Just a quick life update about hockey, work, relationship stuff, and traveling! Think about it as that one overloaded, poorly-written filler anime episode where nothing makes sense. Then again, it is my life, so, it often doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
That ain’t changin’.
Anyway, I got my coffee here so let’s get chattin’!
HCKY HCKY LIFE HCKY
The live-post monster returns.
I have two teams, but for now, I will be referring to the Kings.
Mah boys are back with a new third jersey with some love from the 90s. Don’t get me wrong, I do miss the classic Reebok days, but aesthetically I prefer Adidas.
The pre-season games start next week on the road with the reg-season home opener being on the 12th against the Preds whiiiiiiiich I already don’t know how to feel about it. XD
A lot of the veteran-heavy teams got a lot of new babies in the draft, so as I usually expect with fresh newbies, it’ll be like watching penguins slide around for the first month or so as they get used to playing together. I’ll have to start paying attention to the line-ups from morning skates and how much they’ve changed and will change
I am not a season holder this time around, though I may do a holiday package. I have other financial means to focus on like our wedding/elopement next year. Nonetheless, I’ll be attending the opener along with attending the games I have time for. Besides, I need to see my Staples mom.
In November, I’ll be taking Gerome to his first Kings games. <3
… where he’ll wear a proper team. 😐 (Hi, Gerome. Yes, the Yotes shirt needs to go)… (P.S. I love you)… (P.P.S. I hate the shirt).
Work Wurk Werk & Drawing
First of all, it’s been one hell of a year for my career—good and bad. I also haven’t been drawing like I used to for the last few months with the exception of the freelance work I have.
I can’t tell if I’ve gained time or lost time, but with all the bouncing-around I’ve done since coming back from Denver, it feels as if my adulting schedule (aka time management) in my life outside of work has been in complete disarray.
My art Instagram is very rarely updated and my Twitter account went on an undisclosed hiatus. It’s a little sad, isn’t it? Sometimes a quadrant in my life completely overwhelms the others and it almost feels… well, overwhelming.
I realized that when I get home, I wish that I didn’t have to be at my computer, even though that’s most of my evening is. When you’re at a computer for 10 hours a day on average, the last time you want to do is be on another one for the rest of your evening. It’s not exactly helpful in the drawing-hiatus.
All I can really do for the moment is work my ass off, not take the hiatus personally, and reset with the New Year with some rough plans in place to make sure 2020 is a little better all things considered.
Life, As I Know It
2019 continues to be challenging in the many ways it’s a pain in my ass. I can definitely say I’ve had worse years, so 2019 is just an annoyance.
Having a lot going on is an understatement. Most of that “going on” are expenses that I have to budget for—traveling, Gerome’s reloc, our wedding, overall saving. Being a grown woman in her 30s, what exactly is a responsible thing to do in this situation?
… Actually budgeting. Like fo’realsies.
Like a true adult.
I very recently started using YNAB / You Need a Budget, after stepping away from Mint. It was confusing on how to use as it’s not out-of-the-box user-friendly. After watching an incredibly helpful YouTube video on how the damn thing works, I got the hang of it, and I gotta say, man, it greatly reduces financial panic.
As a matter of fact, it saved me today from an unexpected expense. Just like that, whatever stresses I would’ve had fell off my shoulders and the anxiety turned into acceptance.
In a short amount of time, I’ve become this responsible, budgeting nut job. My 20s-self would be so proud… and so very confused.
YNAB gets 5/5 stars from me. The only downside is that it’s not free, but for my lifestyle, my relationship, and the bills I have, it’s proven its worth.
Love & the Holidays
In speaking of budgeting, I am currently in mental and financial preparation for my decently-lengthy holiday stay in Belgium. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been out of the country for that length of time—approximately 20 years?
I’d dig up my Europe photos, but that’ll have to wait.
It will also be my first time spending the holidays internationally, which to me is exciting. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post how the holidays used to be a tough time of the year for me to get through, but now, I actually look forward to them.
As my friend says, this an expensive relationship. Lol. LDRs are not for the “anything-weak” and I’d be lying if I said our relationship was a cakewalk. All relationships naturally have their problems and their stresses as they do, but LDRs are a very specific kind of stress due to physical absence, literal distance, and a near-half-day time difference.
I’m good at living in solitude, but having Gerome in my life—despite the rough journey—has made the tough times a little less tough and the already good things even better.
Kim, blech. Just blech.
Yeah, I can’t believe I’m (somewhat) of a mushy romantic either. 😐