Why I Haven’t Posted In a Month

Good afternoon friends (or good morning or evening, depending on where you’re from of course)!

There’s a reason why I haven’t made a new blog post and it isn’t just because I never had the time or was too lazy or didn’t have any ideas because believe me, I’ve wanted to write for a long time. February 17 to about March 14 were extremely hectic for me and that is because my grandmother passed away on February 17. I know that’s no excuse to just stop doing things but it hit me really hard. It still does if it’s the right trigger. My grandmother was and is an extremely hard-working, humorous, interesting, didactic, independent, caring, and thoughtful 82-year-old woman. She didn’t actually make it to be 82, her birthday is April 11 but it’s her 82nd year, we’ll just say she’s 82. About 9 days after her passing, my family and I all traveled back home to Philippines for her internment. To say the least it was a very poignant and sad day on March 2 when we buried her next to my grandpa. He died in 1985 so I never got a chance to meet him — not quite sure if I consider that a positive or a negative? Negative that I didn’t get to know him, but positive that it’s one less person I have to say goodbye to in my lifetime?

That was really negative, my apologies. However, through all of this, I did get to know my cousins in the Philippines more and spend a lot of time with them. There was also lots of pink at the burial ceremony, Grandma likes pink. I remember visiting her in the hospital after she had a mild stroke and got a small case of pneumonia and wearing this bright pink sweater and she liked it a lot and I told her I’d get her a sweater of the same color. I never did, but I always get compliments when I wear that sweater. It’s not as if it’s super detailed and memorable because it’s actually a quite plain sweater, but I suppose it’s the color that is the memorable part. It’s a nice sweater.

Besides that though, I spent two weeks in the Philippines and by the way, during that time I actually got credit card fraud! I suspect it was the slightly suspicious man who worked at the Hudson News at the airport when I bought plane snacks for my brother and I. It’s resolved for the most part though…just waiting for a new credit card since I had to cancel that one. I forgot how hard it was to walk around just carrying cash and paying for everything with cash! No idea how I did financing before I got my credit card two years ago.

I’m really bad at staying on topic if you haven’t already noticed? Haha. After I got back from the Philippines, I spent SO long trying to get over jet lag because if you aren’t aware, the Philippines is on the other side of the world and in the same time zone as Hong Kong, so it was 13 hours ahead of EST because of Daylight Savings. What all this means is that I was on a flight/in an airport for a total of about 26 – 28 hours, and I tried really hard to stay awake through all of that so I could arrive home at night and just go straight to sleep. I thought I could beat jet lag because I usually have in the past, but wow it did not work at all this time. There were two days the week of March 14 that I just didn’t sleep at all for 30 hours. It was tough on my body, I would be so awake for hours and then just want to crash but I knew I couldn’t if I wanted to get back on schedule. If anyone has any jet lag tips, please let me know below!!! Because apparently, I don’t have any.

Right now, I’m back in school, trying to get into the swing of things — I had a random phase of waking up at 5am every morning for a few days…it was cool because I felt like a morning person but unfortunately college does not allow for me to be a morning person when I have a choir class that has a rehearsal from 7 – 9:30 PM requiring me to come home at 10 PM. Not good for waking up at 5 AM.

That’s really all I have to say about this so I’ll stop blabbering but I will share photos from my trip as well as that Magic Kingdom post I owe you, but we’ll see how I do 😉

I’ve also started daily vlogging but as I don’t live a very exciting life every day, I only do it on days when I know I’m going to be doing things or hanging out with other people. I do carry my camera anyway just in case. I post them on YouTube as unlisted so if any of you are curious and would like to check it out, shoot me a message or e-mail! I’d like to talk with any of you guys in general. I’ll see you next time.

P.S. HAPPY MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH! Thank your music teacher.

Hannah
24 March 2016