It’s been nearly two months since my last post on this blog. Sorry for the impromptu hiatus. My dad had spinal surgery and helping him through recovery and physical rehab sent me in a spin mentally. But I hope that everyone has been well.
In my last check in I discussed some health issues I was having and those have mostly subsided which is fantastic. I still get a twinge or a bad cramp now and then, but not nearly as bad as it was before. At the moment my main goal is to loose some weight. I’m about 10kgs heavier than I should be. I’ve been trying to loose weight for a while and I tend to give up when I don’t see results quickly. But I did loose about 5kg last year and have managed to keep it off, so I know it can be done.
Perhaps the most surprising thing to happen to me is that I found a new job. On my last day of work I actually got a call from a talent pool I had been part of and received an offer for a 1 year role in a government policy writer position. I was lucky that my new manager allowed me to have a 3 week break before starting my role as I was absolutely burnt out from my previous job and I started late April.
So far the role has been fantastic. I’m getting paid a bit more (and get sick leave as at my old job I was just a casual!). The workload is also significantly more manageable and, best yet, I get to work from home except one day a week in the office! It’s honestly such a world of difference. I haven’t been yelled at, or sent any rude emails. Actually looking back at my old role I’m just horrified at how I withstood it for so long.
Perhaps my only issue is that I feel like my old role did such a hit to my self confidence I’m having a bit of trouble talking at work. So I’m trying to rebuild myself step by step.
What I’ve been reading/watching
I’ve been watching a bit of everything recently. I recently finished the US dramas Clarice and Tell me Your Secrets. But also became obsessed with two Chinese dramas, The Untamed and Word of Honor.
I ended up dropping Shadow House, as you’ll note by my episode reviews mysteriously disappearing. I may watch it all now that the season is finished but probably won’t write a review. I did end up watching Record of Ragnarok which was super disappointing and My Life as a Villainess which I kinda loved.
I’ve actually been reading a lot of manga on the Shonen Jump app recently. I got up to date with Jujutsu Kaisen and, after seeing yet another spoiler for Demon Slayer just bit the bullet and read the whole manga. I won’t give spoilers for either, but I had a lot of fun reading them. Something about Demon Slayer just gets me so emotional when I read it.
I’ve continued gardening, but unfortunately it’s winter in Australia right now so a lot of plants have stopped growing. I haven’t kept up with the mindfulness as much as I should have. But I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, specifically true crime or paranormal ones. Funnily enough I love listening to podcasts about possessions and hauntings but find ones about UFO sightings boring. Maybe I just need to find the right hosts…
Some Blogging Changes
As I briefly mentioned above, my mental health has been taken for a bit of a spin the last two months. As such I am trying to take things slow, and have decided to continue to pull back from my blog. I will be reviewing the Higurashi Sotsu episodes fortnightly as I love sharing my ramblings. But I don’t think I will be posting anything else here unless it particularly interests me. To be honest, I’ve actually played with the idea of giving up blogging for good. But I’ll see how I go.