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2020.09.24 14:38 Charybdis523 I am 28 years old, make $65,000, live in upstate New York and work in the nonprofit sector
Introduction: I’m Asian-American, first generation, grew up low-income. My career has been focused on financial wellness and wealth building for low-income communities. I’ve learned alot about finances, but not sure I would’ve sought out the same info at such depth if work wasn't the catalyst.
SECTION ONE: ASSETS AND DEBT
Net Worth: -$2,100
Retirement: $39,000. Before my Master’s, balance was ~$50k, accumulated in 3 years post college. Maxed out Roth IRA and 401k for 2 of those years.
Equity: None. My partner K bought a house for us recently, still under his name only.
Savings Accounts: $650
Checking Accounts: $250
Credit Card Debt: $0
Student Loan Debt: $42,000. $22k federal, $20k owed to siblings.
College: No debt, thanks to a full-ride scholarship I won. I had part-time jobs and spent most of my money on clothes. My brother sent me $1000 every year, and other siblings gifted me money during holidays.
Grad school: All my current debt. I dumped savings and some retirement funds into tuition. Even with a scholarship of $20k/year, I had to borrow 40k. Professional school is expensive, y’all. I had part-time jobs, and all earnings went to living expenses.
Other Debt: $0
Inheritance: Me - none.
Partner – The house down payment was a gift from his parents. He’ll also get a significant inheritance from eventually. His parents grew up poor but aren't anymore, and have always been frugal. The life his parents gave him is what I’d like to give my kids if I have them: set them up well without spoiling.
My parents worked so hard to support my family. When I tried to give them my paychecks in high school, they told me to keep them for myself. When I bought gifts for them during holidays, they told me I should spend for myself. My siblings (including me) who spent the most time in the US, and thus could benefit the most long-term, are all financially stable. My older siblings still struggle and won’t accept help. I remember all the time how lucky I am to have a supportive family.
Before March, I lived in a 2 bed apartment in a big city with a roommate. I planned to visit K for Spring Break but moved in with him instead due to quarantine. We intended for this to happen after my graduation, but the timeline was sped up. We never shared finances before but now he was taking care of all our living expenses. K didn’t mind and was happy to. I wouldn’t have cared if our situations were flipped. But I felt guilty having someone else pay so much for me. And for so long I was a strong, independent woman and it felt like I was giving up some of that.
But I realized that we are partners in many ways, including this. We try to make life easier for each other, and K was doing that for me just as I do for him. Besides, my independence was enabled by the safety net of my family. I aim to provide the same for K, for my nephews/nieces, and for my kids if I have them – and I certainly won’t consider them “less independent” for taking those opportunities. Seriously, this has been a main point of my whole career! Gotta apply it to myself.
Partner’s Net Worth: $200,000+
SECTION TWO: INCOME
Income Progression: I was an English and Classics major who had tried some teaching and considered law school. I really blossomed skills-wise at my first post-college job, and learned so much from many wonderful people. Also, the nonprofit field allows me to be a jack of all trades due to their funding constraints. Turns out I’m a master of none, and that's okay (;
2015 - $15,000 for 10-month term
2016 - $48,000 annual, promotion
2017 - $52,000 annual, promotion
Start grad school
2018 - $40/hour, consultant
2019 - picked up $20/hr for university
End grad school
2020 - $65,000 annual, strategy-related role
After graduation this year I was unemployed for 3 months. In August my current employer offered me a short-term, full-time position and hope to keep me long-term. Crossing my fingers, as I’m very inspired by their mission and impact. Regarding salary, if I stayed in/gone back to expensive cities, I would’ve sought a higher range. I’m now in a low COL town so adjusted accordingly.
Monthly Take Home: $4,481. Taxes taken out, no benefits.
Partner’s Monthly Take Home: ~$7,000. Deductions for health insurance (for both of us), 401k, HSA, all that jazz. This has been his salary for 2 years. Before this, a grad school stipend (~$35k) for many years.
SECTION THREE: MONTHLY EXPENSES
Our finances are joint now and we consult each other on buys at $100+.
Property Taxes: $800
Home & Car Insurance: $45
Savings & Investment: Whatever’s left after expenses.
Debt Payments: $0. I'll funnel all my earnings into this (after Roth IRA). But it won’t be enough before the grace period expires and interest is capitalized on my federal loans. Anything left owed to the feds will be covered by K’s savings and paid off before 2021. Then I’ll focus on paying my siblings back.
Gas/Electric/Heat: Unknown, these bills are lying around somewhere.
Phone: $0. K is on a family plan, and I’m on one with my siblings.
Groceries: $600 average
Subscriptions: Amazon Prime $10. Netflix and Hulu 0, using family plans. Google Play Music Family $15.
Gym Membership: $60 for K's membership. Will get mine once we’re comfortable going again.
Pet: Unknown, haven't summed up all the cat things.
Miscellaneous (eating out, hobbies, gifts, random purchases, etc.): $200 average
SECTION FOUR: THE DIARY
Day 1, Sunday
8:45 am After waking up and going back to sleep a few times, I finally just get up. I do my morning routine: wash face, brush teeth, take pill, contacts, ring, brush hair, moisturizer.
My partner K is playing with the kitty, and I join. We adopted her not long ago, so she’s still acclimating. K calls her a scaredy cat because she’s skittish about everything. She's now in her carrier, in catloaf position (paws tucked and hidden, so she looks like a bread loaf) and not budging.
9:20 I check on my plants and do some planty things. I decide I want crepes for breakfast, and defrost 2 leftovers in the oven. As I wait, I scan through old starred emails. One is from Chase, offering a complimentary Shoprunner one year membership. Why not? The website tells me I already have an account, of course. But I don’t know my password and have to reset. I’m hungry and will get back to this.
I eat the first crepe like normal but everything falls out, so the 2nd gets the pancake treatment. With apples and maple syrup, they’re delicious.
Shoprunner finally works. I haven’t been spending much online, but if I do I’ll get free shipping (I never buy online without it).
12:00 pm We eat defrosted pizza for lunch. We’ve been watching Brooklyn 99 during meals, but today we watch Adventure Time. I give him my crusts as usual, since I don’t like them. Afterwards, K asks me to crack his back by standing on it. I manage to do so without totally breaking his back. Then I putz around while he packs for a work trip. I make him coffee and give him his daily portion of cookies (he asked me to hide and portion them). K leaves to finish up work at his office. I play Tetris on the Switch.
4:15 I take a shower. Fall weather hit one day last week with zero transition, and it’s been much cooler since, and the toasty water is so nice. K gets home and finishes packing. We drive out to his company lot so he can get the rental car. We hug goodbye. It feels like our long distance days again ); I've gotten very used to seeing him all day every day thanks to quarantine. He calls me before I get home - his car wasn’t delivered due to some miscommunication, so I have to drop him off at the rental center.
7:40 I feed the kitty and finally start cooking. I make pork chops seared in a cast iron pan, finished in the oven. I flavor it with salt, pepper, thyme, coriander, dill, and sage. I love cooking and being able to experiment so much. Sometimes it turn out a bit funny but hey, that's how I learn. I eat a pork chop with leftover jasmine rice.
My favorite Youtube channel has a new video. I don’t follow many but enjoy Safiya Nygaard’s content so much. The new one is about acrylic pour art. I think I'd feel bad about all the paint, but the finished pieces look so cool! I actually like her “bad attempts” more. I should try acrylics; I've mostly used watercolors but might be missing out on a medium I'll like.
9:30 K texts that he’s reached the hotel. It’s not that long a road trip and unlikely anything bad will happen, but I still worry. I’m glad he arrived okay.
9:45 I cut my fingernails. They grow like weeds, so I snip them every week otherwise they poke my eyeballs when removing contacts. I play Hearthstone on my phone during this. Then bedtime. My nightly routine: brush teeth, mouthwash, rotate fittonia plant, ring off, contacts out, lip balm, lotion.
11:30 Okay, I’m still awake, browsing online. I set my alarm for 7:30 am and sleep.
Day 2, Monday
7:30 am Alarm wakes me. Snooze. Alarm again. I get up and feed the cat.
7:55 I put on a work outfit: green pleated maxi skirt and a mint green top with an orange, pink, and green floral pattern. Pink cardigan too since the office is cool.
My style is the most "feminine" and "loud" at this office - lots of colors and patterns, and silhouettes that are stereotypically feminine. Sometimes I wonder if I should tone myself down. Whether people might take me more seriously professionally if I wore more pants, muted colors and patterns. But this is what I enjoy, and if people underestimate me based on how I dress, that's on them, not me. I'm fortunate that previous coworkers have shown confidence in my abilities (even when I had little confidence) that I never had to "tone down” myself to get more respect.
8:00 Pack for work using a swag bag they gave me, which I know is cheesy but fits all my things well. Grab Greek yogurt and spoon for breakfast. I need to attach a voided check to my direct deposit form, so I add that. Got badge and mask. Mist my maranta. Shoes on – I pick Sketchers since my maxi will hide them mostly. But no one will notice my shoes, per the wise words of Gustav in Ever After!
8:10 While backing out, I spot trash bags on my neighbors' curbs - it's trash day. Usually my partner takes out the trash, so I debate waiting until next week. Then I tell myself the trash will get gross and stinky, even if in plastic bags, and also to be an adult. I roll the can to the curb. Upon arrival at work, I find a parking spot where I don't have to back up to get out. I'm always paranoid about hitting things/people, even with plenty of lot space. I haven't actually hit anything/one (that I know of) but still.
8:40 My coworker responds about the office book club. They've been reading White Fragility. I stop by her office and get the book, yay! The group is meeting again next week so I need to catch up. I then eat my yogurt. As my boss walks by me, she compliments my skirt (:
10:00 Meeting with boss and person she's been waiting to chat with for awhile, via phone. Person is shocked and unhappy at our update, and ends the call fast. Me and boss chat about a realization I had this morning, that will likely change one of the main things we want to do for my project. Whether this is a good thing or not is TBD. I go refill my tea at the hot water dispenser, so far away at the other end of the office. Note to self: bring own mug and stop hogging this office one. Then I find a thing that could be a big breakthough, maybe. If other things go a certain way, perhaps.
11:45 I head out. I'm doing half days remote because I don't feel like prepping lunches to bring. Also I feel bad about leaving kitty alone all day (dunno if she cares). It's sunny but chilly outside. I'll definitely want all remote when it gets colder.
12:00 pm Wegman’s pit stop. They stock new plants every week or so. I debate a cute succulent for $5, but as I put it down, accidentally brush against a leaf and break it. Now I have to get it! I also buy a huge cat grass for $4, to distract kitty from eating my ponytail palm.
12:20 I drop into a local flower shop for the first plant I’ve ever ordered, a rattlesnake calathea. So pretty (: There are more leaves than expected for this size pot and price. This florist sells small plants for only $5 and take orders. (Very dangerous, but I limited myself to one plant...for now.)
Going home, I have to do a loop because the main road has one-way sections, arg. I think I have a lot of driving anxiety, probably because I spent 8 years using mostly public transportation and walking.
12:35 Instant ramen and diet grapefruit soda for lunch, classic adult meal. I think that the best standard brand is Mama ramen, and my favorite flavor is the creamy shrimp tom yum. The best spicy ramen are the Samyang spicy chicken ones. I usually add dried seaweed, but not feeling it today.
