Farewell August // new school year + reading slump + lots of stress // course planning galore + a new child (??)

I still cannot fathom, or even wrap my potato shaped head around the fact that IT’S SEPTEMBER.

I mean seriously – it is actually September, kids, like how did this even happen. Summer is from the days of the past okay I just made this really sad and now I have to face the stressing reality of being a student.

But!! Enough of that talk – there were still some pretty nice anecdotes of my summer break, and I can’t wait to share them with you! So much happened last month – I still have not clue as to how I’m going to put this all into one post without making this more than 5K words long 😂

Anyways, let’s dive right in, shall we? *hup*

notable blogging moments

+ WordPress deleting my posts

Oh my goodness that was SO infuriating and frustrating!! I had published a post, then the next day when I went to double check and edit something IT JUST TOOK MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME. Somehow *poof* my poor dear post/child is gone.

Though, it seems to have been somehow fixed-ish?? Anyways, hopefully things will stay that way.

 

+ Finally did that Q&A post

Yup, your girl totally keeps her promises and published that Q&A results post that was late since March. Or February. Never mind that, but I did it, published it, and it was SO much fun talking with you guys in the comments!! Should I do a Q&A post again soon? Tell me down below!

 

+ Got back into the blogosphere

This is one thing I am SO happy about, like the blogosphere is literally my second home, and I can’t like just, disappear without a trace like my post*. I’m basically all caught up, and hopefully it’ll stay that way for the next month, with school and all that stuff back.

*You can probably tell I’m still fuming
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I somehow always find ways to make it even more difficult than it already is

 

+ Goodbye summer schedule

Ughhh I loved my blogging schedule so much!! It’s not what I want, but I know it’s what will be best for me and this blog. Because school’s starting tomorrow *faints*, I have decided to stop my old schedule for now, and venture into unknown waters (ugh cheesiness *coughRyrycough*). Hence, that’s why this post wasn’t published on Saturday. I don’t have my school schedule and courses all figured out yet, so for now, I won’t be having a set posting day. I’ll keep you guys updated when things are all set and what blogging schedule will work!!

 

s t a t s

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p o s t s   t h i s   m o n t h

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t o p   p o s t

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a r o u n d   t h e   b l o g o s p h e r e 

  • Sydney @ The Weekly Adventurer gives us a sneak peek of some of her doodles and they are GORGEOUS like how alksjlskdjf
  • Lorelie @ Everyday Musings talks about the reality of ADHD, and honestly I learned SO much – a must read post
  • Bay @ Bayance shares her easy peasy healthy breakfast ideas which we ALL need right now
  • Charis @ Charis Rae discusses what does a strong woman really mean ❤
  • Taiya @ Taiya Maddison reveals her photoshoot challenge and I’m having an existential crisis as to how pretty and aesthetic it is
  • Maryam @ Infinitely a Daydreamer gives us a peek at her August Bujo Set-up and my eyes are literally in love
  • May @ Forever and Everly talks about what she’s loving, and I just had to scream when Thai food and Brooklyn 99 was mentioned
  • Olivia @ Purely Olivia celebrated her 2 year blogiversary and once again, congrats girl!!
  • Ryry @ OMG Ryry shares some of her heartbreak writings, and it’s so devastatingly beautiful, like my heart I can’t even

 

notable life moments

+ Starting contemporary dance 

Yes that’s correct – your girl is giving dance a second try!! Long story short: when I was a young potato girl, I did jazz, ballet, and a bit of tap I think. About an year later, I stopped and gave up because, like gymnastics, I was really self-conscious and afraid of making mistakes and a fool of myself. Anyways, fast forwards to 2018, I decided to go back, and try the things I once had doubted myself in and give them a shot with a new attitude. I’m still struggling with self-esteem and all that, but it’s so much better, and I don’t self shame that much any more 🙂 So, hopefully I’ll like it, and if I do, continue it next year!

 

+ Sort of binge-watching “The Office”

Somehow it’s this summer that I started watching sitcoms and comedies. Yup I have not watched “The Big Bang Theory” yet, nor “Friends”. It probably all began after I started watching “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, laughed my head off, and fell in love with this niche.

AND I LOVE PAM BEESLY.

