If we were having tea… // 21st June 2020

It’s been a while since we last caught up over a hot drink!

In fact, it’s been over a month. I’m pretty sure I wanted to post a life update somewhere in the middle but was swamped with work. These posts actually take some time to write, even though they’re easy to.

Anyway, grab your choice of drink and let’s catch up.

a pair of hands cradling hot tea

If we were having tea… the first thing I’d update you on is my college. I’m officially done with all assignments and quizzes!!! They were my last ever ones for COLLEGE. Oh my gosh.

I think I’m actually realizing that fact only now. When the assignments were going on, my only focus was getting them done in time while managing my internship and other things. But now that I say it.. I want to cry. In relief, of course.

There will be no more assignments or quizzes. I’m even done with one of my subjects for which I had to present online. I do have three theory subjects this semester for which we’d generally have written finals. But I’m unsure whether that will happen this time. If it does, who knows when.

Going by the timeline decided before COVID-19 changed everything, I would have been DONE with my finals and graduation ceremony and farewell and… oh wow.

I remember, back in February when I learnt about the expected dates for finals, my only concern was having finals right before/after the Lauv concert which I booked tickets for with my friends. The concert was supposed to be on June 15th and it would have been my first ever concert.

animated cat sighing gif.

If we were having tea… you would witness me go off on an intense nostalgic monologue for the first time ever. I am not a nostalgic person. I might become sad but I move on quickly.

But in the past few months, I’ve just been pushing through with the internship and college work. Now that I’m done, and I think about all the missed opportunities for making memories.. I actually want to cry.

Oof. New topic.

If we were having tea… I’d tell you that my friends and I started watching another show together! It’s actually been a while since I watched anything with friends over stream or Netflix Party.

A bunch of us are now watching Modern Family together, which I’ve actually seen before. I watched almost all the seasons. A friend and I have been hyping it up to our friends who always rewatch Friends and How I Met Your Mother like broken records, and we have finally convinced a couple of them to try Modern Family.

We only started about three days back so it’s still new. But I’m really enjoying it, especially since I had watched season 1 a LONG time back. Looking at these (young!) characters is familiar but still new because I don’t remember everything.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I finally broke and ordered books yesterday. It was something I’d been contemplating for a while because I was worried if it would be safe. Yeah we get groceries ordered but we wash them thoroughly, we can’t do that with books.

Yes I know that I still have a few (or more) unread paperbacks on my shelves. But there are a couple books that I really want to read soon. One of them I’ll actually be buddy reading with a friend next month. So I finally made the call and got them delivered from my regular bookstore (I’m not giving any more money to Amazon unless I can’t help it. Support local bookstores & businesses during this time!)

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If we were having tea… it would be a very welcome change. My days are quite boring now. Almost everything is in my control. My interest and motivation to blog is also slightly waning, even though I have a ton to share and talk about. I’m hardly in the mood to open my laptop and write a blog post.

My days consist of internship work, read, eat, sleep, repeat. Blog sometimes. There will be a few video calls here and there but not many. And that’s it. How boring. I want to start a new activity but I’m not sure what.

The conversations I have with my friends almost solely revolve around news because there is nothing else that changes. All of us are bored, none of us have new things to say or talk about other than news.

Did you know a meteorite-like object fell from the sky in Rajasthan? Did you know about the incident where a COVID patient died because the family unplugged the ventilator to plug in the air cooler, and the doctor got attacked? Let’s not even talk about Sushanth Singh Rajput and nepotism in Bollywood. And this is not considering all the international news.

I may not know about the exact number of COVID-19 cases, but I do know random bits of information. Mostly because my friends and I just share screenshots and news articles in our Whatsapp group. That’s all we talk about.

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If we were having tea… on a slightly unrelated note, I’m currently having a conversation with a friend and we’re talking about alcohol and drinking. I mentioned that he’s 21. Which triggered me to think about whether I can legally drink and for FIVE WHOLE SECONDS I had a crisis trying to remember my age. I forgot whether I’m 20 or 21.

What is happening to me. (I’m 21. I’m legally allowed to drink. But I haven’t yet for some reason. Need to rectify that.) This staying at home always thing has officially fried my brain. What a dumb moment to have.

If we were having tea… I WISH IT WERE IN A CAFE. OUTSIDE. WITH THE CAFE HUM AROUND. I miss seeing something that is not these same walls.

But you know what, knowing me, I’d probably get tired of the outside world in two days. And would want to go back to staying at home.

No actually I just miss my tribe. If they could at least visit me at home, I’d be fine. That’s all I want. To be in the same room as my friends. We don’t even have to talk.

Simpsons "and now my only friend is the bottle" gif

People who are staying with friends or significant others really won.


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if we were having tea… // 2nd May 2020

It’s been a while since I last posted a life update… and I have quite a bit to update on.

At least, that’s what it felt like in the last few weeks. Every time I want to post a life update, I don’t get the time to sit and write a long post. I end up doing a book review or something which is easier to write.

But it’s a long weekend this time, and you can bet that I have things to share.

So get a hot cup of your favourite drink and settle in to chat with me for a bit.

P. S. I’m just typing as I think and I’m not proof-reading in order to not edit my thoughts. So if there are typos or things that don’t make sense.. go with it lol.

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If we were having tea… the first thing I’d update you on is my blog’s status. I FINALLY got a custom domain! Getting a custom domain to take my blog a little further has been in my mind for at least two years. I started becoming more serious about it around a year back, and I researched about WordPress plans and tons of different options.

The number of options and each of them meaning different things got me confused and nervous. At this point my blog has a good SEO ranking for some of my posts, and I get most of my views from search engines. I was worried about losing my SEO ranking because it’s a huge thing for me to get views from search engines.

I hesitated because of that and pushed it away saying that I will consider it again when I start to earn. Well, I started to get a stipend in January. And I procrastinated on this decision again.

A couple days back I was randomly looking at advice websites and asked a couple questions to bloggers on Twitter. It led me down to the same rabbit hole again. Eventually, I got tired of it and decided to push it away. AGAIN.

But at around 11pm I realized that if I don’t finally do something, I will never do anything. And I did the thing with the least amount of risk. I signed up for a Personal plan on WordPress which gives me a custom domain.

My blog is no more residing at thewordyhabitat.wordpress.com! It’s thewordyhabitat.in now. I have to say, I’m so excited about a smaller URL. It looks much better.

And now that I’ve done this, I won’t be going back. So it’s only forward from now on. I’m considering getting a host, migrating, and will be figuring out my next steps soon. Not immediately, but I feel like I am on that path now. That’s better than nothing.

If we were having tea…I’d talk about how I miss conversations and voices. I’m not a very talkative person in real life but I do like listening to conversation. No clue why but I like listening to people to speak without having to contribute myself. I do speak as well, but just listening in feels good too.

So during this lockdown (which has now extended until May 17th at least), that’s what I’ve been missing about people the most. Conversations. Listening to people speak.

I do have video calls with my friends sometimes. There was a video call with my book club last week and a voice call with some of my friends two days back. My best friends just called me and now I’m talking with them as I’m writing this. It’s not the same but it helps.

Not going to lie, I crave some small connection at all times. Like listening to music with people while doing our own things. I don’t want to talk but I want to stay connected with people, you know?

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m losing touch with people. You know how you expect that you will lose touch with some people after college personally, but not in a group setting? Just individual relationships? It’s happening already and I’m not sure how to feel about it. There are friends I haven’t spoken to in two months and have no clue about.

I’m not big on personal texts. I text about two people casually, that’s it. So group conversations are when I actually find out things and talk to people. Without that.. I don’t know. I miss group conversations where everyone’s present. That’s all.

If we were having tea… I’d vent a little. It’s quite expected that our senior year events and activities would get cancelled. I expected it. But it’s really hitting me only now and I’m sad. I wanted a farewell, a graduation. I don’t know if we’ll have them now.

As far as I know, the university is planning on keeping our exams as soon as possible and finishing with the finals within a week (since we have only 3 theory subjects). The other 3 which don’t have written exams will be evaluated later. The point is to get it all done quick so we can start our jobs and further studies on time.

We literally did not have a final semester. It’s basically over at this point. Even on the online classes, almost all the subjects are done teaching. I’m not someone who is nostalgic a lot but.. that has been my mood for the last few days.

If we were having tea… you’d find out that I’m finally missing outside food! I don’t crave outside food a lot, especially since my gluten free diet time. I just.. don’t care about junk food like all of my friends anymore. I don’t miss pizza or burgers or ice cream. Anything.

But a few days back I saw a poster of tacos and just ?? missed tacos ??? I don’t even LIKE tacos! It didn’t last long, though. And now I’m back to being indifferent about junk food.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how managing college AND work is not happening. I have classes from 9am to 12pm Thursday to Saturday and my work starts at 11am during the week. So for two days every week, I have to juggle between the two.

So what happens is that on Thursdays and Fridays, I spend a lot of time looking at screens. And for one hour on both days, I have two laptops open. One where the class is going on and one on which I’m working. I hate this, it’s not productive. I don’t even listen to the classes half the time because I have to go bath or eat breakfast.

The classes are not useful, especially when many topics are ones we’ve studied before in previous semesters. What’s the point in classes? I don’t want to attend them but they’re counted towards attendance??

And there is no concession for students doing internships like before lockdown. We had concession before since we can’t be in two places at once but now since we’re at home and can do both, we have to attend classes.

Yes I’m ranting. I need to rant. Bear with me.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m losing sense of time. Every day kind of feels the same. The only difference between weekday and weekend is whether I’m working and have classes or not.

