

"hey it's ___, now u have my number yayay"
"I think you got the wrong number"

I thought she was kidding but I checked what she wrote down and realized it was my bad. while I was editing the contact, I accidentally called the stranger for 1 second. I was too tired to feel embarrassed though. anyways, I successfully texted j_y and we had a laugh over what happened.

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November 27:
I don't remember when but my dad drove me to work and he asked about you, and I gave my usual detached answer. he was quiet for a bit and then he talked to me about growing up, growing apart from people, and how everyone moves on with their lives. I pretended to look out the window cause it made me cry. I convince myself that I am ok and I've moved on but there are always days where it hurts so much, and then I'm left with the fact that I have not changed.

sometimes it feels like my throat is swelling and closing up and I can't speak. I'm thinking of the words but nothing comes out. I panic and then I finally puke out words.
this happened with one particular lady who asked me where the t-shirts were. when nothing came out she started repeating herself kinda condescendingly cause I guess she thought I didn't understand english.

ah I got paid but it didn't feel real. I feel good about it though. I also sent out some school applications. I've been feeling very...occupied.

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ate pho for the first time today. I shared an xl bowl with g_l. he bought me green tea from starbucks which was nice. we sat in these cushiony chairs for a while and talked. a random guy joined the conversation which would've been fine but it became very one-sided..."it turned into his manifesto". when we part ways we give each other a friendly, brief hug. today, I was taken aback because it wasn't so brief? I felt bad because I think it felt like I was trying to escape but I was just unprepared.
what am I trying to justify?
I don't want to be presumptuous but on the other hand, I might just be pretending to be dense.
ummmmmmmmmm I'm going to shower and sleep now.
I don't know I don't know I don't know

Date: November. 24, 2018

Subject: the closing shift is terrible/sorry brother, you deserve a better entry title

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survived working a 12 hour black friday shift. seeing so many people condensed together made me feel sick. I have the day off so everything is a-okkk.
work is work so it's obviously not the most fun thing but regardless, I'm still very grateful. with that in mind, I have to put this thought somewhere: many of my fellow coworkers love micromanaging people...many of my coworkers are narcs...

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happy birthday to my brother!

he's currently out with friends. I wanted to get him a shirt I thought he'd like at work, maybe during my break on black friday but uhh yeah it didn't happen.

Date: November. 22, 2018

Subject: No Subject (13)

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November 21:
just thinking...the world is truly mysterious. the coworker I hung out with 2 days ago literally got fired yesterday. so technically he's not my coworker anymore.
I never know when I should start referring to people in my life with their underscore names in my entries. maybe now is good. he's g_l.

I have a l'occitane soap bar but I keep forgetting to use it. sometimes I imagine slicing it up cause I keep seeing those types of videos on instagram (I won't do it though).

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November 22:
I met up with g_l after his job interview...we're both hoping that it went well. we went to mcdonalds and talked for a while. I also debuted my red dress!
not much to say...it was nice and comfortable. oh, he bought a cookie and gave me half.

it feels so...fresh?
have I really been deprived of friendship for that long? okk maybe not deprived but I do think it's been a while since I've cultivated a friendship that didn't feel empty.

the moon looked huge today. I kind of stared in awe when I was walking home from the station, but not for long cause it was cold. I took a photo but it just looks like a glowing blob, which isn't an inaccurate description of the moon but no details were preserved. I wish I could jam a usb drive into the side of my head and select things from my memory to print. I want to remember how it looked.

Date: November. 19, 2018

Subject: warm

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I woke up at 5:30AM for work...had to arrive by 7:30PM. I could have slept a little bit more but I like taking my time getting ready. it actually wasn't so bad. I got off work at 4:30PM, which is pretty early!

I had "coffee" with a coworker afterwards. "coffee" cause we went to a cafe but I got a strawberry banana smoothie. we talked for 3ish hours? it was wholesome and not awkward. I shared some personal details about myself that I normally never bring up. he was so candid with me that I wanted to do the same.
it was just so...nice to meet someone and feel ease. so nice to feel a real, natural connection.

yesterday, we briefly talked during work hours on the floor which is allowed but ???? managers want you focusing on your work mostly. he gave me his number and I remember thinking that it'll probably become an empty coworker friendship, where we'd say hi/bye and never really talk about anything. I was also thinking about pulling my classic move of telling them that I might never text them cause I'm a terrible texter (not false) and leaving it at that. but that thought didn't sit well with me...I kinda recently realized that life or whatever gives me opportunities but I respond with indifference. I'm trying to not just float through time.
anyways I sent a text, which led to today's meeting. I feel :)

Date: November. 17, 2018

Subject: butter pound cakes & burnt walnuts

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November 16:
went to the mall with j_a but I didn't get anything...I said this to her while we were in some shops but I found the clothes very uninspiring? which sound very pretentious but that's just how I felt.
I want to have more white tops. it's what I'm into lately. although they're troublesome, they make me feel girly, dainty, cute. I did find a white top which I liked quite a bit but it was slightly too baggy and the sleeves looked funky (the bad funky). I think if it was smaller, it would've looked more flattering. I still kinda wish I got it. I'm going to stop thinking about it before it turns into regret. reminding myself that it's not good to half-heartedly purchase clothes because 90% it's a wasteful choice.

oh yeah I saw this girl I knew off instagram at the mall. she runs an art account with a decent following. I found and followed her in middle school but I unfollowed years later. she became one of those people I remember at random times and occasionally check in to see how they're doing. they're nostalgic...?
how weird!

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November 17:
I cut my nails too short and now the tips of my fingers sting
and I need to get in the habit of bringing lip balm with me when I go out.

my aunt (jpn) left. her prescence in the household was so natural.

got a pack of dorayaki...so fluffy.

Date: November. 15, 2018

Subject: No Subject (12)

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I was going to write yesterday after work but I fell asleep after dinner...I woke up this morning super confused because I couldn't remember if I showered or did any of my nightly activities. anyways, I didn't but it was okkkk since I have the next 3 days off. I took a long morning shower so it's all good.

y e s t e r d a y :
I wore these navy corduroy overalls to work and 3 people commented on them...that was nice. I was also talked more with my coworkers, it's not so awkward and foreign anymore! the company hit our target sales for the month so we were sent free snacks from the top dogs overseas. one manager asked if I wanted to "quickly go upstairs and secure some snacks" which made me laugh because it was such serious wording.

I got some chewy fruit candies and a bag of spicy corn chips. I was holding the chip bag on the subway cause I didn't have space in my bag, I was standing in front of a woman and her son. she asked me if they were spicy and I told her I haven't tried them yet. we talked for a bit about spicy foods and at some point, we talked about mukbangs for a bit cause she brought it up. it was pleasant and interesting. she got off before me so I wished her a good night.
it's been ok. I'm tired but ok.

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it's snowing but it's not shocking anymore. remember seeing the first snow of the season and running to your window in awe despite knowing what snow looks like already?

Date: November. 12, 2018

Subject: No Subject (11)

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no work today so I went shopping with my mom and my visiting aunt. I bought some clothes...a pair of pants and a dress. surprising purchases, they're so hard to shop for but I was somehow lucky today.

pants -> I can't believe I don't have to have them shortened
dress -> it's red and it's so lovely and flattering. for once, I don't look like I'm swimming in fabric. the red contrasts with my dark hair nicely. I feel like a refined lady in it (´・ω・`)
I got it from the retail company I currently work for, I used my employee discount for the first time.

Date: November. 11, 2018

Subject: 11-11

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November 10:
I don't want to write about work all the time, but it's the majority of my day so it can't be helped. reading my old unemployed entries is weird. at the time, I felt lonely because I felt like I didn't have anything. I have something now but somehow alienation still follows and I do not feel it until my subway ride home.

also just been thinking...how do people find time to even be in relationships? blah blah yes "if people truly like each other they'd invest time" blah blah but I mean...how...? especially students who also work. I guess since I've started, I come home everyday feeling so mentally and physically drained. can't imagine sustaining both friendships and romance.

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November 11:
I knew the girl sitting in front of me during my subway ride today. we met in first grade and we have the same name. she moved but we met years later when we were tweens cause we took the same language classes. classmates considered us a "pair" despite us not really being friends. we were...both quiet. once, we both unintentionally read an alex rider book at the same time and that was somewhat of a sight.
I don't think she recognized me and I didn't say anything. just thinking that the world's a funny place.

