Category: Miscellaneous


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!

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 December, 2018 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. She is allllllllllive! I finished the semester on December 12 with my last exam then, which was an absolute relief because I was so done with the semester. I dunno, it was just assignment and examination after another, and I really didn’t care for any of the essays I was writing so it made for a rather miserable experience. I was clearly spoiled during my undergrad in discovering a field in history that I loved and was passionate about lol.
  2. Work continues to be what it is *shrugs*
  3. But then starting last week it’s been non-stop Christmas celebrations when I’m not working, lol: met up with two friends so far, tonight I’m going out with my coworkers, and then over the weekend it’s my brother’s birthday and then meeting with another friend. It’s not even Christmas and I’m already hovering over food coma status x_x But it’s all fun, lol, it’s good to sit back and celebrate and catch up with friends 🙂
  4. In the meantime, bwhahahaha, I can finally catch up on a whole bunch of other stuff that fell by the wayside because of the end of the semester…like this blog! Not that I had been reading much the last few weeks (DDD=) but there are book reviews I had been meaning to post for some time now. So hopefully I can get those typed up and schedule them out. And reply to comments before the end of the year!!! Pretty sure I have a few dating back to September… =3
  5. My writing also fell by the wayside the last few months, both poetry and prose.
  6. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  7. I know as book bloggers and voracious book readers that we say we’re going to make a dent in our TBR piles, but I really hope I do in the next few weeks: I think because so much has been on my mind the last few months and I was just so preoccupied bouncing back and forth between school and work, I felt like I was in a book slump when it came to reading. I didn’t read much except for some poetry and when I did read prose, it was non-fiction (I guess to balance all the nursing theory and general theory that I was being bombarded with). So I’m really hoping to take a step back and relax with a book the next little bit (also helps that I took a week off in January before school starts. I need that break).
  8. Speaking of breaks, my travel plans for February have been pushed off due to some unforeseen offline issues that my family’s been dealing with. Fingers crossed I can get a break at the end of the second semester.
  9. In the meantime I’ve started prepping my 2019 analogue system. Quite fun! More about it in the new year 😉
  10. I really need to get back on a no-spend of some sort. Kinda went at it HARD the last few weeks with the spending and all the deals and whatnot #oops

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? Have a happy holidays! 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 7 November, 2018 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. Since returning from Reading Week last month it’s been boom-boom-boom with school and midterms and papers due. I don’t remember it being THAT hectic, WTF? It was an endless carousel, so sleep was buh-bye for me and of course, silly me, I still picked up a few additional shifts at work. Talk about trying to run myself to the ground #facepalm
  2. I want to say I have a reprieve this week/sort of next week but actually I don’t: I have a presentation and head-to-toe assessment to prep for, a paper to start, and boom! Final exams x_x Thankfully this semester went by fairly quickly…
  3. My coworkers are such a joy though in how supportive they are with me back in school and all <3
  4. But yeah, I don’t know if it’s a mix of the current patient population on my unit or my busy-ness with school and work but the last few shifts I had were absolutely tiring. Actually had a bit of a scare last week as I thought I had pulled a muscle somewhere from transferring or assisting a patient with care. The stuff of nightmares; I was so happy I was off the following days after (even if I was working on a paper), give my body a break from that kind of physical exertion. Happy to report I’m okay now *thumbs up*
  5. I wish I was going away on a short vacation after exams are done but I can’t. It’s okay, I am eyeing Reading Week in February…
  6. Books I’m currently reading: started Noam Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies, seemed like a timely read. I also sort of started reading Sarah Beth Durst’s The Reluctant Queen as I did finish the previous book, The Queen of Blood, last week. Nothing else at this time as I still have a stretch to study for with school (watch me change my in depending on my mood).
  7. Yet despite of all of this busy-ness, I bought a ton of books recently. Anna Burns’ Milkman, Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes…Can’t wait until my Christmas holidays so I can start reading it all 😀
  8. I know it’s super early but I want to start filling out Christmas cards 😀
  9. My new favourite account right now: @effinbirds (Twitter // Instagram)
  10. I just caught up reading the news for today (Wednesday): what the hell–? (namely the press conference and Jim Acosta’s White House pass being revoked)

