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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016: A Year in Review



That time of year again, folks!


1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Completed my thesis. Achieved a Master's Degree. Go me!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I said this time last year: "I never make resolutions. I just continue to live each day as it comes, and be grateful for what and who I have in my life. And to keep laughing."

I kept those. And I will continue to keep them.

Although I will confess to deciding to get fitter and healthier in 2017; I've even signed up for a 10K run. Not sure if ambitious or insane...


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Aww man, I can never remember this! Let's see. Ex-colleague WW (who I still miss dearly) had her second child. Did anyone else pop this year? Nope, I'm pretty sure that's about it.


4. Did anyone close to you die?
A. Nan. Not related by blood, but I've known her pretty much all my life, and she and Ma were bosom friends. She passed after a painful battle with cancer. I miss her, but have found peace in knowing that her suffering is over.

Although...speaking of deaths...what the hell, 2016?!


5. What countries did you visit?
First time in India! Spent a long weekend in Bangalore with Doof. Absolutely loved it!
Went to Malaysia (Melaka, to be precise) with Nekowife.


6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Wahahah still my driving licence! I'm such a lazy arse, omg. And now that I've become an Uber addict...what's the point of getting my licence, really? So much better to be chauffeured around. XD


7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?
I don't remember dates all too well...perhaps that's a factor in my dismal History grade in school! Let's see anyway, hmm. August 19th is a good one! Was my birthday, had loads of fun with friends and colleagues, came home (alright, I staggered home) to find my certificate had arrived. So yeah, that's a good date.


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My thesis. While still working full-time. Again I say, go me!


9. What was your biggest failure?
As always, I failed to stop procrastinating. But stop procrastinating I shall! Starting in the new year, methinks...


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than a few sniffles here and there and a bout of the 'flu, nothing much. Well, I did have a really bad episode of depression, but I'm now much better at dealing with it, or at least reaching out for help. I'm so blessed to have such a great support system.


11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new MacBook. Not that I've used it much; I've been so involved with so many other activities!


12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My standard answer: Mum and BabyGirl. The Niece and nephews are pretty great too, and I'm always so proud of them.


13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Wow. WOW. I can't even begin to talk about this! A couple people I'm related to have displayed utterly appalling and disgusting behaviour, and it's so very disappointing. I feel sad for them, but after what they've said and done to my loved ones, I'm not going to bother trying to make amends. They've burned that bridge good and proper.


14. Where did most of your money go?
Uber, for sure. Watched several concerts and plays this year, and tickets for those aren't cheap either!


15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting to see Nekowife again! Getting to see Doof again! Ah, good times.


16. What song/album will always remind you of 2016?
Ya know, I think I'm going to scrap/change this question from next year. I don't associate music with the year. I associate it more with...people? events? feelings?


17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Oh, happier for sure!
b. Thinner or fatter? Wow. Definitely thinner. I lost about 10 kg in a couple months. To make it sound more impressive, that's a whopping 26 and a half pounds! 
c. Richer or poorer? Hmm. Richer, I would think. Less debt, more savings.


18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading. I participated in a Reading Bingo with Crisis, and well...didn't manage to make a bingo. I did read lots of fanfic, but my stash of unread books is getting larger and larger...


19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Slacking off. Procrastination will be the death of me. Unless I'm procrastinating that too!



20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?
Oh, Christmas was busy, and just absolutely lovely. Couple weeks before Christmas, my team and I went out for dinner and drinks, and boy, was that an amazing night!

Got a half day on the 23rd, so was back by noon! Which meant that I actually had time to get stuff done and even have a nap. I actually slept at night on the 23rd, which is quite unheard of; it's almost tradition at this point that I don't get any sleep on the 23rd!

Christmas Mass was pretty early this year; we attended Christmas Eve mass, and then the whole clan assembled at Mum's as usual for supper and gift opening. Our neighbour (best neighbour ever!) cooked dinner for us, so Mum got a wee bit of a break.

