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March 20, 2014

5 Questions

Sort of dropped off unexpectedly there, but for the past two weeks I have hated my blog. I couldn't stand to look at the layout anymore and that first picture of the last post (of Carnaby St) was really getting on my nerves, so everytime I looked at my blog I just closed the window in disgust. So I have now changed the layout and with this post I shall relegate the Carnaby St photo to not-the-first-post status. To be honest I've been in a bit of a blogging/life rut. I have a lot of spare time this year but I still feel busy yet unproductive. I feel restless and itchy emotionally (but physically too because my eczema is flaring up), like I'm running out of time. My god, I'm having a quarter (fifth?) life crisis.




I haven't been doing anything blog-worthy lately so here are some tag questions I stole from Louise, brought to you by a rainbow, my selfie face, some trees, and salted caramel gelato.

01 – What do/did you study in college/uni?
I'm studying medicine right now, halfway through my degree. It's hard and I'm always complaining about it, but there's nothing else I'd do. I know I don't really talk about it here but I don't want to accidentally break any rules with patient confidentiality and such. Plus, it's such a big part of my life I actually like to keep this blog med-free as a reminder that I can do other things too.

02 - Do you have a secret dream you've been putting of to make happen?
I don't have any secret dreams, but I do want to travel South America and Africa. I've been putting it off cause it seems like it would be a lot harder to organise than a Europe or USA trip!

03 – What is your favourite book from your childhood, and why?
I could be cliched and say Harry Potter, but another series I loved was the Anne of Green Gables one. I read the first book when I was 11, and over the years I always come back to re-read the series, so I sort of revisit her at different times in her life as I'm also growing up.

04 – Do you have a favourite artist/artwork/museum? And why is that?
I don't really have a favourite artist or artwork... my favourite art museums are probably the Tate modern in London and MoMA in NYC, because the stuff they have is... fun to look at. Also the Bode Museum in Berlin, right before closing when no one else is there, for the atmosphere.

05 – Name three of the best musicians ever, and what are your favourite songs by them?
I don't have any musician loyalty so I won't claim that they're the best musicians ever but here is a representative sample of what I like right now:
  • Sister Rosetta - Noisettes. I discovered them on the St Trinian's soundtrack, I love their first two albums.
  • Human Being - NONONO. A new band, you might have heard their song Pumpin' Blood.
  • 400 Lux - Lorde. LOVE her right now, even though it's not the kind of music I usually listen to. This album will always remind me of my '13 Europe trip; it's a really good soundtrack for staring out the window on a long train or bus ride.


Here are five questions from me. Do this on your blog! Or just in the comments, if you like.
01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?

I'm going to take my pessimistic self to bed now, I reckon I must be sleep deprived. Maybe I just haven't recovered from going clubbing three weeks ago. Thanks for all the comments as usual, will return them soon! Also, I still have one more Europe post to go, oh dear.

44 comments:

  1. Your blog has always looked so clean and pretty to me and your pictures always manage to capture the essence of everyday life so well. I definitely know the 'blogging-rut' feeling too, I feel like I could post more if I handled my time better but it never transpires that way. For me I also sometimes feel guilty for blogging if I've got some Uni work to be getting on with. I admire you so much for managing to blog frequently as well as studying for a medical degree!

    You should definitely try and make South America and Africa happen while you still can! Looking forward to your last Europe post btw ^^ x

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    1. Thanks Philippa <3 I'm the same, i procrastinate while doing uni work and then when I sit down to blog, I feel guilty.

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  2. I would love to travel to South America too, it would be so different! And I like your blog a lot, so I hope you feel better soon!:)

    1. Great British Sewing Bee (it's goood but not as good as the Bake off), Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & We Will walk by Matisyahu (lovelovelove the song worth a listen!)

    2. Weetabix & Apple juice :) Hmmm my ideal breakfast would probably be pancakes, but for now I'm happy with weetabix aha

    3. a) finishing my art folder and starting my new painting! b)Moving to London to start uni (fingers crossed) so so excited!!!

    4. Erm hot chocolate? haha

    5. (it would be a very odd face.......)

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    1. 1. Haha I haven't watched Sewing Bee or Bake Off! Will give the song a listen :)
      3. Oooh so exciting to start uni in city like London
      4. Aw I didn't account for non-tea or coffee drinkers, sorry :(

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  3. Your layout looks very neat and minimal--it's soothing.

    I can relate to the restlessness so much--I think we were talking about it just yesterday. I find that I'm less ragey after physical activity or after spending a day taking photographs. Better if I can combine both. I'd imagine med school would be incredibly stressful. I vaguely toyed with the idea of pursuing that as a career but it's super academically demanding, so my hat's off to you for doing that AND keeping up a blog.

