All caffeine’d up

It was another miserable, dreary day in HK 🌧 This time, lightning and thunder were also at play β›ˆ Thankfully the thunder was very far away, and so Kitty wasn’t bothered at all with the sound πŸ˜… Unlike the thunder we could hear in our apartment in Singapore, which sounded like it was originating just outside our building! It was so scary sometimes, even for me, so I can only imagine how poor Kitty felt πŸ˜”

Somehow the sun actually made an appearance in the afternoon, so hopefully that’s a positive sign of more such weather to come 🀞

It was around 3pm when I decided to have a cup of decaf coffee. Yet somehow my body went into autopilot mode, and as soon as I was in the kitchen, I made myself a normal cup of coffee! I normally only have one cup of coffee in the morning to jolt me awake, so having two cups of coffee in a day is rare for me. The last time was probably this day – I had an unintentional second cup of coffee that day too! πŸ˜‚ Needless to say, I was rather productive this afternoon, pumped with a ton of energy (read: caffeine πŸ˜†), getting a whole ton of stuff done! Maybe I should make this second cup of coffee every once in a while to boost my productivity… Occasional enough so as to not get too used to that much caffeine where I no longer feel the effects, but often enough that I still reap the benefits of a caffeine boost on a regular basis! πŸ˜‚

I also had one of my best trading days ever. EVER. Could I pin that on my second cup of coffee as well?! It was like I was one with the market. Remember that meme about two stages every trader goes through? Well today I finally didn’t feel like the dog! πŸ˜‚ It felt goood! Now how do I enter this stage more often…?? πŸ€”

We finished our HK drama, Love in Time. I actually didn’t mind the ending, even though it was a tad predictable. And I watched more of my Korean drama, The Last Empress. Man, it’s goood! I don’t know which one I prefer, this one or Sky Castle. It has so many characters with such different personalities: strong types; innocent; conniving; pure evil; ditzy; obedient; power hungry megalomaniacs; driven; kind; gentle; accommodating… All wrapped up in this one little drama. No wonder these shows suck me in! πŸ˜‚

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Decisions made today

N came home soon after I had fallen asleep last night, so his coming home woke me up. And then Kitty scratched again to get someone’s attention at about 2am (we left a door closed so she scratched at it to let us know that she wanted it open – argh!); and then again in the wee hours of the morning, this second time because she wanted food. So basically the whole fam woke me up a few times throughout the night πŸ˜” I am not having much luck getting a good night’s sleep at the moment!

I spent quite a fair bit of time on social media today. I don’t normally go on social media for that long, as I tend to prefer to unwind by watching Asian dramas now, after having discovered this whole new world that I never even knew existed πŸ˜† But today, I spent over 1.5 hours scrolling through my feed on Facebook 😲 I must’ve been feeling quite social today πŸ˜‚

Speaking of Asian dramas, I decided to abandon my current Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. It hasn’t really drawn me in, and the episode that I was watching today was particularly uninteresting, so I stopped it and decided to read instead. I have to look for a new drama now… It’s going to be hard, I reckon, after having just watched Sky Castle! πŸ˜† Maybe I’ll choose a Chinese drama, to work on my listening skills again… I’ll see what I can find…

I also finally decided to sign up to Scribd. It’s pretty good so far! Slowly building up my reading list in the app 😊 I’ve set a goal to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book each month, have I mentioned this already? I think Scribd will help me quite well with this goal πŸ‘

Little Miss

Kitty woke me up really early this morning by scratching on the front door again πŸ˜” And can you believe it: she then proceeded to guide me in to the kitchen! And she sat there expectantly, obviously waiting for me to feed her. I looked over at her bowls. She has a wet food bowl and a dry food bowl. The latter still had kibble in it, but she had totally cleaned out her wet food bowl. Like totally licked it clean. And yet she wasn’t making her way to the dry food, no no, she wanted none of that. She wanted more wet food. And I, her servant, had been woken up to dutifully give it to her. O-M-G. Un-freaking-believable. So needless to say, I was not in a good mood when I eventually woke up properly this morning!