Christmas Day itself was spent sleeping in, and then I went over to Bella's folks' place for lunch. Bro picked me up from there to go visit my Great Aunt, and we spent a lovely evening there.
Boxing Day was pretty busy too! Brunch with Auntie MM and her family over at Banana Leaf Apolo. Came home, napped with BabyGirl, then Mum's friend Jenn came over for dinner. Another late night!
Whew, that was a long rundown, and it's not even over yet!

Family Xmas party at home tonight, so that'll be a late night. And since we're on the topic of partying, tomorrow is NYE, and there'll be drinking and staying up late...so Sunday has been designated the Hangover (and watch Sherlock!) Day. And Monday will be spent on Recovery & Regret, before going back to work on Tuesday...


21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Ok seriously, this is a ridiculous question, especially in this day and age. Who actually spends time on the phone?! Most of my calls are just quick ones, not actual chatting. But I did text and IM a lot!


22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Nope. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm even capable of falling in love anymore...unless we're talking platonic love, agape, storge, etc. in which case, yes. Lots. Over and over.


23. How many one night stands in this last year?
;)


24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Stranger Things, hands down.


25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
'Hate' is such a strong word! Well, last year someone's mere presence annoyed me, and this year...still. Those couple people I mentioned earlier? I have no time for them any more.



26. What was the best book(s) you read?
Hmm. Sycamore Row by John Grisham, which is the sequel to A Time to Kill, was fairly interesting. It didn't grip me as much as A Time to Kill did, but it was still a decent read. I think Animal Farm was the best book this year though. I read it as a kid, but it makes a lot more sense as an adult. And with 2016 being the year it was, I figured some Orwellian dystopia, especially this one, was appropriate.


27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I've made several this year, one of which is that there are several country songs that I really, really love...
I discovered several artistes, e.g. Jake Owen, Chris Janson, The Glorious Sons. I rediscovered my love of Green Day. Thank goodness for Spotify!


28. What did you want and get?
To get to see Nekowife! A new laptop.


29. What did you want and not get?
More holidays. More sleep.


30. What were your favourite films of this year?
This one's easy: Deadpool
Followed by Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oh and Finding Dory was good fun too. As was Ghostbusters.


31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Oh man, I'm now old enough to buy an HDB flat as a single! I had drinks at D10 with colleagues and Bella & Misstsy, then headed over to Crazy Elephant. Got home to see that two things had arrived for me: flowers from Doof, and my diploma.


32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More travel, perhaps? This year has been...terrible, and yet...I'm still really happy.


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Casual chic. Or so I like to think. XD


34. What kept you sane?
Music. Again, thank goodness for Spotify!


35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
It seems my heart still belongs to Chris Evans...



36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The US election. What a farce.


37. Who did you miss?
Hmm. My BabyGirl, especially when I was out of town.


38. Who was the best new person you met?
I did meet a few new people, but...nobody worth writing home about, methinks.


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Something that I first heard on Supernatural; although it's something I learnt a long time ago, this year it really hit home in so many ways.

"Family don't end in blood...but it doesn't start there either."


40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
This one could be seen as sad and depressing, but to me, it's inspirational and so motivational. And so very true.

You only get one life, so you'd gotta live it.
You only get one heart, so you'd better give it....

Don't matter how long we're here, it's never gonna be long enough. 
It ain't about the amount of years; it's about the amount of love. 
It don't matter if you're 18, 45 or 91; no matter what we do, we're never done. 
Everybody dies young.


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2017. Let's do this.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Writing Schmriting

So much for writing something every day for Wrisomifu! If I can't even do Wriso...how on earth will I ever do Nano?

But on the plus side, the reason I haven't been writing isn't because of anything bad. I've just been so delightfully busy that I haven't had to time pen down my thoughts! Well, okay fine, I do admit to a lot of just pottering about, but in my defense, I have been doing loads! Stuff with the family, dinners and drinks with colleagues, hanging out with friends...my life has been filled with awesome.

As brilliant as my life is, I still think 2016 has been a crap year for everyone I know. Yes, there's been tons of good, but so much bad has happened this year, and it does seem like it's been one helluva tragedy-filled rollercoaster ride. I'm glad it's coming to a close!