Sometimes it feels like time is going slow and other times days pass before I notice. I’m barely keeping up with posting here as it is. Am I the only one feeling this way?

If we were having tea… I’d say that I’m currently watching Orphan Black season 4 with a friend. Back when I watched the show for the first time, season 5 was still airing so I stopped after 3 to concentrate on school and thought I’ll watch once the show is done. But I never got back to it.

The show keeps giving twists lol. I’m honestly watching it because I want to know how it ends. It’s not that great anymore.

If we were having tea… I wouldn’t say much more and would listen to you. I thought I had a lot to say and at the moment maybe it felt like things I wanted to share, but I don’t remember many of those things anymore. It’s all blurring together and feel inconsequential.

Honestly every time I want to connect with people I read blogs. I read the blogs I follow and find new ones on Twitter. Reading books and blogs keep me afloat nowadays.


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How I’m coping in lockdown

Hey everyone!

I’ve seen many bloggers do this kind of post where they just talk about how they’re doing and what their routine/life looks like in self-isolation/lockdown and I wanted to do my version as well.

This post was actually supposed to go up yesterday but I took a complete day off by not opening my laptops. After the week I’ve had, I really needed a break. All the tasks on my to-do list have been moved forward to today.

Routine

In my last life update, I mentioned that I was trying to set a routine. Well, it finally worked out. I now have some kind of routine for weekdays.

By routine, I really mean just a morning routine. After waking up and having some green leaf juice that my mum is forcing me to drink every day, I work out for a little to get my energy up. I’m not working out for weight loss or fitness but just to get my energy going and become fully awake.

Then I wash up and get dressed. Now, getting dressed has really helped me switch my mind from home-mode to work-mode. A lot of people are happy that they can work in pajamas but that doesn’t work for me. I dress up almost like I would if I were going out.

Changing back into home clothes at the end of the day makes the switch into chill-mode. I know that keeping home-life and work-life separate is important. Having a proper off-time is important. So the clothes really made a difference.

Before starting to work for my internship, I had college online classes this past week. So 10am to 11am I have a class and I start working at 11. This was Monday to Saturday this week. But from next week they’re making it 9am to noon thrice a week which is going to be hard.

First of all, three hours of class followed by 8-9 hours of work is not possible by me. That too with only a lunch break. Also, it adds a lot of screen time which is bad for my eyes.

After logging off work, I usually take at least an hour off to spend time with mum while having a drink or listen to audiobooks. I have a tendency to forget I have a phone during the day so I also catch up on texts and conversations at night.

And then, I just read or watch something. I try to blog but it’s not working out because I can’t look at the laptop screen any longer.

Screen time

My eyes are normally weak as it is. I wear glasses when using my laptop or looking at TV to help with the strain. I wear glasses all day long because even too much sunlight causes my eyes to become red.

8-9 hours for work is about as much as my eyes can take. By adding on an extra hour this past week for classes, my eyes need dedicated break/recovery time. For three out of four work days this week (Friday i.e. yesterday for me was a holiday for Good Friday) I’ve ended my workday with red eyes.

Red eyes means that I need to completely rest my eyes for at least an hour so they can take the strain again the next day. This is the one thing that I’m really struggling with.

Everything that did not require using a screen before requires it now. I am very conscious about the strain my eyes are taking. I find myself rubbing my eyes or closing them for a few minutes, just to rest them, multiple times a day. Whenever I can, I spend meetings walking around instead of looking at the screen. But only so much can be done.

Evenings are spent reading, listening to audiobooks, or doing anything else that will have me not looking at screens.

Internship

This Thursday was the first time that I felt like I was fully productive since work from home started. It has taken me this long to adjust to working from home and having meetings online. Also to figure out how to really communicate and what works best.

I’m a productivity-oriented person. I’ve mentioned this many times on the blog. It’s a good day when I’ve been productive and got a bunch of things done. Unless I specifically decide to take a day off for rest, I like to get at least a few things done. The tasks can be anything, but I need to do something.

In fact, it keeps me energized. After a productive day, I log off with energy to do non-work things like blog or chores.

So working an entire day for the internship and being productive makes me feel good. This week was the first time during work from home that I was satisfied when logging off work.

One thing I’m really glad about is having a partner who works like me. She is also productivity-oriented and we’ve worked well together so far. That really helps.

College

It feels like we’re still in an adjustment period and we’re figuring things out. The college authorities seem to have made a decision recently which translated into an email with upcoming plans that we received yesterday.

Obviously, there are holes in the plan and things that can be done better, but everyone’s trying. When the semester started, I expected to be studying on my own because of the internship which doesn’t allow me to attend most classes.

Since it’s online, and just hearing the class helps familiarize the topics, I’m trying to attend as many classes as I can. I did miss a couple classes this week because they were in the afternoon when my work is at it’s peak.

I have no idea how I’m going to manage the new plan of three classes thrice a week, like I mentioned before. No clue how that will work. Especially since the email mentioned that attendance counts towards scores.

In my opinion, that’s not good because tons of people have internet issues. Three hours of continuous class thrice a week will require quite a bit of internet data and good internet connection, which many might not have. Even I face internet issues almost everyday when I’m working.

My classmates and I are hoping to talk to the teachers and put forward concerns. Hopefully, a solution works out.

Blogging

Is NOT HAPPENING. I’m still trying to post thrice a week. Until last week, I had some sort of a schedule to post but this week it was not possible. I couldn’t bear to look at my laptop anymore and hence, blogging was out of the question. Thankfully, I had written a couple posts during the weekend, which went up in the beginning of the week.

Going forward, I’ll have to somehow blog during the weekends for the upcoming week in order to keep posting regularly. I don’t see myself blogging during the week anymore, to be honest.

Not only am I not able to blog, but I’m not able to blog hop and visit other blogs much as well. I used to see some during breakfast before work but now I have breakfast during class so… yeah. I don’t know. Have to make some changes in my routine to accommodate college classes well.

As I said before, this post was supposed to go up yesterday. I thought I could do it since yesterday was a holiday (for work, not college). But I a few hours after waking up, I knew that I needed a day off from laptops.

Reading

My reading has definitely increased during self-isolation/lockdown. I mentioned this before as well. Since my travel time has cut down and I am trying to not use screens after work, reading has been my go-to activity.

I’m even able to finish whole books in ONE sitting. For the first time this year. I’m so glad that I have unread books on my shelf and a Kindle that allow me to read a lot.

Although my reading has increased, I haven’t reverted my 2020 Goodreads reading challenge back to 150 books. I’m 15 books ahead on my current goal of a 100 books, but I think I’ll need to get ahead now to meet my goal by the end of 2020.

Things are definitely going to become more hectic once lockdown is lifted and the society starts to go back to normal. There won’t be time for reading then.

Reading more also means that I have more books to review, but blogging less means that I don’t get the time to review them! It’s a dilemma on it’s own. I’m going to have a huge backlog of reviews by the time self-isolation ends.

Watching

During the weekends I watch a bit too. Also during meal times if I can handle it.

Last weekend, I finally binge-watched High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I’ve heard way too much about it since Disney+ came out and I’m glad it came to India so I could watch it. A friend lent me his Hotstar account so I can watch lol.

I’ve also been watching Shark Tank for a couple months now, mostly during meal times. I finally finished the three seasons on Netflix. Time to look for a new show to accompany meals.

A couple weeks back, I also rewatched Orphan Black season 1 with three of my friends on Netflix party. Going back, I see so many plot holes in the show. I also notice a ton of other things, which makes the show predictable even without me knowing the story. It was still interesting but not as much. I’m not continuing with the show anymore.

Yesterday evening I started a Kdrama called The K2. I’ve been eyeing it for a long time but held off for so long because it’s an action drama and I’m not into actions. Too much fighting which takes up plot time, in my opinion. On a whim, I decided to give it a try yesterday.

My opinion is the same on fighting scenes taking too much time of the show but the plot itself isn’t bad. I’m halfway through. Final verdict is still out.

Socializing

This is barely happening. I’m not a very social person as it is and most of my socializing came out of friends making plans.

My college friends and I did have a couple video calls but didn’t have much to talk about. We’re all having monotonous days.

I did a video call with my best friends once which was impromptu because one of them was bored lol. My girl group from school have planned for one this evening which will be the highlight of my day.

One things that has really changed is the amount I text. I generally don’t talk much as it is, but I don’t texting. I usually reply whenever I can and do have long conversations over text.

But now that I have nothing else to occupy my mind, texting really annoys me. I can text a bit, but not a lot. And I feel like I’m wasting my time by texting about things which I consider unimportant. Like shows or random topics.

It’s probably not good but I feel better now that I really cut down my texting. Whatever makes me feel good is good, right?

I do text and have conversations everyday but not very much. My notifications for all social media apps are off so.. I sometimes forget about them. I haven’t opened snaps that I’ve received in over a week.

My coping mechanism seems to be not talking a lot.

In daily life

Mum and I live around each other more than live together. It’s mainly because of me and my need for space and alone time often. Both of us can’t go out and take a break from each other, which is causing strain in our relationship.

I consciously avoid arguments with her because I know that it won’t be good since we’re stuck with only each other. Being my mum, she constantly tells me what I can do different or better which really affects me because I’m doing my best.

She can chant or sing devotional songs all day but I’m not going to do that because I don’t believe. That’s that. She has taken this lockdown as an opportunity to get me into devotion and constantly tries to make me do things.

