“I felt like I really missed out…”

When I got over to the sleepover I was going to, I - my two friends that were at the sleepover said like "Hi" and that "You were late" - that I was, like, late and stuff. But my mom already told them I was gonna be late, or it was my dad, I don't know. But one of my parents told them, or maybe both, told them that I was gonna be late. But then, they said they'd been there since like three o'clock and then when I got there it was like five o'clock. So I felt like I really missed out. And sometimes, like, if I have a dentist appointment or an orthodontist appointment or something like that, and then I come back to school, everything is just kinda weird. 'Cause sometimes when I come in, they're just doing something and I'm like "What is this?" But then the funny thing is, like, whenever I come back from something like that, some reason, like, every time the class is making cards. So it's kind of a weird pattern, sort of.

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“To this day, neither of us knows what happened.”

"Have you ever experienced a strong feeling of deja vu or a glitch in the Matrix?" Actually, yeah. And this was a shared glitch in the Matrix that several years on I just, I don't understand. And I still, I work with the person now that that happened with and we talk about it, you know, rarely, but when it comes up, we're both like, "No, that, that happened." And we don't know why. So I was in nursing school and I was doing my first clinicals, and this woman, who I now work with on the floor, she is a nurse practitioner. And she's like the nursing supervisor now. She also still teaches at that school, she still does clinicals, she's still an instructor. She was my instructor at the time. And we were about to pass meds, we were about to give out patient medications. 10 a.m. meds. So we go in the med room and I have my little sheet, my MAR, my medication administration record. I know the two meds my patient is going to get. These are not their actual medications, but let's say their medications are lisinopril and ibuprofen. Those are not their meds, but let's just say they're close to those. So, I go over my sheet. I've never passed meds before, so she shows me how to use the machine, the checks that you do to ensure that this is the right patient, the right, you know, all the seven rights of medication administration, all that. Right patient, right med, right dose, all that. So I get the meds out of the machine. I put them in my little baggie with my little med cups, and I have signed out the meds under my instructor. And we wheel the little moving computer out of the med room and we're going to my patient's room. And I knock on the door and the patient says "Come in." Open the door, and it's the door to the med room. My instructor and I - it's the door out of the med room. So, we open the door and you can see outside the med room, rather. My instructor and I look at each other and we look around, and we are in the med room. Turn around, there's the med machine. Look down, my meds aren't there, the baggie's not there, the two meds…

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“It was really touching to see people who look like me winning.”

We have Everything Everywhere All at Once winning the Oscar. Again, that's like the first time any of us have, I think, ever really done that. And then, Michelle Yeoh winning Best Actress, Ke winning Best Supporting Actor. It just - all kinds of fun things for us. And, like it felt nice. It felt - if you had listened to the speeches, it was touching, it was really touching. It was good to see people who look like me winning. That we could do something, that we could be up there with all of these other people that are, you know, great actors and actresses and movies. And we're finally being represented in that way now. We're finally being represented on such a national stage, so that, I think, has been, like, the biggest thing. I mean it was - you know, for me, as someone who gave up on my dreams to do that. As someone who, you know, didn't really see people who look like me up on stage winning these awards, like, it meant a lot. It really did. And so yeah, that's the big one, just Everything Everywhere All at Once winning as many awards as it did.

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“I really want to explore the universe, actually.”

"Is there somewhere you want to explore or something you want to discover?" Something I want to discover. Oh, I really want to explore the universe, actually. It's really big. There are so many like solar systems in it and I dunno, I'd just love to go through it and like see what's there, you know? See if there's like any other life or something, or is there anything really. You know, like what do other solar systems look like up close? And like what does it look like on the surface of that planet or star or whatever. Okay, maybe not stars, but like planet, if there are any planets out there, what is it like on the surface? So like Earth, like is there something like Earth? And I'm pretty sure there is ‘cause the chances of another Earth - are small. Very very very small, and there probably isn't like an exact Earth, but probably like something like Earth. And I'm talking really fast, I need to calm down. But yeah, and there's like a chance of something like Earth, and I would really love to explore that and like see what the differences are.

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“People have such an influence on your life. You don’t even know it.”

