Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oh what a lovely weekend...

Things I’ve discovered recently…

I still don’t like Big Brother. I watched half an hour of the intro show last night and I just…don’t get it. Bizarrely, I quite enjoyed the ‘looking at the new house’ section, but as soon as they started putting the “housemates” in, I started getting (simultaneously, which is quite a feat) annoyed and bored. So I switched off, read my magazine, and watched the 10 p.m. edition of Ugly Betty instead. Much better.

Other things I’ve discovered (or re-discovered) recently? That belief is a changeable, personal thing. That pyjamas are worth obsessing about. That you’re never too old for a mild crush, no matter how random, or how unattainable the guy may be. That sometimes you need to re-assess things and look at them from a different perspective. That letters are fun. That having time to rest is one of the best things in the world :-).

This is a post of three parts. That was the thinky part….next is the meme part (thank you, Brettaliscious!)…and to conclude we will have some photos from the weekend’s debaucheries. Three-prong attack, three-line whip, a trio of delights, if you will.

1. Your ‘ex’ and You = so done, it’s not worth getting into.
2. I am listening to = Golden Smog’s version of ‘Starman’. It’s not half bad!
3. Maybe I should = get ready for the day….my summer boss (the one with the title, haha) is picking me up in an hour and a half and I am so not ready it’s untrue. Or maybe I should write some more reports. Or hoover. I always need to hoover.
4. I love = the people who inspire me and make me laugh.
6. I don’t understand = many, many things, including calculus, gears, and how to wire a plug.
7. I have lost my respect for = uber-fundamentalist religion.
8. I last ate = 10 seconds ago. It’s breakfast time!
9. The meaning of my display name is = Um…I live in the country and I’m called Claire?
10. God = up there somewhere, not really fussed by which name we call him (of course, YMMV).
11. Someday = I’ll get my wish. And all the wishes I wish for others will come true also.
12. I will always = sing. Sorry, guys ;-)
13. Love seems to be = elusive.
14. I never ever want to lose = my marbles.
15. My myspace is = a lovely way to keep in touch with people, a way to check out new bands / follow bands I like, pretty darn amusing.
17. I get annoyed when = I screw things up.
18. Parties = are fun with the right crowd.
20. Simple Kisses = oh, yes please.
21. Today I = want to do well at the meeting, and finish at least 50 of my reports.(Note - posting this (finally) at 8 p.m., I'm 43 down!)
22. I wish = I was braver and more confident.

IS YOUR/ARE YOU
01. is your hair wet?: Not yet. Give me ten minutes.
02. is your cell phone right by you?: No.
03. do you miss someone? Too early to miss people!
04. are you wearing chapstick? No
05. are you tired? Nope, had an awesome sleep :-).
06. are you wearing pajamas? Yes! How did you know?
08. are you mad? Angry? Only a little. Crazy? Like a fox, baby!
09. are you upset? No.

HAVE YOU
01. recently done anything you regret? Watched half-an-hour of Big Brother.
02. ever lied? Yep.
03. ever stuck gum under a desk? Ew, no.
04. ever kicked someone? Only in a play fight. We were all about the ninjas in Y10.
05. ever smashed someones face in? Nope. Can you really see me doing that?

TODAY HAVE YOU:
01. have you cursed? No.
02. have you gotten mad at someone? No.

RANDOM-
Q: is there a person who is on your mind right now? More so, since you asked me if I was missing someone a few questions back!
Q: do you have any siblings? Little sister and brother. They are the coolness.
Q: do you want children? One day, sure. The comedy would be worth the pain and stress, I’m sure.
Q: do you smile often? Oh yes.
Q: do you untie your shoes every time you take them off? Nope.
Q: do you like your handwriting? It’s….odd.
Q: are your toenails painted? Pretty much always.
Q: are you a friendly person? Yes, I think so.
Q: who’s bed other than yours do you sleep in? Anyone’s! I will sleep anywhere, haha.
Q: what color shirt are you wearing? Pink and white.
Q: what were you doing at 7pm yesterday? Walking home from school, through a field full of bulls. “Fun”.
Q: I can’t wait to: finish my reports / be able to drive / go home for summer / go to see Brian Wilson / go to Canada.

Ta-dah!

And now, the weekend pics:


OK, Saturday daytime, not the evening, but I loved this restaurants name!
A plastic bottle of Merlot? Hey, Banana's excited! As was I! Hey, it had been a long half term...

The adorable Li and Banana. Lovely laydeez!


Number 151 in the book of cheesey Saturday poses, anyone?



I like wine. And have the rosiest cheeks in Christendom, oh my.
Banana may, just may, be out for your soul...

Even after a few glasses of wine (hic!), I'm loving how my posture is still kicking butt! Hahaha, books on the head!

The red wine, he is all gone. Fare thee well, old friend!



Mmmmmmm. Snackables. Very few of which were eaten, but they sure were fun to pose with!


Would the skankiest club EVAH deserve it's name without flyers for strippers? Dude. With my accent and general poshness, I'm amazed I survived the evening in there!