So yeah, I’m not doing great mentally. Because every time I go to spend time with her, she will bring up something that I should do or how I’d trouble her less if I just listen to her. I know that she thinks for my own good but I have my own beliefs. I am 21. The time for listening to everything she says has gone.

Because arguments over religious activities is enough on it’s own, I simply listen to whatever she says otherwise because I don’t have the energy to argue. I’m just hanging in there, y’all.

As for groceries and food, mum goes out about once a week in the morning to nearby stores. We spend at least half an hour after she gets back just washing and everything.

Now we might not be allowed to go out as well, soon, so delivery systems will be put in place by the government. It should have been worked out before itself but better late than never.

The COVID-19 situation

I used to be quite obsessed with keeping updated on the news and reading all the information. In fact, I used to update my friends with the news. A few friends and I have a group called “updates” where we used to just send updates and talk about COVID-19. Anyone who didn’t want to could simply not join/leave. It was how we coped.

That has fizzled out in the last couple weeks. Some friends still stay updated but we don’t talk as much about it on the group. I’ve stopped seeing the news and searching “coronavirus update India” on Google. I have a friend whom I text once every few days asking for any important news.

Basically, now we’re coping by not concentrating on coronavirus updates.

It doesn’t look like it’s going down, though. Three states are in really bad condition and all we can do is hope and do our parts right.


And that’s all I have to say. I spoke a LOT. This post has 2.4k words now. There was a ton I wanted to talk and let out of my chest, clearly.

The total lockdown isn’t ending soon, and there will most likely be stricter measures put in place soon. This is the new normal, at least for some more time.

It’s definitely making completely different memories for seniors in high school and college. My friends who planned to go abroad for masters are not sure if it’s going to happen. There are a lot of uncertainties and we can only take it day-by-day at this point.

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if we were having tea… // 25 March 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken in a casual and chatty way, and I think it’s long overdue.

Many things have been happening in the world and I think we all could use a break from the news to just talk to each other and update on how we’re feeling/doing*.

Grab a hot cup of tea or coffee or any drink of your choice and settle down to hear some chatter from me.

*to keep things light, I will not be talking about the coronavirus situation itself. Maybe just some references, but all the talk will be about other things. We all need a break.

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If we were having tea… I’d talk about my schedule nowadays which is CRAP. I sleep for 10 to 11 hours for no reason. Because I have no real time-sensitive work to do like internship or classes. I’m working on slowly resetting my schedule back to early timings, but it’s going in baby steps.

If we were having tea… you might have said “wait what?? I thought you were working from home for your internship?? That’s what you said in your last update?!” and you’d be right. I did say that, but a DAY after that my office decide to pause the internships for two weeks. We’re all scrambling to figure out our business plans and since many of us interns don’t have good internet connections where we stay, they gave us leaves. All the interns who stay away from family went back home.

My internship is paused until March 30th but we’re not sure if that will continue or whether we will resume. Let’s see.

If we were having tea… I would talk about how I need purpose to my days. Even if I’m on vacation, I like to know in advance so I’m prepared for not having work or focus on relaxing. Getting a sudden off from internship (and college classes are suspended as well) means that I’m suddenly free. I’m a planner and this was not nice to my brain and schedule. It took me a couple days of moping and sleeping too much to accept it and make a plan for the coming while.

I decided to take it as a vacation and make some progress on reading books, since I didn’t get much time to read before. I AM being a little productive everyday though because I’m a productivity-oriented person. Sleep won’t come to me unless I get something done. That something has been blogging for the most part, and reading. Now I’ve started working on my project for college as well.

rapunzel from tangled picking up books to read

If we were having tea… I’d share news about my college. Since all classes are suspended, we’ve moved online as well. But it’s a little weird for us because even normally we had only few hours of classes three days a week. And barely anyone that because most students have internship Monday to Friday.

Hence, we don’t really care about videos and lectures because it’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll be basically studying on our own from notes. We only had to worry about assignments and stuff. We haven’t even bothered to consider online classes haha.

But now we’ve been given reading material day-wise and assignments every week (before it was once two to three weeks). This is so weird. I’m going to be actually doing classwork for the first time this semester.

falling face-first onto bed

If we were having tea… You’d learn all about Twitter prom! A while back this tweet went viral which suggested having prom online since most events are cancelled in real life. We deserve some sort of celebration, yeah? Even with social distancing.

The tweet went viral with A LOT of people showing interest. A discord server was made for it called twitter prom (but on discord) and there are thousands of people on it now. Kudos to the moderators who have worked hard to properly moderate, give people roles depicting age, pronouns and sexuality.

Twitter prom is just an excuse to hang out, though. Strangers hang online on the text and/or voice channels and can make friends too. I have seen people asking out others to the twitter prom randomly haha. The actual prom happened at 4:30am (for me) today and because of the timing I wasn’t a part of it. No clue how it went.

I’ve been hanging on the channel to listen to music with others and play skribble with them sometimes. There are ALWAYS people just listening to music together I just join in whenever and have a fun time. I’ve also made some new friends! They have good taste in music, so that’s good. We have fun 🙂

Michelle from Full House dancing with excitement!

If we were having tea… I’d tell you that my Bangalore book club made a new Instagram page (follow us here!) and we’re super excited to start over. This time with better graphics and ALL the enthusiasm.

In fact, we’re currently in the middle of our first readathon! Since today is a holiday for most Indians as it’s a festival (hence no work from home as well), we thought today would be good to start small. This readathon goes on for 12 hours—10am to 10pm—and the goal is to read for SIX hours.

As I write this, we’re already almost three hours in and I HAVEN’T STARTED. This is partly because I stayed up until 3:30am reading and only woke up at 10:30am. I’ll start reading as soon as I finish this post. The book that I’ll be reading is Tatiana & Alexander by Paullina Simmons because I need a readathon to actually finish it. I left it partway a week back and haven’t returned.

If we were having tea… we would probably bond over boredom of staying at home. I’m envying the people who are quarantined with friends and their significant others because being with my mum not is not very fun. I MISS MY FRIENDS. I miss their faces. I suggested doing an online coffee/tea hangout (kind of like this post!) so let’s hope that happens. It’s not that I have much to say, but I miss hearing random things about them and I miss us all discussing things and ribbing each other.

animated cat sighing.

If we were having tea… I’d ask you to safe safe and healthy! The situation all around the world isn’t good right now and we need to keep ourselves healthy and happy. Mental health is just as important as physical health.


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What would you tell me if we were having tea (or coffee) right now?

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The Sunday Post // HECTIC week. Also COVID-19.

The virus has taken over the world, and also all conversations.

What did we all even talk about before? I can barely remember. I wonder what would be trending on twitter if there was no coronavirus now. Probably some tiktok video or something on US 2020 elections. Who knows.

Anyway! Let’s get onto updates. I’ll mention coronavirus-related things at the last lol.

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READING UPDATE

I didn’t get much time to read in the last week. There was just too much going on. Blogging barely made it into my schedule as well.

As a result, I finished not one book. This is new. But yes, my reading has been affected VERY BADLY.

I am currently reading though. I’m reading The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons. An bookstagrammer I used to follow always recommended this book and owned over 70 editions of it, so I added it to my TBR simply because I want to know why it’s loved so much.

2020 is the year of tackling backlist books, getting to those HUGE intimidating books, and trying out reading challenges. This book fits all the three.

As the book is 900 pages long (!!!!), it feels like I’m not making much of a dent. Especially since I usually get maybe around 15 minutes to read at once. But I really sat down yesterday and made a lot of progress. Right now, I’m 41% through with the book. It’s pretty good but the jury is still mostly out.

While commuting to and from work, I managed to have a little progress on an audiobook as well. I started Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. It’s pretty nice! I’m about half-way through and I’m enjoying it.

Oh and I reached 5 books behind my Goodreads goal of 150 books. Although I did say in my reading challenge updates post that I’ll wait until I’m 8 books behind to decide, I decided now itself. And I lowered my reading goal to a 100 books. With the other reading priorities like finishing longer books and better books, I’m not really sad about the lower count.

I’m barely ahead on the track with the goal of 100 books, and may lower my goal again sometime later in the year. But it’s okay.

WATCHING UPDATE

Yes I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t find time to read but she found time to watch? Basically you chose to watch over read.

If you thought that, you are kind of right. I did watch on multiple occasions instead of reading. BUT. In my defense, I mostly watched when I was having meals or during small breaks. Its easier to stop watching mid-way than stop reading so I chose to watch when I know I can’t read much.

And on Friday I totally binged for hours just to finish the show.

The show I watched was Crashlanding On You which is a VERY popular Kdrama. Netflix has been throwing it in my face since it released. Multiple friends loved it as well so I eventually watched it too.

It was actually really good. I’m not sure of the accuracy of the situations portrayed, but it was SO GOOD story-wise. It’s an epic love story. But what warmed my heart the most were other platonic relationships portrayed throughout the drama.

Will probably write a review soon. Let’s hope I find the time for it.

OFFICE EVENTS!

One of the reasons that the past week was hectic was because of my wonderful office. I knew before the week began that it would be hectic, and that’s the only reason I wasn’t too tired by the end. I was ready for all the events.

We had a wonderful Women’s Day celebration at office. Well, all the women got dressed up (me too! I wore a dress for the first time!*) All of us women took off from the office around 4pm to go to a nearby cafe for high tea.

It was SUPER FUN. It was a good day 🙂

me on the day of Women's Day celebration!

*yes I had to buy one for the occasion but it was high time I got one tbh. I can’t live off jeans for every occasion.

