Sunday Coffe & Blog Hop #8

Morning, guys! Sleep well?

I’m kind of half dead, thanks to the joint efforts of my neighbours. They worked well as a team to keep me awake. There was always at least one of them running up and down the stairs at random times all night, banging into shit, and two of them decided that having deep philosophical conversations right outside my door at 6 am is The Shit. (This is where my therapist would interject with “Persecution complex, much?”, but I’m annoyed, so…)

But let’s see what happened in the blog world recently, shall we?30

Merline celebrated her birthday, and listed 30 things she’d learned before turning 30. Guys, she’s a woman after my own heart. This is a list that should be printed and stuck upon mirrors, fridges, and frequently visited spots, because all of them are great advice.

As you all probably know (if you didn’t, now you do), I’m a shameless DNF monster. Kat rallied a few like minded book bloggers to give their top reasons for dropping books like they were hot potato.

Does length matter? Well, depends… Nyx summed up pretty well why it doesn’t. Or does. Like I said, it depends!

I still haven’t upgraded to the new WordPress editor, and after I saw all the horrified tweets and disgruntled post I figured it’s just as well. But then Simon came along, and cleared up a lot of stuff, and now it really doesn’t seem that bad?! I mean, it looks kinda cool?! Famous last words?

Meanwhile, Alexandra is preparing for a great adventure in outer space. Fancy joining? Captain’s log, mission reports… Oh, yes, please!

Even though I’m not doing any reading challenge, I loved Ayunda’s list for the Reading Women Challenge. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King is set in Appalachia (which is topic #4) so if I were doing this challenge, I’d be already nailing at least one of the prompts. But I don’t… Still nice though.

Following that Appalachian trail of thought I have discovered bluegrass music, which according to Wikipedia is influenced by the music of Appalachia and other styles, including gospel and jazz, and according to me is pretty freakin’ awesome. I mean, a bunch of half naked dudes in dungarees singing Thunderstruck, playing on, among other things, spoons?

Do carry on!

How about you, guys? Discovered anything cool, or perhaps outrageous this week?


  1. I’m not ready for the new editor, Norrie. So not ready, but I will read the article and see what it’s all about. I cannot stop laughing about the bluegrass music! I don’t like it much, but sadly, I have to tell you that the men aren’t always half naked and don’t always play spoons, although they should! πŸ˜‚ β™₯️ Wonderful shares! Loved the post!

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  2. I would be a bit grumpy as well! I checked Simon’s tutorial and I’m getting more interested in that new editor now. I kind of want to try it but I’m afraid I can’t go back or it would mess up my drafts or something :-). Ah we have a (Dutch) movie here called The Broken Circle Breakdown that introduced us all to bluegrass music in 2012. No guys with dunagerees and spoons though, but still entertaining enough. Great list!

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  3. Ugh I’m sorry to hear about your neighbours, that’s so annoying :/ I hope you’ll manage to get a goodnight’s sleep tonight! ❀ I have been avoiding the new wordpress editor, but I have to say, I'm very curious about it now. Might have to try it out πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful week! ❀

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  4. Ha! So, I think I accidentally moved over to the new WP editor and I freakin’ hate it. HATE. IT. So, I will be spending some time on Simon’s post after I’m done here. Thank you for that. Hope it helps because I can’t figure out how to go back!

    Bluegrass is the bomb. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’m no expert on Bluegrass, but…my stepdad (#2) was a music nut and in addition to walls of bookshelves, we had walls of vinyls. Also, my first husband was a musician, as well as a long-term live-in boyfriend, and between all these musical men, I feel I’ve gotten a decent education in music genre through immersion. πŸ˜‰ I say all this to ask…have you listened to rockabilly yet? Well, contemporary rockabilly? If you like bluegrass, you might dig rockabilly…I highly recommend The Reverend Horton Heat. πŸ™‚


  5. I’m still not ready to change over to the new editor (changes are scary :() but that’s a really neat guide! My main complaint is that they went for the “minimalist and clean” approach with the UI and hid everything in drop-down menus. it’s just super cumbersome.

    Nothing outrageous for me this week but I’ve become pretty addicted to Walk the Moon’s new song. πŸ˜€

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  6. Awesome list, Norrie! And those neighbors sound terrible! Sorry to hear that they caused such a racket! As far as the new editor is concerned, I’m absolutely awful with it, but will definitely take a peek at that post! πŸ’•


  7. I tried the new editor. Unless they drastically changed it, I’ll never use it. And if they did drastically change it, they never should have pre-released it in the first place. Either way, I consider WP to have really shot themselves in the foot with this move.

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    • Oh, if you have the option to go back to the one you prefer it’s cool πŸ™‚
      I was mainly attracted by the function that does the coloured background / frame thing which i now do manually.

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  8. Oh, those neighbours of yours would annoy me as well. I’m such a light sleeper and once woken up, find it really hard to fall back asleep. How rude of them, big hugs!