Et voila, j'ai fini! What a post...what a weekend! Thanks again girls!
Love and wonderfulness to you all,
Cxx




Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Back with a bump...

So the weekend was a vvveeeerrrryyyy long one, but it was great fun. Awesome to catch up with Banana and have some good times, even better to get the hell out of Dodge for a few. You know that Postal Service song 'This Place Is A Prison'? Well, up until the escape, the title had been becoming far, far too apt.

But a change is as good as a rest, right?

Friday night we schlepped into London, and I proceeded to play one of my favourite games - scare people by being nice to them. Always a giggle...I give money to buskers (except those who play the harmonica for some weird personal reason), buy the Big Issue, donate to charity collectors (but not evil Chuggers), give up my seat on the Tube for old ladies, let people go up the escalator first, smile at baristas...it's such a simple yet amusing game! Then I took Banana to see Wicked as her birthday treat.

Oh. My. Gosh.

It is AMAZING! The music, the story, the sets, the acting, the awfully dishy male lead, everything. It was so good that Banana bought the soundtrack and I had to spend most of Saturday learning the score to sing it for her (wow, it's a tough old score. And Banana is one heck of a taskmaster). Just brilliant.

Train home, pizza, lie-in.

Saturday we trawled round the shops of Harlow and tried on eleventy million outfits...then didn't buy any. Saturday night was wine. Lots of wine (photos to follow next post!), and japery involving my throwing crisps everywhere (no-one told me the bag was open...), me spilling red wine everywhere, then Banana spilling wine in the exact same place, then the sugar sniffing thing, and lots of delightfully cheesey music. Don't you just love girls nights? And then we went to the skankiest club I've ever frequented (and believe me, I've been to some tacky clubs!). By this point I was on the diet Cokes, but the girls continued with the bevvies, so naturally we wound up dancing on stage. 1.30 a.m., chippy run, cab home, sleeeeeep.

A Sunday in PJs watching The Devil Wears Prada, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Legally Blonde. Then round to Banana's family for Sunday roast and off to the movies for a viewing of The Painted Veil. Beautiful, sad, probably worth waiting for the DVD. Rounded off the weekend with QI and chat.

Monday, home and stuff. Tuesday, chores, letters and paperwork. Today lunch with the adorable DW, and about time to make a fresh start on the reports and all that jazz.

I had written a much more down post than this, but this is the one I'm going with.

How are you guys?

Love, as always,
Cxx

Friday, May 25, 2007

Whoo! Alright-Yeah….Uh Huh

It’s half-term! And even though next week is pretty much wall to wall reporting, this weekend it is all about the fun (so naturally, the rain is now minutes away….)! I’m going to see Wicked, and I’m going to catch up with Banana, and I get to go to London, and there will be drinking and dancing and FUN!

I’m so ready for it! :-)

Have a lovely weekend, all!

Love you bunches, and rather geekily, you know I mean that!

Cxx

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sultry summer evenings…

…are made for singing Gershwin. It’s, like, a rule. Or something.

So the warm weather has returned, and my freckles have started to kick in (I think it’s the Scots blood in me!), probably because yesterday I spent two and a half hours in glorious May sunshine watching my kiddies compete and attempt to qualify for next months sports day. Sorry, that should be ‘Sports Day’. Believe me, it is a huge deal here (as it is at most prep. schools) and the yummy mummies were out in force. Nice afternoon though, then a reasonably chilled boarding duty, then a swift drink with Quirky (she’s been a little blue, so it was good to touch base with her).

And then it was time to go home to grade, mark and moderate 43 Geography exams. By this morning!

The ride home was lovely, it was so balmy and warm, and I timed it exactly at twilight. It’s such fun zipping along the country roads in the half light, with the bats swooping playfully overhead (although I sometimes get worried they may hit me – our local bats are a little dim sometimes!). When I got home I was on dog duty ~ our eldest dog Freddie is blind (as a bat, now I conveniently think of it!) and can’t really hear all that well, so like the elderly gent he is, he must be taken for a turn about the garden.

And it was just lovely, standing there in the moonlight-half-light-twilight, watching as the stars started to pinprick through on the midnight blue canvas of the sky. And the garden looks lovely just now. It was so warm, it reminded me of evenings in Carolina, the humidity hanging like a blanket over everything. And I stood there, making sure Freddie had his exercise, I sang a few standards…I enjoyed ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ particularly, I haven’t sung that in ages! There’s something to be said for singing in the open air when there’s no-one about…the timbre is so different. Lovely.

One day till break…this term has felt pretty long so far, but respite of a sort is just over the hill.

Hope you are all enjoying the last burst of May!

Cxx

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Currently….

...I’m loving the fact that the sun is back. I’m glad the rain came and gave the plants and flowers a good long drink, but now I’m happy to be back in the weather for cute skirts and shoes.