 

+ Then I finished Season 1 of “The Good Doctor” (oops)

Ahhhh I love love LOVED it with all the molecules (me trying to know science) in my potato-ness it was so amazing. To me I felt like it had really good and realistic autism rep, and omg I learned a lot from this TV series. There were many situations in which there isn’t a “right or wrong”, just simply cases of perspective and position, and I really appreciated that. Overall, an amazing series, and I am literally jumping out of my seat waiting for season 2 😂

 

+ Did some back-to-school shopping

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of doing the back to school craze, but it’s the new school year, and there are a few things that I needed to get. Anyways, I bought this expanding translucent file folder with a brown-ish strap thing. I decided to use this instead of a binder because from *cough* experience, I always end up putting all of my papers in the front with the slot and it never gets to where it is supposed to be.

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*salutes and bows*

 

+ I have a new child 

On August 25th, 2018, I brought home a betta fish from PetSmart, and he is now officially my newest child. YUP I GOT A FISH your girl has her first pet ever. I don’t know, but to me, I don’t see my fish as a “pet”; instead, he’s more like a “friend” if that makes sense. When I was choosing which one to take home, that little dude just swam up to my face, opened his gills (they do that when they are defensive, on-edge, wanting to fight). When he closed them and swam back and forth in from of my face, I was like “he’s my son” 😂

Anyways, it’s REALLY relaxing, and especially now with school giving me another reason to worry and stuff, he’s a major stress-reliever, and I love my son so much 🌸

 

+ Course planning and half dying

STRESS THE STRESS IS REAL. I’m dying on the inside and school’s starting so I guess that’s not a good thing… On a positive note, I have my courses all set up and ready to go, started my online start-up assignments, and I have a few in-school classes with my best friends! I’m doing 4 courses online and 3 in-school, and I finished 1 online during the summer, so at least there’s that *shrugs* Nevertheless I’m STILL DYING ALJFLKSDJF

(and this is NOT a notable life moment smh)

 

+ I, uh, ate a lot of curry

Red curry, Japanese curry, green curry… I can say that I took care of my stomach really well this month. Welllll there was one week where I basically had no appetite for no reason, but anyways. There’s not much to say but um, yeah I love curry 😂

 

p l a y l i s t   f t .   m e h   e a r s

To be honest, I have not been a good mother to my ears this month as I did not spend a lot of time feeding them music 😂 Anyways, I’ve been binge-listening NTLTC, so guess that counts… I watched the music video for “Girls Like You”, and oh my gosh I loved it SO much. It screams feminism and that beauty has no set definition and diversity and just go watch it you’ll fall it love with it too ❤ Seriously – I don’t know if I love the music video or the song itself more.

And yep still listening to 君への嘘 (Kimi e no Uso)… like I don’t even know how this is happening anymore.

  • No Tears Left to Cry // Ariana Grande
  • 君への嘘 (Kimi e no Uso) // Valshe
  • I Want it That Way // Backstreet Boys
  • Have It All // Jason Mraz
  • Secret of My Heart // 倉木麻衣 (Mai Kuraki)
  • Back to You // Selena Gomez
  • 渡月橋 〜君 想ふ〜 (Togetsukyo ~ thinking of you~ //倉木麻衣 (Mai Kuraki)

  • Girls Like You // Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

 

notable reading moments

When summer first started, I was like all enthusiastic about how I’m going to catch up to my Goodreads challenge, and now I’m sitting here like

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still dream big, children

To be honest I am in a reading slump!! And when that happens to bookworms and when they lose motivation to read, it’s basically equal to if the Earth *decides* to stop rotating and the other half doesn’t get sun at all. Aka me right now.

Well, good things still, I read um *cough* a book. SINGULAR. Do I deserve to be part of the book blogging community anymore? Do I even deserve to blog about books anymore? HOW AM I NOT FREAKING OUT EVEN THOUGH I AM ALREADY.

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Girl Made of Stars // Ashley Herring Blake ★★★★★ (x infinity)

I’ve seen this one floating around the bookish blogging community as well as Goodreads and all the rave about it, and this one simply just didn’t disappoint. I have no words for Girl Made of Stars – it’s a MASTERPIECE. It was so beautiful, devastating, and many other things I cannot fathom. When I finished reading this I was an absolute mess, and was like this close (1mm) to crying ACTUAL TEARS. This is probably one of the closest thing to perfection in a book, like I just can’t even. Definitely one of my favourite books of 2018, if not the actual one.

