Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 22 May, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. I’m back! I think I’ve more or less settled back to the routine of it all, which is especially hard after coming back from Europe. When I came back it was actually pretty hard because I was greeted by stress at work, some weird-ass developments in my personal life, and of course I got super sick 🙁 That was not fun.
  2. But Europe! My brother and I had so much fun dallying around the Netherlands, a day at Belgium, a few days in Iceland, and layovers in Germany. Checked out a lot of art while in the Netherlands–van Gogh! Rembrandt! Vermeer!–and of course the beauty of Iceland’s landscapes. Our day trip to Brussels was also a highlight, wish we had more days to spend wandering around Belgium <3
  3. And the food…omg…

  4. And now I’m itching for another trip, maybe a weekender. It sounds crazy but 25% of me is like “It’s feasible.” lol we’ll see xD
  5. Meanwhile, I bought three books while I was away, which is like two more than what I usually do, lol:

  6. Books I’m currently reading: I’m still ever slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I think this will be my major summer reading project to tackle, lol. Still figuring out what else to read…Likely will settle on Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me which I picked up while I was away…Also started Winston Graham’s Warleggan but I haven’t gotten far in it
  7. Speaking of stories, so we’re finally free: final episode of Game of Thrones aired last Sunday. I was on board until halfway through episode 8.04 when
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  8. All this frustration has reminded me why I don’t really watch television these days. Oops.
  9. Going back to an earlier point, so on Instagram people are starting to talk about summer getaways and I’m like “;_; I’m just working this summer, FML” (and probably reducing my hours a bit as well to work on my own personal projects/reorganise my goals and my life). So maybe said earlier point of a mini-vaca is an actual possibility. Ahhh!
  10. It would be nice to catch up with everything at some point…

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And that’s it from me for now! How have you been?

eclectic tales is back!

Posted 15 May, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous, Travel / 2 Comments

I’m back! Meant to post this sooner but I was busy when I returned to Canada on the 10th and then I got sick shortly afterwards (still recovering; spent the last few days in bed weak AF spurred further by my irritation over the crap writing from the latest episode of Game of Thrones *shrugs*). But anyway, I’m back from almost two weeks bouncing around in Europe lol (so much so that Rogers (the company I’m with for my phone) stopped messaging me after a while telling me about their roaming fees, ahahahaha), namely the Netherlands and Iceland but with some day trips/layovers in Belgium and Germany.

Fingers crossed I will properly post about my time there at some point here in my blog (I know I said this about Portugal and then never did. Oops. Still sifting through those photos to be honest!). But in the meantime I did post a bit over at Instagram 🙂



Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 21 March, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Is it the end of April yet? =/
  2. I attended this exhibit some two weeks ago which was wonderful: Monet! Pissaro! Degas! Cassatt! Van Gogh! I wish I had spent more time–I had work that afternoon so it was basically a drop in to the exhibit and then left–as I would have liked to wander around the permanent collections. Alas, maybe next time.
  3. School continues to be a bummer, although I’m liking my ethics class. All this group work, I don’t understand. I don’t understand, almost all of us in this programme has some concept of teamwork since we work in the field in some capacity, so why keep shovelling the group work business? Especially as most of us have different work schedules? I’m getting a twitch now every time I have to deal with this, omg…
  4. Work has also been a bit trying lately. It was hectic in February, sort of eased off at the start of March, and now it’s back to full-on madness. There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around at my workplace because units are moving and opening so I’m seriously considering moving. Again.
  5. Actually, can I just win the lottery? Pack up and take off and that’s that.
  6. Speaking of taking off, almost all of the details of my trip have been set. I usually have everything set a lot sooner but because of school and work and my overall mental exhaustion, it’s taken longer lately for me to just carve some time to hammer everything out. Most of the logistical headaches have been sorted out so suffice to say I am excited now 🙂
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I recently finished reading Myke Cole’s The Armoured Saint, re-reading William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the comic Thor: The World Eaters written by Matt Fraction so I’m looking at my TBR pile as to what to read next…It’s deadline season so I’m trying to keep it light. Sort of.
  8. Yup, reading has slowed down again because of everything. Which is a bit frustrating but sometimes I’m just too mentally tired to engage in anything. How do you guys unwind when you’re stressed or life in general is just being too extra?
  9. On the plus side, prompted after seeing the longest for this year’s Woman’s Prize, I finally read Anna Burns’ Milkman. Review will be posted next week but at least I can say I read one of the books listed this year? Hahaha.
  10. Did I mention I can’t wait until the end of April? 😛

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s your March going?

Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 20 February, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. So what about this month so far? lol, it’s been busy as always, juggling school and work. I can feel my patience and my temper beginning to fray quite a bit–school’s been a bit of a bore/nuisance with the group assignments (whhhhy) (except ethics, I like ethics class), work has been very stressful as our unit has gotten heavier on many levels. I know my self-care’s been on the low end and I’ve been trying to take care of myself more in between but gah, it’s hard.
  2. In a boost career-wise though, I found out that I will be representing my unit at the nursing advisory council that’s held every month. I had applied for it on a whim last month–all the talk about leadership and whatnot at school and with everything happening on the unit recently had me thinking about stuff–and it’s exciting and different beyond bedside nursing.
  3. I’m on Reading Week now, thank God. Spending the week either working (what’s new) or going out for lunch and dinner with friends–yesterday was with a good ol’ friend of mine, tomorrow will be with two of my favourite people from work, lol. Oh yeah, and I’m doing schoolwork in between. No biggie. lol.
  4. I happen to find myself off this Saturday (a rarity; I usually work weekends) so I’m attending a Travelers Notebook meet-up at Wonder Pens’ studio shop. I’ve seen these kinds of events happen elsewhere (and posted on IG) but I’ve never heard of such a meet-up here in the city so despite of being such an introvert, I’m pretty psyched to do this. If only I knew which notebook to bring
  5. Speaking of meet-ups and whatnot, I saw Olafur Arnalds live at the Roy Thomson Hall earlier this month. Olafur Arnalds is one of my favourite composers so to watch and hear him perform some of his music live was such a delight. None of my favourite pieces were performed, alas (“This Place is a Shelter”, “partial” off the new album), but a) “Near Light” was performed, which was a joy, and b) I may have almost lost my shit when I heard them perform “Beth’s Theme” from Broadchurch. Ahhhh!!!!
  6. So guess who just booked her holiday? Yaaaah Lianne’s off to the Netherlands and then to Iceland at the end of the exam period (end of April and into early May) *throws confetti* I’m going with my brother; it’s my graduation gift to him (as he will be finishing his programme then) and a bit of R&R before he writes his board exams (he really wants to go to Iceland, hence it being part of the trip. As for me, I don’t mind going back to Iceland). Suffice to say I can’t wait until April rolls in, lol.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I’m kind of still debating actually. I think I might read The Saga of Icelanders next to get into the mood of my trip, but I don’t know, I might go with N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. We will see. Meanwhile I am reading the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns; am hoping to get through most of the comic book stack before classes (and midterms) start up again.
  8. Another major thing I’ve been doing this month: #InCoWriMo! For the past month I’ve been writing letters to people all over the world–as well as catching up on my own correspondence–which has been a nice break from everything. And it’s so much fun receiving mail from everywhere as well. It’ll be a while to catch up again, I suppose! lol
  9. I want to see this exhibit. I’m hoping I can squeeze this in sometime next month.
  10. This song has been on repeat for the last month, even though it reminds me more of summer lol:

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s 2019 been treating you so far?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 16 January, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Food coma. That is all 😛
  2. In all seriousness, my Christmas holidays was good. Lots of events happening on top of Christmas and New Year’s with family birthdays and then a whole slew of Christmas meet-ups/get-togethers but it was a lot of fun, I was happy to spend my downtime with these people in my life 🙂
  3. And when I wasn’t going out for Christmas lunch or dinner, I was working, hahahaha. I worked Christmas Day and Boxing Day (evening shifts) so that gave me leeway to take New Year’s off. In previous years I have worked New Year’s Day–usually short-shifting from evening to day shift, FML–but this was the first year I actually said Nope, I’m taking time off and spending it with my family. And I did 🙂
  4. Alas, back to the grind now. School resumed this week, sad face. I’m taking three courses this semester and one of them is shaping up to be a bit of a head stomper so yeah, this semester should be fun #cries #sarcasm At least I got the professional course that I wanted (a requirement for my degree) in gerontology (as I already work with the elderly population anyhow).
  5. I’m trying to keep my work schedule to a minimum/whatever’s on my master schedule. It’s going to be tough as we’ve been consistently short-staffed these days and of course there are people moving *tear* But an opportunity sort of came up too within my hospital and I’m trying my hand with it.
  6. Books I’m currently reading: been reading/finishing up Mikhail Zygar’s All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin which has been a fascinating read of recent Russian history and politics. Spent the last two days wholly engrossed with Deborah Harkness’ Time’s Convert so I’m looking at my TBR queue for my next fiction read…Maybe Dominic Smith’s The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos?
  7. In continuation with my project to acquire all my favourite books in hardback, I got Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night and The Book of Life recently, which completes my collection of her books in hardback (realised I forgot to add The World of All Souls in that photo, oops). Now I have two books left on the list (Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South and Ian McEwan’s Atonement in case you were wondering).
  8. I also spent my time off trying to catch up here and organising myself for projects I want to work on this year. Bit tricky as balancing school and work already takes up a lot of time, and honestly my momentum here has been snail-like at best (even though I’ve said I’m reverting back to blogging casually). It’s hard, half the time I’m wondering if I should just retire my blog altogether. Most of the people I keep in touch with are on my Instagram anyway, and honestly I’ve never had a very big reading audience to begin with. I don’t know, I guess I’ll feel out how this year goes.
  9. Speaking of blogging, yeah, clearly I’m never going to post about my time in Portugal, now am I? I haven’t even pressed to grab a copy of the raws (the photos) from my Dad. Oops.
  10. But hey, my writing projects *fingers crossed*

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? Have a lovely week!