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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My reading month: May 2016

This month, I more than hit my reading goal for the year. I read a mass of books...  52 to be exact. Yes, I know that's a lot, ummm probably more than a lot. Can you tell I had a ridiculous, hard to shake tummy bug? And that, maybe, just maybe, I was hiding from things. When not wanting to deal with thing, I read...a lot. Anyhow, I hit my 100 read goal. As I'm writing this I've read 132 books for the year, so far.

I think it might slow down. Lots of academic reading to do. Also, last week I read close to 400 pages of academic articles for class - how is there not a way to count this for reading challenges? That's 1.5 books. *sigh*

Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1)Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Being Jamie Baker - but not quite enough to push me into reading the rest of the series. Mostly though because I read the reviews by others on goodreads.

Relentless (Relentless, #1)Relentless by Karen Lynch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the Relentless series by Karen Lynch - that was a all 3 books in one day read. I'm eagerly awaiting the book from Nikolas' perspective due later this year

What has your reading month been like?

Monday, 30 May 2016


Watching: Masterchef Australia and Star Trek: Next Generation with J and K. Friday Night Lights when I get a moment for me.

Reading: Everything all the time. A really bad tummy bug, and general avoidance of things has resulted in my reading so, so much fiction.

Listening: The Hamilton soundtrack, Tracey Chapman and Ingrid Michaelson.

Doing: All the readings for class, going to class, avoiding some work, doing others, household chores, stocking the freezer with some cooked legumes.

Contemplating: How I really need to get my ass in gear and make exercise happen. Getting essays done. Worrying about doing a thick description, finding funding for next year, marks, my research proposal, making sure K is getting enough parent time that's focused on him and want he wants to do.

What's up with you?

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Five for Friday

It's been one of those you're so busy you just buckle down and go with it weeks.

I had a week of the most amazing classes, it was on ethnographic methods. Amazing. I discovered a new theorist because of the class, and am ready to have a love affair with Bourdieu.

The Establishment has the most amazing read on the parts of ourselves we losing parenting. I think it is utterly relevant to all parents.

I've realised that quantitative research methods are not for me. Let's just say I hope to never need to design a survey ever again.

This week was the very first time in my entire academic career that my class was composed of all people of colour. Think about it, this is the sixth year I'm at a tertiary institution, and it's taken this long for my class to be all people of colour, and for 2 of the 5 seminar sessions, the lecturer was also a person of colour. If this doesn't get you wondering about the way the world is built, and the impact of the capitalist system on us all...we should chat.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Book Thursday

Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts

Do you need me to say much about the wonder that is Julia Donaldson? Well, if you insist. She is the business. Her way with words, sparks such happy story moments, not to forget big laughs, and much rereading.

In Tyrannosaurus Drip, our hero Drip is the black sheep (or is that dinosaur) of his family. See he’d rather not go hunting, but eat a plant. His family isn’t very impressed with that, so off they go. Drip decides to run away, and he finds where he belongs. What happens before, and after includes some hooting, roaring and run away dinosaur eggs.

The illustrations are wonderful, not scary (especially when you consider that there are tyrannosaurus’ in it) and fit with the story just right. It’s a romp of a read, with great repeated sayings, which is especially fun for the littles at bedtime.

On the Keiden rereading scale it scores a 4/5. On the parent rereading scale, 5/5.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Zombie Prompt #21

Do research on your family tree and share what you find.

I haven't heard much stories from my end. My granny was half German, and an uncle and aunt were heavily involved with political activism in the 80s. I have heard a story about my mother-in-laws maiden surname. When her dad was on the boat coming from China, he and other Chinese folks on it, got told that whenever someone asks for their names they must "Say Joe". Boat arrives he's asked for his surname and he says "Say Joe" which turned into Sajo.

Do you have any stories about your family tree?

Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Topping the list this week:

  • getting to spend time alone with Jerall
  • therapy
  • coffee
  • the end of a tummy bug
  • happy stories
  • good tea
  • chats
  • all the Cap gifs
  • being a lucky fish and winning prizes
  • Keiden hugs
  • laughs with my guys
  • pasta
  • chocolate
What's topping your list this week?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Friday, 20 May 2016

Five for Friday

On Tuesday Jerall and I finally got to go watch Captain America: Civil War. Loved it. And I'm very keen for the Black Panther movie, and surprisingly the new Spidey one.

