MARCH TO MID-MAY
In the course of a couple months, surprisingly I’ve done quite a lot. Earlier this year, I made it my goal to visit at least out of my state once. I went to Portland, Oregon twice this year! One was a one day trip with my sister and a couple of our friends and the other was because of the middle school retreat, my sister and I helped out with.
This was my first time helping out with another Korean church’s retreat and after experiencing the retreat, it was a good experience but at the same time I don’t really want to do it again ^^” Mainly because my sister and I felt like outsiders and felt disconnected throughout the whole retreat. But I also thought it was a good experience because I was able to do confession with a priest I’ll never see again and the other staff that also took part in the retreat were really nice.
Confession (for anyone who isn’t aware) is where you get to confess your sins to a priest. Sometimes there will be a screen between you and the priest (like in the movies) but there will also be times when you get to do it face-to-face. It depends on what church you go to and what kind of setting you’re in. If you regularly do confession at your church–even if there’s a screen in-between you and the priest–the priest will know for sure who you are, based on just your voice. Which was why it was really nice to do it with a priest I’ll never see again, haha.
I also started a few different craft projects. To be honest, I feel like I have too many craft projects and should stop making new ones for myself, haha. I started a new nano block kit, a dollhouse room and have really enjoyed doing embroidery! Over a weekend in April, I went to a embroidery workshop with my sister and it was really fun! I’ve done cross stitching before (or at least attempted it) and I like how flexible embroidery is in comparison.
I also started these two kits called Box Theatre and they’re really cute! It’s sort of like the doll houses, except you create a miniature world inside a tin box.
I’m also in my last quarter at my grad school and only have a couple more weeks before I wrap up my final project for my program. I’m still struggling to figure out what I want to do after my program is over. The main struggle I’ve been having is finding jobs that are local. Ultimately, I’ve decided to just apply everywhere… even if I may not fulfill all of the requirements. At least I can say I tried my best! Weirdly, I’m feeling less and less stressed out as graduation comes closer. Maybe it’s a “calm-before-the-storm” type of feeling? I’m not really sure LOL I decided to try and be less stressed out about jobs. I’m sure I’ll get one eventually!
I’ve been enjoying older fantasy these days. I’ve read a lot of good books but I thought I would highlight The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley and Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. I’ve been really into books featuring strong heroines because a lot of books with female heroes, I feel like, are really one-dimensional.
The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books!
Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?
And Crown Duel was also pretty good.
Young Countess Meliara swears to her dying father that she and her brother will defend their people from the growing greed of the king. That promise leads them into a war for which they are ill-prepared, which threatens the very people they are trying to protect. But war is simple compared to what follows, in peacetime. Meliara is summoned to live at the royal palace, where friends and enemies look alike, and intrigue fills the dance halls and the drawing rooms. If she is to survive, Meliara must learn a whole new way of fighting-with wits and words and secret alliances.
In war, at least, she knew in whom she could trust. Now she can trust no one.
These are from my most recent roll of film and I have to say–this roll was the most disappointing out of all the film rolls I’ve taken to be developed.
I chose the pictures I think came out the most decently. I am really pleased at the way the museum photo turned out! I’m still struggling to take film photos indoors, so when I went to the museum, I decided to just try taking pictures–even though I didn’t think they would turn out. But they did! So I guess I should learn to rely on my instincts more than my light meter.
Or maybe my light meter didn’t have a strong enough battery?
Either way, I’m glad I tried!
That’s all for now! I can’t believe my last blog post was in February… Thanks for reading!