Best of… |August 2018

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Where did August go? I blinked and it was gone, with my birthday nestled somewhere there in the middle! I’m working on this post in a different room in a different country, and feeling pretty good about it, truth be told, but even a month after I finished work, I don’t feel like I’ve fully calmed down, stopped and processed everything that happened, everything that’s happened since I’ve been back, and all the plans and ideas that a rattling around inside my head.

Whilst I try and temper my existential crisis, however, have the first post in a month and see just how I’ve been getting through the last month of mayhem!

 

HEADLINE OF THE MONTH

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News… that’s a thing that happens, right? Yeah, I don’t know who that is! I’ve checked out of the news for the most part. I mean, I don’t live under a rock… I haven’t missed the domination of Crazy Rich Asians, the banning of Winnie the Pooh in China, and the Guiliani’s “Truth is not truth” number. August has been an interesting time, not that I’ve fully engaged in any of the above. The comings and goings of the wildlife has been of far more import!

So long as the deer aren’t eating the apples.

 

FOOD / DRINK

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August has actually been a pretty neat month for food! I’ve been baking up a storm – and all gluten-free due to the whole family being at home for the bank holiday weekend and my brother being a coeliac – and I’ve been experimenting with soup too!

The soup recipe comes from a fantastic recipe book I was given some years ago ( at a guess I’m going to say about 9-ish) by my brother.

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Now I’ve flicked through this book many a time, but this was the first time I actually cooked anything with it, and it was a resounding success! I plumped for the Onion and Butterbean Soup – we happened to have all the ingredients in the house at the time – and it came out better than we could have imagined. Lighter than a potato based soup, but still remarkably hearty, it’s definitely going to be one I make again.

Unfortunately I have no photos!! For shame!

 

READING & WRITING

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I’m reading actual physical books. Tons of them. All at once. Some things, they never really change. It’s kind of nice to know!

At current count, I am reading:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford

This does what is says on the tin, really. I’m totally hooked – I started uni as a scientist, and I still like to go science geek every now and then!

Still Dark – Alex Grey

My dad put me onto these books. Set in Glasgow, it’s great fun reading about a place I know, love and lived in for four years. Now I’m actually back in the UK for a substantial amount of time, I aim on getting up there! It’s been too long!

Ten Cities That Made An Empire – Tristram Hunt

Another that pretty much does what it says on the tin! The history geek is strong in me, and I’m need a little city know-how in my life! Hoping this book steers me in the right direction!

The Mermaid – Christina Henry

I’ve been meaning to start this since pre-move. Finally done it, and Henry isn’t disappointing, despite this offering not hitting quite the emotional spot in the way that Alice and Lost Boy managed to.

 

And this isn’t counting the books that accidentally found their way into my possession on Friday just gone. It was an accident, I swear!

 

SCHOOL

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I’m going to have to change this section of the Best Of… posts. Until I decided what to put here, or not, I’m just going to leave this here and wallow in my nostalgia.

I’m missing my school, and my job, on the daily. They’ve all started back and it feels very odd not being there!

That doesn’t mean that the school related content on This Geeky Teacher is going to stop! Oh no! I have plans for a gazillion posts, many that were in the works long before I left Korea.

 

TV / FILM

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I’ve watched barely any TV since I made it back to the UK, the main reason behind this being I was back in my hometown where the internet is so bad Netflix is an impossibility, and even freesat doesn’t get all the channels!!

Before I left Korea, however, I was crashing with a friend and, in between watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the nth time, he decided that we were going to watch season three of How To Get Away With Murder. In one day. 13 episodes he said.

It was not 13 episodes.

And at 1am, we were deemed to have come too far not to finish the job.

Can’t say it wasn’t worth it though! Once I was used to the way the show jumps about, I was really enjoying it, and Dead Thomas makes a pretty good American!

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ACTIVITY

IMG_9739Well looky-here, we finally have a wee image for this section of the blog! Only took moving across continents – no biggy!

It might not have been the most activity laden month, but I’ve certainly been moving and shaking, and for the first time in my life (in 29 years of it) I’m finally experiencing the capital and, as my friends will tell you, I’m a bit like a kid in a candy store. Everything is just so cool! From the architecture right down to the people! The weather the last few weeks hasn’t been much to write home about, but it wouldn’t be a British summer without a bit of wind and rain and fog, and the need to knitwear!

And wellies! Unsurprisingly, as a Cumbrian, wellies are kind of key to life, so I finally caved and bought a legit pair. Less surprisingly, they’re pink. Why be a pigeon when you can be a flamingo?

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It was also blackberry season when I was up in the homeland, and if you know your blackberries, or if you know the poem Blackberry Picking by Seanus Heany (check it out, it’s my favourite), then you’ll know that it’s not a decent blackberry picking session if you’re not covered in fruit juice and thorn wounds!

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CRAFT

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With many a crafty item still in the limbo-land of shipping, it’s still been pretty quiet on the crafting front. But I haven’t been bullet journaling either, so I’m counting FINALLY getting a new spread put together as my crafting – and it was done before this post went up, so I’m calling it August.

And, yes, it is also an excuse to enjoy the delight that is the carrot themed stationery! When Korea does things so weird, they’re right!

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MUSIC

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One song has dominated August. Sohyang’s Arirang Alone (소향 – 홀로 아라랑).

And here’s the story time that comes with it. There I was, coming through immigration, and with no return ticket, my ARC was taken from me. It was bad enough I was leaving the place I had come to feel was home, but it’s a little like sign you are no longer welcome! I stepped through the doors the other side of immigration, and this song was playing on my ipod. Anyone who knows me will be well aware that by this point I was most definitely in floods of tears.

Either way, this arirang is stunning!

 

FASHION & BEAUTY

Fashion & Beauty

There’s not a huge amount to say here. I was not prepared for the weather (where did the summer go, UK?) My northern pride has been serverly wounded and I’ve been cold. That was the frozen north, though, and Mordor was having a temper tantrum! (Otherwise known as the black clouds that come from Yorkshire!) Though, I can’t really complain, as I do enjoy any excuse to wear knitwear!

In other stories… I went into Boots for some shampoo and was more overwhelmed than I ever thought I could be in a store I have frequented forever!! Overall, in the UK there is just so much more in terms of choice. Supermarkets still outface me… you guys get strawberries all year round – what’s with that! On the flip side of this, parsnips! And peas!

The breadth of choice is amazing, however. Except for soy sauce. There is a crushing lack of depth in the soy sauce department. Hong Kong forever wins that one!

 

MISC.

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There has been a lot to love about being back in the UK. The views, for one! Just look at this:

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Not too shabby, eh!


How were your holidays? I hope you’re all heading into the new semester or new school year fighting fit and raring to go!

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