Pocket Full of Random – 27/08/17

Hello my people,

How are you on this lovely Sunday?

Or Monday, dear Angela. It’s 2 a.m in New Zealand and you have to wake up in about 5 hours. Have a good Monday, my friend. Plenty of coffee!!

I haven’t done a random post in a while and I decided I would do one today, as they’re fun and everyone seems to like them. So there you go, random thoughts.

iPhone Affair:

  • I’m in love. No, I’m not talking about Rui. I love him too but not as much as my new iPhone. I don’t give a shit about the brand and I’m very far from an apple fan girl but the truth is that the phone actually WORKS.

I no longer have to endure 5 minutes of suffering while my new phone (which should be working fine) is having a seizure and freezing, which it was doing about every 30 minutes. I know I’m cheap but the phone was not that cheap for me. I paid about 160€ for it less than a year ago and it was a mistake.

I was finally convinced by Rui to buy an iPhone, which costs about that 3 times that amount, and it was the best thing that I’ve done in a while. It’s user-friendly and it’s fast and fluid and there are tonnes of apps for it and the camera quality is very, very good.

I’ve been cheap all my life but I’m starting to believe that, sometimes, it is worth spending a little more for a quality product. Lesson learned.

I love my iPhone. I want to write a poet for it and take long walks on the beach while watching the sunset with dear phone.

Historical Accuracy:

  • When you’re watching a historical (real) period show or movie, do you pause every few minutes to do some research on a character on event? I do. I watch everything with Wikipedia by my side.

While I was watching The White Queen (main characters Edward III, king of England and queen Elizabeth his wife) and The White Princess (Henry VII and his wife, queen Elizabeth, daughter of King Richard and Queen Elizabeth), I would fact check often and everything seemed to be on point. There was drama, obviously, but the historical part of the shows was very accurate and well performed.

Now I have switched to The Tudors (Henry VII, son and successor of Henry VII) and it’s my impression that things are a bit more romanticized and overdone. I’ve only watched about two episodes so I might be judging it too soon, but that has been my first impression. Let’s see if I change my mind. Henry VIII was indeed much more eccentric that his father so, maybe they want to make sure viewers understand the difference.

If I’m being honest, I find the latter a bit more boring that the two previous shows that I have mentioned.

Book Adventures:

Remember my List of books to be read until the end of 2017? I’m taking a little detour and reading After You by Jojo Moyes. I loved Me Before  so much and I really wanted to read the book before it becomes a movie (which it is happening), so I bought it in kindle form and am reading it on my phone. I’m enjoying it very much.

Have you read or watched the first book/film? Have you read the sequel?

Do you know the author? Have you read any of her books? I haven’t. Her choice of titles seems to draw my attention but I would like some feedback first.

Also, I must tell you I’m taking advantage of all the free kindle books on Amazon. I intend to buy a kindle or some kind of e-book reader soon but, right now, my phone will have to do.

Problem is: Even if I live to be 120, I will never have enough time to read every book I get my hands on, especially if I think about the 3000 (not exaggerating) I have collected over the years on my laptop. There’s just so much. Physical books, and e-books and audio books. Oh my.

Besides, being a virtual assistant, part of my job is getting reviews for books, which means I’m always getting new books. I love it but with each new book comes the stress of knowing I can’t get to all of them. Such is life, I guess. I’m sure about 99% of you feel just the same.

The Hunger Games: 

  • I don’t really know what has gotten into me because this has never happened since I was about 2 years old and was still being nursed, but I have been eating during the night. Oh yeah, I wake up, go to the bathroom and get hungry. You can find me eating yogurt at 5.30 a.m or munching on corn crackers in the darkness of my room in the middle of the night, waking up Rui who asks in a judging tone “Are you eating”? – “Nope, you’re dreaming.”

Please tell me some of you get hungry at night? My uncle has the habit of waking up in the middle of the night for milk and cookies (something he has always done) and I used to think “What the hell? I can’t even get myself to the bathroom without stumbling on about 2 walls and 3 tables, let alone be alert enough to eat”. I’m doomed. I got fat eating during the day, I don’t know what will become of me if I starting eating 24/7.

YouTube Addiction: 

  • I’ve develop a close relationship with YouTube for the past few weeks. Do you know those types of channels that draw you in and you can never be your free-self again? You know the type. The titles of the videos usually consist of something like “10 celebrities who Hollywood no longer hires” or “The most dangerous serial killers of all time”. I love watching those, I must confess.

Every time I see something that might interest me I click “watch later” and then I end up with a huge list of videos, alongside the usual mom vloggers I stalk. I hope this is temporary. Either that or special YouTube-addiction-rehab.

Sleeping Beauty:

  • I have to report my change in medication has worked wonders. I fall asleep quickly and am able to sleep for the whole night, despite the occasional bathroom visit or fridge party.

