WHAT I READ
NOTES ON A BANANA
This book has really opened my eyes to mental illness. He suffered from it even as a little baby and everyone just called him being sensitive and that he would grow out of it because they couldn’t understand what happened. A lot has, thankfully, changed since then.
Mental illnesses are so often stigmatized and mis-diagnosed, not to mention dismissed by so many that it makes it hard to finally admit or come to the realization that you need help from a professional and sometimes it cannot be cured but at least it can be managed.
I loved this book because it wove in a lot of food throughout and describes his 30+ year journey to fight for his self-diagnosis just from reading a book of a woman who suffered from the same bipolar disorder even after seeing multiple professionals and the signs all being there.
I would recommend it to anyone who sometimes wonders if something is wrong with them but cannot be sure or just to be more aware of the problem that exists and what others are facing. It is always good to be in someone else’s shoes for a while to see things from their perspective.
I myself even recognized a few things in the book that linked to me but it is hard to really say if what I experienced was just being myself or if it was actually a mild bout of mental illness (which is the same as a physical one just that it is manifested inside and not outside).
I really want people to stop saying things like: you’ll grow out of it, you’ll get over it… because while it might be like that for many people it isn’t helpful to those who actually have a disease and need help but are constantly being doubted and dismissed.
This was an excellent book, particularly for those of you who have chosen to be single or lightly linked to someone but certainly child-free.
Her thoughts and perspective on “feeling different” (normal I say) and not wanting a family and to just be free and alone in the light of society trying to box her into finding The One, then starting A Family, made her feel suffocated rather than free.
Excellent read. I very much enjoyed and envied some parts of her life particularly now when I feel a little stifled by both a relationship and a child, even if I wouldn’t change my situation for the world…. if that makes sense. I have escapist fantasies of living alone for a day and being single. I suppose most mothers and women might feel like that from time to time, and even I daresay, men!
RICE, NOODLE, FISH
I’m a bit of a Japanophile amongst other “philes”, so I loved this book. It details out all the regions, what to eat, where to go, but done in such a poetic manner that it is an actual book on Japanese culture with anecdotes as well.
This book made me so hungry, I ate ramen.
WHAT I BOUGHT
STOCK UP ON COMMANDO COTTON BIKINIS – $22.40 EA
Best underwear ever. After regular use for years they have started ripping so I figured I might as well buy a stock to replace them. Bought 6 pairs.
J BRAND MARIA HIGH RISE WHITE JEANS – $200
I hear good things. We shall see. Otherwise, they get returned… high rise and white, they will replace the other pair in my wardrobe that are now fit but feel far too tight :\
DERMABLEND SMOOTH LIQUID CAMO FOUNDATION – $45
I bought this and I love it. I add a drop of it to my already great BareMinerals Complexion Rescue for just a little bit more coverage and it works like a dream. My skin looks airbrushed as long as I have no outstanding pimples or bumps that are crusty (sorry, TMI). It really looks incredible.
LULULEMON LEGGINGS & TOPS
All on “sale” which means around $70 – $100 each instead of $100 – $130.
RUN-ON TANKS x 4 – $64 EACH
Yeah.. I really do love them.
I didn’t want to bother to wait if ever that they’d go on sale, as I need them NOW because I do yoga daily and it is gross to try and re-wear sweaty clothes.
Then a whole bunch of high-rise Luxtreme leggings.
Like.. a lot. 6 pairs. *cough*
MM LAFLEUR CATHERINE DRESS – $100
CANNOT WAIT TO GET THIS CATHERINE DRESS. It is exactly my style with the collar, the tie.. POCKETS..!!!?!?! Dying.
EEEEEEEP. I am not really sure about this purchase because of the price tag AND I bought it in a size 8 and plan on tailoring it down.
I guess we’ll see. But the tailoring and colour is phenomenal, I’ll make it work, or re-sell it..
MM LAFLEUR WAVERLY SKIRT – $190
Colour: Boysenberry which looks very pretty online. Debating on returning this or keeping it as it is a colour I do not have in my wardrobe.