And since my office is extra, we had another event the next day. On Tuesday we had potluck. There were so many different varieties of food and I was full by the end. That was good too.

And that’s it on the office side for the week, because college took care of the rest.

COLLEGE STUFF

The problem with being a full-time intern and also have an active semester going on at college means that you end up with twice the workload and barely any time. It means filling up your spare time from one to do work for the other.

On Monday, I went to college early in the morning to give a project review and some other updates with my team. And from college, I had to go straight to office. And my home is smack in the middle of them both. Fortunately, the travel wasn’t too bad that day. I reached office in time from college.

But also, I had to go to college wearing a dress. Here, in India, we don’t wear dresses and very trendy clothes to college on normal days. Only during the fest. In fact, my college doesn’t allow shorts or sleeveless clothes usually.

So I had to wear a jacket on top of my dress and had gotten quite a few looks when I went to college. Since my dress was long and all of me was covered, no one said anything. But that was new.

And like my week started with college, it ended with college too.

We were supposed to have our first internal tests on Friday and Saturday. I have literally attended FOUR classes this semester, and those don’t even cover all the three subjects. Plus I slept through two of those classes. So upcoming tests? Not fun.

I studied a bit in the office on Thursday for the 1 test I had on Friday. Thankfully I got some free time with no work and was able to fit studying in. The test wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad. I did okay, I guess. We’ll see when results are out.

The two tests I was supposed to have on Saturday got cancelled. Thankfully, I did not start studying for either of them by the time we got the news. After the first exam, I sat down to finish bingeing the Kdrama. Once done, I procrastinated until we got the news lol.

Why did they get cancelled, though?

COVID-19 UPDATE

The virus has finally made it to India, and is spreading fast.

We’re still in phase-2 where only people who went abroad and their direct connections have been infected and tested positive. And we’re trying our best to not move to phase-3 which is community spreading.

The state I live in has had a few cases as well, including 1 death. The government is trying to shut the virus down STAT so we’re going all out. That means no more mass gatherings etc.

This was why my tests on Saturday got cancelled. Schools for younger kids closed down to early vacations a while back. But from Saturday, all grades of school were told to stop. Colleges have shut down as well.

Work across my city is being halted or moved to remote working, including mine starting Monday. I’m super glad because I am now paranoid about travelling in public transport. Especially since there was a positive case very close to home (like, a 5 min walk away) and my immunity is not great either.

I’m staying home, and I’m not stepping out for a while. If I can help it. And I’m working on getting my friends to stay extra cautious (read: paranoid because my paranoia means they’ll be somewhat cautious) too.

We’re working on it. Huge props to health workers and the police who are working very hard. The government and police are doing proper contact tracing etc. to keep the virus from spreading.

We’re doing our best. Fingers crossed. The world is getting scarier, and reading the news about how it’s worsening in other countries (especially Italy and Iran) is damn sad.

Hang in there, y’all! Hwaiting!

As I suddenly had a free weekend, and there’s no going out involved, I decided to tackle reading and blogging. Mostly reading, though. This is a good situation for us introverts and book nerds and Netflix bingers 🙂


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The Sunday Post // a very EVENTFUL week

Last week was honestly SO LONG.

I’m spending today just trying to recover from everything haha. So many things happened that I need a whole day (or a whole blog post) to just process everything.

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Let’s jump right in!

BOOK CLUB MEET!

Last Sunday, I met up with my book club and it was SO NICE. We headed to a year-round book fair first and some of us bought books there.

After that, we had a long lunch and hangout in a new place. The food was quite nice, but the drinks were the highlight. I got cold chocolate and it was great.

And to finish up the meet, we went to our regular bookstore haunt haha. I sold back a couple of my books and got two new ones. Super excited to read them!

All-in-all, it was a really good day. I met two members for the first time ever too.

MUM’S BIRTHDAY

It was my mum’s birthday on Wednesday. Since I’m now getting a stipend from my internship, of course I had to get her a gift.*

There’s a superstition in our culture that says don’t buy anything on Tuesdays. I don’t follow it but my mum does. Hence, I went shopping on Monday after office hours. I made sure to do an earlier shift so I could go shopping for mum.

After hitting multiple stores in a shopping street near the office, I found a bag that matched all the specifications my mum would like. And I got it in a really pretty peach colour too!

I couldn’t hide the bag since it’s big so my mum noticed it the second I walked into our home. So I gave it to her then itself. She loved it. I’m happy 🙂

*We generally don’t gift on birthdays in my family. It’s always like that. We just wish and have good food if we can.

I LOST MY WALLET

Or rather, it was stolen.

I was on my way to the metro station on Friday morning when it disappeared from my bag. After reaching the station, I realized that one of my bag’s pocket zips was open and found out that my wallet was missing.

Assuming that I hadn’t closed the pocket which led to it falling, I went back searching the entire way. But I didn’t find it. I went to the police station nearby to lodge a complaint too.

Just in case, I searched the way twice more. But yeah, it was gone by then. I went back home and blocked my card which was in the wallet. And then I went to my office.

My mum and I were just thinking how could I have lost it. After figuring out logistics, we concluded that it was stolen and not lost. But yeah, I learnt to be careful about where I keep my wallet in the bag.

And in the panic about the wallet, I misplaced my scarf somewhere.

All of it took about two hours so I reached the office a couple hours late. Thankfully, I didn’t miss anything important. But yeah, it was a bad start to the day.

I did get a message in the evening that someone tried to use my card but the transaction was declined since I blocked it. And there was just a little cash and no ID cards in the wallet. Phew.

ETHNIC DAY AT COLLEGE

This was yesterday (Saturday). I wasn’t in the mood to wear ethnic so I wore a nice jumpsuit and went. I was one of the very few not wearing Indian ethnic but who cares. I looked good.

My friends and I took a ton of pictures and danced to music. After that, we went to a mall for a late lunch. And we ended the day with drinks at a nearby restropub.

The highlight of the day was definitely my drink haha. It was called Earl Grey Mixture. It was basically Earl Grey tea, Whiskey, and Ginger Ale. And I absolutely loved it. Credits to my friend Ronj for finding it in the menu and telling me.

ENDING NOTES

It’s been a cycle of office and home. I still haven’t gotten down a routine where I’m productive and that SUCKS. I need to especially start working on my project for college. Aaargh. If I could have Hermione’s time turner right now, it would be great.


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The Sunday Post // short updates

Hey y’all!

We’re onto the last week of the month of February already! How’s everyone holding up? I’m quite tired, to be honest. Mostly mentally and emotionally. One of my main problems is not getting in enough alone time every week to recharge.

All I want is some time to myself haha. But, as this post gets published I’m out with my book club and not alone so.. lol. Maybe next week. Hopefully.

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Reading Update

I was even more garbage at reading this week than last week. I’m going to reduce my Goodreads challenge for sure at the end of this month.

I read two romance books to pass time, and I’m listening to another one on audiobook right now. It’s mindless reading.

The Thing Around Your Neck is still going on as well, as I’m slowly reading it with a group of people on Instagram.

Another book I’m currently reading as an ebook is an ARC who’s review I have to post later this week. It’s quite good so keep an eye out for that review!

What did I watch last week?

I’m just bingeing episodes of Shark Tank on Netflix lol. I’ve seen the first 6 seasons and few of episodes of season 7, so I’m not missing anything as Netflix only has seasons 7, 8 and 9.

It’s so nice to watch it again. I used to love watching the show and it’s keeping me gripped. The show is actually really nice to watch and I learn a lot of things from it. It’s quite informative in the business point-of-view.

Updates on life!

I paid a visit to the doctor yesterday and I’ve been cleared for surgery. In case you’re a new reader or follower here, I have a neck swelling which is a bronchial cyst. I’ve had it for about a year. A few months back, I ended up in the ER ward due to a common cold which infected the cyst as well. The swelling kept increasing and became painful.

That was when we realized that I HAVE to get a surgery to remove the cyst. But my thyroid levels were too low to go for it.

Now my thyroid levels have increased a bit using meds. Not enough to be in normal range, but it should be okay for general anesthesia. My swelling is staying constant in size now, but it might increase again if I fall sick. And I fall sick very easily.

So we need to do the surgery ASAP. I have to figure out dates with my internship and when I can take off for the surgery. Probably won’t be very soon but sometime in the next few months!

Instagram?

I’ve been BARELY active on Instagram recently, and it’s because I just am not in the mood for using the app. I barely even open the app right now. My motivation for Instagram is coming in waves and… I may stop using it soon? Who knows.

But yeah I haven’t posted on my feed for two weeks and Instagram barely crosses my mind. I don’t open it to engage with others as well.


And that’s it for this week! I know this is way shorter than my usual updates but I don’t have much to say. This past week has been pretty uneventful.

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The Sunday Post // all the updates!

Hey y’all!

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a life update! I think it’s been about three weeks since my last Sunday post but I didn’t even realize it. The days are going by very fast because all my days are FILLED.

To be honest, I don’t know what exactly to update on but I shall just mention whatever I can think of.

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My classes started up again.

Yes, I’m still doing my internship. But college doesn’t revolve around us students with internships.

For the last semester, we have classes 3 days a week—Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Since I have internship Monday to Friday, I was (fortunately) given permission to skip classes for two days. Attendance on Saturdays is still required, though.

So from now on, I’m officially back on the six day week track.

Yesterday was my first day back in college and also for many of my friends. Most of us are doing internships so it was like a reunion after so long. It was so nice!

