My Significant Other…

28 04 2011

… my Life, my Love, my EVERYTHING.

This post is dedicated to YOU, Sweetheart! Only 9 more days, then we’re getting married 🙂 Ai haz a happee – and I hope you do, too.

You're purrrrfect for me!


Message Sessions II

27 04 2011

Dear weather

You know I love the rain – the cold bite to the air, the steady dripping rhythm against the windows, snuggling up under a blanket or in front of the heater with a good book… But, if you’re taking requests, I’d really like you to take mine as a top priority: please, don’t rain on the 7th of May. You can drown us with as much rain as you want until next Thursday, ease up for the weekend, and start pouring down to your heart’s content again come Sunday evening/ Monday. What do you say?


My wedding trumps my love of rain


Mother Nature

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve understood you at many times in my life, since you’ve chosen to put me through hell plenty of times. However, if you’re willing to be a sport, and grant your earthly daughter a wish, let it be this: make my ‘that time of the month’ start this coming Friday or Saturday, pretty please?! You only get married once, after all (that’s how the saying goes), and I can do without cramps and bloating and everything that comes along with the red sea.


Messed up ovaries


Dear wedding dress & shoes

I just want to fit into you nicely, without feeling like I’m suffocating – that’s not too much to ask, right, dress? And shoes, you know I’m not a fan of high heels, yet it would fall in nicely with the whole team spirit thing if you keep me up and about without making me look like an idiot. Play nice, all right?


Slightly nervous bride (who should probably start cutting calories)


Dear wedding vows

Please write yourselves (or should it be ‘self’?)!!!


Time is running out


Dear OUP

I love you – I most sincerely do. It would be amazing if I could continue working for such an amazing publishing house after the wedding. Just remember that I appreciate the chance(s) I have been giving, and that I feel honoured to have my name connected to such a renowned company.

With appreciation,

Intern editor turned short-term project manager turned…?


Dear Smudgy

Mommy just wants to say that she loves you J You’re probably liking the fact that your collar has been MIA for quite some time, since you’ve now become a little ninja who can follow me far more stealthily… though I know that you always follow me wherever I go.


Your human mommy


Dear eyes

What the heck is going on?! At first I thought it might be the contact lenses that are irritating you, but now it seems that you feel dry, itchy, irritable and whatever else most of the time – especially you, left eye. Knock it off; it’s time we see eye to eye (no pun intended… no, wait, I did – I so totally did).


Why the hell won’t this go away


Dear cat lovers

You need/ ought to read The Blog of Otis, which springs forth from The Cult of Otis website. The blog is written by Otis, a cat who now lives in the Promised Land with his human parents (who he refers to as the ‘Guardians of Otis’) and his two brothers, Oliver and Henry. Not only is it pretty good writing for a cat, but the photos are absolutely adorable. Go learn more about his life and his day to day activities.

So sayeth a human ‘follower’ of Otis


Dear absolutely awesome writer friend (you know who you are)

YOU rule!!!


Your #1 fan 😉


Dear Rick Riordan

I don’t care whether or not people don’t like your books, and that those who haven’t read them but only saw the movie judge you (though I myself am not very pleased with the actors chosen for the film, or how the film turned out, for that matter!), I want to tell you that I sincerely love the PERCY JACKSON series. I’ve always been interested in Greek & Roman mythology, thus it’s ‘fun’ for me to see how you’ve played around with things while adding your own personal touch (I also try to guess by description who certain characters and monsters are). I cannot wait to finish the last book, which I am currently reading.

May the gods be with you,

The Lady Hera [it’s a nickname that sort of stuck… though perhaps I’d like to be more like Athena…]

I haz… a happee!

13 04 2011

See, I told you 😉

It was amazing being back at Oxford University Press (OUP) today – it feels like I never left!

I arrived at 08:05 and worked straight through until 16:50. I didn’t even take a lunch break, I only went to the bathroom once… and I did a lot of work! You want to know what the nicest things about the day was?

Everybody was happy (or happee, if you prefer) to see me 🙂

If I were the cat in the next picture, the quantity of my fluff would probably have been the same after today:

When I woke up at 06:40 this morning (perhaps a bit earlier; I also woke up during the night once or twice), I was happy to get up early – I didn’t even feel tired. Because I was busy all day, (1) I didn’t feel sluggish, (2) my brain got some exercise [your brain only ‘works’ so much when you’re reading for enjoyment], and (3) I made an effort not to dehydrate, thus my water consumption has risen again – a definite plus! I feel good.