I’ve also been waking up early which is awesome because I can get so much more done. I feel happy about it. When I don’t sleep well I feel miserable for weeks and can’t get shit done, which makes me frustrated. Then I’m frustrated because I can’t sleep and because I have a ton of things to do and can’t. Finally I get frustrated because I’m getting frustrated with all of the above. Do you get the picture?


  • I still don’t know how this is possible. I’ve been writing so little that I thought I would get deserted and wake up with 50 followers some of these days. It hasn’t happened and I’ve kept growing, not sure how.

My stats are no longer as good as they used to be. Probably Karma because I’m not reading anyone’s blog at the moment and they must ignore me back. I totally get it.

I should do something to celebrate. What should I do? Do suggest something, please. I’ll let you pick this time. I’m out of ideas. Another party? Another giveaway? I’ve done it all.

Wellzz, I’m off now. Must do some work and read a few blogs if I can. I miss you guys, that’s true. I’m so behind you can no longer see me, which is very sad. I guess I’ll pick a few of you each day and read your latest 30 posts I have missed. Sounds like a plan.

P.S. Dear WordPress or whatever, can you stop marking Rui’s name as a spelling mistake? It’s my man and I won’t let you treat him like that!!

Bye guys.

Desenho sem tΓ­tulo (4)


58 thoughts on “Pocket Full of Random – 27/08/17

  1. I have an iPhone SE too and I love it πŸ™‚

    I’ve read both Me Before You and After You and seen the film. The film was definitely very true to the book! After you was OK – I wrote about my thoughts here https://emptychairsatemptytables.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/after-you/

    At the moment I have another book of hers on my shelf but I’ve not read it yet. Some of Her other books sound good but I’ve not read them yet.

    Glad you’re sleeping better! Sleep problems are awful! 😦

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    • I’m also a little disappointed with book two. Let’s just say Lou is not where I expected her to be. Hahaha I’ve just made the mistake of going and reading your review and read all of the spoilers. Dumb me. I’ve read that most of the books she has written before were really ignored and didn’t get much attention. Then she wrote Me Before You and it boomed and sold a huge amount of copies and that’s what made her famous as a writer. But I’m curious about her other works. Maybe they’re as good and very underrated? Which one do you have?

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  2. Hey Cheila, I love “The White Queen” and “The White Princess”, they are both developed from books by Phillips Gregory, she is an author who is also a historian so it’s all very accurate!

    I’m addicted to YouTube too over the past few months

    Have a good week X

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    • Hey you!! I’ve thought about it, the fact that the books are so good and that the author is an historian might play a great role on the quality of the series. Oh, you and me both. I hope watching YouTube videos is good for your brain and helps you not to develop Alzheimer’s or something like that, so we’re not wasting our time haha. Have the best week, dear.


  3. :):) so happy your iphone is bringing you such joy. Hubby has one and he loves it too. Which reminds me when WordPress says Rui isn’t a word, mine will give suggestions, ignore or add to dictionary. Click the add to dictionary, maybe it will solve that issue. I google movies too LOL I wait until its over though. I’d get distracted, miss parts of the movie while reading, learning more back stories that aren’t in whatever I’m watching hahaha. So yeah, I do it after I finish what I’m watching.

    I’m a 49 year old night eater, probably not going to change. Knowing this, I try to make sure I add a healthier snack to my “daily” meal plan that I can grab at midnight, or 2:30 or 4:39 a.m. ;);) LOL

    What a blessing your sleep has evened out πŸ™‚ Mine is off, it will pass, and your success is a reminder πŸ™‚

    I’m pretty sure I said this, not to repeat myself but 2,000 is huge!!! Congratulations my friend πŸ™‚

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    • You have congratulated me, my dear. Thank you. I’m sorry you’re not sleeping well. Is it common for you or is it an isolated issue? Lack of sleep really takes a toll on you. I’m so glad I’m not the only one getting hungry at night. People have told me not to give into it or it will become a habit, but I can’t sleep if I’m hungry lol better just have something than being in bed obsessing over toast hahaha

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      • It’s common. It use to be very common. I’d go for days, no sleep. Then sleep for 12 to 16 hours, repeat. It’s tapered off. Which is a blessing because I like sleep, and it’s when our bodies, repair, heal, does a lot of work that we need during sleep. Lots of people eat at night, and not giving in would be correct if you’re eating a whole cake, ice cream hahaha…BUT I’m like you, I’ll obsess. Who wouldn’t when they are hungry, and sleep won’t be peaceful if hungry. I try my best, 95% to grab a healthy, something that will curb the hunger quickly, so as to not to over eat.

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  4. Hey..
    I’ve missed reading posts like these. But then again, I’ve been missing for a while now.