Everyone asked each other updates and caught up on lives. Since we’re a big group, we don’t text individually with everyone else. Most interactions and updates happen in groups so it was much needed.

We spent time like old times yesterday. My friend and I, who got into the same company, treated the rest of our friends in Taco Bell since we got our first stipend. And we played card games, which is a classic thing that we do.

So yeah, it was pretty fun.

Reading Update

I was off to a very good start at the beginning of this week. Especially since I got an audiobook subscription a while back.

But my reading just.. slowed down a lot. During the week I barely read. And Loveboat, Taipei which I was listening to as an audiobook was not very enjoyable. It put me off and I just stopped listening to it for a while.

In order to finish it, I picked it up as an ebook in the last few days and skimmed the rest of it. While the ending was good, I just did not have a good time reading it overall.

Other than that, I finished no other books. So yeah, I’m pretty sure I will be reducing my reading goal for the year.

Here’s the reading update on The Thing Around Your Neck:

TV Show & Movie update

I watched so many things recently!

Extraordinarily You

I watching this Kdrama a couple weeks back. Binged it during the weekend, actually. It was actually really nice. I liked the complexity of the concept and it’s very different than the stories I’ve seen around the same concept.

Sky Castle

Watched this Kdrama during the week a couple weeks back. It’s 20 episodes long and I was HOOKED the whole time. It’s a brilliant drama in the Dark Academia genre which talks about a ton of things. Complex characters, complex relationships and a very interesting story.

Miss Americana

Watched this on Netflix last weekend. I’ve been a real fan of Taylor Swift only in the last year or so, when she started speaking out on things and became more than a regular singer. This movie brought many things from her life to light. It was nice to watch and learn more about her as a person.

P.S. I Still Love You

This sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was nice but… I didn’t like it all that much. It wasn’t special. There were a ton of cool plotlines from the book that were scrapped. In fact, almost everything other than the love triangle was scrapped. It made the movie seem to have less substance.

I’m excited to watch the third movie, though. It’s less about new romances and more about life and choices. It should be quite nice.

Spinning Out

I watched this series throughout the past week. It’s actually quite small, with only 10 half-hour episodes.

But it packed SO MUCH in those 5 hours. The show is too good, and I have no idea why Netflix cancelled it WITHIN A MONTH of releasing it. That’s such a disappointment.

It’s honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Random thoughts

I’ve been having small but really good conversations with people recently. Just talking about things and finding out various perspectives. It’s always interesting to see how different people view the same thing.

And I really like conversations where we talk about something in depth, ask each other questions on things and explain perspectives. It helps me understand other people better. I also sometimes learn new things.

So yeah. That’s been the random highlight of last week.


That’s about all I have to say. There have been a ton of small things happening but not interesting enough to share lol.

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The Sunday Post // first week in my internship!!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Oh my gosh it’s been SO LONG since I posted a life update. I want to spend my time and make this post long and detailed but honestly I have other things to do as well so I’ll try to keep it short.

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Internship update

Technically my internship started on 16th but this was my first FULL week. It was hectic, I’m not going to lie. It didn’t leave me with a lot of time at home because I come around 8pm.

But, I am quite enjoying it. I tried socializing in the beginning but reached my socializing limit pretty soon. I am talking to new people but haven’t made any concrete friendships. It’s great that I have a couple friends from my college with me so I’m not alone most of the time.

The workspace and environment is GREAT. It’s awesome and I’m loving it so far. I’m not unhappy to spend that many hours in the office.

Reading Update

My reading challenge for this year is 150 books, same as last year. But it may appear that I was too optimistic. I’m ALREADY FALLING BEHIND on my challenge.

On the other hand, though, I am reading much more quality books than I did last year. By quality, I mean books about heavy topics and interesting fiction instead of a ton of romance. I still like romance, and have read one romance book, but that’s not my first pick.

The books I’ve been reading are also longer, so that adds to me falling behind on my challenge.

Currently I’m reading Kafka on the Shore by Karuki Murakami. I started it a couple weeks back but I’m CRAWLING through it. It’s not as good as I expected it would be because of the hype. I’m not enjoying it very much.

The pace picked up only at around 40% but until that I was not gripped by it. The fact that I was reading for barely 15 minutes a day also added to me going through it slowly.

I finally made a big dent in the book last night and now have only 100 pages left. I can’t wait to finish it. I think I’ll go for a fluffy YA contemporary or a rom-com next. I require a pick-me-up read now.

TV Show Update

Last Saturday and Sunday saw me binge on a reality TV series on Netflix called The Circle. I’ll be honest, the show is actually pretty trashy and overly fake. But it’s so entertaining! And it’s good as a min-numbing show to binge.

The show did have it’s meaningful moments, though. It’s based on social media so of course we talk about social media issues and things like catfishing and insecurities.

My favourite part of the show was this one contestant called Shubham. He’s Indian-American and the PUREST CUTEST person on the show. I loved him.

Book Club Meetup

Last Sunday, my Bangalore Bookstagram club met up and it was SO FUN. We went to a restaurant for lunch and chilled there for a long time. While I did go to two meetups last year (we have one every month), this meetup included many new people for me. We’ve spoken on the Whatsapp group but it was good to place faces to names and Instagram IDs.

All of us bonded very well and I made a ton of new friends and connections. The best part of the club is that we’re all brought together by books but we’re on totally different paths in life. There was quite a big age gap between the youngest and the oldest in attendance, and I was actually the second-youngest that day.

Book club peeps with our happy faces!

It was great to bond with people I wouldn’t have spoken to without this bringing us together. And it wasn’t awkward at all. We all had so much to talk about, especially on books.

After the lunch we hit a couple bookstores and I’m super happy to say that two people bought books on my recommendation. I can’t wait to see what they think about the books.

Friend’s birthday yesterday

After 5 long days of internship, I spent the whole day out yesterday as well.

One of my friends’ birthday was yesterday and since all of us hadn’t met in a long time, we decided to make a day out of it. The birthday friend invited all of us home and we had lunch there as well.

It was so nice, and I MISSED that. I missed hanging out with these guys so much and I don’t know how it’ll be if we aren’t able to meet for a long time.

The birthday friend is going to Canada around the end of this year, so this will be his last birthday here. That made the day a little emotional as well. It seems like we’re all heading towards different paths and I don’t want us to split so bad.

So yeah. I’m a little emotional now. But let’s move on.

Getting used to a 5 day week

All my life, I’ve had 6 day weeks. It was either school Monday to Saturday or college Monday to Saturday. All these years I made routines which involved only Sunday being off, and distributing small things throughout the weekday evenings.

But now, the timings are completely different. I get only nights Monday to Friday and whole days on Saturday and Sunday. For the first time ever, I’m experiencing an actual full weekend and I don’t know how to deal with this.

In fact, on Friday, I didn’t feel like the next day was going to be off. All week, I was ready to have a 6 day week. So, to have a Saturday suddenly off was weird.

As I’m not used to these timing, my blogging has fallen behind. In fact, I couldn’t blog all week. I’m just not used to having only the nights free, as opposed to evenings and nights. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog in the coming week as well.

What I need to do ASAP is figure out a routine involving 5 full days and a full weekend off. I have to plan my blogging and hobbies around work hours instead of college hours. This has to be my first priority. Don’t know how long this will take, but I’ll probably update y’all on it soon.


And that’s all the updates I have for this week!

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The Sunday Post // 21st birthday, gifts & meetups

It’s the first Sunday of 2020! How are y’all doing?

I’m having the time of my life, just chilling and doing my own things. This past week has been quite eventful and I have much to tell y’all. Let’s get to it!

I turned 21!

My birthday was on 30th December, and it was quite uneventful since we were having exams. I spent most of the day studying. My college friends sent me tiny red velvet cupcakes and coffee through delivery service though, and that made my day!

FINALS ENDED

Our last exam was on 1st of January, and I am so glad it’s finally done. We all felt relieved as heck to be done after so long. Overall, the exams were quite okay. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really good either. I’m just glad to be done with them.

BIRTHDAY GIFTS

circe by madeline miller

The first birthday gift I received was a paperback copy of Circe. My bookstagram group has a thing where we buy a book from the person’s wishlist and send it to them for their birthday. Due to good Amazon service, I received this one three days in advance, and was super happy.

As we only met on the exam day, my college friends gave me my gifts after the exam. And.. I was blown, y’all.

The first gift they got me was a TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PEN SET in pastel colours. I had casually mentioned to a friend that this is so expensive and I wish I could get it. A lot of bullet journallers on Instagram and YouTube swear by it, and I wanted to try.

And these amazing friends got it for me!

six of crows collector's edition

One of my friends found my wishlist on this blog and suggested that they get me the Six of Crows collector’s edition! That book is an ABSOLUTE BEAUTY. When they handed it to me, I had 0 thoughts. I was just looking at the book, not believing that they got it for me.

It’s so pretty, I could cry.

1st Jan was a VERY GOOD START to the year because of these gift bombs from my friends. Also 17 of my friends contributed for this and… I feel popular??? Omg?

Secret Santa gifts

I participated in two Secret Santa pools in 2019. Technically, I received half of these gifts a couple weeks back but I’m going to just talk about everything here.

The first Secret Santa pool was with my Bangalore bookstagram club. I gifted my Secret Child/Angel/whatever-you-call-it a paperback copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It’s one of the best books I read last year and I really wanted her to have it.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

I received Frankly in Love by David Yoon as my gift! Honestly, if I had to buy a book, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this one myself. I’m very frugal in buying paperback/hardback books and only buy books that I’m sure I would love. Hence, this was on my wishlist as a “maybe” buy, and I’m so happy my Santa gifted me this one.