It's crazy how much of an influence like we have on other people's lives, and like, we don't even know it. Like, we remember so many people and so much of, like, other people that have been in our lives. Like for me, all my teachers, I remember every single one of them. Like, what their class was like, because, like, they had such a big impact on me. So like it's really kind of sad honestly, like when you move up a grade level or like graduate from anything, the fact that those people will pretty much be out of your life, but the impact they had on you will stay. Like even if you know someone for only a little amount of time, they still have, like, a great impact on my life. Like, my speech teacher in - I think, like, second grade who was only there for, like, a few months. She wasn't even there for the whole school year. Like I still remember her, like, what it was like and whatnot. It's just, and like, my physical therapist who I only saw for - November, December, January, February - I only saw her for four months, but, like, I'm kinda sad but happy at the same time that I graduated physical therapy because, like, I liked seeing her twice a week, like, I got to know her as a person. Just like, she was Muslim. So I was, like, learning things about like her religion and stuff. It's, like, she was talking about Ramadan one day, and, like, it's just stuff like that, like, people have such an influence on your life. You don't even know it.

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“…when I opened this book, and it was dead on the money.”

I wanna say it was three separate times I went to different thrift stores and two times I was with a friend. And it was so bizarre. There was - what was it? There was a kid's book, 'cause we were just screwing around at Goodwill and we were looking at stuff and some goofy things. And I looked at a book, and I was like, “2005.” And he was like, “What?” I'm like, “That book was printed in 2005.” And he was like, “Alright, I'm gonna guess 2008 then.” ‘Cause my friends all know that I collect books, antique books and kind of like you know, will go off my immediate prediction. 2005! It was 2005. It was real weird. I could not tell you why I guessed that date. The subject matter - I don't even remember what book it was, there was nothing that would have immediately tipped me off consciously. Another one was some - oh, it was an educational book. This one was a little easier because it mentioned the Soviet Union. So that's kind of a cheat code, but I said 1987 and was correct. I think my friend said like 1980 or some - I don't remember, something like that. He was relatively off. But again, he was going off my prediction but I didn't expect to be right at all. I figured like it could've been the 70s, could have been 80s, could've been the 90s because it's not like it was talking about things in present tense if I remember right, it was just mentioning the Soviet Union. But I think in my mind, it had mentioned it enough when we were just glancing through this book, and the photography I think maybe? Hard to say, the photography in in books though is really similar starting from like the 80s even into the early 2000s, like it's just the same kind of like style, color, quality type thing. But I did not expect to be dead on at all, not even a little bit. And then there was a third time where I was by myself and it was - I wanna say, it was like 1946 or something, and my ability to guess the age of a book accurately dwindles very quickly after the 1920s onward just because like I said, I don't really collect books past the Great War,…

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“I just became overwhelmed with the feeling… my son needed me.”

"Tell us a time when a prediction you made came true. When one of our team -" oh, okay. I don't know that it was a prediction so much as - my son was 16 and his youth minister had lost a child, a baby girl, and they were burying her, and I had to work. I couldn't make it to the funeral, and I had let my son out of school for the day to be with his youth pastor and do whatever he could do to help his youth pastor and his wife out. And I was at work, two cities away, and I just became overwhelmed with the feeling of need. My son needed me. It was overwhelming, and I went to my boss and I explained to her what was happening with my son. It was his first ever funeral that he'd gone to, and it was a child and I just felt like my son needed me, so I called off the rest of the day of work and I went to the - at that time they were at the funeral - or at the cemetery and I went to the cemetery and my son saw me coming and he ran to me, and he cried like a baby. And I was absolutely right to take the day off work and go be with my son. That overwhelming feeling, not a prediction, just a feeling of need came over me and I am glad I went.

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“I think this is gonna be a good trip.”