...I’m loving making time to read books again…in the last month I’ve devoured Join Me, The Dirty Bits For Girls, Them – Adventures With Extremists, This Book Will Save Your Life, and Love Is A Mixtape. And now I’ve just started Freedom in Exile and do you know what? It totally has me hooked thus far. Who knew the Dalai Lama was such a funny guy?

...I’m loving getting back on form – my shoulder and neck thing is giving me much less pain now and I’m limiting my meds. And the cold is almmmmost out the door.

...I’m loving the wee bit of pocket money that babysitting and tutoring is giving me. It’s not a great hill of beans, by any means, but it’s giving me money for books and CDs and visits to friends, so you won’t hear me complaining.

...I’m loving that it’s nearly half-term. Sure, I have lots to do, but I can do it whilst catching up with lovely people, sporadically lazing in the sun, and having cheeky lie-ins.

...I’m loving fooling around with my hair and makeup and jewellery and basically being a girl.

...I’m loving the impending randomness of June that lies waiting like a dog in the sun.

...I’m loving all the new music I’m digging at the mo, and I’m hungry for more. But what should I buy? Patrick Watson? The Manics? The Besnard Lakes? Rufus Wainwright? Tori Amos? I just don’t know. Can I buy them all? Probably not, alas…so what purchases do you guys advise?

...I am loving writing letters, and sending postcards, cards and little packages. This was so my thing for so long, and now I’m getting back into it. If you’d like a postcard or something, drop me an email with your addy (linaire@googlemail.com). I’ll so do it.

...I’m loving reading the NME (as much as it annoys me sometimes) to learn about new music, Hello to make me titter and crave a posh name of my own, and The Independent On Sunday to remind me there may actually be a mind left under all the nursery rhymes, primary colours and inane childlike prattle.

...I’m loving my pink pyjamas, and my Frank Turner tee, and my new flared jeans, and my cute shade, and my silk skirt with the swirls on.

...I’m loving texts and hugs and emails and comments and just all the goodness right now.

...I’m loving Ugly Betty and House. And I’m looking forward to watching the sure-to-be-car-crash-tastic American Idol final on Saturday with Banana and a decent sore head from Friday night!

...I'm loving the schedule for July I've just seen....I'm going to be exhausted, but in such a good way :-)

So, currently?

I’m pretty good, thanks.

How are you?

Cxx

"So darling, you should be thankful...." Charlotte Hatherley, 'Be Thankful'

Monday, May 21, 2007

Chattering away into the void....

I swear, these things get more and more random! But it’s late Sunday evening, and I’ve only had an eight hour weekend, I’ve got wine and Dairy Milk and I’ve just had a phone call bonanza…a meme is just the thing to help me unwind (I think this is what happens when you don’t have roommates or family around to talk nonsense to, or at least msn at home ;-))

Cxx

MOUTHOLOGY

Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A: What? I like Paul Newman’s dressings – good tasting and good for the conscience too!

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. Don’t really have one, really. Um, the chippy in Forres? No, no, how about that random-as pizza place in Forres? My gosh, what was it called? That’s really going to bug me now!

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Anywhere I can eat yummy food and hang out with my friends / a cute date / the fam will do! My local pub round here is very good – come visit and I’ll take you for dinner there!

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. 10-25%

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not getsick off of?
A. Broccoli, apples, toast.

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. Lots of veggies, please.

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Olivio (trans fats scare me!) and jam.

Q. What is your favorite type of gum?
A. Probably minty Extra – having had so many teachers back in the day with bad breath I like to keep mine as fresh as possible!

TECHNOLOGY

Q. Number of contacts in your cell phone?
A. Um, lots? Shall I check? No, that would involve moving…I’d guess about 70 or so, but I could be wildly wrong!

Q. Number of contacts in your email address book?
A. About 100, last time I looked.

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. A pretty picture I took of the London Eye at twilight, when Peachy and I were there.

Q. How many televisions are in your house?
A. One teeny tiny TV.

BIOLOGY

Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Righty.

Q. What's your best feature?
A. Um…my cheesy dance moves? My love of looking for the best in people? My sponge like acquisition of useless trivia? I hate these sort of questions…can we have more about salad dressing, please? ;-)

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Two teeth and a mole. As in a skin thing, not a small mammal that burrows in gardens!

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
A. Hearing / sight are pretty good, but smell probably inches out into the lead, bizarrely!

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?
A. 4 years ago. First and only, thank heavens! Note to self – go to the dentist some time this year.

Q. What is the heaviest item you lifted last?
A. One of the Year 4 boys.

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. No, thank heavens.

BULL[CRAP]OLOGY

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. No. That would be horrid!

Q. Is love real?
A. Yes.

Q. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
A: If I could change it for just a week, I’d change it to Zenobia, just to annoy my mum ;-). Long story.

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Certain blues, reds, greens and pinks. I can never tell which ones, but some make me look nice (I think Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy would say they make me ‘pop’).

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Yep. And for a dare.

Q. Have you ever saved someone's life?
A. Nope.

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. I think everyone I know has, in some small way.

(Around half my readers, feel free to gag at that last one! But it's true!)