    Hang in there and I look forward to your upcoming posts.

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    1. Agree about physical activity, I'm not sporty by any means but it always makes me feel better - going to go on a jog later!

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  4. Wow! I love your layout! it's really neat, pleasing and minimalist.
    And woah I never imagined you to be a med student! You did a good job in concealing that ;)
    And pretty pictures as always :)

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    1. Thanks :) haha it's been on my about page, I just never talked about it in my posts!

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  5. Oh Jane, I'm going to be annoying and say that you've described my feelings as of late perfectly. I would blame the time of year or the seasons but let's hope we'll be feeling jolly and happy go lucky in no time again... I'm digging the new layout, and I'm sorry but I seem to have stolen your black bar on top of your blog. :o

    As for the questions, yay! I'm happy to read about your answers. Always when I hear about Anne of Green Gables I feel quite 'meh' because I never grew up with those books (being Dutch doesn't really help, but I did read the Neverending Story...in Dutch though, which might be my favourite book from my childhood) Oh well... And the Noisettes! Yay! I really like their music.

    And now to make this massive comment even bigger, here are my answers to your questions!

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    TV/Movie: I watched Austenland today, Jennifer Coolidge totally was worth the watch!
    Book: I just started in "What we talk about, when we talk about love' by Raymond Carver.
    Song: I've been listening to the soundtrack of the Grand Budapest just now. Again.

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    Yoghurt with Cruesli! Since I'm in a bit of a rut I decided adding a bit sugurry stuff to the beginning of the day would be good (Cruesli is so sweet, goodness). My ideal breakfast would be more light muesli mixed with nuts in some yoghurt and a piece of fruit on the side. With a very good cup of tea!

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    In a week my midterms are starting, not so much looking forward to that though... In a year, I'll be almost ready to graduate, partly frightened by that, but also looking forward to it!

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    I don't drink coffee, I really like all kinds of green tea but genmaicha is my favourite. Loose tea is the best.

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    Yea... this probably won't work through a comment. I'll post one on instagram maybe soon. (Do you have instagram by the way??)

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    1. It might be the seasons for me as well - uni is well under way but it's still so hot out, and hot weather always makes me restless.

      1. I watched Austenland on the plane last month, it's pretty cute! I didn't know of any of the actors in it though
      2. I had to google cruesli aha. Um it sounds amazing??
      5. I do have instagram but I like to keep it private :) I end up blogging all my phone photos anyway otherwise I'll have nothing left to show here!

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  6. Don't be too hard on yourself! I couldn't even imagine juggling a blog with a medicine degree, and you're doing a great job :) Great questions by the way, I'll definitely be keeping them in mind to answer on my blog sometime.

    P.S. The new layout looks great!

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    1. Haha everyone is giving me too much credit! I'd love to read your answers :)

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  7. I didn't actually know you studied medicine! I'm in medical school right now as well and in the US we do it kinda differently because we go to undergraduate for 4 years and then medical school for 4 years, so I just started hahha.

    I'm sorry you've been feeling that way these days. I can relate a lot to that feeling though. My issue is having too much work and not enough free time, and even when I have free time, not doing anything productive. Sigh. Probably just a rough month! Power through it! I always enjoy reading whatever you post here =)

    And to answer you questions:
    01 – Almost Human, I can't remember, Queenie Eye by Paul McCartney
    02 – Did not eat breakfast. Ideal breakfast is chocolate croissant + hot coffee
    03 – a) ugh...finish the renal unit b) going to mexico to shadow at a hospital
    04 – Vanilla latte (does this count haahha)
    05 – :<



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    1. Oh awesome, didn't realise you were in med school too! The 4 year US courses sound a lot tougher than our undergrad ones (which are spread over 5-6 years).

      03. a) Good luck :( b) ah that sounds amazing, I'm really looking forward to experiencing hospital in other countries too

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  8. Your new layout looks great! I love how clean and simple it is.

    I feel you on the eczema flaring up thing, this weather has just been so dry!

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    Movie: Her
    Book: The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women (because one of them was my former boss)
    Song: Years & Years - Real
    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    I ate leftover fried chicken and miso soup. It pales in comparison in terms of flavor and nutrition to my ideal breakfast.
    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    Hopefully in a year I'll be able to have a stable job in an industry that I care about.
    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    I'll either just get a drip coffee or an Americano, depending on what they have.
    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    My face is going through some awful allergic reaction right now, so maybe another time.

