So… In rebooting this blog, I realized that I should at least introduce myself to whoever may be reading this. A bit of personal background so you’ll at least have context for whatever things I may end up blogging about.
So… It’s been more than three years since my last post. (Ohmigod). I am now in my thirties, and life has.. changed. I’m thinking of blogging more regularly and to have more variety in my blog posts. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up, but I do kind of want to share more about my life, and life in Metro Manila in general.
I’m thinking of getting into blogging about personal finance and budgeting, because it really is a huge part of my life right now. And just life as a thirty-something woman living in this crazy city (that I love so much, LOL).
I’m still percolating this whole idea, so it’ll probably be awhile before something really comes out of this blog, but I’m kind of excited to dive into more of my life and revive this blog.
So, I showed you guys a sneak peek of my DIY cover for my Hobonichi Cousin last time. I’ve decided to share a bit how I made it and how it looks.
It’s something I whipped up quickly because I just wanted to keep Hobo (that’s what I call it. Haha) safe. It’s really more of a temporary cover since I really want to get him a leather cover, but I want it to be a cover I fall in love with.
I spent nothing making this because everything was already from my stash. The denim came from an old pair of jeans and the blue cloth is from an old button up.
Because I’m a lazy person and I really just wanted to do a quick project, I didn’t really do any proper measuring for this (if I had, I would have made the covers fit a lot closer to the gutter of the binding). Instead I traced around Hobo straight onto the denim. The slip pockets and front pockets were all eyeballed. I used the sleeve of the button up to make the pockets. See those hemmed tops? Yeah, I just used the hemmed ends of the sleeve so I would have to do less sewing.
This was basically just sewing a square. I think pinning it together before sewing took the longest time, just because I had to keep several layers in place. Yes, it’s kind of lopsided, but I love it still.
And as a bonus, I’m showing you a bit of how I’m using Hobo right now. I’m still trying to figure it out and I’m pretty sure once January starts and I start using the daily pages, I’ll settle into it.
I’m still trying to decide exactly how I’m planning to use the year view. So far, I’ve only got holidays in (I shaded the last box, so there’d still be plenty of space in case I do decide to use this for something else)
This is actually how I plan to use the month views during the previous month. To keep track of bills and income for our monthly budgeting. I used plastic sticky tabs so I can just move them to the January once December starts.
I don’t plan to use the month views for actually planning (hence all the sticky tabs). Planning will go into the week views. I’ll be using the month views the same way I use the month views in my previous planner, for recording the month’s fun events.
I do use the notes column at the end of the month view for tasks I know I have to get done in that month, but isn’t a set week or day for it yet. The picture above is from May. My driver’s license is expiring on my birthday, so I know I have to renew it sometime in that month.
I hope you liked this look into Hobo. I’ve never actually used a day per page planner, but the Hobonichi paper is just so gorgeous that I had my heart set on using it as a planner.
I know most of the Hobonichis online are being used as art journals, but I’m going to be one of those boring people who’ll be mainly using it as a planner. With some of my daily mini-journaling that I actually do in my weeks across two pages planner right now. I got the Cousin because I need the weekly pages for planning and A5 really is my favorite size for notebooks
So… I haven’t written an entry in more than a year. Ohmigod. I’m really bad at this blogging thing. I guess I’m really not much of a blogger, but I’ve decided that if I want to write an entry, by golly I’m going to write an entry.
I’m currently obsessing over my 2016 Hobonichi Cousin. I’d been lusting over the Hobonichi for quite some time now and was contemplating getting one for next year or even for 2017. Luckily, one of my friends had a conference in Japan in early November and that quickly made up my mind for me. I got him to buy me one since was the cheapest option, compared to buying from local resellers. I didn’t get a cover, though. I’m on the lookout for a cover I’d love, but for now I made a cover for it (I’ll probably do another entry on this, since it’s actually something crafted).
I’ve also been making a bunch of Christmas presents. My Christmas list isn’t completely done, but I’m probably midway done. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I like to get my Christmas list done waaay ahead of Christmas. There’s just something about making lists and putting together Christmas presents that I love.
I’d love to say that I’ll be blogging more, but I don’t really know. Work has been eating up my days, and my life is pretty boring.
