My Life: January 2023

Date: February 3rd, 2023 6:09 PM

Previously on PZ: TRUTH: A Pearlian Perspective

Asian candy spilling forth from  a deep red envelope

Asian candy that Kaitlyn from the Lingerie department gave me ♥

Life has been good lately! I am really happy and excited in my new life with Joshems. It’s been a year and about two months since the day I told him of my feelings for him and we started going together. I love him and treasure him more than words can express. The new year has so far been good to us, and the rest of 2023 looks very promising as well. We will be moving to Castle Rock this spring, since it is a rough midpoint between our two places of work, and we’ve recently looked at a couple of apartments down there that we can afford. I am very much looking forward to the move, even though I am already quite happy living in this place here in Lone Tree. And speaking of places of work, I’ll be moving from the Juniors section to the Fragrance section of the department store I’m working in now— and I am so freaking excited!!! I asked to move there and kinda kept reminding them (management) of how much I wanted to work at the perfume counter. One of my favorite coworkers, who already works in Fragrance & Cosmetics, very much wants me to come work with her, and she’s gonna be my boss when I transfer there!! It should be happening this weekend, and I absolutely cannot wait. Juniors was how I got my foot in the door, but I realized it wasn’t really the department I wanted to be in. Fragrance & Cosmetics is always hopping and my coworkers there are consistently among the daily top ten associates. If I can excel in Juniors, I am certain I can excel in the Beauty department. I kept Juniors at a constant state of near-perfection the entire time I’ve been with this company, for the past 6-7 months. Selling dresses and clothing to teenagers and skinny women has been fun, but most of the Juniors products don’t fit or flatter me, and it gets sad to keep seeing teenage girls having better relationships with their mothers than I ever had with my own.

I'm still working on my Weekly Submissions, although I've had better luck lately with my writing than with my artwork. For a little while, I'll be happy just producing something one way or another, but eventually I want my Weekly Submissions to become two-pronged: one submission of artwork and one submission of written work, or one submission that includes both. I have to get better with BOTH my writing and my artwork, because such skills are the backbone of my career. I've been thinking about trying my hand with AI art, because some of the pieces I've seen are really amazing! I've done a bit of research on it but I haven't really delved into it yet. It's much more important for me to be practicing making visual images by my own hand.

Medusa is the same as always: she just turned six this year but when I took her to the dog park today somebody mistakenly called her a puppy. Hahaha. She really does look and act like a puppy. Josh once said she's like a toddler, and he's really not wrong. Like me, she is very young at heart, and very happy to be alive. She is still a whiney baby as always. I've started giving her a treat right before I leave for work every day so I can avoid her ultra-sad mooney-eyes that she always gives me when she knows I'm leaving. I still hate having to leave her. I would have her by my side all day every day if possible, and I know both of us would be happy as shit with that arrangement. But it's just not possible for us to be attached at the hip at this time in my life. I wish there was a way I could explain to her, "Mama's gotta go to work so we have a nice place to live and good food to eat and fun toys to play with". She deals with it as best she can, though. We're always so happy to see each other whenever I come back home from work, and she gets all the pets and all the loves. She even gets to give me kisses, almost as many as she wants (she would lick all day if I let her, lol). She knows she is beloved.

January is birthday month for both me and Medusa. Both of our birthdays were pretty low-key. I worked on my birthday again this year, but Josh did get me an Italian Creme cake that I counted as my birthday cake and that I ate all by myself over the course of the week before my birthday. It was so freaking delicious and it made me so happy.

As far as books go, lately I've been reading through my battered copy of Fuzzy Logic: The Revolutionary Computer Technology That Is Changing Our World written by Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger in the early 1990's. I've read bits and pieces of it again and again throughout the years, but this time I'm trying to finish reading through the book from beginning to end. I've mostly been reading it while at work when business is painfully slow and I am in need of something that will keep my mind occupied. When it comes to non-fiction literature, I am horrible at finishing an entire book from start to finish. I use them as reference books, picking out the sections with the information I most wish to read about and neglecting to read the rest. It's only with fictional literature, where I am so interested that I am pressed to know everything that happens, when I am compelled to read the entirety of a book rather quickly. In addition to this book, I've also been trying to read Machiavelli's The Prince and James Frazer's The Golden Bough. I haven't gotten very far in either volume, but I did just start to read them in late January so I'll continue trying to read them throughout February.

