Category: Whimsical Nature

Hiatus – July 2018

Posted 8th July 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 0 Comments

Oops. I’m taking a bit of a break, probably for all of July while I work on some things. I probably should have mentioned it earlier but it slipped my mind.

See you all in August πŸ™‚

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Life Happens #5

Posted 27th May 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 28 Comments

I’m baaaack! For real this time! There have been…a number of developments, over the past month or so.

The main one is that I dropped out of uni. Yes, really. I realised that I don’t think the career I was working toward was going to make me happy. And as it stands, I don’t think any career is going to make me truly happy. What’s wrong with just being satisfied with where you are in life? I work to live, not the other way around; and my current job is just fine…most of the time.

I actually started this post over a week ago, and can’t even remember what I was going to write. Oops! My reading mojo still hasn’t kicked back in, but I’m reading sporadically. I’ve even managed to finish a couple of books, woo! πŸ˜†

One thing I’ve been following within the community is the whole cockygate thing. What a mess! If you’ve not heard about it, here is a post by Tymber Dalton that is a general summary (with links to further information), and the vibe of it reflects my reaction. Just. WTF?! One good thing to come out of it is that I’ve discovered more authors to support (and a few to avoid).

I managed to hurt my back a couple of months ago (I’m turning into an old lady!) I was bending over to pick up a t-shirt to hang on the clothesline and when I straightened up my back was all ‘lol HI LET ME GIVE YOU PAIN FOR NO REASON!’ My physio said my muscles were stuck ‘on’ and it’s not quite 100% better but I’m almost there. Between this and the time I pulled a quad muscle when going to kneel on the floor, I do wonder if my body is just falling apart!

Oh. I got a new tattoo! My first in over 10 years (and my 7th overall). I’m too lazy to resize and embed a photo, but here’s an instagram link, just after it was done so it looks a bit swollen. It’s all healed now, and as it turns out – it’s hard to take photos of your own upper arm.

As for blog related stuff. I’ve changed hosts to Flywheel. It took me a while, but I realised I like managed wordpress a lot more than doing it all myself; but I also like having the freedom to add my own plugins and stuff. It’s much easier to manage my site (and harder for me to break things haha). They made it really easy for me to transfer to https too, I did have a couple of hiccoughs; but I could figure them out this time. Sorry, I sound like an advertisement. I’m not, I just like them a lot!

Also, for those of you signed up to receive my blog posts via email: I have ceased using the provider I was and am now using Jetpack (WordPress). I did not transfer any details over, so you’ll have to sign up again (widget in the sidebar). I’ve also updated my Privacy Policy (which took days thanks to the GDPR stuff, phew! Look at all those words!)

And that’s me done. I’m going to go catch up on some blogs!

Edit: Crap. The previous provider of my blog post emails sent this one out. I’m so sorry guys. That contact list is being deleted right now! I thought I’d disabled it, apparently not πŸ™ ugh.

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2018 Bookish & Not So Bookish Resolutions

Posted 1st January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Whimsical Nature / 28 Comments

Part of me cannot believe that it’s already 2018, and part of me can. It’s so weird. 2017 seemed to fly on by. I hope 2018 is a great year for all of us!

I thought I’d split my resolutions into two categories, bookish and real life ones; since I actually have both this year!

MY BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS

1. Blog at least twice a week (knowing me, this may be ambitious).
2. Keep track of books read and money spent – I plan to bring back my monthly overview (which I only managed to do in January last year πŸ˜† )
3. Read 50 books this year.
4. Change my website layout.
5. Read more diverse books.
6. Buy less, borrow more.
7. Read some of the dozens of comic books I own.
9. Do another purge (gain shelf space!)
10. Read one classic.

MY NON-BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS
1. Do yoga! I have a 21 day yoga habit challenge I want to complete and the Perfect Body Yoga Program (both are by Bad Yogi).
2. Keep going to Roller Derby. I seem to get to a certain point and then stop. I don’t necessarily want to graduate to the next level, but I would like to get some consistency and improvement going.
3. Pass my classes.
4. Keep my mental health. Last year wasn’t amazing, but I feel like I’m in a better place now and would like to stay that way.
5. De-clutter. This is a big ask. I have an entire wardrobe full of crap. But it needs to be done. Bit by bit, I can do this!
6. Do more crafts. I have heaps of wool, and plenty of cross stitch patterns floating around. It’s about time I did something with them.
7. Drink more water – water is SO BORING but really, that’s no excuse.
8. Cut back on sugar. I’ve gone from 2 to coffee to 1, surely I can at least halve that again.

Not a resolution, but I’m also going to give Bullet Journaling a go. I think it will be useful for my classes and maybe even blogging!

