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Monday, 30 January 2017

Now you are 3

Dear Keiden,

Today you are three. Wow, three where did the time go? Like you keep on telling us, you are a big boy now. And what a big boy you are.

More and more you want to do things by yourself. But then there are things/moments that you still want daddy or me to be there with you or do with you. You love cooking and baking with daddy, and building with your blocks. Sometimes you tell me that I can't go make supper because you and daddy are going to cook.

You enjoy making breakfast with daddy, especially when it's pancakes :) And let's not forget baking. Baking is one of your favourite things to do, especially when you two baked a cake for my birthday. You started swimming lessons, so that's going to be your big thing for this year.

Your big thing for the year you were two was school. It took awhile for you to settle in, but you have. And now school is a place you like to go to, because you see your friends. Speaking of friends, E and M are still your favourite friends. You also like mommy and daddy's friends, and like seeing them too. You often want to go visit F, H and I...and they like seeing you too.

There are still moments when you are shy around people, but more and more you like saying hi to folks. We'll be walking around and you'll say hello to people or wave. It's very cute when you do that. And something else that is just as cute is your laugh. Which you do a lot of.

You giggle and laugh a lot when playing hide-and-go-seek, or running or really just doing anything you think needs a laugh :) You laugh is all kinds of awesome feeling inducing, just like your hugs, kisses and loves. You are so easily affectionate with daddy and I, I hope it stays that way. You always hug and kiss us bye when you're going to school - please don't stop.

Our weekend exploring is something you've taken to in a big way. I hope it's started you off on the track to find adventures fun. And with the exploring we're doing now, I'm sure it'll help you remember that adventures can be found just around the corner from you.

You still love books, and bedtime stories are still the way we end our day. Currently you're having us read/sing the 12 days of Christmas to you often...I'm hoping we move onto a new book soon. It's been your pattern lately - the same story over and over for a few weeks or so.

Yes, there have been moments where you've been a silly goose, but you know monkey everyone has those. Just try not to have too many of them ;)

Love you much.  Love you always,

Sunday, 29 January 2017


Topping the list this week
  • rain
  • the great people we have in our lives who make things special for K
  • coffee
  • sushi
  • invoices being paid
  • a good meeting with my supervisor
  • hugs
  • K having a great birthday party
  • my in-laws; my mil is down and K is having a great time
  • exploring
  • amazing deserts
  • and just all around great folks

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

Five for Friday

  • Crash Course is a recent youtube channel discovery, and it is all kinds of awesome. Ten minute or so videos on a variety of subjects. It's really great for brushing up on somethings, and learning about something new. I'm alternating between philosophy, world history and psychology - for now. Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.
  • Tomorrow is Keiden's birthday party. He'll be three on Monday. Three!! Where did the time go?
  • This week has been better for my daily yoga plans than last, onwards and upwards :D
  • There are gaggles of first years everywhere. And it's both awww look at the babies, and oh my goodness when did I get so old inducing. I say a gaggle of first years, as they are silly geese, you get a gaggle of geese; therefore a gaggle of first year.
  • And in horror of all horrors to consider; coffee might not be working with my tummy :(

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Book Thursday: The Clock Keeper Review

The Clock Keeper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a solid good read. And while I was reading it I was all I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv it forever, but once I finished it I wasn't as sure. I think this is a book where my rating and love thereof is affected by my mood. But I digress.

We're getting the story from the point of view of Clarke; she is on a quest to right a disastrous chain of events set into motion by her sister. And righting that wrong has lead to her doing some questionable things...but she is not alone in that doing of questionable things. The chain of events set into motion by her sister involve a guy -of course it does - and that guy, Fletcher has not dealt with things as well as Clarke [big surprise there].

The story is told in the present with vignettes of the past to fill in details. It's a great way to do show, not tell. But at times the way in which it was used was not for me.

Did I mention that Clarke - well her family - is part of an organisation of seven families tasked with protecting time? I didn't...well okay, now you know. And it was with that part of the story and world building, and all the events that I got all kinds of feelings. See one thing I've learnt from my enjoyment of geeky pop culture is that, time is a "wibbly wobbly thing" and there are just things you don't tamper with.

All in all this is another great read from Melissa Delport, but guys it's just not Guardians of Summerveld. And that's probably going to get in the way of all my reading of her tales - Drake 4eva :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017


Birthday's sure do make it easy to write a gratitude post ;) This week I'm grateful for
  • my birthday
  • folks remembering my birthday
  • birthday wishes
  • awesome gifs - and gifts :p
  • coffee
  • taking it easy
  • time with J
  • air con
  • cake
  • candy
  • chocolate
  • shorts
  • good friends
  • friends who have homes with pools
  • being able to have K attend swimming lessons
  • library visits
  • moments to read
  • people to vent to
  • awesome watercolour pencil crayons
  • discovering just how important exercise it to my quality of sleep
  • free massages
  • a good nights sleep
  • awesome folks in  my life
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Five for Friday

  • Midweek birthdays are great for keeping things low-key and relaxed. Also gifs ftw! Check out this twitter moment I made from some of the gifs I got sent - 
  • K starts swimming lessons today, and is very excited. He has been wearing his swimming cap and goggles as often as he can. It's very cute :)
  • My exercise has taken a bit of a dive, which is not the best. Especially, as it's really helping with my stress levels - if the knots in my back and shoulders count as a good measure.
  • The academic year is ramping up. And with it comes more anxiety - which has not been great at all - but I'm hoping the daily yoga helps. Oh and that having more to do means I'll be better focused on what needs to happen, instead of my powers of procrastination.
  • I'm getting better at speaking up for myself. It's still taking time, but I'm not just going with the flow as easily anymore. So there might be something to this getting older business.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

And now I'm 32

This is a bit of an odd number - while not being an odd number :p Sometimes it feels old, and other times not really. And when did that happen? Is this the permanent state of being as you get older...feeling both old and not?