I’ve started to read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. She’s an Aussie writer, I assume from Sydney, because she refers to a lot of Sydney stuff in both this book and in Three Wishes, another book of hers that I read last year. In my current book, she mentions Parramatta, Chatswood, Royal North Shore Hospital and Manly beach, among other things, which then of course made me feel nostalgic about my home town. I feel like I haven’t been back in sooo long. Come to think of it, I don’t think I went back to Sydney at all last year, did I?? No wonder the city feels so far and distant right now πŸ˜” I wonder if I’ll go back sometime this year. For Christmas, perhaps? Maybe… We’ll see…

N went to the races tonight with some work colleagues, so I just watched an episode of my new Korean drama, The Beauty Inside, and I’ll probably have an early night. Hopefully Little Miss will stay asleep throughout the night tonight…! 🀞

Sleep

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and feeling really, really tired. It didn’t help that Kitty woke me up in the middle of the night scratching at the front door πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Sighhh…

I went back to sleep after giving her some food, and the next time I woke up, it was 1:45pm 😲 In the end, I pretty much spent the whole day sleeping. I was starting to feel better in the evening, though, so it wasn’t a total waste of a day just sleeping. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow too – and that Little Miss will sleep through the night tonight! Ugh, I hate being sick. Cold weather and I just do not get along.

During my more awake periods during the day, I read more of my book, Something in the Water, and watched a few more episodes of my current Korean drama, Who Are You. Both are mystery thrillers, isn’t that great. Why am I putting myself through this?!? 😝 They’re both good, though, that’s why 😊

Phew πŸ˜…

Gas Guy came this morning, he had excellent English, I was so happy about that. But what was even better was his fix for our stove top: a new set of batteries! πŸ˜‚ That was it! Luckily he had a spare set, so he changed them over, and all was good with the world πŸ˜… And he just charged for parts and not labour, which was also pretty damn good, so I assume the government pays for these maintenance appointments. It was already a good start to my day 😊

I then rang the vet to check if Kitty’s meds were ready for me to pick up – they were πŸ‘ So I swung by in the afternoon after my trip to the library. Kitty didn’t like the first can of food that I gave her this morning, though, which was rather annoying, as it’s such a waste of money and food! And she spent the morning sleeping, which concerned me too. Not eating and then sleeping without having eaten anything isn’t her usual routine.

But then when I returned home later in the afternoon, she was back to her normal self. She had woken up and eaten most of the second can that I had given her, phewww πŸ˜… Maybe Gas Guy stressed her out a bit. She really isn’t a fan of strangers. She’s barely a fan of us, so I can only imagine how she feels about people she doesn’t even know πŸ˜‚

On my way to the library today, I suddenly realised that I had forgotten to bring one of the books that I had wanted to return! 😫 Isn’t that great. I didn’t turn back to collect it, though. I figured I’ll be heading to the library again sometime in the next few days anyway, and I’ll return it then. I’m really enjoying my library trips. It feels like there is so much knowledge there, all virtually for free! πŸ˜†

N had a team dinner tonight, so I had the evening to myself. I’ve decided to read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Being alone in a dark house while reading it is not a good idea – especially for a scaredy cat like me! πŸ˜‚ But it’s good. I can’t remember where I heard about the book, maybe Reese Witherspoon’s book club?? Yeah, I think that’s where I first heard about it. I don’t normally like the books that the club puts forward, as they’re just not the types of books that I’d be interested in reading. But this one is more up my alley, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m enjoying it so far! πŸ‘

Tired and annoyed

I am still unsure about my chosen vet for Kitty here 😐 Firstly, we dropped by yesterday to ask for some more medicine for her, and I was told it will take a day or two to get it prepared for her, and to just call tomorrow once I’ve checked her dosage (I couldn’t remember what it was and it was the first time I’m buying her meds in HK, so the clinic doesn’t have it on her records yet). Why couldn’t I ring them up after I got home to check?? I asked her that and she said, Iit’ll take a day or two to prepare it anyway, so just call tomorrow.” Okayyy…

So I rang today. I gave her the back story, and mentioned that Dr X (Kitty’s new vet in HK at this clinic) recommended dropping the dosage slightly. She then queries who Dr X is.

