Hello everyone (all three of you),
This blog will be taking a little break for the next few days, because my mother is here. Normal service will resume on the w/c 3rd September.
In the meantime, here are some of my favourite blogs which you can peruse while I’m away: Read more
I’ve been blogging every day for a while now, but as of last Monday I’ve taken on a new academic research project. This, along with some other things I’m going to have to prioritise over the next few months, means a lack of spare time for blogging.
Over the next few weeks the number of posts will be decreased: I’ll still be doing the ‘How Do You Fit It All In?’ series on Sundays, the book blogs on Tuesdays, and probably at least one other post each week, but I’ll no longer have the time available to blog every day.
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When history looks back on you, assuming you’re not a direct perpetrator of injustice, which statement will be made about your life?
“They stood up for what was right, even though it was unpopular.”
“They couldn’t really help it, they were just a product of their time.”
This is the third and final installation of the ‘Quote of the Day’ tag game, which was brought to my attention by Magpie at Midnight, who writes interesting posts and makes art. Go check out her blog.
Back? Hi! I started off this series with a quote from Kierkegaard, one of my favourite writers. The second installation came from Renaud, one of my favourite singer-songwriters. And now the final one is coming from my favourite TV show: Star Trek. Read more
Following on from my post last Monday, here’s the second in my series of quotes in the ‘quote of the day’ tag game challenge. I was nominated by the lovely Magpie at Midnight, whose blog you should check out.
I began with Kierkegaard, because I love him. Another person I love is Renaud, so I’m continuing with him. Also I thought it’d be interesting to do one quote from a book (Kierkegaard), one from a song (Renaud), and one from some kind of visual media (which will probably end up being Star Trek). Read more
The lovely Magpie at Midnight tagged me in this, so hop on over and take a look at her blog! I’m especially enjoying her ‘Objects with Meaning‘ series where she shows us various things around her house that hold some kind of meaning to her, but she also makes pretty art which you should check out too.
This is a simple tag game, the rules of which are as follows: Read more
I’ve spent the past few days repotting various plants, including my tomato babies. I’m now going to Italy, and since I don’t have a cat anymore I was thinking that I’d be saving money since I wouldn’t need to pay the catsitter, except then I realised someone needed to look after my plants, so now the catsitter has morphed into a plantsitter for the next couple of weeks.
I posted about the repotting on Instagram, and then a friend asked if I could show him how to repot a fern. Since I’ll be videoing the conference in Italy next week and needed to test the videocamera anyway, I decided this would be a good opportunity to do that.
So, here you go: how to repot a fern (works for most other plants too). Full transcript below.
Magpie At Midnight is currently doing a series of blog posts about objects that mean something to her. In the first post in the series, she says:
“I am slightly suspicious of wholesale minimalism. I feel that some objects come with important emotional meaning attached, and they form part of our emotional memory. Our emotional story. What looks like simple clutter to some people, is for other people an anchor to an important moment, good or bad, in their past. I am sure that sometimes getting rid of those anchors can, in itself, be a very psychologically healthy thing to do. But I am not an advocate of throwing things away simply for the sake of being tidy, of creating a clean, minimalist environment.”
And I completely agree. So I thought I’d take a look at some of my own objects of meaning, but I’m putting them in one post rather than spreading them out, because my posting queue is horrendous right now and I don’t want it to get even longer. Hop over there and take a look at Magpie’s blog too! Read more
How do people end up on my blog? Not many of them do. Most of my readers are me, looking back through what I’ve written to berate myself about how stupid it sounds a few days later.
But some people read it. And some of them got here through some pretty odd keyword searches… Read more
This year I came to the startling conclusion that I’m actually not bad with money. I’ve always been told I’m terrible at managing my finances, and I’ve always believed that to be true because until about four years ago I never felt like I had enough money to live on. This was even the case when I was working in advertising and earning a pretty fat pay cheque.
However, a few months ago I was discussing life with my therapist, and she asked about money. I told her I’m bad with it, and she asked why, and we talked about my current habits. “They sound very healthy,” she told me when I explained that I earn enough to live on comfortably and have a reasonably well-stocked savings account. “But I’m bad with money,” I replied, “I always have been. Everyone I’ve ever lived with has told me I’m bad with money.”