That said, final week of 2016, and I'm feeling somewhat introspective. I shall have to do my annual round up here soon.

But I am le tired.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday also blah

I woke up feeling even worse today. Did NOT want to come in to work. Thing is, lots of work to be done today, so I dragged myself in.

Managed to get the important work out of the way, but I think I'll leave early and work from home the rest of the afternoon. I'm knackered!

Last night, I picked up my copy of Cursed Child again, but had to reread it from the start, as I'd lost track of what was going on. It's an easy enough read, but it's a bit odd reading a script; I'd much rather have watched it on stage. What threw me off as well was that there aren't classic stage directions in it; when I read a script, I expect stage directions! There was also a fair bit of interpretations of actions. I don't quite know how to explain it without actually quoting it (and therefore potentially spoilering. Then again, it's been three and a half months...I guess spoilering it is fine?), but it just felt like an amateurish script. It was very reminiscent of the works that my classmates and I did for our literature and drama projects back in school.

That said, I did love the story, and I really do have to watch it on stage some time! The London production's pretty much fully booked well into next year, so I'll just have to wait and see.

So yes, I kept up my end of the pact...Nekowife hasn't finished it yet - she's only got about 10 hours to go before the deadline is up!

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I'm halfway through the second season of Gilmore Girls. I think I have 117 episodes to go. Each episode is approximately 40 minutes long. So that would be about 4680 minutes worth, which is 78 hours. Which is 3.25 days.

See kids? Maths is useful; stay in school.

Yeah, I'm not going to finish watching all of them before the revival episodes are released. But believe you me, I'm going to make a valiant effort! I'll keep you updated on my progress.

In the meantime, I might have to succumb to my humanness and actually get some sleep during the week.



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I just realised that I don't actually have a tag for Harry Potter. I shall rectify that immediately.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday blah

I woke up late this morning, feeling terrible. I mean, sure, partly it was the staying up late, but I really didn't stay up all that late! I went to bed about 1, which is pretty much par for the course for me.

I slept through like five alarms this morning.

When I woke up, I was still feeling really tired and achy though. Really hope it's just a cold and not the flu though! Finally managed to get myself out of bed and out of the house, and arrived at work late.

Ah well.

BabyGirl was funny this morning though. As I was getting dressed, she kept looking at me with this look of confusion and betrayal on her face. How dare I get ready to go out without her! But then I told her that it's Monday, and that I have to go to work...to which she kinda just smiled and then settled back into bed. She looked so snug and cosy that I was sorely tempted to go right back to bed and curl up too!

Pretty quiet day in the office today. Management is out for the week, and a couple others are on leave, so there are only 6 of us in the office today. And it's the 6 who don't generally make too much noise in the office.

I would've been more productive today if I hadn't been so tired all day. Also, it's been raining since morning, so all the more I just want to be in bed. Also, Monday.

Didn't help that I didn't drink coffee til the afternoon. My first drink was a Lemsip. Just disgusting, but I think it did help a bit. Then I had a milo, because I was feeling incredibly cold. Brought my cardigan home a couple weeks ago to wash; kept forgetting to bring it or another one into the office. So today, I'm ill, plus it's raining, which means I'm just feeling colder than usual!

I'd say something about having an early night tonight, but we all know how well that plan always works out for me...

Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day.

Oh, and also. Nekowife reminded me earlier that tomorrow is our deadline for finishing Cursed Child. I guess I'll just have to read it tonight! Which means...less TV watching tonight, which means I might not make that 25th of November deadline....ugh, so many fun things to do, so little time!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday - the day of rest

Started out with not much rest - Helper is off today, so I took care of BabyGirl in the morning, and got her ready for church. The parents left about 11am, which meant I had the rest of the day to myself!

So of course, as any self-respecting adult would do when left to their own devices on a Sunday, I:

- ordered a pizza
- ate aforementioned pizza
- made popcorn
- ate aforementioned popcorn
- binged on Netflix
- stayed in my PJs pretty much all day

I'm well into season 2 of Gilmore Girls now. I'm not sure I can hit my target of finishing it all by the 25th though!