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

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 October, 2018 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. Thank God I’m on Reading Week. The last two weeks have been torture. Sure, I’m slowly sifting through a ton of schoolwork right now, but at least I’m away from school/the classroom. Getting through some of those lectures have been tedious…
  2. Meanwhile I picked up some shifts over the past weekend, nights namely plus an overtime right before Thanksgiving. So guess who spent most of Thanksgiving sleeping? #thisgirl
  3. Honestly though I’m still working on what it means to have some kind of work-school balance. Because school is boring me at times and I’m so tempted to pick up shifts here and there because a) money and b) my schedule is looking sad af these days but then I have to remind myself that I have a tendency of overreaching (which I think I’ve been doing lately and that’s why I’m feeling so burnt out). It’s a vicious cycle.
  4. Last Friday was my birthday, which was spent mostly running errands. However my family and I had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Scaddabush which was nice. It was all in all a rather quiet affair, as have been some of my previous birthdays.
  5. On of my birthday gifts this year, wheee. Don’t think I’ll get around to reading this any time soon but it’d be super cool to re-read the first three books before getting aroudn to the last one…
  6. Books I’m currently reading: Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation (absolutely fascinating!), Catherine Merridale’s Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin (kinda meh so far as it’s reading more like a standard Russian history textbook rather than focusing clearly on the Kremlin), and Deborah Harkness’ The World of All Souls 🙂
  7. As you can see I’ve been in a non-ficiton sort of mood. I think it’s because of all of this theoretical readings I have to do for school.
  8. One of the big ponderous things I’ve been going through the last few weeks is what my analogue set-up is going to be for 2019. Exciting stuff, but also a touch stressful as clearly I’m the type of person who works with more than one planner over the course of the year. Anyway I picked up my stuff yesterday (including a Hobonichi Techo *_*) and am looking forward to getting ready for 2019! 😀
  9. A coworker got me into pumpkin spiced latte. Why haven’t I drank these previously?
  10. I have book giveaway happening right now. Ends Sunday night!

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And that’s the ehhh of what’s going on with me lately. Back to schoolwork for me now. How are you doing?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 12 September, 2018 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. School’s back! It’s okay…so far. Not terribly freaked out compared to my bridging programme and that orientation from the other university that I was accepted to before Ryerson offered me admission (now THOSE were massive information dumps designed to petrify), but then again these are early days. I reckon things are going to pick up soon enough (Edit: Well, it’s sort of starting too, but at least I’m not as panicked as last year) but for now it’s okay, it’s good to be back at some kind of university setting.
  2. So August was hella busy for me. Work was insane because we’re so short-staffed and it’s summer so many people went on vacation; worked overtime and how many days straight…
  3. …and then I played hard, lol. The latter half of the month was littered with social events: get-togethers, meet-up with friends, a retirement party for some nurses on the other unit I used to work at, another potluck at my home unit…It was crazy, but it was fun. Never thought myself to be a social butterfly but after working all those shifts, yeah, I just want to sit down and chat lol.
  4. So now it’s back to finding a balance between school and work. I’m bummed that my availability is cut in half (not that it stopped me from picking up a shift tomorrow; FAIL) and of course that means that my pay is substantially lower than what it used to be but on the flip side I don’t want to make the same mistake I did at the end of my bridging programme where when I wasn’t at school I was at work and that nearly broke my brain ;_; So yes, trying to find that balance (and sticking to it!)
  5. Books I’m currently reading: I started reading Carolyn Ives Gilman’s Dark Orbit as my transit reading, lol. I’m also reading Francis Fukuyama’s Identity: the Demand and Dignity of the Politics of Resentment, which has been really interesting so far. Oh, and some of W.H. Auden’s poems on the side 🙂 He seems like an autumn-y read to me.
  6. Even though I haven’t been reading as often as I used to, I have pre-ordered a number of new books recently (including what will be my brother’s birthday gift to me, lol (this has been a regular practice for the last few years now lol)) which is pretty exciting. Should however curb back on the spending again since my hours aren’t as much as it used to be and I should try and catch up a bit with my TBR pile…
  7. Curious as I am, I don’t pick up any books about the 45th President of the United States. I did however pick up Bob Woodward’s Fear as, well, it’s written by Bob Woodward. I may actually start reading a bit of it tonight (should I dare).
  8. I caved and bought this knapsack last month. I love it, cannot wait to use it on my next trip 🙂 (I’m still using my Anello knapsack, by the way; I’m just using it for school, which is perfect because it’s quite spacious)
  9. But despite of the busy-ness, I finally released my third poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency! It’s been a long time coming…More info about the book here on my blog in another week or so and it should be available on Amazon, the Book Depository, etc. in a few weeks but in the meantime you can pick up a copy on Lulu.com 🙂
  10. So many book-to-television adaptations coming out soon! For example, Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (A+ for using Max Richter’s music in the second half):

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And that’s it from me! How’s your September going? 🙂