I finally got to go to therapy again, gosh was it needed. There were some big moments, and some plans for me to work on things - so I have an appointment again in 2 weeks to keep on track with things.

People have been annoying me lately; mostly because there is just so much stupid and ugly going on. *sigh*

Yesterday someone asked me if I'm coloured; because I couldn't be as I speak English too well. I was all kinds of what the hell? Seriously what does that have to do with anything. Ugh. Although, it's not new for me to receive comments on the way I speak. Mostly though people tend to ask me where I'm from - the implication of course being that I speak to well to be the stereotypical idea of what someone of my race should speak like. Ugh.

To end on a happier note, this video is me these days :).

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Book Thursday

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers  

Often, you come across some utterly gorgeous, breathtaking, works of art. And when you’re lucky, those works of art are books you can share with you child.This book by Oliver Jeffers is one of them. [I’m on a quest to collect as many of them as I can, they’re definitely more for me than Keiden ;)]

Each page is so beautifully illustrated that I want to frame and display them all. As an added bonus, not only do we have utterly beautiful art, but the story fits it like a glove. “Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door…” The little boy finds a way to help the penguin get home, and along the way he learns something big.

Sadly, Keiden isn’t as enamoured with the book as I am, but I’m sure it’s meant for a slightly older child...or one who loves penguins. So on the Keiden rereading it scale it scores a 1/5, but on the “It’s wonderful, and I’m heartbroken that my child doesn’t love it scale” it scores 5/5.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Zombie Prompt #20

Share some old family photos.

Sadly, I don't have any. So this is a bit of dud post for me. It does though remind me that I should make sure that we get more family photos done so that Keiden will have those one day, if he needs or wants them.

Do you do family photos regularly? Do you like taking them, or do you just do them because you know it's something important to do?

Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

On gatekeeping, how I do it to myself and let others get away with doing it to me

I seem to be on a bit of a reflection kick...so I'll just roll with it. Last week Abigail wrote a great post on wondering if she's geek enough [which you totally are lady, btw] Which got me all wondering about my own geekness - spoiler, I am and am not a geek.

And I realised I act as a gatekeeper to myself. Which, is all kinds of strange...to say the least. To further confirm just how much I seem to hold myself back, I won a beanie to be made for me from Cupcake. I started googling away to find a design that would give me a kick to wear. And the more I thought about things, the more I realised that I wouldn't go with something that would make me super excited - like say Cap's shield design - because I just don't want to deal with the questions that come from men when you're a geek who happens to be female.

I don't feel like responding to being asked if I even read the comics, or know anything about the story because, duh I only like it because of the movies and Chris Evans. [Who by the way has done an amazing job in showing just how much of a true hero Steve Rogers is] So, I let people get away with gatekeeping, because sometimes being proudly female and geek is just too hard.

I still haven't figured out what I'd like. I've wanted a Jayne hate for ages, but Adam Baldwin has near ruined the character for me. And the N7/Mass Effect designs I have seen don't make me giddy.  I have seen an amazing tardis one though. There is also the air bender tattoo to consider. And I haven't yet come across a great rpg themed one - and I'm hoping to one day get the favoured enemy the patriarchy t-shirt. So many options. Any ideas?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Let's Chat: Self sabotage

A heavy one this chat around. I was wondering does anyone else self sabotage to the point where it just seems easier to not do anything? I'm the self proclaimed queen of self sabotage - my specialty is procrastination. [This Wait but Why post is me]

Procrastination is the ultimate form of self sabotage, agree? Are there others forms? What's your poison?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Book Thursday

Table Mountain’s Holiday by Lucy Stuart-Clark

If you’re looking for a gift for a slightly older reader, I’d say 4 and up, then this locally written and published book is the one for you. We came across it thanks to the wonderful Kirsten from The Book Owl - another spot to look for books for littles.
Table Mountain is tired of being covered by the cold cloudy blanket, so he decides to go on a holiday. The story is a charming take on some of the more well-known spots to visit around the Cape Peninsula. With the book designed in the style of a travel notebook, complete with pictures, and scratched out words, it is bound to delight your little. And if you don’t mind them personalising the book, it would be a wonderful addition to your visits to the spots.

