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Today was the first time I’ve ever attended a “virtual rave” online from my couch lol! A virtual Nocturnal Wonderland hosted by Pasquale from Insomniac. Pretty cool that they’re doing this. I love how all the DJs are wearing masks and gloves. They even have “Disinfecto” cleaning the DJ table in between sets lol!!!

Pork tacos with pickled onions and Mexican rice

In other news, I ordered some materials from Joann so that we could make some reusable masks. It’s been hard getting any supplies. I had to order maybe 3-4 separate times due to them running out of stock and canceling my order multiple times. In the end I got less than half of the supplies I ordered. Better than nothing. I did a curbside pick up today and asked my mom if she wanted to come with me. She did not hesitate in saying yes haha. Although it was a sad order that I picked up (only 3 items were in stock), at least my mom and I were able to get out of the house by driving around in the car. It’s crazy to think it’s gotten bad enough that driving around in our cars feels like a breath of fresh air and freedom.

I’ve been cooking a little more often these days since I’m just at home. I made meatloaf a while back and recently made pork tacos with pickled onions and Mexican rice. The story behind the Mexican rice is we had purchased 2 bags of rice online for delivery; we’re used to eating steamed jasmine rice and had a huge shock when we tried eating these bags of rice in the same way. Horrible tasting lol. So I learned how to cook Mexican rice properly and it was pretty good! So much better than the dry and bland and disgusting rice we had the other day ha. Today, I made chicken marsala. I wonder what will be my next recipe!

  • My friends and family are all healthy.
  • The cozy feeling of my bed – and the fact that I could be in it all day if I wanted to.
  • I can experiment with new recipes and reconnect with old recipes in the kitchen.
  • I have the time to complete long-awaited projects that were constantly pushed aside.
  • I’m able to work on becoming healthier (exercises in my bedroom, going out for long walks, eating less due to rationing food).
  • A lot of opportunity to talk with and catch up with friends and family.
  • More time (even if it has to be indoors) with my boyfriend, whom I didn’t have much time with for a while prior to the pandemic due to his family, grandmother’s passing, and my busy work schedule.
  • Enjoying lazy activities like reading, watching shows, playing video games.
  • I’m super thankful that I already have my doctorate degree and worked for a year (so that I could have emergency savings). It is very frustrating for those who are still in school and unable to finish their program. Finding work is going to be pushed back and very difficult with the tough financial times everyone will be experiencing.

Today was President’s Day, and since I work at a government hospital, we had Monday off (whoo hoo!). Boy does it feel amazing to wake up and then go back to sleep – without setting an alarm for a definite time to wake up at. I typically sleep late enough & it is quiet enough at my apartment to sleep without earplugs…and then when I wake up in the morning & want to sleep in, I’ve learned to put in earplugs to block out my roommates banging around in the kitchen, the loud carwash going off across the street, neighbors running around upstairs, etc. I wonder how it will be at my next apartment. Hopefully noise won’t be an issue, but trusty earplugs will be at my side, lol.

Today I made a gnocchi w/ shrimp lunch (thanks to my homie Trader Joe’s lol). I’m trying not to buy any more food since my last day will be next Wednesday before leaving Tucson.

Also made a trip to Costco (borrowed my roommate’s card since she’s out of town & I don’t have membership. Luckily we are both Asian and they didn’t check for my ID at all haha) & bought 3 miscellaneous things:

  1. A package of 2 bralettes: if you are a gal and haven’t tried out bralettes before, you’re missing out! Sooo comfy without the constriction of underwire. It does depend on the construction of the bralette & your size though.
  2. Some instant packages of Starbucks coffee: my attending doctor loves coffee. She can down three cups of coffee in one day with zero effect. I’m putting together a little gift package to give her before I finish my externship and I figured she’d appreciate some instant coffee during desperate times haha.
  3. Low-cut sock liners: I have exactly enough to last me the week, but I realized I’m stuck wearing no socks when I don’t do my laundry often enough. I have a pair of Tieks that I absolutely love and wear every single day, but they can no longer be worn without socks due to my feet stinking them up every day haha. Costco has a huge pack of 12 pairs so I think I’ve got my socks covered ;P

Afterwards, I went to a new coffee shop to get a little bit of work done and sip on a tasty javaccino.

Cozy Cafe

It was a relaxing Monday. All very mundane but very relaxing. Just a reminder that I can still function and still be content. I remember one of my favorite YouTubers saying when you’re depressed, just taking a shower and getting out of the house can be the day’s battle. Happiness is relative.

My drive home from the cafe. It’s been raining the past few days.

We’ve been hitting the road around 7am to get to clinic early and get prepared for the day. Today was the first time we saw such a pretty sunrise. The sunrises here seem to be a bit of orange and purple. Never seen purple with a sunrise back at home in California.

Sunrise – Orange-y

Sunrise – Purpley

I totally got a kids meal at a popular fast food chain in Arizona called Eegee’s. I had no idea it would come in a bucket. Aren’t the characters adorable?! ^_^

Kids Meal

After getting dinner with a classmate and my roommate, I went to a cafe to study a little bit. It was a great environment for studying, besides the dim lighting. Lots of people drinking their coffees and chatting quietly or people getting work done. I’m hoping to go back again. It’s a nice environment change from studying (and falling asleep) at home.

Our attending doctor was sick today so we ended up not seeing any of our patients. We had to cancel their appointments and expect to be double-booked in the following days to come. T_T We used nearly 4 hrs this morning to get prepared for the rest of the week, looking up patient information. We also got caught up in tracking all of the patients we’ve encountered so far (our program requires logging in all patient encounters and requires at least 1000 of them before graduation).

After that, we got to go home early, which was very nice. I relaxed at home, took a nap (since I had a terrible sleep last night), and did a bit of studying. I had a terrible sleep last night. My roommate burnt some toast, leaving the apartment a little smokey, so my other roommate opened the patio door to air out the apartment. Well, a lovely little friend (aka horrible flying bug) came into the house. With my luck, I guess he went into my room. When I was falling asleep for the night, I heard a very loud BUUUUUZZ near my ears!!! It happened multiple times last night and kept startling me. T_T And around 3am my neighbor upstairs was stomping around!!! UGH.

To put a cute little cherry on top, I woke up this morning to three very itchy bug bites on my hands and arms.