Friday, 22 February 2019

5 ON FRIDAY

As you know I've been sick all this week, so to round off all of that I wanted to share five things I do when I'm sick to help me get through it all.


1. Neti Pot

I can get horribly congested each time I get sick. From there, it normally leads down to my chest and prolongs everything. What I have found helps with that is a neti pot. What it does is flushes out your sinuses and nose with a saline solution, which also helps dry things out. With it on its own, I can usually get through things a lot easier because it helps to clear out my nose a lot more effectively than blowing it does.

2. Probiotics

I can't stress how much taking these while I'm sick helps. When I get sick, I normally have to go on antibiotics otherwise I'm sick for weeks. Antibiotics can, unfortunately, kill a lot of good things in your body which is where the probiotics come in. They help to reestablish all of that. I've also found that when I'm probiotics, I'm less likely to get things like thrush from my antibiotics - which is something that can happen to ANY woman or girl who has to have them. It's less than fun, so I would definitely suggest taking a course of probiotics at the same time as your antibiotics.

3. Vicks rub

This stuff is a life saver. It helps clean my nose when I'm sleeping at night and I also use it with hot water to kind of steam out and clear out congestion when I don't want to use the neti pot. It's also amazing to just have in a hot bath!

4. Hot Showers/Baths

I like a hot shower at any time of the day, but when I'm sick I love them even more. It helps with aches and pains. The steam helps to clear out congestion and it just feels nice to wash off any cruddy illness for a few minutes.

5. Rest

This one kind of goes without saying. I'm generally someone who tries and pushes through everything illness wise that I get. It sucks but it's the truth. I've found that if I take the time off and just relax and rest I'm more likely to make a fuller recovery. I also reduce to risk of passing everything onto people who aren't T.

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Final Sick Update

I was hoping that I wasn't going to have to write another update on how I'm feeling. But considering that I'm feeling so much better I figure that this is going to be the last on everything before getting into regular programming.

The good news is that the antibiotics have started working. I can actually hear out of my ear once again and all my congestion seems to have started settling down a bit. I've still got a few days off before I have to go back to work so hopefully, everything has settled down a bit by Monday.


I've also had to put on hold what I've been doing to lose weight. I don't want to have to be worrying about food and how much I'm putting into my body when I'm feeling like crap, so I've just taken a break until Monday and then I'm going to get back into it once again. I don't want to sound like I'm chickening out on what I have been doing, but I honestly don't know how I could continue doing it while I'm feeling not 100%.

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

I'm Sick Continued

So... This is a continuation of yesterday because things have now gotten worse.

I now have a sinus infection AND an ear infection. A double whammy! Lucky me.


I feel like I have water stuck in my left ear because the infection has migrated. Thankfully the antibiotics I got given on Saturday will work for both and I should know within the next 48 hours whether they're working or not.

What I hated having to do is calling out for work. I know it sounds weird but I really love what I do. The kids are amazing and they're a joy to look after. I would normally try and work through these things but I've got a bit of pain and I'm worried about passing this onto the kids.

So until next week,







(aka - Sophie)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

I'm Sick

I wasn't going to post anything today. I was willing to give myself a sick day and let things go, only then I remembered that this whole blogging every day for a year thing was meant to be a way for me to document things that were happening and what is happening right now is a part of that.

I have a sinus infection. For the past three days, I've been able to keep going because it hasn't really been affecting anything else.

That was until today.

I have asthma. It's something that I got as an adult thanks to having a crappy immune system, catching every cold and flu imaginable and pneumonia making sure that it stuck. I was hoping that I had managed to escape it going south, but it looks like it has just been playing me.


I've started coughing, bringing up stuff, and just generally I feel crappy. Tiredness settled in earlier today and I really just wanted to get home and go to bed.

However, a bath, my puffers, and puppy snuggles have perked me up a bit and I'm feeling a lot better. Well, not a lot, but enough that I feel that I can put sentences together reasonably well.

I'm off work tomorrow so if things don't look any better by the morning, I'm going to go get the antibiotics that were prescribed for me and hope that they make me feel better.

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Monday, 18 February 2019

Motivational Monday #1

No one likes to start their week off in a bad mood. So why don't I share with you some good and interesting news that I've discovered over the past week.


Photos of the Black Leopard

This may seem like nothing, but it has been over 100 years since there was any kind of scientific documentation of Black Leopards. The last photo was taken back in 1909 and there have only been rumours of them in certain areas ever since.

That is until last month, when a wildlife photographer her some of these rumours and decided to check things out. He set up a camera trap and on the night of a full moon he managed to capture some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen in my life.

