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Friday, 30 December 2016

Five for Friday

  • I've been trying out publishing my reviews on goodreads directly to here. I'm not sure how I feel about it. But I do now understand why other folks tend to do a mini blurb bit - it made no sense to me as in goodreads the blurb is right there, but that info doesn't travel to the blog. What do you think?
  • Summer has barely begun, and I'm so done with it. The heat is ridiculous...it makes me lazy and short tempered, so not fun at all.
  • This is something I agree with. I didn't know there were features not available to folks who need to be able to control their mentions.
  • I've not started writing my chapter I'm to give my supervisor on the 9th, but I'm composing it in my mind near constantly. So ummm I just need to commit words to ink, or well words to digital ink.
  • We'll be doing our usual New Year's Eve thing of taking it easy, and playing games with friends. Hope that whatever your plans are they're fun, and with folks you want to spend time with. See you in 2017.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Review: Nations Without Nationalism

Nations Without Nationalism Nations Without Nationalism by Julia Kristeva
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Moments of interesting.

The section I found most interesting was in the Open Letter to Harlem Desir - "National pride is comparable, from a psychological standpoint, to the good narcissistic image that the child gets from its mother and proceeds, through the intersecting play of identification demands emanating from both parents, to elaborate into an ego ideal. By not being aware of, underestimating, or degrading such a narcissistic image or ego ideal, one humiliates and lays subject or group open to depression."

Especially, when considering the current state of the world. Nations - their leaders - nothing more than children, and all that comes from being a child with it.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Review: Foretold

Foretold Foretold by R.J. Crayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's more of a 3.5 read than a 4. This book read better for me than the previous one. Also it seems I was wrong in thinking this was going to be a trilogy, because based on the ending it very clearly is not.

Big pluses: more world building - with more attention given to building on previous work done in the series. More depth given to the characters, the introduction of a new character and Khady losing some of her whiny edge.

The alternating chapters between K and A helped the story pick up some much needed pace, and get the ball rolling. Getting more of the events that shaped some of the characters and their choices was great. Elements of the potential love connection felt a bit forced, but I appreciate that it's not at the top of the protagonists mind. It's amazing to have a female protagonist who focuses on what needs to be done, instead of just the guy.

The ending is slightly cliffhanger-ish, but there is enough resolution with other aspects of the story that it doesn't feel horrid not having the next book.

*I am a lucky fish and got an ARC of the book*

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I know, this is something you normally see on a Sunday, but given Sunday coming is a new year, I figured it'd be good to have a reminder of what has been topping my gratitude list for the year. Yes, 2016 has been a clusterfrak for a lot of people, and with a lot of ridiculous things happening, but there are still things to be glad for.

So topping my list for the year:

  • Jerall and Keiden
  • coffee
  • finding my academic groove
  • good friends
  • supportive folks
  • getting funding for next year
  • good books
  • free, good books
  • exploring
  • therapy
  • tea
  • chocolate
  • keeping pot plants alive
  • general health of goodness for all three of us
  • seeing folks
  • getting through some dark spots
  • good food
  • moments of realisation
  • Keiden's amazing nursery school, school ftw!
What's been the big hits of your year?

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

Five for Friday: It's almost Christmas Edition

Christmas is almost here, time for food, time with our people and laughs. If you're not quite in the mood then there might help. Yes, this Five for Friday is all music, and it's all by Pentatonix ;) I love how they have put their on takes on songs, and the arrangements are great too. In no particular order, some that have been looping in my house :)

Sunday, 18 December 2016


Topping the list this week:

  • getting to go watch a movie with J
  • spending time with J without K around
  • K's most awesome school
  • good coffee
  • sunshine
  • having a great friend to help me sort out thank you prezzies for the folks at K's awesome school - handmade mini sweet treats ftw!
  • having had shelter tickets on me at the right time for the right person
  • exploring with J and K
  • hugs
  • Christmas fluffy romance novels
  • being able to buy, and send presents for the nephews and neice
  • having got said presents before the rush, and not getting hit by the ridiculous shop stuff
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 16 December 2016

Five for Friday: Keiden Edition

Keiden is getting closer and closer to 3...and it seems that toddlerhood is starting to be shed too. He looks and acts like such a little boy now. It's ridiculous, where did my baby go?

