How do you blog?

I started to think recently about how I blog. I usually write two posts a day, most of them are scheduled. The first is usually early in the morning (5am) and the other is usually in the evening (5-6pm) my time. It made me wonder if people thought I was being rude? I can’t honestly remember the last time I remember being up at 5am. Between 5-6pm, if I’m at work, I’m leaving travelling. That’s why a lot of my posts are scheduled.

I just had this thought that maybe I was appearing to be rude? Mainly because, as I mentioned. I schedule a lot of my posts. It just got me wondering if people were thinking “Well if she’s got time to post, she’s got time to reply to my comment”? Then it had me wondering if others do the same as myself, or do you all write and publish your posts there and then? The other thing I do, is rarely do I post on the weekend. It has to be of something that is of particular interest to me. Because I have a lot of random thoughts about situations, I could write every single day of every thought that enters my head. So I give you all a break ~.^

I also write a lot of my scheduled posts on the weekend.

Happy Birthday Kristian!…Magical Monday #7

So I am joining in with celebrating a very special bloggers birthday month.

Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table

We are celebrating with her this month by writing/blogging about our favourite:

  • songs
  • poems
  • quotes
  • recipes
  • and anything else you would like to share

I’ve decided to go with an Australian theme. Since I’m from Australia, but they are still favourites of mine.

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Favourite Song

This has to be one of the most iconic songs in Australia, of all time! By one of our most iconic singers!

John Farnham 28.7K subscribers

Favourite Poem

Many Australians say that this should be our new anthem, and I agree!

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You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me

Favourite Quotes

Now I’m going to with an Australian Indigenous persons quote (to Australia). I haven’t been able to find if it comes from a story. It just seems to be a proverb that they say. It’s a beautiful one I think.

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Recipes.

This recipe includes two Australian favourite desserts. One I have to yet to try myself, but it’s going to happen,lol

Fairy bread is usually done just on bread. So it’s (normally white) bread, but you can do this on any bread. You spread butter on the bread and then just putting a lot of hundreds and thousands, it’s really simple. Really tasty.

Fairy Bread Pavlova 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 egg whites, at room temperature
  • Large pinch of cream of tartar
  • 430g (2 cups) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 315g pkt Coles Lemon Madeira Cake
  • 120g (1 cup) hundreds and thousands
  • 150g (1 cup) icing sugar mixture
  • 20g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 375g pkt white chocolate melts
  • 600ml ctn thickened cream
  • 300ml ctn double cream
  • Pink food colouring, to tint
  • Freeze-dried strawberries, crushed, to decorate

METHOD

  • Step 1
    Preheat oven to 120C/100C fan forced. Draw a 20cm circle on each of 2 sheets of baking paper. Turn each sheet, marked side down, onto a baking tray.
  • Step 2
    Use electric beaters with a whisk attachment to whisk egg whites and cream of tartar in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tbs at a time, beating constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture is thick and glossy. Beat in vanilla.
  • Step 3
    Divide meringue among marked circles. Use a palette knife to spread, shape and rough up the sides. Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 2 hours or until meringues are crisp and dry. Turn the oven off. Leave the meringues in the oven, with the door closed, to cool completely.
  • Step 4
    Meanwhile, remove icing and trim dark edges from cake. Carefully cut cake in half horizontally. Cut each cake layer in half lengthways, then into 2cm-wide pieces. Place 3/4 cup hundreds and thousands in a bowl. Place the icing sugar in a separate bowl and add the butter. Pour boiling water over the butter and stir until melted and smooth. Using a fork, dip a piece of cake in the icing to coat. Tap fork on side of bowl to remove excess. Carefully roll in hundreds and thousands, patting to coat. Place on a wire rack. Repeat to coat remaining cake pieces. Set aside for 30 minutes to set.
  • Step 5
    Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Spread the top of each meringue disc with a little melted chocolate. Sprinkle some of the remaining hundreds and thousands around the edge. Spread remaining melted chocolate over the lined tray to make a thin sheet. Place wooden spoon handles or rolling pins under the baking paper so the chocolate will set in waves. Sprinkle with the remaining hundreds and thousands. Set aside for 20 minutes to set.
  • Step 6
    Use electric beaters to beat the thickened cream and double cream in a bowl until firm peaks form. Spoon a third of the cream into a separate bowl and add a little pink food colouring. Stir gently until the cream is a pale pink. Add the pink cream to the remaining whipped cream and fold a few times to create a swirled effect. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle.
  • Step 7
    Pipe half the cream on top of 1 pavlova. Arrange half the fairy bread lamingtons on top. Carefully place the remaining pavlova on top. Pipe the remaining cream over to decorate. Top with the remaining fairy bread lamingtons. Break the white chocolate shard into a few large pieces and decorate the top. Sprinkle with freeze-dried strawberries.

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Block, block and more blocks,lol

Oh I am completely struggling with thinking of Blog posts lately. It’s probably going to sound completely weird, but with the happier weather (Spring). I have tended to get out more and have been blogging less because of it. It’s not really helping that I’ve been sick all week, that has been so annoying and throwing my sleeping patterns way off course.

