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Monday, 31 October 2016

It is done

And here it is, the last post to my blog everyday quest. I wasn't sure I'd make it, but I did :D I suppose I should take some lessons from that 0_o

I have though gotten some points brought home, often.

Let go of perfection. Seriously, when you want to get something out everyday there is no time to waffle about finding just the 'right' picture or words or thoughts.

Writing when inspired is amazing. And something I can appreciate far more now than before.

Scheduling posts is your friend. It's about taking those moments of inspired writing and making them work for you even more. It also helps you avoid those "Oh, but I must write moments."

That thing where you heard about a calendar, it actually makes sense. I didn't have a formal calendar, but I'm sure you noticed that I had a pattern going on with certain things for certain days. It has helped so much...and you save on mental energy :p

Make use of what you've written elsewhere here too. You'll have noticed that my Book Thursday posts were Goodreads reviews, and reviews I wrote for Tums2Tots. It helped me get other folks readings those, and made sure that my work wasn't just used once off.

Where to from now? Gosh, I don't know. There will be a few things dropped, like Saturday posts happening occasionally. Others will stay around, I enjoyed Book Thursday, Five for Friday, Gratitude and My Reading Month posts.

How did this year of daily posts go for you?

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

Five for Friday

The deepness of my dip is starting to even out.

This post by Mandy Collins is all kinds of a read now post.

Three more days and then my quest will be complete. I'm not to sure how I'll go forward from there. Somethings will stay, others will go.

We no longer have a couch. We donated it to Helderberg Hospice. The openness of the lounge is lovely. But won't stay that way too long, we're looking into a desk/table for the space.

There be some lovely people in the world.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Book Thursday

The Heir and the Human (Saven #3.1)The Heir and the Human by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a love/hate relationship with this story.

I really, really, really didn't want to like Ax. Just no, he's all kinds of wrong. And now there's this...*sigh* The rational part of me feels for him, the other part of me figures he brought it all on himself. Really, what was he expecting trying to get in the way of the OTP that's Logan and Sadie? There were so many futures looked at where it was Logan and Sadie - so he was the unfortunate by product of Griselda trying to change things that shouldn't have been messed with.

I loved that we got Izzy's story, I hate that her story is so sad. The two standout moments for me both occurred at the Heirs Summit. Ax and Dali, and Ax and Logan. Although my love for the Ax and Logan scene is clearly driven by me rooting for Logan all the way ;)

All in all this is a great read for someone like me who just can't get enough of the Saven series.

*I'm a lucky fish who received the book from the author for review purposes.*

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Five for Friday

10 days, 10 days till I will have completed by post every day quest!

K and I have survived J being gone for 5 days.

Since Tuesday I have managed 10 000 or more steps a day :D

I caught and hatched a pikachu :D

And I've been wondering when people last the art of saying that something wasn't for them. Not everyone is meant to love or even love everything.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Book Thursday

Saven Defiance (Saven #3)Saven Defiance by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a big fan of series, it allows me to stay in the world with characters I love for longer. This book doesn't fail to tick that need.

Getting to spend more time with Sadie, Logan, Hayden, Neve and everyone else is a big win...even if they have to go through things you don't want your friends to deal with. There is a lot that happens, one thing that happened [that I don't want to spoil] brought me to tears. That shows just how many mad skillz Siobhan has. Including the fact, that there were many instances when I wanted to reach into the book and smack some sense into some folks, both new and old characters.

I particularly enjoyed how the book didn't turn into a giant Sadie and Logan love fest - although, there is time given to them, so don't worry folks who read for the love-love moments. Getting to learn more about the other characters, other worlds and a very BIG reveal makes this a must for folks who've read the other books in the series.

My only quibble is, when do we get the next one?

*I'm a very lucky fish and got given the arc to read in return for a review*

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

On the last sliver of patience

Folks, this parenting gig is a con. A long con. J has been gone since Sunday morning, is back tomorrow post Keiden's bedtime...and I'm done. Actually I've been done since yesterday. 

I know that he misses his daddy, and that's why he's been extra everything. Extra whiny, extra clingy, extra argumentative, extra demanding, and extra affectionate. But gosh guys, toddler hood is not just tough on the littles...it's tough on us too. It's become increasingly hard to make sure I don't just spew out anger at K. The counting to ten before I respond to another 'naughty' thing he has done has gone up to twenty...and the pauses between the numbers have become longer.

Clearly this is just a vent post. But I'll end it on a cute note. With the loss of his blocks,puzzles and drawing item privileges he has become reattached to a pull along crocodile gift Mandy gave him. So now crocodile is going along with him everywhere. Croc needs his own chair and food, must also wash his hands before eating. Croc gets to pick the stories they're going to read. It is all kinds of cute to see, and does help refill the patience well a smidge.

What do you do to refill the patience well?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Linky dink

A season of stories. Short stories from wonderful authors sent by Random Penguin aka Penguin Random House.

This is a great spot for curation of interesting thoughts on minimalism.

