May In Review

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Lived Highlights Six by Nico: Childhood Still surviving Bootcamp, into the last couple of sessions now Signed up for Pedal for Scotland Bought some plants because ‘greenery’ Bought some fab new cushions Had a tattoo consultation (and booked in for August, wooop!) Aside from that, whilst I had a lot of things on, almost every day, it felt like a quiet month. Admittedly a lot of my focus has been inwards, my physical health and fitness have driven a lot of my decisions (not drinking on nights out for example), and my mental health is definitely improving but obviously that too takes a lot of hard work. Meditating as a ‘habit’ as pretty much in place now too so, whilst …

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Why I am not quitting Facebook

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Sometimes when I’m writing for this blog, it feels like there is a conspiracy going on to make me think about, and write about, a particular topic. So with that in mind I will happily concede that this post was inspired by Lipstick Lori (who is writing some great stuff at the moment!) writing about How I Quit Facebook, Sort Of, my own ponderings around the question of Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?, and this piece by Jason Kottke (uber-blogger) My Social Media Fast. It’s a slow pull, a subtle trick. It starts with a brief desire and is soon a constant drain. They know what they are doing, they’ve spent a long time designing it to be this …

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April in review

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Lived Highlights Six by Nico New sofa arrived Bought a new car Hung out with a rock star Survived more Boot Camp and lost some weight Stepcount: 285,483. Read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee I only read one book last month, and this was it. The choice of book club and it was largely uninspiring. There is some good writing, the dialogue is pretty snappy, but I just never felt a connection or interest in the main characters. If To Kill a Mockingbird was your favourite book I’m not sure if I’d recommend this or not. It might ruin it for you, or enrich the world the characters live in. Either way it wasn’t for me. Watched Highlight …

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March In Review

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Lived Highlights Moved into my new flat. Saw Russell Howard on his current tour Was at a comedy gig (see above) where a fight broke out! Got some major tattoo envy at the Scottish Tattoo Convention (but no tattoo) Stepcount: 314,071. Read Highlight – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman No idea why I picked this up but so glad I did. It took me a few chapters to get into it but it’s well worth it. A bittersweet tale that will make you laugh and smile, as the story of Ove unfolds. Ohhh and it’ll make you cry as well, but it’s a wonderful book, that I highly recommend. Also Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – …

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February In Review

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And then it was March. I know February is the shortest month but holy jeez how is it MARCH already!! Lived Highlights I have a new flat to move into! After several viewings, most of which were just ‘not good’ the first one I saw was the best option. Cheaper, and a lot smaller, than my current place, I am midst mass declutter as I type. Still going along to guided meditation and have started doing a little at home (using the Buddhify app to help). I’m not sure if he’s helping in the day-to-day much yet, but the sessions do leave me feeling lighter. Stepcount: 279,086. Also I’ll just mention the Scottish Rugby team here and leave it at …

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January In Review

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The first in a monthly series, largely for my own benefit, of my own highlights from the past month. Lived Highlights My niece turned one and remains the most adorable, inquisitive little thing. Had two ‘Christmas’ nights out with friends (much laughter, good food and boozes) Finally got down to Kelvingrove to see the wonderful Alphonse Mucha exhibition. Started attending guided Meditation, once a week so far, but enjoying it. Also The lease on my current (rented) flat is due up and I’ve decided to move. Cue a massive clear out in preparation (I have entirely too much stuff). And yes, I am reading Marie Kondo’s book. Stepcount: 279,203. Read Highlight – The GraceKeepers by Kirsty Logan The first book …

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Weltschmerz

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I think English needs new words or, at the very least, some words that exist in other languages need to be adopted. As an example, look to schadenfraude. Schadenfreude is defined as “pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. Borrowed from German into English and several other languages, it is a feeling of joy that comes from seeing or hearing about another person’s troubles or failures. It is similar in meaning to the English term “gloating”, an expression of pleasure or self-satisfaction at one’s own success or another’s failure” Which isn’t very nice but we’ve all done it, even in its mildest form, the comedy of the pratfall, the banana skin slip, brings an element of schadenfraude. It’s maybe not …

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10 Reasons my blog isn’t popular

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My version of ’10 Productivity Tips’ would be ‘pick a system and use it, stop wasting time picking a system, most people just need a list of things that need done that day’. I write about me. My thoughts, my life. Narcissism central round here. I don’t stick to one topic. When I’m not writing about me, I write about software I use, or movies, and by god I write about writing a lot of the time. Essentially this blog is a censored diary that I happen to publish on the internet. I don’t actually know WHY I keep doing this, and so I plod on just posting stuff to have stuff posted. I don’t post amazing examples of photography. …

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16 years of thanks

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16 years is a long time and I’ll admit I’ve been looking back at the history of this blog, reading old posts and finding that it’s a fairly accurate depiction of my own journey. Obvious, I know, but given that there is so much I don’t write about, the blog posts I have published act as a signpost for my memory. It has sparked further contemplation about my past and, on the whole, it’s been a positive experience to revisit the links and connections I’ve made throughout my life that still hold true today. They are few, but they are strong. I’m forgetful and can be a little too focused on moving forward, looking ahead and making plans. I’m also …

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16 years old

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Every year this gets a bit scarier to admit. 16 years ago the internet was a small place, hand crafted HTML ruled the waves, and the surf was more a gentle swell than the tsunamis we now have to negotiate whenever we dip our toes. Even now I’m still not sure how much of this hobby is vanity, how much is curiosity, how much is a desire for validation, nor how much it’s just because I can. It’s never been a focus, and that’s probably why I still do it. I published my first piece of writing 16 years ago today. That means, in the UK, my blog can now, in no particular order: Drink beer or cider with a …

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