’twas the month before Christmas

It’s not even December yet, and the major TV networks have started broadcasting Christmas-themed shows and movies. Well, to be fair, it probably starts – at least – by about this time every year. The shopping malls, etc all had their Christmas decorations up weeks ago, so I suppose TV isn’t really the first to the party anyway.

I only had a half-day at work yesterday, finishing up at midday. I stayed back to have lunch, and went down to the cafeteria to put up more posters for The Compliment Project. I was quite chuffed to see that, of the two I’d put up on Monday, one had had all the tags taken (or I assume so, anyway, since the poster itself was no longer there) and the other had most of the tags taken. There’s also been a good response at my pharmacy (I’d put one up in the staff tearoom) but the one I’m most pleased with is the one I put on my local community noticeboard:  Continue reading

Thursday Doors – Bent Books

In my many years of blogging, I’ve kind of gotten the feeling that people who write blogs usually also like to read books. Right? Or it could just be the kind of blogs I tend to follow have given me this biased view.

Anyway, if you’ve visited my blog even semi-regularly, you’ve probably gotten the impression that I, too, like to read books. Consequently, I also like libraries and book shops, but I sometimes have to avoid these places because it is a real struggle sometimes to walk into a library or book store, and restrain myself from picking up every second book. (Don’t worry, I stay calm and composed mostly. The struggle happens internally.)

But, you know, sometimes browsing books shelves is kind of therapeutic and relaxing. And sometimes I just feel like looking at books for no reason other than … books.

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take one, pass it on

I have a Twitter account that I don’t use very often, but I happened to be browsing Twitter last night, and saw that Post Secret had retweeted something from “The Compliment Project”.

Intrigued, as I was lying in bed this morning, trying to decide if I want to get out of bed yet or just lie there for a bit longer, I searched up what this “Compliment Project” was. (Yeah, I could have looked it up last night when I saw it but I was too tired to be bothered (but not tired enough to not be randomly browsing Twitter…?) Anyway, I still thought of it this morning.)

Turns out, it was started by artist Anna Sergeeva (in California?) Ok, to be honest, I didn’t read that much into it; I read enough to know what it’s about i.e. spreading compliments and hence kindness and positivity and love and all the rest of it.

Anyway, despite my lack of detailed research into this (to be fair, it was Sunday morning, and I’d just woken up), I totally think this is a great idea. I’m going to put some up tomorrow, and help spread The Compliment Project to Australia.

You can download the official posters from the website: https://www.thecomplimentproject.org/

a logophile’s quandary

For the longest time now – like, seriously, I can’t even tell you how long – I’ve been meaning to write a post about some of my favourite words. At one point I even started compiling a list, but then I realised that there were just too many words for one post. Then I thought of that A-Z blogging challenge that some of the bloggers I follow participate in from time to time, and I thought that’d be a good way to space it all out, but then it’s so much effort…

Let’s be realistic here – it’s probably never going to happen.

And I can’t just write about my most favourite word because that always changes, and mostly it’s just too hard to pick just one word at any one point in time. What I did notice along the way, however, is that I seem to have an affinity for words containing the letter C, or words that have a C-like sound in them. This does not, however, mean that I like all words that fit this bill. I’m also not sure if the presence of the letter C is just a coincidence (which it could be because I also like words that are C-free).

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scar

Over the last few days, this song has been drifting in and out of my head:

It’s kind of an old song – an older song – and I don’t think I’ve heard it anywhere recently, but I still like it as much now as I did back in 2004 when it was released. Perhaps it’s just one of those songs that randomly reappear out of nowhere, but maybe it was also that line, doesn’t that make you shiver, the way things could’ve gone…

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Thursday Doors – Vulture Street

On the week-end just gone, after a boxing class (yes, I’ve taken up boxing …kind of – well, not as a very regular thing, but it’s a fun addition to my fitness routine, and sometimes it just feels really good to punch things), and after a three-hour brunch with a friend (yes, three-hour brunches are the best), we went for a short walk, my friend and I, around West End.

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