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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Friday, 21 October 2016

Five for Friday

10 days, 10 days till I will have completed by post every day quest!

K and I have survived J being gone for 5 days.

Since Tuesday I have managed 10 000 or more steps a day :D

I caught and hatched a pikachu :D

And I've been wondering when people last the art of saying that something wasn't for them. Not everyone is meant to love or even love everything.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Book Thursday

Saven Defiance (Saven #3)Saven Defiance by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a big fan of series, it allows me to stay in the world with characters I love for longer. This book doesn't fail to tick that need.

Getting to spend more time with Sadie, Logan, Hayden, Neve and everyone else is a big win...even if they have to go through things you don't want your friends to deal with. There is a lot that happens, one thing that happened [that I don't want to spoil] brought me to tears. That shows just how many mad skillz Siobhan has. Including the fact, that there were many instances when I wanted to reach into the book and smack some sense into some folks, both new and old characters.

I particularly enjoyed how the book didn't turn into a giant Sadie and Logan love fest - although, there is time given to them, so don't worry folks who read for the love-love moments. Getting to learn more about the other characters, other worlds and a very BIG reveal makes this a must for folks who've read the other books in the series.

My only quibble is, when do we get the next one?

*I'm a very lucky fish and got given the arc to read in return for a review*

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

On the last sliver of patience

Folks, this parenting gig is a con. A long con. J has been gone since Sunday morning, is back tomorrow post Keiden's bedtime...and I'm done. Actually I've been done since yesterday. 

I know that he misses his daddy, and that's why he's been extra everything. Extra whiny, extra clingy, extra argumentative, extra demanding, and extra affectionate. But gosh guys, toddler hood is not just tough on the littles...it's tough on us too. It's become increasingly hard to make sure I don't just spew out anger at K. The counting to ten before I respond to another 'naughty' thing he has done has gone up to twenty...and the pauses between the numbers have become longer.

Clearly this is just a vent post. But I'll end it on a cute note. With the loss of his blocks,puzzles and drawing item privileges he has become reattached to a pull along crocodile gift Mandy gave him. So now crocodile is going along with him everywhere. Croc needs his own chair and food, must also wash his hands before eating. Croc gets to pick the stories they're going to read. It is all kinds of cute to see, and does help refill the patience well a smidge.

What do you do to refill the patience well?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Linky dink

A season of stories. Short stories from wonderful authors sent by Random Penguin aka Penguin Random House.

This is a great spot for curation of interesting thoughts on minimalism.

5 truths about minimalism, that we need a reminder on now and then.

An amazing free colour in pic.

An amazing site for Geeks of Colour.

And it wouldn't be a link share from me if I didn't remind you of the awesome that is The Establishment.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Something I needed to read

So there I was taking my 5, okay 10 minutes, of twitter time before getting into work mode. And Ella posted about her newest post, Appreciating the mess.

And did I ever need this post now. Guys, it's been a hard parenting slog lately. Keiden has been pushing, and pushing all the boundaries. Factor in all my things, poor sleep, a grumpy house in general, and now Jerall away...yesterday was not good. Well more like the entire weekend.

The never ending mess, and constant cleaning up is such a strain. So reading Ella's post was a great reminder for me, I need to take a moment and appreciate that it all means my baby is here. He is here, learning, growing, making his mark on the world...his mark on his parents. And one day, I won't be around to see it. [Or you know the more scary horrid thought.]

So much as the mess and cleaning is a pain, it's a smidge easier to handle now.

How do you cope with the mess?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

Five for Friday

It's been a very busy week. And it's ending with a class test this morning. Programme Evaluation is utterly fascinating to me. And Prof Joha Louw-Potgieter is utterly engaging. Hopefully this test goes as well as my Atlas.ti test did.

I'm learning so much in class. And it's a great note to end my diploma classes on. Post the class, just two assignments to hand-in, and I'll be able to focus on my thesis.

Walking around campus has been interesting. So many buildings that I'm used to seeing open, are only accessible with your student card. The private security folks are kitted out in riot gear. Seeing that doesn't exactly inspire confidence that things are going to be peaceful. Fortunately, it is currently more peaceful here in Stellenbosch than elsewhere. Although petrol bombs have been found. And on Monday my class got cut short because we had to evacuate the building. Here's to hoping that we make it to the end of class this month with minimal disruption. I figure exam season will see things coming to close on our campus at least.

Our lounge is in a state of disaster. K is just not packing away his toys. So it seems my kid is not a star chart kid :-/

On Sunday J is heading off to a conference, and he'll only be back on Thursday evening post bedtime. It'll be interesting. Part of the help me deal okay with it plan is K spending most of the day at school for that week.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Book Thursday

Saven Denial (Saven #2.5)Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another holy heck, a cliffhanger. But this does does give you some respite from the cliffhanger at the end of Disclosure. I love the novella in that it answers a lot of Sadie questions. 'm sure it will go a long way to not disturb the pacing of Defiance.

The only down moment for me - and why this a four star instead of five star rating - is the inclusion of another romantic entanglement. Why can't Sadie and Logan just be left to their happy *sigh*.

I loved that we got more info on the Tor, who Griselda is...and an excellent reason for why Sadie's mother treated her the way she did. Some more ass kicking from Sadie is always a winner in my book.

This is not something you can skip in the series. The novella certainly covers things that wouldn't get the attention it deserves in Defiance.

*Luck fish that I am, I got this in exchange for a review.*

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