Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 23 May, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 5 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 need my vacation, stat.
  2. Work has been…busy. Nothing quite says ‘Happy Nurses’ Week!’ early this month like a heavy and busy week at work, my body was done after that five-day stint. I wish I had gone on holiday right after exams but it was due to family scheduling and tickets that it didn’t happen. But I can see why I initially wanted to go right away, I can feel myself getting burned out. Ugh, not a happy feeling 🙁 Just a little longer though now…
  3. I’m so excited though 😀 Follow me on Instagram if you want to see pictures and impressions 🙂
  4. Slow going in updating the blog and editing my next poetry collection but at least I’m getting other shit done, like organising the mess I made as a result of the school year being as nutty as it was. The piles are lessening, as are the things I had been meaning to get rid off. I just might have everything cleared off before I go on holiday -_-;
  5. Okay, I may have broken my no-spend profusely recently, but in my defense that Sailor 1911L fountain pen was calling my name with the beautiful blue colour. And the blue travelers notebooks I have been eyeing forever: the standard one (which I got on sale!) will be my travel one for now on and the small passport one will be my wallet 🙂
  6. I also picked up a number of books recently (oops; so much for culling my bookshelves recently)–most of them on sale! 😛 Finally got my hands on books like Amara Lakhous’ Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet, which has been on my wishlist for ages. I think it’s safe to say I’m more or less settled to-read list wise for this summer? (I know, I know, us bookworms and our never-ending TBR lists, but seriously, I know I’m busy otherwise 😛 )
  7. Speaking of books, books I am currently reading: Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate (started reading this at work during my breaks but I highly doubt I will be able to finish reading this book before my vacation starts) and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (fascinating way he wrote this story but I’m very much intrigued so far).
  8. Two major dilemmas the closer I get to my vacation: it’s not the packing that stresses me our, or calling this place and that, or budgeting, or the prospect of flying (not afraid of flying). It’s deciding what fountain pen and what book to bring, lol. I finally settled on both, thankfully: the Kaweco Student for my fountain pen (last year I brought my Lamy, but in the past year I decided that my favourite pens are the Sailor, Platinum, Kaweco, and TWSBI. Alas I have to bring cartridges as it would be a pain, not to mention impractical, for me to bring a bottle and draw it up there. Then I’d have to deal with issues like air pressure and packing it) and Blake Crouch’s Black Matter (when it arrives in the mail, lol).
  9. Much as I enjoy skimming articles from Bustle.com and Girl Boss and other blogs of interest, but why is it that all these sites are geared towards people in their 20s? Lists like “Things to do before you turn 30”, etc., thanks, I am in my 30s xP Where are all my sites like these but for those in our 30s?
  10. I miss my url. Should I buy it back? lol

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And that’s it from me! How is everyone? To all my fellow Canadian readers and bloggers, I hope you had a lovely long Victoria Day weekend 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 25 April, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 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. Guess who’s back?! Took something of an inpromptu hiatus (despite constant reminders that I was slowing down on the blogging scene) as it was just so busy these last several weeks: if I wasn’t dealing with a bajillion assignments for school, I was at work. So yeah, juggling between the two was pretty insane and downright tiring. But I finished my exams earlier this week so huzzah! Done for the semester and done with this programme!
  2. Unfortunately it seems my hustle back and forth between work and school has taken a toll as I got sick over the weekend and was writing my exams with a stuffed nose, a painful cough stemming from my chest, and feelings of lightheadedness. Not fun, suffice to say.
  3. So, aside from nursing myself back to health and work aside, I’m taking the next two weeks to catch up on all the shit I had put on hold because of school. Bookshelves to reorganise, papers to reorganise and put away, papers to shred, blog posts here to catch up (heh), a poetry collection to edit (oh boy, that one was supposed to be done months ago)…But I can take my sweet time, nothing’s too pressing.
  4. Well, it would be nice to finish editing the poetry collection and sending it off through Lulu for proofing.
  5. In happier news, I’m going on vacation next month! I initially planned on going right after exams (which now I realise was a good thing I didn’t since I’m so sick) but due to scheduling with the rest of the family, my trip got pushed off to the end of May. Which is okay, gives me time to do whatever, catch up on stuff. I’m heading to Portugal for two weeks with my dad (who hasn’t gone on a trip for quite a while) so be prepared to see a lot of photos on my Instagram then 😛 (I needed a sunny destination too, after the ice storm and all the other gloominess we were thrown with over the latter half of the winter).
  6. Other than that, no other plans for this summer other than work. Fun, lol. I am thinking about later this year though…
  7. Guys, I haven’t read much these last several weeks/few months. It makes me very sad 🙁
  8. So books I’m currently reading right now: still going through John English’s first volume on the life of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, lol. Maybe now I’ll be able finish it now that classes are done…Still debating what to read next. Maybe Julia Quinn. I’m in the mood for some light reading before diving into some of the heavier reads on my TBR pile.
  9. Other things to catch up on: Thor: Ragnarok! I swear everyone but I have watched it at this point…(And then I can watch Avengers: Infinity War, hehehehe)
  10. What happened here in Toronto on Monday was very, very sad, awful, and frightening that it happened. I don’t frequent that area and I don’t live close there but nonetheless it’s awful 🙁

