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August 2020 Wrap-Up!

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Oh, August. You monstrous, disgusting, humid hot month. I’m done with you, and thankfully, you’re almost over! I don’t know about you, but August has been a bit of a weird month for me (but what month in 2020 has NOT been a weird month so far??). The weather has been disgusting and hot, plus the monsoon season has (finally) rolled in, so even though we’ve only had two rainstorms, it now is really humid, too. It all makes for a very uncomfortable life, especially when you’re stuck inside and can’t really do anything fun! And there’s really nothing fun to do, inside the house or outside it. So I’m ready for this month to be over with and for September to step up to the plate! (And maybe go down a few degrees! Fingers crossed. And I’m sooo ready for Halloween, of course!) But here’s what happened in August for me, from the good, the bad, and the just plain ol’ odd. I think that was August’s theme: odd. 

If you haven't caught up with what I was up to in June and July, you can read my wrap-up post here!

What I've Been Doing In August

I finally got a new mattress after 15+ years! I know, I know. It’s taken me quite a while to get a new mattress, but I finally got one! And it was about time too. My old one was a twin bed mattress, and the springs were starting to collapse! (You know, they really held up quite well considering I had it for so long) I actually had to avoid certain parts of my bed when I was sleeping or else I’d sink in! Unfortunately, because of the virus, I couldn’t really try out any beds, so I had to go by good reviews and word of mouth, and decided to buy a mattress from Tuft and Needle. It was in my budget and I had heard great things about it. So now I’m the proud owner of a brand new queen size mattress (quite an upgrade from my old one), which is now proudly in my room, on the floor, like a recent college graduate who finally got their own apartment, because now I have to save up for a bed frame. But I’m sleeping better and am so happy with all the new sleeping space! It’s firm, but soft for my aging and strange body. Yay! Something good happened in 2020!

Who knew that getting a new pair of glasses could be so complicated? (Welcome to my life!) All I needed was a new glasses prescription and a new pair of glasses. That’s it. That’s all. It’s been two years since my last visit to the eye doctor, so I knew it was time to finally get a new prescription (and new frames!). When I finally went, I got my prescription but had to order my glasses online, since the eye store was not carrying glasses at the time due to the virus. Great! So I went online and ordered a new pair. But guess what: I had totally forgotten that when you order glasses online, you have to have your pupillary distance (PD), which is measured in millimeters (just FYI). And which my eye doctor did NOT measure me for. Which, after I ordered a really cute pair online, I remembered. Oops. When my glasses finally arrived and I put them on, it felt like my pupils were being pulled to the opposite sides of my head. Turns out, since I didn’t put in my PD, they automatically put in the pupillary distance of 62. I looked at my prescription from two years ago and my PD then was 58! No wonder my new glasses gave me a headache! I promptly returned them and got a refund. I then tried another website (which will remain unnamed, even though they are very nice and were very helpful) that said they could take your PD just by you sending in a picture! Awesome! I wouldn’t have to go into the eye doctor’s and get it measured! I sent in my picture and ordered (another) new pair of glasses. Once they were shipped, I decided to email them and ask them out of curiosity what my PD was. They said it was 68. 68mm! That’s a big jump up from 58 from two years ago! I then got my second new pair of glasses and if I thought my pupils wanted to be pulled out of my head sideways before, well, I never knew eye pain was until I tried on these new glasses! Thankfully, I was able to get a hold of the company and they were so helpful (turned out the 68 was a typo! But tell that to my eyes!) and I was able to return and order a new pair of glasses (after going back to the eye doctor to get my PD probably measured. It’s 58.5mm, by the way). Hopefully in early September my new glasses will be here! But geez, that’s a lot to go through for just being able to see a bit better...

My world has been taken over by Peaky Blinders and now I want to talk in an Irish accent all the time! (Even though only a few characters speak with an Irish accent on the show. It’s just so catching!) “By order of the Peaky Blinders!” I usually don’t like watching TV shows because if I like them, I tend to get sucked in and obsessed. And guess what happened when I watched Peaky Blinders: it happened. I got obsessed. I tried my best not to binge-watch the entire five seasons at once, and I’m pretty proud of myself for usually only watching two episodes at a time (I’m so strong-willed!). But it’s been so all consuming and I am completely invested in this show and its characters. I know there’s a season six coming at some point, so I’m trying to make season five last as long as I can, or else what am I going to do when it ends?? I’ll be lost without it! Plus, the scenes Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy both on screen always make my heart go pitter-patter! Sigh. (Also, can the very last season of the series end with Tommy Shelby opening up his cigarette case and have it for once be empty? Because he always keeps that thing well stocked and he’s gotta run out at least once in the series! He may be the head of the Peaky Blinders and Shelby Company Limited, but he’s still human, guys.) Also, the soundtrack to the show is amazing, and I’m not just saying that because they use a lot of Arctic Monkeys songs. (You know I love me some Alex Turner!)

