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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Zombie Prompt 6

Share a DIY Tutorial for handmade Valentines.

Gosh, did I laugh, and laugh when I saw this prompt. Crafty + me = trouble.

Something did come to me though. Very easy. Take a post-it, draw a heart on it and ta-da. I suppose you could write a note too. Or take a cute photo/image and use Photofy or the like to add your message or love. And the last, lazy person's way to show you care...take one of the adult colouring in pages you have and turn it into the note paper for your schmultzy declaration of love.

Wait, the real, and true way...give your love a kiss and get handsy. See, it totally hits the handmade requirement ;)
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Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The moments in the silence

In those moments of silence;

after the story and songs,

after the love yous, hugs and kisses,

as he settles into his bed, and his breathe get deeper I can hear him grow.

I hear him shed the baby that fit just so, and start to put on the little boy he is becoming.

I hear the flutter of lashes.

I hear the stretching of toes as they reach out to fit with the feet that keep getting bigger.

I hear the baby words float away to make room for 'real' words.

I hear the world carry on, as the world I knew with a baby disappears to make room for a little boy.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Gratitude

Topping the list this week:
  • surviving the tummy bug
  • good chocolate
  • Jerall
  • a lovely department
  • bursaries
  • friends who understand freakouts
  • getting to do something new
  • coffee
  • solving a work issue
  • doing work for someone who has my back
  • learning something new
  • having a moment in class where I felt like I knew something
  • being open to new ideas
  • getting better at admitting to not knowing something
  • meeting new folks
  • new opportunities
  • discovering a new author
  • bookbub
  • deliveries
  • new music...the song below was found thanks to cupcakemummy...such a lovely song

Saturday, 6 February 2016

My reading month: January

The lovely Marcia wrote a post on her reading month, and as I'm always on the lookout for post ideas here's my reading month.

My goodreads challenge is 100 books for the year. In January I hit 17 of them. So I'm off to a good start. That said my reads for January tend to have been light and fluffy, with a heavy binge in the Mortal Instruments series. I had one audio book, and 3 non fiction reads.

It seems that February is going to be the month of slow done in terms of reading purely for pleasure. Classes have kicked off, and I'm looking at about a  minimum of a 100 pages of academic reading per week - that's for class, then there'll be extra reading to fill in theory gaps.

I'm still pretty confident that I will make my challenge, it'll probably be a close call though.

On a happier note watch the movie trailer for Me Before You, I loved the book...and it seems the movie might just get it right.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Thoughts on being an older student

Going back to university after eight years, is daunting. My worries went from thinking I'd know nothing to how would I talk to people again. Fortunately with the post grad diploma, there are a fair number of us who are older students. It helps some. Only not as much when some of the modules are ones for us and Honours kiddies.

It is very, very strange being back on campus. But it's also so exciting to be learning formally again. There is something to be said for being the academic environment - if you're that way inclined. It just makes me so excited, and hearing about other folks research...just wow.

It's also quite intimidating. I've switched fields entirely, and although it's still in the humanities, it's very different. I feel woefully unprepared for it all. And yes, I know I bring different views...but it's strange for me to be in class, and not recognise 'the names' that I should for the field.

That said, my new department is mazing. They are so utterly supportive of all their students - short course, part-time, full-time - that it just blows me away. I've been so close to tears when I realise just how different my academic career could have been the first time around had the department I was in then had been this supportive. It's already been suggested to me to sit in some Honours classes, to increase my theory - this from briefly mentioning my interests in a group meeting, the lecturer running the meeting took note and addressed it.

Some I'm happy, excited, and very scared. But I'm sure I'll muddle through it all...somehow.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Zombie Prompt 5

What are your top 5 pieces of clothing?
  1. Navy and white stripped blazer from CottonOn, it lets me think I could be stylish when wearing it ;)
  2. Long black sleeveless dress from Mango. It's my go to black dress.
  3. Pink wind breaker jacket bought in the Netherlands. It's lightweight and warm, a great wear in autumn and spring.
  4. Blue fluffy gown. If it's winter and I'm home, chances are I'm wearing it.
  5. An old vest-like t-shirt of Jerall's...so soft and comfy.

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Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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