So, what’s new?

After we broke up and we’d still talk occasionally, my ex would begin conversations with my least favorite question, “so, what’s new?”

If I was in a bad mood, I’d respond, “I hate that question.” It was too general. Besides, he could just read my blog and find out.

But the truth is, I write less and less these days about “what’s new” in my life. Maybe I’ll change that, maybe I won’t. For now, here’s an update.

1. I’m quite happy these days.

2. Aside from the longer/hotter days and outdoor concerts, I don’t really feel like it’s summer. I’m working the same schedule as I did during the school year. And since I don’t take classes normally, the summer doesn’t bring much different.

3. I’m applying for a dissertation proposal writing boot camp. The six-week workshop begins in August. By the end of it I shold have a draft of my dissertation proposal. I reallyneed/want to get in this program. I need the discipline and structure so I can be done with school before I’m 30. That’s the plan.

4. I cut my hair on a whim last Wednesday. It’s shorter than I’ve ever had it. I told Ana, my stylist, that I was cutting it in mourning for the Lakers’ loss. We laughed. A Latina getting highlights next to me looked at me with wide eyes as Ana snipped away and my hair fell to the floor. It was one of those “damn girl, you have ovaries” looks.

5. My parents’ home in Hacienda Heights look like a tornado went through it. Our entire living room and kitchen has been stripped of tile and insulation. All that stands is the wood frame and wiring. It’s kind of hard to imagine it becoming the kitchen of my mom’s dreams.

6. I’ve already done a lot of my typical summer activities in the first official week of summer, but sadly I won’t be taking a trip to Guanajuato. Funds are low.

7. Last week at the LA Latino blogger meeting, P3000 asked (again) when I’d be writing Ojitos-like stories about the ex and filling in the rest of the story. I alluded to the relationship a few weeks ago. Each time, I always say something along the line of “no, I don’t want to go there” or “uh no, that’d make me look bad.” Well, not bad just human. But still, I part of me wants to tell the story. Maybe I’ll write those posts and keep them as unpublished drafts.

8. My back was bugging me last week so I went to a Chinese massage parlor in Hacienda Heights. It was my first time paying for a massage since I usually just bug my brothers for a massage, they’re pretty good. The place charged $15 for an hour massage (not including tip). I’d definitely do it again.

9. I’ve been listening to a lot of N*E*R*D’s latest album Seeing Sounds these days. I can’t get “Happy” or “You know what” out of my head. The whole album feels perfect for summer.

10. I recently read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown by Junot Diaz. I was so into Oscar Wao that I ditched my cousin’s birthday luau to hide upstairs and read. If you’ve never read anything by Diaz, I’d suggest listening to him read from two of the short stories in Drown on This American Life.


9 thoughts on “So, what’s new?

  1. glad to hear cindylu is haaaaaaaaaaapppppy, as you can see, i cant get the NERD album out of my head either, I think its been in my car since i got it, i havent put any other cd in the deck.

    i saw the hair cut on your flickr, thats quite the business!

    good luck on applying for the dissertation boot camp!

  2. I’d make a joke about getting the “happy ending” in reference to your $15 massage, but it would be in poor taste and way too easy. Just know the joke was there and I showed enough self restraint not to make it… I guess I’m finally growing up.

    A friend of mine has been bugging me to check out the NERD cd as well. I’m probably going to give in now.

  3. I try to keep a two-week delay when I blog about personal stuff. I don’t like putting myself on display as it occurs.

    Damn, I can’t believe I missed the Antigua get-together.

  4. diss boot camp? that’s hard core, girl. but really good. i used to think i’d be finished with my Ph.D. before 30 too. then i turned 30! 😉

  5. i thought it was just me who was ADDICTED to Oscar Wao. I’ve skipped dinner, missed my stop on the train, and have been tempted to open the book and keep reading at my desk during the day job, this book is so well written.

    hope you get into the program!

  6. diana says:


    I feel you on the hair cut. I got mine cut in March, and I liked it but I though “hmm, maybe I should go shorter” So then End of May I did. let me just say I’m growing it out. Everyone tells me it looks good, but I’m ready for some length.

    I’m glad you liked Junot Diaz I’m planning on reading it when I’m done with my summer job. I’m glad you warned me about it being addicting. I was planning on going to get it this week. I’ll have to wait a few more weeks till I’m done with my summer program and a class I’m taking. I can’t afford distractions. Anyway, I’m glad you’re happy. I haven’t been by here in while. and my google reader is so filled up it’s over whelming to look at.


  7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is next up on my bookshelf too. I’ve been wanting to read it for so long. Very excited. Glad to hear that all is going well.

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