I later set up work in our office room. It’s so nice to have my own desk. I was using K’s since he no longer works from home, but prefer mine with my own pictures and knick-knacks, like my squishy stress bunny. I try to access files through remote desktop but can’t. IT puts me on hold. Is it worth driving back into work? Now the line tells me to leave a voicemail; I do, but I’d rather just keep holding.
2:55 An IT person calls me back. As I’m telling him what’s wrong, I realize I never logged into remote VPN, so of course I had no access. I apologize to him, feeling bad I wasted his time. This must be like the jokes about people not plugging things in yet expecting them to work. IT sends an email saying the ticket was resolved. My silliness is documented for eternity.
Meat stick (prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella) for consolation. Back to work, more munchies so I eat an apple too.
5:40 K and I chat and agree to play Don’t Starve Together later, which we started a few days ago. Dinner is pork chop, rice, defrosted mixed veggies. My friend and I talk over the phone as I eat. We grew up in the same hometown, and she's been my bestie for a long time. I can’t recall a time when we weren’t friends! (She does - when we were very young. I just have bad memory.) She’s recently had very exciting things happen, and I love hearing her life updates. She's one of few friends I'm close enough with that we speak very candidly about everything.
7:30 Kitty joins me on the living room couch. Her sudden epiphany: she can knead my blanket, and does for a long time. I pet her while she kneads. Then dinner for the cat. I also check on my new plants and water them.
As I go outside to repot a plant, I see a small package on the porch. Addressed from a friend and labeled "fragile". It’s a ring dish! So lovely and thoughtful, and I was just thinking about getting one. I text my friend many thanks and place it in the bathroom.
8:40 K and I play Don’t Starve Together on our computers. About 5 minutes in, we’re suddenly attacked by scary dogs and I die ): I’m a ghostie for awhile as he attempts to revive me, but it’s a struggle. We decide to play Stardew Valley next time, since this game more difficult than we thought it’d be. I play Animal Crossing afterwards. A new neighbor moved in, a cute koala named Alice!
11:30 Okay, time for bed. Ugh, I keep browsing instead of sleeping.
Day 3, Tuesday
8:00 am Alarm goes off. I push snooze. Then I remember kitty is waiting for food, so instead get up and feed her. I eat yogurt and get work started.
9:50 Break time! I drive to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby. I haven’t gone in the past two weeks, but we got some amazing furniture deals here. Like our beautiful 10x13 living room rug for only $50. The thrift stores around here have actual thrift store prices. Our friends recently got a coffee table from here that was exactly what we're looking for. I’m happy they got it but also kind of jealous.
I find a pretty glazed square saucer ($0.50, plus another 25% off), an adorable panda mug ($1.00), and a mug painted with a lovely floral pattern ($0.50) but a chip on the lip. Doesn’t matter since these mugs will be pots.
10:40: Home and work, more research on how to do all the things. I get a meat stick and prep ramen. I am so cold‼ I wrap our living room blanket around me like a shawl. This was an Amazon gift last year from K. He searched “softest blanket” and said everyone recommended this one. It is indeed incredibly soft, and I love it so much. I’m shall walk around and sit like this. Thermostat says it’s 64 degrees. Hmm, maybe my body is just rebelling against adapting to lower temps.
12:40 I finally eat lunch. I got distracted by work. The ramen warms me up some, but my fingers and feet are still cold. It’s far too early for me to break out mittens, right? My new succulent’s plastic pot fits perfectly into the flower mug. Panda mug is less of a home run; it’s a large sphere but the opening is just a bit too small. I’ll just repot another plant directly into it. I replace the dining plate under the grass with the square saucer. I check my money tree. I tend to ignore it, as it does pretty well left alone. Its new leaves got so big!
1:30 I use Teams chat for the first time. A colleague tells me some people who received my earlier mass email were confused about a certain line and emailed her assuming a more positive future outcome. I send out a clarifying email that the news is indeed as bad as it sounds...and people are not happy about that now. I just feel guilty I can’t make things better.
4:00 The itchy bumps on my finger are multiplying. I have some isolated eczema. Years ago, it was all over my hand and severe, but with medication slowly receded and now pops up in small spots. A similar bump on my leg that keeps coming back (only when I scratch it…I know, I know). I put on medicated ointment.
4:20 Someone replied all to my clarification email, pointedly questioning our decisions. Yikes! I ponder how to respond, then decide to do that tomorrow instead, when I can fully refrain from being snarky.
I go repot my haworthia into the panda mug, which should be the last time I repot her. I’m doing this out on the porch, squatting over pots with a spoon and bag of dirt, and wonder if people are judging me. Another package out here, from my hometown friend. It says Edible Arrangements, ooh. K calls me as I start opening it, so I narrate the process for him. It’s strawberries dipped in chocolate! I eat one right away, so yummy. I text my friend thanks and eat more. Must save some, reluctantly, for K.
6:00 I do some clean up. I’ve been leaving dishes, wrappers, and such strewn about. Without K here, I’m less prompt because no one can see my shame. Mini brush to sweep crumbs and such off counters, then regular broom for the kitchen floor because I made it messy in just 2 days.
The cat is eating the grass!
6:30 I consider exercising. We made sandbags with contractor bags and lawn pebbles, but I'm not workouts. Before quarantine, I went to the gym 3x a week (starting last Sept) even in bitter winter. I really enjoyed feeling myself get stronger. Now I’m not nearly as disciplined. My partner is much better about it, even doing cardio in between lifting days. Maybe I’ll work out tomorrow.
Instead, I wash rice and Instant Pot it for dinner, then take a shower. I feel so warm afterwards! I’m determined to keep myself that way.
7:00 The cat joins me on the couch for some blanket kneading. She does her bass purr, which disturbed me when I first heard it because it was so strange and so deep that I thought it might be a distress sound. I hear it during pets, and sometimes she’ll sit far away from us and just rumble like that. Eventually dinner time for kitty, then for me. I eat a pork chop with rice and leftover mixed veggies. I put the rice in the fridge! I forgot several times and had to throw it away the next day. I know rice is cheap, but I hate wasting food like that. Some Animal Crossing after. One of my neighbors is moving out tomorrow :(
11:35 It’s so late. I do my nightly routine and go to bed.
Day 3, Wednesday
8:15 am I finally get up and go through my morning routine. Putting on my ring is easier to remember when it’s out on a dish instead of hidden in a crowded basket. I feed kitty and start work. My boss responded to the reply all email yesterday evening. Whew! I do think that was better coming from her instead of me the newbie.
9:00 I look up how to access someone else’s calendar on Outlook, because I need to see my bosses’ schedule. Microsoft’s directions seem to apply to the online version, and other search results match it. I click around Outlook instead, and figure it out that way. I mist my prayer plant and eat a yogurt.
9:50 To the ReStore. I go in and out of the house 3 times because I forgot my keys, donation box, and phone. Rihanna's Skin comes on from my playlist as I drive. Yeees, I haven't heard this in a while and sing along enthusiastically.
I find 4 ramekins for $2.00. This will complete the set I picked up here before. K wants them for baking but doesn’t think he’d use them enough to justify a new set. I also nab a ceramic thing made for an unknown purpose ($0.50), to be a nice small pot.
10:35 Home, shrouded in the blanket as I type up research. Ramen again for lunch. I could bring it into work, but then my coworkers might judge and/or pity me for eating like a college student.
12:40 pm I get dressed for the office. Weather app says it's 70s outside, so I put on a light pink maxi skirt with a geometric pattern, a light orange/coral top with a floral print, and teal cardigan. I end up walking instead of driving since it's nice out. I immediately feel happier and refreshed! I think I’ve been grumpy from feeling so cold in the house. Like hangry, except…crumpy.
1:00 A sign outside a bakery says today’s special is carrot cake cupcake. Nooooo, I love carrot cake but I’m trying not to buy treats. But this bakery has such good cupcakes…I go in and buy one for $3.00. It’s difficult to resist these when they’re so cheap compared to prices in larger cities. I eat the cupcake at work and it is the perfect dessert.
1:50 The internet stops functioning as I'm writing up a form online to submit ): Instead, I call someone to break the bad news to since there's no email listed for them. I really dislike calling people I’ve never met, since I rely so much on expressions and body language. Several tea treks this afternoon.
4:00 I text a friend about helping me lift a dresser out of the garage later. I bought a lovely wood dresser for $150 from FB last month to replace our current dinky one, but it needs TLC. I’ve been procrastinating hard but am afraid this is the last week of nice weather, so want to fix it up now. Plus it can be a nice surprise for K.
4:30 As I’m leaving, some coworkers chat to me! I’m so happy – I’m a shy person at work, mostly because I feel like I have to absorb all the info possible and then I can start to say things, otherwise I’ll make a fool of myself. This shouldn't apply to general chatter, but somehow does for me. It’s really nice talking to them.
5:00 At home, NY driver’s license came in the mail. I feel so official now! Except, this isn’t a REAL ID and I thought I was getting one. The NY webpage says to bring more documents to the DMV for one one. I guess since I won’t be flying soon, not a big deal. And I can always use a passport, though I dislike carrying that unless really needed.
5:35 My friend comes over and we carry the dresser from the garage to the driveway. He points out that some of the backing is reinforced with staples (???) instead of nails. Ah well, this was cheap. I start off by sanding edges where the veneer is scratched or started to peel; harder to do precisely than videos show. Then a long, long time putting wood filler in those spots. It’s hard getting it to stick without bits falling off. Okay, not so sure how well this will turn out :/ I leave it to dry overnight, so tomorrow I can stain
7:00 After a hot shower, I put on my workout leggings that have a fleece lining. Not to workout, just for the warmth. Desperate times! I know that after winter, these temps will feel like beach weather. But right now I’m cold. I go feed the kitty. Then I remember I was supposed to send a form for work and do so, so very late :(
8:00 Dinner. Pork chop, leftover rice, defrosted corn. K and I chat as I eat. We call it a night early though. I finally get the dishwasher going; I left so many dirty dishes sitting around this week. I play Animal Crossing. I search for a new neighbor and pick the first one on a mystery island, a horse named Papi. He really likes nature, so I feel we’ll jive there.
9:00 A couple of friends text yes for a group video call next week. We know each other from grad school but are all in different states now. Many things have been happening for everyone, so I’m excited to toast to them!
10:00 I actually want to go up to bed this time, but the kitty is snuggled next to me. I’ve been petting her for at least 30 mins. But finally we go upstairs for the night. I scroll through subreddits before sleeping.
Day 4, Thursday
7:45 I get up and do morning stuff, then feed the cat. I try to turn on my work computer but it does nothing until I charge it. Yogurt for breakfast, then burrito myself in the blanket for work.
9:50 ReStore break. I accidentally walk out in flip flops instead of sneakers but am too lazy to switch. Oh well, I’ll be that person in socks and sandals.
At the store, I immediately grab these beautiful blue glazed pots, labeled $4 for the set. There’s also a soft, pinkish white pillow. But it doesn’t fit colors I want for any room; nah, I’d regret it later. I find a pretty set of Japanese-style art, depicting varied pots and flowers. The frames are beat up though. I take a picture to send to K later to see if he likes them. But on my last circle about, the paintings have disappeared. That’s okay, someone else will enjoy them.
K might declare a pot moratorium when he gets home, as he’s threatened before. Hah, he’ll be using the car anyways so I can’t even go thrifting then.
10:55 Home and back to work. I get an email from Accounting that there’s a check for me. First one, woo! They told me it would be Thursdays, but I’m so used to Fridays that this was a surprise.
