A full month as of 8 AM yesterday. One whole month. It honestly feels like a lot longer. So what's new? Not a whole lot. Kinda been doing the same old thing. Tonight's laundry night and there's a certain amount of depressing comfort that the washers and dryers here are the exact same as in Hillcrest. I guess you can travel a few thousand miles and get the exact same things. I've started missing home a bit, really though only the people back home. I think that's mostly due to not knowing how to really meet people on the fly like I feel like a lot of people can. I think I've just never had to do it so really I'm completely clueless. I can meet people all day long and have interesting 2-3 hour conversations with them, but really at the end of the day that does nothing for me in the long run. And I'm definitely here for a little more than a short trip. Bars aren't really a great scene for meeting people who want lasting connections with others... neither is the library... or my apartment. I guess this all comes with moving to a completely brand new place where you know no one. I've been trying to decide when it's appropriate to stop doing that. I'm getting a little tired of it. It wears you down.
Onto brighter things though: food's been good lately. I made some amazing fish tacos and then shortly thereafter some amazing ceviche with completely out-of-my-budget halibut (I didn't realize how much it actually cost before I bought it. I didn't actually blow my budget, it was just a bit tighter this week than it otherwise would have been.)
My kombucha mother is coming along nicely. I'm going to try and find a sun tea jar so that I can make it in bigger batches. Pretty sure though that I'll end up ordering something online since I haven't, in my searches, turned up something that would work in quite the right way.
Team BMP had their first indoor soccer game the other night and we... WON (despite my best efforts. Hah.) I have the ball handling skills of an infant when it comes to soccer. I did manage to sacrifice myself for the sake of the team and ended up with a nice array of injurys: blisters on my left foot (including one on the toe, the ball of my foot, and in my arch), a quarter-sized blood blister on the ball of my right foot, a scraped up left knee, a deeply bruised right knee (collided with a wall. Someone pushed me, I didn't just fling myself into it.), and finally a twisted ankle (that wasn't too serious but it was quite painful at the time and very very tight for the next two days). I go all out. Now if only I were able to actually play well...
And lastly, I accomplished something! I'm now certified to work with radiation! I'm "badged" as they say. So the next time you need... oh wait. I can't actually do anything yet. Well, I am qualified to ABSORB occupational radiation and UCLA will be sure to keep track of it for me.