• 2013,  books and reading,  my mother,  photos,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    A book that blew my mind #fridayreads #amreading

    I have a copy of a book called 1001 books you must read before you die. There have been several editions of this book so at various times different books have been put on the list and taken off again (and in the case of Memoirs of a Geisha I believe returned to the most recent edition of the list). I have the 2010 edition but I also have an app on my iPad and a spreadsheet both of which list every single book that have ever appeared on an edition of the 1001 books you must read before you die list. I believe the total number of books is…

  • 2013,  I wish I wrote this,  me me me,  Poetry,  things that make me smile,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    Dust If You Must

    So as you can probably tell from my last few blog entries I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. My sister commented on one of those entries that it made her think of a poem that’s doing the rounds on Facebook. I’d seen the one she meant bit not paid too much attention to it. Sometimes my newsfeed feels like a never ending stream of photos, poems, quotes and sentiments all designed to inspire or to make you think or feel good and they begin to blend into one. Which probably defeats the object but there you have it. Anyway after reading that comment I did a little googling…

  • 2012,  Cheerful Stuff,  Family,  friends,  fun stuff,  good things,  songs of my life,  surprises,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things,  yayness

    Party Memories (part one)

    Small bullet point memories of my 30th birthday party.  I’ve been putting off writing this until I feel less depressed.  I do feel like things are moving forward from that point of view but they’re still bad.  It occurred to me however that I might feel better for thinking and writing about something very cheerful so here goes… It was really, really good fun. I danced so much that my back hurt most of the next day.  That was totally worth it. I’d really agonised over the venue because the party room and bar are on one floor and the two disabled loos are on another (right next to each…

  • Cheerful Stuff,  things that make me smile,  Uncategorized

    >”Yay!”

    > A couple of hours ago I spoke to a good friend on the phone.  I mentioned that I came last in the regatta (27/27 – last in bronze and last over all).  Each time I mentioned another of those little bits she said “yay!” and made me laugh loads.  She suggests that I should get a prize for managing to be so spectacularly last. I really could care less about the regatta but I’m grouchy today for other reasons and that put the smile back on my face.  But it also made me realise just why it is some people think the two of us are weird and don’t…