Is it July Already?!

Hello, fellow readers!

Can you believe it is July already? I feel like June flew by so fast. Probably because a lot of life changes have been happening. Unfortunately, there will probably be no anime content for at least a week, so you have to slum it with me and my personal life updates.

I am excited about the Summer 2021 releases. There are a handful of shows that I am looking forward to posting opinions about. I am kind of looking for to this season’s sports anime. So, look forward to those snippets of opinions coming in the next week or so. The season goes into full swing on Saturday with a lot of potentially good shows debuting.

THE LIVING ROOM

I am sad to report that we STILL do not have our flooring. I am beginning to really lose my patience with these people. On one hand, I know materials are out of their control. On the other hand, we should have been properly warned that materials are taking a long time to gather. I wouldn’t have gotten rid of our couch so soon. We’re going on a month of walking into a disaster zone every time we come home. And, again. First world problems. At least we have a roof over our heads. I need to get a little perspective here. I recognize that. Until we get the flooring done, the new furniture is going to sit in a warehouse until we can get it delivered and installed since the set is powered.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

As you may know, this weekend, the United States will be celebrating our nation’s declaration of independence from the British. It’s typically a day celebrated with BBQs and fireworks. This year, I suggested we go to a Round Rock Express baseball game and watch their fireworks show. Now, this is important because I very rarely suggest anything where I have to deal with crowds. People irritate me in even the smallest groups, so this is a great step forward for me. I might even cook steaks for lunch. In addition, my husband has agreed to take me to a parade. I have always loved parades. I don’t know why since large groups make me anxious and irritated. We’ll get to see two fireworks shows this weekend because of the timing of the holiday.

BACK TO SCHOOL

In a month and a half, I will be returning to university to complete a bachelor’s degree. This will be my third degree. I’ve been slowly preparing myself for the reality of working full-time and going to school full-time. I’ll be taking all of my classes online, so it shouldn’t be too much of a burden. I’m not sure how I will fit in all of my studying, but my co-worker manages, so I think I will be able to manage, too.

This semester, I am taking an introductory class to liberal studies, arts in contemporary society, protest song in America, and computer impact and technology. I’m majoring in liberal studies with minors in English, fine arts, and business management.

In anticipation of the course load, I procured a Samsung S7+ tablet. I like handwriting notes, but I hate keeping up with paper notebooks. This will solve the problem as I can take notes in the tablet and save them to PDF for use later. I’ve been on the fence about tablets, but I think with this very mobile world, it was a must buy. I also despise laptops. Sorry laptop users. I just don’t like them. The tablet was a small compromise for me.

I am excited, and scared, for this newest chapter in my life. I’ve always wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree. I think for a lot of selfish reasons, but I’m not worried about that. I know having one will make me more marketable than I am now, but at the same time, I just want to be able to say that age doesn’t matter. I got my third, and hopefully, final degree at 44.

Anyhow, that is what’s happening in my world. Anime content should be resuming shortly!

A Few of ChibiChonk’s Favorite Things

I am being evaluated for Bipolar II.

I bet that wasn’t the introductory line you were looking for.

This post is not about my potential diagnosis, however, this potential diagnosis is, arguably, how I found my new favorite things. If I do have Bipolar II Disorder, I experience “hypomanic” episodes.

Hypomania is an abnormally revved-up state of mind that affects your mood, thoughts, and behavior, and is a potential symptom of bipolar disorder, particularly type II.1

A hypomanic episode commonly manifests with unusual gaiety, excitement, flamboyance, or irritability, along with potential secondary characteristics like restlessness, extreme talkativeness, increased distractibility, reduced need for sleep, and intense focus on a single activity.

https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-hypomania-how-is-it-diagnosed-380313#citation-7

The first time I read this, I thought, this is me. I believe there is a lot of misconception regarding Bipolar disorder, but I won’t get into it here. I will say be careful with generalities and forming opinions on something you haven’t researched. I thought Bipolar disorder was just someone who had crazy mad mood swings, and I now know that isn’t really the case.

How does this tie in with my favorite things? I believe that shopping tends to be something I engage in when I am in a hypomanic state. I spend money without thought of the consequence. When I am not in a hypomanic state, I am constantly worried of the opposite. I watch our finances like a hawk, but every once in awhile, I spend with abandon. Thankfully, it has never progressed to a point where I damaged relationships or finances with my spending, but I think the possibility is there. My potential hypomanic episodes are very brief, therefore, have never progressed long enough to do any real damage.

Recently, I found these random things that have rocked my world.

**DISCLOSURE – I HAVE NOT, AND WILL NOT, BE COMPENSATED FOR ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS. I HAVE NO AFFILIATIONS WITH ANY OF THE BRANDS MENTIONED BELOW. ALL PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED WITH MY OWN FUNDS. MY OPINIONS ARE ORIGINAL AND NOT INFLUENCED BY MONETARY GAIN.**

THE GOODFUL TEA TUMBLER

I saw this tumbler on a Facebook targeted ad. I know there are so many of you that hate targeted ads, but I love that I am introduced to new things without having to look for them. I love to drink iced tea, however, when I make a large amount of it, I can drink it in one day. You might not know this, but the tannin in tea can cause kidney/liver issues. Too much tea can be bad for your health. This tumbler allows me to greatly reduce the consumption of tea. Since it takes time to brew a new tumbler, it really makes me ask myself whether I really need that next tumbler of tea versus raiding the fridge without another thought. What makes me happy about this item is I can use loose leaf tea without having to worry about a tea steeper. The design of this tumbler allows you to dump your tea, any muddled fruit (yes, muddled fruit), and any sweetener in the bottom. You let it steep. Then you push the inner chamber that is filled with ice down. What you’re left with in a 16 ounces of tasty iced tea. If you like iced tea and need a way to slow your consumption down, this is a great purchase. At $19.99, it is totally worth it.

HACKBERRY TEA

To go along with my tumbler, I needed good tea. I don’t recall how I stumbled upon Hackberry Tea, but they make some pretty tasty tea. Their bright peach black tea is amazing. They carry a good variety and even sell sample bags so you don’t have to commit to a tea you might not enjoy. They’re a small family company, so I feel good about supporting them.

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP

Are you ever too old to have an awesome stuffed friend…or three?

TATCHA JAPANESE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

When it comes to skin care, I am lazy. I know what I SHOULD be doing, but I don’t. I happen to have an Ipsy subscription where I get samples of various makeup, hair care, of skin care products. It’s been really fun because I feel like I am refreshing my makeup stores without actually going and spending a lot of money to do it. In the last Ipsy bag, I received a sample of Tatcha. With one use, I was in love. My face never felt so smooth and dewy. I picked up their dewy skin set. It was a bit pricey, but worth it.

Anyhow, those are a few of my favorite things…currently. Next week, we might have a complete other list. Take care, friends!