Week 19May 2017

This edition: Precocious children, Cypress Hill cover, The Luminaries and a video in celebration of all you Mothers out there.

Family first…

We’ve been struggling with Family time lately. Our very precocious 4-year-old is bombing every event, outing and nice activity with a mixture of attitude, insolence and general unpleasantness. We tried to go on a bike ride this morning which ended in tears and screaming – and this was just from me! 😉

So, I’m madly researching how to give a stubborn and willful kid an attitude adjustment.  This afternoon we tried to some new methods and she seems to be responding… We seem to go on a rollercoaster – some weeks we have the most amazing and delightful child ever, and then other weeks, it all seems to overwhelm her – and us!! I’m hopeful that for Mothers Day on Sunday i’ll have my beautiful girl back after a bit of discipline and thoughtful conversations about expectations.

What’s your tips for handling difficult attitudes from your kids? Do you have a tried and true solution for controlling the crazy? That keeps you from going crazy?

The weekthat was..

There’s been a new colour discovered! And Crayola are making it into a crayon. So pretty!
The girls’ soccer team that joined a boys’ league, and won it Girl power!
Reading books makes you a kinder and more empathetic person
I certainly don’t agree with her most of the time. But every now and then Jacqui Lambie says something so right on, you just have to wish there were more like her in politics.
I could watch this guy all day.
They’ve done a study and figured out how to live a happy life.
I finally got the time to listen to Serial’s new podcast “S.Town

This month's photos

Book Club

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

I don’t like to dissect art, books or movies too much after I read/view them – I believe they are for entertainment’s value and that it can take away from the general “feeling” of a book to dissect it while immersed in it.

Generally, my barometer on books is – did I enjoy my time reading it? Yes = good book, No = rubbish book.

So – The Luminaries. Yes, I enjoyed reading it. Did I love all of its parts? No. But it was well written and kept me intrigued for the most part. I just finished it last night and I was sad it was over. So again, another indication that I enjoyed the experience of reading it.

But then, I just read on Goodreads.com that there is a mathematical structure to the book that I didn’t even pick up on! Apparently, the first chapter is the longest, the second is half as long, the third half as long as the second, etc all the way to the last chapter. And within the chapters – the number of sections in each part when added to the number of the part, adds up to a constant “13” (to reference the 13 key players).

Mind blown! Its a smart novel anyway, but then to add this extra layer of complexity onto it makes me really appreciate the author’s challenge in writing it. I like it more now. I’ll definitely be watching out for future novels from Eleanor Catton.

Listening to...

Kasabian cover Cypress Hill's Insane in the Brain

I like this way more than I should!
Cypress Hill was my gangsta jam growing up – and this live cover sounds like a cross between Cypress Hill / Kasabian and Gorillaz.
Whatever is happening, it’s pretty fucking cool. Enjoy.

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay


Happy Mothers Day all :)

We're all doing the best we can

Whether you have kid babies or fur babies – Happy Mothers Day all my lovelies!! Hopefully, you get celebrated for the fine mumma you are. And remember, be kind to yourself… you’re doing a great job! Here’s a little video – an oldie but a goodie to remind us all what really matters. Love ya’s.

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Hi, Im Johanna. A digital designer & artist located on the South Coast of NSW in Australia. Im slightly obsessed with art, fashion, old books, and summer.

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