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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 πŸ™‚
  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! πŸ˜€
  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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ (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 πŸ™‚
  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? πŸ™‚

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?