Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 5 August, 2020 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. Oh boy, I got so busy towards the end of the month that I even wasn’t able to type up a July Updates post. Oops. Not that I was posting much during the latter half of the month, but still…

  2. Restrictions continue to ease on my end, my province reopening in stages. Here in Toronto we’ve hit Stage 3, which means most things are back open again, albeit with new safety and health guidelines. Things are all in all looking a bit more normal but face coverings and masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces like shops and facilities. I’ve even ordered in, something we haven’t done in months, so yay! I remember what bubble tea and Greek gyros taste like again xD
  3. I’m also getting out again and socialising again! Just a few of the closest peeps though, also being mindful of everything.
  4. Like today I’m going to see my best friend from high school whom I have not seen since Christmas. We normally meet up every few months or so but last time she had to cancel because something came up. Shortly after the lockdown happened so yeah, we haven’t seen each other until now. I still have souvenirs to give her from m trip in January, lol.
  5. Co-workers and I have been commiserating these last several months how we had all these plans to travel this year: some had cruises booked, others had tours books. I had plans on travelling back to Europe after my exams had completed back in April but obviously that was not to be. We’ve all accepted that none of us will be travelling until next year at the earliest.
  6. But! It’s funny how life works because while my international travel plans were halted, I have been going out of the city a wee bit more. I’m a city girl through and through and while I’ve lived in other cities or travelled to nearby major cities in Canada in the past, I’ve never gone to the places in between. So for example I went Port Perry for the first time at the end of June to go fishing (something I also had never done. It’s a comedy, I tell you, but I got the hang of it). So visiting what’s outside the city I live in is a joy in itself.
  7. I should be slowly starting some kind of study plan to study for my NCLEX next year (God willing I get through next school year intact and the pandemic not kicking up another fuss) but in the meantime I’ve made some headway in my writing projects! I just might churn out a new poetry collection before the end of summer 😀
  8. I actually just finished a few books so I’m figuring out what to read next. How did I accumulate this many chunksters in my to-read pile?! Might go for something light like Mary Jo Putney’s Loving a Lost Lord but that’s a digital copy so I might look at the physical books on the to-read queue. Choices, choices…
  9. I logged in to NetGalley for the first time in ages because I needed to send off some well-overdue feedback of eARCs read way back when. In the process I requested for a whole bunch of eARCs and now have a couple sitting on my to-read queue. What have I done?!
  10. I took almost a week off work starting today just to take care of things that fell by the wayside (omg last week was bad, barely exercised, everything I wanted to do went on standstill because of work or whatnot). I also want to take care of my eczema, which has been pretty bad this summer, popping up where it normally doesn’t…Am actually revisiting my diet to see if there’s something I can reduce, eat cleaner, see if it makes a difference. We’ll see.

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And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 18 June, 2020 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. Life, eh? lol since my last post…Well, still following lockdown measures although things are slowly starting to reopen here now. I just want things to be normal enough that I don’t have to be as worried leaving the house, you know? Like, the worry lingers in the back of your mind. I just want to be able to run an errand or see someone without thiking about hand hygiene (to my already eczema-ridden hands) and possibly encountering the virus somewhere (I live with high-risk people at home) and whatnot.
  2. I’m starting to miss eating out at restaurants lol. The occasional bubble tea. Pizza. Haven’t had any of that stuff in a while lol.
  3. Work also continues although I’ve started taking more days off. I want to enjoy my summer a bit, work on creative projects, take care of myself more…
  4. On the plus side, I was working on a project proposal at work and my team was approved for funding! Quite a surprise as we had submitted it before lockdown so my colleague and I completely forgot about it lol (the results were delayed because of the lockdown and the reduction of non-essential services). We’re so happy and proud of it, especially as it’s nursing-led 🙂
  5. I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my last Bookish post but I’ve started exercising regularly since April and it’s been such a help. I’m not dying as much as before at work, and I did lose a bit of weight. So yay that! Going to try and mix it up soon enough between different kinds of exercises (right now it’s mostly crunches-type and squats and the like, so more pilates-style) but I’m also a creature of habit sooooo…lol.
  6. Books I’m currently reading right now: I’m finally reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance trilogy! Only took me how many years? lol. Looooooooved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, book one in the trilogy, so now I’m on to book two, The Broken Kingdoms. I’ve also slowly started re-read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. Will this be the summer of reading chunksters and epics?
  7. I had to re-purchase The Inheritance trilogy as an ebook because of the omnibus was huge and hard to read in bed. I think I’m of the mind now that while omnibuses are a good idea, it’s not practical as a physical copy to read.
  8. I guess I’ve been quite productive, I’ve also been writing more lately, finally getting back to some old writing projects and finishing them up.
  9. I received my my Polene purse in the post a few weeks ago. It’s so beautiful, you guys, I can’t even begin to say. The craftsmanship is amazing.
  10. I’m thinking of taking a break from social media again. We’ll see.

