Happy Things: August 2017

Well, at least the things I’m holding on to at the moment. I’m up and down quite a lot with some big changes and scary things coming along, so I’m trying to focus on the small stuff, just to keep level.

1.I had a lovely time in Amsterdam. My travelling companion and I just chilled out, walked around, ate burgers, sat in a converted library, read books (well, audiobooks in his case), watched the bats and the parrots…it was a really nice week in a very relaxed city.

2.I’ve learned things, yay! I’m struggling with feeling like I’m failing at everything at the moment, and that I’ve lost or given up on so much…so I’m trying to hold on to this.

3.Trello – I’ve started boards for my writing, editing work, general organisation…it’s only good for certain types of organisation (ie. not in-depth tasks) but I quite like it, and if nothing else it lets me see what’s on my lists to do. I do still have post-it notes on my computer and a colourful notepad for day-to-day things.

4.I want to bake more – and a friend sent me this. GET IN MY FACE.

5. Have I said that I love this? Because I do. Walk the Moon, Shut Up And Dance. I may have been editing while bopping along to it!

 

Happy Things: The start of June 2017


I have to do this, because the world is getting overwhelming, and I’m struggling badly. I need to focus on the positives and the good, and need to remind myself there is some out there!

    • Moana. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’ve watched it three times and have been singing the soundtrack pretty much endlessly. My most freakin’ irritating and annoying friend keeps texting me lines and THEN I HAVE THAT SONG AS A DAMN EARWORM and it’s the. Best. Thing. Ever.

  • It’s a small thing, but Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations chocolate. I love the jelly bits. I probably shouldn’t eat as much of it as I do, but it’s the best when I’m feeling down! (Also, Ben&Jerry’s Peanut Butter. WIN.)
  • I’m still really really appreciating my friends. Everyone’s been wonderful, and I’m grateful for the normality they’re giving me – whether it’s watching Moana for the third time or tearing a story to pieces and then putting it back together, you’re all wonderful.
  • Clouds. I’ve been walking to work and watching the clouds over Stroud hills, and the sunsets recently have been lovely! I think it’s the mix of sunny days and rainstorms that has meant a nice change from overarching grey.
  • The cat. He might be a complete bastard and wakes me up at 2.30am because he’s forgotten where his food bowl is, but he’s also been curling up next to me at night and greeting me at the front door each evening. He is a git, but he’s also a cute panther who shrunk in the wash!

(Pssst – I now have an extra button over on the sidebar! I don’t have the energy for a Patreon or anything like that – you’ll just have to cope with blog updates – but if you’d like to show support, or keep me sane, there’s a little button there for you to buy me coffee. I may spend it on tea, because I’m a rebel like that.)

5 Happy Things – May 2017

Idea entirely stolen from Pastry & Purls! (Who is fab, by the way. Go and read her for knitting, books and allotment adventures).

Languages; I’ve installed Duolingo and I’m brushing up on my French for ten minutes (aka. my morning commute) every day. So far I’m still just brushing the dust off my memory, but I’ve been doing it for two weeks and it reckons I’m 22% fluent, so not too bad! I estimate I’ll hit 50% before I start learning new stuff, as I did AS Level French so all the tenses are in there someplace…but it’s a really good feeling to be doing something productive.

Pearl barley; I know it sounds ridiculous but I love the stuff! You can put so many options with it, and I’ve been having it for lunch for the last few weeks. It’s a small thing but it does make me happy.

Wonderful friends;  recent highlights have been Portal earrings, stupid cat pictures, Pikachu hugs, some lovely meals out…I’m leaning a lot on a few people who are being absolutely lovely and very patient with me, and it’s really nice to be able to just contact them and know they’re there. Everyone I’ve spoken to recently has been wonderful (thank you Facebook people!) and I’m super appreciating it.

New writing; I can’t say much about it (it’s erotica!) but I’m definitely enjoying it. The couple is mega fun to write and I keep giggling to myself. I’ve had a short story in the series accepted (yay!) so currently expanding it into novellas – more work, but I love it!

And finally, a new tune that I’m loving – Dan Auerbach’s Shine On Me.