If you want to take a look at these photos and read the full story, you can find it here.


Conspiracy Theories with Shane Dawson

I've been loving the series' that Shane Dawson has been doing recently. They have been so good that I often have had to wait until he was done with a series so I could binge watch it. His latest series is all about conspiracies and although I'm not hugely into conspiracies, I really did love this series.

Now, this may not exactly be motivational, but it is definitely something fun and interesting. It is a two-part series and the second part has Shane investigating some conspiracies. If you're interested in watching you can find the video here.


If I should have a Daughter - Ted Talk by Sarah Kay

One of my favourite channels on YouTube is the Ted Talk channel. It brings together a number of people, all with a variety of backgrounds to talk about some amazing things. One of my favourites is this one by Sarah Kay.

Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet and she begins and ends her talk with a poem that she has written and talks about what got her into spoken poetry and how she is using it to inspire other kids.

If you'd like to watch it you can find the video here.


The World is Greener than it was 20 years ago

NASA has reported that the world is looking greener than was 20 years ago and it's got a lot to do with China and India. China has implemented tree planting programs and India has broken a world record for the number of trees planted in 12 hours. Its an interesting story and its worth a read. You can read all about it here.

So there are some of the good news and happy things that I have found this week. If you can go check them all out, they made my week and I hope that they make your week as well.

Until next time







(aka - Sophie)

Sunday, 17 February 2019

EMBARRASSING STORIES | Part 1

I have a pretty big habit of mispronouncing words, especially if I haven't heard the word before. That's basically what today's post is about. It's an old story, and if any of the people I went to school with read, this they may remember it, but I don't think I have actually told many other people this story. 


In high school, I took ancient history. Looking back I think I would have enjoyed modern history a lot more, but it wasn't exactly offered at the time from memory. I could be wrong.

The class was small, about six of us, and the majority of us were girls, so we were all in this one small room which allowed us to have a lot of help if we weren't understanding something. We started doing this module on Alexander the Great and were learning about his childhood when this little mispronunciation happened.

On this particular day, we were looking at the story where Alexander wins his horse Bucephalus. If you don't know the story, Bucephalus was offered to Alexander's father for a large sum, only there was a catch. Bucephalus wouldn't let anyone ride him, he was spooked a lot and anyone who managed to climb up onto his back was thrown. Alexander's father was unable to ride him and wouldn't take the bait, but Alexander had taken a liking to the horse.

He made a wager with his father, that his father would pay for the horse if Alexander was able to ride the horse without being thrown. If he failed, Alexander would pay for the horse out of his own pocket.


The people around him were shocked as the young prince walked towards the horse and spoke to him in soft tones, calming him. As he did he changed the position the horse stood in. You see, as Alexander had been watching Bucephalus he had noticed that the horse was spooked by shadows. As an added precaution, Alexander dropped his cloak and in front of everyone he climbed up onto the horse's back and was able to ride him.

Alexander's fathers was impressed by the feat and agreed to buy the horse for him.

As part of this class, we had to read copies of texts from that time. So I was just focusing on making sure what I was reading made sense, I didn't realise that when I pronounced Bucephalus as Buce-Phallus it was wrong until my teacher started laughing. None of us realised what it was as funny as what it was. We waited a few minutes until he had calmed down, he corrected me and when we asked what was so funny, he told us to look up the word phallus.

I brushed it off until the next lesson when one of my classmates looked at me and said that I had majorly mispronounced the name. That day, I went to the library and looked up the word phallus and I realised that I had renamed Alexander the Great's horse after a penis.


Since that day I have always remembered to pronounce Bucephalus as Boo-cef-a-lus but I will never forget the day that I called him Buce-phallus.

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Saturday, 16 February 2019

STORY SATURDAY | Deal with the Devil

I have been wanting to add something like this for a little while, to give me a chance to get back into writing more. I remember really liking story prompts when I was at school an decided to give Pinterest a try to see if they had any that I could use.

As I was looking through them I found this prompt and I thought that it was just perfect for an idea that I had and put at the back of my mind. I'm going to put the prompt at the end of what I have written, but I hope that you read and enjoy!


Deal with the Devil
Part 1

I looked down at the contract and back up at the man standing in front of me. He looked as if he had just offered me a cupcake or a cup of tea; not one of the most precious items he had at his disposal.

With a sigh, I pinched the bridge of my nose. ‘Please tell me that this is a joke.’

‘Do you honestly think that I would have had the contract drawn up if it was?’ he asked.

He had a point. He was mischievous by nature, but he had never gone this far to get a laugh. The farthest he had ever gone was pretending to be Hitler in the aftermath of World War Two and starting all those conspiracy theories that he hadn’t died.