 

c u r r e n t l y   r e a d i n g

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Wild Beauty // Anna-Marie McLemore

So far, it’s been slightly confusing, but I’ve seen so many positive reviews about this!! I hope that things will start to clear up soon, because somehow I have a good feeling about “Wild Beauty”. And the cover is gorgeous, just putting it out there…

 

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Isla and the Happily Ever After // Stephanie Perkins

So far pretty cute, and I’d love another couple to ship. Ah the Perkins of being a fangirl… *cringes at own pun* To me, I feel like this has great autism rep, which is always a bonus for me. I mean, rep is good, but when it’s done bad… um yeah nope. But, so far so good, so hopefully it’ll keep up!!

 

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Perfected // Kate Jarvik Birch 

So, what made me pick up the book in the first place, you ask? The dress, okay, IT WAS THE DRESS. I mean, you know I do textiles, and I kinda just glanced over it and thought that the design was somewhat “off”… yup that’s how I choose books 😂 To be honest, so far the book itself is kinda like the dress, but it’s getting interesting….

 

 

monthly reflections new

blog

  • 260 followers?! ahhh 273 thank you so much!! *tries to hug everyone but fails*
  • keep on with blogging schedule somehow I managed but I DID IT 
  • remember to shorten urls for most, yes
  • respond to comments (I am failing miserably) did better 
  • STAY in the blogosphere and don’t hop out again decent
  • do that Q&A post ALREADY GOT IT I DID IT *jazz hands*

life

  • get that side aerial ALREADY I am almost to the point where I am giving up
  • over middle splits yes middle splits, no over middle splits
  • learn a tilt add 10cm and we’ll be good
  • more hand balancing practiced some
  • drink at least 1 and 1/2 cup water daily yay I did not die from dehydration
  • don’t get a stupid strain from gymnastics again DIDN’T 
  • enjoy summer um, YES, I am happy with how it went ❤ 
  • laugh more I guess?? 

reading

  • read 4+ books HAHA says you’re in a reading slump 
  • update Goodreads refer to above
  • post 1+ book review on blog okay let’s just say August was a bad reading month… 

 

goals for the next month

blog

  • publish 4+ posts
  • remember to shorten urls
  • respond to comments (I am failing miserably) (again)
  • STAY in the blogosphere and don’t hop out again (again)

life

  • keep up with gymnastics
  • practice contemporary at home
  • over middle splits
  • drink at least 1 and 1/2 cup water daily
  • keep up with school
  • don’t die from stress
  • keep using your bullet journal but not overuse it

reading

  • read 4+ books
  • check Goodreads
  • post 1+ book review on blog

 

upcoming events

+ New sofas 

Our old sofas are like 20+ years old, and it’s really wearing down, so last month my family decided to go get new ones!! We have decided which one we’re going to get, but just don’t know when it’s going to arrive… but I love the new one!! (As I’m typing this it’s still sitting in the store) Anyways, mom just walked up and told me that this is really long, and when I scrolled up and told her it’s my Farewell August post, I received a nod of approval XD

 

+ back to school (duh)

If I say that one more time I am going to combust in utter disbelief. Yes, I am returning once again back to school to my education, it’s stressing me out, and I don’t know what’s going to happen, so I’m just keep my fingers crossed…


let's take flight, shall we

should I do another Q&A post soon? have you ever experienced any WordPress problems? are you taking any online courses for this school year? thoughts about reading slumps and how to get over them? do you have a fish, or a pet? have you watched “Brooklyn 99”, “The Office”, or “The Good Doctor” before? thoughts? comment down below!!

forever yours, kimberly

27 thoughts on “Farewell August // new school year + reading slump + lots of stress // course planning galore + a new child (??)