11:40 Hot ramen, mmm. While waiting for them to poof, I check my plants. I browse FB and subreddits while eating. Then upstairs to dress. Today, a navy and white triangle print blouse to pair with my black and white feather print pants. I also break out a nice pair of sneaker-like shoes, in grey suede.
1:45 Back in the office, many rounds of hot leaf juice. I pick up my paycheck, and Accounting confirms my next will be deposited. I also stop by HR to ask how I can set up Zoom meetings.
4:00 I drive to the credit union to deposit checks. They close too early, in my opinion. How do people who don’t have flexible workplaces find time to use them?
K recently added me to his account. My bank has no branch here, though I got them years ago specifically because they were national and I wanted access wherever I went in the US :/ I don’t like paying ATM fees, so K has been withdrawing cash if needed. I’m also not comfortable using a bank app out of paranoia that someone might steal my phone and siphon my account. I think my bank accounts and Social Security number are the only things the tech giants don’t have, so I guard them as my precious.
4:30 Home for more work in my blanket.
5:30 K and I chat. We decide to see if our friends are available for board games this weekend, and if not, watch a movie. I suddenly realize I didn’t defrost a protein for dinner, and even putting it out now won’t be enough time to unfreeze it. Nooo. I end our call to work on the dresser (but lie to him about why).
I put stain on a few samples of filler. I got it matched at a local hardware store, but not sure if the stain will look like its label image. Wait, the label says to leave the stain for 4-6 hours before using a 2nd coat…well, I can keep sanding. Except there's definitely too much wood filler on these spots, because I’m doing one corner for so long.
6:23 I go inside and eat leftover corn and a meat stick for dinner. I’m crumpy again. And sad this won't be done by the time K gets back. I decide to make a latte, likely a bad idea so late. But I want something cozy. I mix in cocoa powder and honey with it. We have a grinder, aeropress, and French press (for guests) but use Wegman’s beans and a cheap milk frother. Occasionally we get nicer beans at a local shop, and my partner eventually wants to upgrade to a real fancy grinder. The coffee set up captures well our spending habits.
7:00 The cat stole my half-eaten meat stick‼ She flees, but stops to eat her prize, so I snatch it from her clutches. K had asked me if she’d be unrecognizable when he gets back, and I think so. Very bold now. After I feed her, she goes downstairs and meows a lot. I will not be summoned, cat! XD I stay here until she’s back in the room, quiet, and then I go downstairs. I eat chocolate strawberries and browse FB and subreddits about plants, finances, and furnishing homes. I should read for the book club. Eh.
9:15 I find out online there’s Fall Festival on the main street on Saturday! I’m excited; I was visiting last year when it happened. There were hay bales and scarecrows and tractors and kids getting faces painted. I wasn’t sure they'd have it this year, but glad that local businesses will get a huge boost in sales.
I also remember we got a beautiful bouquet of dried flowers from there, now still our living room and only shed a bit during the year. Since they last for so long, I want a set for the guest bedroom.
9:30 I play Tetris. A couple of bad rounds, but I get 6th once! Pretty good. I cross some animals, and say hello to Papi. Then I go empty the rest of the dishwasher and load it again, and sweep up ramen bits. I don’t want all this to linger longer if I feel lazy tomorrow. K sometimes says, “Good job, past self!” out loud to acknowledge what he did in the past that make the present less stressful. I really like that, so now I try to approach things more that way.
11:25 I go to bed. But I have a throbbing caffeine headache, and my stomach feels hollow. Why did I do this to myself? I read some “messy” Money Diaries from the Drama Watch Roundup to tire out my brain. It takes a long time for me to fall asleep.
Day 6, Friday
7:00 am I wake up needing to pee. Can't go back to sleep due to residual headache. I do my morning routine and feed the kitty. I have to boot up my work laptop. Its battery runs out so quickly; it’s a bit annoying that I won’t be able to go anywhere without the charger. Oh well. I start filling in a spreadsheet to organize what I’ve been researching.
I am blanket. Blanket is me. (Or is it I?)
I email my Boss about setting up a Zoom call for us and another person. Then tea time. I use a loose chai from Wegman’s. It’s really good; I’m glad their generic stuff tends to be decent quality.
9:50 To the ReStore. I almost forget my mask but luckily don’t. They’re strict about them, thankfully. I saw them kick out a man who tried to go in without one. He kept arguing that he had the right not to. Of course, and there are consequences to that. This is also a charity shop and volunteer run, so they probably care less about pissing off a few people. I feel bad for the businesses and employees who end up with potential losses from booting noncompliant customers. It’s not a dilemma I’d want to face.
Today I find a large peachy pillow, $3. Glad I didn’t get the other, since this fits better and is so soft. I also get two glass vases of similar height and shape but one has a vertical pattern ($1.00, with additional 50% off) while the other has a wavy pattern ($1.00, with additional 25% off). Close enough, for the guest bedroom flowers. And I finally drop off the box.
10:45 I reach Wegman’s to grab a few things. Two 10-pack meat sticks (12.29 each) and two 2-liter bottles of diet grapefruit soda ($0.75 each). I also look at the fish, since they stock fresh ones on Fridays and are usually sold out by evening. I love whole fish and would eat it every day if I could. I pick 2 porgies ($6.99/lb) and ask them to descale and trim the fish but keep the heads. I’ll get both fish heads tonight since K never eats them. I’m so excited for dinner!
More work at home. My boss CCs me on an email about me sent privately to her and few others. Her response is amazing and is a virtual mike drop. I appreciate her so much. I do a speedy lunch, ramen and soda. And speedy dressing: same pants as yesterday, sheer burgundy top, teal cardigan, the suede shoes. I finally bring my mug! It’s bigger so less tea trips.
2:00 Meeting with boss and another person our org works closely with. The prep I did is not useful, because the conversation turns in a different direction than expected.
4:15 I get home early and do last minute cleaning. K texted earlier that he should arrive by 6:00.
5:00 I haven’t heard kitty in a while, and get worried. I walk around calling her, and she meows in response, from our master bed. She rushes out once I open the door.
5:45 Finish work and take a shower. Kitty gets many pets in apology for accidenally imprisoning her. I manage to snip two of her nails, but she escapes before I can do the rest. Then the house alarm goes off. K is back! He says the house is chilly – okay I’m not going crazy XD He is skeptical that it’s truly 65 degrees in here and turns on the heat. The cat hides, shy again with K here. I tell him it’s probably his haircut. We unload the rental car and return it.
7:00 Dinner prep. I season the fish and wrap them in aluminum foil for the oven. This time I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and coriander. I chop up mushrooms to roast too.
The fish and veggies end up delicious! I do warn K about the little stomach bones. If we’re sharing one big fish, I split it into fillets and pick out all the bones myself, but we each have our own and I don’t feel like doing it twice. I get all the fish eyes, yum.
9:30 K tells me the news about Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing. A friend also texts me about it a couple of minutes later. I am so sad. She was such an amazing person and inspiring woman. I read an article detailing parts of her life I hadn’t known about before. This makes me even sadder, though.
10:00 We finish the strawberries together. K nods off during Adventure Time. I’m hit with a sense of déjà vu: this happened exactly, early on in our relationship. Sometimes history repeats itself in a cute way. We eventually go up to sleep. My mouth stings as I brush my teeth - the sore on the inside, near my lip, is getting worse. I've been trying not to irritate it too much since it's in an awkward spot, but that's clearly not working.
11:30 I’m still awake reading random things on my phone. So bad. I go to sleep.
Day 7, Saturday
9:15 am Phone buzzes me awake. Friends confirm the Fall Festival plan.
10:15 I’m still in bed because warm. K offers to turn the heat up, but I’ll be fine. After I wash my face, I can’t find my towel so drip awkwardly over the sink until I remember one on a nearby shelf. K must have grabbed our dirty towels for laundry.
10:30 I put crepes in the oven to defrost. I wish I'd put parchment paper between layers when stacking, because it’s been annoying separating them.
K and I talk about the new health insurance cards, and what appointments I'll make. First will be Planned Parenthood, because I’m on my last pack of pills! The only time I wasn’t covered was the months after college graduation and before my job started. I worried so much that I’d have an accident and be buried in debt. Luckily didn’t happen. I also really appreciate when work pays into insurance, after having to pay the entire premium myself during grad school.
K browses the Nintendo shop and pulls up the Ori sequel. I do want it but think we should wait; $40 seems pricey and we have so many other games we haven’t started or finished. He tells me he did buy Hades on sale since we tend to play these types of games more. I really liked the trailer so glad he did.
11:30 I scroll online while I eat the crepes, watch K play Hades. I love the art, but not sure I’d be good. You battle many enemies, and you have to react fast. We switch and I play! It's challenging but not too much that I feel like I can’t figure it out. At some point, K finds socks on the ground and puts them on me since I’m too busy playing but still complaining about cold feet. Thanks K!
1:45 He reminds me we’re supposed to meet friends at 2:00. Today's outfit: green pleated maxi, a mustard top, and a magenta suede vest with long fringe on the shoulders and edges that reach my calves. One of my favorite statement pieces.
2:15 We find our friends and chat, waiting for the other ones. Apparently the festival was canceled, and instead there’s a small farmers’ market. Now I feel bad having asked them out for this – the cancellation wasn’t mentioned on the official webpage!
Our other friends get here and we check out the market. It smells delicious; there’s one stall with donuts, one with pretzels. K and a couple friends go for donuts. I find the dried bouquets vendor and request two with orange, pink, and purple-blue flowers. They cost $9 each, but K pays since I don’t have cash. We all decide to walk down the main street for fun.
4:00 I stop for $5 bubble tea. I get lavender with traditional bubbles (there are popping ones, but I think those are weird). It's yummy, enough flavor but not so much that I’m eating a candle. K and friends get ice cream, trying the fall flavors. Then we all part ways and go home. Another package at the door, with K’s name on it, but he’s not expecting anything. They’re cool wooden coasters with a laser cut outline of the city we met in! Turns out a friend sent it as a gift.
6:30 Dinner time. K baked chicken with cumin and other seasonings, plus rice and defrosted peas. We watch Adventure Time. It’s interesting to me how adult kids shows can be. There are incredibly sad/disturbing moments that would be completely missed by kids. During episodes I get text alerts from in my siblings' group chat. Adorable pictures of my cute niece, finally smiling instead of looking angry. For the rest of the night, K and I take turns playing Hades. He keeps getting further than me, but I’m not too behind!
9:30 Bed time. We’ll see if I can sleep early tonight.
Weekly Total $69.97
Food + Drink = $46.89
Home + Health = $23.09
I think I tend to buy little things during the week. In contrast, K tends to make bigger purchases of many items once or twice a month. It’s nice to see my spending be “normal” again, since for a few months I was spending a lot on furnishings and such. I do want to be better about buying less treats, and resist buying plants (though now that space near the windows is running out, less a problem). The resale market is good for calming my inner shopper. I don't feel like I’m missing out too much, because there’s so much out there that even if I don’t nab this thing, a similar thing will pop up later. So I'm okay being pickier about those purchases.
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2020.07.23 11:09 SteveZDad Jasmin video chat
I was invited to attend GamerConnect event at Mumbai. It was a great honour and my travels spread over four days. Here is a blog post with the description of the event and how I felt through the travels! Enjoy and kindly comment down below if you anything to say or if anything crosses your mind. Don’t be shy. Write a comment. And don’t forget to follow my blogs for future updates!
Before you read check out this Vlog that i have made for the event.
Day 1: Traveling to Mumbai Good morning world!
