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Thursday, 12 December 2013

4am thinking

So here I am trying to fall back asleep since 02:00, and it's just not working.  I start pondering all sorts of things. One such thing being should I or shouldn't I do that blog challenge currently doing the rounds.

04:00 self goes: "I really should blog more...actually there's lots I should be doing more of. Why aren't I?" And because it's 04:00 I conduct a full conversation with myself.

"Well basically top level reasoning is I won't get to be lazy one Keiden is here. Then I suppose if we have to go deeper..."

"We do."

"Then there's the I want to be more, but more what. And how do I figure out what it is, and what my one talent is - you know that one thing you're good at."

"And...there's more isn't there?"

"Well...fear. Really, isn't it better to just be; rather than to try and fail?"


Yeah, 04:00 me has all the questions, but none of the answers...typical.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Thoughts on all kinds of things

● Only 12 week and a few days to go till the mini one is - that is if he stays put till he's expected due date.
● Growing a person is hard. Aside from the meat aversion I've now gone to napping instead of sleeping. Is this prep for dealing with a newborn?
● The world is messed up. There seems to be more and more stories of child abuse and rape. Which is all kinds of scary. How do babies grow up to be bad people?
● Am I a terrible feminist for being relieved that the mini one is a boy? I can still raise him to be a feminist, he just won't fully understand the day-to-day fear and other problems.
● Is anywhere really safe?
● Is wanting to leave SA a terrible thing? Shouldn't the aim be to stay and do our small part to make it better? But our responsibility is to the mini one, and to give him every advantage we can.
● I probably should have entitled this post random questions 0_o.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Random things

Ok, it's been a few weeks...but at least not quite as long as before. The big news for this post is that the sonagrapher was wrong at the earlier scan. The mini one is a boy.

We're still getting our heads around the idea, but we have a name for him. I'm going to wait till the next visit for reconfirmation that he is a he before sharing it here.

Also we have a newly acquired niece. We shall call her denise...lame I know, but it's hilarious. We haven't been to visit her yet as I'm sick. Being sick while pregnant is awful.

The pics are the bump at 19 weeks and 21. Today is week 22...arrival time is becoming scarily closer.

Laters folks.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

On catching up

  • Bullet points - they're easier, especially when you haven't posted anything in seven months.
  • Contract at my job got extended, and then ended. So back on the job hunt am I. Which is a bit tricky given the below.
  • We made plans that next year would be me taking the year to go do my PGCE - post grad teaching diploma.
  • Plans changed, because I'm now 19 weeks pregnant.
  • Baby is a girl - at least that's what the sonographer said at the 12 week scan, couldn't be confirmed at 16 week visit...but girl is good :).
  • My gran passed away Friday evening - queue family politics.
  • My gran has 13 children, all except one has 2 -4 children, so there are lots of us.
  • My mother has taken her mother's death as another opportunity to act true to form, and make it all about her.
  • My cousin - who's pretty much my older sister, had a miscarriage this week...and on her birthday had to have an evacuation. Sometimes the world just really, really sucks.
  • Plan of action for the next little while with all of the family things happening - and the crazy that is extended family - is too keep the special brand of caring they give away from my cousin and aunt.
  • All the gran related stuff, is  just proving that funerals and the like are not for the dead...they're for those left behind to assuage their guilt.
  • I'll try to get back into the swing of things that is blogging more often...at the very least I won't wait another seven months.

Monday, 4 February 2013

The weekends that were

Perhaps the structure isn't working as well as I'd hoped ;). Highlights of the two weekends past include: high tea at the One and Only, just talking nonsense with friends, and gaming.

In other news I'm the temporary assistant manager at the shop - it should make for stressful, but interesting times. I've managed to keep a plant alive for one week, and counting :-) . Have a new kitchen item - birthday vouchers ftw! And tried out one new recipe.

How have you been?

Friday, 25 January 2013

Five for Friday: Book retail

  • You know that "Do you have that book?" joke? It does happen, and all the time. So far the variations I've encountered included: the one with the red cover; by that really popular author; the top seller; the one everyone's talking about and recently, the one all the grade x kids are using for subject x. The problem with those descriptions is that in any genre you'll encounter at least one book that could be it.
  • There are lots of people out there who need to always be right. Nevermind that you've just read/saw/sold or packed it out...if the book doesn't exactly match what that person says it should be, they won't take. Clearly, the fact that you just work in the bookstore doesn't mean a thing.
  • Fortunately those folks are balanced out by people that you're better off for encountering in the store. This person has the same reading tastes as you, perhaps even the same favourite authors, but they will always have a few more up their reading repertoire for you to check out - and if you're lucky you can do the same for them.
  • You're surrounded by books all day long :). Clearly if you love to read it rocks, but then again they don't let you spend your whole day reading :-/. Then again that could be why I've encountered non readers working in bookstores.
  • Did I mention the books? ;)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


I'm fairly certain that one of the best ways for me to get routine blog posts happening is if I have a schedule for certain things, on certain days. Right now the rough idea runs as:
  • Monday - the weekend that was
  • Tuesday - an optional, but it'll be for random ponderings
  • Wednesday - I'll try for every Wednesday, but at least every second week there'll be a book review. Although the reviews might extend beyond traditional novels/literature  to comics and graphic novels. Basically, if I read it and am inclined to write about it; you'll get a review.
  • Thursday - it'll be TEDs. I'm slowly, but surely rediscovering the wealth of knowledge on that site, and am keen to share :).
  • Friday - another optional one, but when it's there it'll be Five for Friday. It allows for more random ponderings :).
I think this might just be the thing that saves you - and me - from anymore of those "It's been awhile posts." Thoughts, ideas, comments? Do you keep to a schedule for your blog as well?

Monday, 21 January 2013

The birthday weekend that was

  • Bullet points because I'm lazy 0_o.
  • I had my birthday off, so it was a long weekend...yay :)
  • The day involved much food  - breakfast at Bread, lunch at Tashas and dinner with friends at Vovo tello.
  • Taking it easy  - amongst gaps between food was me finishing reading the Civil War series, some game playing and lots of just strolling.
  • We also watched Les Miserables with friends. It was a great watch, and I did resit the urge to sing-a-long :). An added bonus was random references to the movie occurring throughout the weekend's gaming - think Red the colour of the clay hut; black the boar in my hut. Yes, it probably was one of those you needed to be their moments.
  • The rest of the weekend involved much rolling of dice - including my new shiny blue set :)
  • Also my people, aka Jerall and our friends are awesome. They made things fun and a January birthday all kinds of cool.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Why, hello there

So it's been awhile, from about just before I started my new job. There's not much to tell really. Christmas was full of great food, new year celebrations were on the chilled side, and in general it sucked working while none of my friends were o_0. There has been a good thing, I finally figured out just what it is I want to do...be a publisher.

Now I just need to figure out the details, and make it happen. Besides that I am going to get a blog routine going. I'm a creature of routine, now I just need to create the new routine. I figure I'll go for change one routine at a time.

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