  1. AHHH KIMBERLY!!
    thank you so much for the mention. you’re the sweetest! ❤
    I absolutely LOVE the Good Doctor, and learned a lot from it too. my dad is actually an E.R. doctor so he watched it with me aha. your new fish sounds so adorable!! have you thought of a name?
    yes. I can completely relate on planning. THE STRESS IS REAL no joke!! I’ve been very stressed out since school started just a few weeks ago. but aren’t we all??
    OOH! go get that aerial girl!! I am very close to my side aerial as well. keep it up! oh, and good luck on your tilt as well! I am a competitive dancer so as a tip I’d say to always correct form over height! it tbh doesn’t really matter about how high your leg is, mainly if your form is correct. but you got this!
    ok this is getting to be a very long comment so I’ll stop now, but happy happy September! xoxo Sydney

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    • okay um it’s my turn well AHHHH IT’S SYDNEY FROM TWA AHHHHH

      okay I am totally calm now. so…

      girl, no kidding, you are such an amazing artist!! like how is that humanely possible, but then you do it, so I guess it’s possible XD it’s so cool that your dad is an E.R doctor!! this is like, going to sound really weird – my son’s name is Walilae. It basically means “oh my goodness” in my first language, and it sounds really funny, sooooo yep. good luck with your aerial as well!! i find the hardest part is keeping my hands off the ground, bc I tend to put one of my hands down at the last second XD ooh, what kind of dance do you do? hope you’ll have a good September, and good luck in school!! xx

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  2. I loved reading this post!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed your summer overall, and that’s awesome that you got a new fish! 😊 I have a dog, a 3-year-old golden retriever, and I love him so much. ❤️

    I’m SO happy to hear that you loved Girl Made of Stars; I enjoyed it immensely as well. It’s such a beautiful, emotional, and important book to read. 💗 And AHHH, I *love* Brooklyn 99! It’s my favorite TV show; it’s honestly the best. Who’s your favorite character?

    Oh and since I’m kinda new to WordPress (I created my blog in June! 🙈), a couple weeks ago, I deleted a few of my images/graphics from the media library because I thought I didn’t need them anymore…and then I realized that when I did that, the images delete from the posts I included them in and don’t show up anymore…🤦🏻‍♀️ So haha, that was fun.

    I hope you have a wonderful September! ☺️ (Sorry for this really long comment, haha.)

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    • tysm Dezzy!! that’s amazing that you have a dog – bet he’s very adorable ☺️ can’t agree any more with you about GMOS, and you summed it up perfectly in a sentence. Ughh I LOVE Gina Linetti, I mean her sass is just unbelievable XD who’s yours? Ahh that is so relatable, I honestly don’t know why WP makes it that way XD Seriously: if you didn’t say that you started blogging less than 6 months ago, that would NEVER cross my mind!! You’re like a professional already, and you and your blog are #goals If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me (if you want) – I’ll try my best to help 🙂 hope you’ll have an amazing September too xx

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  3. HAHAH freakin love your intro “my potato shaped head” girl me too 😂 the wordpress app has also been deleting my posts, and I literally scream every time it happens haha. Naw sucks that it’s back to school, I literally only have 3 weeks left then I’m out!! Ohh btwww thank you for the post shout out xx I literally have so much to say but you girl needs to sleep haha. Love your post like always!! xxx
    -L

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  4. Congrats on the betta fish child!!! 🐟

    Enjoy the sitcoms! Although I will have to just note that I didn’t find The Big Bang Theory funny in the slightest so I don’t think you’re missing anything there. 😅

    I hope you enjoy dance! I did dance in school years ago and I miss it. Although I’m super out of shape now so I don’t think I’ll be picking it back up anytime soon.

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  5. The Office and Big Bang Theory of two of my favorite shows! I recommend both of them, although I know it’s hard to watch a lot of TV when school starts. I usually prefer reading to TV most of the time, but both of those shows always cheer me up. Also I’ve only heard super good things about Girl Made of Stars so I’m definitely going to have to read it soon.

    Good luck with school and being a fish parent!

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    • that’s so true – since school started, it’s been busy, and it’s the beginning of the year, so I don’t know what’s going to happen a few months in 😂 I agree!! Don’t know if it’s just me, but most of the time when I’m reading, I play it out in my head, so it’s kind of like watching TV?? Just ignore me I don’t think it makes any sense 😂 hope you’ll enjoy GMOS!! ah thank YOU for calling me a fish parent, that just made my day. hope you’ll have a great September!!

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  6. It sounds like you had a pretty good August! I’m so glad the WordPress issues have resolved themselves and hopefully they’ll stay away forever. Also, thank you so much for mentioning my post, you’re the sweetest!❤️

    DANCE. Ahhh, that makes me so happy to hear! Contemporary is my fave style and I hope you love it too. Oh, and the Office- I recently started, and it’s pretty funny, though Friends is my all time favorite. AND YAY A FISH AWW. What is his name?!