The other Secret Santa pool was with my college friends. We’re a huge group but only 9 of us participated since everyone else was too broke for it. I gifted my Secret Child a scrapbook with 2019 memories. It was basically all the highlights of 2019 in polaroids and comments written next to them. I’m quite proud of it and he really liked it, so that was win!

Coincidentally, my Secret Child was my Secret Santa as well. We basically gifted each other lol. He got me a pop socket for my phone, which I’ve been wanting FOREVER, but never found a good inexpensive one. The pop socket says “OK, BUT FIRST COFFEE” and that’s perfect for me. The other core gift was a BTS bag-tag. Jin is my bias from BTS, and my Santa got a bag-tag of Jin’s BT21 character RJ. It’s so cute and it went on my bag immediately.

the BTS bag-tag and phone pop socket.

Other than these two, I also got a personalized poster with all the things that make up my life—like BTS, Netflix, blog, my best friends etc. My Santa also gave me small snack items like coffee powder and biscuits.

Overall, I got a lot haha.

Hangouts with friends

Right as exams finished, I made plans with friends to go out and chill. Our exams finished on Wednesday, and I went out to a cafe on Thursday with friends. On Friday, I went to one of my best friends’ place and chilled with her there. We spoke about random things and I blogged a little. In fact, I handed her the reins to make the blog post header image for my 2019 lookback post.

There were two plans made for Saturday. My college friends had a wonderful day out planned, and my best friends wanted to have a day out as well. Since I can’t meet one of my best friends for a while as she’s going on vacation, I chose to hang out with them. We had a really good day. I wore a new outfit and felt good in it.

And that’s it for the week! I’m taking today off to blog and chill at home. Tomorrow I have plans again, and tentative plans for Tuesday are on. I’m basically filling up my days with everything I want to do before 16th because that’s when my internship starts.

Make sure to follow my Instagram and Twitter for more updates, since only a few of them make it onto the blog.

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I’m back from my hiatus!

At least, I hope I am. I can’t tell for sure yet.

It’s been exactly two weeks since my last blog post, and I had promised to blog more in that post. Ha. What a joke.

So, what’s been happening? Why am I just disappearing into the void without a peep on Instagram or Twitter as well? It’s because of my health. Two days after my last post, on 29th October, I was rushed to the emergency ward for breathlessness. I couldn’t breathe unless I was lying on my back. Even if I managed the breathlessness for a while, my head started hurting BAD every time I lifted it.

My swelling had increased in the night to the point that it was pushing on my throat, causing the breathing problems. It was also so heavy that it was pulling at my head when I sit up, causing headaches.

We rushed to the hospital where we consulted the ENT doctor before, but after reaching there we found that ALL DOCTORS WERE OFF. What hospital gives a public holiday???? I had to be admitted due to my breathing, and once I was started on antibiotics I couldn’t keep ANY food in me. That sucked too. I was puking everything up within an hour.

I have so much more to say about that 3 day hospital stay, but I’ve complained about it to my friends enough and I’ll spare y’all the details. It was a BAD experience, though.

Fast forward two weeks to today. I’ve been to two other hospitals, and consulted a few other speacialist doctors. We decided that I need to get a surgery ASAP, and it will be under general anesthesia. But for that, my thyroid levels need to be in range. Now, that’s a problem again. Although I don’t have hyperthyroid anymore (new discovery!! my T4 level is back to normal!!), my thyroid stimulating hormone level is still VERY LOW. No doctor is able to figure out why, and I’ve just been taking tests and more tests for it. I just want to get the surgery done at this point. Sigh.

I also have a lot of work to do for college, barring studying. I haven’t attended classes in two weeks, haven’t done any assignments and haven’t worked on my projects. I’m so behind on everything, and I need to get a LOT of work done before I go in for my surgery (which will probably be in a week?).

To be honest, I could have at least done assignments, but one thing was stopping me. When I was in the hospital, they gave me antibiotics through an IV line at my right hand. The large number of injections and the continuous drips caused the back of my right hand to swell up badly. We changed the IV canula to my left hand, but it was pretty late. I couldn’t bend my fingers or grip anything. It took until YESTERDAY for me to make a loose fist. I tried writing yesterday and I barely got through 200 words before my hand was strained. I couldn’t grip the pen properly. And we do all our assignments by hand (yes, I know, what a stupid rule).

I will attempt to write again today. I also have to work on my projects because deadlines are approaching fast, and I have nothing done. And neither have my teammates done anything, don’t ask me why though. I was under the impression that they would do something but apparently not. This is why I hate working in teams 🙂 And this is the one semester I need my teams in place.

So. That was the update on the physical health front. What about my mental health? Well, I’m hanging in there. Barely, but I’m surviving. I’ve been spending all my free time either watching something. I don’t know why, but I haven’t been able to read much. I haven’t felt like reading either. I’m in a huge reading slump, and I don’t know if I’m even close to getting out of it.

The one thing I’m really unable to do right now, is recharge mentally. I grew up with a lot of time to myself, and an abundance of “space”. Both my parents worked and I would be alone at home for long periods of time. As I grew up, I got used to and I started relying on that alone time. I need time to myself to recharge, without anyone around me to comment or make conversation with. I need time where I don’t have to keep up a positive pretense. And mostly, I require the time to cry if needed. A good cry helps a lot.

But lately, I’ve not had one second to myself. My mum has retired from her job, which means she’s home all the time. She’s even let go of her social activities to take care of me. And while I really appreciate it, the lack of space is getting to me. My mum’s overprotective of me. Even if I itch my leg in front of her, she asks me what happened, what’s wrong. And I also don’t want to burden her with my sadness through all this, because she worries enough herself. I can’t get her more down, so I’ve been the more positive person. And it’s taxing me. I’m at the last straw and I just… want some time alone so I can properly cry or read a book or ANYTHING. But alone.

I doubt it’ll happen, though. Mum’s not leaving me alone unless she has to, and since we’re back to living with my dad, he’s at home a majority of the time as well. He’s of no help to me or has no concern of me, but he’s home which means I still can’t do whatever I want. I usually have to retreat to the bedroom when he’s home, so that makes me feel even more trapped.

Fun times, eh?

Through the last few harrowing weeks, the one thing I’ve been able to count on is support from my friends. Y’all. I cannot even elaborate on HOW HELPFUL my amazing friends have been. They’re always there with emotional and physical support, always ready to help when I ask, and they’re keeping up to date with my tests and everything. I’ve called upon them several times now, because it’s hard to manage running around in hospitals with just my mum. I was no use physically and mentally, and my mum couldn’t do everything alone. My friends stepped in to help and that made so much difference.

Anyway! On to other things.

I’m trying my best to get back into reading. I remembered only yesterday that I have a blog tour coming up this week and I HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK YET! Welp. I need to finish it ASAP and write a review for the tour. I’m definitely doing that, so you’ll definitely see me soon.

The hectic two weeks with a bad right hand also meant that I couldn’t bullet journal. My bujo is frozen in time at 27th October. I haven’t been able to set up for November, and I’m unsure if I even will at this point. I’m so not up to spending energy on one more thing, and won’t unless I HAVE to.

On the blogging front, I do have ideas but I don’t have the energy to spend on blog posts. It took me two days of mental preparation to write this blog post. Trust me, I’m tired already. I still haven’t gone back to my normal self who doesn’t need naps every day and can run around all day. So, will I be blogging thrice a week like I was doing last month? I don’t know. My stats are taking a huge hit due to the lack of posts, but it’s not a priority right now. I’ll need to work back to it after my finals, because my finals will start right after I’ve recovered from surgery. It’s going to be a hectic two months.

Linking this for The Sunday Post.


How have you been lately? Has anything great or happy happened in the last couple weeks? Tell me your updates in the comments!

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The Sunday Post // rambles in shambles

It’s been a wild three weeks, y’all. And by wild I just mean hectic.

I actually took a couple weeks off blogging spontaneously. I didn’t feel like posting and my motivation to blog was at a low. I also had many things happening in real life so I didn’t find much time.

In fact, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t used my bullet journal other than to update trackers once every few days. My dailies stopped after 10th of the month or something.

I am currently sick. Last night saw me with a high fever. I honestly don’t know why I’m trying to blog with an incoming headache but this is apparently how we’re doing things. Apologies for no structured content and possibly sentences that don’t make sense. I might also rant because I’ve been in a ranty mood the last few days.

My health has been really bad in the past week. My doctor and I worked really hard to bring down the swelling on the side of my throat (I’ve spoken about this a lot in my previous life updates or sunday posts). In fact, for a month or so it was barely seen. We just had to work a little harder, and I had to stick to the medicines and it would have gone within a month.

But.

It has increased again, to the highest it ever was before. (At least my new haircut helps in hiding it. Small silver lining.) This happened because I got a really bad throat infection, which affected that area since it is also on my throat. In ONE week, it has increased and become a hard mass again and I’m tired of this body. I’m tired. I have three more pressing health matters, one of which requires me to intentionally reduce my immunity and this SUCKS.

And the reason why I got throat infection and fever, you ask? My mum and I shifted house and moved in with dad. I don’t think I mentioned that we lived separately? Who knows. But yeah, we’ve lived apart for over a year and mum and I decided to give dad another chance and moved in with him. Bad decision.

