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Friday, 1 July 2016

Five for Friday

  • After two repeat of insy-wincy spider I sing "And the spider climbed up again, and again, and again, and again", and now Keiden sings it like that too :D
  • I'm a terrible sick person - I get all kinds of grumpy - so it helps that I've been home alone most of this week. It spares J and K.
  • I'm finally getting some marks back from some of my classes. *sigh* It's not the marks I was expecting, they're not terrible, but I am so tired of just missing 70% + [If you didn't know 75% is a distinction, so my high 60s puts me in something like the B+ range]
  • Hamilton is still my go to music pick, it's been about 3 months or so of it. Unusual for me, as I tend to get over a favourite song in about a month or two.
  • I'v been doing the no shampoo thing for a month now, and my hair hasn't felt softer. It is amazing, just how soft, my hair has gotten.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Book Thursday

Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and Karen George

Freddie and the Fairy is about some golden rules on speaking clearly. It is probably best suited to an older little, the 4 and older crowd. But as with all Julia Donaldson’s it’s all sorts of fun to read. The rhythm and rhyme is fun, as always.

Freddie helps Bessie-Belle who is stuck in a tree. She grants him a wish as thanks. Unfortunately, she’s hard of hearing and Freddie doesn’t speak clearly. So as you can guess, things go wrong in all sorts of fun ways.

The illustrations are softer, and paler,  than the work of some other illustrators Donaldson has worked with, but it suits the tone of the story perfectly. It provides the right tone to help you not feel as if you’re laughing at the fairy for the mishaps, it’s more that you’re laughing at how it all goes wrong.

Sadly, Keiden doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do, he’s given it 2/5 on the rereading scale. I give it a 3/5.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Zombie Prompt #26

Pet peeves

 Gosh this one could turn into a very long list, but I'll keep it short. It bugs me when: 
  • people are rude
  • when my questions go unacknowledged
  • when someone is running late and they don't let you know - look, sometimes I'm the late person, but I always let those waiting for me know I'm running late
  • people who just touch others dice - it's so, so rude
  • touchy folks who don't check if you're a touchy person before touching - no unsolicited hugs

What are your pet peeves?

Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Just over it all

I warn you this is a self-indulgent vent.

We're finally getting some marks back, and I just keep on missing 70. Which is all kinds of frustrating, I want to do better. Yes, there is feedback, but it's too late to help for those modules as I'm done with them. Hopefully it'll help with others. I have been getting 70 - 75 for things in another class, so I know I should be able to do it. But not getting there is ugh. And it's not even things I've left for last minute, at least then I'd have that excuse :-/

I'm over Keiden acting as if his ears are ornaments and not for listening. He's almost 2.5 so it's peak challenge two's time, but still. Ugh.

And I'm pretty much done with myself. Just ugh, such...[insert all kinds of words that aren't fit for polite company]. Granted I'm sick, and I the self pity flag is flying high. *sigh*

How goes you today?

Monday, 27 June 2016

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Five for Friday

The clouds are starting to brighten - so that's a good thing.

I got great, constructive feedback on the first draft of my research proposal. Having a supervisor who is interested in your work, and things you can do it is all kinds of new and amazing to me. I may still be a bit upset about what happened with me when I tried for an MA the first time, although it still comes up just because my current supervisor is amazing. The power of a great supervisor should not be underestimated. Ever.

This song is rivalling Hamilton for most plays this week.

I had forgotten just how much I enjoy musicals, so it's great to rediscover that.

Yesterday, we got Keiden's quarterly assessment. And it is amazing, just how much more he is doing there now that he is more comfortable. If you remember his previous one was odd for us, as there was a lot school said he wasn't doing that we had seen him do at home often. It's pretty clear that we have an introvert, and we need to keep on advocating for his agency because he can't right now.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Book Thursday

My Friend the Weather Monster by Steve Smallman and Bruno Merz

This story is a great feelings book, and because of the talking points included at the back a wonderful resource for slightly older readers. Probably best suited for children 4 and up.

The story is about a monster who leaves near a town. When he is happy the sun shines, when he is sad it rains. And it had been raining a lot lately. Tom, a child in the village decides that the monster needs cheering up and they should take him cake - clearly Tom is on track because cake fixes everything ;).

I love this story because it’s a wonderful way to introduce your little to what loneliness is, and that although someone is different they’re not scary. Also it reaffirms that cake fixes everything :).

It’s a wonderful read, with lovely illustrations and shows that a little kindness can give you a new friend. Keiden, doesn’t have an opinion on this one, as we read it once a while ago. I give it a 4/5.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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