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Booklist: 2 in January

Finished books
1. HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan; 319 pages
If you find yourself to be pregnant I can recommend it. A short description: "a natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing". If it will really help during birth I don't know yet. It does already help in daily life: the relaxation techniques and the idea of the strength of thoughts (so keep your thoughts positive!). The breathing techniques and the visualization actually really help with for instance going to the toilet (during pregnancy it can be a bit harder to get your stool out, but this way, it's easy, calm and painless). I still have to listen to the enclosed relaxation and birth rehearsal CD. And one important thing to remember: "Childbirth si not something to be feared."

2. The Diaper Free Baby Christine Gross-Loh; 218 pages
"The Natural Toilet Training Alternative". This book is about elimination communication with your baby. The idea is that babies actually are aware of pooping and peeing and often let you know they have to go. Then why let them go in a diaper and sit in their own waste? I had heard of this theory when J was little, but never really did a lot with it (I guess having to pump all the milk was hectic enough). We did hold her over the toilet a couple of times when she was a baby and sometimes she even peed. We also let her be naked on warm days. I want to try to use this more with Bumper, but no stress. He will be wearing diapers (cloth) and we'll see how things go. A lot in the book is kind of repetitive, but I did get some new insights and ideas from it. It wasn't really an enjoyable read, though. It kind of felt like it was written like a thesis or something (really, I don't need a whole chapter devoted to what will be discussed in the next chapters, which was already pretty clear by the titles of those chapters).

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Booklist 2017

2017: the year of the new baby. Let's see how much time I will have to read ;)

Finished books
1. HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan; 319 pages

If you find yourself to be pregnant I can recommend it. A short description: "a natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing". If it will really help during birth I don't know yet. It does already help in daily life: the relaxation techniques and the idea of the strength of thoughts (so keep your thoughts positive!). The breathing techniques and the visualization actually really help with for instance going to the toilet (during pregnancy it can be a bit harder to get your stool out, but this way, it's easy, calm and painless). I still have to listen to the enclosed relaxation and birth rehearsal CD. And one important thing to remember: "Childbirth si not something to be feared."


Now reading:
The diaper free baby by Christine Gross-Loh; page 11/218

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One final book to add in 2016

Finished
1. Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward; 397 pages
2. Shattered by Kevin Hearne; 361 pages
3. Grimoire of the lamb by Kevin Hearne; 76 pages
4. A prelude to war by Kevin Hearne; 51 pages
5. Staked by Kevin Hearne; 360 pages
6. Johnny got his gun by Dalton Trumbo; 104 pages
7. The beast by J.R. Ward; 508 pages
8. Overspel by Tatiana de Rosnay; 141 pages
9. En dan ben je oma by Geertje Gort; 96 pages
10. A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin; 807 pages (excluding the appendix)
11. Harry Potter and the cursed child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne; 330 pages
12. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin; 969 pages (excluding the appendix)
13. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin; 1128 pages (excluding the appendix)
14. Blood Vow by J.R. Ward; 459 pages

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Booklist

Finished
1. Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward; 397 pages
2. Shattered by Kevin Hearne; 361 pages
3. Grimoire of the lamb by Kevin Hearne; 76 pages
4. A prelude to war by Kevin Hearne; 51 pages
5. Staked by Kevin Hearne; 360 pages
6. Johnny got his gun by Dalton Trumbo; 104 pages
7. The beast by J.R. Ward; 508 pages
8. Overspel by Tatiana de Rosnay; 141 pages
9. En dan ben je oma by Geertje Gort; 96 pages
10. A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin; 807 pages (excluding the appendix)
11. Harry Potter and the cursed child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne; 330 pages
12. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin; 969 pages (excluding the appendix)
13. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin; 1128 pages (excluding the appendix)

Up next in the Black Dagger Legacy series (and 2 more Fire and Ice series books, and some baby and pregnancy books. Still so much to read). I won't make it to 25 books. At least not 25 just for me. I've read a lot more when counting all the books I read with J. And there are some pretty long ones on the list. I think I did pretty well this year. I guess 2017 will be a different matter ;)

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Nov. 16th, 2016

Wooha, LJ changed. Why can't I set my livejournal to friends-only or private anymore?

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...

The last couple of days our ups kept beeping, which meant it was needed. The lights in the house also flickered a bit. The bf measured the electricity and it really fluctuated. Weird. Yesterday morning we finally found out what was causing it: trouble with the main fuse. So even though it was Sunday we called the company responsible for these things and they send a repair guy. He was here in 45 minutes and told us it was a good thing we called. Else the house would probably have been on fire sometime this week :S Scary stuff. Luckily all is well and the ups hasn't beeped ever since and no more flickering lights :)

The song of ice and fire continues

Finished
1. Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward; 397 pages
2. Shattered by Kevin Hearne; 361 pages
3. Grimoire of the lamb by Kevin Hearne; 76 pages
4. A prelude to war by Kevin Hearne; 51 pages
5. Staked by Kevin Hearne; 360 pages
6. Johnny got his gun by Dalton Trumbo; 104 pages
7. The beast by J.R. Ward; 508 pages
8. Overspel by Tatiana de Rosnay; 141 pages
9. En dan ben je oma by Geertje Gort; 96 pages
10. A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin; 807 pages (excluding the appendix)
11. Harry Potter and the cursed child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne; 330 pages
12. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin; 969 pages (excluding the appendix)

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tape, clothes

Removed the protective tape from the attic stairs. It was quite some work because the tape kept ripping in half (length wise).

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The second hand clothes shop has sale (each item only 2,50). They didn't really anything to my liking or that fit me.

redecorating

I painted the attic's stairs. We never got to finish those because J was born, so for almost 7 years it was still just not done. So I finally got around to doing it (and wasn't even all that much work). I think it needs another layer. Tomorrow.

I'm really keeping busy at the moment. There isn't a whole lot going on online that can get me distracted. I did play some radio on the laptop. I couldn't choose any music, so that was nice (some rock channel).

Decluttering the house

I sorted out my clothes. I found a lot of clothes I really wouldn't wear anymore (and haven't worn in years) and stuff that really doesn't fit anymore. So all of this will leave the house:

It turned out to be quite a pile. And still the wardrobe is quite full...