Atlantic City

Last weekend, I visited Atlantic City for the first time with my three friends Laura G, Bre, and Jordan. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, so I came with an open mind. A.C. is an interesting place because in some ways it’s a little tacky with the chain stores/restaurants and the whole tourist-y resort atmosphere. Yet it’s so fun and fancy that it makes you feel like royalty!

We checked into a very nice hotel on Friday evening. We were on the 15th floor! The view was amazing, looking over the tall buildings and the tiny people. That night, we attended the G-Eazy concert.

Then on Saturday, we spent the day shopping and the night at another concert for Machine Gun Kelly.

It was so amazing to have the weekend to spend with friends who I don’t get to see as often as I used to! Looking forward to more epic weekends together!

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THE MEØW TOUR

On Saturday night I saw MØ live in concert at the Electric Factory in Philly. Cashmere Cat was there too. It was totally amazing. She is a powerful singer — sounds even better live than on record. The venue has cool decor, very trippy. Last time I was there was for the Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz tour. It was awesome to be back and I definitely plan on returning again.

23

Today, I completed 23 circles around the sun!

I went out for breakfast with Kevin this morning and enjoyed a nice day off work. I also bought myself a few birthday presents.

Last year, I received my cat Venus as a birthday gift. I feel so grateful to have this sweet (but mischevious) little creature by my side.

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday wishes! I am blessed to be surrounded by caring people!

Taking it all in…

Happy blogiversary! The month of September marks my one-year anniversary of this blog. I believe I originally started blogging around 2013 (Paws For Thought), but decided to scratch it and start fresh. I was 18-years old at the time and just beginning college, then after my sophomore year I don’t think I wrote much. I guess I chose to start over because I wanted something more serious and adult-ish, or whatever.

Now that I pay my rent and have a full-time job with insurance, I do feel a lot more adult-y. But at the same time I still feel like most people look at me as this naive little girl with bambi eyes who doesn’t know anything. They say that the “teens” are an awkward, in-between stage, but I highly disagree. It’s your “20s” that are the true awkward, in-between stage.

It’s crazy to think about all the changes that have happened to me in the past few years. I feel like I have to pause for a moment and appreciate all the hardships and struggles I went through to get to where I am today.

I never imagined I would meet so many people and make so many friends in a such a short timespan. I figured that after my first year of college, I would stop making friends. But everywhere I go, even though I consider myself slightly antisocial, I still find myself making friends all the time. I may not stay in touch with everyone, but they have all enriched my life. I have learned to accept the fact that people will float in and out of your life like seasons – you can’t hold onto everyone. But that doesn’t make a person any less special or important to you. You could have a friend for years, or just months, or maybe even just weeks or days, and still think to yourself later on, “wow, I’m so glad we met!” The past few years have truly taught me the beauty of letting go.

Life is strange, life is unpredictable, life is full of surprises – good or bad – but you deal with them and you move on. Life is how you see it: you can look back on a certain time in your life and only see the good times, or you can look back and only see the bad times. Our mind likes to classify every single thing as “good” or “bad,” just to make us feel like we’re in control, but the truth is that good and bad always seem to be mixed together (like the ying yang symbol). And that’s what I’ve learned.

Big news!!! My new job as an animal care tech!

So, a very huge thing has happened in my life: I was recently hired as a laboratory animal care technician! I’ve had three other jobs before, but this is my first “real” job, basically. I had to put in a lot of work to get here and I’m proud of myself for making it. I could potentially remain with this company for years (maybe even decades, which feels presumptuous to state, but it is possible) while continuing to cultivate my career path.

I am still currently in the “training” process right now, but I am certainly getting a feel of what my position is all about. I really enjoy the environment. Having the opportunity to work in a laboratory setting is something I am grateful for. I have always been passionate both animal-care taking and scientific research, and my current position lets me become involved with subjects. The job can be somewhat stressful because there is so much pressure to do everything correctly (one little mistake can ruin a whole study), however it can also be peaceful at times – it’s never too noisy, you get to do certain tasks on your own, and there is no line of impatient costumers to worry about.

I certainly feel like this is the job I was meant to have right now. I really can’t say for sure where I will go from here – it’s nice to know I have options. Within the next few years I think I would like to continue furthering my career and applying for promotions. However, it’s very hard to say where I will be 10+ years from now. I’m still interested in creating my own business someday. Presently, I’m very content with my career.

We got Internet!

Very excited to say that after surviving a month without personal Internet, we finally had our Wi-Fi set up today. This makes things a lot more convenient. We decided to go with Verizon and were able to pick the cheapest option (boo, Comcast!)

The setup took about an hour and poor Venus was locked inside of the bathroom. I didn’t want her messing with anything. She was decently quiet until the last fifteen minutes, when she persistently meowed and clawed at the door.

Somehow, she escaped from the bathroom. Luckily the workers were finishing up — and they were also cat fans. They pet her as she rubbed herself against their legs. She made new friends today.