Sunday, October 08, 2017

Sunday #59: Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law states, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."  Listen, I'm not using this as a platform to whinge, but transparency is a big part of my philosophy on authentic blogging.  You'll find no blush toned, marbled backdrop, or glossed over stories here, no missie.  I intend to Keep It Real. 

Hence, this Perpetual Disappointments Diary seems particularly apt.  My friend is a new scholar in the lab and we got this matching diary on our last bookstore trip.  You'll find translations for unfortunate situations such as being locked in the toilet, death dates of famous people, prompts for listing personal shortcomings, and a full week of Monday stickers.  There are even disappointing proverbs for each week (If ignorance is bliss, why are you so sad?).

Ok, I'll get to the point.  Here goes . . .


These past few weeks have been full of ups and downs.  A few weeks ago, my bike was stolen from campus.  This doesn't upset me on a material level, but it sure makes it inconvenient for me to get around now.  I don't drive so I now walk, bum a ride, or get an Uber.  This has been very annoying for getting to school rapidly or going to my regular photo job.  Part of recent job responsibilities has included working in West Hollywood for 12 hour long experiments.  Unfortunately, I experienced a lot of equipment issues this week and came back earlier than planned.  I suppose it doesn't sound like a lot written out, but it was a trying week.  However, graduate school isn't meant to be a walk in the park!  One of the biggest lessons I've learned is the importance of tenacity.


You know I wasn't going to talk about problems without looking for the silver lining, right?  I want to acknowledge my wonderful friends and colleagues.  People aren't required to bestow favors, but I appreciate those who go above and beyond.  I had many moments this week when I was grateful for company, for gestures of kindness, for human decency, and for people who were as pleased to see me as I was them.  I may be extremely stressed with a formidable to-do list, but I am happy!  Even on bad days, I smile and laugh more than I ever have in my life.

(1) Gallery wall in Westwood, (2) White oleanders, (3) Wilshire Blvd street plaque, (4) Basecamp Fitness Pasadena.

Speaking of good company, Basecamp Fitness in Pasadena invited Ana and I out for a free class this Friday.  The class completely kicked my butt!  I actually couldn't finish because I got so queasy from the HIIT workout.  Lesson here?  Start doing cardio again because while I can lift and I'm strong, I need to work on endurance and intensity.  Afterwards, we had a lovely dinner of delicious tacos at Trejo's Cantina before I finished out the night watching Wonder Woman with my partner. 


My friend asked me to do a photography session for herself and a few people in the community.  She organized the event and gathered the photo release forms, making my job far easier.  All I had to do was show up and capture people at looking their best!  I'll be sharing a dedicated post on one subject, but here is one of my favorite images from the day.  I think this girl looks like a real life Vermeer painting!

On Sunday morning, I went to 85C Bakery with my new friend/colleague to get some pastries for breakfast.  We ended up walking around for a few hours and shopping afterwards (oops!), but made it into lab in the early afternoon.  I picked up a few things from an aromatherapy and natural wellness store in Old Town.  I can't wait to write a post about the items because they're such amazing quality.  If anyone needs aromatherapy for relaxing, it's a senior graduate student!

This Sunday's question: What are your favorite scents?  Do you have a scent that always calms you down?


• Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on validating the existence of gravitational waves (ripples in space and time). 


  1. That proverb is amazing haha

    Sorry to hear about you bike and your experiments :( but why steal your bike - was it a fairly average bike? Hopefully the coming week is better!

    I don't have any scents that calm me down .. well not directly. Rather there are scents that make me nostalgic and I am calmed down as a consequence. Lavender would be the top scent which comes to mind

    Nat ◇ dignifiable

  2. I'm sorry to hear that your bike got stolen. Can't believe that someone would go the extra mile to steal this @___@. Hope you'll get a new bike soon or could ride it out til the end of your term! At least you could still navigate around town.

    Glad that you have people around you to make you feel good :). Hope you'll get all of the positive energy you need! So cool that Basecamp Fitness invited you and Ana! Reminds me of spin class XD.

    YASSSSS 85C IS LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the fall scents. All of those cool leaves, spices, and stuff.

    Have a good week :)

  3. Maaaan I’m so sorry about the bike, Alyse! People suck these days; I hope you’re able to get a new bike soon! I know you’re super busy and stressed out but just think, the holidays are around the corner and so is your graduation - ALMOST THERE! Hang in there! *sending you lots of good thoughts and positive vibes*

    Hope you have a good week ahead.

  4. I'm glad you found the silver linings these past few weeks! Bad days are inevitable, but we go through them, sigh a bit, and move on. Surrounding yourself with positive people and vibes is the way to go. Hang in there!

    Jenn |

  5. So sorry about your bike being stolen! That's the worst. Sometime stole my front bike tire years ago and I was so upset.

    Glad you are taking it in stride and staying positive.

    I bought a bottle of evening primrose and a dab on my wrist at night and I feel so relaxed when I smell it!

  6. i think i need that perpetual disappointments diary! i like the idea and i guess the little notes and quotes would be soothing. i am so sorry to hear your bike got stolen and everything happening :((( i can only imagine how inconvenient it is in LA without a ride. i hope there's only better days to come! it's amazing you took time to punch em shitty stuffs away with fitness. i need to steal that idea from you instead of wallowing.

    i tested this body mist last month just to ease myself into ~lady~ fragrance (i usually use this) and I LOVE IT. it smells like soft lilies and i got many compliments. best decision ever.

  7. Don't apologize for complaining! We've all got to do it eventually. That's terrible about your bike. Did you report it missing? I really hope this week has been much kinder to you. The event photo is gorgeous, and she does look like a Vermeer painting. You've captured that so well!

    My favorite scent is anything that involves pumpkin and/or cinnamon. I'm predictable. However, bergamot has been great for calming down lately.

  8. It's never fun when things go wrong on so many levels to where you reach the point of breaking. But you bring up a good point about how if there are a lot of wrongs, then there has to be some rights :) It's great that you had so many people who helped you out during your difficult times. Graduate school is definitely a challenge, but it will all come to a satisfying fruition in the end! And I can't believe someone stole your bike. That is really a crappy move :/

  9. I'm the same, keeping it 100% real is the only way to blog in my opinion. Life isn't always rosy but it's not always bad either :) That's really crappy that your bike got stolen but at least you've got that silver lining!

    My favourite scent is anything vanilla whether it's food, candles or perfume, give me vanilla!

  10. Nooo! I am so sorry that your bike got stolen! Who would do such a thing? Seriously, they should get their OWN bike! By the way, I love your little doodles in the notebook! I really need to buy one with a grid so I can start a bullet journal. And that girl definitely looks like a Vermeer painting! Her hairstyle and the dress especially.