DAREOLOGY

Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
A. Dude. The world doesn’t need that. But if I could be arrest free and there would be no kids around, possibly.

Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. Maybe.

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for$200,000?
A. Nooooo! And now I feel like I need to buy both my pinkies a drink!

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Maybe not.

Q Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. I do not think there’s a magazine who would pay me that for that. Seriously.

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
A. I would try!

Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for$1,000,000?
A. No.

Q. Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
A. Absolutely. Not a problem.

DUMBOLOGY

Q: What is in your left pocket?
A: My PJs don’t have pockets!

Q: Is Napolen Dynamite actually a good movie?
A: I don’t really get that movie. I thought it was…OK?

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A: Stupid cream carpet that’s really hard to keep clean. Grrrrrrr.

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A: Stand. Except when I’m really tired.

Q: Could you live with roommates?
A: Sure…but it helps if I really like them! I have been blessed with some amazing roommates in my time :-).

Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
A: Two or three?

Q: Where were you born?
A. Inverness.

Q: Last time you had a run in with the cops?
A: I don’t so much run in with the cops as have amusing conversations with them…in that case, sometime last year.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Happy. If I can be happy, and make others happy, and just be, that would be great.

LASTOLOGY

Q: Friend you talked to?
A: Hannah-banana.

Q. Last person you hung out with?
A: B and S.

Q. Friend you called?
A: Hannah-banana.

Q: Person you hugged?
A: Moonbeam. Yep, Wiwille, you read that right :-P.

Q: Place you went:
A: Tescos! (Surprise, surprise!)

FAVORITOLOGY

Q: Number?
A: 4, 7, 11…and basically any number that is not a multiple of 7 plus 1. Yeah, I’m a geek. And fairly odd.

Q: Colour?
A: I like most of the colours actually…democratisation of colour liking in action.

Q: Season?
A: Can’t pick, but I have a good feeling about this coming summer.

CURRENTOLOGY

Q: Missing someone?
A: A little.

Q: Mood?
A: Relaxed.

Q: Listening to?
A: An ‘ER’ trail on TV.

Q: Watching?
A: E4’s catchup shows.

Q: Worrying about?
A: Nothing right now, but when I restart it’ll be reports and exams and finances, I suspect.

And now, it’s half-ten, and I’m off to Bedfordshire.

Night, all,
Cxx

PS And now it's seven p.m. Monday, and I'm beat. Marking exams is tiring....time for some dinner and a bath!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Purring like a kitten

It’s a sleepy sunny Sunday here. The rain has finally abated somewhat and my shoulder/neck/back thing is, slowly, but surely getting there. It’s been a busy and workfilled weekend so far – lots of teaching and umpiring and babysitting – in fact, as I type this I’ve just wrapped up a meeting with my fellow year 3 teachers (yes, on a Sunday. We had to cross-moderate the kids’ English papers!).

But, do you know what? It’s OK. Half-term is a week off (and I’m going to stay with Banana, yes!); the kids are doing well; the sun is shining; the weekend has been OK, if less spangly than some; and I’m shooting a quick blog post off before hitting the store to buy something yummy for tea and lots and lots of cleaning products (yeah, the flat TOTALLY needs blitzing. I think the spiders have started a colony. Bwaaaa).

Babysitting last night rocked, for many reasons…I was on earlier than usual, so I actually got to hang out with the wee one I look after (she will henceforth be named Moonbeam, methinks), and she really is a sweetheart! Is there anything more relaxing than bathing a baby and getting them ready for bedtime? Nope, didn’t think so. I just think it’s hilarious when you give them that last bottle of the evening and it’s like the reverse of charging something up…they visibly wind down. I love hanging out with little people…growing up I guess I always thought I’d have kids of my own by the truly decrepit age of 26, and while I’m somewhat relieved
that I don’t yet (because parenting = the difficult), I’m glad I’m keeping my game fresh, as it were, with the babysitting and the teaching and the spending more time with under 10s than any other demographic :-). And I get paid for work I’m good at, hurrah! Which is lucky, becuse now I’m saving for some new Converse (I blame you, Christy! You gave me a WEBSITE!!!???). Once Moonbeam was all settled and snoozy I chilled out in front of Doctor Who, Nanny 911, and Canada’s Next Top Model (how had I not caught this show before?? How??). Lovely.

And now, I’m going to go get the makings of something nice (aubergine parmigiano? Pork with spices? Cheese on toast? Who knows?) and the Sunday paper, and some wine, and I’m going to go home and clean my house (while listening to loud powerpop, Frank Turner, Postal Service, Catatonia and J5), then make my tea, then call all the people I owe phone calls to, and then have the most relaxed evening, ready for another monster week ahead!

Hope you are all having a lovely day thus far!
Cxx

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Somewhere, under all this paper....

....is a woman.

Honest.

Exam fever has reached its peak here - and there's no fun quite like getting seven-and-eight year olds to concentrate on study and being quiet for eight days on the trot. Hey, I struggle to do that!

