|This is a wonderful take on the slice of life genre (pretty much daily life, these friends are school girls,) comedy anime Azumanga Daioh, with the artist ditching the short skirts & giving them all colourful, modest clothing.|
Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid! This is a day late...although technically still true because in Islamic countries Eid can last at least 3 days and is a national holiday. The coming of Eid means the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. I had meant to fit in a 4th Ramadan post, but I was ill all of last week with a minor flu.
|Being ill makes it harder to feel happy most of the time. Reading a lot helped ^o^ As did watching anime.|
I had to be off work from Tuesday until Monday. I went out for the first time for a few hours on Sunday, including travel time, and by the time I came back I was seriously exhausted. Because of that recovery weakness I've had today and yesterday afternoon off as leave. Well, I leave at 11.30am, so pretty much afternoon by the time I get home. I felt that I couldn't face a whole day (9am-2pm), and the half day has worked out well. I'm not feeling too shattered, which is a plus.
|I'm getting better at resting now.|
Yes, I am making sure I rest lots! No fears there. I'm watching heaps of all the anime I gave up for Ramadan, where I focused on ones which focused on good character like A Little Princess,
|Such a heart-warming anime|
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic,
|All the key characters (except Spike the dragon) are girls!|
not much singing (which usually entails short skirts/dresses which isn't exactly modest), no romantic relationships (like Winx which is about character but boys feature sort of strongly)
|Group hug! Here are some of the Winx sharing the joys of friendship|
- you get the picture. A month away from most of my favourite anime has made them even shinier than ever, and has me attempting to watch as many of them as I can.
|Did you know anime is awesome?|
Whereas I try to just watch a few shows at a time, I'm watching way more than a few which is fun for now and gives me good variety. Sometimes with shows I watch heaps, because I know them so well it's easier to watch an episode a day than several episodes, because that way I don't get fed up with being able to predict what happens. It's all good!
|Uh-oh, Muse is getting annoyed that I'm not paying her attention...|
*Ahem* I got a bit distracted. Before I get even more distracted here are my links to this year's Ramadan posts, so they are all in one place (& can be searched using the keyword Ramadan)
|It's coming in another 11 months or so!|
Ramadan preparation post - what I'll be doing during the most Holy month in Islam. Each year I seem to get very ambitious with all the anime I'll watch, forgetting that I spend most of my time listening to the Quran with an English translation after the Arabic.
|Ramadan, a time to concentrate on God, the reward of good deeds being multiplied an unimaginable amount|
Ramadan post 1 - yet again what my Ramadan plans are + inspiration which is vital for each day
|Growing things is fun - & possible even if you have a history of killing plants!|
Ramadan post 2 - had a nature focus, since nature is God's creation. It includes my plants!!
|Melty brain makes me smile!|
Ramadan post 3 - I had a melty brain, so I chatted about what I was doing, and included the link for last year's 3rd Ramadan post which was about tying your camel & being like a bird - it's not as crazy as it sounds, promise!!
|...for reading these posts!|
I hope you've enjoyed my Ramadan posts this year, please do check out last year's posts (links in this year's posts) which are a bit more informative about the month in general. Hopefully I'll be able to write more Ramadan posts next year!
One thing to come from Ramadan was being aware of how I use my time. Because I was trying to put most of my daily focus on God, I only really ventured on Twitter to post links to my reviews, which in itself saves quite a bit of time. I was having yet another think about my reviewing, purely because I need to focus on my writing at the moment. I'm not quitting reviewing! I refuse to. I am being stricter on which books I say yes to - I've found it really hard to say no to books which I'm interested in, but not super interested in, if that makes sense. I'm no longer giving books which sound ok-ish a go. There will still be plenty of reviews because I always have lots to read, so no fears there.
|Once a book addict, always a book addict!|
A way to make sure I'm strict on how much time I spend on blog work is to have do a maximum of 30 minutes blog work each day. Because I like to have Mondays and Friday's free from blog work, I simply add the 30 minutes onto the weekend 30 minutes, so I have 1 hour when I'm not at work. This has made a huge difference, I've found that I'm really focused in my posts. It means I don't spend hours & hours at the weekend blogging - for fellow bloggers, you'll appreciate when I say there's always something to be done, which is how I spent so much time blogging. But blog work is rarely essential so leaving it for another day isn't going to ruin the world.
Yes, I've taken a bit more than 30 minutes writing this post up, however I was home earlier today and will simply only spend 10mins on blogging tomorrow. Simple!
|Ok, there is a part of me which is freaking out at the time limit and the fact tomorrow will probably not have a post up, but I'm having to get over it. I'm not compromising much more on blogging!|
Now it's time to let my Muse loose - she doesn't need to throw a tantrum any more, as I am having playtime with her. She will still suck though.
Never mind, at the end of the day we're best friends!
|I know Muse loves me really, so I'm used to her being a grumpy-grump. She pulls out all the stops when she has to, and is really fun to be around (often more so if she's in a mood as my characters can suffer for it!)|