Good Afternoon to you!
The cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom all over the place & it’s another Saturday…my favourite day of the week. ⸜( ´ ꒳ ` )⸝♡︎Despite everything that’s happened this week & this month, I’m grateful to have a time to sit and reflect on the month.
So, without further ado, let me present to you March ‘22 Afternoon Tea with SJ!
-March Afternoon Tea ‘22 Setting-
Location: sunny loft
Tea: Lavender london fog, Lady Grey, Asian pear green tea
Offered with: strawberry steamed cake, apple baumkuchen-tart, black sesame ice cream
This month, I suffered from tsundoku-syndrome…that is, I had a stack of books I was planning to read. Which I did for some of them, as you’ll find out later down the road. But overall, much like last month, I felt like I wasn’t as into reading as I would have liked since I was burnt out from uni &c.
- Modern Translation Rongo to Soroban –Eiichi Shibusawa
- On the Genealogy of Morality -Friedrich Nietzsche
- Chosen Ones –Veronica Roth
- Science Fiction –Sherryl Vint
- Heike Monogatari (The Tale of Heike) –Anonymous
- Ares –Jenna Terese
- The Phantom Tollbooth –Norton Juster
- Inadvertent –Karl Ove Knausgård
- The Use and Abuse of History –Friedrich Nietzsche
- Geijutsu to Kagaku no Aida (Between Art and History) –Shinichi Fukuoka
- Meditations –Marcus Aurelius
- If Not, Winter –Sappho
- Haru to Shura (Spring And Asura) –Kenji Miyazawa
But now that I look back, I’m actually surprised to find I did get to read the books I enjoyed (except Nietzsche, obviously). Maybe it’s just this week that fell flat??
Currently Reading: Ethics (Bonhoeffer), The Last Graduate (Novik), The Art of Fiction (Gardner)
More tea, anyone? The lavender London fog is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention the asian pear!
Since I went on a long music rant last week, I won’t elaborate on this topic…But in case you missed it, here’s the link to last week’s post: the me + music tag / 2022 edition
Practising: Sinfonia concertante k.364, The Rumbling
Listening to: Tchaikovsky symphony no.5-6
Since it’s March, a lot of the TV shows are ending in Japan–which is equal parts sad…and equal parts sad. (Okay, that made no sense whatsoever. But you get the idea.) Anyhow. (*∩ω∩)
- DCU–Deep Crime Unit…I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE CLIFF HANGER!!! I have a love-hate relationship with cliff-hangers, and this one is bordering on absolutely hating the directors rather than loving them. (Or maybe not. I am excited for another season, but still!!)
- Mystery to iu nakare–Do not say it is a mystery…I’ve been recently finding out that the actor who plays the MC, Suda Masaki, is also the singer who did an MHA ending that I LOVE to pieces (Long-Hope-Philia, in case you were wondering). My life has been a lie…
- And various others…from April, though, I plan to cut back the number of TV shows we watch (ˉ ˘ ˉ; )
I haven’t read manga in a while since the Golden Kamuy-phase, so I’m going to invest myself in a somewhat new series–Blue Period, which a lot of people have been recommending to me. Also, the library recently placed the orders for Bungo Stray Dogs up to the current English volume, which I’m thrilled about!
THE JUJUTSU KAISEN MOVIE 0 IS OFFICIALLY IN THE THEATRES!!!
*inserts blood-curdling shrieks*
No, I’m not dead yet. I can’t wait to go to the theatres wearing my Gojo Satoru T-shirt, though!!
This month has seen some progress in re-working my WIP (Juliet) although it almost always seems to feel like I’m suffering from a severe case of indigestion. In the last WIP update, I was going to talk more in-depth about the specific process I had which is honestly kind of cool, since I’m writing/organising a lot of the data in Python.
Yes, you heard that right. Since starting to learn coding in one of my uni courses, I started implementing some of the language into how I set up my Juliet re-work. It sounds a bit strange, but for some weird reason, this works for me–maybe because I’m taking a step back from the language I know best (plain English prose) and actually thinking about what to write in a different one (Python–also English, but not really).
I’ve also been using my journal & Google Jamboard a lot just to set a basis for my schedule and brain-dumps. Overall, I’m more hopeful for this WIP than I had been in the past, and can’t wait to see where it will go.
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Have you tried the strawberry steamed cake? Or the apple baumkuchen-tart? It’s this tree-stump-like cake with apples. And this baumkuchen is a bit like a tart as well! (I recently learnt that baumkuchen isn’t a standard dessert in North America or Europe.)
I survived my midterms.
Nietzsche. Has been. Driving me. Crazy!!
I’m in this program where we read a book every week and write an essay every other week. This month, I had to write on Nietzsche–hence I proceeded to get a stack of Nietzsche to decipher him.
Which was not working. (I did eventually end up finishing the paper, but late.)
I am so glad we’re done with him. And here’s a quip most people might know but is still entertaining:
Nietzsche: “God is dead.”
God: “Nietzsche is dead.”
Lastly, a bit about life.
Because of many things that seem to demand my attention, I’ve been burnt out a lot. This post was supposed to be posted much earlier, too. And sometimes, it’s so hard not to stress.
But I know that what really matters in life are the small things and how we get to places, not when.
So, I’m learning to be okay with not being able to do everything. Even then, God’s grace is sufficient in me.
And that’s it for today!
Thank you for reading! How was your March? What are some things that happened this month that were exciting for you? Are you looking forward to April? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!