So, what’s next?

So, I had honestly forgotten about the bush-fires, until an appeal came up for it. Because people are obviously forgetting about it. There are people who lost houses and businesses, so they’re still affected by it. Since the beginning of the year, we had massive bush-fires, then flooding, and then coronavirus.

So, what do you think might be next?

Some have said:

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LotR vs Harry Potter = Magical Monday #4

Oh yeah, I’m going there

Now I could be completely wrong with my assessment of this, it’s just something that I’ve generally noticed…Generally.

I’ve noticed that while people generally like both of them. People seem to like one more over the other. For myself, I prefer LotR over Harry Potter. I like LotR just that little bit more. I find that more people like Harry Potter just that little bit more. I just wonder to myself sometimes, why that is? Every time someone has some magical collection come out. I would say 90% of the time it’s some sort of Harry Potter theme.

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Run away with me…

I have decided to spend a few days off of social media. Sometimes it’s just something you gotta do, and there is nothing wrong with that. Something I really love to do when I take “time off” from social media. I love to read! I love to escape…again,lol

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What do you love to love when you love to escape? Are there books you love to read and read again, binge out on movies or tv shows?

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There are two games that I just love to play: The Sims 4 and Guild Wars 2. I can get lost in these two gems for literally hours without even meaning too. When I first had my anxiety issues, it was the only thing that could distract my brain for hours. Because it was usually fast pace moving and I was actually interested. I would play for hours.

The other escape I have is of course music and books. I know that on Goodreads a lot of my reviews are pretty highly reviewed. I have no problem with that though. I only read these days what I want to read, rather than what I can review and make myself seem “popular”. I have to admit there are some people on Goodreads who I think purposely give books only bad reviews to make themselves seems “serious”. But it also seems to work, I’ve noticed that negative reviews get a lot more likes?

Probably my final form of escape is Comedy. Sometimes when you can get on a comedy binge, it’s just the best thing ever. It also feels like a workout. At the moment, I highly recommend Wanda Sykes “What’s going on right now, is not normal” I think you can only find it on Netflix? But watch it!

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Share Your World June Wk2, 2019

Share Your World 6-10-19

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Plain & Simple Questions:

What do fish do all day?   What thoughts do you think they have?  (Credit to the awesome Teresa and her Fibbin’ Fridays for this one)

I think that they think about swimming, maybe a little eating…whatever those particular fish eat. Maybe a little fooling around, just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

What celebrity would you have as a SPOUSE, if you HAD to choose?

If he wasn’t gay and I wasn’t taken. I’m not actually sure if he is? He’s very private…This gentleman below:

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What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?

I don’t know if it was even expensive, but when I was little my Grandparents had a large Michelangelo’s statue. Yes, in all his glory, but that’s not what I saw. I used to go up to him and give him a hug (when I was little) I’d talk to him. One time when I went up to hug him, i hugged him a little too hard and he fell over…he broke. I’m not exactly sure if it was hugely expensive, but it felt, it might have been.

When was the last time you slept more than 9 hours in a stretch?  Why?

Generally the last time I slept more than 9 hours, I was not feeling well. I keep finding that if I sleep for a long time, I get a really sore back. So no more huge sleep ins for me.


An Attitude of Gratitude!

Share something you were really grateful for this year (so far):

I just got a cold yesterday, my partners been trying to care of me as well. As well as he can,lol

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/the-sunshine-blogger-award/

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
  5. Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.

 Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table

Thank you so much Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table. I really enjoyed writing this. It really made me think and I really enjoyed writing up. Please everyone check her out!