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And that’s it from me! How is everyone? What’s new with you?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 21 March, 2018 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. Is it April 27th yet?
  2. No, seriously, I’ve been so busy bouncing back and forth between work and school that last week I finally said no, I need to take care of myself too. Last weekend I had no shifts scheduled so I told myself no, I’m not picking up, I’m going to take it easy, I’m going to focus on my homework. Not sure if this is a good sign (in terms of awareness) or a bad sign (that I clearly don’t know what school-work balance is) but there you go. I’m close to losing my mind.
  3. Of course I say that I’m going to take care of myself and take it easy and then suddenly I’m not 100% okay over the weekend. It wasn’t full-blown not feeling weel but I wasn’t at my best, either. Of course that would happen when it did *rolls eyes*
  4. I’m also moving units again. It’s confusing for everyone, including myself, at this point and a lot of factors went into the move (again) but I think that’s it for now. No more moving around lol.
  5. Despite of the stress and whatnot, the no-spend is surprisingly holding. Yay me! 🙂
  6. Books I’m currently reading right now: I’m still slowly going through John English’s first volume on the life of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (aka the superior Trudeau IMO), been too busy reading other nonfiction that’s school-related to focus my energies on this tome. I’ve started re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (review) because I’ve been wanting to re-read LOTR for a long while now and with Tolkien Reading Day coming up this weekend, I figured why not?
  7. I finally read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express! That was quite the read, so glad I finally got around to it 🙂
  8. Despite my lack of reading as many new books, I have been doing a bit of re-reading. For example, I re-read Kate Clanchy’s poetry collection Samarkand (review) and William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (review). Always a wild ride, that play.
  9. How is it the remainder of the books on my TBR pile are all 500+ page tomes? lol. Kind of hard to pocket that for work, if you know what I mean…
  10. I’ve got “El Tango de Roxanne” stuck in my head thanks to the following program. Perfection *hearts* I must’ve watched it how many times and it just amazes me every time–their performance, their skill, the emotion:

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And that’s it from me! Wishing everyone a lovely week 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 14 February, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 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. Y’all, I need a proper day off, like, stat O_O If I’m not working, I’m at school. Why am I doing this to myself?
  2. Since February 1st I’ve been taking part in InCoWriMo — International Correspondence Writing Month. It’s been a lot of fun sending out letters and catching up with correspondence…Not to mention it’s something completely different from the usual school and work fare I’ve been going through lol.
  3. Took a bit of a break last week from my no-spend (I was really sad, okay?) but on the upside I went a whole month without buying anything 😀
  4. Books I’m currently reading: Mary Balogh’s Someone to Love. I recently finished reading Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer so I don’t have anything to read at work or school right now. Oh, and I started reading volume 2 of Monstress but haven’t gotten far because I keep falling asleep when I settle in bed. Oops.
  5. I’ve been too busy to actually sit down and watch any of the games but yay, go Canada (re: the Winter Olympics) 😀 And once again I am reminded at how flawless Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are; they’re so synchronised, they’re practically floating on ice <3
  6. Absolutely gutted to hear the news last week about Johann Johansson passing away. His compositions were so unique and brilliant and his album “Orphee” is not only one of my favourite albums EVER but it’s just absolutely inspirational. Just so so sad 🙁

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And that’s it from me! Wishing everyone a lovely week and a Happy Valentine’s Day (and start of Lent if you’re practising, haha; so weird that both fell on the same day this year) 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 24 January, 2018 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. Back from hiatus (sort of)! I hope everyone is having a lovely January so far and that your Christmas holidays were wonderful 🙂 Mine was, albeit peppered with work (but that’s okay).
  2. Despite the holidays though, I was so frustrated because of school. They said they kept our holidays intact and yet they placed assignment deadlines on and around Christmas -_-; And after New Year’s of course all the other deadlines started streaming in so I was pretty pissed…And then of course there were exams last week and this week so yeah, I just want this month over with, to be honest.
  3. Some news right before the New Year: I got a permanent part-time position at my hospital! Yay, no more worrying about where I will nab another temporary part-time and reverting back to a casual status. I’m also heading back to the medical rehab unit, which is also yay but at the same time I’m a bit sad that I didn’t stay at my old unit longer as I really enjoyed working with the other part-timers there. But anyway, onward and upward, right?
  4. So since January 1st I’ve also been on a no-spend, which has surprisingly held up! lol. Sure, there’s been that moment where I was thinking about something but so far I have been strong, haha (and saved some money along the way). Yeah, there should be a reprieve somewhere for a bit, but in the meantime it’s been good and I’m using a lot of the stuff I have on hand so that’s a plus 🙂
  5. Remind me the next time I’m offered an overtime shift to make sure I’m not working a day shift the following day? I worked two overtime shifts last month (day/evening) but the second one was brutal, I was dragging myself through the following day shift. Never again (as much as possible), 16 hours is too much for one person x_x
  6. Unfortunately because I’ve been so busy with schoolwork and mounds of application forms and whatnot, I haven’t gotten around to editing my next poetry collection. I initially wanted to release it in February (heh, does that give you a hint as to what that collection is about?) but yeah, that’s not happening and I don’t want to make a rush job of it. Besides…
  7. …I’m still promoting my second poetry collection, Of Frost and Fury: Poems Written in the Land of Volcanoes and Giants 🙂 It’s a collection of poetry I had written while I was in Iceland last year, and I had put it together incorporating photos I had taken during the trip. So that was good fun; you can find out more about the process in this post) I had finalised it sometime in the December amidst shifts at work and assignments; coupled with the Christmas holidays, I reckon it went under the radar considerably.
  8. Books I am currently reading: Robert Ostler’s Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World and Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love. Why do I have so many “hefty” books on my TBR pile at the moment? I need something light to read, lol…
  9. I was sort of catching up in preparing some content here in the blog for the next bit (changes are a-coming; see next week’s January Updates post) but I realised that next month will hit 11 years blogging regularly. I know I say it every year but time truly flies…
  10. On a final note:

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And that’s it from me! Wishing everyone a lovely week 🙂