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plumpiestdumpling · an hour ago
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Hi Journal!
It’s May 8, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I went to visit some old coworkers today, which was really nice. We went to an old haunt, an artisanal Persian ice cream store called Saffron and Rose. I got the Pink Rose, Orange Blossom and Strawberry flavors. It’s just as good as I remembered it.
I was so excited to eat it I didn’t take a picture. By the time I remembered, I had finished the whole cup. So here’s a picture of my empty cup LOL
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Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · a day ago
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Hi Journal,
It’s May 7, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
My dog is using me as a pillow right now. The weight and warmth is nice, though it’s getting a bit hot. He’s dreaming something fierce right now, breathing really hard and his paws twitch every so often. What are you dreaming about little buddy? Ya catching those birds?
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Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 2 days ago
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Hello, Journal.
It’s May 6, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
A coworker told me a wonderful story today, and I’d like to share it with you. She told me about her life and how she got to her position, and how lucky she was. In so many words, she said that she used to be a paid caretaker for her parents, which fell through because of insurance changes. She needed to find a job, but worried about finding childcare for her son, who was then ineligible for after-school programs. She was able to find a part time job that allowed her to drop him off and pick him up from school. When he was eligible for after-school programs, she wanted to find a full time job, but was unfortunately laid off. Luckily, soon after, her predecessor of her current position, called her up. She was leaving for maternity leave, but did not plan to come back, and suggested for my coworker to take the position. And they hired her! But then, after working that job for a few months, they wanted to cut her hours because her position was not necessarily a full time one. So then other departmental directors asked if she could do some bookkeeping for them to make up for the hours. And that’s how she got here, still with full time hours for five years, all worked out. I thought it was wonderful to hear how lucky she has been, that everything seemed to align so perfectly. She said it was God’s plan, and that He knew when to look out for her. She gave the general advice of not worrying about things too much, because things work out eventually. And, I may not be religious, at most spiritual, but, you know what, I would be delighted if these happy little miracles are what inspires and uplifts your beliefs. Because how wonderful would it be to know that the small, beautiful intricacies of life are the result of someone who looks out for you and cares for you so ardently? I’m still not religious, but I can see the appeal and I love that my coworker can find such emotional fulfillment.
And, with this story, I hope to pass along such message of hope, perseverance, incredible luck, and great timing to you all. I hope that great lucky fortune comes to you as well.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 3 days ago
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Hi, Journal!
It’s May 5, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
So let me set the scene. I was sitting in the cafeteria for lunch. It’s Hospital Week, where the hospital thanks its employees with a gift and holder festivities all week, usually in the form of free food. Since today is Cinco de Mayo, the cafeteria was decked out in festive, Mexican-themed decor and played upbeat Mexican music. The emergency doors were propped open for a fun, freeing feel. The sun was bright, the breeze was nice, the air was fresh. The feeling of bright, happy festivities were in the air.
As my coworkers and I were having a good, hearty conversation over tacos, I stopped mid bite to look up. Light and flowy music started playing—it felt as if the Ghibli soundtrack during a movie about a woodland adventure had a bit of a South American flair—unusual because everything else thus far has been rather upbeat. Time slows down to a peaceful calm. I have this moment of zen, staring at nothing in the mid-distance. And out of the corner of my eye, movement catches my attention.
I turn to the right, and I see a little orange butterfly floating gently into the cafeteria. It fluttered gently in a straight line, my head following it from right to left, before it went out the way it came, left to right. And then the upbeat music resumed and the upbeat festivities continued.
“Magical” feels like the wrong word to use. But it was just an unusual, sweet moment that I couldn’t help but laugh and enjoy it as it was happening.
Talk to you tomorrow.
P. S.
Zazu Sighting #18!
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plumpiestdumpling · 4 days ago
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May the fourth be with you, Journal.
It’s May 4, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I had to take patient complaints today. Two, back to back, unfortunately. But, I was glad about one thing: that the people complaining were relatively nice people. One seemed a little bit “tinfoil hat”-y, but you could tell that she just wanted answers and a resolution that she never got. (Or, maybe I’m just naïve.) The next one was absolutely reasonable and considerate, trying to emphasize that I knew she wasn’t being overly needy, that she and her complaints were grounded, and that she genuinely just wanted to convey that she had a bad experience. As far as complaints go, I’m glad they went well, that the people lodging their issues weren’t angry in their discontent. For sure, the unit managers are getting those as we speak. And I’m glad I could be the one to take their feelings, if only to be a kind-sounding person that hears them and sees them as valid, to not write them off right away, or to seem like I’m trying to deal with it and get them out of the way. Even if the investigation doesn’t go well, or at the very least not to their satisfaction, I hope they felt heard today.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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Also, as an update, the Tazo Rose Tea Latte was super good! Someone asked about this yesterday, but I couldn’t reply because you apparently can’t reply from a side blog??? Sorry, friendo. :c Maybe I’ll make a whole new blog to reply if I get a lot... But that’s a future Dumpling problem.