My Questions 

  •  What do you think are the 5 most beautiful things in the world? Why?
    a) Peace, pure true peace. When you see it on someone else’s face, or even when you see an animal at peace when they are finally free.
    b) When a young baby smiles, and you know it’s genuine smile.
    c) That moment when the sun is rising and it’s just starting to rise on the horizon.
    d) I don’t know why but the smell of my dog makes me happy. When she wakes up with me she has the smell and she’s so cute. I love just waking up with her and that’s what makes her beautiful. Whereas my partners cat uses his claws, on my face to wake me up, not so beautiful,lol
    e)When you go for a walk and everything is just beautiful. The setting is perfect, the weather is perfect. Even your ipod is playing the perfect music.
  • What impression do you think you give when you first meet someone?
    I am honestly not really sure. I think a lot of that depends on where I am. Hopefully at work I give a first impression that I know what I’m doing. I definitely know that no matter where I go, people always think I’m friendly. I definitely must give an impression of being open though, because people walk up constantly have conversations with me. Especially “older” people.
  • What one responsibility do you most wish you didn’t have?
    Vacuuming. I always offer to do it. Mainly because my hair is so long and thick it falls out everywhere! I shed more than my dog and cat’s hair combined! I hate vacuuming though, it hurts my back and the vacuum cleaner and the carpet are really tough to vacuum.
  • What is your favorite subject to write about?
    This may sound totally “up myself” but at the moment I like writing about myself. I have spent so many years not talking about myself and it blew up in a panic attack and myself in the hospital. So I like to talk to myself a lot now,lol…However, now I am trying to focus on others in the world. They need more help than I do right now.
  • What would constitute a perfect day for you?
    Being able to wake the day with both the kitty and doggie I love the most, without them fighting and the cat putting claws in my face,lol. A nice bowl of granola and yoghurt, reading and playing games. Probably take my doggie for a walk, because a perfect day would have the perfect weather.
  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
    Just for the people I have in my life…RIGHT NOW…Right at this moment. Anyone whose reached out, anyone who I’ve been able to talk about my issues freely. Anyone whose just let me talk.
  • What fictional place would you most like to visit?
    Without any hesitation…Rivendell. I have literal dreams of going there. I watch the films straight through (if possible) twice a year.
  • Who do you admire most? Why?
    Don’t tell anyone this. I admire a lot of people! I have to make special mention to my Gran though. She is what she calls “my person”. Not in terms of possession, but rather the person that just gets me the most. She’s always been so strong in every way possible, as she’s getting older she is losing it a little bit, she’s becoming more frightened of everything. It’s hard to watch.
  • Is there a book that had an impact on your life? If so, what was it?
    This list would be easier if I could talk about the ones that haven’t impacted my life. I cannot honestly choose, so many are popping into my head.
  • Where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
    It’s actually the difference between two places. A few years ago I was in American in Arizona and then from there I went to England. The difference between the two was immediate and astounding! It was so dry in Arizona, then when I arrived in England it was just SO green!
  • If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
    Honestly I would go to Disneyland. Apart from Egypt and Greece, I’ve wanted to go there my whole life. I feel at the moment, I’d be so happy there. I want to visit Egypt, but it’s so scary there right now. Disneyland would just make me happy. Greece, I can see myself walking around and I don’t really want to do that.Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to.*I’m going to nominate some people, but please feel free to do this if you so wish and then just link back to myself*
  • The Tony Burgess Blog
  • Audacious
  • Jazzed Out
  • Musings from a Tangled Mind
  • Simple Ula
  • In a Messy WorldAsk the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.
  • What hobbies do you have that brings you joy that does not include Blogging?
  • What is something that others maybe be surprised to find out about you?
  • Is there a song/movie/book that has touched you for life, if yes, what is it and if you feel comfortable, please let us know why.
  • If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?
  • (Going to steal one of my questions) Is there a book that had an impact on your life? If so, what was it?
  • Can you remember the moment you went “I want to keep seeing where my Blog takes me?”
  • Where would you like your Blog to go?
  • If you could have your dream party, what would be happening for it? What would you set up for it?
  • What is one thing that you haven’t done yet, but really want too?
  • What do you think is purely unique about yourself?
  • What have you learned in the week you post this?

Book Groups

I love the site Book Riot! It has fantastic articles on it!

Like this one…

Book Groups by great authors

 What kind of fantasy book group would you like to participate in?

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart:

Can you imagine a group of students, Hermione, Cho Chang…Talking about the latest Professor Gidlerory Lockharts book. Part fan-girling, part Hermione disputing it all.

SATC (Sex and the City):

I can mainly imagine this as they do in the tv series. In that they mainly getting together once a week with some take away, a glass of wine, gossiping about the latest edition of a favourite magazine. I can also see Charlotte being apart of a different book group that is separate from the girls.

Can you think of any, especially one you would love to be apart of!?