Slight Blog Post Freak outs

I don’t know about anyone else, but I can usually have between 5-10 post all scheduled and ready to go. When that number starts to drop, I start to worry a little and then put pressure on myself to write a good post, ready to go. I felt like this all week last week, I was struggling to find inspiration. Over the weekend though, I managed to get the count back up again.

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Do any of you get this feeling too? You just hit a blogging wall and that’s it. You can’t get it back there for a bit!

Good Week Wrap-up

Although I feel like I’ve been quiet this week on the Blogging front. The quality of the Blogging has been good. Not only that though, on Monday was I not looking forward to this week. Although physically I am so tired because of different reasons of lack of sleep…Everything that I feared is…

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I got swapped when I wanted too and I didn’t even have to deal with the person who’ve been giving me trouble. I got to speak with the regional manager and binga banger boom…Got swapped =D I found some things that shall be simple and still lovely for my Lolsy’s Library Shop…Exciting!!! I also have an interview for a course that I’m interested in doing. I got more work for next week…

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I cannot wait for next week! I am so busy every day next week. Not including all the fun stuff I will be doing after the busy stuff.

It’s going to be a quiet one

I have a feeling that this week might be a quiet Blogging week for myself. Not on purpose or anything or lack of trying. It’s just more that I always that find that week after Christmas, just before New Years, it’s a little bit tiring. You always need a couple of days to recover and then New Years is here.

I also got a 2018 planner for Christmas and I am SO excited about it! It’s got little stickers and everything for important dates!

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Those Bloggers Blocks!

I have been having a horrible case of Bloggers Block. I wanted to write a Post every single day this week and positive posts at that! I am just so stuck!

I have been so determined to write nothing but positive posts for the next couple of weeks, but there is just so much bad out there…With a little dash of good. The tiniest dash, that gives you so much hope and then…sad…

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So how do we cure this?

Well one solution is to not worry so much, worrying is only going to make it worse.

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Take a break…Drink a cup of tea.

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Listen to some inspirational music.

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Feeling any better yet?

Heading into 2018 I want and need to make some changes. I want to be braver and I want to worry less! Worrying about having a Bloggers Block is not going to help. I just need to take a deep breath and start again.

Stress

(A common problem for me ^ )

 

The Unattainable Woman — Rose Browning

This video (created by one of my favourite makeup artists on Youtube, Jordan Hanz) has been around for a couple of years, but it never fails to touch me so I thought I’d share its message. Women who are strong and ambitious are called bossy. Women who cry or show emotion are deemed weak. If a […]

via The Unattainable Woman — Rose Browning

(Thank you for sharing with us Rose Browning! Please check Rose’s Blog out out)

September Goals … Tick or Not to Tick?

During September I decided that I was going to start making goals, regular goals. Ones that you can do every day. I also started to make more health orientated goals, but I will write about them separately.

My goals from September were:

  • I will write at one least one Blog post under my Category “Single in a small city”. I always have trouble with this category.

I managed to do this, I did really struggle to be honest. Then I found this amazing site! Read about it here at “The Swag“. Tick.

  • There are two books that I am reading at the same time…I will get through at least half of both of them and finish off at least one. The one that I finish I will write a review in October (can you believe one month from now it’ll be October!) for it. (Please see what I”m reading with my Goodreads profile)

I have been reading “Three Queens, Three Sisters” by Phillipa Gregory. I have also read “The Children of Hulrin” (you can press the above Goodreads link to see my progress.) I have completed the three Queens one, so be expecting a review of this soon! The J.R.R Tolkien one has been taking a while, I haven’t been able to just sit down and read this one like I have with the other. It has genuinely really great getting back into reading though as well. I found with the Three Queens once I picked it up, I had a hard time putting it down again. Tick.

  • Go through my dresses and get rid of at least 3-5 of them.

I didn’t end up doing this one, but I did end up going through this particular draw. It’s full of tiny jackets and my shorts and skirts. Some of which I had to put on to make sure that they even still fit. I think I got rid of at least 10 of them, so I think it evens out.

  • Head out to a movie and dinner with my partner. This is always an issue for me because of my anxiety issues. I tend to do better when we see a movie I actually want to see.

I knew that this one wasn’t going to happen! My partner is not only the biggest procrastinator of all time, but he’s also the biggest waster of time. All month he’s had other things to do, then plays his games and THEN he goes and do what he’s actually been supposed to be doing. Next week we can’t do it either, we’ll be three hours away from civilisation.

  • Not take Panadol (Ibuprofen) for one of the long trips (I have travel anxieties) and start taking my new natural medicine instead.

Unfortunately this one never ended up happening in the end. I have stopped taking them for drives that are short and very repetitive, which is a step in the right direction. It doesn’t help when your father is suddenly going in and out of hospital though, so your anxiety is all over the place. Unfortunately I did freeze when trying to get onto a bus. I do better when I can wind down a window and have the breeze in my face and the busses do not have them here.

