Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Friday, 5 January 2018

Month in Review(s) - December 2017

Decemmmmberrrr!!!!!!!!! Wooo!!! XD (Yes, it's January - but let's face it, I never wrap-up on time.)



December 2017 calendar image





OK, so December for me was actually super-super-hectic, but it came with Christmas at the end, so I really can't be mad at it! Lol.

(I love Christmas. Sooooo much!!!! 😁 )



Sunday, 24 December 2017

Nerd Church - The Gift of Christmas

Christmas is awesome. Christmas is love and hope.





Christmas wrapping gift pic





I'm not gonna get all made-for-TV-movie on your butts, but whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there's something exceptionally beautiful about a time of the year dedicated to love, hope, kindness, and joy.

The world that we live in needs more things like that.




Sunday, 17 December 2017

Nerd Church - How To Not Be a Jerk To Non-Drinking Guests

It's December - and nearly Christmas. 





drink glass pic







This is the time of year that's traditionally filled with party-goers, many of whom will be drinking. But not all.

As a member of the non-drinking group for the last several years, I can tell you that these reactions are fairly typical:

  • "But... WHY?!"
  • *Stares at me for at least a minute without blinking*
  • "I could NEVER do that!"
  • "Oh come on, have some fun!"
  • "Are you SURE?"
  • "Are you like *takes step backwards* religious or something?"




Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday Fics Fix - Festive F/F!

I actually really liked this week's fic (well... obviously... since I'm recommending it... but you know what I mean!)



Fics Fix title image





Sometimes a fic comes along at just the right moment - I mean, who doesn't need something short, sweet, and warming right now?!


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Nadolig Llawen i Chi

Hi my nerdlets, this is just me popping in to say Nadolig Llawen i Chi/Happy Christmas To (All of) You!




Christmas cookies





And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then have a great festive celebration of whatever sort you're having, or just a nice day in general :)

Here in Wales (those who are playing the when-she-mentions-Wales drinking game, take a swig!) we grow up with Father Christmas in first-language-English homes.

First-language-Welsh homes, and those who go to Welsh-language-medium schools, have Siôn Corn, which roughly translates to Jack Chimney - a festive spirit who wears green and lives in chimneys.

Of course, both Father Christmas and Siôn Corn have been absorbed into that conglomeration of European figures which is Santa Claus - so that's basically what you'll see around the place.



And, because I couldn't resist sharing this with you, here's a more-than-slightly bemusing finger puppet video in Welsh from YouTube:











Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday Fics Fix - A Not-So Jolly Christmas with Draco and Harry

One of the main issues many people had with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the complete lack of explanation of life between the last chapter and the epilogue.







Basically, the big question mark is how exactly the Wizarding World got stuck in and started to reinvent itself - to come to terms with a life after the Battle of Hogwarts.






This week's fic imagines a sort-of 'what if' scenario.

What if, due to the lack of general education most of the students had in that last year, they returned the next year to catch up with their missed studies?

What if Harry Potter returned to Hogwarts... and so did Draco Malfoy?










Because there was so much opportunity to explore what happened to Draco. How did he cope with... well, everything?

And this fic explores that.

And it turns out he didn't cope all that well - which is probably reasonable!






A few warnings: much swearings, much the dark and angsty stuff, and some obsessive behaviour that is NOT HEALTHY in either relationships or friendships.

There's also what can only be described as some sort of Magical Fight Club. #JustSaying











This is the first in a series, and is based around Christmas (woo! Christmas! Lol.)

The implication is that, in future instalments of the series, Draco and Harry (often known in combination as Drarry (#IKnowRight?)) will have something romantical going on, but in this fic, we just have the beginnings of a frenemies bromance a la Magneto and Professor X.





There's also a few typos in there, but it's generally worth it.




This week's fic then, is:

Dark Days of Christmas by Belle_Lestrange101



Enjoy, and have an awesome Christmas my nerdlets!






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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Nerd Church - You're the Only You We've Got

(Flashing Images Warning: some of the gifs in this post flash a bit faster than the gifs I normally use, and this may affect people with photosensitive medical conditions such as epilepsy and migraines.)



