Diary of a bookworm

Diary Of A Bookworm Reading Relax

Diary of a bookworm

 

I came across this fun post from Jo Tracey and thought I’d join in.  I absolutely love getting absorbed in a book, sometimes ‘lost’ in a book and I do my utmost to read a bit of my current book every day.  I’ve recently rekindled this habit and I love it!

Diary Of A Bookworm Reading Relax

So here we go:

 Do you have a specific place for reading?

I’ll read anywhere comfortable but on an evening, preferably a weekend, cosied-up with a drink on the sofa, footstool out. 🙂

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

A bookmark our 8 year old made for me.  (I’m not a 2 book person so this works fine.)

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

Quite often.  Depending on the mood (and book) or season, it’s either herbal tea, hot choc and snacks and/or chocolate!

Music or TV whilst reading?

Rarely the TV because it’s too distracting.  Maybe some light music low in the background.

One book at a time or several?

Definitely one!

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I can read anywhere but tend to vere to people-watching if I’m in a public place which obviously isn’t ideal for hardcore reading!

Read out loud or silently?

Silently.  But I still read to our 8 yo and it’s strangely nice to hear the pronunciation of the words and brings it more to life!

Break the spine or keep it like new?

Break it in, enjoy it, savour it!

Do you write in books?

Nope!

What books are you reading now?

‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig.  And loving it!

What is your all-time favourite book?

I might’ve known this question was coming up and I can never answer it…  though I’ve just finished ‘The Secret of Nightingale Wood’ which was February’s read in the Bookish Mamas facebook group.  I read it very quickly, which is rare for me and I loved the theme for various reasons.
I also love Pride and Prejudice.

Give up or read on if you don’t enjoy the book?

I’ve been known to give up.  In fact I decided to read, instead of watch, Game of Thrones.  The first one was okay but I gave up on the second one after a break and I couldn’t get into it at all.

Would you lend your books?

Totally!
How about you?  Are you a book worm?  If you are, why not join in?  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere. Thanks.

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‘J’ is for Juggling #AtoZChallenge

Hello and welcome to my take on the #AtoZChallenge.  You can find out why I’m taking part in ‘From Alpha to Zulu and everything in between…’

Onward!

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J is for Juggling for #AtoZChallenge

 In the jungle of the internet lurks a creature who is ready to grab you, ready to distract you while you are juggling your online tasks…
You’ve got in mind what you need to do.  Better still, you’ve got it all written down in a blogging diary.
Or in a spreadsheet, or in a word doc or on a wall planner.
However you organise yourself, it takes nerves of steel not to get distracted.
Before you know it, you’ve clicked a link here and there and found yourself virtually anywhere than your planned destination!
But fear not, for I have some fool-proof (ish) way to get around the ‘distraction’ problem.
  • Copy and paste the webpage of where your distraction has taken you or bookmark it
  • Have a tick list – you might call it a ‘to do’ list for that particular session
  • If you’re really struggling, use your phone alarm (keep it on mute to avoid further distractions!) and pop it on for, say 10 minute segments – if you haven’t finished what you were reading or completed your task, leave it there and move on to the next one (unless you’re ordering something online obviously – especially food shopping!!)
  • Going back to the spreadsheet, word doc, wall planner… I have a blogging diary which I use all the time.  It’s invaluable in noting when things need linking, researching, scheduling, when to follow up on blog comments, what needs pinning and sharing etc etc
Just from reading this list, it’s easy to see how you can quickly become distracted online.
So dust off the ‘distraction’ creature, put it firmly in the corner and continue with your juggling in a controlled way…

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 This post is for ‘J’ in the #AtoZChallenge.

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I saw the sense in this…

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As the warmth envelopes me

From the tips of my fingers,

To my mouth

Nose

And

Forehead…

I get a comforting feeling.

 

This sets me up and energises me.

It’s like a meeting and catch-up with

An old friend.

An anticipated break,

A chance to sit down for 5 minutes.

As we sip our coffee

(de-caf for me his time),

I don’t want the heat from the cuppa or conversation to end.

 

Savouring every delicious mouthful,

The warmth lingers

And I enjoy the familiarity,

My safety net.

The net that I can turn to

Which encourages and

Makes me feel that all is well.

 

I can face anything now…

Thanks to my cuppa!

 

So where did this piece of writing come from?  Well, I follow a blog by Sandra Danby in which she has a feature called ‘Writer’s Block’  This piece came from her blog on coffee.  I love that this piece came from focussing on one of our 5 senses.  I hope you like it…

Thanks for reading.

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It’s working ~ creating writing in 15 minutes…

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Are you guilty of procrastination? I am.  Too much.

Having realised that I had sent tweets a-plenty, liked and commented on blogs a-plenty and talked about writing a-plenty – but not actually written anything for a while, I ditched the procrastination.  Yes, I did it!  How?

