Spiraling out of control

It’s been all quiet on the blog front lately.  I have photos piling up unsorted, zoo visits unchronicled, and thoughts unfocused.  That’s the thing you see, there has to be the right sort of focus or it all just gets a little bit out of control.

love the mad man with hearts in his eyes

Recently I’ve been trying to focus on the jobhunting thing.  Calling it just ‘the thing’ could be misleading.  At the very least it should have capitals to give a sense of scale and significance, and maybe italics too: The Thing looms over my days like the rain clouds that have been all too prevalent in the last week, and the sad fact is, I’m rubbish at it.  Give me a job and I’ll do a darn fine job of it, but ask me to find a new one and I’ll probably struggle.

The trouble is, I’m letting it get me down.  I’m letting it stop me phoning my friends, because I don’t have a cheerful answer to ‘how’s the job hunt going’, and I’m letting it make me grumpier than I ought to be with LTN (which, for the record, is not at all).

So, a resolution has been passed.  I shall snatch back my usual optimism, I shall enjoy my wonderful cheering squad, and I shall dance naked in the rain.  But when it comes to resolutions you’ve got to be realistic, so I’ll be aiming for 2 out of 3 of those and calling it a job well done.

Watch this space for the pictures I’ve been hoarding and stories of milkshake, rainbows and seedlings on my windowsill.  It’s onwards and upwards from here on in.

Versatile, moi?

Rather belatedly I’d like to say a massive thank you to Win Lose or Draw for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I must confess that I was as surprised as I was delighted when strangers started reading my online ramblings, but when someone likes my posts, it’s now a real chufty moment. And don’t get me started on the stats map. That thing is amazing, I love the world getting coloured in.  Someone in Peru read my blog?  Wow…

So, I’m sorry it took me so long to write this post, I’ve had a bit of a communication block recently but I think the dam may be breaking now.  Brace yourself Bridget, there may be a flood of unconnected thought and pictures over the next few days.

But before all that, and much more importantly, I’d like to address Versatility Rule number 1:  Nominate 15  fellow bloggers.   Okeydoke, Here are some of the lovely blogs I follow, in no particular order since they are all most fabulous:

  1. Death’s Head and the Sickly Child
  2. The Heart of Art
  3. Enjoy My Adventure
  4. Meanwhile, back at the ranch
  5. Cameravagrant
  6. Doodlemum
  7. Yarn Harlot
  8. The Graphic Side of Life
  9. Tania Jessica Smith
  10. Rudolf Vlcek Photography
  11. Needled
  12. Wild Applause
  13. The Littlest Comma
  14. The Elaborate Spinning Machine in his Head
  15. Make Something Mondays

and now I need to toddle off and follow up Rule 2: Inform the bloggers of their nomination.  Mmmhmm.  That done, Rule 3 is a tricky one: Share seven (7) random things about you. Here goes…

(1) I have a shockingly bad memory for everything except faces and birthdays. (2) I love stationery way more than is healthy and have a larger collection of notepaper and little cards than is warranted by the sadly dwindling number of letters I write. (3) I’m shorter than I look. (4) I find it almost impossible to meet someone who speaks a language that I haven’t yet ‘met’ without trying to learn at least one ‘useful’ phrase from them, and therefore managed to say happy new year to a homesick Hungarian stranger in London, on NYE, in Hungarian. (5) I inherited a predilection for spoonerisms from my family, e.g. Frick Dancis, Chish and Fips, Par Cark, and yes, it can inhibit communication but I doubt I’ll ever stop.  (6) I love love LOVE chutney and not only add it to almost any sandwich you can think of and call it an improvement, I’d also happily eat a chutney sandwich, or just chutney, from the jar, by the spoonful.p.s. chum plutney is probably the best (7) Most of the time I care much too much about what other people think about me but sometimes, blissfully, I kick up my heels and ignore them completely, and it’s wonderful….

Rule 4: Thank the blogger who nominated you.  Done done and done.  And her blog is wonderful. Visit it.  Rule 5: Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture on your post.  Tick.  That’s all for now folks, thank you and goodnight.

Lick it

Happy Easter everyone. Today I have watched lambs frolic, run like a crazy thing all arms and legs flailing down a hill, admired the first haze of blue in the bluebell woods, started spring cleaning, emptied a greenhouse, planted some survivors, had a chocolate fight and shared lots of hugs. A good Good Friday.

So it seems an apposite day to draw your attention to Citizens for Optimism, some groovy folk who think good design can inspire happiness.  Like it.

Design by Leen Sadder

This was brought to my attention by Little Commas, as writer who designs and a designer who writes, or maybe t’other way aboot.  Anyway, Lil C wrote a sweet enough post to get freshly pressed (not jealous, not at all) and not only did I enjoy visiting her blog, I also loved the Citizens themselves.  Check them out, all the posters are lush. Lick them.

We’re all fools here, my friend

I finally screwed together a tiny ounce of willpower today and took myself up on the Downs for a run.  There was sunshine and I hit my stride for a wee while; I cleared out some of the fog.  I told myself that I’d start with 25 mins today and then go every day from now on.  We’ll see if I manage it, for truth be told, I can fool myself all too well…

It seems to me that we’re all fools at one time or another, but the secret is to take little steps (running or walking) towards some kind of sense that suits you. And now, tangentially, here is some punchy street art from my Bristol wanderings, colours to go with the last of the sun.

Books on a sunny foggy day

Books have got me through many troubled times in my life.  When I’m ill, I read.  When I’m sad, I read.  When I’m indecisive, I read. When, like today, I’m just a little foggy and can’t articulate why that is, I read.  I cherish the books which absorb me completely, take me away from my own head and let me look inside someone else’s, however difficult or joyous that may prove to be.  So let’s take a moment to appreciate the wonderful people out there who make the books we read.

Thanks to Bookshelf Porn for this video, by Glen Milner.