A brief respite

I mentioned in this post that our douche of a landlord dropped his legal bill on us the other day, and basically said that we’re splitting the bill. Well, N doesn’t think we should pay it. Plus, the landlord hasn’t returned the balance owing to us because of the change in our rent. We give him two months’ rent as deposit as part of the first lease. But because we had negotiated a lower rent in the new lease, the required deposit has actually decreased, and he should be paying us back the surplus amount. But of course he hasn’t done that – and yet is quick to send us this legal bill, of which we didn’t even agree to pay half. Ugh, so the saga continues 😒 I really don’t like this guy. Part of me just wants to leave this apartment just to get away from him, despite the good rental deal 😔

Overall, I felt like I just wasn’t in the right headspace today. I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t actually focus on any one particular task, I was just jumping around from one thing to the next. Sighhh…

We finished Brooklyn Nine-Nine last night, so N introduced me to a new show today: Kim’s Convenience. It’s not baaad, but definitely not my favourite. But it’s light and easy to watch, so we’ve already watched a few episodes of season one 😆 They’re up to season five, so they must be doing something right!

Despite this brief respite, it still didn’t completely shake off the blahness of the day 😔 Hopefully the weekend will be better 🤞

A lazy, foggy day

Today turned out to be a lazy day 😆 I ended up playing games on my iPad for literally hours today, OMG. I never do that! But somehow, I managed to today lol 😂

The thick fog outside and the thunderstorm warnings throughout the day just didn’t entice me to go out. I was going to go through my books, like I mentioned yesterday, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, I watched TV and played games all day. Like a teenager 🤣

We watched:

Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be more of this blahness, but I hope I have a much more productive day than I did today!

New routines and language goals

I got up mega early again this morning. Not as early as yesterday, but earlier than usual. It’s really nice getting up so early! I get so much more done in the morning, and I feel so much more productive 👍 The problem with this, though, is that because I am naturally a night owl, it is VERY easy for me to burn the candle at both ends 😔 So I really have to try not to do that. It’s ok to do it every now and then, but it’s just not sustainable. I do try and take it easy in the afternoon now. Before, I’d be working frantically to get stuff done because I was running out of time; now, because I did so much in the morning, I don’t really need to stress out as much in the afternoon. So maybe these new hours will work for me after all?? But first, let’s see if I can continue to get up early! 😜

We started watching My Hero Academia recently. And now we’re watching one episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then one episode of My Hero Academia to wind down for the evening 😊 I feel like I need to study it to get some Japanese language study in. It feels like such a waste if I don’t do that. I’ve actually been reviewing a lot more of my Japanese Anki flashcards lately, surprisingly, so it feels like I should back that up with some listening practice as well. And given how crap my Chinese listening skills are, chances are my Japanese listening skills are going to be just as bad!

But Jap has the added advantage of a lot of words being much more ingrained in me. I studied it in high school, which was a bajillion years ago now, but a lot of the vocab is still in my long-term memory, and hearing certain words is almost the same as hearing English. Almost 😜 I don’t think my Chinese will ever get to that same level. But ultimately, I would love to be conversational in both languages. That is my long-term goal. I’m sure it’ll be an uphill battle the older I get, but I’m going to try my darndest to achieve it 💪

Not quite what I had planned…

I had planned on cleaning out my closet today, doing a really good decluttering. But that didn’t happen. At all. I didn’t even start 🤣 I only had one thing that I wanted to do today, and I really should’ve started with that before doing anything else – ie before plonking myself down on the couch!

So it ended up being a lazy day ☺️ We watched:

I also did my stretches. I’ve actually finished my 30-day splits challenge, I’m not sure if I’ve told you. But I’m still continuing with the stretches, wondering if I will ever get down to the floor one day. Like with my YouTube channel, I don’t know if I’ll actually achieve what I’d like to, the only thing I can control is to try my best to achieve it. And I just have to keep showing up and hope that one day, the results will speak for themselves 😊

Day 1 on both fronts

It was Day 2 of my 30-day splits challenge. I have decided to film the next 30 days to see the progress visually and see how far I actually get. Am I actually going to be able to touch the floor at the end of the 30-day period?? I might make a vlog out of it at the end, if it’s interesting enough. But even if I don’t publish it and share it with the world, I’ll still have a vlog for myself and a record of some sort of this challenge and how it all went. The whole stretching routine took twice as long as yesterday because I had to set up the equipment and actually record a few things in front of the camera, and I suspect it’ll be the same for the remaining 29 days. Ah yes, and I filmed today as if it was Day 1, so officially, I am at Day 1 😂 An extra day added on to the challenge won’t hurt. Plus I’ve just started it. And I’ll probably need the additional day anyway! 🤣

And we started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine today. I keep hearing just how good this show is, so I thought I’d give it a go today. It’s a comedy, and each episode is just over 20 minutes long, so it doesn’t take too much brain power to watch. So it’s the perfect type of show for us to wind down with at the end of each day 😊 I haven’t fallen in love with it yet, but we’re just a few episodes in so far, so I’ll have to give it more of a chance. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea of the show by the end of this week.