I went back to my tweendom and reread ALL ten of the Georgia Nicolson books! Plus other books, of course. My minimalism journey has gone in so many different directions. I feel like there are so many things I can declutter, and since I at the time didn’t know what to read, I decided to turn my sights to my own bookshelves! I absolutely loved the Georgia Nicolson books as a tween and rereading them (I have 8 out of the 10 books) was such a lovely and fun trip down memory lane. Sometimes you just have to read an oldie but goodie to cheer yourself up! So now I’ve been going through my books and rereading some, to try and decide if I really want them in my collection. I’ll be doing a blog post all about it, but trust me when I say that my stack of books to give away is growing! I also read Heidi for the first time, which was very sweet (though a little heavy on the God stuff. I feel like a lot of old books were all morality tales and ways to push Christianity on children), and I wish I had read it when I was younger, because I think I would have loved it (and probably would have pretended to be a goat herder and tried to herd our cats we had back then). And I’m currently reading Little Women, also for the very first time! It’s also very sweet, and it puts me in such a good mood, just like the 1994 version of the movie does. I loved the new movie version, and it’s closer to the book, but honestly, you can’t put bangs on Florence Pugh and make us believe she’s 12. I’m sorry, but Kirsten Dunst will always be young Amy to me!

The saga of Margot the cat and her matted fur and how I felt like a terrible cat parent! You know I love my cat. I give you a monthly update about her on this very blog! (Which I hope you enjoy, because I love writing about her and no one shall stop me!) Now, one of the main reasons why I didn’t write a fourth blog post this month was because of Margot and her fur. Now, let me just preface this by saying that I love my cat and that I am a worrier. It’s one of the reasons why I think I will never have children. If I worry this much about my cat, just think how worried I’d be over my children. Margot, if you didn’t know, is a very furry, long haired cat. She’s probably the longest haired cat I’ve ever had! She is literally a floofball and I love her for it. But I noticed that she started developing mats in her fur. I was aghast and horrified! I brush her every night to keep her fur nice and she was developing mats?? Thus began my journey to try to de-mattify her. I bought her a special fur comb. My mom and I tried to comb out the mats, much to Margot’s chagrin (she was quite vocal in her protest). I even used my own bamboo boar bristle brush on her fur, since she loves it so much! Eventually, after much crying and obsessing (me), I took poor Margot to the vet to get her mats shaved off. We still can’t figure out why she got her mats in the first place (the vet thought she wasn’t licking herself there for some reason), so the poor thing came home with some fur missing in some spots. But the very next day we found another mat! After much sobbing and worrying (again, me), my mom and I were able to cut off the mat (Margot still hasn’t forgiven us), and since then, Margot has been mat-free and we’ve been brushing her every chance we get! I even bought her own damn bamboo boar bristle brush. Spoiled brat. I love her so much. (Also, she is now 8 pounds! She was just about 4 pounds when I first brought her home as a kitten. She's doubled in size!!)

The cute culprit of the matted fur. Photo by That Weird Girl Life
I somehow got almost 11,000 page views on my blog in August! What. Is. Life??? I really don’t understand 2020 sometimes. Sometimes I’ll get a page view spike on my little blog, but I really don’t get how my blog gets found and seen! I’ve looked at my Google Analytics (which I still can barely understand because I’m such a good blogger) and I can barely see what drives people to my blog (they certainly don’t stay on it long) and not even a good keyword to figure it out (it just says my most popular keyword is "other." Huh). It makes me wonder what they’re Googling or searching for and then stumble upon my blog! (What a sad surprise for them! I bet they thought it was going to be something helpful) Now, if only those kind of view numbers would stay consistent and my visitors would click on my ads and affiliate links, I think I could probably make this blog profitable! (Ha! In my dreams!)

My blog stats for August 2020. What the what??? Photo by That Weird Girl Life
My hair is getting longer and longer and I’m fighting the urge to chop it all off! Remember how earlier this year I said I was growing out my hair to donate? Well, it’s certainly getting longer! I’m only having my mom trim it every few months and just enough to get the split ends out. It’s now past my shoulders, and the longest it’s ever been! (I’ve always had short hair my entire life. Don’t ask, it’s a long story) I’m simultaneously loving it and also have the sudden urge to chop it all off. Sadly, it’s not long enough for donation yet, so I’m trying to enjoy having semi-longish hair. Even though I've always had short hair I have no idea what to do with it and end up just putting it in a ponytail. Plus it’s hot out and ponytails are the best solutions in summer weather! But I do like brushing my hair and pretending I’m a heroine in some historical romance novel with long flowing locks. I mean, my hair isn’t that long and I have no one I’m pining for and vice versa, but it’s fun to pretend. Quarantine is doing a number on me, guys.

And that was my August! Not very exciting, but it was what it was. I’m surprised I found so much to ramble about! But then again, quarantine has made me very bored and I am desperate for an outlet. My August may have had some lows, but it had some high points too. I’m so happy that I finally have a new mattress, and that my new glasses are (hopefully) coming soon and (hopefully) won’t have anything wrong with them (this time)! And let’s not forget about my random blog views surge! (I bet September is going to be a huge step down in views, haha) How was your August? How are you getting through your boredom and has anything good happened, despite it being 2020? Let me know in the comments, and also if there are any easy ways to style shoulder length hair that even a buffoon like me can do (though I make no promises at succeeding at said hair styles).

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2 comments on "August 2020 Wrap-Up!"
  1. I need new glasses myself but right now my city is a red zone for Covid, so I just don't feel too comfortable having my eyes on machines everyone else puts their eyeballs up too lol so I'm going to wait. Congrats on views! Thats so aamazing. You deserve every single one!

  2. Your August was certainly busy and insightful! I didn't know pupillary distance was such a vital part to eyeglasses, buying online seems stressful and although it's often cheaper it wouldn't be the same as going to the optometrist and I'd be worried the whole time.

    Congrats on getting all those views! With views like that you could become profitable off it!

    Loren | Plaid + Sugar


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