His love of cooking, and doing so with daddy is still going strong. J is pretty much acting as his sous chef these days.

There are so many cling to mommy moments though, and we're pretty much just going with it. Trying to break it just has far to much crying and tantrum throwing from him.

I had a big proud parent moment when school told us that he was kind and shared easily with his friends. We know that he shares with us, but hearing that he does so with others is great. [I also wanted to copy it and make stickers out of it to give to all of those who told us only children are selfish ;p]

And teeth brushing is no longer a fight every night. Such a relief, it turns out he wanted a toothbrush like we use - an electric one. So he uses ours, without it being on. It's amazing, he gets out the shower and is ready to brush his teeth :D

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Book Thursday: Here Comes The Witch Review

Here Comes the Witch

*I got given a copy for review purposes by Lola's Blog Tours. Totally check out the site if you're keen to be part of an ARC team*

I gave this read 4 out 5 stars. In large part because I have read another book by this author set in the same town. And I love the town of Banshee Creek. It's a light, fun read. And something I'd call a must read for those who've read any of the other books set in Banshee Creek. It was great to read about Abby and Mike - and Cole makes an appearance :)


Here Comes The Witch (Main Street Witches #1)

by Ani Gonzalez
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 7 September, 2016

Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?

You can find Here Comes The Witch on Goodreads

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Friday, 9 December 2016

Five for Friday

It's been all kinds of happy dancing from me yesterday, as I found out that I got funding for next year :D It is such a relief. And yes, the money is going to be such a help. But the big win for me is that it's this tangible proof that my research, that I am, worth investing in. It's a massive confidence boost.

It is raining today, and it's all kinds of wonderful.

I'm so glad that a good day for K is fairly easy, and cheap to make happen. On Wednesday we saw M - our niece - and it made for an all kinds of happy K. Seeing her, a train ride and playing with lego meant his day was all good.

Our Christmas tree is not up yet. Is yours? We're still trying to figure out where to place it. It's a small one that I like on top of the smaller bookshelf, but we know K will most likely want to touch. So to not restrain that a plan is to be made.

My well of words seems to be drying lately...and it's not the best time for that to happen. I'm not sure how to tackle it. What do you do in those moments?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Five for Friday

Much as there have been points of frustration with K's nursery school, it's so winning with it's holiday programme. Throughout the year the term starts and ends with the school calendar, but they always have a holiday programme/day care thing going on. And in Dec they're open till the 23rd, and they open again on Jan the 4th. It's a massive win, especially because without school there is no time away from K for me. And seeing the way some folks need to scramble to cover the school holiday periods with child care plans, it makes me oh so grateful for K's school.

Speaking of K - as I mentioned on Wednesday, he is heading full steam ahead for being a three-ager [a three year old teenager] and this with just under 2 months to go till he is 3. Also wasn't he a baby like just yesterday? What is going on?

I'm starting to suspect that I just don't know how to be kind to myself at all. It would seem self kindness is a skill you need to learn and work on. How do you do it?

Lately, I've been working more and more in silence. It's odd for me...but it would seem that sometimes you just need quiet.

I've been spending more and more time thinking about how and what I eat, and all that means. So expect a bit of a rambling post on that soon-ish.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Book Thursday: Teach Your Heart Review

*I got given a copy for review purposes by Lola's Blog Tours. Totally check out the site if you're keen to be part of an ARC team*

Teach Your Heart
by Tracey Alvarez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the surface it would seem that Gracie and Owen are complete opposites, but it's far from that. This is a sweet, charming story - with appearances from familiar faces from some of the author's other books - that shows at heart what drives us all is love and family.


Teach Your HeartTeach Your Heart (Far North #3)
by Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 30 November, 2016

Some lessons are harder to learn than others…

Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.

After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with his cute charges. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.

Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.

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