3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 1

Thank you once again to the wonderful  QuirkyVictorian for tagging me in this challenge – you always rescue me just when I think I’ve run out of things to write about! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you’re not following Chloe’s blog, you’re missing out.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Let’s get right to it!


Image source: FalconsFlyer

For my first quote it was only fitting to choose something from my favourite book. However, it wasn’t always my favourite. When I was eight, my town’s library hosted a “dinosaur dig” in an effort to encourage more young people to read. A giant sandpit was constructed in the local schoolyard, and was set upon by hordes of grubby children, clutching plastic trowels and shovels, greedily digging with the hope of uncovering a dinosaur fossil. Continue reading


The Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you so much QuirkyVictorian for the nomination and for giving me something to write about today! People, if you’re not already following her blog, you’re missing out. (Over)Analysing Literature was the very first blog I followed and I’m so glad I did. Chloe’s writing is creative, engaging, honest, often hilarious and always interesting – go check her out! Continue reading

Sunday Night Scribble

13140492_10153981875111154_684462076_nHello again my dears! I thought I’d do something new and make Sunday a day for sharing my (extremely basic) doodles – and for you to share yours if you feel so inclined! Today is Mother’s Day in New Zealand, and my mum and I spent the afternoon dabbling in watercolour paints, trying to be artists. “Trying” is the key word here – the reality of the situation was that I somehow failed to make purple by mixing blue and red. I mixed and mixed and mixed and ended up with a sludgy, brown slop. I legitimately can’t even manage basic primary colour mixing. A four-year-old would have done a better job. Continue reading

Mood Music

Hey guys! I’m trying to write a bit more often on here because I tend to get a little rusty on ideas when I only post once or twice a week. The daily prompt is proving very useful to me for this purpose! Today’s prompt is Music so I thought I would share a little list of some of my favourite songs. Music is such a powerful and therapeutic tool for mental health, and I find that it can lift my mood faster than anything else. When I find myself in a slump, often the most helpful thing I can do for myself is put some music on and sing along (if you can call my screeching “singing”).


This is what I look like when I sing. Audrey gets me. Image source: Blogspot

So without further ado, here are some of my absolute favourite songs to blast at full volume. (A warning: I have EXTREMELY antiquated taste in music. Most of the songs listed are not from this decade… read on if you can bear it!) Continue reading

The Fault In Our Scars

13115613_10153966670146154_1795868006_nToday’s daily prompt, Scars, has come at the perfect time for me. I’ve been worrying a lot lately that my writing takes mental health troubles too lightly. That people may resent me for trying to make my posts more cheerful than they should be. A very vain and insecure part of me also worries that people won’t believe me when I say I’m depressed, because I can never seem to convey it in my writing. With that in mind, I feel compelled to explain why I choose to keep a lighthearted feel to my blog, even while discussing something as big and black and slow and soul-destroying as depression. I want to talk a little about the thousands of scars, visible and invisible, that cover my body and yours. I want to talk about what those scars mean to me. Continue reading

What’s Your Personality Type?


In the picture above we see Annie displaying the very rare BGPLMTSITGFBIP personality type (“Be gone, peasant. Leave me to sit in this glorious fruit bowl in peace”). This is the most feared and respected of all personality types.

Hey guys! I have a random activity for you to do today if you feel so inclined!

I’ve just taken the 16 Personalities Test  (also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), which is probably the most popular test to determine what kind of person you are. Continue reading

Calm-The-Flipping-Heck-Down Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(Or more accurately, “Cookie Chunk Chocolates”. My cookie:chocolate ratio is a tad skewed).

13023509_10153944114606154_1598599681_n - CopyHello again folks! Today’s long-winded title was inspired by a very, VERY flustered Francesca this morning. Why? Because I went to a job interview. An actual, real, legit job interview, for an actual, real, legit job. And if it wasn’t for my downright darling cat, I would have missed it. I slept through my alarm, as usual, but her insistent scratching on my door eventually woke me up exactly 25 minutes before I had to be on the other side of town. I made it to the interview, tried to pretend I hadn’t literally just got out of bed (messy hair is fashionable these days, right? Right?!), fluffed my way through it, then came home to mix my shattered nerves into cookie batter and subject them to extreme heat in the hopes that they would bugger off. Aaaaand they kinda did. Once you’ve eaten seven cookies in a row there isn’t a lot of room leftover for post-interview jitters. And thus, “Calm-The-Flipping-Heck-Down Chocolate Chunk Cookies” were born. Continue reading

Tiny, Mighty Me (and you! Yes, you!)



Feeling tiny? This guy gets it.

Hello again my dears!

I hope you won’t see the title of this post and think I’m about to have a rant about how wonderful I am. On the contrary, today’s mutterings are brought to a screen near you by the overwhelming sense that I am of no use to anyone.

I know how whiny that sounds. I’m cringing just looking at it…

Poor, delicate little me! My existence as a healthy, white, straight, educated, financially supported young woman is so awfully burdensome!  Continue reading

Cheer-Me-Up Chocolate & Caramel Slice



Don’t even think about it Peter. I’m watching you.

Hello again my dears. I hope your day has been splendid so far!

For me, it was one of those days where I woke up in the doldrums and couldn’t drag myself out. As I mentioned in a previous post, baking is one of my favourite ways to distract myself when I’m feeling this way. Even if it doesn’t necessarily make me feel better, I at least have something delicious at the end of it, and it gives me a tiny speckle of satisfaction that I did one productive thing during my day. The recipe I’m going to share with you today is my all-time favourite treat to bake. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

Laughing Disease: An Anecdote


Super fashionable me as a toddler, before laughing disease took over.

Hey guys! I haven’t yet participated in the Daily Prompt exercise, but today’s prompt – “Giggle” – brought back such a vivid memory that I just felt like sharing it. Hope you enjoy this little snippet from my childhood 🙂

When I was a little girl, I diagnosed myself with “laughing disease”. At least three times a day, I would suddenly become seized by a vicious attack of the giggles, rendering me a useless, wobbling heap on the floor as my body shook with silent laughter. Continue reading