And something else I’m considering is if my study would make a better library/yoga room. I’m debating getting rid of my desk and replacing it with (more) bookshelves. I don’t use the desk for studying (that’s what the dining table is for) – I just, you know…put stuff on it, and my desk chair is where my jackets live 😐 hmmmm.

We shall see what 2018 brings.

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The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag – 2017

Posted 12th December 2017 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 15 Comments

Created by Trish @ Between My Lines, a Christmassy tag so we can have all the Christmassy book chat! Join in the fun here! #ChristmasBookBloggersTag

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SCENE IN A BOOK?
Harry Potter’s first Christmas at Hogwarts, when he wakes up and has presents! It always gives me the warm fuzzies, that one ♥

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS BOOK TRADITIONS?
No. Maybe I should start one though *ponders* read a Christmassy book on Christmas Day (or Eve?) We don’t really have many Christmas traditions (one of them is food related, coming up below!) Dad always watches the cricket on Boxing Day though *sigh* I’m so sick of cricket and it’s only December πŸ™

DO YOU PREFER TO GET PRESENTS OF BOOK VOUCHERS OR BOOKS?
Vouchers. 100%. I don’t even know what’s on my shelves, if anyone buys me a book (that isn’t on my Amazon wishlist) I cringe inside – which is awful, yes. But I’ve received a number of duplicates despite everyone’s best intentions. Play it safe. Vouchers!

DO YOU GIVE BOOKS AS PRESENTS?
Only if someone wants something specific, or has given me a list as a guide. Or I know they don’t have it and they need it. This year my theme is actually colouring books haha I went for cheesy ones that I hope people will enjoy, it’s the thought that counts πŸ˜‰

WHAT BOOKISH ITEM IS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISHLIST?
Since Amazon AU doesn’t have vouchers yet (WHY?!) I shall settle for Dymocks or Booktopia vouchers instead! But really I’m expecting nothing bookish at all (I’m too good at acquiring things all on my own!)

WHAT 3 BOOKS WOULD YOU LOVE SANTA TO HAVE IN HIS SACK FOR YOU?

FAKE CHRISTMAS TREE OR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE?
I’ve had a real Christmas tree exactly once, when I was a kid (around 4 years old I think). I remember the smell. And the mess. When I had my first winter Christmas in Boston there was a real tree involved (not *my* tree, so it doesn’t count). They still smell great, but we just don’t have the same resources here (tree collection afterwards, being one thing). Also, I dislike the idea of cutting down trees for Christmas. We had a plastic one (still have it, somewhere) but the cats try to eat it, so now we have a metal one. I call it the glorified hat stand:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
All the food. I would say family, but it’s just me and my parents. So I’m going to say not having to go to work haha it’s the little things.

WHAT CHRISTMAS BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
It’s a kid’s book. I still have my copy somewhere, I loved all the pop ups!

WHAT DISH ON YOUR CHRISTMAS MENU ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
My mother’s ice cream. We rarely have it outside of Christmas (if we do, it’s a very special occasion…I think it’s happened once in the past 15 years!) It’s 6 layers, 2 each of strawberry, vanilla and coffee (with walnuts). All homemade, all delicious. She even does it all by hand (and won’t let me introduce her to my ice cream machine). I’m lazy, I couldn’t deal with the stirring at regular time intervals.

WHEN DO YOU OPEN YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?
On Christmas morning. Used to be when I got up as a kid (early). Now it’s when one of my parents decides to drag me out of bed (I really enjoy sleep).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
This has actually been my ringtone for about a decade now haha *ahem*

But if you want traditional:

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Yes, but I’m not going to get it. Because summer πŸ™

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Here we go again…

Posted 3rd May 2017 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 16 Comments

I’m back! I think the site is all together (I worked on it solidly for two days and then did nothing so…if something is broken, let me know!)

Yes. I decided to move back to Whimsical Nature. I just feel like this space fits me better than Fleeting Whimsies – I was never really comfortable with the name. I’ve also moved back to regular hosting – which really just means I can break things by accident again, and when I do, I get to fix it lol I missed all the behind the scenes stuff; as weird as that is.

I must admit, I’ve not really read much for the past few weeks. I was on fire with the Kate Daniels series and then I hit book 6 and a plot I don’t like so…meh. I’ll get back to it, I think I’m just burned out on urban fantasy for now. It happens (I was waiting for it, I read SO MUCH in such a short time).

This post is very me, me, me isn’t it? I hope you are all doing great, I’m going to visit some blogs very soon (and then hopefully get back to reviewing things…more than once a month haha)

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