Tag: Ramblings: Not-So-Bookish Thoughts


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 August, 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. I hope that heat wave we experienced last weekend is the last of the season. I’m so done with summer, you guys!
  2. So all I’ve been doing recently is working. Working, working, working. So much so that even some of my patients were beginning to wonder if I had any time for myself, lol. I did…the last two days, lol. It’s been so busy and heavy at work lately, and fairly short-staffed on top of it so you’re doing overtime and whatnot. Trying to think of it as travel money, but yeah, it’s exhausting. I am however planning on taking a week off later this month just to relax though.
  3. Last month was our admin clerk’s retirement party. It was a lot of fun–most of us turned out, particularly us part-timers (we all ended up at the same table as we’re the ones who work together the most)–but at the same time it was pretty sad because she’s so nice and she’s just such a fixture at the unit. It’ll be so different without her at the desk. But she deserves it.
  4. Us part-timers had so much fun that in fact we’re doing a get-together next week lol πŸ˜€
  5. Meanwhile I may have splurged quite a bit in the past month. Finally ordered from Baum Kuchen; no regrets, their stuff is beautiful and very well-made. My travel TN is all set for the next adventure πŸ˜‰ Bought the stuff under the guise of an early EARLY birthday present but anyway…
  6. I also bought an Anello knapsack and shoulder bag after eyeing it for quite some time (and no knowing the name of the brand until recently). It looks great and light and I can see how it’s set up to fit a lot of stuff. Of course now I’m also eyeing Gaston Luga for a travel knapsack. This just never ends, does it? lol
  7. Books I’m currently reading: finishing up Justin Cronin’s The Passage (it’s so slow ;_;), slowly reading through John English’s Just Watch Me: the Life of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 1968 – 2000 (it’s a chunkster of a book), and Oliver PΓΆtzsch’s The Ludwig Conspiracy (I’m not wholly familiar with German history, believe it or not, so this is a bit of an eye-opener alongside the historical thriller aspect).
  8. Another bummer about just working non-stop lately: all of my side projects fell by the wayside. My poetry book (so close to being completed), going through photos from my trip to post here, other stuff…
  9. School stuff also got pushed aside a bit as I have transfer credits and student card to apply for. I attended the orientation for my programme last week and surprisingly it wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be. Brownie points for this programme, it might not be so bad after all.
  10. My blog’s been acting up a bit, I’m not sure if you guys are experiencing it whenever you’re on it (pages not loading, hence why it takes longer for me to schedule stuff). But in other news I FINALLY added a My Books section for my poetry books πŸ™‚

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

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 11 July, 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. Down with this abominable heat πŸ™
  2. Still so so so sad Germany crashed out of the World Cup early (but I freely admit that they were not playing to the standard we usually see them at) but how shocking and crazy has this World Cup been? So sad that it’s almost over.
  3. So, an update: you know how last month I was bitching about the fact that I haven’t heard back from the other school that I applied to? Well I finally heard back from them last week and huzzah! I was accepted! *cue the champagne* Granted, it was a bit of a scramble as I had to immediately contact the other school that had accepted me months in advance in order to withdraw from their programme and accept the new offer. That also meant reapplying for a few other things, which pretty much meant my Friday was over and done with before I even got to work but I’m so happy that they accepted me into their program, they were my number 1 choice to finish my BScN at.
  4. Benefits of getting into this school? I won’t be at school for five semesters straight and I actually have my summer off! I can go places! *cue the confetti*
  5. So bad, yeah, I am already sort of ruminating in my head where to go. I actually do want to take a short trip (week tops) during one of my study breaks (likely the winter study break) to go to Amsterdam. Still just brainstorming but if I were to take a week-long trip, that’s pretty much the place I would go to.
  6. Shouldn’t be thinking about where to travel next so much seeing as I haven’t even sorted through the photos from my Portugal trip!
  7. Work’s been…work. lol. I have some stretches of days off coming up which is nice. Need a bit of a break, catch up with friends, catch up with projects and whatnot O_o Finishing my poetry book is still languishing there, waiting for me to get around to it #fail I’m clearly good with deadlines *rolls eyes*
  8. Books I’m currently reading: slowly reading through Justin Cronin’s The Passage–really eerie stuff. Not sure what else to read at the moment as I just recently finished Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible and am staring at my TBR pile figuring out what I’m in the mood for. N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season? Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys? Ehh, I’ll figure it out after my shift today…Watch it be something totally different from the books I have in mind… Edit: It might be Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys after all.
  9. Omg the fourth and final book in Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet is coming out in September. It’s been so long I honestly forgot about it :3
  10. One of my goals is to get all of my favourite books in hardback. A lofty goal, but there’s not that many books on that list actually. And I’m almost done as my hardback of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches arrived the other day πŸ™‚

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And that’s it from me! How are you? What’s new? Hope you’re having a lovely July! πŸ™‚

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 20 June, 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. I need another vacation, stat. lol
  2. No, seriously, I came back on the 8th, started back at work on the 12th, and this past week I’ve been working 5 days straight plus an overtime the first day because someone had called in sick for that night and we had no staff available to cover the shift. I was insane to take it but on the other hand I have bills to pay, lol. But it was also a bad idea in that I am exhausted. So much for feeling rejuvenated after being off for two weeks; thank God I’m off the rest of the week.
  3. My vacation was great though! Jam-packed with lots of walking but we had a lovely time in Portugal (and eating all of the pasteis de nata I came across along the way lol). The weather was weird though; we were expecting sunny skies and warm-ish weather (one of the reasons why I settled for visiting Portugal after a very dismal winter) but it actually rained most of the time we were there with temperatures below seasonal. Apparently it was their version of winter O_o Couldn’t complain, though; I just wished I brought a thicker sweater, lol.
  4. Seriously though, I may or may not already be planning my next holiday πŸ˜‰ Time permitting.
  5. In the meantime I am still waiting to receive a decision from the other programme I applied to. Like WTF that it’s taking forever and a day to receive a decision from this school, the other school is already demanding a down payment and documentation from me.
  6. So books I am currently reading: I just started reading Justin Cronin’s The Passage at work (after seeing the television series trailer and was intrigued by it). I just finished reading the Munk Debates on Has the European Experiment Failed? so now I’m figuring out what to read next. Maybe for something light I’ll finish Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series. Or read Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible. Hmm.
  7. For the first time maybe ever I didn’t really read whilst on holiday. Maybe it was because I was travelling with my dad, maybe because we took more buses than trains on this trip (I can’t read on the bus), maybe I was just really tired and spent all my extra time in the evening catching up in my traveler’s journal instead. But yeah, even on the plane to and back I didn’t really read and just slept the whole way through. Huh that.
  8. I forgot to cancel my subscription packs for Stickii Club at the end of last month so all 3 packs were renewed for June. Oops, lol. A happy accident.
  9. Hoping to get a lot of things done the next few weeks: finish editing my latest poetry project (which I was putting off for the last month or so), organising my room a bit (been getting rid of stuff), go through my travel photos, maybe get a haircut again…
  10. It’s just the start of the tournament but I’m still smarting over Germany losing their opening match ;_;

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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 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 πŸ™ Just a little longer though now…
  3. I’m so excited though πŸ˜€ Follow me on Instagram if you want to see pictures and impressions πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ™‚
  6. I also picked up a number of books recently (oops; so much for culling my bookshelves recently)–most of them on sale! πŸ˜› 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 πŸ˜› )
  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜› (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 πŸ™
  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 πŸ™

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