I was putting away a ladder and a small man helped me open the door. when I said thank you he smiled and said "short people should stick together" and I laughed.

Date: November. 8, 2018

Subject: resting day

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after my first day of work I came home with extremely sore arms and hands, I couldn't type or even HOLD a plate without shaking and feeling pain shoot up to my shoulders. I am so not in shape...hopefully I'll get used to the physical work soon.
work is...hmm...hard to describe. it's not terrible but I feel really out of place, which is probably normal for all new hires? I don't expect myself to know everything after only working there for 2 days, but I just hate feeling confused and lost. I don't know the store well enough so I'm not very helpful in assisting people. so far people have been quite understanding. then again, only 2 days in.

I also want to get to know my coworkers more but I can't find appropriate times to talk. I don't want to chat during my shifts cause I'm not really at ease yet. everyone seems to have made close bonds with one another so I feel a bit intrusive during my breaks. aaaaaaah I'm overthinking all this. I will just t a l k.
yesterday, I rode the subway with one of the new hires. a good sign: it wasn't an awkward trip (*・Θ・)

Date: November. 5, 2018

Subject: something new

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dreamt that I confronted you. I woke up when I asked, "do you even care anymore?" did my subconscious not know the answer? we were in my room, I was sitting in the chair and you were on my bed. it was scarily vivid. I feel like I just witnessed a snippet of an alternate reality in which I pull my guts together and get a grip.

we were both heated and unloving. I didn't cry. is that a sign of moving on? finally...I'm thinking but I'm scared you're slowly disappearing more and more every day. I mean, that's what I'm supposed to want but another part of me feels despair...
on a better note, I got up really early today.

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my first day at work is tomorrow and I'm excited but I know I'm going to be more and more nervous as today progresses. it's retail, which isn't that big of a deal but still. I'm happy to have something productive to do every day.
I feel like it might be a "grass is greener on the other side" scenario. I've had too much free time. but maybe within a couple of weeks, I'd wish I could have time to myself.
I'm! excited! put me behind a register! or something.


p.s: the heart shaped cake turned out well!

Date: November. 4, 2018

Subject: apparently baking can subdue pessimism

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sometimes:
1. I feel like I'm not meant to have friends.
2. I wish I was somewhat more like my brother because we're on a similar wavelength and struggle with similar insecurities, the difference is that he seems to deal with them better.
3. I feel like a whiny idiot who's got nothing better to do so I create problems to pick at.

yuckkkkk.

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everyone is irritating to some degree and I really don't like thinking about the specifics of that but today, I feel cynicism bubbling up.
I can't be around overbearing and clingy people.
can the world be quiet for a bit? please?

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you ever feel like your brain's going to explode but that feeling only lasts like an hour and then you return back to rationality?
hi...I made cakes with my mom and all is well.
we used the heart shaped cake pan I got today and...I just like that very much.

Date: November. 2, 2018

Subject: sour oranges

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random crying spell last night; woke up with no eyelids.

I'm having one of those days where I feel avoiding everyone and I hope this feeling doesn't leak into the weekend.

look I'm not claiming to be an amazing conversationist but sometimes when I'm with someone, I purposely stop asking questions just to see where the conversation goes sorry it's a douche move but it's still disappointing when it just becomes quiet...

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me trying on a striped turtleneck I thrifted for $3.99 and semi-bragging to my brother:
"it's from jones wear"
"JONESTOWN?"

Date: November. 1, 2018

Subject: exhausting myself so I sleep better at night

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just woke up a couple of minutes ago to record last night's dream...which felt like I experienced 3 movies at a time.

I was in a medical facility with an obese lady undergoing experimental weight treatment. doctors squeezed her into a tight case and moulded her skin and fat like it was dough. result: really smooth skin and a cartoon sculpted look
the case was basically a tight metal sausage casing with various holes for fat to spill out for doctors to work with.

there's a computer screen and you can select a patient to mould. there's a youngish guy (mid 30s-40s) and an old man. the guy I was with (Y) picks the youngish man (G). G appears in a metal case, Y is moulding him and I'm just watching. he starts getting aggressive and angry because G is withholding information.

Y: older than me, black hair, balding, glasses

Y cuts a slit into each of G's eyes and stabs him in the heart. there's no blood. G shrinks and becomes a skin coloured lump of fat. Y picks "it" up, puts it on his head and wears it like a wig...

...

the doctor who owns the medical facility where G was killed is exposed online. his name was like C something lily.
he's been extracting __ from his patients without consent to achieve __
he was exposed on an online forum by a patient he treated since he was young. 600+ forum pages within minutes. patient had blackmail material on C. lily. the patient also found old drawings from his stay in the hospital. one looked normal but when you flipped it a certain way, it was a drawing of C. lily holding a knife. there was video footage of a lab filled with materials extracted from patients.

...

my brother's driving and I'm sitting in the back. he's trying to outrun cops. I asked, "is outrunning cops hard?" and he answers, "kind of".
he drives for a while and makes various turns. we see a car flip 3 times over right in front of us and I'm confused so I yell "is that us?!?" and my brother looks at me like I'm an idiot and says no. my MOM crawls from under the wrecked car and says hi to us. she asked what we wanted for dinner. apparently we're home.

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it rained all day today and I waited at the bus stop for an absurdly long time. I went to look for a gift for a_i's birthday, which is next week.
I'm home and I'm hungry, I might eat noodles again even though I'm 70% sick of noodles but I don't think there's anything else in the house.

literally 10 minutes later: just ate 2 halloween cookies. now what

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no one remembers me but
I remember (mostly) everyone

Date: October. 31, 2018

Subject: halloween!

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happy halloweenis
hallowiener

I finally got my peeling gel! it was originally $17 which disgusted me because I remember buying it for $12 at full price. but I decided to get it anyway cause I was already there and I needed it anyway. they were apparently having a 30% off shop sale so I ended up getting it for $13. that was good.

I wanted to try on this black dress I saw last week but it was gone.
pros: saved $, no try on hassle
cons: it was a really cute dress. bye bye

the guy who plays his electric guitar underground was playing with a skeleton mask on today. festive spirit!

Date: October. 30, 2018

Subject: calm day

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October 28:
had dinner with my brother and his friends today. we went to a korean restaurant, I mainly ate pork dumplings. I didn't really know what to say since I'm not close with his friends. I've never interacted with them much. it wasn't terrible though because they're funny people. I'm just ??? shy's not the word. I don't want to be a person who forcibly interjects my presence.

I need to buy some facial exfoliant and moisturizing cream...I've gotten too used to just mixing sunscreen with a light serum.

October 30:
went to this little shop to buy this peeling gel I used to have, but they didn't have it. I bought 3 face masks anyway. the weather was nice so I didn't really mind going out. it was one of those rare days where I actually take my time walking instead of my usual hurried pace.

I saw a girl holding a huge orange leaf. just thought that was nice.
I also saw a literal toddler wearing gucci sneakers. I'm not sure whether they were real or fake but it's disturbing either way.

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I don't know how I feel when I read personal blogs and find myself relating to their entries, then I find out they're like 28+ years old. the subjects of the entries are mostly about the mundane every day and feelings of melancholy, loneliness. do those feelings never go away? I'm not a kid but I'm also barely anything compared to a 30-year-old.
or maybe I have it warped. maybe those feelings are more normal for a 28+-year-old than a person my age.
I guess my thought process was, the more time you spend alive the easier it becomes to manage or overcome those thoughts.

I never liked disclosing my age online.
1. I want to mostly be an internet nobody
2. habit? personal privacy online was heavily instilled by my parents

but lately I've been thinking about the fact that I'll only be this certain age for a year, duh. only for a certain duration can I say, I'm xx years old. this sounds like pretentious dribble you spout from the first time you get high but I've been really thinking about this!!! maybe I should start screaming everywhere online, "hi, I'm __ and I'm xx years old" (no I won't).