We shifted last Sunday and in the one week I’ve been here, my body has taken so much. I’ve gotten throat infection thrice, fever twice, and my swelling started increasing like no tomorrow on Monday. This can be attributed to the fact that this house is very cold and my dad only has granite furniture which means I’m always cold, but it’s also because he has 0 consideration for my health and things are shitty.

Anyway. Moving on.

Even though my mum and I moved out of our old home, we still have it until the end of this month. As a last hurrah, I called over two groups of friends from college to chill and hangout there.

The first group, consisting of the people I used to hang out with most back in first year of college, came on Friday. I was disappointed that half of them bailed out last minute, and few of them didn’t even bother letting me know until I called them to ask where they are. And the people who did come were late, which left me to spend 3 hours in that house alone with disappointment. Fun.

Out of the 13 people who had to come, only 6 showed up. I had a good time after they arrived, though. The friends who showed up were damn sweet and considerate about my health. We had fun. It was nice.

The second group, which is the one that I primarily hang out with now, came on Saturday. My current group is actually damn huge. I didn’t realize until I started inviting everyone and made a group chat. There were totally 16 people invited, and 15 showed up! That’s a huge win, especially considering the previous day.

These friends even showed up on time, and let me know where they are and if they’ll be late. I was not disappointed for even a minute. I had a LOT of fun yesterday. We took up the whole living room floor (which I covered up with a mat and three different blankets because it was cold). For the first time, so many of my friends were at my place, and it felt glorious. We ordered food for lunch and played games. It was really fun.

For the last hour before everyone left, we spent time discussing and planning for a trip that we want to go on next week. My mum allowed me for the trip a few weeks back when I had asked, but my health was much better then. Now if I fall sick, it’ll be really bad, so I’m not sure if it’s wise for me to go on the trip. I really want to, though. It’ll take at least three months for the swelling to go down halfway, and a year for it be healed (assuming everything goes okay). I can’t halt my life because of it. I’ve also never been on a trip with my friends, and my mum has never taken me on vacation trips all my life because we kept visiting family. (Let’s not talk about dad)

So yeah, I REALLY want to go. I have to be very careful about my health, especially while travelling because it’s monsoon season and my immunity is bad.

Shifting to this house has also put me quite a distance away from the park where I used to exercise. There’s no other park around as well. The problem is that if it starts raining, I can’t come back very fast. And Bangalore rains are known for spontaneously pouring. Hence, my daily exercise is taking a hit.

Oh I also found out that I lost a bit of weight! My jeans have become pull-on jeans now lol. I’m not sure if I should be happy that I lost weight (I’m a liiitle on the heavy side, but in range for my height), or if I should be worried. Worried because I have hyperthyroid, and weight loss is a symptom of the disease. People with hyperthyroid lose weight a LOT. This is also the first time I’m losing weight after almost 2 years. I was constant before. I don’t know what to think. It also could be because of my gluten free diet and exercise but *shrug*.

Sudden change of topic, but the song I’m currently listening to while blogging is TOO GOOD. I think I may have shared it in one of my songs spotlights but I’m just loving it soo much right now? It’s the exact vibe I need right now.

I think I don’t have anything else to say today. I know for sure that I had a LOT to talk about, but I’m tired right now and I just want to cry to Malibu Nights 🙂

I’ll see y’all soon.

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How have you been for the last few weeks? Update me in the comments! I’d love to know what you’ve been upto.

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The Sunday Post // party scenes + I got gifted a book!!!!!

Last week was F U L L of events.

The week before that was super hectic for me and my plan was to take a chiller time to recover from that. I did manage to somewhat recover, but last week was still pretty full. I have UPDATES.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

HACK-IT-ON 3.0 AFTER PARTY

If you read my last Sunday Post, you would know that I was part of the organizing team for a three-day hackathon. To celebrate the success of the event, and to congratulate ourselves on handling everything well, the team headed out for an after party on Monday night.

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We went to Harry’s restro-bar in a mall nearby and enjoyed the heck out of the night. We had a night of food, drinks, and dancing. It was really fun, especially since we were a large group of over 30 people. It was a good ending to the event.

There were some messy scenes, considering that it was a party with drinks and everyone was happily chugging down mugs of beer. It made up for an interesting night that is part of the college experience, though!

I had gone to college on Monday, with barely any sleep from the weekend, because I had lab. Add the exhaustion from the party, and I just needed a LOT of sleep. So I didn’t attend classes on Tuesday because I was really in need of a 10 hour sleep.

I GOT MY NEW PHONE!

And it’s awesome. It’s so much better than my old phone, I could cry. I got the Samsung M30s with the 6GB+128GB set, and it’s so damn good. The battery lasts so long! I used to limit my phone use SO MUCH before because my battery used to drain very quickly, making me charge the phone thrice a day.

But with the M30s? Lol. It has a 6000mAh battery y’all. Even if I use my phone heavily, it lasts me 24 hours. I even used it upto 2 days recently. It’s the best mid-range phone in the market right now, and I’m so glad that it was within my budget.

My main priorities were battery, memory, and camera. This phone is a serious upgrade. I can’t wait to take better pictures with this phone for Instagram haha.

I fell sick with a bad throat infection

I have no clue how but I woke up on Wednesday with a VERY bad throat. It hurts every time I swallow. I’m still sick and it looks like this will take time to heal. My immunity system is very shitty at this point, it’s kinda funny. I’m trying to manage with home remedies and lots of hot water.

I WAS GIFTED A BOOK!!!

A couple months back, I had published a blog post for a Top Ten Tuesday prompt called 10 books I’ve read that I want on my physical shelf. It was basically books that I’ve read as ebooks or from the library and want to own. One of my top books was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, who’s price I’ve been eyeing for MONTHS. It just never goes down!

Leelyn from Leelyn Reads commented saying that she’d be glad to buy Ignite Me for it and I was OVER THE MOON. I contacted her on twitter, where she took my address and SENT IT TO ME via Book Despository.

The book finally arrived this week. AND I’M IN LOVE. Leelyn sent me a hardcover of the book which has deckled edges! 1) I had only two hardcovers before that because they’re expensive af and 2) I’ve never even SEEN deckled edges????

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Y’all. Leelyn made my year. I was so stocked that I even made a video series on my Instagram stories just gushing over the beautiful book. And I barely ever show my face on there! I. Am. SO. HAPPY. I just look at it on my bookshelf at random times and smile with love :’)

Pictures of the book to come soon!

I started a new theme on Instagram!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that I change my Instagram theme VERY frequently. I make sure that every theme has at least 15 photos (enough to fill a phone screen), and only extend if I’m still in the mood for the same theme.

Since I got my new phone, I’ve been excited to try out a theme that I wouldn’t have gone for before. Specifically, an outdoor theme. My last phone’s camera wasn’t good with lighting, and hence I had to get very friendly with the exposure option in editing apps. But with my new phone, I’m diving into an outdoor theme immediately.

My idea was not just outdoor, though. It’s to have a more casual, daily-life theme where there aren’t elaborate setups and a ton of props. I’m also going to try for a less “happening” theme. Basically, which doesn’t have too much happening in the photo. A little more minimalistic.

I found a VSCO filter recipe picture on Pinterest which is the main source of inspiration for my new theme. You can check it out here.

My issues with this theme were apparent right from the beginning, as I thought about what would trouble me.

  1. We’re currently having monsoon season. It rains every evening. This means that by the time I get home from college, the sunlight is gone and it’s most likely already pouring. I can’t take photos near home.
  2. I spend most of my days in college, and I have absolutely no clue how to take enough photos in college to match my theme. I roped in a friend of mine yesterday to help me see if my idea is viable by going around college and trying out some pictures. She’s also an Instagrammer, with an art journal page @artdrenalyn (which you should DEFINITELY check out), so I knew that she’s the best person to bounce off ideas with.
  3. I need help with outdoor pictures. I suck at them. I tried a theme like this once before, but I made all the pictures black and white since I couldn’t keep consistent lighting, and I kinda hated that theme. It just didn’t come out well. So yeah, my biggest challenge will be taking pictures or having others take my pictures.

I started the theme yesterday, though! I quite like how the first picture turned out. It’s actually my friend sitting with the book while I was trying out angles and stuff. I’m stoked to see what I can do with this theme, and my friends have offered to help out so that’s awesome.


And that’s it for this week’s Sunday Post updates!

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The Sunday Post // exercises and League of Legends

It’s Sunday again!

It’s also almost over, for me. I meant to blog yesterday or this morning but I just didn’t feel like. Instead I spent my time doing other things, which I’ll talk about below!

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer where we update everyone about our last week.

what I did

I lost my exercising routine at the beginning of this month. I didn’t go for a whole week! It took me a couple days to get back into the groove but I’ve been working on it last week and I’m back to my exercise routine. I’m also exercising just a little harder everyday to make up for my cheat week.

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is the one thing that I easily lose. I tried for years but I never tried hard enough. After finding out that my health is in a bad state this year, which lead to me cutting off 70% of the foods I eat and taking meds, I was finally determined to keep fit. As of now, I’ve been exercising almost daily for 7 months and I still find it hard to get back into the routine after just a few days of break.

The other notable thing from last week is that I went out with two of my closest friends from college. We had a day off on Tuesday due to a festival and spontaneously decided to meet up in a random cafe. It was really nice to just hang out and talk for a while. Having college six days a week zaps out the energy from all of us that we don’t try to meet up outside and chill. But it was much needed.

