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A Little Word In Your Ear

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The trouble with having a good weekend away is that it makes the following week a little more lacklustre than the one preceeding it. I know that’s how it goes, but I never did figure out how to fight that properly, so now I’m all mopey sad pony because boohoo my life is boring. Oops.

Still, the next couple of weekends are looking fun and there are plans in place for May and June that should see me out of the house for at least a few days. I do despise this feeling of ‘wishing my life’ away tho, so hopefully between now and then I’ll work out how to enjoy the life inbetween.

Catch Up

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This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind one, but fun all the same. Barely any pictures taken, mostly because I was too drunk to hold the camera, but it was aces, I promise. You should have been there.

A friend and I headed up to Cardiff on Saturday to meet some other friends. The highlights included a horses mask, dancing!, a stop wanking sign, kinder eggs, dancing!, bad mojitos (actually, make that really terrible mojitos), catch ups with long lost pals, DANCING! and did I mention there was some dancing?

Lowlights: chips with cheese and gravy. Wtf?

edit: I forgot to mention the epic Usher marathon, and a certain stubborn welshman who wouldn’t stop singing along. Funny as hell.

Grace In Small Things

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(see previous lists here)

  • learning and remembering how to spell fluorescent
  • remembering why you started a project in the first place
  • the onset of spring
  • being able to wear skirts
  • the colour of egg yolks, when you break into a soft fried egg

Grace In Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects, Télégramme

(see previous lists here)

  • empty streets, in the early morning sun
  • new crisp flavours
  • hot chocolate with marshmallows & cream
  • thinking it’s Sunday, when it’s Saturday
  • creating something beautiful

I know I said I was going to try to do a grace in small things once a week, and it hasn’t really worked out like that. But I do find it’s nice to come back and jot one down, it makes me more appreciative. So I guess the list is doing it’s job, whether I’d adhere to the timetable I set myself or not.

101 in 1001 – March Update

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It’s that time of month again, where I get to sit back and look at what I’ve acheived. Not a bad month this month, hopefully next month I can clear up some of the ‘in progress’ ones too.

Completed: 6
3. Hem all my broken trousers – I asked my mum how to do this and I can’t believe how simple this is. Also, I do believe knowing how to hem ups my wife points by 2 ;)

13. Hang some pictures in the bedroom – I did this last weekend, which felt nice, like the room is a little more homely.

16. Make chocolate chip cookies – a disaster. Not quite as much of a disaster as the last time, but only marginally less so. Next time, I’ll chill the dough.

58. Read all Toby Litt books – of course, he’s just about to publish a new one, but I’ve read all his books published so far so I’m going to consider this one completed :)

88. Limit how much TV I watch – because I am trying to read 100 books this year, I am creating a magazine from scratch and, you know, I have a full time job – I’ve found that I really don’t have much time for TV anymore. Another happy by product of all this work I’m doing.

73. Reach payout on www.onepoll.com it feels so good to finally get this one off my list, since I’ve been trying to do this for probably close to 2 years. It’s my own fault, if I’d kept at it I would have reached the £40 payout far quicker but I think that’s what they bank on – that you can’t be bothered. I forgot for at least six months before picking it up again, determined to get my cash, ha.

In Progress: (new since last month:) 2

62. Try and sell as much as possible before giving it away – I’ve managed to sell a few bits and pieces that have been cluttering up my bedroom for months. Hooray! The money comes in handy too.

87. Re-learn conversational French – I am doing this through podcasts and google translator.

In Progress: Updates4

8. Delete all mp3s I don’t like – I’ve now completed A-D.

40. Spend £15 a week for a month (excluding petrol & bills) – now onto week two of this. Last week I managed to save £4.52, this week £3.50 :)

78. Use all of something before buying something new – this is going quite well. I haven’t bought any new beauty products (barring hair dye and perfume) since November, and have slowly been working my way though all the mositurisers and conditioners I have. We’ve also been clearing out all the condiments in the kitchen – a fun if sometimes unpredictable event. (Like the time mum poured red chillis all over the pizza  to ‘use them up’. Thanks mum.)

I am enjoying this challenge, and getting to tick more off every month is pretty rewarded, but I can’t help thinking picking goals for (almost) a three year period is a little hard to do. So much has changed in the 18 months I’ve been doing this that some of these tasks cannot help but be unachievable. The question is, do I create new goals to replace them? Or just accept that they won’t be completed this time around?

Books! March Update

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Read In March: (see the full list here)

10. Double Shot – Anna Blundy
11. I Play The Drums In A Band Called Okay – Toby Litt
12. The German Wedding – Pieter Drinkwater – as an aside, this was the driest, dullest book I’ve ever read. Avoid.
13. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks
14. Fearless Fourteen – Janet Evanovitch
15. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
16. Mad Cows – Kathy Lette
17. In Evil Hour – Gabriel Garcia Márquez

March turned into a target month for me – in order to reach my goal of 100 books this year I need to read 8 books a month. I’m sure you can figure out that that would put me on 24 read by the end of March, not 17, but you do what you can. The first book of April is already completed, but I must admit I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump the past few weeks.

Still, I ticked a couple off that I’d been waiting to read for a while (namely Breaking Dawn & I Play The Drums in A Band Called Okay, which meant I could tick off one of my 101’s in 1001) so I guess it’s swings and roundabouts, right?