Showing posts with label everyday life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label everyday life. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Nerd Church - Think Before You Speak



Social media. 

Love it, loathe it, or (like most of us) find yourself somewhere in between.

Whatever you feel about the ol' socials, sh** escalates fast online!

I... kind of think that a lot of the escalation is related to people not having some sort of filter between their reaction and their mouths/fingers

- (talking and typing - I mean talking and typing. Minds out of the gutter nerdlets!)


illustration with White girl with brown hair looking at mobile phone
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Month in Review(s) - October 2019


October... what can I say about October?


October - Hydref graphic with smiling pumpkins and a leafy background

October was a month, that happened, I guess! 😅

...complete with colds and a lot of work-stuff. But meh *shrugs* it was fine. Just an average month, really! 😅


Thursday, 31 October 2019

The Five Year Blog Anniversary Post! (Ft. My Wisdomous Blog Advice)


It’s Halloween! And that means it’s my blog-anniversary-thingummy! Woo!



5 Years of Blogging! graphic with bada** purple star background




So let’s have an awesome-sauce post with the following awesome features:


  • me giving what is most probably contradictory and confusing blogging-advice

  • me ruminating on my 5 years (5 years!!!!) of blogging

  • me generally over-using both exclamation points and brackets


(There was probably too much caffeine and/or YouTube consumed in the making of this post. #JustSaying.)


Sunday, 20 October 2019

Nerd Church - Have A Little Consideration! (...And Treat Your Neighbours Right)



I think that some people - not everyone, but some people - need to re-evaluate their common decency, and the consideration that they may or may not have for the people around them.

Because sometimes, people do sh** that ain't a lot to them, but is, in fact, a big deal to other people.



drawing of houses in bright colours to imitate a child's drawing
Image by Prawny from Pixabay


My neighbours have dogs.

They're lovely dogs. Adorable af.

But they like to chase cats. And I have cats.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Month in Review(s) - September 2019


September! 

(This wrap-up isn't late, it's casually timed 😎)


September - Medi. Leafy background and two large leaves directly behind the words


September was cool.

I had another cold, but that's pretty much my life tbh.



I also had my birthday! Woo! Birthday!

Although, I did have a few mixed feelings this year...


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Nerd Church - Dyscalculia (Part 2: The Real World)



Dyscalculia is a maths learning difficulty that affects a lot of things that other people find easy and/or straight-forward.

Today, I figured I'd give you a real-life example of how Dyscalculia affects me.

You can catch up on my first post about Dyscalculia, which includes a lot of general info., here.


station clock with blurred affect and a variety of words, including: stress, schedule, busy, late, delay, time management, overtime, and rush
Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay

A real-world Dyscalculia example: catching the goddamn train


Sunday, 6 October 2019

Nerd Church - Dyscalculia (Part 1: What Is Dyscalculia?)



I've mentioned in passing before now that I have a learning problem - condition, disability, whatever you wanna call it - called dyscalculia.

So I figured it was about time (ha, you'll see why that's a pun soon,) that I let you know what that entails, and why that means I struggle with a lot of things that most people find easy.


chaotic overlapping clock faces
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

So, what is dyscalculia?


In its simplest explanation, dyscalculia is the maths version of dyslexia.

It affects numeracy, rather than literacy, and also affects a lot of things related to mathematical ways of seeing the world that most people don't actually associate with maths.


Sunday, 22 September 2019

Nerd Church - An Unpopular Opinion On the 'Don't Feed the Trolls' Campaign



There's a new campaign in the UK using the previously informal hashtag of #DontFeedTheTrolls.



'Don't Feed the Trolls' with a laptop keyboard



The Center For Countering Digital Hate advises that you don't engage with trolls. 

Ignore, block, report. Rinse, repeat.

Now, that's certainly not a bad option for dealing with trolling.

And you should ALWAYS feel that you can use the mute, block, report options, or some variant thereof, if you want to.

Cos you owe no-one, and you need to protect your mental health. Take care, ok?




So, what's my unpopular opinion?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Nerd Church - It's My Birthday! (And I'll Cry If I Want To)



...Not that I'm particularly aiming to. But I'll give myself the option!

Illustrated woman holding a bunch of heart-shaped balloons


Yes, the day this post is published (15th Sep, unless I pushed 'Publish' instead of 'Schedule' again! 😅) is my birthday!

While I'm hoping to have fun and enjoy myself today... I have had some mixed feelings in the days leading up to today.

See, for my entire life, my birthday has been a few days before my grandfather's.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Month in Review(s) - August 2019




August was not as hot here in the UK!!!!! 

Thank whatever deity, divine power, or cosmic entity that may be listening!

Don't get me wrong, there were still days which were officially too hot. But there were less of them. *sighs happily*



August - Awst title graphic with a seaside/beach background



Unfortunately, I spent most of August with a cold.

Because I'm one of those people who will catch every virus imaginable after a galandular-fever-like illness screwed my immune system over when I was 16. Good times.


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Nerd Church - Caffeinated Current Events: We're Really F**ked (Like, More Than We Were Before)



I'm full of coffee, so let's try to figure out the state of the UK, shall we?