‘I feel as if you’re doing this for some reason and you’re not telling me.’

‘Of course, there is a reason.’

‘Hitler.’

‘I had a reason for that.’

‘And that reason was?’

‘I was bored.’

‘You were gearing up to receive some of the evillest souls imaginable. You just wanted to cause problems for Grandpa.’

‘You have a point, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t bored at the time as well.’

I cross my arms. ‘Seriously, what the hell is going on. You haven’t tried to contact me in months and now all of a sudden, you’ve turned up and offered me… this.’

He shrugged. ‘Not much to tell really. Me and your Grandfather are having some issues.’

‘Issues that mean you want to give me your soul,’ I said, gesturing to the contract.

‘At this point in time, I can see no other way around it. We both know that your Grandfather is an interesting being. He’s generally calm, but he does go through stages of intense rage. Let us not forget him flooding the Earth and all that.’

‘Did you do something to provoke him?’

‘Why would you think I would do that?’

‘Because one of your hobbies is upsetting Grandpa.’

‘Sweetheart, I may enjoy trying to get steam to rise from his ears, but this has nothing to do with that. He’s poking his nose in my business, and things have reached a point where I need to take certain measures to ensure I still exist after all is said and done.’

Not for the first time in my life, I wanted to slap him and hope that it would knock some sense into him. Unfortunately, there was at least a metre between us and me moving towards him would tip him off to my incoming assault. Instead, I glared at him.

‘Goddamn it! Why are you dragging me into this?’

‘I’m not. I’m ensuring that you receive something that belongs to me,’ he said nonchalantly. ‘I’m willing you something essentially.’

‘You’re not dying.’

‘We don’t know that yet. You know how your Grandfather is.’

‘You know, if Carter were here, he would tell you that you are trying to put all the blame for what has been happening between you and Grandpa on Grandpa solely. I’d be willing to agree with him.’

The calm look that had been on his face the entire time we had been talking disappeared and was replaced with a look of annoyance. He pushed himself up out of the chair and closed the distance between us.

‘I understand that you have been dragged into the little arguments between myself and you Grandfather for many years. However, that does not mean that I am solely to blame.’

‘I never said you did. I said you were trying to place all the blame onto Grandpa.’

For a second his eye turned completely black, his true form breaking through his disguise for a second. But in a blink of an eye, it completely disappeared, and I was staring into identical copies of my own green eyes.

‘My darling. I love you unconditionally, and if I didn’t think that this needed to happen, I would not ask you to do this,’ he said, the light tone of his voice sounding forced. ‘I understand that it is a lot. But I need you to do this. It will not be forever, it will only be until your Grandfather, and I deal with this problem that we are having.’

‘That’s what you said last time you and Grandpa had a large argument and the mortals ended up stuck in the Dark Ages,’ I replied.

‘This will not be like that.’

‘Are you sure?’

‘Yes.’

I glanced from him to the contact and back again. Part of me didn’t want to believe him, but that part of me was hushed by the one thing I did know about the man standing in front of me. He was not a liar. He was mischievous and liked to play with you, but he didn’t lie to you. It was one of the few things that he had brought with him when he had been cast out of heaven.

Grabbing hold of the pen that was sitting on the table, I began to sign my name on the line that indicated that I was the receiver of one soul. As I did, my index finger began to sting, and the ink that was once black turned red for a second before turning back to black.

Once I was done, he tapped the contact, doubling it, and passed me a copy.

‘This isn’t going to be for long, Starlight,’ he said.

‘I’m going to hold you to that,’ I replied.

Then in a blink of an eye, he disappeared, the only thing remaining to show that we had actually been in the same room together was the original contract.

With a muttered goodbye, I walked out of the dining room and into the lounge room, where my friends James and Vanessa Carter were sitting watching Ghost Adventures without me.

‘So, how did it go?’ Vanessa asked.

‘As well as expected,’ I replied, pushing aside a painting and entering the code to the safe.

Whether it was the tone of my voice or my lack of details, something about my reply caused the two of them to look at me over the back of the lounge.

‘Everything ok?’ Vanessa cautiously asked.

‘I am now the proud owner of the devil’s soul.’

Carter gave a low whistle. ‘For my birthday, my parents just like to give me Red Balloon vouchers. They haven’t given me their souls.’

‘What can I say, we’re not a typical family. Never have been. Whatever’s going on has got him worried that he’s going to end up soulless.’

‘Never would have thought that Lucifer would feel threatened enough to need to do it.’

‘I thought he was supposed to be the epitome of evil.’