For some reason it took me about thirty minutes to get out of the bed today. I knew I was going to going to get late but I was warmly woken up by Mrs SteveZDad.
I think I was dreaming of a mental hospital. I can’t find any reason why was dreaming about it. But it seemed like my family was happy to put me there. Well, creamy thought. I’ll leave it here.
Had a quick breakfast in bed and when straight to the shower to get ready. Soon after I was ready to see my son, Steve, off to school. I took my time to say farewell to Martin as well. Martin is a student exchange from France. He came to stay with us for a few days.
Surprisingly I was ready to travel pretty early. I still had thirty minute before the scheduled departure from home. I took this time to sit with my family and discuss some last minute family affairs.
I believe that about 8:30 am I began my travels towards Chandigarh. I had a scheduled flight to Mumbai at 12:15 pm. The journey to the airport was more or less boring. I don’t really like road travel but had to do it anyways.
One exciting thing happened though. At the security post of airport entrance we were stopped by a security personnel, a commando unit by uniform. He asked us that where we were going. We were happy to tell his that. But then this man said to my driver that on my way back he should stop over the other side. On inquiring why he said that there was some guy who wanted to go to Patiala and that my driver should take him. I lost my cool at this statement. I confronted this man with blankly told him that this is not going to happen. I was rather upset on his words. How could he even ask such a thing from a private vehicle. I wanted to see his supervisor and file a complaint by my family driver told me to keep calm and just let it go.
I don’t know why but my frustration towards the government administration keeps on building these days. Honestly speaking I even consider moving out of this country for these very irresponsible government behaviour.
Well that being said I entered the airport. I was warmly greeted by @Navjot Singh Sandhu aka Dynamic Jatt. I was also expecting @BliTz_TracK and @Arsh Deep Singh who arrived at the airport momentarily. We finished our security checks and took to a restaurant to enjoy some noodles and a cold beer. Unfortunately they did not have Hoegaarden, which is my favourite beer at the moment. Allow me to tell you that Asahi draft (Japanese beer) is the best beer I have tasted yet. Blast, the restaurant didn’t have my flavours. I had to settle with cold water. Never mind, I was going to Mumbai and I was hopeful that I would get lots of options there as far as options in beer are concerned.
Even so, we had good meal and went to our gate to board the flight.
In flight I am always intrigued by the flight attendants. I don’t know but there is something to them that makes me feel good. May be it’s the way they are smartly dressed or the way they greet everyone. So here was a particular attendant. Her name was Jasmine. Really smart girl and well behaved. I hope I have a chance to break the ice and strike a conversation.
Well, all hopes have been crushed. Never mind! It was a bygone.
Our band is together. Our final destination was still one and a half hour away. So we decided to get a quick snack. We took an airport cab to the hotel. Not feeling so tired we were excited to check out the traffic and surroundings in Mumbai. Even though the traffic was packed but we were still moving. There were little times when we had to halt. The security personnel were in large numbers given the fact that there are going to be elections on Sunday. Anyhow it took us about an hour and a half to reach the hotel, Abbot Hotel. It was a nice property. Good entrance and ambience. We had a minor hiccup at check-in but it was soon dealt with.
Later in the day we were escorted to the venue for briefing and team meet-up. It was a good session. I got to meet a lot of friends and known folks. GamerConnect team was a great team. Everyone was friendly and super supportive. After spending about two hours at the venue we decided to head back to the hotel.
@Shashank[sammad143], @BliTz_TracK and I had dinner and talked about our lives at gaming over a pint of beer. It was a fun filled conversation. Had no idea that it got to 12:30 in the night. We bid farewell and promised each other to wake up by 7:00 am and be ready for breakfast at 8:00.
I was super tired. Almost forgot to take out my contact lenses. But I decided to write down this blog when the memory was fresh. On with that thought I checked my mails for the day and went to sleep hoping that I could wake up on time the next morning. Ah yes, I did book a wake up call at the hotel front desk.
Day 2: GamerConnect Mumbai - October 2019 Good Morning!
It was raining from yesterday. Non stop! I was worried. Would it impact the event in any way. It was a good day start for me. Woke up on time and got ready for the day ahead. Breakfast was okay and I could say that I’ve had much better breakfast but anyways I just had some fruits and a cup of hot coffee. @BliTz_TracK and @Arsh Deep Singh were also ready for the day. We hurriedly went to the reception and waited for our transport to the venue.
The venue was just two kilometers away. A beautiful building. The entrance was all set and lit with graphics and posters. The volunteers and staff were looking sharp and were getting ready to open the gates for the public. So here was the thing. I was supposed to stream from the venue and there was a dedicated streamer booth. I went to the booth and found that the preparations were still going on. There were some hardware installations still pending. So I had to wait for some time.
Meanwhile @BliTz_TracK and devil came to me with a plan for the day. We started with photo shoots and began taking interviews. I used my time here to meet representatives of the leading brands present at GamerConnect. These people are amazing. No doubt they have such responsibility on their shoulders to lead the top industry brands. I went further to meet the awesome @Kiran Noojibail and Ratul the amazing presenters at the show. Gem of a person each one of them.
I received information from @Shashank[sammad143] that @Bonerjee, @Sunlord ☀ and @Hiren Patel bhai were arriving at the venue. I was overjoyed to know that. I was just wondering if I would be able to meet them on time as I had the streaming schedule to meet. However the technical problem wasn’t yet resolved so @Shashank[sammad143] and I went to the cafe to get a lemon drink. People were already pouring in from the main gates. I was spotted by my fans and they stopped me for a quick photo and a small chat. I took this opportunity to thank them and shake their hands and not to mention give them a hug! Amazing people!
Momentarily, @Bonerjee, @Sunlord ☀ and @Hiren Patel arrived. Now this was a mix of several emotions at the same time. I have known these wonderful people from quite some time. Some I have talked on phone or discord with. Some I have texted with and some I have played amazing games of PubG Mobile with. But to meet them in person. My heart skipped a beat. Looked at those amazing personalities and couldn’t believe my eyes. I hugged them strong. My eyes were a little wet with joy. I greeted each one them with pride. Took this moment to take their interviews and gave them my special merchandise. They all seemed to be very happy to see me. The added flavour was the presence of @Shashank[sammad143]. I took a few minutes off to check on the streamer station which unfortunately was still facing problems. I had to cancel my streamer slot after all. I was so sad that I could not show my views the live broadcast from the venue. But then I took so many pictures and got amazing footage from the booths.
Went for lunch with the squad, however the cafe was tightly packed. We actually had to share a table with two good folks from Mumbai. It turned out that they were streamers too. It was a fun time with the meals and desert. I must mention that I also met one really unpleasant individual/fool who’s name I would mention. But meh... bygone!!!
After lunch I headed back to the venue. I had to attend a special panel where I was honoured to become one of the four panelists. The discussion topic was “Streaming Scene in India”. My fellow panelists were Appolonia, PC peasants and Supermad. Amazing people to talk with. Our audience was people with mixed interest and they showed great interest in our talks. Aman Biswas moderated the discussion. It was a wonderful session. I presented direct facts and tried to encourage the audience to take or at least consider video game content creation as a potential career option. I hoped that people would take my message and do think about it. I did get the cottage of the session on camera but the light was low so the quality is not as good as I had hoped.
Anyhow, we were called upon the stage for a surprise. The event was almost to its end and prizes were handed out the the several winners of the tournaments that were held for the games like Mortal Kombat, Fifa and CSGO. Afterwards, much to our surprise, I was called upon the stage to be honoured with a beautiful momento.
The event was closed with great fanfare and music. I gave my thanks to the organizers and gathered my friends to return to the hotel. @Shashank[sammad143] and I went to hotel to quickly freshen up. Meanwhile @BliTz_TracK and @Arsh Deep Singh hurried towards the airport as they has a late night flight back home. We had made dinner plans with @Bonerjee and @Sunlord ☀. @Hiren Patel had already left for home. We went to this beautiful place called “Sigree”. After dinner or should I say, light dinner @Bonerjee dropped us near the inOrbit mall where we to meet the GamerConnect team members and other influencers for dinner. Yes, two dinners same night. Had to manage. But surprisingly I didn’t eat much at both places.
I believe it was 11:30 in the night when @Shashank[sammad143] and I returned to our hotel. We took a quick nap as we had an early morning flight to New Delhi. Put up all kinds of alarms and hotel wake up calls and slept with satisfaction. And why not, it was a terrific day after all!
Day 3: New Delhi, Facebook Office visit Early good morning!
I woke up at 2:30 in the night. Spent some time in the bed watching the watch and after giving myself a lot of five minute snoozes I finally got up and got ready to travel. Packed up my stuff and called upon @Shashank[sammad143] as we were traveling together to New Delhi. I had already booked a ride for airport. We started at about 5:00 am for the airport. The roads were not so packed. Arrived at the beautiful airport and headed inside only to fine a super long queue at the check-in counter. BUMP!!! Somehow managed to get ourselves checked in and went through security checks. Last night’s Masala food was beginning to show its true colours in my stomach. I had to eat light. I was just looking for some fruits! Unfortunately I couldn’t find any fruit or juice stall. We ended up at Burger King to eat some junk food in the morning!! BUMP again!!! Well we conveniently boarded and flight and started to fly towards New Delhi. @Shashank[sammad143] slept like a baby. I too took some time to take a quick nap.
We checked into my hotel, JW Marriott, Aerocity and rested for time before we headed towards Facebook Office in Gurgaon. The traffic was light as it was a Sunday. We visited the office and had the opportunity to meet Minsun and Alex from Facebook team. I also met a beautiful tall girl in a green dress over whom I had an instant crush. I mustered the courage to tell her that how astonishingly beautiful she was looking but she very conveniently put me off!!! Well, she escorted us to the meeting room where we joined by Minsun, Alex and representatives from Gaming Monk. Had a good discussion. It lasted for about two hours. Time flew! We finished the meeting and headed back to the hotel.
Coming back we took a quick freshen up routine as we were to meet Sunny Bhai (Versatile). All three of us enjoyed some quick snacks and drank awesome draft beer who’s name has completely skipped my mind. Something that went like hoppers or something. After a short meeting I bid them farewell as I had scheduled another meeting with some of my friends.
They night ended with a blast. I don’t remember exactly but I think I slept around 1:30 in the night. Cool!
Day 4: Homecoming Woke up at 7:00 am. Packed up my stuff and headed towards the airport. The most amazing part of the day was my ride to the airport. It was a Volkswagen Beetle with fancy vinyls. Check out the picture. The entire airport parking area checked out my ride as a stepped out. Haha! Funny feeling! Well I was early at the airport so I treated my self with breakfast and a relaxing foot, neck and back massage. My flight was on time. I reached home at about 5:00 pm and was warmly greeted by my family. It felt good to be home. Showed my family the various pictures I took. Relaxed for the day and had a good night’s sleep!
Final thoughts: It was great trip. Harvested lots of learning points, gained many friends and met amazing fans! It was a great experience overall. I’m all set and ready to meet people at the next GamerConnect event that is to be held in Chennai in the month of December. Ah yes, this is subject to the fact that I would be invited to event in the first place. Well, fingers crossed and until next time!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!
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2020.06.16 19:59 pineapplesnmangoes Jasmin video chat
Hello! hi there I hope this day finds you well and the weather to be good. I’m not good at talking about myself but I’ll try.
I’ve learned that once you reach a certain age that it actually becomes harder to make friends and being introverted doesn’t help.
