Tsundoku (n.)

tsun•do•ku  [tsun-doh-ku]
(n.) from Japanese- the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.

I do have the habit of being a Tsundoku  。(*^▽^*)ゞ  I bought all these but never seemed to actually read them or I may have started, but didn’t get all the way through.

  1. Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr

     

I didn’t actually buy this one. Baba drove by a book sale the other day and thought I might like it. So, he bought it for me. Thank you baba! ♡〜٩(^▿^)۶〜♡ He knows me so well. Apparently, this book is the first book of its series and it is about a pair of twins stumbling upon the world of djinns. Oooh, can’t wait to crack this book open.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I know, I know. Usually I’m quick to gobble up HP related books, but this one came amid my student teaching and grad classes. So… it got put off the side. On the plus point, I did start it though.

  1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Actually, I finished this right after I took this picture. I had finished a third of the book when I had stopped reading it. After I picked it up again, I ended up staying the entire night to finish the book. Now I can relate with people who has already read it ^^”

  1. The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diana Ackerman

I became intrigued after I saw the movie trailer actually. I’m all for a good Holocaust related story. I believe that each Holocaust story is just one piece of a whole story. I like hearing and experiencing the different stories out there. I did take it to Bangladesh when I visited, but it never peaked my interest to just sit down down and read in the hustle and bustle.

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I picked this up at my local library. They’re always having a book sale. You can get three paperbacks for a dollar! I’m currently reading this one now, after finishing Wonder.

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I never got the chance to read this. That’s the disadvantage of going to Barnes and Nobles… the books call you over, you buy them, and now they’re sitting on your shelf intend of theirs.

  1. Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter

This book was on sale at the school I student taught at. It looked interesting so I did it.        I bought it    m(_ _;;m

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I also bought this at the above book sale mentioned above. But, I promise, I’ll get to this one soon. This year, no new books until I finish all these first.

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February 21- Things I Can’t Live Without

  1. Planner, journal, writing in general. There have been periods of time where I’ve gone without writing and let me tell you, it was miserable. I express my thoughts out loud through writing  and not being able to express them made me feel like like a pressure cooker just waiting to explode.
  2. My watch. Whenever I go out, I have to be wearing one on my left hand. I feel empty and miserable without it.
  3. And of course, my phone/iPad. They have everything I need to keep in contact with the world.

And…..ummm… that’s pretty much it when it comes to material things :3 I’ll let you know if I think of anything else.

February 20- My Biggest Pet Peeve

Talking on the phone with someone… especially with someone I don’t know.

Other than that… some pet peeves include:

  1. Teachers picking favorites (I was a teacher’s pet involuntarily for two or three grades and it was pathetic. I do not know why teachers pick favorites when all it does is hurt the student :/ )
  2. When parents don’t discipline their kids when they are misbehaving (This ticks me off so much >:(. If you’re bringing your child to a social event, then you should be responsible for keeping them in check. And please don’t say that kids will be kids. That’s just a lame excuse you use to get out of not doing anything. They are your kids, therefore your responsibility, not anyone else’s. Although I’m not afraid to share a piece of mind either.
  3. In addition to the previous one, parents not diffusing the situation when their child wants to take a toy home gets me just as equally upset. OMG, don’t even get me started on this one. I had a similar experience with this when a kid/toddler cried to take my favorite crayons home with her. I was appalled that this kid’s parents didn’t even try to stop her. I was six.
  4. Handling annoying customers at work…. I could write a whole book on them seriously! Ugh!
  5. When people call me by my official name, Sara, rather than my nickname, Priyanka, when they have been calling me Priyanka for the time I’ve known them.

February 15- A Funny/Embarrassing Story

I was working at my part-time job that I am currently still working at now. So the main manager at that time was praising about me to one of the other managers. And this guy was nice, probably in his 50’s, with a rugged personality. I liked talking to him (hi/hello/how are you?); but it wasn’t like I was smitten by him. Just someone I saw almost every weekend that I worked there. Even though I did not work under him, he still looked out for me and my colleagues, or at least the ones he was familiar with anyway. Like that one time, when one of my colleagues was just hanging out near my station while this manager was talking to me. When my colleague left to start his work, this manager came up to me and asked me if I knew the man. I was like… “Yes? He works here.” Then he just laughed it off saying, “No wonder he looked so familiar.” In reality, he forgot about him(^▽^). He was just concerned because unlike a regular customer, my colleague seemed to have been loitering around my station for far too long.

Anyways, back to the story. So this manager was praising about me to another manager….. and as he was praising me…. I blushed!   ⁄(⁄ ⁄ˊૢ⁄ ⌑ ⁄ˋૢ⁄ ⁄)⁄   Before I could figure out what the heck was going on with my face, he noticed it! Why did he have to notice it?! (个_个) Why did I have to blush?? (个_个) To be honest that was the first time ever that I had blushed in front of anybody. I felt my face and ears flush hot red. Smiling, the two managers looked at each other. He said, “Well, will you look at that? She blushed. You don’t get that everyday.”, and walked off. Yeah! Super embarrassing!