It doesn’t rank on Keiden’s rereading scale yet, as he is still too little to fully enjoy it. But it is something fun for the parents, and bound to intrigue the older littles.

Five for Friday

  • Tummy bugs suck.
  • Toddlers can be all kinds of ridiculous.
  • I'm glad that there are two Planes movies, it certainly helps with the loop it's been on in our house.
  • There is something to be said for going to go sleep earlier than normal - it might just become the new normal.
  • I have the urge to do another large declutter.It might just help my wanting to buy all the things.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Zombie Prompt #19

Keep a gratitude journal for a week and share the entries.

I'm taking the easy way out of this one folks. I mean, what is the use of my doing the weekly gratitude posts if I can't use them here :p So check out my gratitude posts if you're curious - generally coffee, J, K and friends tend to top that list :D

What tops your list?

Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

I am the one thing in life I can control

I'm still on the Hamilton kick. And this week my favorite song from it is Wait For It. It has amazing lyrics, some of which is probably going to stay with me.
I am the one thing in life I can control. 
I am inimitable.
I am an original.
I'm not falling behind or running late. 

Music is just all kinds of magic. Have you listened to Hamilton yet? What song is  currently speaking to you?

Monday, 9 May 2016

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016

Five for Friday: Keiden Edition

  • This week we've had Keiden start helping with cooking beyond stirring and sifting. He now cuts up some veg with a butter knife. He's very pleased to be doing some cooking.
  • He seems to have wholeheartedly embraced the thought that 2 is meant to be challenging for parents. It's a big test of my patience.
  • With the recent letter pattern recognition we've been making more of an effort with letters. K has been doing an alphabet puzzle with one of us everyday lately, and has now gotten to the point that he does all the outside pieces of a 46 piece puzzle by himself :D [Big proud parents moment when we spotted that.]
  • We spent last weekend at friends who have a son a few months younger than Keiden. The two of them were such monkeys together. But what really makes me all kinds of happy is seeing the way Keiden made sure that they would both get a snack or something. He'd as for something for E first before asking for himself.
  • There have been quite a few bad sleep nights lately, but the pre-falling asleep cuddles and stories I get from him helps ease the sting quite a lot.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Book Thursday

Sleepytime Kittens by Joanne Partis  

In Sleepytime Kittens, three kittens in the farmhouse aren't feeling sleepy. Mum tells them that counting sheep will help them feel sleepy. So off they set to find some sheep to count. They wonder around the farm finding all sorts of animals, while looking for sheep to count.

As they wonder around the farm the meet a number of animals, but no sheep. The animals they meet start with one shaggy sheepdog, and go up in number to ten – when they finally find the sheep. What makes this a great bedtime read in our house, is all the animals and the different sounds they make.

As an added bonus, on each page there's a sheep to spot. Keiden loves making the sounds for the animals, and loves playing spot the sheep. Playing spot the sheep is a fun way to keep on enjoying the story. The illustrations are in the style of first drawn in pencil and then painted.

This is a great story to add to your collection, it has a fun way to count. Tons of farm animals, and a great way get your little to look at the whole page when reading.

On the Keiden rereading scale it scores 4/5. On the parent rereading scale 3/5.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Zombie Prompt #18

If you were to run a kickstarter campaign, what would your project be?

To raise enough money to get yay you! to work the way I envisioned it. That is a site, that is maintained with articles, the various sections I want it to have, and forums. It would need to be enough people to employ at least four people - the tech person, myself and two others to whom the project speaks too.

I want yay you! to be so much more than what it currently is. But there is only me, and my very limited time for things that don't pay bills or further my studies. One day though, I will find a way to make it work.
Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

My reading month: April

It's been a massive reading month for me. I'm currently sitting at 80% towards my goal of 100 books. That means in April I've read 37 books 0_o. It's a bit astounding, and also, I really should have put more of that time towards reading for thesis/essays/assignments. At least one of those books was for class, so that's got to count for something, right?

15 of those 37 came from a series, The Morganville Vampiresoverall I'd give the series a solid 3.5. But there were books that would get 2/5, some 4/5, but most get 3.

How did your April reading month go? Are you on track for your reading goals this year?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Sunday, 1 May 2016

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