what’s goin’ on?

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errr, hi internet. it’s been a while. here, have a selection of things that have been happening in my world.

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this absolute bugger of a plugin glitch effectively locked me out of wp for about a month. it also stopped me commenting on blogs that required a wp login. after a lot of googling, tons of forum-reading, and handful of false dawns, i think i’ve finally resolved it. hooray!

return from whence you came
staying in the uk hit a hurdle this week. no one’s fault, really – just circumstances. i don’t really feel like i can complain. with the current refugee crises in africa and the middle east, my request to move from one safe, affluent country to another is not a priority for the uk government, nor should it be. so it’s back to australia i go (via europe and asia) in a couple of months.

books for what ails you
i’ve worked my way through almost all the novels caroline recommended to me, and also got around to reading the lovely bones (finally!). really enjoyed longbourn, though i felt it sort of lost its way in the last couple of chapters. one plus one was good fun for a summer read – engaging, but not taxing enough to require undivided attention for a long period. beautiful ruins was intriguing and frustrating by turns. the rook and midnight riot are on my kindle, awaiting a rainy afternoon or my imminent unemployment, whichever comes first. as for the lovely bones, the first third was gripping, but then it took a sharp turn into (unanticipated) ridiculousness.

sense of huma
the day i got home to london, i was struck down with gastro and a migraine, and somewhere along the lines i started to worry that i’d picked up a parasite on the road (likely culprit: sashimi at nobu in moscow). enter humaworm. i’m currently 23 days into the 30 day program, and feeling… yeeeah, pretty horrendous. i’ve been keeping a daily diary, but haven’t decided whether to publish it. (do i really want something like that on my blog? seems like it’s right on the cusp of oversharing, but perhaps someone might find it helpful…?)

i probably didn’t need another notebook, but…
i bought a baron fig confidant, and have been using it for a week or so. review to follow soon.

the great escape

i’ve been quiet for a while now. not just on my blog, but across most social media, too. turns out organising a trip around europe takes actual planning… and time… and research. who knew?! no matter, though, because all of that is done now, and tomorrow morning i hit the road – first stop amsterdam!

i’ll be on the road for the next three weeks. not sure whether i’ll have sufficient time, energy, and wifi to update as i go – if not, this site will probably morph into a travel blog for a while when i get home to london. consider yourselves warned.

carly rae jepsen released her new song and video today, and it’s far too appropriate to today’s theme not to include here (especially given that all the cities featured are places i’ve visited and loved).

do you have plans to escape this summer?