Although the first years this year were born in 98...yup 1998, you know when I started high school? Geez. Anyhow this is a bit of a ramble - if you hadn't already noticed that :p

So it's a bit weird now. The year of 31 was an adjusting year, mind you I don't think it'll ever end...adjusting that is. Getting back into the study grove, K starting nursery - all big changes with ripples that'll go on for awhile.

Really though, I think  Pfangirl did an excellent job of summing up some of my feelings in her post on birthday reflections. It's that where should I be by now thoughts that makes birthdays so tricky. And really, I wish I could shake it...but I haven't just yet. One day I'll get there, but I don't know when.

Anyhow today there shall be cake and a massage. And it shall be a generally good day...and really what more could you want than a generally good day? :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017


Helloooooo, Sunday. 

On the gratitude list this week:
  • having people to calm down a panic
  • great, kind folks
  • recovering from technical glitches
  • having folks to bounce things off of
  • relaxed time with friends
  • coffee
  • aircon
  • moments of silence
  • good books
  • hugs
  • good music
What's making your list this week?

Friday, 13 January 2017

Five for Friday: Odds and Ends Edition

  • This post by Marcia, has tickled my fancy. The idea of focusing on small, and on something specifically for happiness is just great. But realistically, it's likely to be a thing for me for next year.
  • The song below has been looped a few times recently. I'm not sure what draws me to it - well besides the skill of Lin-Manuel Miranda, but it's great. And I really, really want to go watch Moana. 

  • So far the doing daily yoga challenge has gone okay-ish. I missed a day due to the heat knocking me into feeling gross-ville. And then yesterday, I did a 10 minute video from a different yoga channel. And folks, it didn't work for me. I so prefer yoga from the awesome Adrienne
  • I'm trying to figure out the right plan my day balance. Over planning leads to feeling more stressed out, but I can't keep on asking myself if I was productive enough or not. Yes, this is thesis related - face it much of this years talk from me will be about my thesis. I might have to shift the goal posts to December instead of September to submit, but I am not prepared to do that now. The pressure of it, and drive that comes from that, works for me.
  • There are some great people to be found, and chatting to them is great.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Book Thursday: Finding Kyler Book Blitz

I'm taking part in a book blitz for the first book in a new series by an author I enjoy, and have mentioned many times here, Siobhan Davis.

My review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When an author you enjoy tries her hand at a new genre, you get all kinds of nervous-excited. I mean I knew the writing would be great, but would this genre and this author work well?

I'm pleased to say yes, it's worked.

But it's not worked for me in terms of the protagonist and her love. I'm far more interested in the rest of the family, the friends Faye makes...okay really I loved it for everyone else but Faye and Kyler. And it's everyone else that will have me read the rest of the series as they come. Not forgetting that holy heck of a cliffhanger. I mean it's clear something is up, but I certainly didn't entertain the possibility that what was up, was what it was.

Faye and Kyler just aren't my kind of people. Fortunately the other folks in that world are, and I'm keen to read more about them.

*I'm a lucky fish and am on this authors ARC team*


Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult

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.

For the release week only you can get the book for $0.99 from Amazon.  Finding Kyler is available to read in Kindle Unlimited.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017


This week I'm grateful for:

  • K's awesome nursery school
  • coffee
  • cold water
  • time just doing nothing with J
  • daily yoga
  • supportive folks
  • hugs
  • friends
  • our fan
  • K liking a boardgame that isn't ugh for parents to play too
  • library trips - checking out the return shelf always yeilds unexpected treasure
  • the botanical garden
What's topping your list this week?

Friday, 6 January 2017

Five for Friday

  • K has the best nursery school, it started up again on Tuesday. And school, helps me be such a better parent - I get to miss him, and my patience well fills up. We've been a much happier family this week.
  • I've not made progress on writing yet, for my thesis, but interviews are going well. And have been scheduled, so I'm calling it a win for thesis work.
  • Last year my reading goal was 100 for the year, and I smashed it having finished the year on 387. This year I set the goal for 200. And yes, it would be less than I read last year, but this year is thesis year...so I figure any reading is good, and 200 works.
  • I'm trying a yoga challenge again. Yes, it is the third year in a row I'm trying it. I think though that this is the year it'll stick, because this time I know others doing it, and we have our supportive whatsapp group. I can do it this time.
  • The pigeons who made a nest in  the middle of some of our pot plants are still here. One of the 2 eggs has hatched, and it's a yellow ball of fluff currently. I'm hoping they grow and leave soon, I want to reclaim that pot and see if there's anyway to save the plants.

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017, the year I achieve?

There are three things that I want to achieve in 2017 - December graduation with my masters, getting the yoga habit to stick, and to not drive myself/my family and friends batty while doing so. Everything else would just be gravy. There is a lot I want to do, and maybe I'll get to some of those things, but the only things that will lead to despair if I don't achieve them in 2017 are those three.

It's going to take a lot of work, time and stick-to-it-ness to make it happen, but I'm hopefully it will.

Do you have a word for the year or some goals for 2017? Lots of plans or a few key ones?

Sunday, 1 January 2017

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2019 Reading Challenge

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