But I did manage to watch more than I'd thought I would - the family stayed out a lot longer than I'd expected. How lovely to have the place to myself, what a rare occurence!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm feeling all bloated and tired. Whose bright idea was it to have all that pizza and popcorn anyway?!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday - the day of Pre-Rest

What a slooow day today. Lazy weekends are the best.

Spent pretty much the whole day just vegging out and watching Gilmore Girls. I've just finished Season 1, and I gotta say, it's really interesting watching this from an adult perspective.

I never quite got into this show, not like Misstsy did - she absolutely loves it - but it's nice to revisit it anyway. Like I said though, it's interesting!

Also, baby!Jared Padalecki is adorable.

Did I mention this earlier? I think I did. I'm trying to finish watching all of it before the revival on the 25th. That leaves me...ack, only two weeks to go! What makes it tricky is that I can't get Netflix in my room, so I have to hang out in the living room, which means that I'm also at the disposal of the family, which means lots of interruptions.

I'm also coming down with something - I might just have caught a cold from BabyGirl and Ma. Hopefully I can kick it soon!

Nothing much else to say, I gotta get back to tv-binging now anyway.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Something Strange

Oh, what a lovely evening it was!

It started off really hectic - Ma needed to go to the dentist, so I brought her and BabyGirl across to the dental clinic about half past ten in the morning. However, they said they were fully booked, and walk-ins would have to wait for a few hours at least. Went to a different dental clinic, where they were also pretty busy, but they could free up a 3pm slot. I took that slot, but we went to a different dental clinic, just to check. Turns out that door number 3 was also busy, and it looked kinda dodgy as well, so we ended up just having breakfast, and going home to rest.

Oh, and the rain was super heavy today! Bro came home so he could bring Mum for the afternoon appointment - I had an appointment of my own to keep.

Yesterday was Kay's birthday (omg, she's 16. She's so old. I cannot), and we'd made movie plans for today. She'd already seen Doctor Strange, but she did say she'd like to see it again. So off we went to watch it.

It was amazing! Benadryl Cumbersome really blew me away with his acting and the visuals were just incredible. I generally can't watch 3D movies because of 1) glasses, and 2) migraines, and boy oh boy, there is NO way I could have gotten through this one in 3D. This one would definitely have induced both nausea and migraine. I'm feeling somewhat nauseated just thinking about it!

It is SO much fun hanging out with Kay. I enjoy our conversations and banter so much, and there's nothing like watching a geek movie with a fellow geek.

After the movie, we both grabbed Starbucks (yay, Sbux Xmas drinks!) and meandered about while talking about Supernatural. I'm so thrilled to finally have a RL friend who's into the same shows I am! We were just geeking out for a while, and talking about the show and the characters.

Before we grabbed coffees though, Kay had asked if there was a stationery store anywhere around, and there was. So after we finished our coffees, we took a break from geek talk for a while to...uhm...nerd out a bit more. About pens and notebooks.

Ended up buying a couple pens and a small sketchbook for her, and four pens for myself.

Mmm, new stationery makes me happy.

Which reminds me, I mentioned that I got my 2017 planner - the 2016 yearly planner is the first one that I've had, that I've actually used to the end of the year! - but I'd gotten too distracted with the Harry Potter pretty to post a picture of my new planner.


yes, I've already started writing in it

So anyway. Back to Kay and nerding out.

As we made our way to an easier Uber pick-up point, we started talking about Supernatural again. We were talking about the character Lucifer, and which Lucifer was our favourite.

(spoiler alert for those who haven't actually seen it - but if you haven't seen it by now, you prolly never will - Lucifer was played by three different actors who are all part of the main cast)

So there we were, walking across the road, and I was talking about Lucifer in my normal speaking voice (read: loud). Kay shushes me because...look, we were talking about the devil in public - Supernatural fans probably get really weird looks from people when they talk about the show.

Me being me, of course, I just started going on and on about how much I love Lucifer, I can't decide which Lucifer is the best, how good-looking Lucifer is, yadda yadda. Kay tried speeding up slightly and was all "I don't know you!" to which I just slung an arm around her shoulders and continued talking until we both just cracked up.