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    1. 1. Everyone keeps talking about Her, I might wait for it to pop up online and watch it
      2. Okay I love having leftover unhealthy stuff for breakfast haha, like pizza
      5. Hope it's better soon :(

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  9. Oh wow, I didn't know you studied medicine, that is so cool! I love your blog, it has such a nice clean layout and you write so well. I guess I'll do this now, too:

    01 – Lost, He Died With a Felafel In His Hand, Til the Stars Cry Out by Orden Ogan (GOOD LISTEN NOW)
    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Cruskits & vegemite with a mocha. Pretty standard breakfast for me.
    03 – A week: eating Indian for dinner yummm. A year: I don't know, probably something else food-related.
    04 – I don't really drink much coffee except for the little Nescafe sachet things I have at home. Tea is my friend though. I will drink all and any, except for fruity kinds.
    05 – No, YOU post a selfie!

    kirstenlearns.com

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    1. 1. He Died With a Felafel in His Hand is the name of something? Sounds intriguing. And I will listen :)
      3. Meals are mostly what I look forward to as well... gets me through the day haha
      5. I did, up there :(

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  10. ❤︎

    I adore this new layout, the color you've used is so pretty and I love how clean and modern it looks. I took have been feeling un-inspired lately, I really like your idea of answering 5 questions to get myself going again. I just feel like every time I post it never turns out quite the way I planned it so it slowly starts to drive me nuts. I think I'm too much of a perfectionist.

    Anyway, love this! I linked it over at my blog.

    Nicole ❤︎ Furnish Box - Interiors, Lifestyle & Design

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    1. I get the same feeling, I had this post in my drafts for the past few days because I just couldn't get it sounding or looking right!

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  11. I'm definitely going to answer these on my blog :)

    beingerin.com

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    1. Looking forward to reading them :)

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  12. It was really nice to read more about you Jane! Sometimes we do need to step away from the blog for a little world time and I know the feeling! I am totally digging the new layout, I was like "Awesome!" when it first opened :)

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  13. Really like the new logo Jane, nice and simple. I'm going to redesign my page over next few month but I think I'm going to rope in a designer.

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    I watched QI last night and read The Calculus Affair by Tintin.

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    I had golden nut flakes, before the gym so quite light. Idea would be American pancakes with all the trimmings.

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    Next week I'm going to Ireland to film with ASOS, maybe some modeling too../ a year, getting married!

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    Americano or Flat White. Tea, just hot water.

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    No way!

    Mat @ Buckets & Spades

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    1. 2. Loooove American pancakes! No way I'll ever have time to make them for myself in the morning though.
      3. Oh wow looks like you've got lots to look forward to!

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  14. 01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    * Last TV Show: Adventure Time
    * Movie:BBC Emma (2009) in french - the episodes are long, and I watched them all so it should count as a movie. Damn BBC for making ridiculously long episodes, but are good nonetheless.
    * Book: Emma by Jane Austen
    * Song: Equilibrium by Jackie Boyz
    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    * Didn't have breakfast, so I guess ideal breakfast would actually having one.
    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    * In a year I'll be living in an Apartment in Reims, in the Champagne region of France for my abroad study.
    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    * Don't drink coffee because I'm lactose intolerant. And so I have my tea without sugar, and brewed just right.
    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    * I has no selfies cause my confidence is level BELOW 9000!


    And hope you get over your blogging blues, it lingers a bit until its over come with something exciting.

    www.rosa-dyn.com

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    1. 3. Super excited for you, hope you blog throughout it so I can be nosy!

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  15. i love the new layout!

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    Last movie I watched was Frozen. Last book I read was waiting by ha jin. the last song i listened to was rainier valley rhythm by Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    I didn't eat breakfast! Just a cup of coffee. My ideal breakfast is hmm.. toss up between with toast with avocados or the traditional pancakes, eggs and bacon with fresh orange juice so the comparison is stark!

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    i look forward to warmer weather and cherry blossom blooming all around

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    I usually just get a mocha frap.

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    I usually do selfies once in a while. :)

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    1. 1. I've been meaning to watch Frozen since it's Disney, but to be honest the premise isn't really reeling me in!
      2. Pancakes, eggs and bacon are A++

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  16. I love the new layout! It's so crisp and refreshing! Your questions are so fun, so I'll have a go at answering them:

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    I just finished Sherlock (I know, I'm SO behind on the bandwagon, haha), it's not a book, but I just read Ruskin's "Traffic", and I just listened to Sparks by Jesse Woods.

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    I usually eat some cereal or oatmeal if I have the time. My idea breakfast would be fresh squeezed juice, and an eggs benedict.

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    In a week my best friend is flying to New York to visit me, and in a year I'll be at my first assistant designer job!

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    I don't drink coffee! I usually take my tea with sugar and little bit of milk.

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    No selfie to post here, but I usually turn my head to the side, haha. I think I look the same in all of my pictures!

    Hope you have a lovely week dear! I always love reading your posts.

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    1. 3. So exciting (to both things)!