    I totally get what you mean on the books issue. I follow a particular site that provides free Amazon book offers daily. Problem is I haven’t even gotten halfway of the 1000 ebooks I’ve complied. Probably because most of them are trilogies.

    P.S. Why do YOU have to “buy” kindle? Don’t you have access to the free app?

    P.P.S Re-read the I love my iPhone paragraph

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  5. Welcome back Chey!! It’s nice to read posts from you again, and I liked seeing your name pop up in my notification feed again πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the shoutout! I like that you remember i’m always a day ahead πŸ˜‚
    There’s nothing like having a love affair with a new phone, I’m getting the itch for another one, maybe with an even higher quality camera. But my phone hasn’t let me down, so I should leave it.

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    • Thank you, my dear friend. I miss blogging. I have gotten used to think about you often when the theme is time. I always remember and think “so, it’s still night for Angie”. Same for the girls but it’s not so drastic with them. Just 6 and 7 hours. I know I wake up earlier than them so there’s no point in texting when it’s still morning here lol I’m a big fan of using things until they fall apart and I definitely don’t like “throwing away” a phone that is less than a year old. But it was really bad. And I need a good and fast phone for work, emails, etc. I think I’ll exchange it for an ebook reader or tablet. I can still do it. Do you have a good camera? If you don’t (mine is a compact sony one from 2013), you might as well buy a good phone and take care of both issues, good phone and good camera.


    • Thank you so much, my dear. I’ve missed speaking to all of you!! I liked The White Queen way more than I did The White Princess. They ended the show as if they were killing her brother Richard when we do know in reality that it was indeed an impostor. The ending was kind of incomplete too. I thought they would go further in time to when Arthur dies and Henry becomes kind. Thank you so much. I can’t believe I’ve hit such a big number. If you would have told me 7 months ago I would not believe it.

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  6. I wanted iphone for such a long time, but as you say they are indeed expensive. Here they are the most expensive brand and it is really hard to get a hold of. But I think I’ll get it as a graduation gift to myself next year hopefully. Congratulations on the 2k, that is absolutely amazing. It seems like impossible thing for me, to get that many people to follow my blog. You absolutely deserve it dear Cheila, your blog is just perfect place for everyone to chat and have a good and relaxed time. xx

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    • I hope you do buy it for yourself, it works really well. It’s a great investment. You will reach 2000, I am absolutely sure. You’re one of the best beauty bloggers I know and definitely my favorite. I’m sure many people think the same. ❀

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    • I’ve never had an issue with mine in the short time I’ve had it. My last phone began acting out on the first few days or weeks. I usually don’t care about brands but Apple makes better phones, must admit that. Thank you for coming by, my love. ❀

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  7. I am so happy to hear that you like your new iPhone. I don’t know what I would do without mine. Maybe you can do a post about your favorite apps sometime! Congratulations on 2000 followers. That is just fantastic!

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  8. Hey dear! How have you been? It’s been a long, long while. So much has changed and I’ve got a lot to catch up. How’s the job? Glad to know that you’ve upgraded to an iPhone. πŸ˜€ Ohh that was a great read – Me Before You. But After You was what made me cry! Great books. And I totally get what you mean. There are so many books and so little time to read!!! And yes, sometimes I get hungry at night too. Congrats on crossing the 2k mile. That’s simply awesome, my darling. And don’t worry, it happens at times. Take your time. We’re going to be around. Don’t you worry about that. 😁These days, I’ve been neglecting my blog too. But there are always some people who stick around no matter what. Take care, dear. ❀😊

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    • Hey love!! It’s been long. How is school? I’m not working yet, only start on the 4th. I’ve been working online as a virtual assistant, as an extra job. I’m loving my iPhone, it’s so different. I’m liking after you very much and am going through it faster than I thought I would. I they’re turning it into a movie. Miss you so much, dear! ❀️❀️

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      • Yes, darling! It’s been a long while. School’s going good. It’s keeping me on my toes. πŸ˜‚ But life’s good. Ohh virtual assistant! That’s great. Have you finished reading After You? Are they going to adapt the second book into a movie too!? Wow. I still haven’t managed to watch Me Before You. It’s one of the many movies on my never ending and ever growing watchlist. 😁 I’m missing you too. How have you been?


  9. I have no specific requests, whatever you decide to do to celebrate will be amazing.
    I’ve found myself getting lost in YouTube videos lately also.
    LMAO the love you expressed for iPhone in the beginning and then correcting WordPress for seeing Rui’s name as a mistake gave me a nice laugh❀

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  10. Love love love Me Before You, not so much After You but I would like to see a movie adaption of it. I’m not a massive fan of sequels tbh in general. Also, if there is such thing as a YouTube rehab, I probably need to go… xx

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    • There seems to be a sequel for everything right now. Everyone used to publish isolated books, except the occasional series. Now, every type of book has a sequel or 5 lol I blame Twilight and The Hunger Games.


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