Summer library visit: Sunday Musings #133

Summer library visit: Sunday Musings #133

It is the time of the year for me to start complaining about the heat and humidity. LOL, summer here in the UAE has just started inching towards the peak. We had 43C and a 100% humidity all through the week.

And as if that is not bad enough, we had strong winds with dust (but not enough to call it a dust storm) to cause visual disturbances.

I have some guests from India who are visiting the country in summer for the first time, and they are shocked at the heat and summer. We had a good laugh about their reactions to the weather. Now maybe they will stop saying “UAE’s weather is not as bad as India”, as if that is a competition.

Last week I took a trip to my library and grabbed a bunch of books hoping it would cure my reading blocks. Will it work? Only time will tell.

And in all the excitement about new books, I misplaced my library card and noticed it only after reaching home. Thankfully, the volunteer librarian has deposited at the lost and found, so I can collect it the next time I visit.

What I read this week

After a long time, I have something to say under this header.

I just finished reading In a Perfect World by Trish Doller. It took me on a trip to Egypt and the book is told through a young adult’s view of life.

I didn’t love it, but it got me out of my slump. My recent visit to the library might help me get out of it, I hope.

What I watched this week

I watched Angry Birds and The secret life of pets on Netflix this week. I wanted to watch something mindlessly after long days at work, and these are the ones that popped up on my screen.

What are your favorite shows/movies to run in the background like a white noise?

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Summer library visit: Sunday Musings #133

The one about gardening failures: Sunday Musings #132

I lamented here a long while ago about how I have the opposite of the green finger. For a long time (years even), I was not even capable of growing a plant or even help a full grown survive a few days.

But that changed last year and I grew some bell peppers indoor. Now when we moved earlier this year to an apartment with balconies that got abundant sunshine, the peppers thrived. And we harvested more than 15 small-ish yellow bell peppers from two plants.

Well, all good things have to come to an end, right?

Thanks to the heat and humidity of Dubai’s summer (which has just started, mind you), my plants are scalded and now infested with some whiteflies. I have tried hosing them off with mild soap water. I found them just last Sunday, and within a week most of my leaves are shrunk and falling down. And the peppers have stopped growing as well.

From what I read online, there is no more saving them. So I guess that is it for this year’s contaner gardening. But at least I didn’t kill them this time, and this won’t be the last of my attempts with plants.

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What I read this week

I read Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola this week. It was a different genre for me and it took me a while to get used to.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

What I watched this week

I watched “Chemical Hearts” on Prime this week. I also watched a couple of episodes of “Two and a Half men”. Talk about a poorly aged show, right?

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The one about drawing and a movie: Sunday Musings #131

I am not a huge artist, but I do try to draw once in a while. And they rarely turn out good, I only do them because they are fun to do.

That is also the reason why I wanted to learn how to draw, and I found artist Michael Markowsky’s basic drawing tutorials on the Youtube.

I have been working on them for the past 4 weeks. You won’t believe how much I enjoy these an hour or so sessions each week. Maybe, give it a try if you are into drawing and such.

What’s up with you, guys?

What I read this week

I am currently reading two books, that I grabbed from library a few weeks ago:

What I watched this week

We watched the new Jurassic World Dominion movie. It was a hoot to watch in IMAX, but the movie was chaotic – too many people, too many subplots, and too much coincidence.

And too few dinosaurs. Honestly they were like props in the movie, and the stories had nothing to do with them.

I am also re-watching Kim’s convenience after work.

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The one that was hectic: Sunday Musings #129

This week was a bit hectic on the work front but I quite enjoy the change of pace. I even managed to watch a little (really little) bit of television and even published a post.

My phone finally gave up this week and I got a new iPhone. It is a little bigger than my previous one and I am still getting used to the size. But it comes with a better memory so I am ok with the trade.

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What I read this week

I didn’t have time or mood to read anything this week. Sorry, don’t banish me from the book blogging community please.

I am lagging behind my Goodreads reading goal by 5 books but I will definitely catch up before the year end. In fact I already picked a book to read this week, this morning.

What I watched this week

Did you all watch the new Stranger Things S4 yet? I really enjoyed getting back to the familiar Hawkins set up and the groups shenanigans. Let me know how did you like it.

Apart from this, I watched a couple of episodes from Kim’s convenience store and I loved it. Have you watched the show?

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Wordle & a busy week: Sunday Musings #128

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Summer library visit: Sunday Musings #133

A New President for the UAE: Sunday Musings #127

It is that time of the year that I start whining about how hot and humid the weather is here in the Dubai, UAE. Instead am going to leave the temperature and leave it at that. How is it for personal growth?

Okay, it is not much. But it is only because I have something else to share about the country that I call my home, at least for now.

The nation’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passed away on Friday 13 May 2022 at the age of 73. He was the 2nd President of this nation of the UAE, and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. And he was absolutely beloved by locals and expats alike. The nation is officially mourning for 40 days and the work suspended for 3 days till tomorrow, Monday.

On Saturday, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the-then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and brother of the late Sheikh Khalifa became the ruler of Abu Dhabi de facto and then was elected by the Supreme Council as the new President of the nation. That was a mouthful, wasn’t it?

So that is what is happening in this side of the world. What are the national and local events that you wanna share with us today?

What I read this week

I have been reading rather slowly this week. But I did finish reading Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert, technically very late this morning. And I am too groggy to say coherently how much I enjoyed it. Maybe I will put up a review – soon!

Last week I also had the chance to read As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, a century old self help book. It is freely available to read online.

What I watched this week

I had a blast watching the latest Marvel movie Dr Strange: Madness of Multiverse in IMAX last week and I loved it, a very biased opinion here I confess.

I also watched Fairfax on Prime, which I surprisingly enjoyed. Don’t ask me why I was surprised though.

Oh, last night we finished binging on the latest Netflix series released, Lincoln Lawyer. It was okay, not good nor gripping and better suited for one of those mindless consumption period.

On my blog

Can I tempt you with an offer to come back to blog?

I am hoping to do that! Fingers crossed, everyone.

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