Caffeinated Current Events title image with steaming coffee cup




I don't know if you've been paying attention to UK politics lately, but it basically goes a little something like this:

Our Prime Minister is somehow Boris Johnson. 

Because we apparently haven't suffered enough yet.


Sunday, 25 August 2019

Nerd Church - Escapism, Reality, the Power of Stories, and Brigsby Bear




Films, books, media, stories.

They’re how we talk, communicate, connect with each other, with the world around us, and how we understand ourselves. 


At least, that’s true for me, maybe it’s not for you.

Or maybe you just think it’s not the way it is for you 😉




Title graphic: 'Escapism, Realism, the Power of Stories, and Brigsby Bear' with cute cartoon bear on right-hand side
...when I was making the graphic I somehow wrote 'realism' instead of reality but *shrugs* same diff I suppose! 😅




There’s an amazing, adorable, and, in places, heart-breaking, film called Brigsby Bear.

I love it.

It’s one of those films which rips your heart out, hands it to you, and then is like ‘look! This is what your heart looks like! Look at all the blood and gunk and stuff!’ (Metaphorically, of course.) 


It’s hard to talk about Brigsby Bear without either a) getting spoiler-y, or b) descending into fangirling to such an extent that all I’m doing is making a series of inarticulate noises.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Nerd Church - You're Capable (I Promise)


There will be times in your life, dearest nerdlets, when you feel like you're not capable of understanding something, or learning to do something, or actually goddamn doing the thing - whatever the thing may be.

But you ARE capable!

I know, I know - so easy to say.

(Except it's not - for me, it's def. not.)


Gold key with the word 'success' making up the key teeth
Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay

I love bad puns in visual form, ok? 😅 I couldn't resist.



I don't mean that all you have to do is decide you wanna be a rock star, and then, if you want it bad enough, it'll magically happen.

Life doesn't work like that.

If you don't play any instruments, you won't wake up tomorrow as a rock star. Simple as.

But that doesn't mean you're incapable of being a rock star. It'll take a lot of work, a lot of luck, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but you can do it.

...Or it might still not happen.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Month in Review(s) - July 2019



July was too goddamned hot.


July - Gorffenaf title graphic with really big sun at the bottom and puffy clouds and stuff
I spelled Gorffennaf wrong in the graphic - oops! 😅


I'm not built for anything past 23C, and it hit, like 31C.

I know to some of you who live in hotter places than the UK, that's nothing but... it's really not nothing to us!

I'm not a nice person when I'm hot - I'm grumpy af and just want to make the world suffer.

Also, I live in Wales. Summer is traditionally one big rain shower - WTAF with this heat?!


Sunday, 4 August 2019

Nerd Church - Do We REALLY Value the ART?




I love Fine Art, and have done since I was a teensy babbi.

(Which slightly confused my parents who were expecting a child rather than an art, music, and literature lover, but anyways...)

I'm not so much of a fan of Modern Art, though, 'cos it tends to be either ugly or pretentious af - or sometimes both. Lol.


'Do we REALLY Value the ART?' title image with a paintbox and coloured pencils


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Nerd Church - Casual Homophobia: A Thousand Cuts



(Warning: this post discusses several instances of homophobia, and the feelings caused.)

I use the term homophobia here as a catch-all for all types of bigotry against LGBTQ+ people.



When I was very, very, small, someone I love - an adult - said something that stuck a tiny dagger into my heart.





They said, "...it shows being Gay as something natural. Which it's not."


And a teeny-tiny voice in my small child brain said, 'But what about me?' and then I stamped it down very, very, hard.

Partly because I didn't know what I meant. What about me? What was I?

Well, if straight was the natural... then I was straight? Right?



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Month in Review(s) - June 2019





June kind of flew by!

Partly because I was super-busy! Which is also why I (once again) posted less here than I wanted to.

I did manage to post a review though! Woo! I can still call myself a book blog! (Lol.) 😅



June - Mehefin graphic with blue sky and sun shape



Sunday, 7 July 2019

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Turns Out, People Are Interested



I've never really had much confidence in my writing.

Like, objectively I know that people read this blog but... it always surprises (and delights,) me when someone comments, shares, etc. (Hint hint. Lol.)


fountain pen on an open notebook


Likewise, I'm always on edge about the fiction I write - it can't be something someone'd be interested in reading, right?

At the same time, not writing would be like not breathing. Unthinkable.

It's literally who I am - I breathe. I read. I write.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Nerd Church - Anxiety: Worrying About Sh** I Actually Don't Care About



(Warning: this post discusses Anxiety (which you probably figured out) and Depression)


If you're worried about paying the bills when you've got no money in the bank, that's logical.

Likewise, worrying about a friend who's been going through a tough time, or feeling anxious before you give a speech, is totally understandable.




'Anxiety Worrying About Sh** I Don't Actually Care About' title image w/ multi-coloured stripes on the right-hand side



Anxiety, though?

Anxiety blows the normal sh** out of proportion, while adding some completely illogical sh** t'boot.