YALC tips: chronic illness edition!

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(Fun fact: I wrote a whole draft of this post and then had a good but busy weekend that forced me to reexamine YALC planning. Ah, chronic illness. Never subtle.)

It’s YALC this weekend \o/! I went to YALC for the first time last year and had such a great time. You’re surrounded by rad books and rad people who love books for like three solid days! It was wonderful and I’m going back this year, and I’ve been looking forward to it for mooooonths <3___<3

This year, though, I am having a large M.E. flare-up. Am I still going to YALC? HELL YES. Am I going to have to put some adaptations in place for myself? Definitely yes. And I figured — hey, if I have been thinking about how to make this weekend happen for myself despite being chronically ill, maybe other people have too! And maybe we would all like some tips/would like to chat about that! I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED BY A BAD MAN AND AN AMERICAN STICK INSECT CHRONIC ILLNESS! I WILL GO TO THE BOOK BALL AND SO SHALL YOU!

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tome topple tbr!

1530531043166Your girl is taking part in her first readathon! *tiny happy flag* I recently took all my tbr books off our bookshelves and put them in their own pile, so now I have a super visual idea of what I’ve got to read and, uh, let’s just say it is more than I thought. ANYHOO, when I read about the #tometopple challenge via Jamishelves‘ blog, it made me think of some of the enormous books on my newly formed enormous tbr pile, and what better way to start tackling them than a readathon? No better way!

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Unboxing: Book Box Club October 2017!

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October Book Box Club time! Spoiler: I properly loved this box. It’s one of my favourite subscription boxes I’ve ever received.

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

October’s theme was Quests and Legends. LET’S GET INTO IT!

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five ways to feel like yourself at work

Processed with VSCO with q8 presetIt can be hard, sometimes, when you’re at work, to remember that you’re also a person outside of the office walls. To remember that you get to think about and care about things you love and not, say, an email you forgot to send or a deadline looming at your face.

I should say that I am very lucky – I work with wonderful people in a role that mostly plays to my strengths and has very reasonable hours. That said, it’s still tough to feel like the parts of you that you like are the parts of you that you’re pushing down for eight hours to get something else done.

Here are some of the ways I use to help myself feel like Regular Moog still exists, even when I’m at work ❤

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2017 Disney Halloween Gift Exchange!

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The lovely Hannah at Courage and Kindness has run a Disney-themed Halloween gift exchange for the past couple of years, which is frankly such a gr9 idea. It combines so many of my interests! Disney! Spooky things! Presents! I only found Hannah’s blog after last year’s exchange so when it rolled round again this year, I was like YES. YES MY TIME IS HERE. I CAN BE A HALLOWEEN DISNEY GIFTING FAIRY!

You can learn more about the way the exchange works here, and I highly encourage you to go check out Hannah’s blog in general – it’s gorgeous, sweet, and full of really lovely Disney content and aesthetics.

My parcel arrived during a week I was signed off work sick, which was a little extra touch of cheering magic. Like, who doesn’t love getting presents when they’re feeling rundown? THIS MOOG CERTAINLY DOES. My gift came from @kerri_dangit, who sent such lovely things! Let’s get into it.

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5 things I remember about His Dark Materials

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I’ve read His Dark Materials twice all the way through. The first time I was about…. ten, I think, and my main memory of that is going to see Philip Pullman give a talk just before The Amber Spyglass came out, during which I covered my ears when he read an excerpt because I hadn’t read the book yet and I didn’t want to get spoiled. (Sorry Philip.)

The second time, I was sixteen and on a family holiday in the summer after my GCSEs. I read all three books curled up on the bed in the tiny cavern room in the converted train station we were renting and eventually staggered out at the end, weeping, for emergency cereal.

With The Book of Dust just released this week, I thought it would be a good time to reread His Dark Materials again before carrying on with the series. I don’t have Lyra’s Oxford or Once Upon a Time in the North with me, so I can’t reread those, but I’m going to get through the main three before picking up Book of Dust. WHAT A FUN EMOTIONAL TIME WE WILL ALL HAVE. A JOY. NO EMOTIONAL TRAUMA HERE. NO SIRREE.

I figured it would be fun to see what I remembered from the series before rereading it again as, you know, a nominal adult. Then when I’m done I can look back and be like WOW WELL DONE MOOG THOSE SURE ARE SOME C-PLOT MEMORIES.

Warning for spoilers below for all three books, just to be safe.

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Unboxing: Book Box Club September 2017

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Back at YALC this summer, I met the lovely Libby and Kate, who run Book Box Club, a UK-based YA book subscription box, and signed up on the day.

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

The September box was their one year anniversary box and the theme was Outlaws – let’s get into it!

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Unboxing: FairyLoot August 2017!

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You know what’s a good day? Book box arrival day! My August FairyLoot arrived a couple of days before I was expecting it, which was a p great way to kick off the bank holiday weekend.

If you’re not familiar with FairyLoot, it’s a YA fantasy monthly book subscription box that comes with one new YA fantasy release and a selection of other bookish things, all fitting a monthly theme. August’s theme was Otherworlds (which, like, be still my tiny Narnia-loving heart). Let’s get into it!

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go-to self care methods for wobbly days

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It has taken some honing but through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered etc I have worked out a few go-to ways to treat myself a bit better if I’m having a hard brain day. I try to incorporate these into day-to-day life generally but if I’m feeling rubbish, or if it’s been a day when everything seems to be on fire (LOOKING AT YOU, THE WORLD AT LARGE), I go out of my way to make sure I do one or more of these, regardless of what else needs doing. Brains before… pains? Sure. Let’s go with that.

None of these are really revolutionary ideas but they are small bits of self-care that I find almost ludicrously helpful. Go team take care!

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