I think my role is even harder cos I work with those who struggle with literacy and reading...and guess how we assess most of our work? With reams of redaing and writing, hurrah! Many cups of coffee each day and a glass of wine each night might just get me through!

Today the kids had English and then my R.S. paper - most amusing answers thus far?

Q: What two foods did God provide in the desert for the Israelites?
A: Biscuits and crisps?

And, even more awesomely,

Q: How did Moses' mother keep him safe?
A: She put him in tarmac.

Wha.....?

Nevermind, I'm just stoked that so far (only one script still due in) not one of my monkeys has failed. I SAID they were good at this subject (biscuits, crisps and tarmac notwithstanding!)!

As for me, I'm getting there. Half term looms...praise the heavens :-).

Love and choc chip cookies to all,
Cxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Back in play, and on my way….

First and foremost, an update, in case you lovely people have been worried (thanks for the good wishes, all) – I’m fine. The three ailments I have have not combined into one awesome mega-meta-uber-illness (which sounds very Transformers, don’t you think?). I just have a tummy bug, the remnants of a chest infection, and a truly ouch neck sprain/twist/crick thing. And as luck would have it, the meds for the neck were making the chest thing worse…and the chest meds were messing with my stomach. Ahahahaha, good times. But I am feeling tonnes better (asked by one of my class today: “What per cent do you feel today?” (they are all about the per cents now – I explained them to them and now they are obsessed) I confidently replied 75%), and am sure I’ll be as perky as ever before the week’s out…consider yourselves warned!

To all the people who asked me for interview questions – they will be on their way soon, I’m just having to get back up to speed at work. Soon, I promise. And if anyone else would like to step up to the interview plate, feel free to leave 5 questions in my comments, or email me them at linaireATgooglemail.com. Pinks did (check my sidebar for her gorgeous and inspiring blog), and here are my answers:

1. What is your favourite holiday and why?

I am a bit of a Christmas nut. I love the whole shebang – the tree, the carols, buying gifts for the people I love, making and having time to spend with the people I love, the Christmas story, the music, the idea that for one day many of the things I love the most about humanity – the hope, the love, the kindness, the goodwill – are at the forefront of things. My family are not ones for traditions (I’m the freaky cog in our little machine), but we do have our Christmas traditions, and the five of us just have the most lovely time together. Plus you get ace Christmas specials of things like Doctor Who and a licence to eat as many turkey-stuffing-and-cranberry-sauce sandwiches as you wish. Need I say more ;-)?

2. What do you admire most in your hero/heroine, or if you don’t have a hero/heroine, what do you admire most in humanity?

This is a great question. I have quite a few heroes, and there are a few universals that they all tend to have – my heroes (whether we’re talking about Julie Andrews or Louisa May Alcott or Bette Davis or Shakespeare or whoever) have all been passionate. Brave. Honest. Kind. Knowing. And at some point you were always aware of a weakness, a chink, something which made them beautifully, brilliantly human. I think our very individuality and capacity for kindness is one of the most inspiring and admirable things about humanity.

3. If you could sing a duet at Wembley Stadium, who would you sing with and who would you want to be there to hear you?

After the weekend’s awesome gig, I’m tempted to say Frank Turner! But no, I’ll have a think….how about ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, with Kelly Clarkson. Or Rufus Wainwright. Or Aimee Mann. Or Brian Wilson. Or Frank Turner. Indecisive, me? The song is the message I pray out to all my friends as I go to bed each night…I just hope I can be there for them if and when they need me, and if I ever got the chance to sing at Wembley, you know the buddies would be coming along for the ride. AAA, yay!

4. What is your favourite outfit? Why?

I love my PJs. Does that really need explaining? I think that’s why I think Hugh Hefner is so cool – he wears pyjamas every single day. What a legend!

5. What is it about children that makes you want to spend so much time with them? Do you think that this quality still exists in adults and if so, is it different in adults? Why?

I love the upfrontness, the honesty, the wonder and the potential of children. These things can all be found in adults also, but adults are a lot better at disguising these things. I think also, there’s an element of my making up for the past…my own childhood, while not hugely tragic, was not good, and I think that I like helping the kids I work with to see what a great place the world can be – and to send them out as fully armed as they can be for any of the BS and dark times that may come their way.

There’s a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem called ‘Definition of a Successful Life’, which I have in my journal, and pinned up on a board in my classroom for all to see. It opens: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children”. I place a lot of value on the affection of children – they are very good at seeing people for exactly who they are, and care so much less about the things that hang us up as grown ups (Fact: no seven year old has ever called me fat, stupid, ugly, dumb or a slut. I wish I could say the same of teens and grown ups!). Children, particularly the age that I teach, are very good at searching out the things that are important – they, almost to a child, like funny, kind, bright people. So do I. And I think spending so much time with kids has made me reassess what it is I value and what I don’t actually give a flying fart about. My worldview can be very childlike sometimes…and I’m glad of that.

Thanks so much for the questions, Pinks!

