Things I Sampled or Became an Owner of in July
Would a monthly roundup about ‘things I liked this month’ be of any interest to you at all? What type of stuff would you like to see in it if so?
— A Chronic Voice (@AChVoice) June 26, 2018
It was an overwhelming ‘yes’ in this tiny Twitter poll I ran, so here we are with my first edition of ‘Things I Liked This Month’! From fancy fantasies come true to the quiet little pleasures in life, it really is a mix of ‘anything goes’! I’d love to hear your thoughts, not just about the things on this list, but also about the concepts of love, pleasure and joy in general. Happy browsing! 🙂
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1. Kindle Paperwhite
I wondered if a Kindle would help me to read more books, and I got my answer in July, when my partner gifted me with one! It’s been fun browsing and sampling new books, and to be able to read in the dark without disturbing his sleep. The size is perfect for gripping, and I seem to read at a faster rate as well. It was a surprise though, that not all books are cheaper in the Kindle store, as opposed to their physical copies.
I’m aiming to complete at least two books this month, which is probably a small number for some of you 😉 But I spend way too much time reading short form news and blog articles every day, and would like to alternate that with deep reading as well.
2. YuYu Hot Water Bottle
It’s my latest comfort tool for falling asleep, which is something I struggle with almost every night. I find the warmth relaxing, as I cuddle it like a bolster. I also wrapped it around my waist while going about some household chores during my period, and didn’t need to re-adjust it at all! Read my full review and buy one at a discounted price using the code in this post:
3. Homemade Bone Broth
I finally got on the bone broth bandwagon, and put our multi-cooker to proper use! It wasn’t as cheap as I thought it’d be to make (why are bones so expensive in Singapore? I hear they’re given out for free in Australia to pet dogs.) Anyway, the taste wasn’t too bad and grew in peppery intensity the longer it sat for, which was great!
My partner and I started on it nice and slow, as it’s never wise to make drastic dietary changes with antiphospholipid syndrome. Unfortunately, I had to undo all the little things that I introduced to my body a week later, as my PSVT (heart rhythm disorder) and other new symptoms developed. I slid down a snake and am back at square one, in that familiar guessing game again.
4. Antique Blue Mulberry Bayswater Tote
My sister showed up at my door, and gave me an early Christmas present! Really early, I know, but I don’t mind 😉 I love my old bag, but daily usage for the last couple years has left it bruised and battered. So this was a timely, thoughtful surprise!
5. Primapore Adhesive Dressings
My elbow injuries have been there for a long time now. What started as a small scrape became a hideous mix of new wounds and old scars. The steroids I take turn my body’s healing system into a clumsy slob, and rubbing it against the table whilst using my laptop doesn’t help either. Regular plasters fall off immediately due to the awkward position.
So I bought a few different plasters to try, including a hydrocolloid one that promotes healing through a moist environment. But I think I like these Primapore ones the best; the medium size is perfect, and they’re fairly discrete. They also stay on all day and night, and doesn’t hurt to remove, which are huge plusses. Here’s to a normal looking elbow again soon!
6. The Australian Natural Snack Company: Outback BBQ Potato Chips
Okay, not exactly the healthiest thing on the list for a health and chronic illness blog, but these were pretty good 😉 I like trying new stuff including chip flavours, but most of the time they disappoint me. These were a pleasant surprise, yummy!
7. Institut Esthederm Intensif Hyaluronic Serum
I only began going for regular facials after I was 30, as I thought it was about time to take care of my skin before it was too late! I’ve tried both the Maria Galland and Institut Esthederm facials at Nourish Naturally, and think the latter is better for my skin type. So I thought I’d try their products too, and bought this at an expiring-soon-discount. It’s pretty potent stuff that I only need to use a few times a week, and does a fabulous job for dehydrated or dry skin.
8. “Secrets of Women” Korean Drama
This was my first full experience with Korean dramas. I used to think that they were overly dramatic and silly, but one day I sat down to watch this with my mum, and thereafter got hooked! The subject matter tends to revolve around the same things in life – money, unrequited or ill-fated love, obsession, power, greed, etc.
Their scriptwriting abilities are impressive. There are no million dollar explosions, fancy visual effects, or anything like that, but it knows which buttons to push in your heart. I found myself cheering certain characters on, even though I already knew what the outcome would be. Having just taken a personal narrative writing course in June, I will say that there’s plenty about scriptwriting I could learn from the Koreans 😉
There are 104 episodes of 30 minutes each! Watch episode 1 here:
P.s. My partner was actually into Korean dramas before me, which I found amusing, but I’ve now joined the club. I just started on a new Netflix series, “Mr. Sunshine”, which he recommended and claims is his favourite Korean drama to date! Set in the early 1900s during the Shinmiyangyo incident, it’s about a boy who escapes to the U.S. from Korea, and a noblewoman activist fighting for independence.
Also, I plan to respond to Tasha’s tag in the Liebster award some time, but I was surprised that Korean dramas were popular in the U.K., too! ;p There are also a few other ways you can watch TV for free, if you don’t have Netflix.
9. Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep
I put this on the wishlist in my “Book Recommendations for Spoonies” post, and it finally arrived! The illustrations are simple but lovely, and the affirmations calming and peaceful. I am someone who likes to be ‘productive’ all day, and sometimes get caught up in that mind trap especially during bedtime. I’ve tried these affirmations out for a couple nights, and I do think they help to nudge my mind in the right direction towards sleep, and to give myself permission to rest.
P.s. There’s a new release on ‘Morning Affirmations’ now, too!
10. Shower Singalong with My Cockatiel
I have a stuck-on perch in the bathroom for…my cockatiel, Scorcher. He likes to shower with me and whistle along to music, except that he repeats the same riff with every song (an off-tune version of Game of Thrones), while spouting random phrases that he knows.
It so happened that my partner knew the song that came on the Spotify playlist, so there we all were singing along with warm, happy hearts. This unplanned moment will be an endearing memory I carry with me always; the littlest things are really the ones that never grow old or spent!
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