Hello dearest nerdlets! There's something I want you to do - take care of yourselves.

Self-care is not just something for those with mental health problems, any more than the gym is only something for those with physical health problems.

We all have mental health my nerdlets, even if you never have a problem with it.











And this time of year can be financially, emotionally, and physically stressful.

If you celebrate Christmas or any other December-based holiday, then there's loads of stuff to do, things to buy, and relatives to make nice with.






If you act as either a part-time or full-time carer, this goes double for you.

We end up picking up the seasonal social responsibilities of our loved ones as well as ourselves - helping out with the shopping, the decorating, the gift-wrapping, and the card-writing.

For anybody acting as a carer right now: you're awesome. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.






So my nerdlets, here's just a couple of tips for how to take care of yourself over the festive period.

(Obviously everyone is different - these tips can theoretically apply to anyone, but do what works for you.)




  • You-time is important. Take as much of it as you can. You're the only you there is - and we need you to be ok.






  • Perfection is an ideal, not a reality. It's ok for you to go with 'that'll do,' rather than 'that is perfect.'








  • You're human. There's a limit to how much you can do without exhausting yourself. Delegate or say no.







  • You need fuel in the tank. Regular meals are important. Regular sleep is important. Stay hydrated. If there's no fuel in the tank than you can't get this show on the road.







  • Put basic effort into your appearance. I don't mean be vain. I don't mean beat yourself up about how you look. I literally mean do things like brush your teeth and your hair; wash your face. Shower or bath regularly. It's good hygiene if nothing else.





  • Make an emergency self-care plan. This can be something physical like (just as an example) a box where you keep scented candles, chocolate, spa-style skin treatments, and your favourite DVD. Or it can be something you tell yourself, like 'I'm ok, I'm doing fine.' Or something you do to unwind - read, watch reality TV, make a cup of tea or coffee (although, be careful if your mood is easily affected by caffeine.)







  • Don't be so hard on yourself. This is a vital one. We're our own harshest critics. So give yourself a break.








  • Log off. Look, technology is great - but humans designed it, we weren't designed for it. Have a time in the day when you're not looking at a screen, and limit how much scrolling through social media feeds you do.







  • Limit the booze. Look, I'm no prude. Unless you have a legal reason or medical reason not to (and yes, that includes medications that shouldn't be mixed with alcohol,) then go ahead and have a drink. But remember, it's a depressant - you drink too much, even over a relatively spaced-out period of time, and you're gonna feel pretty sh**ty. And binge-drinking is not good for you, end of.






So look after yourself guys!

Next week is the last Nerd Church before Christmas.










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Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Fics Fix - Tis the Season

I actually really liked this week's fic (well... obviously... since I'm recommending it... but you know what I mean!)

Sometimes a fic comes along at just the right moment - I currently have an awful cold, and am freezing on top because the weather's decided to go from oh, it's a bit autumn-y to dear God are we living in an iceberg?! within a few days, so I really needed something short and sweet.





And that's what I have for you!






Now, frequent readers of this blog may have noticed that I have a thing for Sara Lance from CW/DC TV series Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.





So, what could be better than fluffy F/F romance featuring her canon (official) relationship with the beautiful Nyssa Al-Ghul?

Oh, I know, LET'S ALSO SET IT AT CHRISTMAS.









Yes, that's right. We have Christmas, we have F/F romance, we have fluff with no explicit scenes. You're welcome! :)



This week's fic is:

The Gift by DarkAliceLilith


Enjoy, and I'll be back with more fanfiction next week!






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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Have an awesome Christmas everyone! Hope it's good for you and yours.

Nadolig Llawen i chi! Merry Christmas to all of you!

I shall see you after all the mince pies and goodies (no turkey or other meats for me - vegetarian!)

So, I've just got some last minute wrapping to do, and some cards and pressies to deliver.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Nerd Church! - Leave the Christmas Stress Behind

I hope wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, you have a wonderful time over the next week or so.

