Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Balancing the scales

The thing about supermarket carts is that you have to pop in a dollar coin to get them unlocked, and as we all know, the locks don't always work or if they do, the wheels are all wonky, and it's just a general pain in the arse. (Not complaining though; they're far more convenient than a basket!)

So the other day, I was at the store, with my dollar coin in hand, but I couldn't get the cart released. I saw a bloke returning his cart, so I asked if I could just get that one. I handed him my dollar coin in exchange for his cart. He examined the coin and walked away quickly. As he was walking away, I then realised that the coin that HE had put in was a fifty-cent one.

Yes, I was really annoyed by this. It's not that I got cheated out of fifty cents; that doesn't matter to me. Hell, it's not even enough to get a Thai milk tea ice cream cone from McDonald's (which are the bomb, have you guys tried that shit yet? SO. GOOD.)

It's the principle. Where's the integrity? Are you really that hard up for fifty goddamn cents? Is this your standard modus operandi? If you can keep swapping out your fifty-cent carts for a dollar...well, that's one way of turning a profit, I suppose!

But yeah, that left me not only feeling disgruntled, but also with a strange unsettled vibe around me.

Getting Haagen-Dazs tubs at 3 for $28.90 helped somewhat. Plus I found the last two coffee flavour ones, so that was some comfort.

Still felt grouchy though...

When I was returning my cart, the disgruntlement returned full force, because I would've gotten out the fifty-cent coin...but just then, a family passed me, and the father (or at least, I assume that's who he was) was about to get a cart. I looked at him, he looked at me, and I offered my cart to him. He offered me a dollar coin, but I waved that away, told him no worries, have a good evening, and walked away.

Now those of you who were keeping track of the maths would realise that I would've only been out fifty cents, but by giving that away, I was pretty much out a dollar.

(I was also planning to use that dollar coin to pick me up a Thai milk tea cone, but then couldn't...but I also had 3 pints of Haagen-Dazs, which is a trade I could live with.)

My point, after taking you on that long and verbose route, is that I countered the bad juju by putting out some good vibes into the Universe. Balance was restored, I felt settled again, AND I had coffee ice cream.

All was right in my world again, and that's what matters.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Avengers: Infinity Phoar!

-- spoiler free --

Watched Avengers: Infinity War yesterday - rushed down after work to watch the earliest show possible.

After all the build-up, all that excitement, all that suspense... I wasn't disappointed. I've read some reviews that seemed that some people didn't like it all too much, but I just loved it.
It's always interesting to see how closely the MCU movies align with the comics (or how far they deviate from them!) and quite a few moments in this one were expected... but I still found myself oohing and aahing and laughing and crying....

As always, this blog remains spoiler-free. So this is all I'm going to say:

Rawr!!! far so good.

Wow, would you look at that. A third of the year has just gone by... Where was I when this was happening? ...oh right, I've been busy. So here it is, first (and hopefully not only) post of the year.

Moved in to my new place in January, and I must admit, I've been loving it. My own space, to do my own thing, in my own time... it's delightfully indulgent! I still have a bit to do with the place, but it's all minor things, really. All the major stuff has been done. Someone commented that it doesn't look like a new place, in that it looks so homely and lived in. Pretty much everyone who's come over has said that it's really cosy. Which is pretty much what I was going for, so yay, success!

It's pretty terrific to be able to just loll about if I want, or engage in a bit of midnight baking if I so wish, without getting in anyone's way (or anyone getting in mine!) I've baked a fair bit since I've moved in, I've hosted several parties, I've had friends over a few times...I've discovered that I quite like having people over, and that much of my entertaining skills I've been fairly good with the regular housework, I've been prompt with the bills. Oh my goodness, will you look at that. Somehow or other when I wasn't paying attention, I turned into an adult!

But no worries, I'm still me. I still stay up way too late; I sleep in all the time; I spend way too much money on vices and not enough on proper groceries; I still think a pint of Ben & Jerry's is an acceptable dinner... Toys R Us might be going out of business, but I'm still not gonna grow up.

Work's been ramping up lately, and it's only going to get busier. I'm both dreading and looking forward to it! At least I'm getting a wee bit more support than I used to. Although, with more support sometimes also comes more work...

Lots more on my plate coming up... I have another 10K run scheduled in about three weeks. How is my training going, you ask? Dude, I haven't even started. I'm still me, remember?

That said, I have been walking a lot more lately, and cabbing a lot less. And I almost always walk up the stairs to my place instead of taking the lift. So...that's sorta keeping fit?

So yea, 2018's been pretty kind to me so far. I miss Babygirl tremendously, but I still see her at least once a week. She's such a sweetheart, honestly. She celebrated her birthday last Saturday, and we had a lovely party for her. As always, Mum really astounded us all with the feast she whipped up.

Well, that's it for now - breaktime's over, back to work it is for me.

Til next time, good!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017: A Year in Review

Like I said, this year went by in a hurry, didn't it?!

