What is an example of something that you have to ask for help with? Um, carrying my huge bin of Magna-Tiles that super duper heavy. Like, I would ask my mom or my dad. Have you e- It's so heavy my br- I don't think my brother can hold it. Why is it so heavy? Because there's tons and tons and tons of Magna-Tiles in it, and then each Magna-Tile weighs like half a pound. Woah, and how many Magna-Tiles do you think you've got? I have like two hundred. Really? Well, I have -- ((or at least)) I have over a hundred. What can you build with Magna-Tiles? All sorts of stuff. There's so many creations you can build with Magna-Tiles. I don't think humans even know them all. What do you like to build? Structures and then put little guys in them and then do something and then the structure always gets destroyed. Or if I really like it I will show it off to my -- show it to my parents and my brother. I've seen you make a lot of spaceships. Yeah I have.
Have I ever met someone that changed my life? You know, that’s a tough one. You know in a way everyone you meet changes your life, you know, it's like you have these little connections that can really influence you, I guess, I don't know. It's like that one smile, like you're walking you're feeling upset and you see some random person just say "hello, how are you doing today?" And you say "good" because you're not going to tell a stranger that you’re not good. And they say "oh that's good to hear because you're a human being and you deserve happiness." Which I don't think many people are going to say that because we're people, but if that happens you don't technically like you haven't actually met the person but that's gonna stay with you. The next time you're upset you're going to say no this random person didn't know a thing about me and they said I'm important, so heck yeah I'm important, yay. I don't know maybe I got a little too philosophical for my own good.
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I'm gonna spend my money on robux, so I could buy whatever 80 plus 80 is with the money. And I could also, one payment I can buy 400 robux because $4.99 would give me 400 robux. Also what robux are, are the money in Roblox. And what's Roblox? A game full of other games. That you can play on your iPad or your phone? Yeah, and also your computer. So what would you do if you turn your $5 card into 400 robux, what would you spend the robux on? I will spend the robux on a sword that’s better than my friends sword because it costs robux. What do you think will be better about that sword? That it looks cooler and it's after the sword that my friends has. So I think it's going to be better and also because it costs robux. What's the name of this sword? The Magma sword. Magma! Does it do more damage than your sword? Yes. What other things -- I’m pretty sure, but I don’t know. Okay, what other things can you buy with robux? You can buy like -- so what robux are for is, you don’t actually need robux, they're just to help you and make the game go faster and they’re better than the money in the game stuff. So you're gonna spend yours on a sword, what other things might you buy when you get more money from the project? I will buy dragons who farm my crops, so I can get money about every five seconds.
Most of these days I usually spend most of my time with my cousins, they just moved from North Carolina so every weekend they visit. I can't really hang out with my friends because you know COVID and stuff, and their parents are really strict to and my parents are strict on that too. So like I don't really hang out with my friends anymore. And because I’m a freshman it's kind of hard, I don't really know anyone at high school and it's hard to make friends cause half of the -- more than half of the school year I haven't even seen these people's faces, haven't even talked to them. So it's kind of awkward at school, especially the teacher, when the teacher is talking like no one answers the questions, it's super awkward because usually we just type it in the chat like in Zoom. So yeah,school is just really weird right now.
Also this week , I am officially in my second trimester, which is a big big step for my wife and I, so we’re both really excited. We’re really looking forward to getting to May when we can see an ultrasound and have a little bit more — being calm and feeling more safe and being able to start telling people. But it is really exciting to finally make it to the second trimester officially. We have started trying to making a private registry, so it’s really exciting to look at everything that you can have, and the world you are gonna be creating for our new family, and all the possibilities. Just trying to have a positive momentum, about pregnancy and starting our family. So we’re really excited. We’re gonna be waiting kind of long, I don’t think we’ll be telling until Week 21 ‘cause that’s when we’ll finally have our ultrasound, and so we’re trying to have our registry ready so that after we find out, we can tell people. So we can plan our Zoom baby shower and everything. Yeah, it’s really exciting to be busy and also to be starting the second trimester, and to be shopping online, not buying anything but like putting it on a wishlist, looking at all the fun things that you’ll have to buy, the scary things. Getting nervous and excited and … So it’s a really exciting time for us. And I will say, with the sun coming out and the warm weather, it’s really picked up our mood.
I stumbled upon this motto when I was in high school and the motto was, the journey is the reward and it really resonated with me. We're talking from like age fifteen or sixteen. It's been my go-to motto for forever, since then. This idea that it's not so much about where you're going but it's about the process of getting there. And at that time in high school it was easy to fall into, I could see the trap, you know back then I guess I give myself some degree of credit. Sometimes we look back and cringe on our high school selves and how we thought and what we thought and what we did. But I think it's okay to give younger versions of ourselves credit sometimes and for all the silly things I did, I give myself credit for looking ahead and I was able to see like, okay, so I'm going to work really hard in high school until I can graduate high school. That's the whole goal. Let's get to that graduation thing. But then what about after that? It's just, I'm working to this goal and then it's like let’s reset everything and now we're working toward this goal of college graduation. And then what happens after that? I end up working toward this goal of finding a job. And then what happens after that? Hopefully I can find a girlfriend so I can work toward this goal of getting married and what after that? You work toward this goal of having kids. And then after that is it just me working toward this goal of working until I can retire and pay for my kids college and then what I'm sixty or seventy years old, I just spent all this time chasing these goals without stopping to smell the roses so to speak. So, I think I have a natural inclination towards savory anyway, but having that motto in the back of my head certainly helped at times. So I couldn’t think of a lot of moments in life that I wish I had savored more because I've spent so much time making sure that I did savor for them. The big moments and the little moments. But there is a struggle sometimes where you can't savor everything all the time, like it would be stimulus overload. I'm always trying to find that…