Christmas tree starRegardless of your beliefs I hope you enjoy any holiday you may be celebrating - and just enjoy the week in general if you're not celebrating anything.

Christmas can be stressful though - family is stressful enough on its own: add the duty to buy everyone presents, the pressure to create precious memories, and the worry that you've over-spent, over-eaten, and have been drinking too much wine, and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Try to remember a few golden rules to stop the stress:



Christmas doesn't have to be perfect.

The most perfect Christmases, paradoxically, are the ones which aren't perfect. The Christmases you'll remember in years to come are the ones where something got burnt, someone forgot to buy a present, or there was a problem with the lights - and you'll have still had fun, still enjoyed, and still made it special.

Enjoy your Christmas - the little things matter more than anything else.

Enjoy what you have - whatever you have.

Didn't get that must-have gadget, handbag, or piece of jewellery? The world goes on. Enjoy what you did get - even if it was just a box of chocolates, a totally random and inappropriate kitchen item, or a slightly beaten-up card.

I'm sure whoever gave you whatever unwanted gift was doing their very best. Smile and make do, and enjoy the fact that someone thought of you. (Buying yourself a little something is also worth a smile - you care about you, goddammit!)

Try not to take out holiday stress on other people.

You know all the reasons you get stressy and p**sy at Christmas? Everyone else has them too.

Try to be understanding and not take your stress out on others - even if they're acting unreasonably; they're probably stressed out too.

Nerd Church will be back on Sunday, 10th January.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday Fics Fix - Christmas-y Fics!!!

Friday Fics Fix fanfictionChristmas is coming! We all know what that means... silly Christmas fan-fiction!!! Wooo!!!!

How Loki Stole Christmas by kel25 is amazing.

It's an Avengers-themed Loki-centric parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas... what could be better, I mean really?

A Hogwarts Christmas by Car Car is a fic from wa-a-ay back in 2001.

It's another parody (yay, parodies! (I think I need less coffee, or maybe I'm just excited about Christmas)) of a well-known Christmas poem: 'A Visit From St Nicholas' perhaps better-known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.'

This is Harry Potter themed with Dumbledore and the Weasleys - just great.

In a similar vein is Twas The Night Before Christmas by awakened-earth a Sherlock fanfic (as in, BBC's Sherlock.)

It's barmy, and made me smile like a fool when I read it. Which is what I want from my ridiculous Christmas fan-fiction goddammit!!!

Friday Fics Fix is going to take a little break over Christmas - it'll be back on Friday, 8th January, assuming I'm able to face reading more fanfiction again by that point :)

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Movie Binge

Ok, I'm the Reading Addict. But I also love a Christmas movie. Because I will take advantage of any excuse to be Christmas-y! CHRISTMAS!!! (Ok, I'll be good and get back to the post.)




Looking for Christmas films to binge on?

I got you covered. I watch a ridiculously large amount of Christmas films: here's some of my favourites.





http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000B7VZJM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B000B7VZJM&linkCode=as2&tag=diaofareaadd-21The Muppets Christmas Carol


A Christmas classic if ever there was one - this is one of the awesome-est films you will ever watch.

We got Muppets. We got Christmas. We got a kid-friendly adaptation of a classic of literature that might just spark fond memories for years to come.

I watch this every year, and have done since I honestly can't remember when. I love it. It's just amazing.







White Christmas

The classic Christmas film.

Featuring the amazing Danny Kaye and the smooth Bing Crosby (ain't nothing wrong with a bit of Bing,) this is pure Hollywood. Vera Ellen dances amazingly, and Rosemary Clooney just has that 1950s style.

The songs are some of the best you'll ever hear - to say nothing of the title song. Ahhh! I plan on watching it again and again and again!





Mickey's Once and Twice Upon A Christmas

This is actually two feature-length Disney specials/films.

Made up of little stand-alone Christmas stories, featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, this will please big kids, little kids, and everyone in between.

These are cute and sweet, and can be watched in sections if you're short on time. I love them.






