Blogging, Musings, The Journey

Seasons

This year has been a whirl of Ups and Downs but at long last I am finally where I am supposed to be. We go through seasons and each of them are geared to show and teach us something. Doesn’t mean the lessons will be easy, kind, good or even bearable but when we come through on the other side we end up forever changed. One thing to keep in mind is to ensure we come out the victor rather than letting the process break us.

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Book Review, Musings

Book Review:- Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman

Ann, Not Annie is a well written YA (young adult) fictional novel by Sage Steadman. I read this book in a very short time and the actual story is 272 pages long. What I love most about this book is the style of writing the author implemented. I am a huge fan of the narrative style of telling stories and when done well its a joy to read and this was indeed a joy to read. The voice of the narrator took on the right tones and themes through out the book making for a very fluid read.
The story itself is of a teenage girl named Annie who prefers to be called Ann. She is still in high school and going through some major emotional and mental strain. She is dealing with grief, abandonment issues, loneliness and some teenage girl drama. The narrator follows her story of struggling in school with regular visits to detention and the school counsellor, less than an ideal living situation at home, taking care of her brother and dealing with a potential for falling in love and the glamour/seduction of being one of the popular kids.

Ann not Annie goes through a process that almost breaks her while reading Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden pond” (Which has definitely joined my reading list thanks to this book). Luckily for her, her small circle of friends whom she thought she had lost were still there for her when she was ready to let them in again.

I respect Authors who brave topics that we as a society are quick to skirt or push aside for political reasons or deem too heavy for a certain audience. Ann (not Annie but also Annie lol) is a teenager who through no choice of hers had to experience grief and loss (mostly alone)and if we think teenagers shouldn’t be exposed to these topics, then what happens to the “Ann’s” of this world who are unprepared and yet plunged into similar situations.

This book is a perfect gift for both young adults, parents, teachers, counsellors etc to help breach that gap and even open up an avenue for these conversations to be had.

It was a great read and I recommend it to everyone.

Blogging, Musings, story time

What’s bee happening (if you’ve been wondering)

So for those of you who’ve been following my adventures, I am sure you’ve been wondering why my posts have been sporadic and all over the place?

Well I just recently moved! More like relocated really 😁 to a different CONTINENT!

If you’ve read any of my long distance relationship (Ldr) posts, you would know that my husband and I dated long distance and this spilled over into the first 2+years of our marriage with a lot of juggling of time difference, finding cheap flights and trying to squeeze as much quality time together while still trying to make a living or be functional members of society if you may lol

So the BIG move happened recently after going through more than a year of immigration processes, rejections and validations to finally bring us to today. Today represents our current state of finally living together and building the life we’ve always dreamed and planned for. It’s been just over a month since the move and I would love to say it’s been all sunshine and rainbows but no it’s not!

Transplanting your life isn’t as easy as they make it look and sound in the movies, books and songs. There’s a lot of back work involved. Documentation, work/ possible career change, money differences, shopping and food diversity, a different system and all that.

But all that is a walk in the park to finally have “Today”. We don’t have 6000+ miles between us anymore, no sleepless nights, no time difference, no horrible network problems and so forth. It’s not perfect but it’s still paradise.

I get asked if I would do it differently and change our process. I would love to say yes, but my answer is I don’t know if having the opportunity to do it differently would make us as strong as we are and as purified going through the fire (our process) as we have.

It’s our process and I am happy that we conquered it and made it to the other side.

Our story isn’t over by any means, it’s Just starting a new chapter ❤️.

Musings, poems, poetry

Poetry prompt:- Light keeper

Blogging, Musings, poems, poetry

Poetry prompt:- word “Exulansis”

exulansis

n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

Musings, poems, poetry

The Search

cooking / meals, Musings

A Platter and odd offerings 😍❤️

Musings

Food diary #11

It’s oat meal 😍

Breakfast can somewhat be challenging. It’s so easy to miss it day after day and yet it’s termed the most important meal of the day. .

So be good to yourself and plan ahead. Go for simple, quick and easy like this bowl of oatmeal and a variety of fruits. .

You can customize yours to meet your needs and taste. But the good thing is that you’d be getting lots of fiber, healthy sugars, vitamins and nutrients depending on what you put in yours. .

Try not to skip breakfast as much as you can. Cheers 🥂

cooking / meals

Food diary #9

It’s a wrap! Lol pun intended 😪.

Wraps are quick and easy to prepare and can usually be achieved with ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

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-You’ll need flat bread of your choice.

-green leaf (lettuce) or another of choice

  • carrots

  • protein of choice (turkey, chicken etc)

  • you can add any other veggie or pepper

  • cheese (optional).

-etc.

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#wraps #flatbread #nan #roti #veggiewraps #turkeywrap #chickenwrap

cooking / meals, Musings

Upgrading Leftovers

Food 🥘 dairy #8

Left overs.

It’s with mixed emotions that I stare into the fridge whenever I have leftovers, especially those that don’t compliment one another.

But it’s also exciting because it means I don’t have to cook anything from scratch if I don’t want to 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾.

So you can always just heat them up as they are or introduce new ingredients to the mix and upgrade it into a whole new meal!

What are your favorite ways of revamping leftovers?

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On my plate I have #mixedveggies #stirfry #noodle #indomie #chicken #irishpotatoes #srambledeggs #salmon etc

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In my #mickey #mug #mickeymug is cranberry juice 🥤.