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yeah, right
I am right
hehehehehehe

Date: October. 27, 2018

Subject: if blue could be happiness, then that's all I'd want

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the last time we were alone together, I *think* I was reading A Girl by The Sea on the carpet of your room. you asked why I wasn't lazing on the bed and I said I don't know, I mean I had an answer in the corner of my mind but I didn't say it. I moved and yeah it was definitely comfier than my jacked up seating position.
"did you get to the butthole part yet?"
"shut up"

you appeared in my dream last night. I don't remember anything other than that. this seriously sucks.

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I spent 3+ hours fiddling around on photoshop. it crashed at some point which made me actually gasp. when I frantically relaunched it, what I was working on was back as a recovered file. thought: cool feature, no devastation today yay!

Date: October. 26, 2018

Subject: No Subject (10)

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11:22AM: I finally used the hair mask a_i gave me last night. morning showers are nice. I'm so awake right now.
it smells like shea butter.

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yesterday I started writing about something but I ended up ugly crying into a hello kitty handkerchief instead. I thought about a comment j_a made, "do you ever cry so intensely that in the middle of it you think to yourself, 'this is really great movie material, like someone should film me'", I think I would've laughed if I wasn't so busy weeping.

I feel un/happy as usual, laugh with people, continue living.

I wish I lived somewhere cooler.
cool as in cool. not temperature. there's enough of that here.

haven't been remembering any of my dreams.

I keep sleeping late because I'm too lazy to brush my teeth. of course dental hygiene is a must but I'd rather stay up for an additional 2 hours than tackle a 5 minute task? gotta stop that.

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walked to find j_a. the usual routine of hanging about and talking. we witnessed a very obvious first date because they sat next to us in the tea shop. so I eavesdropped (...nosy idiot). it was awkward but what did I expect! despite that, it still was cute and they seemed sweet together...good luck.
I admire people who shoot their shot.

Date: October. 23, 2018

Subject: pure^pure

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I got the job?! I'm going to start in November!!! I'm so gotdam happy but also shocked, they told me that if I didn't hear by the 21st....?

I'm overwhelmed
thank you thank you thank you

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1. the dissection of a choco pie
I start by eating the top layer of cake (a crumbly experience). then I peel the marshmallow layer off. a one piece peel is ideal. marshmallow is generally kinda nasty but the layer is fluffy and not actually too bad. lastly, I peacefully eat the bottom cake layer.

2. I like undoing my braid at the end of the day. okkk it's not like I have much of a choice, it's basically routine but I like it.

3. I want a black long sleeve leotard...

4. I had this very long phase where I made myself as plain looking as possible. I'm thinking about it a lot these days. I was hygienic but never did anything "extra", eg. skincare was non-existent, plain clothes every day...secretly I rampage around in girly dresses, hair texture could be described as "barb wire", etcetc. kind of just rejected anything too feminine. it was a weird time.

Date: October. 21, 2018

Subject: I'm herehereherehere

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October 20:
a couple of days ago I wrote vaguely about something hopeful that happened. I got interviewed for a job and I did pretty well (I thought so). I didn't hear back from them and yeah that's it. it's disappointing because I really wanted to work for them. getting interviewed = my foot was in the door. the door was gently shut on my face.

the last 2 days I was especially sad, so I read 200+ chapters of Berserk hjhhhh. maybe not a total loss because it's good...but unexpected, I'm not a huge fan of the genres adventure/action. I've also been listening (+discovering) to sad songs and semi-sulking. I describe it as semi because the thought process is usually: aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh why why why aaaaahhhhhhh wow this song is good!

'_>' continuing to trudge on

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October 21, happy birthday dad!

Date: October. 15, 2018

Subject: yesterday & today

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I made egg custard/pudding...I don't know why I haven't thought about it before considering how simple it is. the texture of pudding is really appealing for some reason. I want to buy a ramekin but I feel like I'm only going to use it a total of 3 times so maybe I should forget it.

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re: "it took me 45 min of pacing around to realize that I entered the outdated address for the pop up shop I’ve been trying to find and now it’s closed good job bonehead"

yesterday wasn't a total bust though. my brother drove to meet me. we went to a shwarma place and it was kind of terrible (not a fan so I just got fries). it was like watching a bad restaurant sitcom. I wasn't mad though, they seemed like decent people and they weren't rude or anything like that. one guy was way too chill and the other looked like he was going to have a breakdown at any moment.

things that really resonated with me:
- a lady wanted them to wash all the tomatoes because a fly landed on the pile. the chill guy just filled a cup with tap water and poured it all over the already soggy tomatoes
- they needed to check this guy's order so they casually tore the top of their cash register off to look at the receipts roll. his order was messed up. he was with his girlfriend (I'm assuming) and she looked like she was astral projecting to a better universe
- an annoyed lady left because she couldn't find the start of the line. I don't want to sound like a douche but it kind of made me laugh...the store's layout was pretty self-explanatory

Date: October. 13, 2018

Subject: o k

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on the phone

j_a: I had cankles in middle school
me: no u didn't
j_a: I did, I sprained my ankle from playing soccer and it swelled up
me: so u had a cankle
j_a: well yeah but once I sprained both my ankles
me: then u had cankles

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I watched a racoon slither out of our trash cans (live) (I was literally less than a metre away) and I froze. my mind just went aaaahhhhh!!!!! it was so...surreal? my mom was just frantically motioning me to get inside already while making the door gap as tiny as possible to prevent the animal from becoming part of the family.
racoons are really cute though...city ones are so round and their paws are so tiny...seeing one emerge from my trash was just not ideal.

I baked a cake but not really. it was cake mix. but I did put it in the oven to bake it, so I baked a cake. is baking the process or the heat cooking the batter? anyways, it's chocolate and it looks and tastes decent. using the hand mixer is so fun and satisfying. I feel like I'm in yumeiro patissiere whenever I use it. I don't know if they used hand mixers or they just whisked everything because it appears more hardworking. a girl in 8th grade recommended it to me and I watched one episode and I thought it was bad, so I didn't get far enough to become knowledgeable in their choice of kitchen appliances.

Date: October. 12, 2018

Subject: growing up is finishing a tube of chapstick

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I ate dinner with j_a again. it's the only time where we can thoroughly talk since we're usually busy throughout the day. unless we call during the day, those phone calls can last for hours...
we talked about this guy she's been interested in (rare event) in a cafe. but we left because the people beside us were really noisy. anyways, whenever we talk about guys I think we both feel really hee hee about it. I can only describe it in that way. I like girlish talks because...it feels very girly, feminine and it's a nice feeling. we didn't talk much about those types of things in the past because we were toooo prideful (we still are) to admit anything and we didn't want to talk about that stuff constantly.
she asked if she was talking about him too much and I was like noooo. it's her time to shine. in my head I'm just thinking, she is growing up.....TuT

Date: October. 9, 2018

Subject: being a sap, being vague

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it's weird and sad to think about never talking to you again. I mean it's already happening but like...I won't ever text you random happenings in my life and neither will you. if I see a really good movie I won't tell you about it. you won't know the good, the bad, and the mundane in my life. I would consider myself quite sentimental but ??? I don't feel sad when the music you recommend plays on my spotify. despite the fact that we watched Isle of Dogs together and I can still remember that day really clearly, I would watch it again and feel ok. actually maybe that's a lie. maybe I'll cry in the theatre but it probably won't just be 100% you because I have the tendency to just cry in theatres and Isle of Dogs is sad in a happy way. why do I write about you? I'm no longer in your thoughts.

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I packed away my summer clothes and organized my winter wear yesterday. not looking forward to the cold. it's been rainy and foggy these past few days. it looked kind of cool and moody but it made me feel like a wet sock. the sun is out today! I hope tomorrow's weather will be the same. something really exciting and hopeful happened today but I'm afraid I'll jinx it if I write about it...(I hope things go well)

Date: October. 8, 2018

Subject: :}

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last night I slept earlier than usual - I wanted to wake up earlier because I was meeting with a_i. I couldn't sleep for 2 hours (I couldn't resist the temptation of looking at my phone) but thankfully I woke up on time. we went to a cafe and I bought sweet potatoes fries, they were good. we rode the train back together. but truthfully, I wanted to walk from the cafe to j_a's house which was nearby. I felt it would be rude...like I'm doing something dishonest?

