Wordless Wednesday: On the market

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Permalink

So… in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or are new to my blog, you won’t know that I’m selling my apartment.

It’s officially listed and online but nothing’s really happening until my open house this coming Saturday.

A million times happier

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Permalink

I caught up with a friend from my old life on the weekend. I’ve seen Mel once or twice since I made my seachange in late 2012, but also saw her just before I left Brisbane for Hervey Bay.

I was in the midst of massive changes at the time. I’d finished full time work and taken a redundancy. I put my place on the market and sold it. Bought a new place and was about to move. All within a month.

I was keen for the fresh start and excited, though nervous, about what came next.

Book review: The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Monday, May 2, 2016 Permalink

I’d like to pretend that I scheduled my review of The Last Mile by David Baldacci today on purpose. But alas, it’s mostly coincidence that (according to Facebook) – it’s a year ago on this very day – I posted my review of Memory Man, the first book in Baldacci’s new series featuring the quirky Amos Decker.

I adored that book and fell a little in love with Amos Decker. And neither he (nor Baldacci) have done anything in this second outing to diminish my affection.

four-stars

Weekly check-in

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Permalink

I had no idea it was the 1st of May today and as I’m staying at my mother’s I actually woke and spoke to another human being without remembering to say ‘rabbits’ or ‘white rabbits’ or whatever. So there goes my luck and good fortune for the month. #bugger

Getting out of bed in the morning

Saturday, April 30, 2016 Permalink

I’ve talked here often of my insomnia. But no matter how tired I’ve been I can usually drag myself out of bed in the morning because the black fizzy goodness that is Vanilla Diet Coke awaited me on the other side of slumber.

I’m not a tea or coffee drinker (and dislike hot drinks in general) so diet coke in various forms has been my go-to morning drink for decades.

I gave it up for about 3mths back in 2011, and have attempted to do so again and again since.

Book review: Gotham by Nick Earls

Friday, April 29, 2016 Permalink

From the media release:

Five Novellas released each month from May 2016, all individual, all linked in subtle and intriguing ways…

The novella is disturbing the literary waters and I&B is stirring the ripples with Wisdom Tree: five pocket-sized, richly intelligent novellas by the internationally renowned Nick Earls.

four-half-stars

Duckhead

Thursday, April 28, 2016 Permalink

I was babysitting Pickle, my favourite 4yr old recently. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker at bedtime… always extending the agreed 2 books into 3 or 4 and perhaps a made-up story or two.

I’d already heard about that week’s daycare incident. My friend had been unhappy at the events but mentioned she had to try not to laugh when Pickle went into detail. So I should have been prepared….

Book review: Shtum by Jem Lester

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Permalink

I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about reviewing this book as I’m worried I’ll offend people. I like to think I’m fairly diplomatic, but my political correctness only goes so far.

It’s not that I didn’t like this book, which is about the family of a profoundly autistic boy, because I did. It’s just that the content is kinda confronting – in a thought-provoking, sad and heartwarming way.

three-half-stars

Book review: The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Permalink

What I particularly love about Caroline Overington’s work is that she’s not afraid to tackle controversial issues – not to mention the fact that her books are contemporary and very timely.

In No Place Like Home Overington wrote about refugees and asylum seekers. And in 2014’s Can You Keep A Secret, she ventures into the virtual world and has readers pondering how much they should be sharing online and how much of what we read is true.

Her latest – The One Who Got Away – is a little different, but no less powerful.

four-stars