I like movies and tv shows and discussing characters and plots. I’m always open to recommendations. Lately I’ve been revisiting a lot from my childhood bc that makes me happy! I enjoy reading, fiction, high fantasy, supernatural and occult things are my favorite. I get very attached to books they’ve gotten me through some things. I’m imaginative and creative and love things that feed into that.
I play a lot of video games. I prefer story driven single player but time to time I do break out some online games. Playing with randoms gives me anxiety. Super excited for TLOU 2 and cyberpunk. I’m also just started FF XIV.
I like to think of myself as friendly and kind with an acceptable sense of humor. I am very LGBTQIA+ friendly and would love to make friends of . I love the idea of traveling but having anxiety makes airports a nightmare.
A few random things about me. I’m an animal person. I will try to help or save anything I come across. I am the girl who will dive around with a massive turtle in her passenger seat trying to find an acceptable release spot. I like growing plants and often name them. I listen to all genres of music. I can find something I like in all of them. I find history fascinating. I was once an identical twin. I LOVE the beach my dream would be to live in a sleepy little beach town. I once took the train from Orange County in CA down to San Diego and those little towns we passed seemed like a dream. My favorite ride at Disney is the Indiana Jones one. My idea of a good time is curling up in a blanket with a cup of jasmine tea with a good book or a video game.
I’m always happy to chat and meet new people of all walks of life feel free to dm me I also have discord if you’d prefer to chat there.
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2020.06.16 14:21 Solarbg Jasmin video chat
A month ago I made about trying to get enough guests for my podcast to last me a full year (since it will be hard to record while raising a new born). you can see the post here: https://www.reddit.com/Hobbies/comments/g5ntgz/ambitious_goal_want_to_record_enough_podcast/ . Right now I am 20 episodes away from reaching that goal and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in being a guest on my podcast.
My podcast is called Time For Your Hobby. I interview people from all walks of life from around the world about their hobbies. I am trying my best to diversify the hobbies that appear on my show so people can get different kinds of hobbies. So if you have a hobby you want to share and you don't see it on this list, I would love to have you on (to make the search easier you can do word search to see if your hobby was mentioned):
(Released so far)
Ep.94 The Stage Is All Yours (Allie - Burlesque)
Ep.93 Small Art, Big Details (Courtney -Miniature Painter)
Ep.92 Chirp, Quack, Twite, Hoot (Erik - Birding)
Ep.91 Now You're Speaking My Game (Doug - Esport Broadcaster)
Ep.90 Hangout With Clouds (Fred - Pilot)
Ep.89 Out Of The Gate And Feeling Great (Scot - BMX Racing)
Ep.88 Want Some Neck Candy? (Brad - Pez Collector)
Ep.87 The Thread In 360 (Jennifer - Embroidery)
Ep.86 Body, Mind, Soul (Sophia - Meditation)
Ep.85 Going On A Word Journey (York - Novelist)
Ep.84 Let The Colours Speak (Jennifer - Colour Communicating App)
Ep.83 More Than 1000 Words (Sabrina - Vintage Photo Collector)
Ep.82 Collecting The Digital Memories (Grady - Digital Scrapbooking)
Ep.81 Pen To Paper, Voice To Ears (Elissa - Song Writer And Singer)
Ep.80 That's Not A Flip. This Is A Flip! (Chris - Flipping On Amazon And eBay)
Ep.79 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall (Matt - Homebrewing)
Ep.78 Where To Next? (Naomi Travelling)
Ep.77 My Turn To Talk (Yagami - Voice Actor)
Ep.76 Make Sure To Get My Sexy Side (Vlad - Kink & Boudoir Photography)
Ep.75 When You Wish Upon A Star (Victoria - Disney Blogger)
Ep.74 Let Go My Lego (Clayburn - Collecting Lego)
Ep.73 All We Need Is A Stage (Axandre - Musical Theatre)
Ep.72 You Must Roll Before You Act (Cody - Dungeons & Dragons)
Ep.71 Bat-Her Up (Casey - Softball)
Ep.70 Activate The Power (John - Building Gaming Computers)
Ep.69 From Point A To Point B (Jia - Running)
Ep.68 Hello Out There, We're On The Air (Ben - Hockey Broadcaster)
Ep.67 Now You're Playing With Nintendo! (Eric - Playing Nintendo Video Games)
Ep.66 We Shall Wait For The Bakes (Awa - Home Baking)
Ep.65 The Sharp Beer Palate (Matt - Craft Beer Enthousiast)
Ep.64 Holding Water From A Rainy Day (Ami - Succulent Plant Grower)
Ep.63 Run Virtual, Run! (Griffin - Filming Virtual Running Videos)
Ep.62 Wall To Wall To Avoid The Fall (Raiden- Parkour)
Ep.61 Over and Under, Comfort Awaits (Melissa - Sewing)
Ep.60 When The End Is Near (Angela - Learning About Death)
Ep.59 Imagination To Reality (Dan - 3D Printing & Modelling)
Ep.58 Up And Down The Hill Thrill (Jim - Mountain Biking)
Ep.57 Let The Record Spin (Cody - Collecting Vinyl)
Ep.56 Mind Over All Matter (Ryan - Mental Health Advocate/Speaker)
Ep.55 Walking The Rotating Dog (Tim - Modern Yoyoer)
Ep.54 I Don't Mind If You Bug Me (Gina - Insect Collector)
Ep.53 Eye Of The Jaguar (Zeigler - Fursuiting)
Ep.52 The Olympics Of Trivia (Mark - Trivia Game Show Host)
Ep.51 Why Should I Believe You? (Diego - Debating)
Ep.50 Just Go With The Flow (Lauren -Improvisation)
Ep.49 Collected The Right Hand (Rob - Cardist)
Ep.48 (bonus) Maximum Efficiency With Minimal Effort (Geert - Judo)
Ep.48 Maximum Efficiency With Minimal Effort (Geert - Judo)
Ep.47 Record And Play (Sam - Youtuber)
Ep.46 Top Notch Slap Shot (Quinton - Hockey)
Ep.45 Knit Me Like One Of Your French Girls (Pascal - Knitting)
Ep.44 The Forgotten Beauties (Connor - Urbexer)
Ep.43 Can You Handle This Spice? (Mini - Cooking)
Ep.42 The Full Body Hobby (Eric - CrossFit)
Ep.41 Melody Mix For The Soul (Dj Antek - DJ)
Ep.40 Keep Some Space For Some Good Bakes (Carona - Home Baking)
Ep.39 Let The Rhythm Guide You (Daeshawn - Dance)
Ep.38 From Face To Canvas (Christina - Makeup Art)
Ep.37 Catching The Couch Wave (Jen - Couchsurfing)
Ep.36 The Music Lock With 88 Keys (Juliana - Playing Piano)
Ep.35 Ride The Radio Wave (Dovid - Amature Radio)
Ep.34 Holding That Pose (Lika - Yoga)
Ep.33 Keep Calm And Bring A Carry-On (Yannick - Travel)
Ep.32 My Personal Ocean (Bree- Aquariums)
Ep.31 Healthy Body, Healthy World (Alex - Plogging)
Ep.30 Classic Coloured Cube (Cole - Rubik’s Cube)
Ep.29 When The Sound Feels Right (John - Sound Systems)
Ep.28 The Chit Chat Owl (Jamison - Podcasting)
Ep.27 Never Bored Of Board Games (Ertay - Blind Board Gamer)
Ep.26 Keeping The Beauty By Maintaining His Subie (Benoit-Subaru Enthousiast)
Ep.25 Click, Click, Trade (Beau - Cryptocurreny Trading)
Ep.24 The Vertical Art Workout (Jasmine- Pole Dancing)
Ep.23 He Has The Computer, He Can Rebuild It (Mike - Fixing Computers)
Ep.22 Every Bottle Needs A Hat (Chaz - Collecting Bottle Caps)
Ep.21 The Gems In The Picture (Sachiko -Photography)
Ep.20 Mecha Frozen In Time (Alex - Building Models)
Ep.19 When Words From Books Come To Life (Jonathan - Fantasy Audiobooks)
Ep.18 Reading To Your Destination (Toren - Read While Walking)
Ep.17 Tag Team Stories (Renee - Cooperative Story Telling)
Ep.16 You Might Need Horse Shoes For This Hurdle (Julia - Equestrianism)
Ep.15 Staying Fit For A Better Life (Debbie - Weight Training)
Ep.14 Just Stringing Along (Charlie Foster - Playing Guitar)
Ep.13 When You Rock, You Know You Have To Roll (Max- Rock And Roll)
Ep.12 The Third Eye To Capture The Shot (Linda - Photography)
Ep.11 Gaining Control of His Body Movement (Nick- Muay Thai)
Ep.10 How To Be Sharp With Meat (Andrew - ButcheCooking Meat)
Ep.9 Taking It Slow With Smoke (Miguel - Cigar Enthusiast)
Ep.8 Creating The Best Suited Online Character (Jason - Role Playing Video Games)
Ep.7 The First Step To Many More (Grandmama Betty - Walking)
Ep.6 The Visual Art Of Sports In A Panel (Axel - Watching Sport Animes)
Ep.5 Words Say Much Words Say None The Beauty Of Poetry Has Just Begun (Amber - Poetry)
Ep.4 U Pop? I Pop? No… It’s K Pop! (Steph - Listening To K-Pop)
Ep.3 The hunger for the picture perfect food (Melissa - Food Blogger)
Ep.2 The good kind of great jump scare (Jonathan- horror video games)
Ep.1 A dime today for a dollar tomorrow (Josh Cheung - Investments)
(Recorded but not released yet):
Ep.95 Kwadwo (Working Out)
Ep.96 Brittany (Baking)
Ep.97 Trixi (Acting)
Ep.98 Alex (Electronic Musicking)
Ep.99 Jennifer (Scuba Diving)
Ep.100 Amber (Novelist)
Ep.101 McCollonough (Painting Envelops)
Ep.102 Vicki (VFX Artist)
Ep.103 Jackson (Producer Singer)
Ep.104 June (Manga Dub Producer)
Ep.105 Tom (Reparing And Customizing Toys)
Ep.106 Jesse (Magic The Gathering)
Ep.107 Anthony (Helping People Publish Books)
Ep.108 Simon (Competitive Gamer)
Ep.109 Micheal (Automation)
Ep.110 Kim (Floral Art)
Ep.111 Shtim (Minecraft World Builder)
Ep.112 Stephen (Blacksmithing)
Ep.113 McKenzie (Metal Detecting)
Ep.114 Zanah (Microbudget Filmmaker)
Ep.115 Iszi (Japanese Jiu-Jitsu)
Ep.116 Emmy (Researching Codes And Symbols)
Ep.117 Selina (Violinist)
Ep.118 Laurie (Learning About History)
Ep.119 Nichelle (Medieval Recreation)
Ep.120 Katie (Fly Fishing)
Ep.121 Spencer (Fencing)
Ep.122 Justin (Whip Cracking)
Ep.123 Dustin (Archery)
Ep.124 Dustin (Video Game Sprite And Pixel Art)
Ep.125 Justin (Disc Golf)
Ep.126 Curt (Painting)
Ep.127 Slavicka (Hula Hoop Dancing)
Ep.128 Deshawn (Bowling)
Ep.129 Megan (Dice Stacking)
Ep.130 Felix (Geocaching)
Ep.131 Jason (Surfing)
Ep.132 Christopher (Collecting Stamps Airmail)
Ep.133 Mayette (Epoxy Resin Keychain Maker)
Ep.134 Sarah (Poi)
Ep.135 Bridget (Costuming)
Ep.136 Justin (Juggling)
Ep.137 Syria (Stargazing)
Ep.138 Andrew (Nerf Modding)
Ep.139 Ian (Collecting Typewriters)
ep.140 Brendan (Public Speaking)
Ep.141 Tyler (Origami)
Ep.142 Dale (Laser Engraving)
Ep.143 Neha (Calligraphy)
Ep.144 Jesse (Skiing)
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2020.06.06 06:09 LatinaCinderella Chat video jasmin
God this is so dumb! I can't believe I am posting this because it’s so ridiculous.