The week ended with tests which I had yesterday. I had tests for two subjects, one went really bad and the other went pretty good. Fingers crossed the ones I have this week go well!

what I played

This is a completely new section because I usually DON’T play anything. A lot of my friends in college are gamers and I’ve been hearing gaming talk for two years now. It was mostly about Dota, though. I tried Dota once but gave up after only a couple bot games. I just wasn’t interested. I think the amount of talk on Dota going on around me all day put me off the game. Contradictory, but true.

Recently, my friends have shifted from Dota to League of Legends. I decided to try it as well. A couple things together got me interested in trying. 1) I found out that my bias from BTS also plays League of Legends and likes it, and 2) the MUSIC IS AWESOME. I’ve heard quite a few songs from the game’s long list of soundtracks and it’s so cool. While watching the music videos, I became interested in the characters as well.

So yeah, I started playing League of Legends in the last week. I haven’t played it much, but I think I’m warming up to it. After the couple games, I took 5 days to muster up the enthusiasm to play again. When I did, I played alone with strangers online, without my friends teaching me things over Discord, and it was so much better! I could concentrate and truly give a shot. Since then, I’ve played a lot of games and I’m starting to get the hang of it.

what I read

It’s high time I tried to read more non-fiction books and improve my knowledge. I started reading Educated by Tara Westover, a memoir so it’s easier to get into non-fiction. I’m not liking it a lot and it’s pretty slow, so I’m crawling through it. But I’m determined to finish it.

I’m also reading The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva, which my friend lent me saying that I would really take to it and benefit from it. This book will take me months to truly finish because it instructs on using your mind to improve your life. The author recommends reading the book first and then trying every chapter’s methods one by one, so that’s what I’m doing.

Since I just cannot read only non-fiction without losing my mind, I’ve been reading a few short romance books in between. While looking for books to read, I found out that several authors joined and wrote a book each set in Aurora Rose Reynolds’s Until series’ world, so of course I HAD to try some of them. These books have the same vibes and also have cameos of characters from the Until series.

I read Until Mani by Rochelle Paige which was actually really nice! I quite liked it. Then Until I Make You Mine by Jenika Snow, which I did NOT like. I tried a couple more books as well but I stopped reading them only a few chapters in because they were NOT GOOD. Not sure if I’ll try anymore.

what I watched

I didn’t watch anything during the week. I simply did not have the enthusiasm to watch. I didn’t open Netflix at all.

But I did start something this afternoon! I started watching Love Alarm on Netflix. It’s a Kdrama starring Kim So-hyun (whom I’ve seen in a few other Kdramas and whom I really like). I was initially hesitant to watch it because 1) it has a love triangle, which I hate, and 2) I just wasn’t interested in the story line. But I felt like starting something new and decided, why not. It’s short.

What about Regin and Queer Eye, which I was watching earlier, you ask? Well, looks like I get bored with shows if they’re too long. I miss the shortness of Kdramas. I can binge them in a day or two and be done. I will watch Queer Eye and Reign, but later. Hopefully soon.


How was your week? What did you do? Did you read anything or watch anything?

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The Sunday Post // books and so much Netflix

Happy Sunday y’all!

It’s been a hot minute since I did a Sunday Post. It’s one of my favourite kind of posts to do because 1) it’s easy to write about my life and 2) it’s almost like free writing. My words just flow most of the time.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer to update the internet on what we’ve been up to in the last week.

WHAT I READ

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine the first half of the week. I really liked it. I loved the writing, the character, and especially Eleanor’s journey. My heart was full of emotion by the time I read the last line of the book.

I’m really glad that I picked up this book on impulse in the bookstore. It deserves so much more love than I’ve been seeing for it. I wrote a review on it as well. Click here to read my review.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I’m currently reading The Poppy War, which I started right after I finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’m participating in the Autumn is for Asia read-a-long on Instagram which is a themed read-a-long. The hosts have picked books written by Asian authors which we plan to read this Autumn.

I even made a whole bullet journal page dedicated to the read-a-long because I’m really forward to reading all the books. I’m adding in my Instagram post below, which also has the hosts tagged in the caption so you can visit their accounts to check out the read-a-long book list!

Shameless self-plug: follow me on Instagram while you’re there!

I’m really enjoying The Poppy War! It’s pretty brutal about war and how the bloodshed and killings are. The author has also managed to bring in the emotions well in the book. I’m 79% into the book right now. Since the book is huge (it’s a tome, lol), I’m glad I’m reading it in my Kindle so I’m not intimidated by the size.

I’m really unsure how I’ll write a review for this book because SO MUCH happens, and there are several things that I want to talk about.

WHAT I WATCHED

Reign

Earlier this week, I saw a clip on YouTube of Once Upon A Time which has Adelaide Kane in it. I was so surprised to see her! I stopped watching Once Upon A Time a long time back, I guess at season 3, but I really want to start it again. It looks like it’s still going good.

After I saw that, I searched for a video compilation of Francis and Mary from Reign (because I LOVED Adelaide Kane in Reign, and I really liked that show). I watched the show only until season 2 but I shipped Mary and Francis. I didn’t care about spoilers, so I just watched the video. And I was so surprised by a few things! It sparked my interest in watching Reign again, and hence I started watching it again from the beginning.

I only watched 3 episodes so far but I’m enjoying it a lot, just like the first time I saw it.

If you don’t know Reign: it’s a show based on the true story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. It’s very engaging and entertaining to watch.

Queer Eye

I started watching Queer Eye a few weeks back, and I LOVE IT. A lot of bookstagrammers whom I follow recommend this show and I’m glad I listened to them. I finished season 1 pretty quick, but I’m crawling through season 2. Probably because I’m not in the mood to cry.

Queer Eye has, without fail, made me cry every single episode. It’s so emotional. I’m tearing up now just thinking about some scenes.

If you don’t know Queer Eye: 5 gay men make-over people who are stuck in their lives or require a little push to achieve their dreams. They make so much difference in the lives that they touch.

Falling Inn Love

Netflix recommended this movie to me. It sounded really good so I watched it, and I LOVED IT. This is such a good movie! I especially really liked the main character Gabriela. She’s stubborn, headstrong and so charming. Her romantic interest Jake perfectly complemented her. The chemistry was ON POINT.

The movie is a really nice rom-com to watch and chill. The amazing Australian accent helps too. I loved the accent lol.

If you don’t know Falling Inn Love: it follows Gabriela, who won an inn in New Zealand after she loses her job. She’s an architect and believes that this inn will be her dream project. While working on the inn, she ropes in the local carpenter Jake Taylor to help her. Between making plans and renovating the inn, romance sparks.

The movie also has EVERY CHEESY TROPE and I LOVE IT. It’s so cliche but I’m obsessed and want to rewatch it already.

Radio Rebel

I recommended this movie (which I’ve seem multiple times) to a friend two years back. He STILL hasn’t seen it, saying that he can’t find it. I looked it up and found that it’s on Netflix (!!!). LMAO. He was like damn I shall watch right now. Since it’s available, and I felt like it, I watched it as well. It’s been so long since I watched and I truly missed it.

If you don’t know Radio Rebel: Tara is a shy teen in high school who barely speaks to anyone except her friends, but is secretly a popular radio DJ. Her popularity starts to blow up even more once she joins her step dad’s radio channel. And her real life also starts to get real happening. Will she become confident in real life? Will she win over her crush? We’ll see!

Life As We Know It

I was scrolling through Netflix’s rom-coms and saw this one. I only watched this movie once a long time back on TV. I really liked it then, so I watched it again this week. If you can’t tell, I like to stick to movies that I like and don’t try new ones much.

It was super nice and gave me all the feels. I still really like this movie.

If you don’t know Life As We Know It: Holly and Eric hate each other ever since a disastrous first date which was set up by their best friends. As their best friends married and had a baby, they tolerate each other through insults. When their best friends pass away in a car accident, leaving them as the baby’s guardians, they have to step up. While managing a new life, a baby and also their careers, they begin to truly get to know each other.

Letters to Juliet

I felt like rewatching an old favourite again, so I went this one next. I absolutely love Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Egan in the movie.

Watching it again was almost like watching it for the first time because it’s been a long time since I last saw it. The romance, the relationships, and the unending hope warmed my heart.

If you don’t know Letters to Juliet: While on vacation in Verona, Sophie encounters a group of women who call themselves the “Secretaries of Juliet” and respond to the letters written to Juliet by tourists. She helps them one day and discovers a 50 year old letter hidden behind rocks. When she replied to it, the woman from the letter and her grandson show up! The woman, Claire, wants to find her love from 50 years back whom she left behind. Sophie goes along with Clair and her grandson Charlie on an adventure to find Lorenzo Bartolini.

The Age of Adaline

This was recommended to me by Netflix a couple days back. I was intrigued by the synopsis, and it has Blake Lively, so I watched it. It was actually pretty good! I really liked Blake Lively’s acting. The movie leaves you feeling very hopeful in the end, and that’s nice.

If you don’t know The Age of Adaline: The movie follows Adaline Bowman, who stopped aging in her late twenties due to dying and being revived through lightning underwater. She changes identities and location every 10 years to make sure that no one suspects anything. But she’s tired of running, especially after meeting a very charming man. Will she get her happily ever after? Is she strong enough to tell her truth and take a shot at love? Watch to find out.

Wow I spoke so much about movies. This blog post is basically just about the movies I watched lol.

OTHER UPDATES

I got through week 2 of college, and it’s boring as heck. It’s nice to see my friends everyday but I’m just not able to become enthusiastic about my subjects yet. I hope I can get motivated to study them soon, though. We started classes a whole month late and will be going really fast.

I don’t have anything else to say. Life is just.. going on.

How was your week? Update me on your life in the comments!