And here's an awww moment - Kay then admitted that she'd missed me.

Altogether now: Awwwww!!!!!

And I'd really missed her too. Is it weird that I enjoy hanging out with someone half my age so much? Then again, some of the people I enjoy hanging out with are more than twice my age, so I guess age really is just a number.

I'll prolly drop by some time next week to pass her my Harry Potter books. She wants to read them! Oh, this makes my geeky little heart so very happy.

I don't know if I should envy her or pity her, for not having to suffer through the years of waiting for the next book to come out. I mean, she won't have to suffer the agony...but I made such good friends and read such good fic in the interim!

Hmm, I should start pulling up the fandom classics for her to read too.



...wow, I'm a nerd.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Old friends really are the best

Met up with Sof today for dinner. Wasn't sure our plans were still on...that woman is worse than me when it comes to replying to texts!

For some odd reason, Sof suggested meeting at ION. So we did.
Then she admitted that she wasn't quite sure why she suggested that place - it was far too crowded for either of our tastes!

Ended up going to Wheelock Place. And as is the case with Sof and I, we ended up at a standard place for both of us - Cedele. Hey, keeping it simple. It was either that, or sushi.

I figured I'd peruse the menu only to end up ordering the same thing I always get - to my surprised, I actually tried something new!

Always brilliant catching up with Sof. And we even made tentative plans to meet up in a couple weeks, before she goes off on her end-of-year hols. It's a long-running joke between us that our annual quota for meeting up is once a year, and this year, we've far surpassed it! I think this was the third, maybe fourth time we've met up this year. How shocking

Ah, 'tis brilliant to have such wonderful friends.

Also, I'm really, really full now.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WTF USA

Watched the US Election results today while I was at work.

I felt sick to my stomach watching it.

I had to take a painkiller because I felt the onset of a migraine.
(ETA: I later found out that Shoes got a headache too).

What an absolute shitshow of an election.

To make matters worse, I've discovered people around me who...well, who would've voted for the Donald if they could vote. Being anti-HC is one thing...but they were actually supporting some of the ideologies of the Donald. Which makes me sick.

The only thing that manage to make the day a little better was that Doof is in town, and we met up for drinks.

I'm not sure what exactly made it better: Doof, or the G&Ts.


i think it was more the G&Ts. Mmmm.


Went to the Esplanade after, where we said hi to Bella, had another drink and three different desserts, all while enjoying the spectacular view.




It helped to momentarily forget the absolute shitshow that was this year's election. But I have the privilege of being able to forget about it, no matter how temporarily. My heart goes out to those who don't quite have that luxury.


We really are living in interesting times.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cursed Pact

Unbelievably, I've had my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for ages now. I'd actually started reading it, but for some reason, I just could not get into it. Perhaps if I saw it on stage?

The stage performance in London is fully booked well into next year, in case anyone's wondering.

Anyway. Nekowife hasn't finished reading it either, so we pretty much made a pact that we'd both finish reading it by the middle of the month.

Which leaves me a week to finish it. It really shouldn't be a problem. I enjoy reading, and I'm a quick reader.

Thing is, I've just been so not into reading lately. I'm in the middle of several books, and I have tons just lying around waiting to be read.

The only downside to not having a commute any more is that I don't have my commute-read now. It really was the best time to catch up on my reading.

I guess this means that I just have to go on a beach holiday soon - the last beach weekend I went on, I pretty much read a novel a day.

It's such a shame too. I love this universe, and I've missed it so very much. I think it's just getting used to the post-HP series? After all, I was one of the subscribers to EWE aka "Epilogue? What Epilogue?" Now give me a Marauders-era story any day. Pre-series stories are my weakness.

Which reminds me. Fantastic Beasts opens next week! I wonder who I should go with...hell, I'll just go alone. Judging from the trailer, Eddie Redmayne looks like he makes a good Newt Scamander.
I'm looking forward to that!


But first...I really gotta get round to reading that cursed screenplay.