‘You also didn’t think that he was my father until he showed up for dinner either,’ I replied, slamming the safe shut.

Story prompt: The Devil sells his soul to you. 
Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Friday, 15 February 2019

FIVE ON FRIDAY | Favourite Mystery Books

I had originally planned on writing a list that had to do with singular books, but as I tried to think about the books I love I realised that too many of them were series. So instead of getting five books, I thought that I would suggest 4 different series and a lone book that I love.



1. Phryne Fisher Mysteries by Kerry Greenwood

If you’ve got Netflix, you’ve probably seen a mystery series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries floating around, especially if you love TV mystery shows. These are the books in which that TV series is based on. My Mum and I are both a fan of this series, she was actually the one who put me onto them. They are a fun little romp through 1920’s Melbourne with a Lady Detective who is much too modern for the times that she lives in. Kerry Greenwood does an amazing job of researching the era and creating this world for Phryne to solve mysteries. She delves into some of the things that were going on at the time and creates amazing, fleshed out characters that you’ll fall in love with.

To find out more about the series check out Phryne's Website

2. Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

If you’ve seen the movie One For the Money with Katherine Heigl, push it to the side and give the books that movie is based on a try. The Stephanie Plum series is not exactly a series series, it’s what I call a chick mystery, written in the style of chick lit with a mystery thrown in for fun. If you don’t like that kind of thing then I would probably skip this series, but I often find myself gravitating to it when I need a fun, easy read that doesn’t really take itself too seriously.

For more about this series, check out Janet Evanovich's Website

3. The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

Take a thriller writer, give him Queen Elizabeth the 1st and send her to the middle east for a chest tournament that turns deadly and you’ve got this book. Matthew Reilly has been a favourite author of mine since I was sixteen and he had talked about this project for a while before he actually announced it. The story itself is amazing, told from the Point of View of Elizabeth the 1st, it tells of a trip she makes to the Ottoman Empire with Roger Aschem so that England can take part in a get Chess Tournament. During the tournament, a guest is killed and Aschem is asked to find the killer and Elizabeth helps him. It’s fast-paced, fun and really worth the read.

To find out more about this book, check out Matthew Reilly's Website

4. Corrina Chapman Series by Kerry Greenwood

Ok. Ok. I know that I have already got a series by Kerry Greenwood on this list, but the Corrina Chapman series needs to be on here as well. Set in modern-day Melbourne, Corrina is a baker who finds herself in the middle of mysteries whether she likes it or not. Written with amazing detail like Phryne, if you like a cast of quirky characters, this series is worth the read.

To find out more about this series, check out Corrina's Website

5. Captain Lacy Regency Mysteries by Ashley Gardner

Sometimes it’s nice to read a mystery series about a character who isn’t rich and is a little down on his luck. Captain Lacy does that brilliantly, giving a vast world filled with characters while explaining what life was like on the bottom of the ladder. If you don’t mind a little romance thrown in for fun, this series is worth the read.

To find out more about this series, check out Ashley Gardner's Website

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Thursday, 14 February 2019

We're Not Doing Valentines Day This Year

It's Valentines Day. The day to celebrate love in all its forms and as I sit scrolling through Facebook, listening at T cooks dinner I don't feel upset at all that I didn't get flowers or anything like that.

Why?


And by I, I mean we. We are not doing Valentine's day.

As Valentine's day came closer and closer, I tried to think of what to get T and I couldn't think of anything. You see, T and I go out and buy things we want when we want them or after we've saved for them. We don't wait for a certain time of the year to give each other gifts. Often one of us will go out and come back with a milkshake or something for the other.

Last night, we were lying in bed with the dogs, crunch time was hanging over my head and I looked over at T and asked him if he wanted to do Valentine's day. He replied by asking if I wanted to do it and honestly I didn't.

When it comes to Romance, my idea of a great date is staying home, ordering takeout and watching the latest episode of Great British Bakeoff, while Arlo and Daphne sit with us. I don't like the fuss and the rizz of going somewhere fancy and spending a lot of money on food. It just doesn't do it for me.

I like simple. I like easy. I like being able to throw my hair up into a messy bun, slip on my jammies and just relax for the evening. I can't do that if we're going out for dinner. Plus, T hates having to dress up in a suit, so staying in was a better option.

That's not to say that we haven't done Valentines Day in the past. T surprised me the first Valentines day after we got together by sending me red roses and he did the same the following year before changing things up and getting me an eternity rose for my birthday/valentines day gift. As for me, I just sent him chocolates and biscuits. Last year he bought tickets for a wizards dinner for my birthday/valentines day and I got him something punny.