Little Context: Mom and Dad divorced because he came out of the closet. Growing up, I had to live with my mom and her new misogynist husband, who I hate because he is just bonkers and made my life miserable. I am now living with my dad and this happened in a video chat I had today with my mom.
One of my cousins was planning to marry in July (not anymore) so that’s how we got into the topic and the next conversation:
M: Is so sad Jasmin is not getting married this year, but I am sure when it happens it would be gorgeous, she is so classy, like you my dear. Oh, OP, can you imagine your own wedding?! I just shiver when I think about it, you in a beautiful princess dress getting out of a limo and then walking into a cathedral to meet the love of your life. Is like I can see it right now... the veil, the details, the flowers in the floor, Alex's (my stepdad) suit matching your gown as he walks you down ...
OP: Wow, stop there mom!
M: What? Why?
OP: Apart from the fact that I hate pompous clothes and have a not so good relationship with the church, why would Alex walk me down?! If I have a ceremony, is obvious dad is the one giving me away
M: OP! You know Alex considers you his only daughter, you can't take that away from him, he raised you more than your father did!
OP: Umm no he didn't? You did it, dad did it, my grandparents did it, my teachers did it, hell, even the neighbor did more for me than him
M: Language OP! And you can’t be that ungrateful, he has supported our family for the last decade
OP: Really? Did dad stop paying for our school, clothes, phones, etc, without me knowing?
M: Well no but...
OP: Then case closed
M: Fine, then both can walk you down
OP: Not happening mom, I will first have Daniel (Dad's Boyfriend) than Alex in that combo
M: That man?! You can’t let that ... stranger walk you down (She wanted to say fagg*t, but was able to catch herself)
OP: For me, he is as much of my stepdad as Alex is. And I like him more
M: And what if your dad and Daniel can't be there?! Then Alex would be your only choice
OP: Before you start making another of your crazy plans against dad, I warn you that I would first ask gramps (her dad) or one of my little brothers, then of course it would be you and in the most desperate times, I would walk alone. Alex is not even plan Z, mom
M: How can you say that! I can’t believe you are being so rude to me (Wut?)
Then she started ugly crying for about 10 minutes and ended the call. I have tried to text her, but she is not answering, and little bro just called me to say that she has being throwing a tantrum for the last 3 hours.
All this drama, just because I don’t want Alex to walk me down in a wedding I don’t even have the boyfriend for! Where my words that rude? Because I can’t really understand this reaction.
What you think, AITA?
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2020.06.03 22:47 Catlovedar The Legend of the Rocky Point Monster of Maple
I like watching your stories so I thought you’d like this one. If the virus hadn’t closed my school it might have ended in the school paper once we got that started but then again it’s 14 pages on my MSI so maybe it wouldn’t fit. Which reminds me, it’s pretty long. Anyway I hope you like it.
The Legend of the Rocky Point Monster of Maple By Richard Allen Dougherty Jr. AKA Catlovedar Sanderson
Part the first: Becoming a Hero
It all started when I was a child of about twelve or so. I used to be a very skinny child back then. This took place in the town of Rocky Point which is on Long Island. It was Halloween and we had come from North Carolina to visit my aunt’s family on Maple Road. Because it was Halloween we were going trick or treating. It was me, my mom, my younger sister Meredith, Aunt Jenine Lane, her oldest, Becky and identical twins Sarah and Hannah who were like four. Dad had stayed home to work. As for my other siblings; Toni was not born yet and I had not yet met my cousin Dawn (who does appear later in this story) nor my in-laws, Sam, Faith and, Ben (who along with dad and Toni do not appear later in this story).
It was a dark night and there was a chill in the air. We had never visited my relatives for Halloween before (or since for that matter) and I was enjoying every minute of it. There was one house where the twins banged on the door for several minutes before Aunt Jenine said it was their summer home, at another house Sarah snuck in to play with the guy’s dogs while Aunt Jenine was talking to the guy and we didn’t find out until we were at the end of the driveway and the guy called “Hey Jenine, I think you forgot something!” and at one point a guy in a Scream mask scared the twins and mom made the guy take his mask off and show he was just a kid.
Things were winding down when Sam showed up (not my brother in law, a different Sam. He’s not in this story, remember.) She was Becky’s friend who everyone called “The Pope” for some reason and she really liked farting and burping. “Can Becky stay at my house?” she asked. “Sure,” Aunt Jenine responded. “Becky go pack your things.” The Pope took a big sip of soda and burped “THANK! YOU!” at the top of her lungs and they walked back home.
“We should all be getting back now anyway,” said Aunt Jenine. “But mom!” wined the twins. “Our bags aren’t full.” “I don’t know what to tell you girls. Mommy’s tired and wants to go home.” Seeing the look of sadness on their faces Aunt Jenine turned to me. “Richie, you’re the most responsible person I know. Can I trust you to watch the twins while they go to some more houses?” “Of course, I can Aunt Jenine. I’m so responsible. I never break anything or spill Trix cereal and blame someone else.” “When will you let that go?” wined Meredith. (I just brought it up at her wedding so… never) “Ok,” said mom. “You’re the good kid and the favorite so we’re trusting you to keep the twins safe.” “Now girls, Richie’s in charge, so do whatever he says and don’t go too far from the house, ok?” asked Aunt Jenine. “Ok,” said the twins with big smiles on their faces. So, Mom, Aunt Jenine and, Meredith went back home leaving me alone with the twins. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot it turns out.
It started out ok. We went down Holly and Ivy and Jasmine. We went so far from Aunt Jenine’s that the streets stopped being named after plants. I have very bad feet that the doctor says can only be fixed by surgical reconstruction and intense walking realy hurts me, so I was definitely going to feel this in the morning, but we were getting so much candy I didn’t care. We were about three neighborhoods away and a couple houses away from full bags when it happened.
“Mom said not to go very far, and this seems very far,” worried Hannah hiding behind me. “Don’t be such a baby Hannah,” said Sarah. “It’s an adventure. Like on Dora.” “But what if we meet someone scary?” “I can take anyone!” boasted Sarah. That was when HE showed up.
He was a big kid. He had to be at least sixteen and was very buff. He also had two goons at his sides and they all had several bags of candy. “Ok babies,” he ordered. “Fork over the candy if you know what’s good for you and nobody has to get hurt!” “Why?” asked Hannah. “Do you not know who we are?” he asked. She shook her head no. “We’re the Nougat Kings of New York, the Redvine Princes of Rocky Point, the… Um… The… Hey, what’s that third thing we are again?” “The Boohounds of Brookhaven boss,” responded goon 1. “Right, Right, Boohounds of Brookhaven. Point is, this here’s our turf and that means all your candy belongs to me! Now hand it over or I’ll pound the living snot out of you!’ said the head bully pounding his hand with his fist. Sarah squeaked and joined her sister in hiding behind me. She suddenly didn’t look so brave anymore.
It was my job to keep them safe. I had broken the one rule my aunt had given us and gotten them into danger. I felt bad. “We don’t want any trouble,” I said and set our three bags of candy down. “But the candy!” said Sarah. “Leave it! It’s not worth it.” I said, and we turned to head home. As we were walking the guy called out “That’s right babies, go back to your crappy flower shop!”
I spun around. “What!?” I asked. “Well I don’t know who you are,” explained the kid, “but their mom works at a crappy flower shop and sells crappy flowers! My dad went there for my mom once. Their roses were ridiculous, their peonies were pathetic and, their forget-me-nots were forgettable! Flowers by Irene? More like Flowers by You Suck! No wonder they’re so poor! I almost feel bad taking all their candy! It’s probably all they’re going to eat for a month!”
I was MAD. “Take that back! You can take our candy, but I will not stand here and let you insult my family!” “Oh yeah, and what are you going to do about it, pipsqueak?” he responded.
Next thing I know I’m charging at him at full speed. I yell “Left hook!” and punch him square in the jaw, POW! and he goes down like it was nothing.
Both the twins and the goons are looking at the unconscious kid in shock, unable to believe what just happened. I can’t believe it either. Luckily, I regain composure first. I look both goons square in the eye and say “Ok, who’s next?!” The goons’ faces turn from shock to horror and they turn and run the other way leaving their unconscious boss behind.
“That was wicked awesome!” shouts Hannah. “He was like “You’re so poor!” and you were like “Don’t insult my family!” and he was like “Or what?” and then you were all pow! and then he fell down and you were like “Who’s next!” and the goons ran away,” realy fast and all in one sentence. “We know Hannah! It just happened!” said Sarah. “Well it was still awesome.”
Between us and the bullies there was like ten bags of candy. They would last several months to a year. As we’re gathering up the bags to take home I turn to the twins and say “Your mother doesn’t need to know about this, right?” The twins both nod yes and we begin the long walk back home.
Part the second: Becoming a Legend
For the longest time I thought that that was where the story ended. Turns out that was just the beginning. Several years passed. I gained a lot of weight and also grew up into a college attending adult. Becky and the twins all became teenagers. The flower shop closed and Aunt Jenine got a job as a caterer. Becky became friends with a girl named Olivia who then became my friend because we all played the Sims. The twins had become friends with a classmate named Dawn before finding out that her grandmother and our grandfather were first cousins. I met her once and then Hannah suggested she become friends with me. We started talking on Facebook and soon became best friends. I always say the key to life is finding someone as weird as you are and never letting go. She’s like a sibling to me because we’re so close. She had since moved and went to a different school, but she would still visit the Lanes from time to time. Anyway, it was 2015 and I had traveled alone by bus to visit the Lanes for Christmas. Dawn was also staying over for the holidays. Olivia, Dawn’s other friend Sarah and some guy named Dak had come over to hang out. Aunt Jenine had ordered pizza for everyone. It was mostly cheese because Hannah, Dawn, Dak, and I are vegetarians. It was a nice night out so while we were waiting for pizza the gang all decided to go for a walk.
We walked and talked for quite a while. Becky, Olivia, and I talked about the Sims for a bit, then the twins talked about school. Dawn’s Sarah liked The Powerpuff Girls, so we spoke about that. Then Dawn and I talked for a while about anything and everything. Dak spoke about some band he liked but mostly he just hit on Dawn. Dawn’s realy pretty and guys flirt with her all the time. She says she’s not that pretty and I’m making that up but in the short time I was there every guy who came over and a few girls (Dawn’s bi) hit on her at least once so…
Anyway, Aunt Jenine’s house is on a steep hill. The whole neighborhood was hills. By the time the pizza came we were at the bottom of the hill on Maple. My bad feet were realy hurting me so much I could barely walk, and I needed a rest, so I sat down in the grass while everyone else walked on ahead.