Next!
Cxx

Monday, May 14, 2007

Being ill feels like falling off the planet….

So, yes, I’ve been out of the game for a few days, but I’ve done some things, honest, including reading (almost) three books, completely screwing my body clock, attending an awesome gig, making a 2a.m. dash to A&E, and generally having a random old time of it.

Did you miss me?

After a night with a whopping three hours sleep, Thursday was a regular day in school, but the mild cold that had started brewing on Wednesday bumped up a good few notches – cue much comedy as I employed a tambourine to maintain class discipline (hey, it worked :-)). I felt out of it, but managed to get through the day and tutoring in the evening, before coming home and collapsing. And not falling asleep till three a.m.. Dagnamit!

Unsurprisingly, I awoke on Friday feeling (and no doubt looking) like refried ass. I called in for cover, and the minute I hung up at 7.20 fell straight to sleep for 5 hours and woke up feeling….just as bad. The rest of the day passed it fitful sleeps, a dash to Tescos (well, as fast as a sick woman can dash) for tissues etc., and lots of reading (luckily by evening my temperature was back to normal – I hate having a fever!). I finished This Book Will Save Your Life, the whole of The Dirty Bits For Girls, and made a start on Love Is A Mix Tape (which is fab. On Saturday I spent almost an hour in the bath reading this!). Dull but necessary stay at home stuff, and another late night as the snuffles prevented my getting rest earlier on.

Saturday I call in for cover again – two and a half hours of R.S. with a headaches, a snifflearama and some major muscle pullage was not on my cards. And then I spent four or five hours deciding whether or not to go through to Oxford to see Jean, as we’d arranged. Yes, I was tired, ill and rundown, but I was also weary of being stuck in my flat (stir crazy, much?). So I decided to make a decision later in the afternoon. Around lunchtime my muscles really started to spasm and give me shooting pains, but I wasn’t unduly concerned right then. Sure, it was unusual that the act of standing, or moving a paperback, was causing pain, but I pull muscles all the time. No problem.

At five I decided that yes, I’d go through to Oxford. Jean and I could grab some dinner, catch the early gig we’d got tickets for, and be back for an early night. So long as I bundled up and hit the OJ hard, it would all be good. So that’s what I did. The gig was amazing – the headliner was a guy call Frank Turner, who was stunningly good. He does punky-pop-indie-politico-folk stuff, and was on fine fine form. Jean and I arrived just as the second support act were finishing up (Captain Black – what I heard, I liked, and I will investigate further), and managed to get pretty great standing places right at the front. If we’d wanted to we could have touched the band. The first half of the set passed brilliantly, and I had a blast despite my wobbliness, but about six songs in I started to feel really faint…cue a dash to the loos, a minor collapse, and a slightly panicked Jean! After some more OJ (nectar of the gods) I decided that I would sit in a little hideyhole at the back, near where they were selling teeshirts etc. and I could still hear everything, and Jean could still enjoy the gig. Despite the fact that my shoulder was soooore and I was feeling under par, I’m so glad we stayed – Frank played brilliantly, and after the gig Jean and I got to talk with him and his band and the guys from Captain Black (one of whom, Johnnie, it turns out, had attempted to sell me along with the teeshirts while I perched in my hideyhole, haha) – a really, really, really top group of blokes. Talented and nice. Great combo!

Then we walked home, and I dipped again. But we made it home, and then the real fun began. You see, when I’m standing at the mo by shoulder hurts a wee bit. When I’m sat it’s pretty damn sore. When I’m lying down, however, every movement anywhere, every cough, every breath, provokes a stabbing pain through my whole right shoulder so delightfully painful that it actually brings tears to the eyes. Impressively random, non? So I could not get to sleep at all, and after two hours of my trying, we decided to make a dash to the A&E.

We saw a nurse really quickly, and then, in the grand tradition of the NHS, came the waiting. At least our wait perked up considerably when a posse of Aussies and Canucks rocked up, one of them requiring stitches after an altercation with a pot. Yep, you read that sentence right. Three hours later I was seen by my (extremely cute, may I add?) doctor, who does all the tests for strains and sprains and collapsed lungs and all that jazz, and in the end sends me packing with best wishes and some heavy duty anti-inflammatories and the immortal line “I have no idea what’s wrong”. He did tell me to see my GP Monday though, so tomorrow? I’m going to register with a GP. Finally, at 6 a.m. we got back to Jean’s, and the drugs managed to calm the pain down enough to get some rest.

This afternoon it was lunch with Jean and a good long chat; the bus and a lift home; then getting things done slowly around the house; a call home to the parentals; and the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. My mother is not impressed with my not being well (she always thinks I work too hard – I don’t agree). She also told me to tell the doctor tomorrow that my nana was hugely susceptible to pleurisy, a condition I’m currently exhibiting factors for, she informed me – shallow, chesty cough; muscle pain in the upper torso; repeated cold like symptoms over several months. I sincerely doubt that’s what this is (is pleurisy even hereditary?), but thanks for the info, mum! Haha, how Victorian – trust me to exhibit vintage illness conditions!