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And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 13 May, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 4 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. It’s Nurse’s Week here in Canada, almost halfway through the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and all we got is COVID *rolls eyes*
  2. In all seriousness, I’m doing okay, my family’s doing okay. For now lockdown and social distancing measures continue, although my province is slowly beginning to reopen businesses but in keeping with physical distancing. Sounds like emergency measures will continue until the first week of June so more of the same will remain. Work remains cautious, though policies keep changing every week. Anyway.
  3. Kinda sucks how all this happened this year as this year has a number of milestones in my family and it seems celebrations have been placed on hold (fancy restaurant-style celebrations, anyway). That meme that says we were expecting the roaring 20s and instead got the Great Depression hit a little too close to home.
  4. Classes eventually ended last month, but my God, even with the switch to online delivery and all the talk about making it easier for us because of all the uncertainty happening about COVID and work it was still torture to complete the semester and then go through final exams. So done with everything tbh.
  5. Because I’m not heading to Paris any time soon (had lofty ideas for my trip last month to have a long layover in Paris, but of course all plans were then cancelled) I bought myself a purse from Polene. It’s going to be so pretty when it arrives.
  6. Books I’m currently reading right now: well I’m slowly re-reading The Lord of the Rings when time permits. I need a bit of comfort reading in my life right now. Edit: I’m off for the long weekend, maybe I’ll marathon LOTR? Also started reading Albert Camus’s The Rebel. Not sure what I think about the book so far.
  7. My review won’t be going live until the end of the month but I would say John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History is essential reading. I know we have the advantage of hindsight, but the progression is similar (despite the fact that the 1918 H1N1 and COVID-19 are of the same coronavirus family), the uncertainty, the human response.
  8. I started exercising regularly a few weeks ago. I’ve always been meaning to but somehow I never kept to a regular schedule either due to external stressors or events happening but so far I’ve managed to incorporate it to my everyday routine. While perhaps physically it doesn’t seem like much has happened, I do feel a lot better, lighter if that makes any sense. I’m not as dying during rounds now at work lol.
  9. Now if only my creative projects would just get going, life would be grand.
  10. Ahahaha I caved after exams last month and watched Tiger King. My God I couldn’t believe half that stuff is actually going on in the US…I have Unorthodox on my list of things to watch yet despite it being only 4 episodes long I have yet to watch it. Maybe this weekend?

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And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 1 April, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 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! Sort of? I’ve started scheduling a few posts here in an effort to catch up on what I’ve been reading, inject a bit of life here and express what I’ve been thinking and reading. Of course it won’t be the same as before, but I will try very hard to reply to comments and whatnot. See if I can blog hop a bit, time-permitting.
  2. With everything that’s going on, I ended up breaking my social media blackout for Lent. It’s hard being off it at a time like this when digital communication is the only way to stay connected with other people, see information and what’s going on outside of what’s on the news right now. Just need some streak of positivity.
  3. On a not terribly positive note, Twitter still looks like terrible, populating my feed with posts that other people liked. WTF, if it I didn’t need Twitter for this blog I should just delete my account. FML.
  4. Since my update post, nothing much has been happening (har har, guess that’s what happens when you #stayhome and maintain social distancing). Work continues to ramp up with new protocols and policies in anticipation of COVID-19 hitting our system, but I really hope it doesn’t come to it. It’s already pretty hard, hard to do our routine, provide care, and on top of it now there’s all these other things to consider, not to mention your own safety.
  5. I’m hitting the last weeks of the semester, which is pretty quiet after the onslaught of midterms and assignments the last few weeks. My university moved to online delivery pretty fast so lol. I’m just prepping for exams…and I’m supposed to be working on a final assignment for another class 🙁
  6. On the other hand because of this mini-break before exams, I’m starting to take care of other things like this blog, updating some other journals, finally going through my travel photos (just might be able to post them here in the next month or so). So yeah, slowly getting a lot of things done amidst all of this. It just sucks I won’t be able to celebrate my friend’s birthday next week and stuff like that.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Italo Calvino’s The Complete Cosmicomics, at long last. Read a few of its stories in the past but now I can read the whole thing 🙂 I also started reading Carl Jung’s Answer to Job which was recommended to me. Should be interesting.
  8. I don’t know when this is going to happen but I’m thinking of re-reading the first two books in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy before delving into The Mirror and the Light. Colour me excited 😀
  9. I was working on an upcoming poetry collection before midterms slammed me in the gut. Unfortunately that went into a standstill because I realised I didn’t have enough content for that collection and will now have to figure out a way to re-organise what material I have. Again. It’s pretty dizzying when you have to go through how many notebooks with how many years worth of poetry. It will be done, one way or the other, but I’m holding off until after my exams to properly look through them.
  10. With all the extreme weather we’ve been experiencing and the stress of the last few weeks, my Lenten plant died this year. So I bought some succulents to spruce up my space:)

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And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

An Update

Posted 20 March, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

Hej! Long time no post!

Yeah, my hiatus ended up much longer than I had planned; life has been very busy these days for me juggling so many different facets. And on top of it right now we’re in the midst of a pandemic with COVID-19. If you’re following me on social media you’ll know that I took a hiatus there at the start of Lent back in February and I plan on maintaining that until Easter. My blog however is not part of that hiatus; if anything, this is like a drop in!

So yes, I’m okay, my family’s okay. My city’s in a partial lockdown in that schools, daycares, community events, public places are closed. My university–like all the others–switched to online delivery, which doesn’t really impact me so much until finals as this was enacted just as I finished my midterms (FML; survived those). Most people are working from home, but I work in healthcare so I’m going to work when I can. It’s eerie taking public transit to work sometimes, seeing the almost empty streets and subway cars during rush hour. Felt like a Sunday, except it was a Wednesday. Because of the nature of the virus, it is scary not knowing if you already have it, how symptoms may present in one person and the next would be asymptomatic, how badly it has hit other places in the world. A lot of my plans have been affected as a result of what has happened but I hope we’re doing what we can to stem the tide.

In the meantime, I hope to start scheduling some blog posts here again: school and work has really affected my reading these days but I’ve read a ton of stuff since the last time I posted here.

Until next time, stay safe! Hope you and your loved ones are well under the circumstances and are taking care.