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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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 26 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 12, 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 12!
I also found a quarter in the middle of my run. It’s the 2009 Puerto Rico quarter, one that I don’t have yet! I passively collect coins, and I haven’t been lucky enough to run into everything yet. But I was lucky today and I literally ran into/over the Puerto Rico quarter today.
Triple lucky run today. :)
My usual rule is to only have one Zazu pic per sighting, but I’m going to break the rules this time to document the luck today. Here’s the lucky Zazu sighting and the lucky Puerto Rico quarter.
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Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 27 days ago
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Hi, Journal.
It’s April 11, 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 saw Zazu again! Just now, after my run. I didn’t want to go, but I went anyway. That decision was rewarded with a good ole Zazu Sighting. He came to greet me, rubbing against my legs for a good while. But then got scared by a loud, passing car and went back home. 🥲
This is actually Sighting 11 because I neglected to post Sightings 9 and 10, in lieu of other good things that day. (My bad. 😅) So here they all are, for completions sake, Sightings 9, 10, & 11, in that order.
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Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 2 months ago
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Happy Galentine’s Day, Journal!
It’s February 13, 2021.
Zazu sighting number six! He greeted me and kept body slamming my legs. Man, if I could body slam him back so he knows I love him, I’d do it. I just settled for petting the chonk, though.
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 3 months ago
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Hey, Journal!
It’s February 1, 2021.
Zazu sighting number four!!
I swear it was a Zazu desert for months. And all of a sudden, here he is so much. Not that I’m complaining.
I couldn’t take a close pic because my neighbors were there in the yard and it was awkward but he’s there, a tiny spec of Zazu on the fence pillar.
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 3 months ago
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Hey, Journal!
Today is January 30, 2021.
Ever since I’ve started this journal, I feel like I’ve been very lucky with the Zazu sightings. Today, I saw Zazu for the third time this month! Blessed be.
I had just finished my run and he was about to go into his backyard. I ALMOST missed him. But I called his name and he turned to look at me before ultimately deciding to saunter over to me and be near me. So precious. I feel so honored. I stayed with him for a bit, lightly booped his snoot. He let me pet him a little before he left, too.
Talk to you tomorrow!
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plumpiestdumpling · 3 months ago
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Hey, Journal!
Today is January 27, 2021.
Just had another sighting of the zaz! He made noises at me and rolled over. Ugh, I’m so touched. This is two sightings in about a week. Time to play the lotto, haha!
Talk to you tomorrow.
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plumpiestdumpling · 3 months ago
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Hey, Journal!
Today is January 21, 2021.
Actually, a few good things happened to me today. Since this is *one* dumping a day, however, I’ll only tell you one of them.
I saw Zazu again today! He’s our neighbors’ outside cat, and I finally saw him again after two months. He mrrawp’d at me and let me pet him. I’m glad he’s alive and well.
Talk to you next time!
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