It is funny that I was inspired to actually read The Prince because a character in an anime Josh and I are watching drew his ideas from Machiavellian thought. I hadn't much care to read it otherwise. The anime is called How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom, and it's among my favorites from the animes we've been watching together. More of my favorites that we have been watching include The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten, Tomo-Chan Is A Girl!, and My Hero Academia. There's one called The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule The World that's merely okay, but within the past week or so Josh has picked One Piece back up where we left off in the New World arc months ago and that has been quite a treat indeed. I believe we finished all available seasons (I think only one) of both Parallel World Pharmacy and Reincarnated As A Sword by December 2022, and both of those are animes I really enjoyed. We haven't watched The Seven Deadly Sins anime in quite some time, I guess because Josh became bored with it (or maybe he's already seen it) but I really enjoyed that one too. We were enjoying watching Spy x Family together but the story got kinda boring and didn't show enough of the relationship between Loid and Yor, I guess because Anya's adorableness stole the show.

Videogame-wise, I've only been playing on my Nintendo Switch lately. Josh and I got ourselves Civilization 6 for our Switches for Christmas 2022 because it was discounted about 60%, so I've been enjoying playing Civ (even though the Switch's screen is so much smaller than my laptop's, it handles the game better & because of this I can see the leaders' animations when they talk). I typically play as either Queen Victoria of England or as Catherine De Medici of France, although I just started a new game as Barbarossa of Germany because I want to try to achieve my first military victory. In addition to Civ I've also been enjoying playing Pokémon Scarlet, and finally finished the game yesterday. Josh got the Violet version and he said in his version the time machine was bringing pokémon to the present from the distant future, not the ancient past like in my version of the game, which I thought was interesting. This is the first Pokémon game I've ever played, let alone completed, and I can definitely see why people love the games so much: they're fun, simple, beautifully designed, and their content is unique, positive and uplifting. The next Pokémon game I'd like to play is Brilliant Diamond, because Josh already has Shining Pearl and I told him I wanted to play the game with the mirror-world in it.

Music-wise, I've been listening to various playlists on YouTube Music lately, including the vigorous RedLine OST and the chilling Ghosts Radio lofi mixes, with some VaporWave music peppered in here and there when I needed something different to vibe with.

I am not doing a very good job of getting up at 5am every morning like I want to, but I am sleeping well and generally using my awake time more effectively. I'm doing alright keeping up with the housework, which I do on my own and pretty much save for my days off. I was trying to get better about making daily crock pot dinners for us to eat after we come home from work, and mid-January I made a delicious cabbage soup that I was so proud of initially. Josh didn't realize I made it the first night, so I ate it by myself, and then the next day I had off from work so I ate it again at breakfast and again at dinner. Now, I realize now that eating it three meals in a row was a bit much, but I had no idea that cabbage would be so difficult for my body to digest. It was fucking terrible and I missed a day of work because of it. I haven't really tried to make us dinners since then, but I can't just let that be my excuse. I've wanted to start cooking and baking again for quite some time now. Its just, yanno, there's only 24 hours in a day, and I have to spend a third of it sleeping or else I just won't function. I wish I only needed 3-4 hours of sleep a day, but realistically that's just far too little for me.

Anyways, 2023 has been good so far, January was a good month (although I want to celebrate more next year, I'm disappointed in myself that our birthdays were so low-key yet again this year) and I am looking forward to February. Valentine's Day is right around the corner! ♥

Anastasia Valentine's list entitled Reflecting Upon How Blessed I Am written January 29th 2023

Every day is Valentine's Day to me ♥ A list I wrote on my birthday this year.

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Tags: My Life, The Valentine