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Share Your World…Feb Week 1, 2018

Share Your World

Share Your World, February 5th 2018

What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

  • Slow cook…Oh my goodness, I’ve just been introduced to slow cooking…I am in love! You can smell the yummy food all day, it’s fantastic!.
  • Some serious cleaning out.
  • Take my dog for a walk.
  • If I’m at my partners house, I love cleaning up while he’s at work.

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?

I can’t really think of one person, generally (even ex’s) I will thank for anything good or positive they brought to my life…Who knows when I’d see them again! There’s only one because I cannot remember if I thanked him or not. In year 6 (so about 10-11 years of age) I was bullied pretty much by all my classmates (my friends were in another class and I was not allowed to swap for some reason). There was one classmate who actually made me laugh, but of course if I tried to be friends with him, “I must love him”. I don’t think he realised how much he got me through.

List your favorite toys or games as a kid?

  • Hide and Seek – I was the BEST at this! I played with my cousins and brother and I was the lightest so I could hide up in the highest tree and hide in the tiniest spaces.
  • I loved my Barbies! They had a whole story going on there. There was one who could only eat junk food or she’d die! There was another who was psychic and she was also the group back manager. All my non-barbies “dolls” were the Barbies parents (I remember having an Strawberry Cupcake Doll) . Good times! Some of the outfits and Barbies that I got have come back in Fashion. I recently rebought a Rock and Roll 1980’s Barbie (link to pinterest…I also had the peaches and cream dress).
  • We all had a lot of little cars and trucks. We made car families and we were so original. We had the “Truck Family”, who only had trucks, the “police car” family. There was the Mayor’s family, who were all the fancy cars. We had a group of “teenagers” that were what you called nearly on the scrap heat and they were all fosters. Of course the Mayor’s daughter was in love with one of them!
  • I also was given my cousins cabbage patch doll, but at the same time I was given a “Magic Nursery Doll” – (goes to a YouTube video). I still have those two! They’ve been put away though for my future children.
  • I had a puppy surprise and my brother had a Footrot Flats dog and one of the “surprise” puppies was black and white.
  • Since I was a Ballerina when I was little, I also had a “My pretty Ballerina – ebay link” Who’d hang out with my magic nursery and cabbage patch doll.
  • My top 3 favourite though was my life-sized doll, who we called Brittany. She was my “sister”. She was in all the family photos. Then my brother turned her into a goth and made her a little black dress and we still have her too. I have to take a picture of her.

I am having such a good time remembering these =D Thank you so much!

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

In all honesty the question above has really been making me smile and now I’m looking for the other toys from my childhood. Thank you!

Toy and games that will make 90’s girls (and some boys!) super nostalgic

 

Lady Midnight

*Spoiler Alert – I’m not 100% sure how much I’ll be giving away in this review, but I do discuss things I don’t understand in the book. Which might contain sneaks and peeks at the book.

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I have only read one of Cassandra Clare’s series so far “The Infernal Devices“. I absolutely loved the series and I feel so bad that it’s taken me such a long time to get around to reading another one. I feel like I should also point out that I do believe and it is highly suggested that Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series are supposed to be read in a certain order which you can find here.

(My personal opinion here) The main players in this particular books are:

Emma Carstairs: a Shadowhunter,

Her parabatai (and “secret love” interest):  Julian Blackthorn,

Mark Blackthorn: who was kidnapped five years ago and now has been returned to the Blackthorn family after being kidnapped by the fairy people.

Breakdown:

The Dark Artifices series is the latest series in Cassandra Clare’s writings. In fact so far in this series there are only two books so far. The final and third chapter of this series should be coming out in fall of 2018. Look out for that!

This series is based around Emma and the murder of her parents from years ago, she did not believe that her parents death was a robbery gone wrong. She believes that there is more to her parents death than meets the eye, probably something even “supernatural”. Emma has been a Shadowhunter for a very long time and after her parents deaths she was then taken to live with the Blackthorn family. The Blackthorn have also lost their parents and live in the Institute with their strange Uncle Arthur.

Emmas parabatai is Julian Blackthorn, the now oldest sibling of the Blackthorn family, since the others were kidnapped or exile. Julian has been taking care of his younger sibling, Livvy, Ty, Dru and Tavvy since he was 12 years old. Julians older half  siblings, Mark and Helen Blackthorn are both half faerie, as their mother was of the faerie people.  Emma’s good friend Cristina also lives with the family and in the institute, she is only there for the year…As sweet as she is, no one really knows that much about her.

