Saturday, 31 May 2014

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I have been baking a lot as of late. These were meant to be pumpkin spiced muffins with cream cheese. However, they turned out to be more of the texture of banana bread and tasted infinitely better without the cream cheese frosting.

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I got new sunglasses! The left lens actually has a prescription although it is minimal just so it would get covered under my health insurance.
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I am actually quite unhappy that it has been so warm as of late. I want colder weather and I want to eventually move to a place where there are colder winters.

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Driving to USYD to drop off an assessment.

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Heading home again.

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I am honestly getting so sick of the lack of choice in my area. It's either: Chinese, Thai, Italian, Pub Food or the occasional overpriced Japanese place. Actually, everything is overpriced in my area which is incredibly frustrating.
Sunday, 18 May 2014

Another Week

Another week is over. Last Friday I went to USYD for A's highschool friends' graduation. A non-eventful week I suppose. I finished a course last Wednesday, an exam worth 100% of my grade. We shall see.

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Sunrise. 

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My "weekend" starts tomorrow after 10.30am. I have been working every weekend for as long as I can remember (except of course when I was overseas) and I really don't know what it is like to have those days to myself anymore. It will be worth it all in the end.
Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ribs and Rump

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Last Friday I went with A. to Rips and Rumps in Manly. A disclaimer first: I am not the biggest fan of red meat, actually anything larger than 10cm x 5cm is too much. However, I knew that A. would enjoy it and it was a nice dinner although we over ordered. Whoops.

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I always forget to ask for dressing on the side. Far too much dressing on the salad, unfortunately.

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I am in Manly almost every week and am running out of places to eat.
Thursday, 8 May 2014

Day in my Life: 7th May 2014

When I was on LiveJournal back in the day I used to make a lot of these 'Day in my Life' type of entries. I thought I would bring it back because it's a nice way to reflect later down the track and it's fun. Unlike my highschool years, my days are quite varied. This day, I didn't have uni but I headed over to USYD to spend part of my day there.

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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What I see when I wake up.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Books of April

I can't believe that the month of April is over. Hello May. April has been a very stressful month. Perhaps I will talk about that in another post. Maybe. Nothing too much has happened this month however I did read a few books that I will briefly comment on.

I have always been an avid reader ever since I was a child. It started because my family was quite poor hence we spent a lot of time over the summer break and the weekend at home. I have always been a fast reader and over the course of my law degree, the speed that I read has dramatically increased. The downside is that I read very fast now because I skim; I can't not skim anymore which is actually quite bad. I am also quite particular about my novels and if a novel doesn't capture my interest within 5 chapters or so, I abandon it. I usually read around 40 new novels a year, although last year it was only 34.

These are actually the first books that I have read all year. Like most things, I am all-or-nothing. I will read half a dozen books within a week and then never open another one for a few months.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriaty
This novel was so disappointing! I picked it up because Amarixe had recently purchased it in her book haul, the cover was really pretty and the synopsis seemed very interesting. It was a very slow novel, predictable, the characters were so boring and around 3/4 in, I gave up and massively skimmed the rest.


The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Disclaimer. I am a major Veronica Mars fan and I love the show but hated the movie (why Veronica why?!). The book was pretty good and I loved the pace of it. Very impressed considering the let-down of the previous novel.


Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
This book's premise was quite interesting and I have to admit, it kept me engaged for most of the novel until the very end then it became very blah.


Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club #13) by James Patterson
I am a fan of James Patterson and the Women's Murder Club (still unhappy that the show got cancelled) and this novel was what I expected and I was quite pleased with it.


The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen
A yawn-fest.


Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
Okay, most people laugh at me when I say this but I am a huge fan of 19 Kids and Counting. It is my guilty pleasure and I love that show. I actually get very excited when I find a new episode on YouTube. This book was what I expected, but it was quite enjoyable actually.


Vanished by Sheela Chari
Quite a good read although I think it is aimed at people considerably younger than me (around the age of the protagonist who is 11. Whoops).


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of HBO's Game of Thrones. I really thought I would enjoy it considering I do enjoy the fantasy genre, but the show makes me really sad and unhappy. I guess it's almost to the point where I am depressed about how cruel people can be to others. Perhaps I am overthinking it. I have watched 2.5 seasons but I stopped because it just wasn't worth it to me. But I do want to give the series a try and started with the first novel. It was alright; I've already seen the first season so nothing was new but I do enjoy the writing style.


I started using my GoodReads account again so add me if you have one! Do you have any book recommendations? One of my newly found favourites is The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman.