At the start of March last year, I went for a couple of weeks with my parents to Melbourne and Sydney! We decided to take things easy tourism wise and just play by ear.
Which meant that I ended up dragging my parents to some pretty bookstores and second hand bookstores. And also buying books. Even though my dad shamed me every time, because APPARENTLY, “I wasn’t gonna buy them in the first place but then mum said to go ahead” is not a good enough excuse…
I did not reach as much as I had hope I would, which is very sucky. But! I did get myself into a bit more of a reading swing which is progress as far as I’m concerned. Easing yourself back into enjoying and engaging with a hobby that you love is hard and upsetting because it should be easy, but if it’s been ages, it’s not!! AND IT’S FRUSTRATiNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A while ago I went to the big main local library to check out some books as well as look at a few embroidery books that were for reference only. I love to cross stitch and even attempt Big Girl™ embroidery as a hobby for a while now but only recently set up an instagram for it, to sort of blog about it in an indirect way, and share the things I’ve made.
ANYWAY I had a lot of fun at the library and following that trip my mum did a deep dive into some storage boxes she was replacing and found some iconic and beloved childhood favourites!
I’ve been trying to get myself to read more since I actually want to achieve my Goodreads challenge of 50 books (not including graphic novels, comics or re-reads!!) this year.. IT’S HARD. Getting out of a reading slump that is a year long is HARD. 😦
Early December in 2018 Epigram had a REALLY REALLY good sale for Christmas (Hanukkah too IMO) at their HQ office space in Toa Payoh. I decided to kick my hermit ass out of the house one evening to go have a look and see if there was anything I didn’t own yet. Spoiler: there was.
It’s been a whole damn year folks. I’ve barely read in that last year and also didn’t manage to do some big things I was meant to do which sucks but. It’s whatever it’s the past so moving on is the priority. Which is the hard part as said Bad Brains™ aka depression/anxiety fun times, had/have gotten the better of me.
Anyway. Like I said, I’ve barely done any reading in the last year since I posted here but I have started reading again which is a nice thing. I haven’t bothered to put them in a monthly roundup, but I will probably do that next month since it’s my birthday month and it feels nice to restart then. Also my reading is still sporadic and I am still all over the place l o l…
SO TILL THEN!!!!!!!!! SMELL YA L8R!!!!!!!!111111111111
The last month or so has not been good for me health wise. I was hospitalized for a night after a small procedure to get rid of a not so fun build up thanks to my Crohn’s. WHICH by the way, is confirmed to be the bowel disease that I have, and not Ulcerative Colitis as was previously thought. My mental health has also taken a fun dip in the negative pool, but luckily things are on the mend now. I’ve even started a new medication for my Crohn’s which should kick in soon…?!?
That’s why I decided to 🙋♀️TREATMY SELF💁♀️ and buy some books (as well as check some more out from the library). Also because my new Crohn’s medicine is given by IV infusion that will take at least half an hour + observation time afterwards, it makes sense to go nuts with new reading material… Anyway, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.