I hate carrying bags when I'm out. I used to be the type of person who'd wear my backpack out every time, even when I just had my wallet on me. now I can't stand having luggage attached to me. I carried a small tote bag during the summer. it's gotten colder and I wore my autumn jacket today which has secure pockets...I'm free!

I had dinner with j_a. we ordered karaage rice bowls. the restaurant's atmosphere was A+.

Date: October. 2, 2018

Subject: disappointment

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I saw a job offer as a phone receptionist at a spa in the newspaper (they didn't list their business name or address which didn't seem weird, limited space I assumed). I put off calling because I was nervous.
but I finally called and an interview was arranged! when I hung up I was so full of energy I felt like I could run laps. the lady texted me the address and it all went downhill when I searched it up. it was one of those shady massage parlours that offered sex etc. so uuuh I'm not going to show up.

the ambiguous job search continues...

oh and I ate crab with my grandparents. very good.

Date: October. 1, 2018

Subject: No Subject (9)

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I went to the bank with my mom to do...banking stuff. but it just emphasized how utterly clueless I am with those sorts of things. thankfully, the financial officer we were working with wasn't very stern. I still kind of feel like I made an idiot of myself. it didn't help that I had a huge urge to laugh whenever I made eye contact with my mom, the silent office wasn't helping.

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I'm thinking of you a_y. you posted a haircut selfie on instagram today, which you never do. half your face is covered by your phone so I don't really know what you look like. I wonder what type of person you are now...I'm sooo happy you still draw :} I want to comment on some posts but I'm afraid that'd be awkward.

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I regret letting my hormonal sadness control certain aspects of my life in the past. the current me would tell the past me to get a grip. and to dress better.

Date: September. 29, 2018

Subject: you're not here / you're not anywhere

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September 24:
1AM
my brother turns on the desktop
"what are you doing"
"I need to print something. doing my hw on the bus tomorrow"
"what?!?!"

also, his pronunciation of Versace: ver-saucy (joke?)

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September 29:
I wanted to take pictures at the beach yesterday, but the sky turned cloudy when I was all dressed and ready to leave. I decided to go another day.
I had dinner with j_a and it was good~ I was kind of sad because I thought I wasted my day but I felt better just talking and hanging out with her. the sun sets so fast now, and it's actually cold. I thought I would be fine with wearing a hoodie with no undershirt but I was actually shivering when we were idly sitting outside a starbucks. we didn't want to go home yet because the conversation was good!

I'm sick? I'm not sure. my stomach just feels like it's trying to self-destruct. I spent most of today in bed and drinking water.

Date: September. 23, 2018

Subject: writing for no one

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my last roll of film developed and I want to scan them but I haven't been able to. she's in so many of the photos. it was during the times when I felt closest to her, and now it hurts to sift through.
I wrote about the past, but I just deleted it. it makes me so sad just reading it. I found a blog and it's my favourite type of blog. the writing is nothing special, it's so simple, honest, and lovely. the entries are all written in Chinese so I run them through an online translator...maybe it's all butchered up but I think the general ideas are still understandable and sweet.

I read an entry from 2001 about their loss of a friendship:

I am willing to go back to the summer, when we are good friends who love each other.
Because I know a reality: maybe we will never be friends again.
I'm so sad at heart

I read it and I felt pain.

Date: September. 20, 2018

Subject: bekobeko

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+last night+

the plane is so far away, it looks like a floating piece of dust in the sky.

saw a baby in a body carrier. dangling baby legs...cute. so short and stout.

a man is looking over someone's backyard fence. he's looking at their grape arbor.

skyscrapers kind of look like tall standing crystals during the evening. timing and setting is crucial.

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underscores_are_underrated_?

on another note, I deleted solitaire off my phone because it was seriously draining the life out of the battery. it was also really unhealthy to spend every waking minute of my free time playing solitaire, and if I wasn't, I would think about the next time I would be able to. not good. I feel like I have a semi-addictive personality. but on the other hand, that's literally everyone on the planet.

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I remember my dream from this morning, 8:23PM
part 1:
I was walking through a neighbourhood with this girl off instagram. apparently many old ladies resided in that area and were tossing away lots of kitschy home decor. we were sifting through their garbage. the girl picked up a baby mobile (?). bunny keychains hung off it. we continued walking and stopping. I looked inside a box, it was filled with illustrations of dolls.

part 2:
I was in a thrift store with a_i. we found a bunch of cool belts. I started talking to this random girl. I would describe her style as "mall goth". one thing I remember really well was that she wore doc martens (JADON boots). we talked about ??? but I used to the word "deadstock" in conversation so...find meaning in that.

part 3:
I have 2 baby sisters! I remember one was going to be named something that starts with K. the other one, I don't know.

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< this is the longest organic entry!!! >
just a few more lines
and this page will...
scroll!

just barely though
(´・ _ ・`)

edit: only if your dimensions are (less than) 1366 x 768

Date: September. 19, 2018

Subject: blues

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I haven't gone out in 3 days which doesn't sound like a lot, but existing is a strenuous process so it feels like it's already been too long. I wonder what my grandparents are thinking. I'm afraid to tell them.
yesterday, I drank coffee (despite knowing that caffeine severely messes with my sleep) so I couldn't sleep last night. I was awake till 4AM. I was feeling kind of melancholic. I was thinking about how I missed the past, am scared of the future, and how I don't even like the present that much. late night pessimism...is garbage. anyways, I fell asleep at 5AM. I remember thinking around the 4:40AM mark, "this is really bad".

I started playing solitaire on my phone for some odd reason. it's kind of relaxing and ? fun ? I'm not a fast quitter anymore! one winter, the weather got really bad and the power went out. at the time I was addicted to the internet so the power outage didn't stop me from refreshing every few minutes (stupid, futile, waste of time, etcetc...I'm glad that phase is over). I opened up Microsoft games > solitaire to "pass the time" ie, quitting after 3 minutes. yay! for some low-level character development.

Date: September. 16, 2018

Subject: 3ptrn

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I tried pudding milk tea. it was a little too sweet and artificial tasting, but it's kind of expected. I would rate it 7/10, not bad. my brother got pineapple milk tea and my initial thought was...ew? it just reminded me of the stinging aftertaste of real pineapples. but it wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be.

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my arms are sore from playing volleyball (I kind of hate it) with j_a yesterday. my arms are practically bendy straws filled with putty. it was fun though...sometimes it just feels really nice to be absorbed in something, whether you're good at it or not.
j_a on the other hand, was sending the ball flying by only hitting it with one arm.

(・ o ・)

Date: September. 15, 2018

Subject: //////

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hi
how are you
              hungry
              miss u
.
.
.

I went to a church bbq with j_a again. her friend j_a.2 (same name he he) also went and I think we got along quite well. we were similar in a lot of ways and it was easy to talk to her, I liked that. it was very fun and refreshing to not feel so disconnected for once. I'm happy!!! ( ◠‿◠ )

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I briefly saw a_i. we had bubble tea and chatted. it kind of became a regular thing. so as usual, it was nice. they played May Rain - Leah Dou and a_i recognized it. anyways, it's currently 9:04PM and I just started the laundry load for the night. I know I was griping about the cold a couple of days ago, but it's hot again. I'm sweaty and uncomfortable. the weather will never win with me.

Date: September. 12, 2018

Subject: No Subject (8)

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September 9:
it's been cold. it seems like the city skipped the cozy, fall cold transition and just headed straight to the more grey and gloomy days. I woke up with a sore throat the other day and it developed into a cough. I don't want to be sick. I hate the cold and I'm worried.

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September 10:
I'm tired of writing such erratic entries even though I know it's human to be moody and indecisive. but I do not like flip-flopping from one intense mood to another. it's annoying to be hopeful one day but despair the next. I want to consistency, I want to be better. anyways, I don't know what to do with this information.

also, I saw something on the web today, I forgot where and what it was about but these words resonated: it's good to fill your thoughts with beautiful words and stories. a bit corny, right? but I think it's also pretty nice.
I read Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata today.

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September 12:
I was walking to the bookstore and I was stopped by some guy. it was ok, friendly conversation. I was going to write about it in detail but I just decided that it should just be a passing thought instead. it was kind of wholesome but not really. it was neither pleasant or unpleasant. I can't really explain it. I was relieved when he finally left.

Date: September. 1, 2018

Subject: to the beach and beyond!

