Monday, May 25, 2015

Nesting (again)

We are moved!  This has been a crazy hectic year so far, and it is sooooo nice to be cozied up in our new place, just as the truly winterly weather sets in.  

Unpacking has been slow.  In fact, we still haven't quite completed our move.  Between jobs and school and busy three-year-olds we've had to adjust our pace and use our energy sparingly, but this is definitely starting to feel like home now, and I am looking forward to the upcoming snuggly months, especially now that the worst of the move is out of the way.

Looking at these photos (from just a few days ago), already I can see how much further along we are (we aren't camping on the floor any longer :-P), so perhaps by the end of the long weekend we will be completely there.  Fingers crossed.  Anyway, long weekend.  Holla.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On My Nightstand - April

'The Wise Man's Fear' - Patrick Rothfuss

  • I was hooked, utterly, firmly, from the start.
  • I still (mostly) loved Kvothe as a protagonist, but the cocky arrogance wore on me.
  • The university setting is appealing, but the side adventures are what give these books flavour.  Rothfuss lengthens these adventures with extraneous detail, but even so they make for fun reading.  Sojourn into Fae country excepted.  Erm, pass.
  • Extraneous detail.  So.  Much.
  • I had to go back and edit a point from my earlier Rothfuss review, regarding a perceived feminist agenda in Book One.  In retrospect I feel like this was token.  Book Two has such large portions of undisguised sexism that any apparent subversion of it in Book One comes across (now) as condescension, which in IMO is somehow more annoying.  This is nothing new, so, you know, blah blah blah, but having credited him before, my adjusted reading in Book Two impacted my enjoyment quite drastically.
  • The last third of the book was an effort for me.  I think the last 15% of the book took me as long to read as the first 70%.  I was so invested in the characters and the story, this was actually a real bummer for me, and I can't recall it ever happening before... 
  • I'm still totally committed to the series and I'm hoping Kvothe/Rothfuss pull through for me in the third.

  • What an adorably sweet story, and completely, entirely unexpected.
  • The cast of characters are so great.  Textured, quirky and funny.  
  • One of the central relationships made me uncomfortable for a time (in a sad, rather than disturbed way).  But yay for MG where things work out in the end!
  • This was definitely a middle grade story, and as such will not be on my reread list, but I look forward to passing it on to Eleanor at some stage.
  • The graphic novel side of it was perfection.  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Just Now

So last night we spent the first night 'sleeping' in our new house.  I mean, I'm sure I got an hour or two somewhere between 10pm and 12am.  I'm sure of it.  I think.  Today we have all felt a little frayed around the edges, but night is falling again, and tomorrow is sleep-in day!  Huzzah!

Reading: 'Yes Please' - Amy Poelher
Wondering: When the phone will be connected
Loving: The sound of crashing waves as I lie in bed

Eating: Toasties, because simple is good, right now
Watching: Her Our Idiot Brother (again, looooving Paul Rudd's character)
Drinking: So much Roiboos tea because it is saving my life for reals

This little monkey cut his own hair and that is how he earned his first big kid haircut.  I feel I should retire as family hairdresser, but he remains a loveable imp with matching hairstyle, so no regerts.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Roller Disco Party

Several years ago I helped a friend with decorations for her daughter's birthday party.  For one reason or another I haven't posted them till now (actually, I could've sworn I had, but can't for the life of me find a post aaaanywhere... Does anyone else ever do this?).

At the time we had a little difficulty with the printables, I don't think we managed to get the printed versions in quite the right shads, but it pretty much didn't matter at all, because all the kids really saw was fooooood!

I probably had the most fun with the cup sleeves.  I'm still really into this idea, actually.  It's such a fun and simple way to customise your party.  I have a thing about paper cups.  That's pretty weird, isn't it...

Vistaprint was responsible for the stickers (below) and that is the only example of a true colour match.  I'm still not sure which I prefer.

There were a lot of guests and a lot of cupcake toppers/cup sleeves/popcorn trays to construct, so the night before the party I got together with my friend and her sisters and we drank wine and cut circles out of card.  It was the actual most fun part of it all, and not just because of the wine.

So, Roller Disco Party.  #laterblog


April slipped by in a blur, so many happenings...

I must say I'm enjoying the relative slowness of this current month...