      Thanks Stephanie :)

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  17. Oh thanks Jane for reminding me of Noisettes ! I used to love them back in high school (and the name always made me chuckle: in French, "noisettes" can be a cute term for... testicles haha)
    I didn't know you were a medecine student. What field are you interested into? My cousin is studying to become a psychiatrist.

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    1. LOL I didn't know that!
      It changes a lot but right now I'm interested in orthopaedic surgery, paediatrics or obstetrics!

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  18. Hey there, I'm a new reader and I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog! :)
    www.faithfullymarissa.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I have never been clubbing and if it really takes three weeks to recover... I haven't felt like blogging as of late, nor am I happy with my blog layout but I'm technology illiterate. I love the new layout, very fresh and clean.

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    - TV show: Breaking Bad
    - Book: Norwegian Wood

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    I had a apple and rhubarb Greek yoghurt with gluten free and oat free muesli (which is just seeds, fruits and nuts). Ideal breakfast? Pancakes, bacon, toast and avocado sounds very ideal, also sounds like it'll clog my arteries.

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    I'm doing my first hospital placement next week (yay). I'm looking forward to graduating and starting my intern year next year (yay). I'm not a med student unfortunately, I'm a pharmacy student (I do drugs).

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    For coffee, a mocha with lots of sugar. For tea, 1/3 hot black tea and 2/3 milk.

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    My excuse is that I'm a shy photographer, but I'm guilty of taking a hell lot of photos of myself...

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    1. LOL I'm just weak and not used to it. I don't know how people do it multiple times a week!
      3. Good luck with your hospital placement :) you're so close to finishing!

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  20. Everyone goes through ruts. Just need to pick yourself up and get on with it :) The layout of the new design looks wonderful btw!

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  21. aww sorry to hear about your eczema flaring up. hopefully it becomes under control soon. The new layout looks very clean! I like the shade of blue you've chosen. I feel the same about talking about Nursing. The whole confidentiality stuff can be a big problem...so much grey area! I also would love to visit South America and Africa too. It's just so out of the ordinary (for me at least) so I think it I would learn so much.

    01 – Last TV show and/or movie you watched, last book you read, last song you listened to?
    I just watched the newest episode of New Girl, 1Q84 (wow, I just realized I haven't read a book at all in 2014), and Happy - Pharrell Williams

    02 – What did you eat for breakfast this morning? How did it compare to what your ideal breakfast would be?
    An egg/ham combo on an English muffin! I don't know if I have an ideal breakfast. I do like a good HK style breakfast though.

    03 – What's something you're looking forward to in a) a week b) a year?
    In one week, I will do my taxes hahahaha. In one year, I will be half way through my program and closer to working!

    04 – What's your usual coffee order? And if you don't drink coffee: how do you take your tea?
    If it's Tim Hortons I go for a Medium Double Double. If it's anywhere else I add just enough cream to make it into a "pretty brown" (it's weird but I don't know how else to describe it).

    05 – Post a selfie! Do you have a "selfie face" (as apparently I do)?
    :3

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    1. 2. Your breakfast sounded good! I love having a hot breakfast with some protein-y stuff but I never have the time haha
      3. Haha, good luck with the taxes!

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  22. ok i'm going to do this haha - but first i want to say that i love your new layout!
    1. last tv show: mr selfridge / last film: the grand budapest hotel / last book: still struggling through london fields by martin amis / last song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7I5UaB7mx4
    2. a kitkat easter egg, i'm feeling really bad about this :/ ideally i'd like to have some fruits
    3. i'm looking forward to my bf's birthday & going to ikea this week-end / i never think as far as tomorrow so next year is too much to handle for me
    4. i'm not a coffee drinker and i've changed my tea habits recently, now i go for the most boring herbal teas.
    5. i think i was too old and self conscious when the all selfie thing started so never got around to find my selfie face :D

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  23. oh my god i feel u with the blogging rut thing, as evidenced by me not blogging for like 2 months. trying to get back into it though! and in answer to your questions:

    1 last tv show: i watch half of season 3 of girls and haven't had time to catch up since then :( last book: currently readon the cities of the red night by william s burroughs. last song: currenty listening to bruce springsteen and before that it was muddy waters
    2. i had a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea, but my ideal breakfast would be cake with a cup of tea, i can't lie
    3. well i have 5 gigs this week so i'm looking forward to those! and in a year, well shit i don't have my life planned out that far ahead, haha
    4. i don't drink coffee but i have my tea with a bit of milk and one sugar
    5. haha i'm in no state to take a selfie right now but i kind of of do have a selfie face, i definitely have a good side of the face and i'm always looking side on and almost never smile with my teeth

    hope you've been well!

    little henry lee

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