>A bad cold wouldn’t be so annoying if it weren’t for the advice of our friends.

Kin Hubbard (1868-1930), U.S. humorist

Like everyone else, when I don’t know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds.
George Jean Nathan, (1882–1958), U.S. drama critic

There is only one way to treat a cold, and that is with contempt.

Sir William Osler (1849-1919), Canadian physician
I signed up to do NaBloPoMo again this month.  Then I woke up yesterday morning with a scratchy throat and has become apparent throughout the day today, a cold.  
So I have very little motivation for blogging or thoughts of what to write tonight.  But one of my plans for this month was to share more quotes and write why I love them.  I wanted to save my favourites for sometime when I would do them justice so I went googling for quotes on “the common cold”.  Most of the ones that bought up were about the illness itself – medically I mean – and they were about 4% interesting and 96% boring so they just wouldn’t do.  These ones however made me smile and laugh a little so I thought I would share them.

>NaBloPoMo Day 1 – Changing the Blog

>I’ve signed up to do NaBloPoMo this month.  I’m hoping that a commitment to blog everyday this month through this challenge and some other changes I want to make to this blog will do good things.  I’ve really not been enjoying this blog over the last couple off weeks but hopefully the challenge and the changes will revitalise this blog (either that or kill it off completely, something I have briefly considered) and I will start enjoying it again.

I don’t really want to get into the why I haven’t been enjoying it or the details of the changes I plan to make but I wanted to record both things here… at least the existance of them.  And the theme for this months NaBloPoMo is “Change” so it’s an apt time to do so.

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and has as Happy a New Year as is possible for them.  Both of mine were good, especially the New Years celebration last night with good friends.  I’ve enjoyed the time to rest and be lazy and celebrate with friends and family.  But I must admit to be glad that time is over now and I can get back into a routine again.  Great as it was I do get fed up after a while when I have long swathes of empty time and I’d just hit that point yesterday morning.

>Writing and Weight and Fireworks

>The good thing about doing both NaBloPoMo AND NaNoWriMo is that on days when I don’t really have any inspiration for my blog entry I just simply tell you what my NaNo word count is and witter on about that for a while.

I have 3580 words for NaNo so far, I’ve set up three characters and mentioned a third and fourth. Other than that not much has happened other that a shit load of padding it out. Still, that;s half the fun. And I suddenly like what I’ve written this afternoon which is always good. I am slightly ahead of the curve at the moment but I haven’t written 1667 words today (wrote extra yest) so I want to get at least the 300 or so extra in to hit that – don’t want to lose my extra margin of words this early on. I’d actually forgotten how much fun this writing lark is.

Oooh and my friend Sam said my face looks a lot thinner today. I was very pleased but immediately followed that up with a discussion as to whether or not it was how I was wearing my hair (different to usual) that did it. Because, obviously, looking less fat is important. Particularly when you have an appt with a TV camera crew next week like I do…

Fireworks tomorrow, can’t wait!

>Canvas Bags – Tim Minchin


Take your canvas bags
When you go
To the supermarket
Why use plastic bags when you know
You know the world can’t take it

Take your canvas bags
When you go
To the supermarket market market
Don’t you use those plastic ones
No, no, no
Don’t you know that you’ll feel better for it

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
To the supermarket

Just think about the world
And how the world would be fantastic
If we got rid of all the plastic
We just need to get enthusiastic
Start a competition gymnastic
Or a bag making comp at your school
Fuck it, make it interscholastic
Canvas is for everyone
Whether you be rebellious and iconoclastic
Or conservative or ecclesiastic
I don’t care if you’re loud and bombastic
Or quiet or virtually monastic
Sober or on the floor spastic
Yoga master or completely inelastic
I’m not trying to be ironic or sarcastic
Just do something drastic
To rid the world of plastic

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
To the supermarket
Black out…!

Tim Minchin always makes me laugh. Especially this song which is so relevant to where we are now in our world. I thought of it today when the girl was packing my shopping at Sainsbury’s this evening. And I can think of one or two other people who read this who would like the song so… enjoy.

I have about 1K words done for NaNo. Must do some more later.