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I went to the beach with j_a, we actually stayed quite late so we were too tired to set off the sparklers I bought. we were stagnant for half an hour or so. she was trying to tan, I sat cross-legged on my tiny tote bag because I forgot to bring a towel and we talked. actually, I'm not sure if we talked much. I was quietly spacing out ("are you ok? do you want me to buy you ice cream?" hahaha I told her that I was ok).
I was thinking about how I have to send a classically long confrontational text to j_m so I can feel some sort of...closure? acceptance? maybe I don't want to pathetically boil on my own anymore. I also thought about how *now* is a prominent milestone in my life. everything is changing. I wasn't sad though, just trying to organize my thoughts.

we explored the area. we've been to this beach before in the past but we usually stayed in one area. we walked far along the boardwalk. it was pretty and serene. our walk ended by this huge, outdated building. it looked like an abandoned museum or factory. the grass around the area looked so well kept - beautifully trimmed, lush green. we could still see the water. we looked through the glass doors and it turns out it was a factory (cool)!
it was getting dark so we walked back. everything was so nice. the distant swish swish of the water, the cool evening breeze, people walking their dogs back home, a man playing a pleasant tune on his piano. it was unknowingly moving. I said something along the lines of, "I think if a dog ran up to me and rub its face against my leg I might cry" to j_a and we laughed.

we walked so much but I'm surprisingly not tired.
I'm thinking back to my earlier spaced out thoughts and
I realized that I'm scared
but here is a promise to myself: no matter what happens/how you feel, you keep living. wait and see how everything pans out dummy hahahah.

p.s: j_a found a stark white rock by the water. she was going to toss it back but I was like noooo so now I have a really white rock in my bag.

Date: August. 30, 2018

Subject: I did not shrink today

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6:54AM: I am here.
last night I got up to pee 3 times which subsequently led to me not being able to sleep. not being able to sleep made me worried that I wasn't going to wake up early enough, which fueled my inability to sleep even more. I got to stop drinking so much water before I go to bed.

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10:56M: I actually got home earlier but was so tired I fell asleep. I was nervous at first but it was actually really nice! the people were kind and the activities were fun. I felt panicked when people were getting into groups to do icebreaker activities and nearly made a run for it but I'm really glad that I stayed. the activities seemed to be designed for social people, so it didn't suit me but it wasn't a big deal. it was a very fre$h experience. it really did seem like a good institution and today's events alleviated a lot of my worries.
I know that my worries aren't going to come to a halt just from today's events. but I'm happy...for the first time since June, I feel genuine stability.
for a while, I couldn't imagine a life for myself so I thought it was pointless. I wanted to die, but not really.
I didn't know if I could live through this period of my life because I thought I was making a lot of regrettable decisions.
was sick of being kept up at night by self-loathing and turmoil.

I want today's feeling to last a little longer.

Date: August. 29, 2018

Subject: I was going to write something inspirational and lovely about love or something (failure)

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from the video [Hong Kong Connection:Ageing In Place]

wife: it'd be better if I die first. I don't know anything. if he dies first, life will even be sadder for me.
what can we do?

husband: I would prefer to have her go first too. I'm not being selfish. if she goes first, at least I'll be around to take care of things, and she won't have to suffer anymore. I can cope with more hardship; she can't.
at times I think...
it'd be best if we could go at the same time.

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I'm going to my 大学 orientation tomorrow. I'm not thinking much about it right now but 70% I'm going to be nervous during my commute. everything is manageable and adaptable...literal thousands and hundreds of people are going through the same thing I am. thousands and hundreds of people have already gone through the same experience. I'm going to be ok but I'm still fearful. the thing that's bothering me the most right now...is so stupid...I'm dreading the moment I have to walk into a room full of strangers. the awkwardness of walking from the door to a seat might suffocate me. I really dislike being intently watched by strangers, it makes me forget how to walk like a human. I'm sure I look fine, but internally...
"am I walking right???? what does that even mean"
"my legs feel weird"
"let me rid myself of any expression"
etc. it's going to last 3 minutes tops. I'm going to feel stupid for 3 minutes and get on with it. but I'm still going to wake up way too early in the morning to mentally prep myself ha ha.

Date: August. 27, 2018

Subject: 222222

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9:20AM: I've been up since 7 for no particular reason. my dad's loud talking woke me up and I couldn't fall back asleep. it rained again. it's been gloomy lately.

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when I'm in the shower I can describe how I feel things so well in my head. but when I actually write, it sounds awful. I guess it's expected when you're a mediocre writer who used to internalize and hide all your thoughts until recently.

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I changed my lockscreen background so everytime I switch my phone on I'm momentarily taken aback and I think, "who's phone is this?".

Date: August. 26, 2018

Subject: rot

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I had a really weird dream today I'm too embarrassed to write about it. it was 10% n//s///f//w (headache) which is cringey to think about out of the ordinary. I don't know what my subconscious is trying to communicate but it makes me feel like my noggin's going haywire.

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I don't want August to end but I know we all have to keep moving.

Date: August. 25, 2018

Subject: no talking

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2:11PM: meeting with j_a soon and trying to decide what to wear. it looks like it's going to rain.

10:28PM: I just got home and found out that my grandpa on my mom's side died. my mom was suppose to fly out of the country on tuesday to see him. I wish she got to see him in person. it's not fair whywhywhywhy she doesn't deserve this.

Date: August. 22, 2018

Subject: downtown stories about fictional romances

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today's activities include:
- waking up early and doing nothing!
- wrapped myself in my blankets because it was actually quite chilly today. fell asleep.
- woke up to my mom laughing at me and asking why my lips were so red (thought I was going to be productive and go out so I applied a lip cream hahaha)

I did go out in the end though! I went to the mall with my mom, it wasn't very interesting. shops already have fall collections out. I feel very ahhh! about it. saw a pair high waisted contrast stitched baggy jeans (a_i wanted something similar for a while), that was pretty notable. we went to the thrift store afterwards to drop off a couple of items and browsed around for a bit. I bought 3 shirts. they're versatile and cute, they're the type of shirts where I can just throw on a pair of blue jeans and still look kind of..."cool". one is green and written on the front of it, in chinese characters, "no water to drink, drink sand instead". I couldn't stop laughing at it...?

*title: it's written on another shirt I bought and I thought it sounded so nice (?).

Date: August. 21, 2018

Subject: No Subject (7)

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j_a got hot black coffee, I got a hash brown and glazed donut. I'm not a coffee person because it just makes me feel gross and then I can't sleep at night, even when I drink it early in the morning. the only coffee worth ruining my sleep over is the iced coffee from mcdonalds. it tastes very muted and pleasant, not bitter nor too sweet. I've had it only once this summer. anyway, we talked about going to the beach...I'm excited :)

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recently, I've been searching for graphics on gifcities and browsing old websites. they're so cute and charming! I really wonder how the creators are doing today.

Date: August. 17, 2018

Subject: No Subject (6)

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I'm not in a good mood. I can rationalize my feelings, pinpoint the reasons why I feel the way I do, and think of proactive solutions to improve my mood. it's productive, but it feels like I'm decorating garbage. it's idiotic to expect people to notice your small nuances and connect it to your mood and change in behaviour. I don't want to be angry with people because I fail to communicate on my end. I don't want to blame people. I don't want to be difficult. but still, despite knowing that it's both unrealistic and stupid, I want someone to actually see me. I want someone to comfort me even when I have everything figured out.

I deleted a large portion of this entry. I promised myself when I started this log that I would never delete anything no matter how cringy or stupid. but I hate what I wrote. it doesn't feel like me, so much anger and bitterness. I hate becoming that person.

Date: August. 15, 2018

Subject: free

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currently eating hot porridge and sweating.