So that’s me….and now I’m going to try and get some rest (after some more meds). All a bit half-power here at the mo, but I wanted to check in – I hope you all had a lovely weekend and wish you a wonderful week to come :-).

Cxx

Thursday, May 10, 2007

An interview with cK.

So, one of the current crazes sweeping the blogosphere (well, the parts I read, anyhow) is to conduct interviews with people. Here’s how it works – someone sends you five questions, which you have to answer….then (in a My Name Is Earl, karmically linked type thing) you do the same for others.

Two bloggers whose blogs I am merrily addicted to started the ball rolling for me – and the first to send me questions was cK – do check out his blog, ‘Drama Mater’ if you’re up for a good read, peppered with wit, photos and ruminations on many things. Thanks for the ?s, cK….here we go:

From cK:

1. If you could suddenly be a medical expert, what sort of expert would you be?

What a delightfully left-field question. My initial urge would be to be a paediatrician – I love work with kids, and that way I’d be able to continue. But the attraction of something really high-falutin’ like brain surgery would be up there also. Or maybe psychology – I find the inner workings of people quite fascinating.

Or I could just be Greg House? Awesome.

2. You're a musician (or a vocalist). You're about to perform a show that's very important for you. Where is it and what role do you play in this band?

Hmmmmm. Let’s say it’s at home in Forres – it’s my hometown, after all, and hometown gigs always have a certain resonance. For it to really pack a punch, let’s say all my friends are in attendance also (a good half to two-thirds of my closest friends have never, ever been to the town I hail from!). I’d be the singer, I guess, either backing or lead…it’s my most natural place in a band. Ideally I’d be backing someone truly phenomenal with lots of ad libs and handclaps, and we’d be playing a Forres gig as a favour to me – it’d be cool to take a big name home! Or maybe I’d be singing lead. I don’t know. I just love singing.

3. If you won a contest to remove one obnoxious tv personality from the airwaves (radio or tv), who would it be?

Oooooh, the temptation! And yet I’m struggling. Could I just get rid of Big Brother contestants entirely? Fan that I am of so many reality shows, I cannot stand that show. Or, oh, hang on….could I get rid of Ann Coulter? The woman peeves me no end, and always displays a lack of grace that is truly astounding!

4. What three other countries would you like to live in for at least six months?At the moment…

Canada, Chile, and Scotland!

5. Luge or bobsled?

Bobsled without a doubt, for two reasons – a)Luge = the crazy. I know, lets travel at up to 70 mph+ on what is, essentially, a souped up tea tray. And b) Cool Runnings, baby!

Thanks for the great questions, cK! Apologies for any errors within – it’s 7.30 a.m. here and I’ve been awake since three a.m. – have a chest/cold/flu bug thing, yuk. Pinks, I will get onto your questions v. soon, am looking forward to them.

So, who’d like some questions from me? Or would anyone else like to interview me? Go for your life, gorgeous folk!

Have an amazing day,
Cxx

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

"Bank Holiday Monday At The Movies...."

So, to use our random Monday off wisely, Rach and I headed off to the movies today, to see Spiderman 3. The movie was OK, if a bit lazy, sporadic and most of all indulgent in places. But entertaining nonetheless, and hardly deserving of the critical mauling it’s currently "enjoying".

I *love* going to the cinema, far too much. I don’t go anywhere as often as I’d like to, but I love the sounds, the smells, the feel of the movies. I’ve been a fan since the get-go, and every time I go I’m reminded of memories, of people and times….

I remember Sunday nights, heading to Reigate cinema with Linda and Jo and Alex – walking five or six miles across the Downs to sit in a tiny cinema watching a second string release. At fifteen the joy of being away from school, out on our own, unsupervised, was a fresh, crisp, simple delight. I remember when we went to see Up Close And Personal…four teenage girls united in our tears, and our hopes and fears of what was just around the corner. We had no idea what was coming. I’ll never sit in a movie theatre with those girls again, which makes these memories all the sweeter. Special times.

I remember the movie fest of ’99, when as well as heading off with my mates, trips to Inverness became the date of choice with my friends and I. Sam and David, or Sam and Andrew, and Richard and I would all pile into a car (often the deadly Proton!) and head out for the evening…an evening of films and chat and holding hands (I’m not a big one for movie snogging – what if you miss a plot point?). Richard and I had our first date at that cinema too…he took me to see A Bug’s Life (my choice!) and didn’t even laugh when I cried during it. I think that was when I realised this guy was different! I think the sheer volume of movies we saw during those months probably helped me wind up a film student…a lovely silver lining.

I remember the flicks with Fruitang, while we were still at school and then at uni, before he pulled the disappearing stunt-thing. We’d watch anything, catch the free screenings on campus, argue like an old married couple over what to see, united in good old fashioned film geekery. I miss having him to go see scary films with (I am a fraidy-cat par excellence) – the boy didn’t even get angry when I spilt popcorn all over him in Scream 2. To this day I’m a sucker for a jump cut.