A Christmas Carol

Another 'A Christmas Carol' adaptation (funnily enough,) but very different to The Muppets' version.

This is motion-capture animation (where actors act out the parts and then the animation is layered over them, so to speak,) featuring some fabulous performances by Jim Carey.

This film is also hugely true to Charles Dickens' original - sure, there's the odd bit of deviation, but overall this is Charles Dickens' book made film.

There are significant stints of dialogue lifted directly from the book, and the creepy characters of Ignorance and Want are included in all their poverty - allowing the true morality of the story to really hammer home.







Monday, 7 December 2015

Want To Spread Some Christmas Magic?

There is a wonderful charity here in the UK called Post Pals (eagle-eyed readers will notice I have a permanent button linking to them at the bottom of my blog.)



Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces


Post Pals mails ill children and their siblings gifts, letters, and cards, to create smiles. It's as simple as that.

A reason to smile during a very difficult period in their lives can make a huge difference to a kid who isn't very well.

So, I figured I'd write a little post to try and drum up some support and/or Christmas cards.

It would be lovely if you could choose a few 'pals' you feel you have appropriate Christmas cards for, and send it to the 'care of' address on their profile page.

Or you can help spread the word by telling others who may be interested, or making a small donation. Post can be sent throughout the year, but obviously, Christmas is uber-special and the perfect excuse to spread some love!


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why Do Books Make Great Gifts?

Stuck for Christmas pressies for auntie so-and-so, or what's-his-face and whatshername from work? You could give them a book - no, I'm totally serious. I am the Reading Addict around here after all.

Books are personal
christmas wreath


No-one ever reads the same book as anybody else: no, really. Don't look at me all squinty - I have a point here.

No-one ever experiences a book in the same way as the very next person who reads it - the reader is part of the book. What you get out of a book makes it what it is - and no-one ever quite has the same experience as anybody else.

Therefore you can get your family and friends one of the most personal of gifts - without having to shop in the undies section.

There's a book in every price range

Don't have the budget for a super-duper bestselling new hardback? Fine - get another of the author's books instead, they're likely to be cheaper now that there's a new one out.

Get a box-set of a trilogy (you can find plenty on offer - especially this time of year,) and give them a good value gift that also looks the part.

You can go seasonal

This works exceptionally well with children's picture books, which can be read at Christmas to keep the little ones happy while dinner's cooking or the washing-up is being done.

Plus, who doesn't like something with a Christmas theme? Makes everything brighter somehow.

christmas wrapping paperThere's a book for every age and taste

Books come in so many types, and so many different genres, and authors, and... well, you see what I mean.

There is a book to suit pretty much everyone. Especially kids - you can attract them with shiny things and get them hooked on reading for life (ok, slight evil plan, there, but it's all good.)

They're easy to wrap!

Never underestimate your levels of thankfulness for easy-wrap gifts. Sure, books can sometimes be heavy - but it's so much easier to wrap than that oddly-shaped box of chocolates, the pair of socks, the hair accessories, and the mug set with the sticky-out handle.

I'm just saying, after all that, you're going to be happy to have a nice rectangular object to wrap for once!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Nerd Church! - A Little Retail Therapy

Sometimes, you need window shopping - or, in this post-digital age, windows shopping. I'm a nerd. We have established this. We shall move on.

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I found The Literary Gift Company when faffing through the intricacies of the interwebs - and I like their style. I particularly like the Banned Books Bracelet. I am sooo tempted!!! If only I had more moneys (drat!)

But Cee! You're all thinking. This is Nerd Church! It's supposed to be stuffed full of moral sh** that you've dug from the pages and slapped into a blog post. Ah yes, erstwhile blog-hopper, but every religion and marketing company in the world will tell you that symbols are powerful things - and so jewellery and gifts with a literary theme are a fantastic way to spread the bookish message(s.) And maybe start to think about Xmas shopping for your fellow book nerds... or just windows shop, because sometimes you need it. Retail therapy is a powerful thing, even if you don't have the money to treat yourself.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Oops - I think I did it again

I may have forgotten to post again. (Bad Reading Addict!) To be fair, there was Christmas, much Christmas - and you all know how hectic that gets. On the plus side I got some muy awesomeful books for Xmas - City of Fallen Angels (Cassandra Clare,) some Darren Shan, and Clariel (Garth Nix.) You wouldn't think I was in my 20s, sigh.

