(Happy New Year Everyone! ) A Reflection/ My Memory Sucks

Similar to previous years, I always go through a mini depressive episode at like 3am after all the excitement of the clock striking midnight and watching the fireworks withers away. My sugar-rush gone. I’m lying in bed feeling like shit because I feel that I’ve wasted yet another year. However, this reflective episode of mine went a little differently this year when I decided to go on tumblr to find anything to distract myself when I found a blogger’s reflection post of her year. Not only did she have such an amazing and productive year but she made me realize that I had forgotten to count the little accomplishments I did last year or any of the previous years for that matter. Frankly, my memory sucks so that doesn’t help much. So during the first few hours of the new year, I was going through my pictures and came up with a list of ten things that I did in 2014 that made me proud and happy.

  • I started this blog. Its birthday is on August 18 (try and remember that oh lovable brain)
  • I went to my first concert, London Grammar. I love them!
  • I started living on my own at the age of 17. That was an unexpected turn of events but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Boiled potato and burnt sauce
Boiled potato and burnt sauce
  • I started teaching myself how to cook. I’m living alone. What do you expect me to do when I get hungry at night and I’m too anxious to order delivery because my Arabic is horrible?

My survival instincts kicked in and I thought, “How bad could it be?”

I texted my mom asking her for a simple sauce recipe. I only needed three ingredients: onion, tomato, and chilli pepper. Add salt and four different types of spices. I followed the instructions word by word…

In the end, I made some weird, half burnt sauce to go with my slightly still raw boiled potatoes. You should see the first pancake I made without any guidance…my friend’s thought it was an omelet at first…

There are many more little accomplishments but I don’t want to bore you. I’ll skip to the blog relevant one.

I read the following novels:

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  3. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  7. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Aya by Maguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
  9. Efuru by Flora Nwapa
  10. Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
  11. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

I might have missed one or two but I’m still amazed at myself considering what a slow reader I am. *Pats self on the back. Honestly if 2014 was the year you read your first novel or the year you finally reached your ultimate goal of completely a book challenge then I’m applauding you. Good Job! (Other achievements matter but I want to stay in context).

From me to you: 50 Books to Read Before You Die.

Regardless of the size of the goals you have set out for this year, I hope you accomplish them. And even if you don’t get to accomplish that one big goal, take notice of your little accomplishments.

Have a wonderful year!


London Grammar songs recommendations:

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Rant #1

Hello there.

It is certainly challenging to keep up with a novel once school,university, or work resumes. Its worse when you have so many thoughts about the book but no time to share it with others. So if you are like me, you may or may not be having conversations with yourself about the historical richness of the book. I am currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

The mistake I do not want to repeat is being inactive on my blog for too long. Running this blog does make me happy and keeps my maelstrom of thoughts in check to be honest.

I am taking two English courses, along with others, this semester and I absolutely love them. The only down side is that the assignments are so time consuming that my time for pleasurable reading is sadly very low. What is comforting is that I am not alone in this. What is encouraging is that some people manage to manage both their leisure and their work until some kind of equilibrium is formed! I aspire for that!

From the depths of my heart, I hope everyone is doing okay. Poverty, bombs are parading, recession, domestic violence, Ebola, and it stretches on. How chaotic and depressing. However, let us remember the small pleasures in life such as music, pizza, family, books, and much more.

Curious, what are you currently reading? An article? a novel? Your biology textbook? I’d honestly love to know. Take care