So I'm recording this just because I've got some new plans for spring break that I wanted to share. Looks like I'm taking a road trip to New Orleans this week. My friend who I was rooming with in Italy texted me on Monday night asking if I wanted to join him. And yeah, I said sure. Pretty excited for it, I think this is gonna be a good trip. I mean, things have been really weird around East Lansing lately, and I mean, understandably. So it'll be good to get away. And to get away somewhere that's not, like, routine for me too, 'cause kind of my other option was to go home but, you know, driving back and forth between, or flying back and forth between New Hampshire and Michigan isn't always really the best way for you to get out of it all. It's just like, you know, I sit at home. I'm here and I spend a lot of nights just sitting in my room reading. Or doing homework. Or watching Netflix. And then I go home. And I spend most of my nights sitting around, reading, doing homework, watching Netflix. Maybe go for a nice walk in the woods every once in a while, but that's really the only difference. And I mean, I guess I have some friends going - but I don't know if any of them are going home for spring, so, I don't know. And I'm just glad to be kinda getting out of, you know, getting out of town a little bit and maybe getting somewhere that I'm not familiar with. That I'm, you know, getting out of my routine a bit which I think should help. Yeah, so we're, you know, leaving tomorrow night, driving down. He has some family in Louisville, so we're stopping there and doing a haunted asylum tour, which should be creepy and fun. I'm weirdly excited for that and it should be a fun time, even if it's a little hokey.

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“… The range of things that people did for a first job were really different.”

I do have a go-to ice breaker that a friend had told me about, and I used it - I guess the first time I used it, it was, we were running like an academy. It was called like Budget Academy where we were helping people at the university, like, learn more about how to do budget work. We wanted to do a icebreaker and the icebreaker my friend suggested is have people, tell them - say what their first job was, and something that they learned from it. And this ended up being this such a good icebreaker. I mean, some people went back and, you know, just talked about like, you know, babysitting or whatever. Some people had really interesting first jobs. One person that I later got to know really well, but she revealed that she, as a kid, like, her grandfather had a junkyard, and he would like pay the kids, you know, a small amount of money if they could get some of the things out of the cars that other people could use, you know, like removing the headlights or things like that that people could use in their car repairs. I don't know, she was just talking about that job, I thought that was really cool. And the range of things that people did for a first job were really different, and so were the lessons that they learned, so I've used that one more than once. Another one that I've used is "What was your first concert?" And we used that a couple of years ago at an office Christmas party. And we didn't really necessarily need an icebreaker. But, like, my - it was just a great way to get some conversation going, like with people's spouses, and, I dunno, those answers were really funny. It was like people had - people also had unexpected answers, you know, like somebody's first concert was an act we might think is a little lame, and my boss's first concert was, you know, like I think was, Ratt, you know, who did the song Round and Round. Well, you wouldn't know this if you were young, but I mean, it was just kind of like a stupid hair band and it was just funny to think of that being - her at that concert was just, I dunno, funny to me. So that was…

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“Whenever I think of jewelry, though, I think of my grandma.”

So whenever I think of jewelry, though, I think of my grandma, my dad's mom. We call her Nani. She always has jewelry and she loves to buy jewelry. She loves to buy sets of jewelry. So she won't just have the necklace, but she'll also have the earrings and the ring and the bracelet. She'll have everything. So she has been wanting us to go through her jewelry with her and sort of take what we want. And she's 90, and I think she's realizing that she, you know, is not wearing as much jewelry, maybe, as she used to and she's just thinking maybe we can be enjoying this while it's just sitting in her drawers or in her little jewelry boxes or whatever she has. So she invited my mom, my sister and I, my two aunts, so my dad's two sisters, and my cousin, so one of my aunt's daughters, over to go through some of her jewelry. And my mom and my sister and I were terrified of this experience because my aunts can be not very nice sometimes when it comes to things that might be worth something. We had this experience when their father passed away and there were some things that - it was not a nice exchange. Can I just say that? They both really, sort of, it was - actually, it was one of my aunts and another aunt who actually passed away, has passed away since then, who basically got into this very heated discussion, argument about some of the inheritance and it was just horrendous. So we're all just - not only are we, you know, will we be sad and really, you know, just very emotional when Nani passes, you know, my grandma, but we're just dreading having to deal with my dad's sisters and ugh. So, my mom's sister and I said to Nani when she asked us, she wanted us all there, and we said "Nani, you know what? You know, if there's something that you want us to have in particular, great. If not, you know, let the others go ahead and take what they want and, you know, we'll look at the rest of it," but she would not have that. She would not hear of that. So she asked us, you know, really sincerely if we would all come together and do…

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