Dawn saw I wasn’t with the group and came up to me. ‘You ok Richie?” she asked. “It’s just my feet,” I responded. “You go on ahead and I’ll catch up.” “You sure?” “Yes Max, I’m fine” (Dawn’s gender fluid and sometimes goes by Max. In fact, she successfully got a gender-neutral bathroom installed in her high school, and yes, I do bring that up in conversation all the time because it’s awesome and I’m very proud of her). “You’re realy sure? It’s still a ways to the house and it’s dark out.” “It’s fine. The pizza’s getting cold.” “You sure? (If you’re wondering why we’re siblings, no one else would ask if I was ok that meny times. Most people stop at one. Hey, come to think of it, no one else even noticed I was gone! What gives!)” “It’ll be ok. Tonight we are victorious.” Dawn smiled at the reference to her favorite band, gave me a big hug, said “I’ll save you a slice,” and rejoined the others where Dak made another pass at her, some cheesy line about her having “Max-imum Hotness”. I wondered briefly if it bothered her and I should do something and then they were gone, and I was alone in the dark. But not for long.
I soon herd voices coming from the adjacent street. Thinking it could be robbers I hid behind some bushes and listened in. There were four older kids who could have been young teens. “California’s great guys. The beach and the mountains are close, so you can ski and surf on the same day. But it’s great to be back with you guys,” said one kid. “We realy missed you. Holiday hijinks, just like old times,” said one of the local kids. “Whose house are we egging?” asked California kid as they approached the intersection. “Let’s go this way.” He pointed toward Maple.
“Are you crazy?!” exclaimed the first local. “The Lanes live there.” “So?” “So? The Lanes are off limits. If you mess with them they send the Monster of Maple after you and he beats you up and takes your candy!” “The monster of Maple?” “Yeah, he’s half man, half beast and, half vampire!” “You’re making this up. How can he be half man, half beast, AND half vampire?” “Don’ know. He just is. My cousin’s friend’s uncle’s boss’s nephew saw him once. He’s the size of a mountain!” “He’s got big sharp pointy fangs!” said local kid two. “And he smells like burning sulfur and rotten eggs!” said local kid three. “I herd someone once looked at the eldest daughter funny and he gouged his eyes out!” said local kid one. “That’s nothing,” said local kid two. “I herd someone didn’t give the mom exact change and he ripped the guy’s spine out and shoved it back down his throat!” “I herd someone tried to rob them and he ground the guy up and turned him into chili! And then he ate him!” said local kid three to California kid who was now shaking.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Somehow, I had become a legend! I couldn’t just sit back and let these kids egg innocent people’s houses. If they wanted a monster, well, I was going to give them one. I was realy going to enjoy this. I looked up at the sky and howled.
“It’s the Monster!” the kids cried. “We wasn’t bothering the Lanes, honest Mr. Monster!” said local kid one. “Yeah, we love the Lanes!” said local kid two. “I’ll never egg another house again!” said local kid three. “I don’t wanna be chili!” said California kid. Keeping out of sight, I rustled some branches and then howled again. “Let’s get out of here!” cried the kids. The four kids dropped their eggs and ran the other way terrified.
When I was sure they were gone I came out of the bushes laughing. Testing my feet out by picking up the eggs and putting them in a nearby trashcan, I discovered they were feeling better enough to walk. It had been a while since the others left I realized. Dawn was probably starting to worry about me. Also, I was realy hungry and wanted pizza. Still laughing, I begin the long walk back home.
Part the third: The Legend Grows
A couple more years passed accompanied by more changes, not all good. The twins started a stupid argument with Dawn about her grandmother’s cancer treatment that became a big feud and she stopped coming over. We still talk on Facebook all the time though and I always get her something nice on her birthday. She made plans to come visit me during the summer but then Governor Pat McCrory passed the horribly transphobic HB2 bathroom bill and she didn’t feel safe coming. Luckily, he was beat by Roy Cooper in 2016 who then abolished HB2 so there’s still hope. Then the twins started another stupid argument with Becky about dirty paper plates that became an even bigger feud and now they can’t even be in the same room without fighting. Everyone graduated with Becky becoming a nurse and the twins working with animals. I think Dawn works with plants now. Becky’s boyfriend Andrew moved in as did Aunt Jenine’s friend Laura who everyone calls Fairy because she’s Becky and the twins godmother. While this was going on I tried unsuccessfully to end both feuds several times, met Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper at a campaign rally and spoke to everyone I could think of about why HB2 had to go to the point that mom got very annoyed. I visited the Lanes alone by bus and by car with mom several times but always had the bad luck to come when Dawn was busy. One time I got to her house just two minutes after she left. I could have seen her if we hadn’t stopped for Burger King on the way. It was the summer of 2018 I think, and I had traveled by bus again when our story continues.
It was a nice day out, so Becky and I told Fairy we were going out and went to the beach which was a short walk from her house. We played in the water for a bit and then the sand and then we talked for a bit. The twins don’t talk to her anymore and her mom’s always busy at work, so she mostly has no one to talk to now, so talking to me was pretty nice. Then as we were about to leave we passed by two guys talking about how Pauley Perrette was so hot they would do her despite the fact that she’s like fifty. Becky recognized one of the guys so she…
You know what, no! Women are worth more than their appearance! This is my story, I’m narrating and while I have you here I’m going to say stuff about the women in this story that have nothing to do with their looks because it’s my story and I can do what I want! My mom studied nutrition in college. Meredith speaks fluent Latin. Faith likes tigers. Toni is a cheerleader. Aunt Jenine likes romance novels. Sarah never wares dresses. Hannah likes overalls. Becky is a sleep eater. Becky’s Sam can burp the entire alphabet backwards. Olivia is in band in college. Dawn’s Sarah always has her back. Fairy was very helpful when Aunt Jenine’s first house burned down. Hilary Clinton was the first woman to win a major party nomination and even won the popular vote. April rescued a stray dog. Liberty knows more about chickens then almost anyone else I know. Genevieve throws the best parties. Dawn may be one of the prettiest people ever, but she also likes scented candles, Bob’s Burgers, the Outsiders, Lilo and Stitch and, Panic! at the Disco (although the relationship is soured a bit because they “Sold out” for Frozen 2), is a LGBTQ activist, my hero, role model and, best friend and, has a singing voice so beautiful it makes grown men cry. In fact, we are going to do a recording of Victorious by Panic! with my music instructor Dave when she finally comes over if she is ok with doing that. And Pauley Perrette is a great actress/activist who deserves better then horny teens saying they’d do her despite her age because she’s hot. In fact, as I was listening to music on YouTube while writing this story I saw an advertisement where this guy talked about some magic words guys can say to make girls instantly want to have sex with them. Well I have some words for you mister! You sir are, pardon my French, un gros bâtard sexiste de trou du cul qui devrait retourner à la pile de saleté d’où vous êtes venu, vous grosse graisse coincé jusqu’à pompeux douche! Women are people too! And you reader, yes, you reading the story, if you’re not speaking up then you’re part of the problem. If you see something, say something. Ok, I’ve said my bit. On with the story. Now, where was I? Oh, yes.
Becky recognized one of the guys, so she called him over. He was more jacked then The Rock. I don’t remember his name, but I think it was Gary Peters. “Gary?” she asked. “I haven’t seen you since high school. You’ve lost weight.” “Yeah, you look better too. So, who’s this?” “This is my cousin Richie.” “Nice to meet you,” he said, and we shook hands. “What have you been up to Beck?” he asked. “I’m a nurse now. I’m constantly working odd hours but it’s fun. You?” “I’m in politics,” he responded. “I mostly do volunteer work with various campaigns. I helped Bernie and Hillary in the last election.” “Realy?’ I said intrigued. “Do you know Mohammed Jibriel?” “Yes, I do. We’ve been to several of the same events. How do you know him?” “We go to college together.” “No kidding!” “He’s always involved in everything. We did Model United Nations together and went to a conference in Boston. He’s always involved in some rally or something. I remember when Hillary lost the election he was so devastated he didn’t come to school for an entire week.” “That sounds like Mohammed. I’m hoping I can talk Bernie into running again so he can beat Trump in 2020.” “I hope you do. Trump Sucks!” I agreed, and Becky nodded. For those of you who are angry at me for getting political at this point in the story and saying Trump sucks please explain to me how the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," a phrase originally said by racist Miami police Chief Walter Headley during the Civil Rights Movement is ever an appropriate response to people protesting an unarmed black man being murdered by police? Go ahead, I’ll wait.
No? Nothing? Ok then. Trump sucks! “At least Roy Cooper won as NC governor and repealed that horribly transphobic HB2,” I continued. “Maybe now my cousin Dawn can come visit me.” “Gerardo? Got a gender-neutral bathroom in that high school?” asked Gary. “Yes. You know her?” “I’ve heard of her. Do you by any chance know if she’s currently seeing anyone?” Unbelievable! Dawn’s not even in this part of the story and she’s somehow got Hunkey McMuscles over here going all gaga! “I think she just got out of a bad relationship and isn’t ready to start seeing anyone.” “Oh,” said Gary sadly. “But she could always use more friends,” I added. “She likes Bob’s Burgers. You could talk about the latest episode if you ever see her. And tell her her brother misses her very much.” Gary’s face brightened. “Will do. And if you see Mohammed tell him I said hi (Oh Mohammed, Gary says “Hi”). It’s getting dark, I should get home before the Rocky Point Monster comes out.”
“The Rocky Point Monster?” asked Becky. “I’ve been here my whole life and I’ve never herd of any Rocky Point Monster.” “Realy? Well he’s supposedly a shapeshifting daemon from Hell that comes out at night and eats naughty people.” “I heard Jimmy Paplovich once tried to buy drinks with a fake ID when the monster found him, and nobody herd from him ever again,” I added because as the actual Rocky Point Monster I felt I had to say something to keep the legend alive. “Who’s Jimmy Paplovich?” asked Becky. “Exactly.” Becky and Gary both looked very scared. “We should probably go home too. Not that I’m scared or anything,” said Becky who was obviously scared. Gary walked on ahead (his friend had left earlier). Becky and I stayed back for a moment to get one last glimpse of the beautiful beach at sunset and then we begin the long walk back home.
Part the fourth: The Legend Lives On
More time passed. My cousin April graduated high school in Texas and moved in with the Lanes bringing a stray dog with her. Hanna let a coworker and her son stay for a bit until they got back on their feet. Becky lost one of her cats. Anyway, it was 2019 and I had traveled to the Lanes by bus to- psych! This part of the story takes place at the George Washington Hotel in historic Winchester, Virginia. It was Meredith and Sam’s wedding and it was so late Sam’s family had already left and speeches were done and over. I was walking around listening to everyone congratulate me on giving the best speech ever that saved the wedding. It all made me think about my own wedding because I’m a hopeless romantic that started planning that out since my first crush in middle school. Dawn’s best man. Sam’s a groomsman along with my cousin Genevieve’s boyfriend Ron and I would also need a third person to replace my gecko Freddie who had died as the third groomsmen. I also thought about my cousin Liberty who couldn’t come because she was very sick (Don’t worry she got better after surgery). I decided to look for my cousin April because we hadn’t spoken in a while.
