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Sunday, 19 February 2017


Topping the list this week:
  • excellent people
  • no, seriously excellent people who are happy to share what they know
  • chocolate
  • part of my funding being paid out
  • new books
  • sorting out clothes for K for the cooler weather to come
  • being able to try a new restaurant
  • K enjoying his first movie
  • being able to take K to see a movie
  • winning tickets to something I've never been to before, and having it happen when it's possible for just J and I to go
  • aircon
  • fans
  • learning new things
  • good food
  • pink headphones
  • hugs
  • not buying all the things just because I could - this is a big one for me
What's topping your list?

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Topping the list this week:

  • coffee
  • opening specials at hair salons making getting my hair done possible
  • good chats
  • therapy
  • hugs
  • seeing J in the middle of the day for lunch
  • kid birthday parties, they equal seeing folks I haven't seen in awhile
  • baby cuddles
  • student specials
  • books
  • K walking through a shop and not touching everything
  • the money lessons we're teaching K working out - he bought a treat for himself, and paid for it without complaint
  • ice cold water
  • watching comedies
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Five for Friday:Odd thoughts floating around in my mind

I've been pondering just when people decided it's okay to be mean all the time about all the things. It's not hard at all to tell someone that it's cool that something is for them, but it's not for them. Why the urge to yuck on someone's yum? [a cool phrase I saw on twitter]

What do you do to temper your negative voice? It's been really hard for me again lately...so tips are most welcome.

Is it better to be hard or soft as you go through life? Where do you draw the line between not caring and caring just enough? How are we supposed to prep our kids to deal with that, when we can't quite get it right for ourselves?

One of the Honours kiddies is very opinionated, and said that one of the other kiddies has assimilated (both are PoC) and that was just an odd statement. We've all done that, it's a survival tactic. So it got me wondering what do people do, and how is it wrong to be going with a route that can lead to less emotional harm to yourself?

I both want to and don't want to do something new with my hair. But maintenance and my laziness 0_o Suggestions?

Sunday, 5 February 2017


Topping the list this week:

  • Keiden having a great birthday
  • a good visit with my mil
  • coffee
  • a busy week
  • thesis inspiration
  • good conversations about my work
  • learning new things
  • realisations about friendship
  • taking steps about making sure I'm doing all I can to be in a good mental space
  • being trusted on making work calls
  • bright pink headphones
  • removal of some digital clutter
  • sushi
  • good food
  • exploring
  • good, real conversations
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 3 February 2017

Five for Friday: Things Keiden Says

  • "I really tired" while preparing to fight bedtime.
  • "Wait a moment" - one he picked up from me, and he loves saying it to us.
  • "Listen!" with a finger wag...no surprise it's something he picked up from me.
  • "R2 says beeb beeb boob poob" - a fan of the droid is he.
  • "Anyway" usually added onto the end of a sentence where he says he doesn't want to do something, i.e. "I not pack away, anyway."

Monday, 30 January 2017

Now you are 3

Dear Keiden,

Today you are three. Wow, three where did the time go? Like you keep on telling us, you are a big boy now. And what a big boy you are.

More and more you want to do things by yourself. But then there are things/moments that you still want daddy or me to be there with you or do with you. You love cooking and baking with daddy, and building with your blocks. Sometimes you tell me that I can't go make supper because you and daddy are going to cook.

You enjoy making breakfast with daddy, especially when it's pancakes :) And let's not forget baking. Baking is one of your favourite things to do, especially when you two baked a cake for my birthday. You started swimming lessons, so that's going to be your big thing for this year.

Your big thing for the year you were two was school. It took awhile for you to settle in, but you have. And now school is a place you like to go to, because you see your friends. Speaking of friends, E and M are still your favourite friends. You also like mommy and daddy's friends, and like seeing them too. You often want to go visit F, H and I...and they like seeing you too.

There are still moments when you are shy around people, but more and more you like saying hi to folks. We'll be walking around and you'll say hello to people or wave. It's very cute when you do that. And something else that is just as cute is your laugh. Which you do a lot of.

You giggle and laugh a lot when playing hide-and-go-seek, or running or really just doing anything you think needs a laugh :) You laugh is all kinds of awesome feeling inducing, just like your hugs, kisses and loves. You are so easily affectionate with daddy and I, I hope it stays that way. You always hug and kiss us bye when you're going to school - please don't stop.

Our weekend exploring is something you've taken to in a big way. I hope it's started you off on the track to find adventures fun. And with the exploring we're doing now, I'm sure it'll help you remember that adventures can be found just around the corner from you.

You still love books, and bedtime stories are still the way we end our day. Currently you're having us read/sing the 12 days of Christmas to you often...I'm hoping we move onto a new book soon. It's been your pattern lately - the same story over and over for a few weeks or so.

Yes, there have been moments where you've been a silly goose, but you know monkey everyone has those. Just try not to have too many of them ;)

Love you much.  Love you always,

Sunday, 29 January 2017


Topping the list this week
  • rain
  • the great people we have in our lives who make things special for K
  • coffee
  • sushi
  • invoices being paid
  • a good meeting with my supervisor
  • hugs
  • K having a great birthday party
  • my in-laws; my mil is down and K is having a great time
  • exploring
  • amazing deserts
  • and just all around great folks

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

Five for Friday

  • Crash Course is a recent youtube channel discovery, and it is all kinds of awesome. Ten minute or so videos on a variety of subjects. It's really great for brushing up on somethings, and learning about something new. I'm alternating between philosophy, world history and psychology - for now. Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.
  • Tomorrow is Keiden's birthday party. He'll be three on Monday. Three!! Where did the time go?
  • This week has been better for my daily yoga plans than last, onwards and upwards :D
  • There are gaggles of first years everywhere. And it's both awww look at the babies, and oh my goodness when did I get so old inducing. I say a gaggle of first years, as they are silly geese, you get a gaggle of geese; therefore a gaggle of first year.
  • And in horror of all horrors to consider; coffee might not be working with my tummy :(

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Book Thursday: The Clock Keeper Review

The Clock Keeper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a solid good read. And while I was reading it I was all I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv it forever, but once I finished it I wasn't as sure. I think this is a book where my rating and love thereof is affected by my mood. But I digress.

We're getting the story from the point of view of Clarke; she is on a quest to right a disastrous chain of events set into motion by her sister. And righting that wrong has lead to her doing some questionable things...but she is not alone in that doing of questionable things. The chain of events set into motion by her sister involve a guy -of course it does - and that guy, Fletcher has not dealt with things as well as Clarke [big surprise there].

The story is told in the present with vignettes of the past to fill in details. It's a great way to do show, not tell. But at times the way in which it was used was not for me.

Did I mention that Clarke - well her family - is part of an organisation of seven families tasked with protecting time? I didn't...well okay, now you know. And it was with that part of the story and world building, and all the events that I got all kinds of feelings. See one thing I've learnt from my enjoyment of geeky pop culture is that, time is a "wibbly wobbly thing" and there are just things you don't tamper with.

All in all this is another great read from Melissa Delport, but guys it's just not Guardians of Summerveld. And that's probably going to get in the way of all my reading of her tales - Drake 4eva :)

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