5 truths about minimalism, that we need a reminder on now and then.

An amazing free colour in pic.

An amazing site for Geeks of Colour.

And it wouldn't be a link share from me if I didn't remind you of the awesome that is The Establishment.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Something I needed to read

So there I was taking my 5, okay 10 minutes, of twitter time before getting into work mode. And Ella posted about her newest post, Appreciating the mess.

And did I ever need this post now. Guys, it's been a hard parenting slog lately. Keiden has been pushing, and pushing all the boundaries. Factor in all my things, poor sleep, a grumpy house in general, and now Jerall away...yesterday was not good. Well more like the entire weekend.

The never ending mess, and constant cleaning up is such a strain. So reading Ella's post was a great reminder for me, I need to take a moment and appreciate that it all means my baby is here. He is here, learning, growing, making his mark on the world...his mark on his parents. And one day, I won't be around to see it. [Or you know the more scary horrid thought.]

So much as the mess and cleaning is a pain, it's a smidge easier to handle now.

How do you cope with the mess?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

Five for Friday

It's been a very busy week. And it's ending with a class test this morning. Programme Evaluation is utterly fascinating to me. And Prof Joha Louw-Potgieter is utterly engaging. Hopefully this test goes as well as my Atlas.ti test did.

I'm learning so much in class. And it's a great note to end my diploma classes on. Post the class, just two assignments to hand-in, and I'll be able to focus on my thesis.

Walking around campus has been interesting. So many buildings that I'm used to seeing open, are only accessible with your student card. The private security folks are kitted out in riot gear. Seeing that doesn't exactly inspire confidence that things are going to be peaceful. Fortunately, it is currently more peaceful here in Stellenbosch than elsewhere. Although petrol bombs have been found. And on Monday my class got cut short because we had to evacuate the building. Here's to hoping that we make it to the end of class this month with minimal disruption. I figure exam season will see things coming to close on our campus at least.

Our lounge is in a state of disaster. K is just not packing away his toys. So it seems my kid is not a star chart kid :-/

On Sunday J is heading off to a conference, and he'll only be back on Thursday evening post bedtime. It'll be interesting. Part of the help me deal okay with it plan is K spending most of the day at school for that week.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Book Thursday

Saven Denial (Saven #2.5)Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another holy heck, a cliffhanger. But this does does give you some respite from the cliffhanger at the end of Disclosure. I love the novella in that it answers a lot of Sadie questions. 'm sure it will go a long way to not disturb the pacing of Defiance.

The only down moment for me - and why this a four star instead of five star rating - is the inclusion of another romantic entanglement. Why can't Sadie and Logan just be left to their happy *sigh*.

I loved that we got more info on the Tor, who Griselda is...and an excellent reason for why Sadie's mother treated her the way she did. Some more ass kicking from Sadie is always a winner in my book.

This is not something you can skip in the series. The novella certainly covers things that wouldn't get the attention it deserves in Defiance.

*Luck fish that I am, I got this in exchange for a review.*

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Blog Tour - Saven Box Set Book Blitz

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I'm taking part in a Book Blitz for The Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis.  I've raved about other books by Siobhan [last week I shared my Disclosure review, and here is my take on her True Calling series], so am pretty please that I get to take part in a giveaway, that let's you check out her books too :D

For a very limited time you can read the first three books in this special box set collection for only 0.99! 

The normal retail price is $6.99/£4.99. Find out why Saven Deception, book one in this Amazon bestselling series, has been shortlisted for the Best Young Adult Book in the 2016 CAP Awards. Over 50,000 copies downloaded in the ten months since publication. 

Get your copy of the box set on Amazon

This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 11 till 18 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule here

You can enter to win a copy of this box set or a paperback copy of Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout. 
You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. 

 What if you were meant to kill the one you love? 

You can buy the Saven Box Set on Amazon 

Saven Deception
Saven Deception (Saven #1)


I've fallen hard for an alien, but he's harboring secrets. Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity. How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future? 

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person--herself. Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government's new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea. Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn't all he appears to be. Confused over Logan's true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government's real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined. When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?
Saven Disclosure
Saven Disclosure (Saven #2) By Siobhan Davis
To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him. But I’m not the only one hiding the truth. Will our love survive all the secrets and lies? 
Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior. Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception. Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted. When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing. But no one thought to save her from herself.
Saven Senial
Saven Denial (Saven #2.5)


My mother was right to fear me. I’m an abomination. And the world should be very afraid. 

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality. A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance. Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath.

About the Author: Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series. 

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. 

She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward). Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. 

You can find and contact Siobhan here: - Website - Blog - Facebook - Twitter - Google + - Goodreads - Amazon - Newsletter 

Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website 

Giveaway There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saven Box Set. One winner will receive an e-copy of the Saven Series Boxset by Siobhan Davis and one winner will receive a paperback copy of Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

Open internationally. 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Ramblings on World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and as such I'll be rambling on about it for a smidge. The most important thing to know is that you are not alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

You might wonder what you have to be depressed about, or think you're silly for being anxious, or tired of having to explain your stuff to folk, but know that although it feels like there isn't anyone out there who gets it, there is. We are here.

