January In Review

January has been a somewhat busy one.

To wrap up my time visiting my hometown for the holidays, I saw some friends, went to a University of Arizona hockey game (they crushed GCU 11-2), got a car (2009 Honda Civic, she’s amazing) and saw my favorite band Senses Fail live in Phoenix. This was the first time I saw them since their most recent album came out, which is one of their best in a while, and since I got my tattoo in August of 2017. It was also my first time at The Van Buren, a new venue in Phoenix, and I absolutely loved it. I think it might be my new favorite venue, I can’t wait to see Architects there for my birthday in April.

About halfway through the month, I moved in with my grandma who lives a bit outside Los Angeles. I want to try my luck in a big job market while living rent-free and think living with family is a good transition to a career, especially after being away for so long. I have been applying for all kinds of jobs like mad. I expect career job applications to take a while, so I’ve also been applying for part-time jobs in the mean time. I had an interview at a movie theater and pizza place last week and hope I get one of them!

Other than applying for jobs, I’ve been keeping myself busy as I settle into my new (temporary) home and routine. I saw Tiny Meat Gang (a.k.a. YouTube comedy duo Cody Ko and Noel Miller) live at a warm-up show for their sold-out tour. I’ve never been to a comedy show and had no idea what to expect. I showed up a bit late and ended up with a shoddy seat, but the security was nice enough to let me stand in the back for some bits. For my next comedy show, I know to arrive early for good seating!


No pictures (or phone use of any kind) allowed inside.

I am going to try to volunteer a few times a week at the library (tutoring) and dog rescue (walking dogs, driving to vet appointments, host adoption events, etc.) as long as I’m not working.

Finally, I try to go to the gym and read most days and with a big family and a lot of them local, I’m enjoying catching up with all of them as I haven’t seen most of them in a year and change. My aunt from out-of-state visited and we had an especially busy time visiting the Norton Simon art museum and dining out.

Next month will look quite similar, hopefully I’ll land a part-time job by then. Wish me luck!

January In Review 2018 || January In Review 2017

What I’m listening to: Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers, Time & Space by Turnstile, I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty, Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, King of Cowards by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Negative Qualities by Single Mothers, Fantasy by LANDMVRKS

What I’m watching: Sex Education (season 1), My Scientiology Movie, Mr. Nobody, Requiem for a Dream, Make Happy, Bandersnatch, Diving into the Unknown

What I’m reading: I have started making Reading Wrap-Up posts where I review books I’ve read in the month, check out some of the books I’ve read in this post and let me know what you think! (I’ve read about 5 more in January coming in another Wrap-Up post soon, until then, follow or add my GoodReads)



  1. February 1, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    I’m basically in a similar position as you right now (as you probably already know from my blog and my comments haha). Job searching is a lot of work, but it’s definitely nice to have a part-time job while you look for something else in the meantime. Volunteering is a good idea too! I feel like even things like that can help you make connections and keep you motivated.
    I also agree that it’s good to live with family while trying to get started in a career. Apartments are expensive, and you don’t want to get stuck putting all your time and effort into part time jobs just to pay rent.
    Good luck with your job search!

    Melissa // https://castlesandhurricanes.wordpress.com/

  2. February 2, 2019 / 9:05 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this post. Hope your having the best time living with your grandma <3 xxx

  3. February 9, 2019 / 11:11 pm

    Bandersnatch was really good! I enjoyed looking at each option, and I made it my mission to see as many as possible. I am also so jealous you saw Tiny Meat Gang! I love them haha.

    Good luck with your job search!

    Fran x

    • rachelwuest
      February 11, 2019 / 5:29 pm

      TMG were great! They’re so very handsome in real life and so funny!

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