I set myself the target of writing for 15 minutes a day, in between the general day to day lifey things.  I went back to my love of writing, put pen to paper and scribbled away.  What a great feeling.  Just scribbling, not editting, going with the flow.  The editting comes afterwards.

Now that I’m back in the swing of it, I’m much more creative and feel so much happier for it.

When I say ‘creative’, I don’t mean that everything I’m writing is fiction.  No, I mean that I’m creating written pieces  Pieces written by me.

My therapy.  My way of relaxing.  My way of emptying my head and de-junking.

So, let’s raise a proverbial glass to writing.

Is it working for you like it’s working for me?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

 

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Showing me who’s the bossy one…

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“Is there any chance you could pick up V up on Tuesday please?”

I was asked by a friend if I could pick up their little one from the childminder with our bear, and take him back to ours for a while.  A family illness meant they wouldn’t be able to collect on time.

Of course, it was no problem.  I mean, it can be hard enough to juggle work/childminding/life in general, without throwing in a curve ball.

Our little bear was uber excited at her friend coming to ‘my house’.  “Is V coming to my house?  Is he coming here? Yeeeaaaahh!!”  Cue an uncontrollable jumping bean…

Jump to Tuesday.  As the afternoon progressed, I was looking forward to picking up 2 jumping beans.  I was slightly nervous, admittedly.  I’ve been to playgroups before and had the odd ‘play date’ but have never actually ‘babysat’ and been responsible for another little one.  How would our little bear react to sharing her toys?  Would she play up?  How would V be after a long day playing? I would find out soon enough!

The time came and, safely inside our house, our little bear took V under her wing.  “This is where you put your shoes…this is where you put your coat and bag.”

I asked if either wanted the toilet.  Both did.  That was an experience in itself.  I’ve never dealt with boys’ bits!  Sleeves rolled up, hands washed and dried, it was back down the wooden hill to play with toys.

I stayed in the open plan lounge/kitchen preparing tea while the 2 jumping beans played.  It was a lovely position to be in: it meant I could keep an eye without intervering; also having been to numerous playgroups, I’ve never observed our bear with a peer without the other parent being on hand.  Given that both were tired and getting hungry, they both coped very well.

Our bear was a little bossy showing V her toys! “Play with this… would you like to play with this one now?… no this one…”

V was very placid and towing the line playing with ‘pink’ toys!

I survived the play date. We all survived.  In fact, we had a thoroughly good time.  I learnt that our little girl is a big boss!

She was full of it at bedtime and when she heard Daddy come home from work at 8.30, she called out to him from her bedroom.  He sat on her bed and heard all about it for 5 minute, before our little bear gave in and went off to fairy dreamland.  At lights out, she told me that V would be having nice dreams too.  Possibly not about fairies though…

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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“The Ship of Hard Knocks”

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Be patient, just read and I’ll explain after…

“The Ship of Hard Knocks” by Carol Cameleon

As the ship of hard knocks 

goes sailing by,

I wait and wait and wait.

Will it stop and hit this rock

surrounded by seas so high?

With fingers, toes and everything crossed, 

my eyes shut tight, so tight,

as the waves come thrashing, they do toss this ship

and like a fish we will take the bite.

You’re never sure if you’re due good luck

from this ship in this tumultuous life.

You can take control, stick two fingers up

and make the best of hardship and strife.

So, the ship of hard knocks may well stop by,

I will stick those fingers up,

hold my head up high, so high.

For this rock has been dealt 

many, many woes

and it will capsize that ship

fear not, as it slow and bows…and bows…and bows.

Lately, I haven’t made much (let’s be honest, any) time for writing.  It’s annoying and frustrating.  So, I’ve made a little pact with myself to rekindle the writing and get my creative juices going for 10 minutes a day.  While I was inspiration-browsing, I came across a link from @robertleebrewer on good old Twitter.  He tweeted, “Write a poem today (and every day of November). You’ll be glad you did.”  The link in the tweet takes you to ‘today’s prompt’ to write a hardship poem.  So I did.

And you know what?  I’m glad I kept my pact.  I wrote “The Ship of Hard Knocks” in 10 minutes, with some polishing off and fine-tuning for 5 minutes afterwards.

What do you think?  (Intake of breath… did I really just ask that?!  Ok, I can take it!  On the chin.)

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

Picture source: The Lighthouse Art Print by Romel Joson ~ Society 6 

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“The Ship of Hard Knocks”

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Be patient, just read and I’ll explain after…

“The Ship of Hard Knocks” by Carol Cameleon

As the ship of hard knocks 

goes sailing by,

I wait and wait and wait.

Will it stop and hit this rock

surrounded by seas so high?

With fingers, toes and everything crossed, 

my eyes shut tight, so tight,

as the waves come thrashing, they do toss this ship

and like a fish we will take the bite.