I’m honestly trying to ration it out and not drink it all at once. I’m excited to try the London Fog Tea Latte one, though its by a different brand. That one is by the Target generic brand, Good & Gather.
I would say that if you don’t like floral drinks, it might not be for you. I’ve had real, actual flower infused drinks before, and those tasted grounded and “real.” But this one veers on the side of fake/artificial flavoring, almost exactly like the Torani flavor pumps used in more generic boba or coffee shops. I like those, so I do like this Tazo Tea concentrate! Overly long review over LOL
*Now* I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 5 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s May 3, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
Today was my first day back at work, and boy was it something. I, apparently, missed a Whole Lot while I was away. I had left with a lot of work still left to do, and I came back to more than I had thought. As an aside, something that was funny was that my boss’ boss had joked that if CDPH came though on my days off, she’d call me back in. And guess what? She jinxed it. (She didn’t call me in, though.)
Anyways, all that to say that I was acutely aware that, even though it seemed like work was piling on at increasing rates, I wasn’t as stressed as I was before my two-ish day vacation. The thing that cemented it for me was the lack of heavy, overbearing worry. I would feel like I was running out of time, playing catch-up with all my work. I would not use the restroom for far longer than I should have gone without a bathroom break, to the point where my bladder would hurt before I rushed to the bathroom. I would work during lunch or eat during working. I would essentially be working eight straight hours, in my cave, isolated from everyone. (You know, unless they found me to add more work.)
But today, I was just. Super chill? I did feel stressed, but I took a breath and just... let it go. I think before the break, I would have felt so much more stressed.
But, the thing is, I didn’t feel like I was stressed before either. I was pretty good at leaving work at work, and not think about it at home. I was stressed, but I felt super fine. Tired, but fine. Like nothing was really wrong, that everything was okay, that I could keep going. And that’s not to say I couldn’t. But it’s without consciously realizing it, I was wearing myself out at work. I would be okay overall, but just worn down and tired.
I really didn’t know I needed a break until I took it, and sort of just reset my system. I’m still super tired, since it was a whirlwind of a few days, but it gave me the breathing room from work I didn’t know I needed.
And I’m so glad because now I know the feeling of non-stress and essentially being at peace with whatever stress I have. And that will make me better at recognizing when I *do* need a break in the future, even if I do feel fine.
Finally, an Extra Serving of Dumplings. Zazu Sighting #17!
I saw him staring into my yard from his side of the fence. I walked up to him and he chirped at me, rolling over and over on his back. He first rolled rather far away, but gradually rolled closer and closer to me, and he gently held my hand in his paw as I reached out to him through the fencing.
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Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 6 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s May 2, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I was at the park and I saw something absolutely lovely. A group of kids or young adults came through to the basketball courts near me, started playing some chill vibe music, and just roller-skated. They looked like they were havjng such a fun, chill time. Their movements were so controlled, fluid, beautiful. Everyone was filled with lighthearted, unrestrained freedom. There was joy and community on their faces, in their voices, their dance. They brought dogs!! It made me wish I could be like them, to join them. God, I wish I could even have half of their coordination and skill. How don’t they fear falling or going backwards? Maybe I’ll pick up a new hobby. I’d like to, but roller skates are expensive! In any case, it was a joy to see them, and to even be near them today was such a lucky experience.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 7 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s May 1, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
This actually starts out with something bad. I accidentally left my expensive boots in San Diego, and I am kicking myself for it. But I’m so lucky to have friends who put up with my shenanigans and literally meet me in the middle to give me my shoes back. Thank god for patient and loving friends.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 8 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 30, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
It’s our second day together and I’ve had so much fun. We did so much together! We got some great coffee and pastries at Bird Rock, hiked for so long and took stupid pictures at Torrey Pines, skated together at Balboa Park. We’re about to drink hot chocolate in bed. I’m sad it’s about to be over but I’m so happy it’s happening.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 9 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s April 29, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I’m in San Diego with my friends, my old undergrad roommates, and it’s like old times.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 10 days ago
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Hiya, Journal.
It’s April 28, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
Zazu Sighting #16!
