Reflections and Expectations: Not My First Rodeo

Keeping up appearances and taking up new interests summed up how this relatively peaceful July played out.

That said, let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to the month of August.


Independence Day weekend – In keeping with the tradition of spending this holiday in a different city each year since 2012, I was in San Diego for the Fourth of July weekend this time around.

As usual, I spent that weekend with family — my favorite group of people to be around. On that Friday I flew in, we kicked off the weekend with a visit to the San Diego County Fair on its final weekend. For the night of the Fourth itself, we spent that time at my cousin-in-law’s friend’s house for a party and watching fireworks from a distance in El Cajon. My weekend culminated with a trip to the San Diego Zoo on Sunday afternoon before my flight back to San Jose later that night.

This marked the first time I saw my family since I landed my new job back in April. It was great to revisit them under much better circumstances on my end and have some face time with the people I value and love most. I’m already looking forward to seeing them again for Thanksgiving this November.

Yoga – On July 18, I attended my first yoga session at The Yoga Studio in Campbell. I’ve been interested in taking up yoga as a regular activity for some time, even more so recently thanks to Jessica Lawlor and her newfound passion for this exercise. With an improved personal financial standing and a summer off from graduate school, I decided this was the perfect time to register and take part in yoga sessions at least once each week.

I attended three sessions so far — the first being on a Saturday morning and the other two Wednesday nights. I found nighttime yoga to be better as it helps alleviate any feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression after a long day at work. My next challenge is not only to attend regularly but also practice elsewhere on other days of the week to stay in shape. One step at a time.


  • Grad school – Back into the swing of things for the fall semester Aug. 4 at SJSU, starting off with a course about transportation policy and regulation. Including this, four classes and less than a year left before graduating from the program with a Master of Science in Transportation Management degree. Almost there.
  • Chris Hardwick – He performs at San Jose’s California Theatre Aug. 15. This will mark the third stand-up comedy performance I have attended after John Mulaney in January and Chris D’Elia in June at San Francisco and San Jose, respectively. Love it when comedy’s finest make their way to the Bay Area. I wonder who’s next?

How’s your summer so far? What are you looking forward to this month ahead? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.


2 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: Not My First Rodeo

  1. I am so happy to see how things are coming together for you, Simon! Absolutely love it! 🙂 I know yoga will only continue to make things even better.

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