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February 14- My Travel Bucket List

  1. The Kaaba, Mecca, Saudia Arabia 

    The Kabba

    Masjid Al Haram(Holy Mosque) The largest mosque in the world and surrounds the holiest site of Islam. This is every muslim’s dream.

  2. Machu Picchu, Peru 

    Machu Picchu

    An Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley

  3. Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats), Bolivia

    Salar de Uyuni

    The world’s largest salt flats

  4. Lofoten Islands, Norway 

    Lofoten Islands

    A great place to observe the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

  5. Chefchaouen, Morocco

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    The majestic blue city of Morocco. It was painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s and has stayed that way ever since.

  6. Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, JapanThe Bamboo Forest and some great Twitter Lists to follow

February 12- About My Hometown

Well… I have 3. The place I was born, the place I moved to and partially grew up, and then the place I moved to again and currently reside in. All three places played a great role in my life.

  1. Dhaka, Bangladesh – born and raised there until I reached 1st grade. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh.
  2. Moved to New York City, New York, USA and lived there until I entered 8th grade. Because we started from the bottom again after moving from Bangladesh, there was a lot of aspirations we had. A lot of things we wished for and dreamed of as children and as a family: a yard to play around in, a room all to myself, maybe even a house one day. All these wishes came true when we bought a house and moved to Pennsylvania 🙂 . Although I did have to leave all my friends behind 😦 .
  3. Moved to Lansdale, PA– nice little town just north of Philadelphia, PA. I started 8th grade here. I was quite disappointed when I learned that high school here starts from 10th grade whereas in NYC, it starts from 9th grade. In NYC, I had just one more year of middle school left but here, another year got added :(. And there is only one high school here, North Penn High School. Students from three middle schools come together at the high school. My graduating class included approximately 1000 students 😮. So just imagine the time it took to read everyone’s names during graduation!
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February 10- Things I Collect

  1. Coins/money of different countries of the world
  2. Shells
  3. Rocks/pebbles (I really like the smooth ones. If it feels nice, I’ll often times keep it in my pocket to calm my nerves whenever I need it.)
  4. Marbles ( I don’t really collect them as mush anymore, but I do still have a collection.
  5. Stickers, of course!
  6. Washi Tape (my new favorite)
  7. Pens (I recently received some new ones from my cousin in Bangladesh. They are Matador’s i-teen ballpoint water/oil gel pens. And they are superb! I fell in love with them when I visited Bangladesh last summer.)
  8. Pencils (Also a favorite. Plus did you know that there is a pencil haven in Manhattan, NYC? OMG, I can’t wait to visit that place. It’s called CW Enterprise and founded by Caroline Weaver. I was really excited before when I found out about it, but now I am even more excited because they have a special type of pencil that I have been looking for for a long time. It’s the HB Noris Un-Tipped Pencil –Staedtler. This pencil brings back many beautiful memories from my childhood in Bangladesh. Every time I visit Bangladesh, I always look for them. This past summer when I went, I was looking for a lot of stationary items such as oil pastels [which has another story of its own], pencils, pens, erasers, etc. My husband looked at me in awe when he saw how giddy I was just buying them. Unfortunately, in the past few years, the people of Bangladesh have started to use pens more than pencils 😦 ; so I was unable to find this specific type of pencil as well as the metal sharpeners.)
  9. Planners (Not really collect… but keep. I like to keep planners/journals because they showcase what I’ve done or what I’ve been through at any given time/moment. And sometimes it feels really nice to flip through them 🙂 ).
  10. Yu-Gi-OH cards (My brother’s going to hate me for this (^ワ^=). I still have the cards we collected as kids. I never played with mine, I just liked collecting. But he was furious, and still is furious that a) I keep them despite not playing with them and b) I don’t give it back to him. In truth they were initially his cards, but after he received a new deck, I got his previous deck which contains Dark Magician, Summoned Skull, Mystical Elf, Mammoth Graveyard, and Kuriboh, just to name a few. )

February 9- My First Job Was

My first job was as a pharmacy technician at Rite Aid. Initially, I was told I would only have to manage the till, but as soon as I started I was shown how to manage customers at pick-up, drop-off, and drive-thru. I was also shown how to manage the prescription queue, whether they came in physically or electronically. Sometimes, it would get really hectic with the orders. The customers were either + or -, depending on their mood. When I first started, I was kind of anxious about the job that during the state of Hypnagogia, I would attempt to file my blanket as I would file Monaco bags (´つヮ⊂).  The best part of this job was counting the tablets when filling the prescriptions (Trust me! It was so satisfying to count them out by 5’s) and stocking up the ScriptPro on truck day. I don’t know why but the pharmacist would always leave the stocking part for me to do. Out of everything I dealt with during the day, that was the one thing I could go back to and just be in my own world… It acted as a bit of therapy I guess. The second to last worst part was measuring the amount to input when measuring liquid medications (I hated that part). The worst part was managing the drive-thru. My stuttering made it worse to communicate with them. There were times when I really just wanted to run out there and give them the medication instead of dealing with them through the little screen (T_T).