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It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” encounter. I saw him for a minute, and the next time I circled back, he was gone. Lucky today, indeed.
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 11 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s April 27, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I’ve been buying a lot of string on eBay. I mean a lot of embroidery floss. I won this auction a few days ago, and the total came out to $84(ish). It was a huge lot of string, and it was like $0.13 per bobbin (or thing of string). But that $84 was, like, 45% actual cost and 55% shipping, which is crazy. But, today, the seller sent me back, like 45% of the shipping!! They said the shipping company had a good deal on the shipping cost, and gave me back the savings. That’s so awesome of them. They legit could have just pocketed the money. Kudos to that guy, for reals. And now, it’s like $0.07 per thing of string!! A super deal!!
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 12 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 26, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
This one is a bit mundane, but I didn’t really wait at any lights one the commute home today. All the lights I saw had either stayed green long enough to let me pass, turned green as I was approaching, or turned green very shortly after I did a full brake. That was so lucky because at least three of the lights, if you got stuck at them, were a full two to three minute stop. I have definitely been on the opposite, unlucky end of the spectrum and got held up six minutes at stoplights. So I’m glad today was so smooth!
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 13 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 25, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
One of my go-to drinks at boba places is a rose milk tea, of varying combinations of tea types, toppings, echtetera. Today, while doing some errands at Target, I saw that Tazo made these rose tea latte concentrate mixes! I definitely bought me one of those. It was $4 for 5 servings, versus $5-7 for 1 serving. I can’t wait to taste it tomorrow morning!
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 14 days ago
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Heya, Journal.
It’s April 24, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I went to the Carlsbad Flower Fields today. It’s been pretty gloomy lately, but luckily, the sky cleared up a bit, enough for us to see the whole stretch of flowers. At some points, it looked like the fields could extend forever, reach the ends of the Earth and still keep going. At other points, not so much, but the parts that did were so pretty. The variety of colors and educational signs were great. I’ve always wanted to see flower fields like this—part of my wanderlust—and I’m so glad I got the chance to see one up close for the first time. Can’t wait to see more!
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None of the pictures did it any justice, but here’s one. I think these were one of my faves from today.
As an Extra Serving of Dumpling, Zazu Sighting #15!
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I got to see him up close today. His new collar looks like brown leather, with embossed stars. Cute!
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plumpiestdumpling · 15 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s April 23, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
Zazu Sighting #14!
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It looks like the boy has a snazzy, new collar!
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 16 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s April 22, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I feel like I impressed my boss’ boss. I hope. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 17 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 21, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I found out today that my coworker, my office-mate, did part of my task for me. I felt so touched, cause she also has a lot of work to catch up on. She’s our hospital’s Stroke Program Coordinator, and usually I help her with patient tracking and data bookkeeping. I had two patients to catch up on, and a bunch of non-stroke related work. She just got back from her honeymoon, so she also has a lot of work on her plate. And I open up the shared document and she did the two patients already! That was so nice of her. It really saves me some time, and I was so touched knowing she did that even though she was so busy. She was so nice to me yesterday! She had bought me the Starbucks and then did part of my work. I should give her something too, to show my appreciation.
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 18 days ago
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Hey, Journal.
It’s April 20, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I feel like, today, I really experienced the saying, “You reap what you sow.” But in a good way! (I think there’s another idiom for this, with an explicitly positive takeaway, but I’m not sure what it is. Does anyone know?)
I picked up the dozen Portuguese Egg Tarts, per request. And I was like, while I’m there, I might as well pick up another dozen to give out to coworkers! So, I counted on my fingers the coworkers I wanted to give them out to, and just started doling them out. It felt good to give, just as thanks for being good coworkers. And I had felt it good to give once in a while, when I would seem to receive a lot more. Just to even out the karma a bit, like with this blog/podcast.
But over the course of the day, I just received even more?! My office-mate bought me a Matcha Green Tea Latte, another colleague gave me one of his birthday donuts. I’m so thankful to be in a place that seems to be so overflowing in bounty, and to be able to receive so much from generous colleagues.
Thanks, guys. 💖✨✨✨
In other news, another Extra Servings of Dumplings. Just to log another Zazu sighting. This was Zazu Sighting #13. He was taking a cat nap in the sun. So cute!
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Alright, talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 19 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 19, 2021.
I’m here with another entry, so I can tell you one good thing that happened to me today. So here is my daily log, in an effort to see the good in my life and put out some good vibes along the way.
I had a little bonding moment with a coworker over egg tarts. I love egg tarts. And it was a cute moment.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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