There is nothing wrong with getting help. There is nothing wrong with taking meds. We take meds to help our bodies heal, so to do we take meds to help our minds.

No matter how hard it gets, there will be a way out. There is someone that cares. There is someone who gets it. Someone who will listen.

Today, and all the days, I wish for you to feel enough. To not feel alone. And I give you all the beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg hugs and listening ears you need.


Sunday, 9 October 2016


Topping the list this week:

  • Sunny days followed by cool one and a smidge of rain
  • K and E having a blast last Sunday
  • Coffee
  • Keiden having a great weekend seeing his ah-ma
  • A fan birthday party for our niece - we were lucky to make the cut for folks she wanted there :)
  • Gifts of clothing for K
  • Gifts for J and I from his folks
  • Good books
  • A freezer that has dim sum and poa in it
  • K not being interested in chocolate cake 
  • Seeing my sister
  • My sister doing my hair :p
  • Dry nappy free nights
  • Antihistamines
  • Lab folks
  • A successful desc

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

Five for Friday: Keiden Edition

This parenting gig is not easy folks, not at all. Fortunately besides the usual full of nonsense moments there has been a cute Keiden moment or two.

  • Lately, he hast started telling us that he is busy when told to do something. And on Monday and Wednesday when told it was shower time he said "I'm busy reading." So yip, we left him to it :)
  • The wanting to cook is still going strong. He gets upset if he can't help cook, and has taken to cooking being one of his go to imaginary play things.
  • People watching has also become something he loves to do. He'll stand on the balcony or sit by the window see people and tell us all kinds of stories. It's very cute.
  • We have had a few nights, nappy free and staying dry (touch wood). The only problem is he still doesn't want to use the potty or toilet at home :-/
  • On the plus side, he helps clean up the mess. And in general seems to enjoy cleaning  - long may it last.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Book Thursday

Saven Disclosure (The Saven Series Book 2)Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy heck, what a cliffhanger. Normally cliffhangers and I don't get along, but given that the third book in the series is out, it's kinda okay.

The book starts with moments of confusion for the reader...until you get to the end of the prologue and it says eleven days earlier. Then we're in more familiar ground and Sadie puts us back in the lop by telling us it had been six weeks since the events of the end of the first book.

As she goes about her day we learn more about the events on Earth, things about Sector 20, the underwater cities and aliens. So many different alien races. Mostly though this book is all about adventure, intrigue and love. Logan *sigh* Hyden *sigh*

I love how even though Sadie goes along with weapon training, she is adamant that she doesn't want to use them...and she sticks to it. Scenes where she uses her self defence training are such great reads, the way she chafes against being restrained and taken care of is a winner. She has no pride in the way when asking for help, but does her best to do her best for herself.

She isn't perfect - and that makes her an even more compelling character - but her strength of character is great. And helps things go marginally better in the twist near the end. My only nitpick is the Entero connection - bliming hat, that should have been completed already.

I'm looking forward to the next book.

*I'm a lucky fish and received this book in exchange for a review.*

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Let's Chat

It's been awhile since I've had a chatty post. So here goes :p

I'm keen to chat about self sabotage, yes I know we've had this one before. But really, it's been going on again. How do you handle it? Is it something that happens to you too? I'm just all kinds of good at this, and it's not something I can be proud of.

That's a bit heavy. Another thing we could chat about is music. What have you been listening to lately? As you can tell from Saturday's post I've been hitting up some 80s pop. As I'm typing this, I've got Little Bird by Annie Lennox going. It's fun, and helping my mood that's been a bit down lately.

How you doing?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

My reading month: September

During September I read 20 books. So it looks like I'm finally, kind-of slowing down. Sadly though, the kind-of slow down wasn't down to my ability to better focus on my academic work...rather it's because there have been very few good reads. I hit a bit of a bad book patch, which carried on for most of the month.

Fortunately, there was the Guardians of Summerfeld books. It went a long way in reigniting the need to read. Here are my 4 or more star reads from September - minus my review. I'm going to try out the just putting in the pic of the cover thing. [Excuse the layout, I just can't seem to get it to work the way I want :-/]

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildCulture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

The Fight of the Fallen (Guardians of Summerfeld Book 2)The Balance of the Blood (Guardians of Summerfeld Book 4)The Hope of Hawkstone (Guardians of Summerfeld , #3)
Runes (Runes, #1)

Immortals (Runes, #2)

Monday, 3 October 2016

Sometimes all you need is a sunny weekend

I've come a long way from weekend recaps - but not that far because that's what this post is :p It's just a short but sweet note to a weekend that was sunny, had moments outside, and fun. We went to the botanical gardens, the nature reserve, gamed, saw friends and pretty much took it easy.

Here's to sunny weekends.

Did you have a good one?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Saturday, 1 October 2016

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