Addicted

When I woke up this morning, there was all this thunder and lightning outside . I figured it was going to be one of those days where I just stay home 😔

And I did 🤣 I managed to get my next YouTube video out, and then I also called my parents. I watched some more of my current Korean drama (Crash Landing On You) and then fell asleep on the couch 🤣 Don’t you just love days like this?!? 😂

N asked if I was wearing perfume earlier. I said no, it’s probably from the essential oil diffuser! I have the damn thing on all day, I can’t get enough of it! I swear I’m addicted. I love, love bergamot! 💕 I can’t get enough of this essential oil! I love scents in general, but I have somehow become addicted to this particular one. I have my diffuser on whenever I’m working, and I also have a portable diffuser so I can continue to have the essential oil around me wherever I am. And I also put drops of the essential oil into my mask for the day. It actually makes me want to wear a mask when I’m outside! Yep, I’m totally addicted! 😂

Plans thrown out the window

I continued working on that data for the non-profit organisation here. The data is sooo bad, sighhh… I spent so much time on it today that it totally threw out my morning – and I still haven’t finished checking / cleaning it! I may as well just do it all by hand, that’s how bad the data is!

But I did manage to finish my next YouTube video 👍 It’s a vlog-style vidéo, I haven’t done one of those in aaages. I actually enjoy making them! I should make more. I usually make them when we’re out and about doing stuff or travelling, but we haven’t really been doing that because of the rona, so there hasn’t really been anything to vlog about! But now that HK is slowly returning to normal, I think we can start doing stuff around the city again, so I should start making more of these vlogs 😊

And because my plans were thrown out the window because of the dodgy data, I didn’t get to ring my parents today, like I was hoping to. I’ll have to do that tomorrow.

PMQ – Central, HK

We decided to walk around PMQ this afternoon, after a quick brunch at a nearby cafe. I like PMQ, I just don’t really go there very often because there isn’t really much nearby. I have to make a deliberate effort to go there because it’s not like it’s on the way to anything else. I like the layout of the place, and I like all the eclectic stuff that they have there. It reminds me of Newtown in Sydney, just that the shops are all in one building, instead of scattered at street level. Newtown HK style 😆 So if you’re ever in HK (maybe when international travel returns to normal, whatever that means in this new era that we’re living in 😔) and want to find an interesting gift or souvenir or just something interesting for yourself, I highly recommend a trip to this place.

And then we just watched a few episodes of Community later in the evening to round out quite a relaxing weekend 😌

How was your weekend?

Compassion and gratitude

I was feeling all compassionate and grateful today 🥰 I should try and bring in more gratitude into my days, try and come up with three things that I’m grateful for at the end of each day. It’s such a different mindset when you think in terms of gratitude, and I just feel happier when I do. I probably could’ve done with some of this during the week! 😂

The weather was still 💩 so I didn’t really feel like going out today. And then N had a Zoom catch-up with some mates from Sydney at 2pm HK time anyway, so I figured we may as well just stay home. And then maybe go out later in the evening, if we wanted to. Pffft, as if we did 🤣 But I did manage to finish my next YouTube video, and I also got through an episode of Crash Landing On You, my current Korean drama 😆 I need relaxation goals too! 😌

Hopefully the weather will be a little bit better tomorrow, and I’ll actually feel like heading out for a bit of a walk somewhere 🤞

A bit of perspective would be good

Hmmm… I’m just not having a good week. I don’t feel like I even did anything productive today 😔 I know I did, but my brain seems to be ignoring all that and it’s just focussing on the fact that what I set out to do today (write up the script for my next YouTube video) didn’t happen. Why focus on the negative?? 🤨 Because some good things also did get done today!

For example, I finished reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, a children’s book by EL Konigsburg. I’ve read a few children’s books lately, and I actually haven’t been all that impressed with them. But I actually really liked this one! I would definitely recommend this to my 10-12 year old self 😊 Now I’m thinking that my next fiction novel should be one that’s for adults 😆

And I’m also connecting with a few friends on Facebook. I’m trying to be a bit more active on social media these days to try and stay in touch with friends, especially my friends in Oz who I don’t see much these days (and not at all at the moment 😔).

And I did do some research for my next YouTube video today too. Now I just need to get a better idea of what I want included in the actual video. Okay sure, I didn’t write out a script like I had wanted to, but I’m on my way there, so I have done something.

So even though I might not have gotten the script written up, it wasn’t a complete waste of a day. Get a bit of perspective, sheesh! 🙄

Martyrdom

Today’s post is a bit of a rant, so if you don’t need additional negativity in your day today, then please skip this post and continue on with your day and hopefully I’ll see you back here tomorrow 😊

I have a friend who perpetuates the stereotypical ‘women do everything around the house and men don’t do anything to help’ mentality. I don’t like stereotypes in general, and I especially don’t like gender-specific stereotypes. As I may have mentioned before, I am very good at ignoring things that I disagree with on social media, so I ordinarily just scroll past anything that she posts on this topic.

But today, she drags me into it, and THAT I can’t ignore. What she was basically implying was that I am lucky to have a guy who cooks for me. Um, no. I just happen to be with a guy who likes to cook. There’s no luck involved, it’s just who he is. And we make the joint decision that he cooks simply because he likes it. And because he likes it, he practises it more and is therefore better at it than me. And it’s not a skill that I’m interested in improving. If we both hated to cook, I’m sure we’d eat out a whole lot more or order delivery more or eat pre-made dinners more often. So we divvy things up around the house based on our personal strengths and interests. I look after our finances simply because I’m better at it. I wash the dishes because I prefer to do this than cook dinner. It’s about our strengths, not luck or gender. I believe in maximising our strengths rather than trying to minimise our weaknesses. And if I was feeling like I was being overwhelmed with too many things going on in my life, then I’d talk to N about it and he’d be there to help me out. That’s the whole point of a relationship, isn’t it?? 🤨

So I see it a bit like playing the martyr. And if you want to play the martyr, then by all means, go for it. Just please don’t drag me into your martyrdom with you because I choose not to play that game.

Bread, technology and anime!

N baked some more bread again today, which was so nice 😋 After tasting freshly baked bread at home, it’s hard for me to buy bread from the supermarket now! 😆 He only made a small amount this time, and I want to have toast for breakfast tomorrow, so I decided to make some dough myself tonight so that it’s ready to be baked tomorrow. He’s way ahead of me in terms of the number of loaves that he’s baked (he’s probably baked six to my two) so I need to catch up! We’ve been having problems with the bread not rising, so let’s see how this second attempt of mine goes…! 🤞

I also spoke to my parents and my brother and his family. That was nice. We’re literally in different parts of the world now (parents are in Sydney; my brother in Ireland; and me in HK) so we don’t see one another very often. And it seems the rona will make that even harder now 😔 So yay for technology 👍

And then we just watched a few more episodes of One Punch Man. We’ve almost finished the series, I think we only have two or three episodes left and then we’re done. I’m thinking of watching Neon Genesis Evangelion next. It’s a really old anime from 1995, but apparently they’ve been remade into four movies, with the fourth movie due for release sometime later this year. But rather than just watching the movies, I’ve decided to watch the original series first. Although apparently they’ve deviated from the original storyline from the end of movie #3. Just FYI, if you’re interested in the series. So many things to watch! 😆