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Rented a private island for a long weekend. And big milestone - I bought property!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Pfft resolutions. Does anyone actually keep them?
I'm making two for 2018 though:
1) read more. Now that I have my own personal library, I have the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee (or wine!) to enjoy a good book.
2) Journal more. If not on this blog, at least a line a day on my One Line A Day journal.

Let's see how well those go, yeah?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nobody I'm especially close to, but, let's see. (Ex) neighbour's daughter had her first (it's a girl!) and a couple of my colleagues had new grandkids. So there's that!
Also, just found out that my cousin is pregnant, so I'll be adding her name to this list next year!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, nobody I'm close to personally. BIL's granddad passed away last month, RS' ex-wife (lovely lady, I'm glad I got to meet her) earlier this month, and A. Jen's dad breathed his last on the eve of Christmas Eve. May they rest in peace.

5. What countries did you visit?
Let's see. Malaysia - first time in Cameron Highlands (hey, another first!). I went to Jakarta, Indonesia (OMG yet another first!) to hang out with Uncle L & Iona. And then again to Pulau Pangkil.

I'm waiting for this project to be completed before going on a proper holiday. In the meantime, I'm happy with short breaks and long weekends. :)

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
What is this, the third year in a row that I still haven't bothered to get my driver's licence? Then again, I've been busy with loads of other things, and I've accomplished so much, so...meh. I'll eventually get my licence, but in the meantime, I'm Ubering and Grabbing my way around town.

(also, a love life would be fun. then again, part of me really can't be arsed to deal with a partner hehe)

7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory?
Not so much a date per se, but more of the entire experience? The Mitches rented a private island for a weekend, as a surprise destination celebration for a 50th birthday, and the party started here in Singapore, with the party bus. At 7am. Complete with smoke machine, blasting music and strobe lights. All the way to Tanah Merah, where the party continued on the ferry, and then the long car ride, and another boat ride...Bonfires on the beach, falling asleep under the stars, enjoying an amazing fireworks show. Ate too much, smoked too much, drank...just the right amount. It was an epic weekend with an epic crew.
And we've decided to make the island getaway an annual thing; that's how much we loved it!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Oh. My. God. Buying a damn HDB flat. And I did run a couple 10K races this year, so that was fun.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Yikes. I guess it was a failure to save up enough, and stick to my budget? I spent WAY too much on my flat and furnishings...and I'm not even done yet!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing serious, thankfully! Injured my ankle for a bit. Couple migraines, a few "bad days"...and a bout with the 'flu. Oh, I did get quite ill during/after my trip to Jakarta. Something about too little sleep and too many cigarettes, hmm.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Did I not mention my flat yet? Well, that...and everything in it. :)

>12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I'm so very proud of Babygirl, as always. Niece turned 21 - she's an adult now! I remember holding her in my arms for the first time, and now she's taller than me! - and she's just incredible. She's worked really hard, and continues to work hard at uni.

>13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Nobody close to me, I suppose? Which is a good thing! Then again, I've started to be heartless about letting go of people who aren't exactly healthy for me. Selfish? Perhaps. But so much better for my mental and emotional well-being.

In particular, one of mum's friends. Or perhaps I should say former friend. I didn't like her from the start; something about her just vibed me the wrong way. True enough, her true colours eventually shone through, and after a bit of hurt and anger from Mum (and from me, on behalf of Mum), we've let all that ugly business go.

But hey, if we're talking in general...well, the entirety of the current US presidency, I suppose. That, and the stupidity and blindness of his die-hard supporters (and if I'm to be honest, those on the other end of the spectrum too.)

14. Where did most of your money go?
...My flat. Uber/taxis, the little bit of travel I did...and oh so much food and drinks!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Got excited over every little step. Signing the papers, making the appointments. Getting it renovated. Furniture shopping. Appliance shopping. Furniture assembly. Curtain installation. Decorating. Just... having my own damn place to do whatever I damn well please.
So stressful, so tiring...but oh so worth it.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2017?
Scrapping this question from this year, remember?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Eh. About the same?
b. Thinner or fatter? Maybe a wee bit fatter. But I lost lots of weight before that, and I managed to not gain it all back this year, so go me! I can still just about fit into my jeans, so there's that!
c. Richer or poorer? Yikes. Asset-richer, cash-poorer. Goddamn property purchase.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Omg. To quote myself from last year, "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..."
That's still true! But hey, see resolution above.
I also wish I'd done a wee bit more budgeting and saving. But eh, I'm managing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinate. There will come a day when I don't procrastinate! is not that day.

20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?
Let's see now. Got a half day on the 22nd, so managed to get some last minute things done. Chilled out at my place for a bit. On the eve of Christmas eve, as with almost every year, I didn't get any sleep! Well, I did, but I didn't go to bed until about 6am. Not partying, no. I was wrapping a few more of my gifts, and wrapped up most of Mum's for her.

Christmas mass on the eve, as always, and then supper at Mum's. Sis #1 and her clan are off in London for the season, so we won't see them til NYE. Which is also when we're doing our Secret Santa gift exchange, so that's another thing to look forward to! Dad was funny though; we were giving the kids their presents, and giving some other random presents to everyone else. He then presented me with a gift, telling me that he was my SS, and we were all like noooo! We're not doing SS exchange til NYE! Whoops! Now I have to spend the rest of the week with that box under the tree just calling my name, and I can't unwrap it for a few more days...

I upheld the grand tradition of sleeping in on Christmas morning, had a leisurely afternoon at home, and then off to Great Aunt's place for dinner. Sis #2 and her lot joined us as well, so that was another lovely evening, full of family joy for Christmas.

NYE will be another late night, I'll probably spend all of the first day of 2018 fast asleep!

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Texting - let's go with texting. And IM'ing. I don't really chat on the phone these days...who does?
Nekowife and Mego for IMing (thank goodness for the Void!); Family chat group...Bella and Misstsy, I suppose.

22. Did you fall in love in 2017?
Yes. With my new flat. MY OWN SPACE, YO.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?
A lady doesn't kiss and tell. And neither do I.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Stranger Things, again! Season 2, this time. Parenthood. The Office. Why yes, I'm catching up on shows that are over and done with. Hurrah for Netflix!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nah. It's just too much damn effort and I can't be bothered.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?
I'm not sure, actually. I guess nothing that made a huge impact on me that now I don't recall? Hmm. I'll have to go look at my list of books read this year. Then again, I didn't read as much as I'd have liked to this year. That said, I have high hopes for my reading habit in 2018... I now have my own library!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not so much a discovery, as a REdiscovery, really!
I really enjoyed music by Bastille and Passenger and Imagine Dragons, but the major rediscovery this year is that I really love AC/DC, Led Zep and Queen. Well, I've always known how much I love Queen, but I've been listening to a lot more this year.

28. What did you want and get?
If you haven't figured it out by now...

29. What did you want and not get?
Hmm. A flat with a balcony? One with a better view? A million dollars?

30. What were your favourite films of this year?
Wonder Woman for sure. I'm not much for DC movies, but oh my WOW. That movie was just KICK. ASS.
Followed closely by Thor: Ragnarok. Packed with action, comedy and geekery. What more could a girl ask for?
I also enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Oh dear, all three of my fave 2017 movies are based on comics. What a nerd.

Lots of awesome movies in the line-up for 2018...I'm so excited!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Well, I wasn't feeling too good, if I recall correctly, and it was a bit of a lazy Saturday. But I did go out for Gin & Tradition with Yaya. :)
A lovely little tradition started in 2014, and we did the same thing 3 years running. I suspect we might be able to keep up with that tradition for a few more years, seeing as how this project is going on FOREVER.

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 2017?
Well, beginning of the year, I bought 5 dresses. One for each weekday, so I don't have the daily "what-to-wear" dilemma. So, personal fashion concept? Lazy bastard. :)

34. What kept you sane?
Music. Hurrah for Spotify! Running, too. Helped clear my mind a fair bit!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Still the one and only Chris Evans...although Gal Gadot was a close runner-up!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The #MeToo movement. Something quite close to my heart; it makes me so angry to think and read about it. But it's also made me so proud of the women (and men!) standing up against sexual harassment and abuse. No pity, no shame, no silence!

37. Who did you miss?
I guess BabyGirl, but other than that...nobody much? The general missing the kids or the fam or my girls when they're not around, but there was no pining involved whatsoever.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I probably did meet a few new people, but...nobody worth writing home about, methinks. Sorry, new people.Well, I reckon the only new people I met this year were Uber drivers, food delivery people and new vendors. Oh, and we got a new ConMan in...but wait, technically I'd met him before.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
That it's not always possible to do everything alone. I can do lots of things alone, but's okay to ask for help.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
Hahha, it's gotta be these ones.
"I love this bar; It's my kind of place." and "Son of a bitch! Gimme a drink!"


2018. Bring it.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I must've blinked!

Holy wow. This year sure went by quick, didn't it? It's already almost end year, and I haven't blogged once this year? Wow.

What a whirlwind of a year! It seems like just yesterday that I was putting up Christmas decorations at home and in the office. And it's that time of year already? How on earth! It's been weird, you guys. With work, at least. This is a weird time to be in this industry, ya know? That said, I think friends and family life have gotten so much better, and life in general has just been amazing.

 Don't get me wrong now; I still have bad days. I still have days where I'm surrounded by the fog, that the black dog is right at my heels. But those are fewer and further between than they used to be, and I'm better equipped to deal with them.

I have to run now; I just thought I'd dust off this old blog for a few minutes, and get prepared to write my annual Year In Review post. And it's been an exciting one, folks! *rubs hands together in anticipation*

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 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.


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 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 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!


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.


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 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?!