I took a short break to go to my home country and visit my family. We all lived in one big house and when I go back, I still go and stay in my old room. My books and journals still remain in the room. It’s not odd that growing up, I had more books than any other possession. It continues to be so till today. But, what I really love doing is browsing through my old journals each time I go back. These were my teenage years, when I had “oh so many emotions”. The whole world seemed different back then and I knew so little of it. It’s so interesting to see how my emotions, fears and thought processes have changed…. not to mention my handwriting.
What seemed so very important back then, seem so trivial now. All I could do was smile. Some of the things I wrote sound downright silly now. But, I wouldn’t change a day of it. Who I was back then and everything I went through have shaped who I am today.
It’s been over 10 years since I left that house but still every time I drive away, I feel a little sadness. It was a wonderful 5 days with my whole family and I’m missing them already….
This is probably a never-ending debate…. to print or not to print. I never felt to bad about reading a documents that were 3 to 5 pages long. But, these days my work has me reading documents that are 40 pages long. My boss just can’t read off a computer screen, not even a 5-page document. He insists on printing and making notes. While I love doing the same, I feel terribly guilty about printing large documents, especially those that are not needed to be stored. But I have a real problem reading on the screen for too long. I seem to lose focus, and not being able to mark up a document, makes it much more difficult for me to find any of my comments later on. Our company lawyer on the other hand insists on scanning everything to him. I was quite amazed when he said he almost never reads paper documents anymore. I don’t have much of a problem reading from a kindle but I suppose that is at a more leisurely pace and I don’t need to highlight and make notes. It’s interesting that studies show, reading from paper can greatly improve your comprehension. I knew that would be true. But what’s ironic is that we like to read books and documents in paper while most of us spend our day reading articles and blogs online.
I went crazy and ordered a bunch of pens on Amazon. Collecting pens has been a hobby for a very long time. I got three different types
- Sharpie Pen – this is like a fine liner felt tip. I think it’s one of the best ultra fine felt pens I’ve used. Much smoother than the Maped or Staedtler. The nibs are quite strong too so I don’t think their liable to bend, fray or break.
- Uni Ball Vision Elite BLX: this is writes like the regular Uni Ball rollerball pens. But the ink colors are unique, infused with black so they look really nice. I don’t like the grip on these pens and they are slightly scratchy when you write (even on Clairefontaine paper)
- Uni Ball Air: I think I’ve found a new love. The nibs are so unique and the flow is bold. They are extremely smooth. I’ve put in a picture down below which shows the nib and the writing. The only downside is the slight feathering.
The first time I read this was over 15 years ago. I was quite young and read through it. It’s one of the few books that I didn’t remember much about. Earlier this year when I got this copy signed by the author, I decided to read it again. The book had me in tears by the end. It’s a story that spans the life of two men with an interesting twist. Not once did I imagine the ending to be the way it turned out to be. It’s definitely a lot of intense drama and worth the re-read.
A friend of mine decided to end her relationship after 8 years. Yes that’s right, 8 years and they were not married. It may not be a surprise to many but, my friend is just not the type. She is of the notion that people who want to be together should be married. But this guy was just never ready. There was always a reason or excuse rather and she patiently waited. I’m sad for her. Even in the end, he didn’t step up. He just let her go and now she has to start her life all over again.
I took a bit of a break in between because I was sitting for an exam. It was a gruesome experience to say the least and I don’t think I did very well. It’s ok if I have to take it again. I’m proud of myself for just going through with it. The first half of this year has been challenging. Starting a new job that is a different to what I have been doing for the last 12 years, just means that I have had to put in longer hours during the week. As a result of this, I want to spend every free moment I get on the weekends with my kid. It’s hard enough being a single mother but, it’s worse being a single mother who works 12+ hours a day. So yes, at least I gave the exam and I’ll keep praying that I don’t have to give it again.