I have finished The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (which is a bit more grown up) - and what a very random book that is. I do recommend it though, but be prepared for 19th century battiness.

Merry Xmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The 5 Best Xmas Gifts for Readers

So, if that reading addict you have to buy for has pretty much every book you've ever heard of - what do you buy them? Here's a little list (in no particular order) of 5 of the best ideas.

  1. Vouchers - these can be book tokens, or vouchers to wherever sells books (for example, Amazon vouchers,) it may seem like a bit of a cop out but they'll thank you for it.
  2. Little reading light - if they don't already have one, this is a fab gift. It means they can read in the night, in a tunnel on the train - wherever, without the light being too harsh. Plus, they come in a variety of colours, and are typically between £4 and £7, depending on where you buy them from.
  3. A magazine subscription - keep them in reading material even when they can't afford books, but keep it to a subject they like. They're not going to like it if you get a fishing magazine for a vegetarian, for example.
  4. Book-ends/shelves - books take up space and you may find this is just what they need, plus you can get some really interesting/cute designs for small shelves and/or book-ends.
  5. Book-themed goodies - reading addicts are a funny bunch (I should know) and will love book-themed presents. A mug with their favourite book cover/quote printed on it? Perfect for snuggling up with, book in hand, on a cold winter's day. A bag, large enough for library books, with 'I <3 books' on the front? Perfect. If all else fails, try something with Penguin classics vintage spines/covers printed on it - usually makes a pretty good gift. There are plenty of these things out there - try typing into Amazon 'book gifts,' 'book mugs,' or the name of their favourite book followed by 'gifts' 'merchandise' 'merch' or 'themed,' for example, and see what comes up.

Little warning - if you're tempted to buy an eReader, firstly make sure they haven't already got one/their old one needs replacing. Then make sure they like them - if anyone ever buys me a Kindle (shudder) I'm likely to grimace and attempt to feign gratitude while wondering how to safely dispose of it in a ecologically friendly way which still means it will never be used.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Xmas Shopping - best 5 general books

Call me crazy, but the best Christmas gifts are usually books. But what book/s do you get for people? Well, for a start, it's a question of age appropriate (you wouldn't want to get 50 Shades of Grey for anyone an eight year old - it just wouldn't be right.) Then, you've got to think about their interests - no good buying a detailed book about golf for anyone people who have no interest in the sport. Also, there's no need to buy the latest book - as most book lists will direct you to do - when a slightly older book will be far more appreciated.

So, here's my list of the best 5 general books you can buy someone for Xmas (obviously use your judgement - what you know about the person will affect what's best to buy for them.)

  1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - suitable for young and old, a heart-breaking yet somehow uplifting story of the Holocaust written beautifully and sincerely, and narrated by Death.
  2. Live By Night by Dennis Lehane - a tale of gangsters set in the 1920s and written by the spellbinding Dennis Lehane. Suitable for a lot of dudes and a fair few chicks, anyone who's ever liked Boardwalk Empire, Shutter Island, or The Shawshank Redemption will love it. A follow-up to The Given Day, you really don't have to have read the previous book to love this one.
  3. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens - annoyingly unfinished, this is an unfortunately often ignored classic, but in my opinion one of Dickens' best. A moody gothic tale of lust and opium.
  4. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison - the tale of a young witch detective, this has sass, magic, and humour. Awesome urban fantasy perfect for anyone who reads vampire novels - particularly vampire romances.
  5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown - I know, it's never going to be a masterpiece. But this is perfect for reluctant adult readers, or those who just don't read that often. It's also one that blokes will enjoy and not feel too macho to read in front of other people.


What I've been reading today:
The Big Issue magazine
Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal
Othello by William Shakespeare
Some random bits and pieces of poetry