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I feel so productive!!!! I moved all my clothes on my rolling clothing rack into my actual closet. but I didn't just have a clothing rack, I also had two small chairs in front of it. I kept folded clothes on top of them. stuff that couldn't be hung and pieces I'd reach for frequently. my old room arrangement made me feel bad. I hated seeing two mountains of fabric. no matter how much I cleaned or culled old clothes it was forever busy and crammed.
a bad memory: my brother knocked all my neatly folded clothes on accident. it would've just been a mild inconvenience, but instead of apologizing he just kept smirking and making snarky comments while I picked up everything and tried to not blow a fuse. typing it out is slightly making my blood boil. how was I ok for the last 4+ years?
my closet was unusable, it was basically a family junk closet. my mom helped me sort through everything. I'm grateful :)) a lot was donated, trashed, or moved to the basement. there's so much space! I have an extra outlet that I forgot existed! it's nice to just have an uncluttered area. the wall is a bit stark though. I might leave it as is for a while or put up some postcards.
I'm so tired I might just melt into my bed.

Date: August. 13, 2018

Subject: remembering to use sunscreen on a cloudy day

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I met with a_i. while waiting for her, a small bird flew in and plopped itself beside me on the bench. I was in awe! I felt more relaxed. sometimes I feel dread for no reason. it happens frequently when I'm about to meet someone who I've made "week in advance" plans with (I like spontaneous meetups more/deciding what to do a day or two prior). anyway, all was well because 1. no need for the worry and 2. cute round bird.
we went thrifting. I got two shirts and a cool chain necklace. I thought the necklace was a bit bold and almost parted with it but I'm glad I didn't. it's my favourite necklace length (short, dangles just above the collarbone). very nice and surprisingly versatile too. we got bubble tea afterwards and just talked for a while. it was very comfortable.

Date: August. 10, 2018

Subject: "Wait I'm going to change pants it's too hot"

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e_c.y bought me a wooden box. I keep stickers in it.

we saw a black cat laying under a tree. s/he had wonderful green eyes and didn't run when I approached. I wanted to sit and spend the rest of the day petting the cat but the sun was frying the top of my head. I realized that s/he was the neighbourhood stray I've seen a couple of times throughout several years. I didn't think that s/he liked people because s/he would always run away. my heart was ◠‿◠

Date: August. 7, 2018

Subject: 10/100%

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I woke up at 5AM to sort out my 大学时间表...stressful...I wanted to crawl back to sleep. I finished around 8:40AM! I wasn't very productive today, I guess I was "recharging". but today was one of those days where I didn't have anywhere else to be but I didn't feel like staying in. I've been going outside more lately and it's been improving my mood, I want to feel the same everyday.

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two thoughts when I received the message from j_m:
X: nothing will change -> hopeless mindset
O: I'll have to see -> better mindset

thank you for remembering and I hope we'll talk soon. the changed dynamic is still very hard for me to accept. I know I'm not completely jumping from one conclusion to another but I'm starting to think, maybe I hate change more than I thought. maybe this is just? growing up? it's terrible but unavoidable.

Date: August. 6, 2018

Subject: b i r t h d a y

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I watched the new mission impossible movie (fallout) with my brother and e_c.y. it wasn't bad, but I can't imagine myself rewatching it. I liked the action scenes, especially the motorcycle chase! but as usual, movie theaters makes me extremely sleepy. I still felt myself dozing off during the action but I kept myself awake. the movie ended kind of late but we ate cake afterwards. it was a cream cake with lots of fruit on the top. it was spongey, simple, and not overly sweet...☆_☆

I'm afraid to type what I wished for when I blew out the candles...I really want them to come true. to be vague, I wished for good things to happen (why would I not?). birthdays are a breeding ground for loneliness and melancholy. the majority of today was good and I'm glad! but to be truthful, I have a feeling that I'm still going to feel vacant when I sleep. sounds super unfortunate but I don't think so...it's only unfortunate if I choose to dwell on those thoughts. I will actively counter them.

I can't believe I'm xx years old!!!! every year I feel older and older despite knowing that I'm so young compared to the whole scope of what my life could be.

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to you: I want to become a better person
to me: I want to stop neglecting myself

Date: August. 4, 2018

Subject: No Subject (5)

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something funky happened today. I was out with e_c.y again, we were on the bus back from the mall. I was going to buy spoons but I ended up just getting stickers (not a loss). 3 girls got on the bus and sat in front of us. the girl who was sitting right in front of me was the same girl who threatened to "jump" me back in 9th grade when I wouldn't show her my french work. she also tried intimidating me in gym class (gossip, petty garbage) a couple of times. all of it was really cliche.
she liked picking fights and was unnecessarily rude, she was one of those people who were rotten and volatile for seemingly no reason. I especially hated how she treated teachers - entitled and scummy. I didn't have any classes with her after that year. during my last year, a_i and I were walking back from lunch. bus girl was right in front of us and she picked a fight with a 9th grader and was screaming insults and threats. I remember thinking that it was sad that she hadn't changed at all, but at the same time I wasn't surprised.
it was such an impressive coincidence. I didn't pay much attention to her afterwards I just continued to talk to e_c.y. when they got off the bus I gave him a brief rundown on the girl and he asked if that was why she kept looking at me. I was completely oblivious but I guess she recognized me too.

Date: August. 3, 2018

Subject: somewhere bright and wonderful where I do not think

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dream

part 1:


I was at my old school and I was leaving through the back entrance. I saw a_w/d.b (huh). we started talking and it felt very normal. we soon parted ways and I remember looking back at and they smiled at me. it felt so pleasant.

part 2:
"I know I haven't talked to you for a month but I am so sad"
"this is so unfair to me. you're asking me for help after a month of disappearing?"
then she screamed something hurtful and entitled but I don't remember what.

part 3:
j_m was playing with yu-gi-oh cards outside and I was inside an apartment. she came inside and acted nonchalantly. I repeated what she screamed earlier and she didn't deny it. I saw her blog beside her head (kind of like a hologram projection, but I was the only one who could see it) and the newest entries were about me, but they were very unconcerned. I shut my eyes really tight and I did not feel anything. I was eating an apple and she pierced my collarbone with a pin. normally nauseated by sharp objects stabbing through skin, I surprisingly didn't react. I shut my eyes again. I woke up with tears in my eyes and a cold stomach.

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you ever have dreams that are glaringly obvious manifestations of your repetitive thoughts and worries?
yesterday I was walking with e_c.y and I saw a_w across the street. I thought I did anyway. I kept wondering why their back silhouette was so recognizable. I mean, I say that I wonder but I think deep down I know why.

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"we need more good people in the world"
that sounds stuffy and self righteous
"we need more people doing objectivity good things"
:)

Date: August. 1, 2018

Subject: 12:00AM

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it's a new day.

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I woke up really early today and ate some spicy noodles. I felt kind of sickly afterwards so I laid down for a bit but it just hurt my head. it resolved on it's own soon after - good!
I called j_a and we talked for 3ish hours. it was nice.

Date: July. 31, 2018

Subject: 11:55PM

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I'm sorting everything out.

Date: July. 30, 2018

Subject: gluttony

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went for sushi ayce today with my brother and grandparents. I actually don't like sushi (is it really that heinous? people offline freak out when I tell them this), but there are non-sushi options - fried gyoza, udon, beef enoki, *chicken cutlet*...this month, I ate a lot of bakery bread. I like bakery bread though, it's nostalgic and not too plain but for a month straight, it was a bit much. I hate the feeling of eating just to fill my stomach. feeling apathetic, mechanically eating to function, and then returning back to apathy. anyways, it was a nice change of pace and I was happy to spend time with my grandparents.

today also reminded me of the time I had sushi ayce with j_a:

me: are you going to go with your mom and sis?
j_a: no they don't eat as much so it's not really worth it.
j_a: today, we will strip them of their resources.

Date: July. 26, 2018

Subject: constant gnawing at the back of my mind

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it's raining right now. I don't like gloomy weather but it's nice lazing on the couch and having the rain in the background. "the internet guy" came today to do...internet stuff. it was awkward, it started raining when he was outside working. I didn't know if I should've held an umbrella over him to make his life 25% less painful. sorry to report that I didn't. but he didn't stay for long and left shortly, I was relieved.

Date: July. 25, 2018

Subject: 12:49AM

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I don't really have expectations for anything but a small, maybe naive, part of me was hopeful for the summer. it's been an awful limbo so far. I'm waiting for nothing. I can't feel excitement for the future because I can't imagine anything tangible and that scares me. I need and want to be grateful and happy. so I get out of the house as much as possible, only to feel umcomfortable in public. I want to retreat home even though that's not how I want to live. I tried so hard building a live outside my loneliness this year but why do I just feel empty in the end. why does it feel like it was all in vain. I need to continue living until I don't feel like I'm swimming in a void. there's no other alternative.

