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Mild summer days

28 Mar

Been back home for three days now, and halfway til I go away again. It’s been a real lazy summer, minimal reading, planned to only see one friend, a scheduled visit to the internet provider and then getting my hair fixed afterwards. Okay, that was supposed to be done today, but then it was a little cloudy. In fact it showered, very briefly. But I can use any old excuse to stay at home. 

Most of my time is wasted with playing Best Fiends. I did watch a couple of episodes of The Wire but today it is just laying back with them kitties, being a cat bed. I’ll sort out some of my books and see what I can bring along to the salon tomorrow. 

Holidaze

30 Dec

It’s been almost two weeks since I came back home. This pretty much sums it up:

I have at least managed to meet my 2016 Goodreads Reading Goal (16 books) due to a feverishly paced reading of All the Light We Cannot See and me remembering to add a book I probably finished this year. 

Right now I am halfway through Sophie’s Choice and I’m hoping to get it done by reading around a hundred pages per day. That aim had been foiled for the last couple of days, but I’m determined to achieve momentum so that it’ll be the first book I finish in 2017 with much time to spare so I can read succeeding books at a leisurely pace. (The natural choice for the next book is Primo Levi’s memoir The Periodic Table.) I have no illusions for when work resumes in January: definitely I will be immensely busy preparing graduating students for external exams. Thankfully I wasn’t given any test setting duties for the internal exams this time around, and will only serve in vetting a couple of tests. 

I have one week here, and due to my laziness and procrastination, I have to sort out my affairs within three days. Or two, ideally. I still have to collect documents and see my flat, which I have not laid eyes on at all yet, and then ask about having it leased for a couple of years because I lack funds and time to get it furnished. I have yet to see a rheumatologist to speak about an alternative to the oral corticosteroids that I have been taking to manage my auto-immune condition. I have not much hope in the latter, because the probable alternative – immunosuppressing anti-organ rejection drugs – just might mess up with my egg cells. I don’t plan on having kids yet,but I don’t want to have to come to a point where I have no choicr about my own fertility either. But still it’s something to discuss with a specialist. 

It’s New Year’s eve tomorrow. How quickly time passes. 

Holiday denial

8 Dec

Just one more week before I fly back home for the holidays. I think this will be my first Christmas home in four years. Previously I had spent those in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a little weird to be spending it at home again, without him. 

Maybe a little change is good for the both of us. I’ll see him again in June, this time in his part of the world. I’m excited because I’ve never left Southeast Asia, lol. Germany is gonna be a whole new experience. 

Anyway, exams are done although markings aren’t. I’ve been a little lazy and had procrastinated a lot. I just couldn’t seem to get into the zone, lol. I have to, now, or I just might have to spend the long weekend with papers. :(

I haven’t progressed much with my readings because…. I’ve been marathoning Bondi Vet. Well, I’m only six episodes shy of finishing the available season on Netflix, so I will be resuming reading Dictator once again. Hopefully. 

Still not decided whethere I should change my reading goals or not. Probably not. I’ve still got a lot of unread Penguin Little Black Classics anyway. Lol.

Long weekend

4 Dec

It’s another long weekend, this time courtesy of the paranoia about the protests in Jakarta. I won’t be complaining because that’s one less day of work for me. Anyway, not that it mattered because I still went on Saturday for extra class for those who wanted to revise for Monday’s test.

So it is Sunday now and the weekend was spent mostly watching Bondi Vet on Netflix. Season 1 was produced as far back as 2007. I’ve followed a few vet reality shows on NatGeo and Animal Planet, but Bondi Vet is different in that they actually included clips where animals died or had to be put down. Pretty distressing sometimes but that is the reality in an actual vet clinic, I guess. You get dogs that get run over. :( Kinda sad but that keeps it real.

I’m still reading Waltzing with a Dictator, but only a few pages at a time. I have a four-book backlog on Goodreads, and I’m a little torn about changing my reading goal to something more achievable. Let’s see. I still got three weeks left, anyway.

I’ve had some cycling of moods recently. Mostly sad because of something that happened a week ago. But yeah, shit happens, I should be able to get over it, etc. The problem is I have a tendency to dwell, and sometimes it is difficult for me to pull myself from a rut. The only thing that would likely help is to have  a routine with activities that can keep me busy and productive, instead of just lying around and thinking of things that cannot be changed. So yeah, I’m trying to catch up on an EdX course that I am currently enrolled in, and then work on my bullet journal later. Cooking also helps keep me busy, although I get annoyed by the fact that I always seem to forget to buy something I had meant to get. Like yeast for my homemade pizza. Lol. Also mozz for said pizza. I suck. Especially since I blow money every time I do the groceries, and then I end up not getting what I need.

Ugh.

Goodbye, weekend.

16 Oct

Just finishing up with stuff before bed, Billie Holliday singing in the backrgound. The problem with me is I should have done the work earlier today instead of after dinner. The same for listening to music. It gives me such a pleasant feeling, no matter how bittersweet the song is, that I just want to keep the music playing. But of course I can’t do that: tomorrow is the start of another week, and tomorrow is particularly busy. Tomorrow! I’ll give it my all… tomorrow!  

I haven’t been keeping up with bullet journalling lately. Yes, I did attempt it last term, and it at least helped me be mindful of tasks and goals, but I often fall behind when there is a disruption (such as a holiday) or when I got so much work (such as the start of last week). So yeah, gotta make time for it again tomorrow. It would be a shame to not put all those Muji stationeries and supplies I splurged on while in Singapore. Lol. 

Also, I ordered a couple of books from bookdepository.co.uk. I’m a sucker for email promotions: 5% off. I’m expecting The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway and Asano Inio’s A Girl on the Shore (Girl by the Sea when it first came out as a scanlation) in a few weeks. Early birthday treat, I guess.

Me get lazy one day

25 Dec

Merry Christmas.

There’s a new Oyasumi Punpun volume out, so I guess it’s indeed a merry Christmas.

I’ll put off the depressive reads for tomorrow. Lols.

After weeks of not watching anything but random episodes of Survivor Season 25 because I was so busy with work, today I watched five episodes of Glee and four of American Horror Story. I’m up-to-date with my guilty pleasures. Yay. o// Okay, AHS was great this season. Looking forward to the rest of it come January.

I’ve completed my reading goal of 40 books this year. o// x2. I’m doing 60 in 2013. Good luck to me, rite.

Two more weeks here back home. It’s weird how there’s a strange feeling of emptiness when one gets what has been longed for. Hrm. Anyway, I shouldn’t be complaining. As Brad said, “(Louie) Dog’s the only way to stay sane.” It’s nice to be able to just be lazy with a dog at your feet. (He’s too big to be a lap dog, sadly.) Life’s good, if you take the time to appreciate it.

Note to self. Lols.

Also, this one is so nice I have to listen to it more than twice.

Jakarta bookshelf

3 Dec

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Nice and crowded. :D