    Thanks for all those links, will definitely be doing some reading of them tonight. I’m a fellow DNF monster and am looking forward to all those reasons for sure. And can’t wait for Alexandra’s adventure as well! πŸ™‚

    Well, I discovered that when the MetOffice says a chill factor is gonna be 5C, they are not joking and it’s f’ing cold for outdoor rock climbing. Was freezing everything off yesterday in Cheddar and will be more mindful of that forecast.. and my interpretation of it… πŸ˜‰ … from now on… πŸ˜‰

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    • Hahaha, i think “freezing my ass off” is my default setting πŸ˜€
      Hope the weather gets warmer soon.

      I remember visiting Cheddar. I did a walk there only, and of course went to that ice cream place with the 50 flavours and got some crazy ass ice cream πŸ˜€

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      • It was so funny as I didn’t feel my fingers at all during my first climb and had no idea if I was holding onto something or not… I guess I must have had as I did not fall… I must admit I was dreaming about climbing in Spain… or Greece… LOL to the ‘freezing my ass off’ – I can totally relate to that these days! πŸ˜€

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  9. Thanks for the link to Simon’s post. It was helpful.

    I tried the new editor a while back and wound up back with the old. It takes a lot of getting used to and it was frustrating in really stupid ways but the big thing was I couldn’t figure out how to do any links whatsoever including to my own stuff. Maybe that’s been fixed? I might give it another go when I have more downtime but for right now the original editor is where I will stick!

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    • Yes, seems so!
      Haven’t tried it until now, but it’s there. When you are in your paragraph and click on a word, the option comes up πŸ™‚

      I really liked the classic, old school looking editor. The slightly newer version was fine too, it even showed in the scheduling calendar which days were already taken. This one doesn’t seem to…


  10. Beware Of The Reader

    You have no idea what a relief moving in a house was Norrie! I had students living all around me in town and they drank, talked and sang every night. Loudly!

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  11. I like the new WordPress editor! Minus only one thing: I can’t change the font of only one word. It will change the whole paragraph but that’s something I am willing to give up for all the other cool updates. 😁 We enjoyed some of the same posts this time around, Norrie!

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  12. Ugh, your neighbors sound awful. It’s amazing how rude and careless some people can be to those living around them. 😦 You should keep a spray bottle of water next to your front door so next time they decide to congregate outside your door at 6am you can just bust the door open and spray them so they scatter. πŸ˜›

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    • I’m cultivating a very effective death glare for the next time i see them! πŸ˜€

      I tried yesterday the editor for like 15 minutes, then freaked out and changed it back. The whole paragraph thing was kinda overwhelming. Not unuseable, just need some more time with it and i wanted to be done quickly.


  13. NORRIE!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCLUDING ME IN YOUR POST!! I’m trying not to cry because I’m out in public, but this means so much to me because that list was probably the most transparent I’ve been on the internet.

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  14. Ooooh some great posts ! I’ll hop and read on somes in a few.

    Yeah ! I tried the new editor a few times (my mac & phone’s app hasn’t upgraded, but on website yes.) and honestly ? it’s not so bad. I HIGHLY appreciate the space bloc allowing us to put as much space between stuff that we want !! All my yes. I got mad a few times wanting spaces in my lists and it just.. not working..

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    • Now, after trying the new editor a bit more, it’s actually quite ok! The formatting is a bit weird and need time to get used to, but it’s not all hopeless πŸ˜€


  15. New… new editor? What have I missed? I’ve only just managed to work this one *starts deep breathing exercises to calm* I’m going to head on over to that post and work out what the heck is going on.

    Ah, crappy neighbours are crap. 😦 I lived above a couple once who used to come home from nightclubs at stupid o’clock and then turn their music on really loudly. And they also used to wake up at 5am to play guitar and sing to each other. Other people thought that was such a cute thing for them to do but then those people didn’t live above them.

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  16. One of my dreams is to live in a neighborhood where everyone but me is 50+ years old, so that they won’t be running about at night like hooligans and preventing me from sleeping. One day…

    Also, I must say that I’m rather liking this new editor. It’s certainly not as easy-to-use as the classic editor, but it looks nice and I’m very shallow.

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  17. On the active neighbors having philosophical convos at the ass crack of dawn: You should have pulled out a chair, opened the door and played audience. Lol. We have passionate neighbors who love to fight on the streets all the time. Husbutt and I are always glued to the kitchen window in winter and in the summer we open the car trunk and sit in their and listen. ItΒ΄s better than TV. Do you remember what your neighbors were talking about?
    The 10 reasons for dropping books post sounds REALLY good. πŸ™‚ Gonna check that one out.
    You listen to blue grass?! πŸ™‚ ThatΒ΄s awesome. My go to music when renovating. With blue grass you get shit done. πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, damn, cool idea! I should have joined πŸ˜€ Bring popcorn or something. No idea what they talked about, but that guy… oh man, he’s capable of talking about anything. Last time he tried to involve me in a convo about the royal wedding (when it was happening) and i just kinda zoned out. πŸ˜€

      I think i will try bluegrass for cleaning. I bloody hate cleaning, so need some motivation πŸ˜€ For now i just listened to it while i was writing.


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