  • I am going to start meditating at least twice a week.

I have actually been doing this one, but the funny thing about this one. Is that the very first time I got back into it. A freight train blasted it’s horn, my dog started barking at nothing, an aeroplane flew past and the birds became hysterical outside. Still managed to keep it all together though!

  • I also want to buy a daily planner. My plan is to get one of these this week!

Funnily enough I haven’t done this one. It just never seemed to happen and I don’t really know why.

  • I need to also work out a “planned” week off from all works that I go too. I need it!

I didn’t end up planning this week off…yet! The week that I had planned to take off, I suddenly was asked to work all these hours, and I realised it was because it was the first week of school holidays. So I might have to wait to until after the school holidays to have a week off.

Check my Blog tomorrow for my October Goals.

A Blog Award!

I was actually nominated for a Blog!

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Thank you to Hot Shot Headlines for this nomination!

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The Rules: Liebster Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

The Questions I Was Asked:

  • Are you excited for any particular movie this fall / winter?

I cannot WAIT for the new Thor movie. I have seen all of the Marvel movies and I love how they’ve all interconnected. This one looks like it just full of awesome stuff the whole time. I can’t wait to see what Dr Strange does either. I didn’t expect to love the Dr Strange, but it’s probably one of my favourites and now I can’t wait to see what he does in this movie!

  • If you could go anywhere to see the fall foliage, where would you go, and why?

I would love to go England, I have been there during the Summer. However, I would love to see all of that green turn that beautiful yellow, brown and oranges. It would be fantastic.

  • Is there a new TV show that you are excited to watch?

I can’t wait to see the new Will and Grace series!

  • Do you have any Halloween traditions?

Since I live in Australia, we don’t really have Halloween here as a traditions, but it is definitely growing in popularity. The one that I really do love though is pretty much all of it honestly, haha! I just really love the whole spirit of Halloween. The themed parties, the costumes…I’m not really a scary movie type person though.

  • Who are your three favorite authors, and why?

Jodi Picoult – I love how she writes about topics that are now and relevant. What I love the most though is the twist that she always has.

I might just write about two that I’ve written below about. My other two favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. I love the fantasy and how well written they are. One way that I can tell that I am enjoying the book is I make believe myself as a character in the book. I enjoy the book that much I wish to be apart of the book as well. A little embarrassing to admit but true.

  • Is there a particular author that you want to meet in person?

There is actually two authors that I would have loved to have met, but they are both dead now. I would have loved to have met C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. While there are modern authors that I would want to meet in persons. These two authors have taken my imagination to places of happiness I never thought possible. It would have been amazing to be a fly on the wall of these authors!

  • Design your perfect library / reading nook / reading spot.

Wow! This could be a whole post in itself.

  • Do you use your local library?

Not only do I use my local Library, but I am now working at it also.

  • Do you shop for books on Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Once again, because I am not American we don’t really have in store Black Fridays and Cyber Monday. However, thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, we actually have now started to get Internet deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Which I always take advantage of!

  • When you celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., what book or books do you pack when you travel?

Oh this is a good question. I usually will take a favourite or two. I tend to not take many books, because not only is it kind of rude to read when you’re with your family. Especially at Christmas though I tend to always get a new book.

  • What is your favorite book to read during the holiday season?

I enjoy reading any favourites that I might have lying around. As mentioned above those as well, I tend too read any new books that I may have purchased or received as a present. So I don’t really have a set book that I’ll read. I am hoping though to purchase a tablets, I think it’d be great when I visit my partners family over the holidays. They all live out in the middle of nowhere and all pretty much go to bed early. Last year I got food poisoning, luckily though my partner had downloaded some movies to this little laptop he has.

The next steps:

  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.
  1. What is your favourite online bookstore to visit
  2. What is your favourite bookstore to physically visit?
  3. Please share with us what you are reading at the moment.
  4. Throw in a random question…If you could have any animal in the world, living or extinct…What animal would it be, and what name would you give it?
  5. Let us know about Bloggers that you like to watch on YouTube…or BookTube.
  6.  Who is your one of favourite “classic” author, and
  7. Who is a favourite “modern” author.
  8. Is there a series (book or tv) that everybody else loves that you just hate…Or just don’t get why people love it so much?
  9. Is there a character in a book you can relate to and why?
  10. If you could be in a character in any book or any movie or tv series, who and what would they be?
  11. Random Fact about yourself.

The 11 Nominations:

Now usually I don’t really nominate and suggest that is people want to do it, to please to do it and link back too me. Please free as usual, just linking back to myself. I have nominated some people though, because I’ve had an increase in both followers and following…and I would like to get to know you all better. As always as well, please do not feel obligated to do it.

RedHeadedBookLover

Bookwitch

Miss Abigail 

Victorious Pages

Quirky and Peculiar

Life Lessons from around the dinner table

Tea and Tales

Musings from a tangled mind

Transempowerment 

Praying for Eyebrowz

Thoughts on Fantasy