Two of my uncles Steven and Tommy (some of dad’s brothers) came up to me. “That was a banjo worthy speech,” said uncle Tommy (I had gotten a banjo for my birthday, but mom and dad weren’t giving it to me until I did chores and stuff for some reason. I finally got it for ordering the bottomless broccoli at Red Robin of all things.). “I agree,” said Uncle Stevin. “I hope you get it.” “Thanks guys. Have you seen April?” “Not recently,” said Uncle Tommy. “Ask Sam,” said uncle Stevin. “Thanks guys. And I’ll loan you that book on hypercapitalism tomarrow Uncle Tommy,” I said (It’s called Hypercapitalism by Larry Gonick and Tim Kasser and you should read it because it’s all about how screwed up our economy and values have become and what you can do to help. It’s also a comic.). Sam was over by the drinks with Meredith (I know I said at the beginning of this story that Sam wasn’t in it but as I said in my awesome speech he’s a pretty cool brother-in-law, so I just had to put him in. He’s even in a group chat with me and Ron where we talk about video games.). “Hey Sam,” I asked. “Have you seen April?” “I think she’s in the sitting room.” “Thanks.”
I found April sitting in one of the big chairs and sat down next to her. “Hay April, how’s New York?” “It’s great,” she replied. “Everyone’s so nice to me. I feel just like one of Aunt Jenine’s kids. Although it is getting hard not to get torn apart by the twins’ stupid feud with Becky.” “You’re telling me. You’re not even involved in their stupid feud with Dawn. I just wish everyone would stop fighting and get along like old times.” We sat in silence for a minute before April spoke up. “Hey, do you know there’s supposed to be a monster that lives in Rocky Point?” I feigned surprise. “No!” I said. “A monster?! Why don’t you tell me about it.”
Verily, the Conclusion
So that’s the whole story. Sorry if it was a bit long. You might be wondering why I’m telling it now. Well, the legend has grown so big I doubt anyone will even believe the truth anymore. I mean, how could the monster be a twelve-year-old kid? You probably don’t even believe me, do you? You probably think I made the whole story up, don’t you? Well believe what you will but I swear it happened. Anyway, I’d like to thank all the friends and family who appeared in this story. I know such wonderful people. This particular story is dedicated to my cousin Dawn. I hope I did you justice in this story sis. Hopefully I’ll see you soon once this crazy virus stuff ends. Stay golden Dawnygirl (for those of you who don’t get the reference you should realy read The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton). Well, I’ve been working on this story almost nonstop for the last two weeks so I’m going to go watch Hey Arnold! on Hulu now. Although, I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh right!
TLDR: I ain’t got no fancy book learnin’. I can’t reeds none and gots no idea what this here story’s about. I could’a’ learned readin’ in school but I didn’t on account’a’ I’m so gosh darn lazy.
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2020.05.30 18:28 mvoviri Jasmin video chat
2020.04.30 22:40 capri_blu Jasmin video chat
My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year now and he is friends with all my friend and vice versa. But my boyfriend seems to not particularly like one of my best friends. Let’s call her Stacey. My boyfriend will always insult her and say she has a lot of acne or asks if she even brushes her teeth. My boyfriend’s reasoning for not liking her is because she’s not as “smart” as us and the rest of our friend group (he’s kind of an asshole I know). I always defend Stacey because she’s one of my best friends and I constantly tell my boyfriend not to say stuff like that about her.
Recently, were hanging out at his house (we’re next door neighbors and our parents have us locked up at home and neither of us can drive, so we were pretty safe) and I was snap chatting friends from his phone when I got a Snapchat notification from Stacey. I noticed that Stacey and my boyfriend have a streak, which is normal as everyone in my friend group has streaks with each other and their significant others. I opened it and it was a bikini picture. I was thought it was kind of weird, but I thought maybe it was just a streak snap (Snapchat you send to all your streaks to keep it going), so I checked my phone as I had a streak with her as well. No snap.
I asked my boyfriend about this immediately and he said he gots pictures like that “all the time” from her and they’re just streak snaps. I was so confused and told him I never received a single bikini picture from her and I had a snap streak of almost three years with her. My boyfriend played it off and I believed him. But it made me feel really bad about myself because Stacey is one of my best friends and she has an amazing, full figure, whereas I have a more athletic build. But after this happened, I couldn’t help but think about prior instances/red flags between my boyfriend and Stacey.
This isn’t the first time Stacey has done something sketchy with my boyfriend. Last summer, when we first started dating, Stacey and my boyfriend volunteered at the same place every day over the summer. Stacey would send me snaps of my boyfriend literally every day and text me about how they’re sitting together eating lunch. I didn’t think anything of it and thought it was great my boyfriend and one of my best friends was getting along so well. Meanwhile my boyfriend would tell me how annoying she was and how she wasn’t qualified for their job (volunteering at a hospital).
Also, both Stacey and my boyfriend are into gaming, which I’m not. Last summer, they were both really into this mobile game and I wasn’t. One night at around 7PM, my childhood best friend “jasmine” texted me and asked why my boyfriend and Stacey were together. I was immediately really confused because like I mentioned, my boyfriend doesn’t drive and neither do I or Stacey so it’s weird for him to be out, especially at night as he usually stays home and plays video games all night. I asked jasmine what she meant and she said she received a Snapchat from Stacey of her and my boyfriend at the park and Stacey was wearing just a sports bra and yoga booty shorts. So I texted my boyfriend and he said he was at the park playing this mobile game. I asked who he was with and at first he said he was alone, then he said he was with his dad. I told him I knew he was with Stacey and he told me nothing happened as they were just playing the mobile game. We got into an argument. I ended up crying and apologizing. I just felt hurt he didn’t tell me and then lied to me about it.
The last thing that’s been on my mind is that one time, out friend group was going to the movies and we had to pick up Stacey. We were running late for the movie, and my phone was glitching so google maps wasn’t working and I wasn’t quite sure how to get to her house. My boyfriend was getting impatient with me and he started directing our friend and got us to her house... I was shocked because I didn’t even know how to get to her house without a gps and I had been there plenty of times before. When I asked my boyfriend about it, he said they were playing the mobile game at the park once and they went to her house to get water and he just remembered. He said he didn’t even go inside and just waited for her to bring water outside. Again, I just accepted his explanation but now I’m wondering why he didn’t tell me and why he felt he had to lie about it...
And let me just make it clear, I never told my boyfriend I have a problem with him hanging out with other girls. I told him he has the freedom to hang out with whoever he wants to. I don’t understand why he’d lie and keep his hangouts with Stacey a secret? I thought he hated her? And I also don’t know why Stacey didn’t tell me? Or why she thought it was okay to spend a whole day with my boyfriend in a sports bra and send him bikini pics?
I honestly don’t know what to think or do right now. I always end up apologizing for “overreacting” but I feel like they’re in the wrong. Should I break up with my boyfriend? And what about my friendship with Stacey? I don’t have any evidence they’re cheating and I don’t want them to hate me if I accuse them and they never did anything?
My boyfriend also constantly tells me I’m the perfect girlfriend and that he wants to marry me. I know it’s really soon for marriage, but he always says how our families are a perfect match and stuff, so idk why he’s doing all this stuff with Stacey.
TLDR: my best friend has been sending my boyfriend bikini pictures on Snapchat. When I discovered this, it made me start thinking about other red flags from our relationship such as Stacey always texting my about my boyfriend, Stacey and my boyfriend lying to me and out hanging out with each other, and my boyfriend knowing exactly where Stacey’s house is. Now I’m contemplating whether to break up with my boyfriend.
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2020.04.20 20:14 AppleTea20 A Week of Eating (and Cooking) In NYC
It's my first time writing a diary of any sort so here it goes!
Number of People in household: 2
Pets: none in the household right now but I take care of all my dog’s expenses, who’s currently on an extended winter vacation in CA with my family
Average Monthly Grocery Budget: $400-$500?
Pre-COVID, we ate out a lot more and shopped at Trader Joe’s or Fairway in-person, therefore spending less on groceries but since this all started, it’s been around $100-$150 a week, including pantry items, Instacart fees, and tip.
Dietary Restrictions: None
Occupation: I work in Marketing; my boyfriend (B) does finance at a start-up
Location: New York, NY
Stores I typically shop at: Before COVID-19, Trader Joe’s and Fairway. After COVID-19, Fairway via Instacart, Misfits Market, Dig Produce Box, Whole Foods via Amazon
B is the cook in the household and the most I do is usually helping prep produce and stirring the pot/pan so nothing sticks.
Before a pandemic swept across the world, our food consumption habits were pretty different. We would meal prep on Sundays and then order take-out once during the week, then go out for a few meals on the weekend, especially Friday date night and Saturday or Sunday brunch with friends. We also both use Mealpal, which is like a discount lunch take-out app, and tend to do that at least 3x a week, though we've been trying to make enough to bring leftovers to work with us. Now, we’re making breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home.
8:30AM - I sleep in until the latest possible minute and make myself a morning cup of coffee; homemade cold brew diluted w/ equal part warm water, topped with a splash of milk. You know, just starting the week right - being completely wired.
8:30AM - I make a cup of Boba Guys Black Tea Blend to start the day.
9:30AM - Special K cereal with black tea for breakfast.
8:30 AM - Up and at it; I have a 9AM call this morning so I quickly go through my morning routine and … crawl back into bed with my laptop to take calls for the next hour - video OFF because it’s too early for that.
9AM - Settled in front of my laptop with my usual cup of black tea. B pours himself a bowl of a new cereal we got - Cascadian Farms Honey Nut O’s all the while questioning if it’ll taste as good as Honey Nut Cheerios. Hey, just trying to be somewhat healthy here.
8 AM - Why did the doorbell just ring this early? And why is B up already?
9AM - B and I share a DKA and a pear for breakfast. It’s all about balance ...
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2020.04.06 09:04 xombitch Jasmin chat video
Okay, this really happened. I've slept since and I'm still processing. I fucked around with meth for a few months this winter, but after a while I had to get my shit together. So I did that was cool for about a month and a half. All's good. This last week I thought I'd try it again just to see if I really had it together (so really I used a fake challenge as an excuse, yeah). I got some new shit that was really strong. I smoked most of it, and while I did I found a dating site off pornhub. I started fucking around with it for laughs and something to jerk off to. I ran into a few scammers, of course, and they played a long game with me. So I just fucked with em, not giving any real information, telling then their links "didn't work", etc. It was groovy. On day 2 (of 3) a new one pops up. Keeps angling for stuff as I field em. They asked me to talk on Google Hangouts, and I was like "Yeah alright, whatever". It was an Asian woman's picture with the name "Jasmine Soul". We talked on and off all day. She kept trying to get my phone number and my email. Obviously either a hacker or an identity thief right? Now, flash forward. 3:50 a.m. on night 3. Sends me a gmail address that's just random numbers and letters. I'm like, "The fuck is this?". I'm solid. Out of shit, getting ready for bed. Not hallucinating or anything. After a minute or two the address disappears from the chat. A video call is initiated. I'm completely taken off guard. And then, on the screen is an image of an African kid in blue shorts, holding some kind of large automatic rifle in one hand. He's looking at the ground in front of him. The camera pans over a few feet and there's another African man, rolling on the ground. Half his face was gone and there was blood everywhere. I didn't notice the singing in the background until then. It was like a nursery rhyme or something. Then the camera turned around and there was another African man's face on the screen. He was singing. Then he looked at the screen and I realized that he could probably fucking see me. So I hit the power button on my phone. I deleted the app, but I took a screenshot of the last part of the chat first. Before I deleted it he'd asked if I was there, and then sent another email link. This one was "Dodo" followed by some numbers, and then gmail. I'm not gonna use meth again for sure. I definitely wouldn't have been bored enough to do this shit sober. I have no idea how to process it. I have no idea what fucking happened or what yo make of it at all, really. It was terrifying and I'm really, really freaked out. Be careful on the internet, everybody. I'm posting this here because I don't know if I can actually ever talk to anybody I know about it.
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