Date: July. 16, 2018

Subject: No Subject (4)

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I wrote a page long something but I trashed it no that is a lie I pasted it on a text document, maybe I'll work on it again or maybe it will rot. wikihow do you not sound like a jerk off on the web?

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11:09PM: it's a cool night. I feel refreshed! these days I seem to not have any hobbies aside from complaining about the heat. I hope I don't jinx it with this entry...

I want to go somewhere fun and eat something good. I want to eat something salty while drinking really cold water. I want to take photos with my camera because it's been too long! I still have a roll of unused film and it's going to expire sometime in august.

Date: July. 13, 2018

Subject: No Subject (3)

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Friday the 13th...my mood thoughout the day was ( ◠‿◠ ;) sweat ( ◠‿◠ ;)

Date: July. 12, 2018

Subject: I'm

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such an idiot.

and I want to console myself of the recent events but I'm tempted to just go on auto-pilot for the next two weeks. I don't want to talk to anyone. partly because of shame(?), partly because I don't want pity. I don't want to answer the inevitable follow up questions. I don't want to give an explanation.

so....dramatic....I can't wait until time passes and I can look back at this time and just think "oh that happened". amazingly and thankfully, I'm can't be entirely cynical about...the future/living/everything. kind of nice, but also kind of stupid ("optimist" vs. idiot!!!).

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I like how the colour blue looks.

Date: July. 10, 2018

Subject: I still think about you (sometimes)

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when you don't know whether you have a type or you're just looking for the same person over and over = :(((

when typing out a sentence makes you feel pathetic = :(((

when you're always conflicted between unfiltered expression and not wanting to sound melodramatic = :(((

Date: July. 7, 2018

Subject: I should be able to think of a title but nothing is churning in my brain except this stream of consciousness

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I met with j_m, e_c, and c_s today. it took me 2 months to initiate and plan but it happened! I was nervous when I was getting ready, I felt like I was about to go on a first day or something. I wasn't scared that it was going to awkward but I didn't know what to expect. anyways in these scenarios, I learned that it's best to drop all expectations and just dive. it was nice. the next time we all meet again may be years into the future - it's a little bitter. I'm sad that we didn't meet earlier and more often but right now I'm very tired and fulfilled.

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I love nobody - mitski!!! my favourite lines:

Venus, planet of love
Was destroyed by global warming
Did its people want too much too?
Did its people want too much?

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And I don't want your pity
I just want somebody near me
Guess I'm a coward
I just want to feel alright

they sound so lovely. I'd replay the song 100x just to hear those lines. honestly, that's what I've been doing lately. genius.com describes, "The song touches on themes of alienation and estrangement, but over a disco-paced beat, it's hard not to want to dance the lonesome away." a little corny but I quote it anyway.

Date: June. 30, 2018

Subject: melting melting melting...

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TqT

it was so hot today (it still is but not as bad). a/c is broken so I basically spent the whole day lazing on the couch with the fan on while reading manga.

I watched trainspotting...2 days ago? it was disturbing and grimy but I liked it! really great cast styling and soundtrack. I've been listening to born slippy - underworld. initially, I was a little intimidated because it's like a 7 minute song with a lot of instrumental in between. but it really grew on me, I've been zoning out to some state of zen and I zone back in when the song's over. I'm going to watch t2 next! I don't know when but soon!

Date: June. 26, 2018

Subject: the sky is blue and the clouds are pink

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9:17 PM;

that's what I see from my window. it's nice and I feel comforted by the breeze. I feel restless and I think I know why but I don't want to think or write about it because it scares me.

- I don't want to be perceived as someone who's perpetually sad or lonely

- I don't want to be the type of person who's consumed by love

 - I think I'm becoming bitter about love etc

  - that sucks!

- I should be writing a letter and I don't want to use the word "should" because it sounds forceful and uptight, but I'm still thinking about the right words

- answering questions is the easiest way to talk about yourself

Date: June. 22, 2018

Subject: No Subject (2)

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I watched thoroughbreds and the butterfly effect today.

thoroughbreds was a neutral experience, leaning towards bad. I'm so glad I didn't see it in theatres! I'm disappointed though. I remember actually being excited about the movie because the trailer made the movie appear interesting. lily didn't leave much of an impression. amanda was just the typical bugged out cynic who'd quip something sardonic every so often. it felt like they had the potential to be cool and engaging characters but instead, they were unmemorable and bland.

spoilers in 3...2....1...some scenes were dragged out way too long. eg. when amanda sleeps and lily goes off screen to kill her stepdad. I know it's probably to imply to the passing of time blah blah blah lily taking a long time killing due to hesitation blah blah blah it was tedious.

something I liked: amanda's narration of her letter.

end notes...I've seen worse but it could've been better.

the butterfly effect was good! the ending I watched was the director's cut. I'm surprised I didn't cry, the ending was so...miserable. spoilers in 3...2....1...the narration of "you have no lifeline, no soul. you were never meant to be" over footage of evan travelling back into the womb and killing himself with his own umbilical cord was pure misery. there's the butterfly effect 2 but I'm probably not going to watch it. it's the same concept with different characters. I would just constantly compare it to the first movies and ruin it for myself.

end notes...nice! despair, but nice!

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I've been craving congree mixed with a century egg (aka a "thousand-year-old egg"...isn't that funky?) since yesterday!

Date: June. 21, 2018

Subject: hello

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despite my exams, I recorded stuff on my phone. this month was predictably draining. I think things are going to be less hectic now and I'm glad. I took my last exam today. I'd write about how that went but I don't really want to think about that now, it's going to spiral me into worry.

I culled through my clothes. I feel like I do this pretty often and it's amazing how I manage to get rid of a least two articles of clothing each time!

june 6:

I'm eating at the park alone for various reasons but it really just boils down to me not wanting to talk to anyone. so instead I made a run for it and now I'm listening to the birds chirping as I freeze slightly (it's cold...? why...?)

I skipped last period to avoid everything.

june 15 / 10:15 AM:

currently sitting in the library in a desk cubicle. although it's very peaceful and private, it feels like a prison cell. I'm listening to french navy - camera obscura while typing this. I've finally transitioned from the stage of melancholy to lethargy. I don't know whether that's an improvement or step back, but I'm glad because I finally feel like I can continue plowing forward. things are easier to manage since I'm no longer dejected and tired - just tired now.

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trying to counter my lethargy so I got some peach gummies. currently in a weird state where I feel extremely awake but it also feels like I just ate a bunch of party balloons. the gummies also have a not-so-pleasant, chemical aftertaste. success?

june 16:

"so what's up?"
"just living life man"

june 18:

m_h wrote me a letter in class today. I cried when I read it.

june 20:

j_a is probably boarding onto her plane right now. I feel :) for her. I'll miss her and our usual summer festivities but I know she needs this more. this year's been unfortunately screwy to her.

Date: June. 1, 2018

Subject: goodbye

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I'm going to disappear for a bit. I need to think about other things right now. good timing though, cause I also need to cram for my exams.

happy june!

goodbye for now!

Date: May. 28, 2018

Subject: art gallery

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I went to the art gallery with my brother. we took the subway but then walked 6 blocks in the doggone heat. it wasn't particularly fun, but it was maybe because I was overwhelmed by the heat and crowd. oh and the sweat! I felt like the human epitome of wet salami.

Date: May. 25, 2018

Subject: 1:36AM, can't sleep

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I remembered that omegle exists and I was feeling extra lonely today so I talked to some people via chat (I don't want to see wieners, sorry). the first conversation I had was very lukewarm. he was a stale guy who didn't have much to say. which normally, I'd be understanding but I wanted something stimulating so I left. the second guy was a hormonal 18 year old boy who wanted to see some tits on snapchat. so I wished him good luck on finding tits and told him to look up porn. the last guy I talked to prided himself in being a great conversationalist. he was alright but I don't remember anything notable.

something happened today and it was pretty worrisome and disappointing. my mom told me not to worry because we're "small potato" [among large ones]. you can interpret whatever you want from this.