Me: Dr X, Dr FirstName X

Vet nurse: Oh Dr FirstName X, from here?

She sounded as if the penny just dropped. Why would I just be dropping random vet names if Dr X didn’t work at that clinic?? πŸ˜’ Anywayyy… After comprehending Kitty’s back story, she then said, “Okay, I’ll call you back.” I am still waiting for that call. Ummm, and when, pray tell, do you plan on calling me back? πŸ˜’ Perhaps when the medicine is ready for me to pick up?? Sighhh…

In complete contrast, I would just rock up to our SG vet, ask for the meds, and they head over to the cabinet and give me exactly what I need. Maybe I’m being unfair as these guys don’t know Kitty yet as well as the SG guys did, but this clinic just doesn’t seem as slick an operation… Nor have I been that impressed with their level of service. Apart from the vet, most of my other interactions at the clinic have been pretty mediocre πŸ˜” Hence my contemplating changing clinics…

Anyway… I’m probably grumbling right now because I’m tired. All my keen bean-ness and lack of sleep over the last few days is finally starting to come to an end. Maybe I can feel somewhat normal again tomorrow!

I also didn’t make it to the gym because I was just too tired today. I figured it wouldn’t be the most productive session anyway if I did go, so I figured resting would be a better good use of my time, and I’ll go on a day when I’m actually feeling better physically. So my lack of activity probably didn’t help my mood today either.

Not the best start to the week… πŸ˜”

Another productive day

I got up really early this morning, which is always such an amazing feat for a night owl like me. So again, I had a very productive day! This is becoming a good habit that I’d like to maintain for as long as possible! 😊

I returned my bilingual Chinese/English picture book today, and went searching for another one in the same series, since I’m really enjoying them. It took me forever to find them, as they were on the shelf! They have sooo many children’s books that some books just sit on nearby trolleys. I couldn’t quite figure out if there was any sort of order to the trolleys, and even some semblance of order to the books on the trolleys, as the books weren’t always in order either. But luckily I decided to go through the half a dozen or so trolleys scattered around near the shelf where the books were supposed to be, and finally found the series. I decided to borrow “I am Punctual!” today. I figured I could learn a thing or two from it, and not just Chinese πŸ˜‚

I went to the gym again today. I decided to do some dance basics on the treadmill, something I haven’t done in months. I was halfway through a slow fox song, and my calves were already sore! I am obviously so out of training! πŸ˜” We really need to get back into it asap. Or at least go back to the gym on a more regular basis and just continue doing basics and also to keep up the stamina. But first things first, we need to find a new studio and new teachers … πŸ˜”

I needed to buy some cat litter today, so I went to virtually all the supermarkets near home. Only one stocked the cat litter that we have now switched to – and, wouldn’t you know it, it was the last supermarket on my list! So typical. But I have recently started turning annoying things into times of gratitude – in this instance, for example, instead of being feeling inconvenienced by having to wander around to various supermarkets, I’ve decided to view this as being fortunate enough to have a few different supermarkets so close to home for me to be able to choose from. It feels like such a more positive way to view it! I’m liking this new technique, I’m going to try and do it more often whenever I start getting annoyed at something; turn it around and be grateful that I have the problem in the first place! 😊

And in the evening, I watched another episode of my Korean drama, About Time. I’m getting close to the end of the series, so I need to find my next drama soon. I need to create a watchlist, so I can just go straight to that for ideas 😊