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Friday, 9 December 2016

Five for Friday

It's been all kinds of happy dancing from me yesterday, as I found out that I got funding for next year :D It is such a relief. And yes, the money is going to be such a help. But the big win for me is that it's this tangible proof that my research, that I am, worth investing in. It's a massive confidence boost.

It is raining today, and it's all kinds of wonderful.

I'm so glad that a good day for K is fairly easy, and cheap to make happen. On Wednesday we saw M - our niece - and it made for an all kinds of happy K. Seeing her, a train ride and playing with lego meant his day was all good.

Our Christmas tree is not up yet. Is yours? We're still trying to figure out where to place it. It's a small one that I like on top of the smaller bookshelf, but we know K will most likely want to touch. So to not restrain that a plan is to be made.

My well of words seems to be drying lately...and it's not the best time for that to happen. I'm not sure how to tackle it. What do you do in those moments?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Five for Friday

Much as there have been points of frustration with K's nursery school, it's so winning with it's holiday programme. Throughout the year the term starts and ends with the school calendar, but they always have a holiday programme/day care thing going on. And in Dec they're open till the 23rd, and they open again on Jan the 4th. It's a massive win, especially because without school there is no time away from K for me. And seeing the way some folks need to scramble to cover the school holiday periods with child care plans, it makes me oh so grateful for K's school.

Speaking of K - as I mentioned on Wednesday, he is heading full steam ahead for being a three-ager [a three year old teenager] and this with just under 2 months to go till he is 3. Also wasn't he a baby like just yesterday? What is going on?

I'm starting to suspect that I just don't know how to be kind to myself at all. It would seem self kindness is a skill you need to learn and work on. How do you do it?

Lately, I've been working more and more in silence. It's odd for me...but it would seem that sometimes you just need quiet.

I've been spending more and more time thinking about how and what I eat, and all that means. So expect a bit of a rambling post on that soon-ish.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Book Thursday: Teach Your Heart Review

*I got given a copy for review purposes by Lola's Blog Tours. Totally check out the site if you're keen to be part of an ARC team*

Teach Your Heart
by Tracey Alvarez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the surface it would seem that Gracie and Owen are complete opposites, but it's far from that. This is a sweet, charming story - with appearances from familiar faces from some of the author's other books - that shows at heart what drives us all is love and family.


Teach Your HeartTeach Your Heart (Far North #3)
by Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 30 November, 2016

Some lessons are harder to learn than others…

Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.

After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with his cute charges. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.

Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Watching: Superstore, QI, Supernatural and some Deep Space 9

Reading: Christmas themed fiction and I'm sticking to my academic reading  plans :D

Listening: Pentatonix, and pretty much whatever else my YouTube mix lines up.

Doing:  Pretty much still not enough of anything that I should be doing, and too much of what I shouldn't be.

Contemplating: Feelings, all the feelings. Why being kind to myself for even a single day seems like a massive, impossible task. Feeling sorry for myself because I'm sick again. How K is working on being a three-ager already, with 2 months to go till he is 3. And all around bleh-ness.

How are you doing?

Friday, 25 November 2016

Five for Friday

Don't forget to file your tax return. Today is the deadline. Also the SARS folks are lovely, and very helpful.

I'm trying this be kind to myself thing, and am taking the weekend off from thesis work. Hopefully it'll help me shake the feeling of overwhelm when considering all the new reading I want to/kinda need to do. And officially saying I'm taking the weekend off should help forestall the guilt that would come from not doing much thesis work as we're seeing friends this weekend.

I like places that send you sms reminders about appointments - it's especially useful when you make appointments well in advance.

The few days of cooler weather has been wonderful. Moderate temperatures ftw!

Decluttering ftw! Books that weren't getting love from me anymore are now getting love from someone else and it's turned into a mini treat for me. A wonderful example of win-win.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Let's Chat

I'm a currently a ball of stress - stressing about something that I have no control over, as one does. Are you that kind of person, and if you're not how do you do that? Share your tricks.

I've also been struggling with vegetarianism a lot lately. I haven't gone back to my meat and fish eating ways, but man oh man have I been tempted. Look the missing of fish, it pops up whenever sushi is on my mind. But the missing of meat is new. It's been particularly loud since we've been exploring the surrounds. The Stellenbosch Winelands is a meat zone of note. How do you go about not reverting to something you want to change?

I've recently-ish come across something by Danielle LaPorte where she spoke about chasing joy. And that instant gratification isn't always a bad thing. And that we need to stop punishing ourselves. That really resonated with me. I'm a superstar at being hard on myself, which probably also includes some self punishment. Do you do that? How are we supposed to fight it?

Besides all of the above, things go as they go at this time of the year, i.e. not interested in doing all that needs to be done, but pushing ahead with it.

How are you doing?

Monday, 21 November 2016

Cover reveal: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

I've mentioned Siobhan Davis a time or two here before, and this time I get to help an author I enjoy reading do a cover reveal. So check it out, the cover for her new YA series. I'm that nervous excited that happens when an author you enjoy in one genre tries a different one. I mean I know the writing will be excellent, but will it hit the same spot as her other books. One way to find out :p

Anyhow enjoy this fancy pants cover designed by Fiona Jayde. If you're keen on receiving a free advance sample of Finding Kyler before it releases; sign-up for the Kennedy Boys mailing list.  You can find Finding Kyler on Goodreads 

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  Finding Kyler

Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1) by Siobhan Davis 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Age category: Upper Young Adult 
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Blurb: Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
 You shouldn’t want what you can’t have… Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian. Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise. Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin. He’s off limits. And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit. Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand. Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice. But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.

There is a giveaway for the cover reveal of Finding Kyler. You can win: - One paperback of Paper Princess by Erin Watt - One paperback of Fallen Crest High by Tijan - One paperback of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis 

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Friday, 18 November 2016

Five for Friday

And it's done. No more diploma work for me anymore...it's just about waiting for marks now. With all the assignments out of the way, it's now full steam and focus on M work. M work which is really scary, as to make a Dec 2017 graduation I need to be finished writing by the end of July so that August an be for editing and any changes - submission deadline is September. Ja, it's slightly freaking me out.

In other news, while exploring last week we spotted a lake surrounded by tons of trees. It was amazing to see.

With the help that is the awesome of Twitter, I sold books to someone who will give them the love I wasn't giving them anymore, in an hour. It's interesting to me how when I did the big Konmari thing last year things that stayed then are now being moved away. I didn't think that my form of sustainable minimalism/simplifying would mean fewer books, especially books I loved and had for years.

My no sugar and fewer carbs quest is not going as well as I want it to. It's hard making those changes without the full buy-in of the rest of your family. K loves pasta, so we tend to have it often for dinner. It is tricky changing eating habits.

   This song has been looping most of the week. I'm exploring the rest of the work done by this group, and am a big fan of Kevin - he plays the cello and beat-boxes, such skills. And I love how Mitch is just so comfortable in his skin and trying new things with his look.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

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