LLG: What have you done with your CD collection? Have you digitized them? Do you save it on an external drive? Ever since free online streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora came to be, I stopped my purchasing of music. The only music I buy now is Japanese (which you really can’t get the most recent to stream on Spotify). After cleaning up the duplicate songs, I ended up with roughly 1600 songs. Now, if I have it digitized, I might as well listen to it. Google Play Music had the most ideal solution, (I mean, you can upload up to 500,000 songs for free) but it takes ions to upload and doesn’t sync to my 2 devices, so I gave up and found that you can store your music in Dropbox and use cloud players. I already have plenty of storage space in Dropbox so it’s a win win. No more storing music in my laptop either. What a relief!

Also started the transcription project. I now have more respect for those who are closed caption writers. It’s not easy transcribing what another person said, especially when they aren’t grammatically correct. Not sure if a perfectionist should take on a project like this, but it’s a small income of some sort.

Starting small again to take steps towards action. Hope by the end of the weekend, I’ll have a couple things lined up.

Grateful for poetry, journal prompts, Dropbox, Japanese music, and typing.

LLG: Going through a bunch of my downloaded songs, I couldn’t help but notice how society has shifted in how we appreciate music. I remember being excited to either rent or buy the newest release of CDs and here I am now without a CD player. We have so many options for streaming music that it’s readily available everywhere and anywhere. #mindblown I have the tendency to save copies just in case I didn’t save it the first time. I used simplify to see how many duplicate files I had. Turns out I had about 800 duplicate files. Craziness. Glad I got to organize, clean, and simplify my hard drive and external drive. It’s not the most exciting job, but it’s done.

Gratitude goes to organization, network, free softwares, Japanese music, and streaming music.

LLG: Applied to become a volunteer crisis counselor and a transcriptor. It’s the small wins that will lead me to the big wins. Not positive what that entails, but I’ll know when I get there. Learned the importance of family: the biological and the non biological one. While one may hesitate when giving away a part of themselves to a complete stranger, another may do so with open arms. Compassion and empathy. It exists. We need to condition ourselves to think the positive, and not the opposite. The power of support, whatever shape, style, or form that comes in, is infinite. It’ll allow us as society to persevere and be there for another. I mean, we all start as strangers and build our connections, right? We simply got to start.

Gratitude goes to compassion, giving, action, references, and learning.

LLG: Finally met Michael Twitty. He’s down to earth and filled with so much wisdom. Made me want to track down my ancestry as well. Go on a Lion trip if you will, mixing in culinary and cultural traditions. Learned today that we all need to first listen to our own stories, really learn who we are, where we came from, and then tell our own stories. I’m excited to read the book, and compare it with Carla Hall. Learned today why I despise shopping in store. Other than size… It’s so much easier to go through the clearance ‘rack’ online than in person, having to juggle through piles and piles of clothes. Also learned that I need to do more, not for the sake of living, but also gives me updates to tell people. It should be enough umph to get me to find that next job.

Gratitude goes to Melibee, Missy, Michael, listening to stories, and culinary history.

LLG: This is the first season I’ve watched The Voice from the start. It’s amazing to see the growth that these amazing vocalists has gone through. It’s one thing to know your voice and another to cover a song and make it your own. The first live playoff was a hard one. Some chose the best songs for them while others, I felt could’ve picked a better song for their voice. Team JHud is the strongest in my opinion. I’ve got my faves and hope to continue who makes it to the final. I learned how to make Daikon mochi (radish mochi) typically served for dim sum. This recipe called for tuna but it tasted really good. We also attempted the first clafouti today, but we were all too full to taste it. Clafouti for breakfast, cuz why not?

Grateful for The Voice, listening powers, music, karaoke, and commercial.

LLG: Did you know the term monkey bread comes from the idea that people can break apart food like monkeys do? Also clafouti is a French dessert typically with real fruit and baked flan. So good. And so easy to make!

Gratitude goes to clafouti, sweet potato, leftover fondue, warm blankets, and giving massages.

LLG: I had no idea Uwajimaya sold black truffles.  It was about $22 for a small piece.  I didn’t know such a delicate ingredient was readily available like that.  Always imagined it’s an ingredient that you need the right connections for… thanks to No Reservations lol.  Made Sweet Potato again, with slight modifications.  Turns out it’s better as small circles, and parchment paper saves the day.  If only job search can be as exciting as transforming recipes.  Anyone have the perfect recipe for job search?  Let me know. 

Gratitude goes to Trader Joe’s, Costco, Uwajimaya, being a foodie, and sharing the sausage twerking video to Sean.  (it’ll scar you for life).