I know, I know, it’s still two months to Christmas, but I like to start on my Christmas prezzies early. So… Here’s my Christmas list.
Kids in my life:
– I don’t know if I’ll be able to get Christmas prezzies to my cousins’ kids this year because I don’t think we’ll be having Christmas together since we’re staying here in Manila.
– K (my childhood friend’s little boy). I was able to score some Janod lacing blocks for P200 (that’s about $5) at the Hobbes and Landes Warehouse Sale last Friday. The box was so damaged, hence the rock-bottom price, but the blocks were good. I’m thinking of adding some shoelaces to it for lacing since the string it comes with is pretty short
and sewing a case for it. (yeah, that didn’t happen)
[x] wooden lacing blocks
[x] additional laces
[x] two stuffies (bought at the Hobbes Sale for P50 each)
[ ] case
– J (the little boy who has his bday so close to Christmas). Since the punch box was such a hit last year, I’m using that again this year, but with a twist. (I spent the afternoon making the punch box, actually). J is a fan of legos, so I made this punch box look like a Lego brick. Everything was made from stash and I decided to make this one more permanent than last year’s so they can reuse it as a punch box (I’m planning to give extra tissue paper and rubber bands to his mom so they can have fun with it).
[x] bday: Lego punch box – from stash
- [x] 2 packs interlocking popsicle sticks (bought at the National Bookstore sale last year)
- [x] stickers (NBS sale)
- [x] dice erasers (NBS sale)
– may add Lego erasers here too
- [x] finger paints (NBS sale)
gift check stating that we’ll take him out skating when he wants (still have to check with his mom that she’ll agree to this, though)(decided to go with fabric crayons)
- [x] Lego knock-off toy rocket shooter thingy that I took home from our high school’s alumni homecoming last year
[ ] 7 balloons with flat tops inside (or whatever candy is his current favorite)
[x ] Christmas – planning on wrapping in a Lego brick box
- [x] stacking spoon and fork
[x] rainbow markers
(ended up not giving the markers, but he enjoyed the spoon and fork
– still thinking about this. To be honest, I’m out of ideas for these guys. I’ll keep an eye out for things I can give them, but I can’t really think of anything to give them that I can make (that I haven’t already given them.
– DL: maybe a recipe book/binder? I think she misplaced the one I gave her before. If I see one on sale, must get it.
– LC: no idea. I might split with DL for her present?
– RC: same as LC
– if we end up having a group exchange gift, I’ll splurge on one good gift. If not, I guess I can make something small for all of them? No clear ideas at the moment.
Idea from Planet Millie
Books. I love books, if you haven’t noticed yet. Here’s another book list, this time from Amazon. I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a lot of these, but we’ll see, right? (Bold for finished, italics for started and not finished)
1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
I never got into this book. Everyone in my family read this, my father kept asking me to find him copies of the whole series and my brothers were really into it, but when I tried reading it, I just didn’t like it.
2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Yes, it’s a sad book. But I liked it. It’s not life-changing good, but it’s a good read
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
One of my favorite books from childhood. I love this book a lot.
4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Weirdly, enough, haven’t read this yet.
5. The tiger who came to tea – Judith Kerr
6. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
7. Nineteen eighty-four – George Orwell
Read this and enjoyed it. I can pinpoint the general time I first read it, that’s weird.
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nope. I keep meaning to read this, but I always forget about it when I’m picking a book to read.
9. We’re going on a bear hunt – Michael Rosen
10. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
11. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Oh, god. We had to watch the movie of this when I was in 2nd or 3rd year high school. I think it pretty much scarred me for life. I can’t read it, I just can’t
12. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend
13. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt
14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
15. The Hare with the Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
16. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
17. A brief history of time – Stephen Hawking
I love this book. But I really do think you have to be a huge science nerd like I am to really enjoy it. I’ve read and re-read this a few times because you just don’t get everything in one sitting. I love how it gets to the fun parts of science without having to get into the nitty-gritty of the math, unlike textbooks. Reading it also makes me realize just how incredible human brains can be
18. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Nope. Again, I keep thinking about wanting to read this then forgetting
19. Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
20. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
21. Long walk to freedom – Nelson Mandela
22. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Read this. But the story I always remember when it comes to this is one of my father’s university professors assigning this book (and only this book) as the reading for one whole semester. That must’ve been exhausting.
24. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
I hate the Bronte sisters’ books. I have no idea why people like them.
25. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
This book is awesome
26. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
27. The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks
28. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
29. Never let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro
30. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
A family favorite. This is the first fantasy series I ever read and finished and I love to re-read it. I really associate Tolkien with a lot of things in my childhood since The Hobbit was the first novel I ever read, even though it took me weeks (or was it months) to finish it.
31. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
32. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
I don’t think I ever finished this
33. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
I just started reading this!
34. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
35. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
For the longest time I associated Austen with the Brontes and I kept away from her books (I know, that was stupid of me). Thanks to rewatching Wishbone in uni, I read this and I loved it. I’ve also read all her other books by now.
36. Crime and Punishment – F. M. Dostoevsky
My father had a complete Dostoevsky collection. I remember starting most of them, but never finishing them
37. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
Haven’t read this
38. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
39. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
40. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
I was freaking scared of this as a kid. Still read it though.
41. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
Haven’t read it. But I think we have one of his other books. I remember the name
42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
This is hilarious. I used to grab one of the five books of this ‘trilogy’ whenever I wanted something light to read.
43. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
44. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Nope. But I have been wanting to read this
45. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
46. Dissolution – C. J. Sansom
47. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
I love this book. Especially for the ‘I believe’ speech. ‘I can believe in things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe in things where nobody knows if they’re true or not’ (typed that from memory, it might not be completely accurate)
48. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
49. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
50. Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
51. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Love this. For the longest time, my (big now) little brother would only read Roald Dahl books and we had all of them!
52. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Read this during that classics phase I went through in high school.
53. A History of the World in 100 Objects – Dr Neil MacGregor
54. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
55. The Stand – Stephen King
Haven’t read this, but I like most of King’s books (not so much his later ones). I have this huge problem with reading Stephen King because horror books make it very hard for me to sleep at night, but I like his writing so I keep reading them.
56. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
57. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
58. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
59. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
60. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Read this as a kid
61. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
62. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
63. London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd
64. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
65. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
I keep meaning to read Discworld, but haven’t gotten around to it
66. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
67. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carre
I liked this book
68. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Haven’t read this one yet.
69. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Sad, sad book
70. Atonement – Ian McEwan
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
72. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
I liked reading this, but I think it was my little brother who absolutely loved this series. He was a lot younger when he started reading this, so that must be a factor.
73. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
74. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
High school classics phase
75. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
76. Do androids dream of electric sheep? – Philip K. Dick
Another book I keep meaning to read
77. Watchmen – Alan Moore
I liked this, but I decided that I would never read it again because it was depressing.
78. Little Women – Louise May Alcott
‘A classic. I have read it, and I cried. Pretty much the standard response.’ <- what Millie said
79. London Fields – Martin Amis
80. Venice – Jan Morris
81. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin
82. Watership Down – Richard Adams
I keep meaning to read this
83. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
84. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
85. The Hound of Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
We used to have the whole Sherlock Holmes collection. I love reading Sherlock
86. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
87. Schlinder’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
88. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Read this, of course.
89. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
90. Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne
I love Winnie-the-Pooh.
91. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
Read this, of course
92. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
93. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
94. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
95. Birdsong – Sebastien Faulks
96. Last Orders – Graham Swift
97. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
I remember reading this for the first time and it was like a light bulb switched on in my head when he was explaining the dimensions.
98. My Man Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse
99. The Commitments – Roddy Doyle
100. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
Gaah. I can’t believe I’ve only read a fourth of these books.
I haven’t blogged in forever. I’m really bad at this blogging thing. This isn’t even a real entry, really. I just wanted to share this with the world (picture not mine, it’s from Alunsina’s FB page):
I’m soooo excited for this. I just preordered a set (and aren’t I lucky that my name starts with an A so having Alunsina’s embossed A makes it look like it’s been personalized for me?). I plan to blog about it once I get my set and hopefully get back into the swing of blogging. (Really, 5 months away is just crazy)