Oh, and apparently Smudgy was much less vocal because I wasn’t here – she spent most of the day sleeping *laugh* But the moment I walked through the door, she was meowing up a storm, wanting food and attention (mostly attention), and has again stolen my chair, which means I’m crouched in front of my laptop to finish this post.

The one thing I’ve been ‘unhappy’ about lately is the fact that I cannot seem to find a job… or rather, that nobody wants to grant me an interview or employ me. Want to know the irony? One of OUP’s competitors wants me to come in for an interview for a position with them! (It only took them holding onto my CV and sifting through candidtes for over two months to make that decision.) Working again seems to have boosted my liveliness a bit – and if a recharge in mind and ‘spirit’ isn’t something to be happy/ happee about, then I don’t know what is!!

I can has employment? Plzkthx

12 04 2011

Sorry I haven’t blogged about my birthday yet… Or at all, for that matter, since Friday. I’ll probably have a blog post up with pictures tomorrow…

…if, that is, I get the time during lunch hour.

Why, you may ask?

Because from tomorrow until the fifth of May, I’ll be working at OUP again! *Snoopy dance*

It’s very exciting! Even if it is for only 13 working days. It’ll give me something to occupy my time with up until the wedding, not to mention supplying me with a bit more working experience for my CV. And all this happened on Friday – what a plus on my birthday 🙂

Although I’m obviously feeling a tad on the nervous side, what with having been at home for three months already (which will make me a little ‘rusty’ once I’m back at the office), I cannot help but feel really good to think that they decided to contact me for the position. Hard work pays off… even if it is three months later.

[It’s like they say: find a job you love, and you’ll never have to work again!]

Happy Birthday to ME

8 04 2011

I suppose I have reason to feel good today…

Despite the fact that I didn’t sleep much (and badly, I might add).

Despite the fact that I had a wedding nightmare where everything went wrong.

And despite the fact that Smudgy has been exceptionally vocal today.

I think I can muster up the gusto to feel happy and excited…

…because it is my 24th birthday, after all 🙂

[And the messages on Facebook keep on coming!]

I’ll be sure to blog about the occasion (and any gifts) sometime over the weekend – hope you all have a good one!!

Almost 24

7 04 2011

Rapunzel: So mother, earlier I was saying tomorrow is a really big day, and you didn’t really respond, so I’m just gonna tell you: it’s my BIRTHDAY! Tada!

Mother Gothel: No, no, no, can’t be. I distinctly remember – your birthday was last year.

Rapunzel: That’s the funny thing about birthdays – they’re kind of an annual thing.

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’ll be turning 24.

Twenty. Four. (!!!) [cue ticking music and timer from the 24 television series.]

It’s funny how, when you’re young, you think that people aged 24/ 25 and up are ‘adults’… which means that, according to kiddie standards, that would be me come tomorrow… or maybe only even next year… *sigh* Before I know it, I’ll be thirty. Won’t that be something to look forward to.

Luckily I look pretty young for my age… or at least, that’s what I’m told. Last year when I was looking after – yes, babysitting – a little girl, she couldn’t believe how old I was, because I’m ‘not like’ grownups or older people… plus I love cartoons and animated movies, building puzzles and having a laugh, unlike grownups, as was her opinion.

Sure, I suppose I’m still young at heart. In fact, twenty-four isn’t seen as that old anymore these days. It’s not like being twenty-four and unmarried (only for another month, though) makes me doomed to be an old maid for the rest of my life. I don’t have to have kids in my mid-twenties. I can focus on building my career… and while doing all that, I can still be happy and child-like and sometimes carefree.

Just as long as I remember where and when to be immature (which, I’m told, is a sign of maturity), I’ll be fine.

So, in keeping with feeling ‘young’ with the commencement of another birthday – anyone want to bake me a cake…? 😉

Exercise with LOLcats

5 04 2011

On the 17th of March (three weeks ago this coming Thursday) we bought an elliptical trainer… which is sort of like an exercise bike without a seat. In any case, this not-so-little baby now stands in our living room, facing toward the television and the balcony, offering one a view and a show.

This is our ‘attempt’ to get in a bit of exercise every day. I used to walk a lot when I was in high school and university, but now that I still find myself unemployed, I mostly sit at home all day, and the lack of movement (from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen et cetera) has me feeling very frustrated and sluggish – like I’m not doing anything valuable with my time… other than reading, which is great 🙂

Hey, at least a bit of exercise on the elliptical trainer results in calories/ kilojoules I wouldn’t have burnt otherwise!! So here to help me get into the exercising spirit are a few LOLcats.