Goodbye August. You’ve been bittersweet, as always.
And hello, September! In 22 days I’ll be back to lectures and, honestly, I’m looking forward to it right now. That’s how much I hate summer, I guess. I feel that by going back to the academic routine, I will recover my energy.
So bring it on!
On my birthday, the only thing I felt like doing was to chillax in front of the TV with Matt. So I thought of choosing something completely new to watch, some genre that I’ve been longing to try out, i.e. period dramas.
My first choice fell on The Crown, a Netflix biopic drama. Yes, because what’s better than a period drama, if not a biographical period drama! Created by Peter Morgan – known for writing biopics such as The Queen, Frost/Nixon, and Rush – this series is about Queen Elizabeth II.
After My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises, the next Fredrik Backman novel in my possession was Britt-Marie Was Here.
It’s a spin-off centred around one of the secondary characters in My Grandmother. If you haven’t read the previous book, don’t worry: Britt-Marie can still be read as a standalone because it is unrelated to Elsa’s adventure and it retells the main character’s backstory from scratch. Readers who have read My Grandmother, on the other hand, will learn more details about Britt-Marie’s past and discover a new side of this woman, who had previously seemed too annoying to bear.
One early Tuesday morning (precisely at 3:50 AM) of August 1987, in the hospital of Malta, a baby girl was born. It was right in the middle of a heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40˚C, and little did this child know how many other heatwaves would bring torture to her.
Yep, that’s me! Today I’m turning 30. How do I feel? Eh… I’m not entirely sure.
Unlike many others, I have no bucket list to turn to. I don’t care about tying my goals and wishes to a particular age. And hell, I never liked birthdays, not even my own. Maybe it’s because I grew up with a lack of gifts (except money from relatives) and parties and cakes (before you start feeling sorry for me, I never cared for these things as a kid!).
However, this big, rounded number still beckons for a particular post. So, I’m using this occasion to look back on what has brought me to this point in my life, with the hope of finding positivity and motivation.
Coming up with 30 thoughts seemed difficult at first but, once I started, the flow wouldn’t stop, and it turned out to be a good freewriting exercise. Beware: although you might find something that resonates with you, it’s going to be extremely personal!
I have opened a new Facebook Page for Scrabbled Rambles, after deleting the old one.
I’d been annoyed and worried for a while because my old Page kept getting Likes from users who clearly have nothing to do with a page or blog of my sort, and I could not block and remove all of them.
I was close to deleting it and forgetting FB forever (I don’t use the page that much, besides for automatic posting and resharing of old posts). But then I thought I could give it one more try, just for the sake of having a presence on this platform as well. I’d rather have one or two real followers than hundreds of fake ones. So…
>>Come and follow Scrabbled Rambles on Facebook!<<
I can’t promise to be more active on there, although I have some things in mind that I could do to increase my presence there. If only I can get some genuine likes, it would be much easier! If you have any tips about this, I would appreciate it. 🙂
Meanwhile, you can follow me on Twitter (again, I don’t write much, but I often retweet), where I changed my username to @scrabblerambler. Same change happened on other social media. Find the links to my profiles on the top bar, at the bottom of the page or on the side menu.
You’re welcome to promote your social media, just leave me a comment!