This year it's nice just to be able to do our own thing without having to worry about presents. It's nice just sitting here, getting Great British Bakeoff ready while T serves up dinner. It's just nice.

I've got to wrap this up because I can hear T grabbing knives and forks out of the draw but I didn't want to write this to make it seem as if I'm anti-Valentines day. I'm not. I love Valentine's day because I personally see it as a day that you can celebrate any kind of love.

I'm writing this to explain that even though I am looking at Facebook and seeing my sister-in-law's and friends all showing off their gifts, I am in no way jealous of them. I'm not at all upset that I'm not getting something physical because T and I are celebrating love in our own way. Everyone has their own way of showing that they love each other. For some, it's flowers and chocolates. For me and T, it's spending time together and wishing we were the taste testers on the Great British Bakeoff.

Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Controversy on Married at First Sight

One of the biggest stories that everyone is talking about in Australia and the moment has to do with Married at First Sight. If you have never heard of the show or you have never seen the show, the premise is that experts put total strangers together to see if they can stay married or if it’s going to fail based on personality traits, etc. Or in my own own words, people create arranged marriages and see what drama is going to unfold.

If you can’t already tell, I’m not a fan of this show. I watch the Kardashians, Gogglebox and a few other reality TV shows, but I don’t watch Married at First Sight or the Bachelor or any shows that have that same kind of theme. I find those kinds of shows to be a huge mockery of marriage and love, so they don’t interest me at all.


Depsite my views on the show, my interest was piqued this week when Married at First Sight came up on Twitter’s trending page for Australia. Curious, I clicked and watched the 30-minute clip of one of the experts, Mel Schilling, calling out a man by the name of Bronson for calling his “wife” Ines and cunt because of how she was acting. Based on that 30-second clip that Channel Nine had put out, I was willing to back Schilling because I did agree that calling someone a cunt for no reason is not on in my book. I also agreed with her that Bronson needed to learn how to talk to women.

Then I did what I normally do and I started to scroll down to see what other’s thoughts were and I saw tweet after tweet defending him. It took me a while before I found a tweet that explained everything.

And I had to watch the episode.

It was hard to watch but I made it through and suddenly I found myself switching sides. Over the course of the wedding and the honeymoon, Ines was really horrible to Bronson. She was constantly swearing at him and belittling him over the course of the week and it seemed as if on the night he called her a cunt, he’d just had enough of her behaviour.

He called her a cunt once and was called out on national television. Ines on the other hand was given a pass.

I got mad. I really did. It seemed like such a double standard to me that Bronson was called out on his one comment and Ines, who had done a lot more, was allowed to just sit there and watch as Bronson was lectured on how he spoke to women. It seemed ridiculous to me that this was even happening.


Over the past few days I have been watching things unfold. Since the episode aired, many people have called for Shilling to be taken off the show. I was willing to agree with that point of view until I was looking into things today and learn that Schilling and the other experts are not privy to the footage is done outside of certain segments of the show. At the time she made those comments, she had no idea that Ines had been acting how she was acting. Her comments were based solely on what she had seen earlier. She saw that Bronson had made a disgusting comment and she decided to call him on it.

Knowing that information now, I can understand why she did what she did but it brings up more questions for me.

Why aren’t the experts looking at all the footage? If they were truly trying to use this as a social experiment, wouldn’t it make sense that they see all the footage in order to truly understand the decisions behind them staying or leaving? It just seems stupid that that is not the case. If experts are able to watch five-year-olds to better understand how they think on The Secret life of Five-Year-Olds then surely the experts on this show should be able to watch everything on Married at first sight. Surely that would give them better insight into whether their social experiment is a success or not? It would also allow people to see that the experts aren't being biased.


While I don’t think at this point in time that Schilling should be fired, I do think what the experts are seeing should be changed so they can get the full picture. I also think that in the next episode something needs to be done to address what had happened. Right now Channel Nine is in damage control and unless they do something people are going to continue believing that Schilling is biased.

The only bright side I’m really seeing to this whole thing is that have actually started people talking about domestic violence against men.

When we look at Domestic Violence, we tend to focus more on women and children being the victims and men being the abusers. We don't often see campaigns where women are the abusers. While statistically women and children are more likely to be victims, we also have a problem with men not reporting abuse against them in the home or any abuse against them that isn't physical (punches, etc).

In case you're wondering, I'm not going to watch any more Married at First Sight. I still have no interest in the show for reasons that I have already stated and this episode has not inspired me to want to watch any more. I will, however, be watching Twitter to see if things end up being rectified in the next episode.



Until next time,







(aka - Sophie)
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