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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

Friday, 11 November 2016

Five for Friday

This year is a horror show.

I'm utterly dismayed by how many male friends I have who are saying wait and see, maybe Trump won't be a horror show. It is easy when you are the one with the privilege to wait and see to say just that. So basically I'm re-examining the basic humanity of some folks in my life.

I don't get people who can separate the art from the artist. That is not possible. That person's art is informed by the person they are. So guess who won't be going to watch Fantastic Beasts?

My no sugar quest is going well, cutting back on the carbs...less so. I did not plan well enough for it.

Speaking of planning, I've got one for my thesis. Now just to follow through on it.

Thursday, 10 November 2016


Watching: Great British Bake Off, Chef's Table and as of last night Stranger Things with J.

Reading: Far, far too much fiction. But as from today in order to keep my M plans on track, at least 30 minutes of academic reading everyday.

Listening: Sia, Ingrid Michaelson and now Talks at Google - it's fascinating stuff.

Doing:  Not enough of anything. But I am keep on keeping on with no sugar and fewer carbs.

Contemplating: The horror that is the world and its lack of empathy. How to do all the work I need to do and not freak out. Hoping I get funding. Finding a way to stretch my money to do all that I want it to do. A life coach. The wonder that is therapy.

How are you doing?

Monday, 7 November 2016

Today, I start a new quest

Given, that I've proved to myself that I can stick to things. It's time for a new quest, one that I keep on trying, but so far have failed at.

Today marks the start of no more sugar and fewer carbs for me. I know, and know it well, that sugar and too many carbs are not the best of buddies to my body. Still I keep on getting it wrong.  So today, I work on getting it right again.

Why share it here? Well I work best at getting things down when one of the control measures I use is outside of me. I found that things go better when there is some sort of outside control/focus to things too.

How do you keep on going with tricky things?

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Friday, 4 November 2016

Five for Friday

We had a smidge of rain. Woo hoo :D Rain ftw!

I'm working on cutting back on my coffee drinking. It has become a big problem, especially in terms of our budget. I have though also realized that when my coffee intake for the day went up coincided with when my eating went wonky...and I ate all the carbs, all the time. It's just been another reminder that carbs are not my friends.

Now that I've done the post everyday for a year thing it's had me see that I can't use that I don't stick to things as an excuse for why I don't do some things, or even try. Ugh. Am not ready for that self actualizing work. Which is ironic, as one of the reasons I kept on with the quest was to prove to myself that I could do it. My mind, she makes no sense.

The end of year fatigue is strong. And I can see it in my lack of desire to complete assignments. *sigh*

I've been reminded that there are great folks in the world. And it's an important thing to remember as things are pretty doom and gloom in the news.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Book Thursday: Chatty Edition

I don't have a review to share today. But it's time for a bookish chat. Mostly I'm curious as to how you deal with tough to read/finish books. And this is for both those it's so hard to read because you need to go do the work on yourself that it triggers, ala Brene Brown's books, the violence/emotions are just too much for right now. Those books you should love, but don't, and the all-around bad ones.

Are you able to just not finish a book? How long till you let a book go?

It's taken me a long time to master the art of just letting a book go. But I've gotten there...most of the time. I try to remember that I'd rather give my reading time to a good book. But when I find those free ones, and they're from indie authors I do my best to give them my attention. It's someone's book baby deserving of my respect. It's why I've also taken to saying my reviews that it's not for me. I don't want to be the person that bashes on someone else's work and dreams.

Is that silly? Too softhearted?

Go on, tell me what you think.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Not quite ready yet

So, I thought I would be embracing this freedom to not have to post everyday anymore. Yet, here I sit feeling anxious at the thought of not posting anything 0_o It seems I'll need to wean myself off everyday blogging.

In the meanwhile here is my new favorite-ist song. It's all kinds of amazing, listen, really listen to the lyrics.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Hero of Justice

On Friday afternoon, K and I went to the library. Post that we had an early supper with J. As we were walking back to the car we encountered A, a work colleague of J's. She saw two ducklings stuck in one of the waterways that run through central town*.

Their mom was honking away in distress trying to get them to safety, but the ducklings were too little to climb out. So we had to help them. This meant A standing on one end in the water, me and the other...and the two of us trying to catch and lift out the ducklings as they came near us. Goodness, are ducklings fast little things.

They seem to run on water. After 20 minutes, and help from another person we managed to get them out. And we had to get one out twice, as that silly goose [yes, I know it's a duck, but he behaved like a silly goose] ran off only to fall in again. *sigh*

And that folks is why I'm clearly a hero of justice; and a veggie with vegan status ;)

*We couldn't leave the ducklings to follow the water way, death would await them at the other end.

Pic from here

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