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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Friday, 29 April 2016

Five for Friday


  • Holidays wreck all my work hard plans.
  • I need to figure out a time management plan, and get better at self motivation for getting work done.
  • This is a great, albeit long read, on the self in the age of the selfie.
  • I'm seriously considering taking the twitter app off my phone. It might help me stop self distracting often.
  • Reading with Keiden has doubled in length now that he keeps on wanting to point out all the letters. It means fewer bedtime stories though. Or is there some other way I should work with it?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Book Thursday

As some of you know, I write kid book reviews for Tums2Tots, where I rate them from Keiden's and my takes on it - Book Love with Cassey and Keiden. I'll be sharing some reviews that have been there, and others just for here. Book Thursday won't always be kid books, but for the next few posts it will be - I have a few to share :p Let me know what you think.

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Poddy and Flora by Paula Metcalf

Poddy and Flora is about a dog, Poddy, and his best friend Flora. During summer they do all sorts of fun things together. Until one day Flora isn't there. Poor Poddy is so sad, he tries to do the usual fun things they do, but it's just not the same.

The story is charming, with sweet moments. The illustrations are in a style that both parents and the kids would enjoy. When we read this to Keiden he loves going woof-woof for Poddy, and enjoys spotting the butterflies and birds. The double pages before getting to the story and as you finish it is a collection of the cutest dance moves/poses that Poddy and Flora get up to. Because of it Keiden has now got some zombie/Thriller moves.

This is a great story to introduce your little to when they're about to sleep over away from home and a beloved pet for the first time. Or if they're going to stay home while you go away. It shows them that yes, we'll be sad without our special person, but she will come back.

On the scale of rereading it, Keiden gives it a 3/5. The parent rereading scale gives it 2/5.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Zombie Prompt #17

What are your biggest long term dreams?

Goodness, this is a tough one. There are the easy ones; like raising Keiden well, doing the best I can to make sure my marriage lasts, travel, have enough money to live comfortably, and further education. I suppose the big ones fall from those too. I want to live long enough to hit at least 50 years of marriage, see our son grow up and do wonderful things - which requires me to get my act together in terms of health. I want to see as much of the world as I can, and do so while Keiden is young enough to go with and not be grumpy about it. Something which I think further education will help - more post grad studies (hopefully post doc) around the world for 2 or so years at a time. Enough money to live comfortably, means being able to do treat things without worrying about wrecking the budget.

What are your biggest long term dreams?
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Prompt from her, image from her.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Let's Chat: Hair

So, for the past two weeks or so I've been trying this curly girl hair method thing. And with it I fully realised what the one thing I need in order to feel good/comfortable about the way I look when out and about is for my hair to be in what I consider a decent state. I have hair, that can be best described as Hermione hair prebook 4, aka big, kinda curly while not and just a mess. So decent hair for me means flat ironing it. For 2 weeks I didn't, and I was not happy.

It had me wondering if I'm the only person who has something that needs to be just right? What is the one thing you need to be just right to feel good/comfortable out and about?

Monday, 25 April 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Gratitude


Topping the list this week:
  • having somewhere warm and dry to call home when it storms
  • Jerall
  • 7 years of marriage, tomorrow
  • friends to game with
  • friends who listen and chat
  • hugs
  • coffee
  • a great space to work in
  • being able to be enthusiastic about people's ideas and work
  • libraries 
  • chocolate
What's topping your list this week?


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016

Five for Friday

Keiden has been spiking fevers this week. It's scary, and horrid. He seems better though.

Yesterday, the Honours group presented on their research projects for the year. There were so many great ideas. I am loving being back in an academic environment.

At the same time, I'm feeling academically illiterate. I really, really need to work on switching my fiction and non-fiction reading ratios.

I've been eating all the carbs again. *sigh* I really need to get my eating on track.

I've been busy, but not busy enough. Got to get my ass in gear.

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What have you been up to?

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Currently

This is a fairly short currently. I don't seem to have many words lately.

Watching: Not much lately, but we are getting back into watching anime - Fairy Tail and One Piece.

Reading: The Morganville Vampires series, in-between things on culture, nations, gender and research methodology. Oh and of course The Establishment.

Listening: Hamilton, and some idol metal.


Doing: Essays, assignments, and reading.

Contemplating:  Essays, and assignments. Jerall's birthday. Capitalism, cynicism, and food.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Let's Chat: Ableist Language

This is something that I started working on and changing for myself for the past year or so. It's something I hadn't really thought about, until I started reading more  - some really great things on twitter that folks shared. Ableist language happens when you use language usually associated with someone who has disabilities to describe someone or a situation that has no disabilities. By doing so you are saying that those who do have disabilities are less than. See how it's a problem?

It's not the easiest thing to do, and I still get it wrong sometimes, but by paying more attention to what I say I've noticed just how often I used ableist language. It is not something I do, nor something I let people get away with any more. Calling someone crazy or insane is wrong!

This, looks at some questions folks might have on it, and why it matters. Here is a list of words that are considered ableist - and a slur for some.

What do you think about this?

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Gratitude

It's been a bit of a ridiculous week. But there are still things to be grateful for like:
  • coffee
  • Jerall
  • hugs
  • tasty food
  • people to turn to with questions
  • getting to learn more
  • sleep
  • colourful pens
  • pod casts
  • coffee and cake with a friend not seen for a long time
What's topping your list this week?

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016

Five for Friday

My class on survey methodology has made me afraid of putting together a survey...two guesses as to what the assignment is. Yip, put together a survey, but do so as if you're going to tender for work. And do pilot testing.