You’re never sure if you’re due good luck

from this ship in this tumultuous life.

You can take control, stick two fingers up

and make the best of hardship and strife.

So, the ship of hard knocks may well stop by,

I will stick those fingers up,

hold my head up high, so high.

For this rock has been dealt 

many, many woes

and it will capsize that ship

fear not, as it slow and bows…and bows…and bows.

Lately, I haven’t made much (let’s be honest, any) time for writing.  It’s annoying and frustrating.  So, I’ve made a little pact with myself to rekindle the writing and get my creative juices going for 10 minutes a day.  While I was inspiration-browsing, I came across a link from @robertleebrewer on good old Twitter.  He tweeted, “Write a poem today (and every day of November). You’ll be glad you did.”  The link in the tweet takes you to ‘today’s prompt’ to write a hardship poem.  So I did.

And you know what?  I’m glad I kept my pact.  I wrote “The Ship of Hard Knocks” in 10 minutes, with some polishing off and fine-tuning for 5 minutes afterwards.

What do you think?  (Intake of breath… did I really just ask that?!  Ok, I can take it!  On the chin.)

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

Picture source: The Lighthouse Art Print by Romel Joson ~ Society 6 

www.society6.com/hello_oso/The-Lighthouse_Print via Pinterest

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What a ‘to-do’…

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With half term knocking on the door, I knew I wouldn’t get done half of what I normally do.  So, I didn’t do a rigid ‘to-do’ list last week.

My to do list is usually a whirlwind full of mundane, going-through-the-motions things from food shopping to washing; and at the other end of the spectrum, the more random things like sorting out the damp patch on the wall, to sorting out life insurance.  The damp patch and life insurance never seem to get done.  So I knew they didn’t have a cat in hell’s chance during half term!

No, I decided that I would enjoy the quality time with our little bear without the guilt of an unticked to do list.  As a working Mum, I don’t need anymore stress or guilt, thank you very much.

With said to do list minimised this week, we have mostly been:

  • having a few lie-ins. Bliss!
  • making crispie cakes by the dozen
  • making bat wings for halloween
  • bracelet making
  • colouring-in
  • going through the whole toy food box and ‘cooking’

It’s been lovely and even, dare I say, quite relaxing.  One of the the most memorable moments was when our little bear asked me what I wanted in my ‘sandwich’.  Pretzel?  Lettuce? Crisps?  Soup?!?

“Yes Mummy, you can have a soup sandwich!”

As I’m handed my soup sandwich by my 4 year old, I say, “Yummy, thank you!”

So you see, we’ve been far too busy having fun to cross any of the grown-up things off the to do list.  You can see why I never get round to sorting out life insurance!  With that soup sandwich I think I should perhaps make it a priority.  Oh well, there’s always next week!…

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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What a ‘to-do’…

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With half term knocking on the door, I knew I wouldn’t get done half of what I normally do.  So, I didn’t do a rigid ‘to-do’ list last week.

My to do list is usually a whirlwind full of mundane, going-through-the-motions things from food shopping to washing; and at the other end of the spectrum, the more random things like sorting out the damp patch on the wall, to sorting out life insurance.  The damp patch and life insurance never seem to get done.  So I knew they didn’t have a cat in hell’s chance during half term!

No, I decided that I would enjoy the quality time with our little bear without the guilt of an unticked to do list.  As a working Mum, I don’t need anymore stress or guilt, thank you very much.

With said to do list minimised this week, we have mostly been:

  • having a few lie-ins. Bliss!
  • making crispie cakes by the dozen
  • making bat wings for halloween
  • bracelet making
  • colouring-in
  • going through the whole toy food box and ‘cooking’

It’s been lovely and even, dare I say, quite relaxing.  One of the the most memorable moments was when our little bear asked me what I wanted in my ‘sandwich’.  Pretzel?  Lettuce? Crisps?  Soup?!?

“Yes Mummy, you can have a soup sandwich!”

As I’m handed my soup sandwich by my 4 year old, I say, “Yummy, thank you!”

So you see, we’ve been far too busy having fun to cross any of the grown-up things off the to do list.  You can see why I never get round to sorting out life insurance!  With that soup sandwich I think I should perhaps make it a priority.  Oh well, there’s always next week!…

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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If only life were this easy… oink!

“Mum….. MUM!!!  DAD!!!”
I knew this one wasn’t a ploy to come downstairs because, “I’ve had enough sleep now!”…

I open our little bear’s bedroom door.
“What’s the matter?”
Our little bear’s sitting up in bed, “I need some help please.  Peppa’s tail has come out!”
So I popped Peppa Pig’s tail back through the little hole in her little skirt.
“Thank you Mummy, I’m tired.”
And off she went to sleep, clearly all her troubles in the world now solved!

If only it was always as simple in the grown-up world!

What’s the funniest/most random thing your little one has called you for in the night?

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

 

 

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