    Also why is I Want it That Way always the best song ever?! I feel like it will be 2050 and I’ll still be jamming to it. I really want to read GMOS, and I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it! I hope you have an amazing September!

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    • oh I agree!! Hopefully WordPress will be a good child for awhile and not delete my posts 😂 no worries girl!! *hugs* How long have you’ve been doing contemporary? I’m SO glad to say that it’s amazing!! Thank goodness gymnastics helps or else I’d be a complete mess 😂 Okay this is going to sound weird – my son’s name is Walilae. In my first language, it basically means “oh my goodness”… yep I know I know. Tbh I chose it because it sounds really funny?? Ah me and name choices tho 😂 omg YAS 2100 and it’ll still be playing (even though I doubt that I won’t be alive then) GMOS is SO good, I am trying to hold myself in for not talking about it too much so I won’t spoil it for you adskfjlsdkjf I need to shut up now. Hope you’ll love it as much as I did ❤ Have a good September too!

      pstt.. tell me why ain't nothing but a heartache 😉

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  7. where do i start where do i start?? umm *scrolls up to the very beginning of the post* LOVED your intro 😂 the best one so far (of your wrap-ups) 😂😂😂 Oh u get to decide girl, do another Q&A and yas, i’ll still be asking you questions 😂 AAAWWW BYE SUMMER so glad to know you had fun!!! Thx for the mention hehe 🙈❤ What?? OMG girl so proud of you!!! I love contemporary dance!!! You go girl make sure you have fun and don’t ever get self-conscious! Dancing is equivalent to having fun so just have fun! No I haven’t watched any of those because seriously if I did, i won’t have time for books 😂 SERIOUSLY. 😂 But i’m a big fan of Big Bang Theory!! I started watching it when i was still a little potato (WOW FOR THE FIRST TIME I’M MAKIN’ POTATO JOKES HEHE) 😂 Good luck with schoolllll!!!!! ANYWAY, WHAT’S YOUR SON’S NAME???? make sure to introduce me to him (tell him hi for me and tell him i’m her godmother XD) IKR? Girls Like You is a really good song!!! And the MV 😍 The Ellen part was really funny 😂 AAAHHH glad you finally read Girl Made of Stars!!! IKR??? It’s FANTASTIC!!!!!! YAY for all your goals and best of luck for your goals this month! and oh, the reading slumps. You just need time, i guess? soon enough there’ll be a time where you’ll just long for books and words and you’ll come back to reading and won’t stop. i think that happens to all book worms 😂 it’s totally normal so don’t worry 😀 Love forever ❤ xxxx

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    • *waits for you to scroll up* um THANK YOU for the intro I am shocked as to how it is not cringy or cheesy 😂 yup, miiiiiight to another Q&A post, idk (??), but yep throw me yo questions. ahhh thank you!! had my first class last last Saturday, and it’s been great so far. Gymnastics helps a LOT, thank goodness, or else I’d be rolling around like a nugget potato 😂 (yup, potato jokes still exist in the comments section) and gosh now it’s time for me to be proud of you YES I LOVE THAT POTATO JOKE. I LOVE IT. My son’s name is Walilae – in my first language, it basically means “oh my goodness”… yep I know 😂 Tbh I chose it because it sounds really funny?? and yes, I have now officially appointed you to be his godmother. Now that she has been in a real music video, Ellen doesn’t have to edit herself in anymore 😂 About the reading slump: I’m out!!!! But now, I’m like reading 24/7 oops. Hope you’re September is going great so far! Love always xx

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      • aaaaah i hope everything goes well!!! ❤ I’M PROUD OF ME TOO COMING UP WITH A POTATO JOKE LOL 😂😂😂 Oh that’s a really CUTE name!!! Is his nickname Wally? (oh my god i came up with a nickname. again. XD) btw i have a new child too it’s a teddy bear LOL Thanks!!!! 😊 IKR? hahaha i love watching those videos where she edited herself in 😂 You too!! I think I’m the one who’s struggling now, I’ve only finished reading one book this month 🙈 Love always tooooo ❤

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