I'm in shock that it's mid-April already, how did that happen?

I've been eating far too many carbs lately...time to get that back on track.

K has started doing letter recognition. Guess, who's a bad mommy with no alphabet books in the house? We have letters, numbers, shapes, colours etc., but no alphabet *sigh*.

I've noticed that when I feel overwhelmed by my current academic work, I have flashes of insight for my thesis. I'm not to sure what will happen when I'm working on that.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Let's chat: Creating and consuming


Recently, Marica wrote a great post that got me all a-thinking. Within it (if you haven't gotten to reading it yet :p) she chat about how she is working on forming a habit of creating before consuming content on social media.

Think about it, how often do we read a blog, or tweet, or look at pics on Instagram for those who do, before we create an share our own post/tweet/pic? Or about how often we just unthinkingly lose time to the social media we follow.

I'm deeply in love with her idea. And it's something I'm going to give a twirl. What do you think?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Zombie Prompt #15


Write the beginning of a scary story and let your readers decide what happens next.

Not one of my preferred prompts, but here goes nothing.

A shiver streaked down her back, leaving that tingling feeling of anxiousness behind. Something was wrong. Just what was wrong...she'd never know. Snap! Crunch! Munch, munch. Buuuuurp.

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Prompt from her, image from her.


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The #CTMeetUp that was

A few folks have already shared their thoughts - and pictures  - from the meet up, so I'll spare you the pics :p

What I really, love about meet ups is that it brings a new dimension to your internet pals/home you found for yourself. You really feel the community you're part of. Plus, getting to meet someone face-to-face that you've have a relationship with through a screen is pretty darn cool.

The best part for me was getting to see folks I hadn't seen in a while, and getting to me Belinda and Jonelle in person. Both of them are taller than I thought they would be - look I'm short, so I figure most people are taller than me, but I somehow don't add enough tallness to it. Yes, I know I'm odd sometimes :p

I don't really do photos, but because if you tagged your twitter ones with the meet up hashtag you could then print it with BrandRocket - I worked at taking a few. It was the best thing...and I now just want to print all the photos all the time. And one day have a grown-up party/gathering and use them. Anyone care to gift it? ;)

The goodie bag was all kinds of amazing, and we got such spoils from sponsors. My favourite was the African Extracts items - a skin polisher and eye cream. I use their face wash and moisturisers already, so it was great getting to try out items in their range. Keiden is in love with the water colour changing bubble bath from Oh So Heavenly,

The talks were very interesting, but probably most relevant to those who do big things with their blogs. My take away from the talks though were: know your worth, be consistent, and be onest.

A big, big yay you! to Cindy for doing all the hard work of making it happen.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Gratitude


A busy week, but one with lots to be grateful for. Starting with:
  • amazing friends
  • getting to meet great people
  • hugs
  • coffee
  • pizza parties
  • lovely goodies
  • sort-of-ish gettingover taking photos
  • the most lovely people - I know I said it already, but it needs repeating
  • pasta
  • forward planning and buying Jerall's birthday present already
  • gifts that show care taken into choosing them - see great people at play there again
  • getting to see some lovely folks I haven't seen in awhile
What's topping your list?


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Friday, 8 April 2016

Five for Friday

  1. My stress levels are amping up again. I have an essay for Monday, a busy weekend and 18 readings to do for next week 0_o Although post next week things settle back into a moderate pace, so just got to take it day by day.
  2. When stressed though I just want to read and watch my shows, which doesn't help getting on top of things.
  3. I am though excited for the #CTMeetUp tomorrow. Yay for seeing folks and having a fun time. Sometimes you need bright spots to make it easier to deal with busy times.
  4. I'm really battling the urge to donate almost all my books to Se7en for the library project, please go take a look and support it if you can.
  5. Also, the delightful Cupcake is doing a month of give-aways for her birthday. Don't you jusy love people who share their joy?


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Having a moment

Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed by it all. Ugh. So I'm having a moment to whine and feel all the self pity. I shall perhaps go buy myself some bright, colourful and fun stationery that I'll use. It tends to help. Added bonus colourful items add a bright moment to your day.

Do you take moments? Think they're necessary?


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Zombie Prompt 14


Share your best soup recipe.

I have two. The first, buy the pack of ready made butternut soup from Woolies, heat, add feta and enjoy. The other buy the pack of ready mix veggies from Woolies, add stock mixed in coconut cream, pop into slow cooker, turn onto low, and come home to a yummy meal a few hours later. My slow cooker is one of my favourite cooking appliances, I love the add things to it, add some spices, a bit of liquid and then boom great, hot meal when you get home at the end of the day.

What do you do when it's soup season?
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Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My reading month: March

March has been a rather disappointing read for pleasure month. I managed to read 8 books, but only one was great. There were a few that just didn't live up to my expectations. My read for pleasure rate is something I see slowing down even more, especially as I pick up more academic reading - all the research all the time.

I'm currently 43% done with my goodreads challenge, so that's giving me a little kick of happy.


Best White and Other AnxiousDelusionsBest White and Other AnxiousDelusions by Rebecca Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mostly funny, but all great.

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How did your March reading month go?

Monday, 4 April 2016

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Gratitude


Topping the list this week:

  • Keiden giggles
  • Coffee
  • Getting ahead on some work
  • Unexpected time to myself
  • My character surviving this week's regular Thursday evening rpg session
  • New boardgames to check out for us to play as a family
  • Filled up coffee cards - a well timed free coffee to make waiting till I have money again easier
  • Friendly chats in the lab
  • Getting to write something, in order to do something instead of moaning
What's making your list this week?

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Friday, 1 April 2016

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