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initially, I thought her apology was meaningless and I was going to text her that but I thought it was too cold. being distant is really stupid. I waited on it for a day and told her that I was just hurt. I thought things sorted themselves out but nothing has really changed. it really was, disappointingly meaningless.

Date: May. 21, 2018

Subject: may 18-20 (isn't it sometimes so fun to pretend your life's a movie?)

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I actually had a pretty eventful and productive weekend! today is victoria day, so I'm off from school. the weekend went by too fast.

this is my most chunky log entry yet, but I kind of cheated since it's three entries merged into one.

may 18:

I know I wrote on that day but I had more to say but I was too tired. I went to my friend's church barbecue. I'm not very religious but they were a relaxed bunch. it was a wholesome experience. it was a very atypical environment, it was in the middle of a factory/industrial area with not a lot of activity. I liked it though. my friend described it really well, "it kind of feels like you're in the countryside. it's quiet and you're away from the city [technically we were still in the city but not in a very urbanized area]". we sat on the back porch of her church while we ate (I ate so so so many beef kebabs...) and talked. very pretty view of the sky and moon. we also lit some sparklers! that was pretty great.

may 19:

went shopping with my mom. I got a really lovely blue top (same colour as my log links, ha). thought about my "style evolution" (I use this term very loosely) on our way home. I want to write about it but not today.

may 20:

morning-afternoon: schoolwork. not interesting!

late afternoon/evening: walked halfway to meet my friend. we sat by a bunch of tulips to talk but then it got a bit chilly so we moved indoors. we ate pizza and talked about boys. if that's not the most 2004 teen drama thing ever I don't know what is. I want her to find love that's beautiful and kind.

finally got to culling my closet when I got back. I packed away my winter clothes and sorted through my summer wear. getting rid of stuff is so therapeutic.

Date: May. 18, 2018

Subject: I need to vomit this out

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fresh off the press, this literally just happened. I was walking on the left side of the sidewalk and then I heard bike noises behind me. me, an idiot instinctively moved to the right. him, a normal biker dude obviously moved to the right as well. he abruptly breaks, which caused his bike to fly up - luckily he didn't fall off his bike but he did fall forward, basically crushing his balls into the front of the bike. I probably saw pure agony in his eyes as I apologized profusely. to the bike guy: sorry you had to encounter an IDIOT...u_u

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a teacher told me that my skin's been looking really nice. ☆

Date: May. 14, 2018

Subject: proactivity

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I'm texting someone I used to know but has changed through the years. he's kind of suspicious and dishonest, but other than that, generally harmless. anyway, he suggested that we meet + with one other mutual friend who's been off the grid in both our lives. I had this feeling that it was going to be one of those instances we both feel :) :) :) about it but no one actually initiates. I'm deciding to not be so lukewarm with leaving everything up to the universe. I'm going to (hopefully!) make sure the plans go through. my friend (third character - I really should include names, one day I'm going to reread this and tear all my hair out) called me proactive because of this and I don't really think so but it's a nice and motivating thought.

if I ever become a motivational speaker on taking charge of your life! living to the fullest! 50 steps to finding the secrets to life! this entry was probably the catalyst. I'll cite it in my book on how to become the epitome of health.

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Neocities

Passed 1000 views!(?) I really wonder if people read my logs since I don't publish anything useful, educational, etcetc. so if you're not me reading this, thank you thank you thank you. :^o you are cool and cultured, [your name].

Date: May. 11, 2018

Subject: it was cold

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I used to be socially inept and legitimately boring (still subjective?) but I was terrified that it was my default personality. I'm not scared of talking anymore and I think I'm better now, but the gap between the world and me seems so apparent and lonely. do you ever feel like you had the potential to be a normal person? there's something missing and I don't know what but it's probably why it's so hard to emotionally connect with people. but despite thinking all this, I want/need to continue living until I feel less alien!

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yesterday I came home unusually tired even though I wasn't doing much. I laid in bed listening to I think I still love you - waxahatchee (live) and fell asleep to it. lately, that's all I seem to be listening to. a little disturbing but I just woke up from the "nap". it's morning.

Date: May. 9, 2018

Subject: No Subject (1)

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dream

all the clocks in my home were messed up and I was late for school. decided to get ready at a glacial pace. people (old/current classmates) started showing up in my room - mainly remember my bio teacher. she asked me why I was late. people started rummaging through my room and I was confused and a bit unnerved. one kid started opening my clothing drawer and that pissed me to no end so I yelled at him. then I woke up relieved that it was actually still pretty early.

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I need to write more when I'm sad...maybe? it's a constant conflict of: everything is temporary, there's no need to immortalize bad memories through writing vs. I want something to look back on that accurately depicts the past me. sometimes I want to be the type of person who just pukes their feelings everywhere! but I know I actually don't because I've had acquaintances who talked my ears off and rarely reciprocated to what I had to say. it was...a little deteriorating.

Date: May. 4, 2018

Subject: notes on my phone

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8:48 PM

no electricity throughout my neighbourhood (was thundering earlier...heard that some trees fell down)

I was mid-nap when my brother busted in and told, I didn't really register it as a thought. I'm awake in the darkness now.

(nothing to do)

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8:53 PM

cons of living alone:

- when you die of old age, no one's there to report your body in. you'll only be found when the smell of rot becomes too much, which is an unpleasant state to be seen in.

9:42 PM: ↑ only applies if you have no contact with friend/family.

note: gotta stop thinking so bleakly!

Date: May. 2, 2018

Subject: something I saw today and a weird story

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saw a kid poking something on the ground with a stick (a worm maybe?) and all his friends screamed ew! while running away. the embodiment of elementary school life.

it reminded me of something a little unsettling in retrospect: in middle school, my friends and I collected a bunch of caterpillars into one pile on a slab of cement. no malicious intent, just boredom. we just wanted to pile a bunch of them together for no reason at all, which is just a little...strange. recess supervisors would walk up to see what was going on and just find a bunch of puberty-ridden kids watching over 60 caterpillars squirm in a pile. the ending is a bit anticlimactic. the bell rang so we all just ran back to class.

Date: April. 27, 2018

Subject: (not) feeling like a fraud

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I got an honour roll award today and I wish I could just accept that as is and feel...happy! proud! but the whole time I couldn't suppress the feeling that it was a mistake or that I didn't deserve it.

I had a whole string of thoughts throughout the day but I don't really want to type it all out, the quick notes are:

- I need to realize that I'm not a total moron

- appreciate and acknowledge the fact that I'm a competent person

∴ not a fraud ok!

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my teeth ache so I guess that means I have to get rid of my whole mouth.

Date: April. 25, 2018

Subject: the sun is good

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I accidentally napped with my feet facing the window. usually, I launch myself up while feeling panicked but today - I actually felt refreshed. a cool breeze was blowing through my window against my foot, it was somewhat comforting.

if you're thinking (haha a foot fetish joke) -> you ruin my life!

spring is truly the ideal season. I just want to eat carrot sticks in my sunlit room all day. what would I do without the sun? probably rot all year long.

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sometimes I think about the types of videos I'd make if I decided to actively post on youtube. they would probably be my similar to my log entries but in crappy video form - short thoughts, ramblings. I imagine the the type of people who'd watch my videos would likely forget about me and then one day remember again. they would search my username up and find an article on me winning like, a walmart contest or something. that would be pretty cool.

Date: April. 22, 2018

Subject: today:

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the weather is actually starting to resemble spring. last weekend, it snowed ice and the outside was just basically one huge icerink (not good).

anyways, I'm going to some art thing with a friend and I feel a sense of dread ? I'm not in the mood to talk today. I just want to space out on the subway.

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thinking about: always been late to school in first grade cause dubbed yugioh would be on tv and getting yelled at by the teacher who was weirdly always angry.

I miss being a kid and being able to lay on the floor all day with no repercussions.

Date: April. 21, 2018

Subject: rotting

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redid this page today, it's looking quite fre$h.

aside from that, I didn't do much today.

- ate a little debbie's honey bun. it tasted like health problems and chemicals, yum! (mom made fun of me cause the bun kind of resembles a...well...a turd, "why are you eating poo?")

- I expected to have more to say but I don't so goodbye

Date: April. 20, 2018

Subject: website birth

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I've tried to come up with a witty, cool log opening but it hasn't happened.

so this is what I have for now.