*For those who don’t know what a parabatai is, it as a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath, regardless of their gender. Their bond is not reflected only in their closeness and willingness to lay down their lives for one another, but also in oath—one sworn in front of the Council. Parabatai cannot fall in love*

Positive:

I absolutely enjoy this book, can I just start off with.

It did reference the other books and what Shadowhunters word meanings are, so you do know what the words mean, as you are going into the book. It made it almost feel like you don’t need to read the other books before this one. (Please do though) The only thing that you would really have to read the other books for is about the attack on one of their Libraries, where a important document was stolen. As well as getting to know the other Shadowhunters as they pop in and out of the book, with a brief history of what their characters achieved.

What I enjoy about Cassandra Clare’s books is that you can get lost in a completely made up world, that makes you feel that this world could actually be possible. It’s why I think her books are so popular, it is fantasy, but ever so close to the real modern world. It’s kind of like Harry Potter and how we, as muggles, cannot actually see the world of Magic, but it’s always there.

Negative:

I always have a hard time picking on the things in a book that I’ve really enjoyed reading. There was one thing that I didn’t really understand and felt like it didn’t really need to be in it. It was right at the end “A Long Conversation”. As I mentioned above, there good be a reason why it was at the end of this particular book, but I felt like it didn’t really need to be there.

It also did bug me a little how I had always assumed that parabatai were supposed to know how the other was feeling at all times. That’s kind of the point of having a parabatai. Somehow though, and when it seems to suit, they completely have no idea how the other feels.

 

 

Share Your World June Week 4

Share Your World

Share Your World … June 26, 2017

What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

I have a few that are serious one and a few that I would love to happen, but they don’t have too or they probably wont.

  • A more permanent position in the Library field, rather than just casual.
  • Leave Tafe for good!
  • Finish writing the fiction story that I’ve been writing for the last few years…Whether I’ll try and get it published, is yet to be seen!
  • Start a little “on the side” craft business. Which I hope would give a little bit more extra money. I don’t expect it too be a booming thing, but just something for a little more “pocket money”.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

A couple of years ago and luckily my birthday present came in time for a future bad breakup. One of my friends gave me a gift certificate towards swimming with Dolphins. These weren’t like “trained” Dolphins, we went out on a boat, in the ocean, and we had to hang onto these ropes and look into the ocean (with Goggles). It was a very surreal experience, but I didn’t love hanging onto a rope to keep us near the boat, in the ocean, that was very scary too me. I went out a couple of times and then spent the other half sitting on the boat, watching the Dolphins swim by. Plus I was by myself, I felt pretty lonely.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

I feel like I have had to fight to get into the Library profession, but my Gran keeps telling me that she thinks that I was supposed to do something else. Like the writing or acting, or something like that, and I kind of agree with her, but I’m not brave enough to get out there yet and find out what that is. I can’t really see myself doing an 9-5 job. I think I’d go nuts!lol

Have you ever gotten lost?

All the time! Both literally physically and mentally. I was born and raised in the city I still live in and I still got lost all the time. I have people from interstate ask me for directions and I pretend that I am from interstate as well, or that I’ve just moved into the are myself!lol

Share Your World …. May Week 4 2017

Share Your World

Share Your World … May 29, 2017

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

The most famous that I have probably seen is the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, and they are gorgeous! It also the same location as the Three Sisters. Which I was honestly unaware of that they were even in the same location. The three sisters got their name from a Aboriginal Legend.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

I like both to be completely honest,lol. I do prefer longer vacations (which I haven’t had in a few years) A lot of the holidays that I’ve had probably in the last 5 years have been mini/weekend type vacations. Where you don’t really feel like you’ve had a vacation, and you need a vacation from your vacation, because you’ve packed a lot into a small amount of time.

What is your favorite National or State Park?

I haven’t actually been to a National or State park, both in Australia and the time when I visited the United States and England.I think that we only have about three or four National Parks in Australia, half of them are right in the outback.

What is your fantasy vacation?

If I had all the money in the world I would love to travel to Disneyland and World! Stay there for probably a good month and really get to take it in. I had family go there recently and they were there for about two weeks and they said that you need longer, it goes so quickly! From there I would visit places like Greece and Rome and visit all the ancient sites that completely fascinate me.