I remember movies with the girls of Flat 69…I remember hiking across the greens and links to get to a late night showing of The Blair Witch Project, then sitting for two hours or so feeling vaguely carsick. We played so many games of bowling and saw so many films together – I hope we do so again soon. Surely one of us has a hen-night coming up?

I remember the summer I worked out in Ross-shire and wound up with one day a week off…I was so sceptical of going to the movies on my own, but I learnt to love it…

I remember all the Saturday afternoons I spent taking A to the cinema – I couldn’t believe they were paying me to hang out with such an awesome kid, and watch films into the bargain!

I remember Battle Royale with Kerr (I had no idea it was going to be that gory!). I remember arriving in NC, completely jet-lagged, and going to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding with Amber and Amanda. I remember going to see La Vita e Bella for the very first time in a tiny cinema in Croydon, and weeping like my heart was breaking. I remember dragging OMW to see Moulin Rouge, horrified that he hadn’t already been….

To all the people I’ve sat next to in the dark, waiting for a blockbuster or a chickflick or an arthouse gem, thank you so much for being part of these memories. To everyone else, I look forward to watching a film with you someday. Soon?

Night all,
Love,
Cxx

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Singalong Saturday, May 5th.

It has been a very teenage Saurday here. Usually it’s work and errands and rush rush rush…. But today I awoke when I felt like it (at a little after nine, as it was), spent the morning in bed watching T4, reading the NME and drinking coffee; did a few bits and bobs and had a mammoth driving lesson in the afternoon; and now it’s nearly ten p.m. and I’m writing this in someone elses house as their (adorable) baby slumbers upstairs. I feel seventeen again!

Let’s singalong, shall we?

1. Fly Me Away – Goldfrapp.

This was one of those albums I bought because I liked one track (the ubiquitous ‘Oh La La’) and the rest sort of grew on me. I’m not a mad Goldfrapp fan (would that be a Goldfrappucino, mayhap?), but I respect them. I respect their marketing people even more – their songs are everywhere. Their people (and KT Tunstall’s people too, while we’re on it) deserve a major bonus for such sterling work.

So the blip of earlier this week is passing – it was just a little raincloud, after all. It was the usual combo – good holiday, check. Termtime just kicking into high gear – check. Attempting to make some lifestyle changes – check.

And thunk. I was down.

2. Feelgood Inc – Gorillaz.

Does the backing track on this sing “Shut, shut the, shut the f*** up”? That’s what I always hear.

Anyhoo, the raincloud has passed, and all is sunny once again in my little world. I am tired almost all the time, but hey, I’m a teacher! It’s to be expected. I think at the start of the week I was just feeling the pinch a little. You know that phrase “All work and no play…”? Well, that was the problem. This lifestyle is very all-or-nothing – either I am busting my hump or I have acres of free time. It takes some getting used to!

3. The Best Is Yet To Come – Frank Sinatra.

Wow, the singalong so far is delightfully upbeat! I love Frank, but this does make me crave the props of a fabulous cocktail dress and a glass of good Scotch. Never good when you’re working in child care though, so I’ll stick with my cup of coffee!

My existence here really is fairly odd. In fact, I spent a good portion of the last few months wondering how, exactly, I wound up here. I like middle England just fine, and I’ve carved out quite a lovely wee niche for myself, but there’s still little sense to the whole…being here thing. But lately I’ve been concentrating less on how I got here…and turning more to why I might be here.

4. A View To A Kill – Duran Duran.

Woah, mood change. I love Bond songs – they are always so big and unashamed and bombastic….

So yes, the whys and wherefores. Of my being here in middle England, as opposed to here on the planet – never fear, this post isn’t going to get too deep! I mean, the main why is fairly easy – I wanted to work at a good school, and ideally I wanted a job in place before my final placement started. Tada, my school advertised, I interviewed, job was a good ‘un. However….

5. Come Look At The Freaks – from Side Show.

The soundtrack to this show is immense. If it ever comes to the West End (unikely as the show is daaaaaark) I am so there, opening week.

However, I think subconsciously I chose to abandon myself in the middle of nowhere. Why else would I chose somewhere I had no ties to whatsoever? Sure, I knew I couldn’t go straight back to Forres, but why here? I think the one thing this place has given me is the opportunity to change and grow. Had I stayed in my comfort zone, would I be the person I am? I don’t know. But I do think that being alone (a lot last year, a more normal level this year!) has really helped me let go of some things and change my view on others.

6. One – Aimee Mann.

Haha, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”. Apart from two in the wrong combo, right?

You know those signs that say “We are changing the way we do business”? Well that’s been happening a lot here over the last eighteen months. I’m two dress sizes smaller, I’m more confident, I'm healthier, I have a lot less sorrow about the past, I’m less afraid of who I am, I give far less of a flying fart what people think of me. I’ve rediscovered my passions. I’ve discovered who it is that I am, and I’m starting to get a handle on what it is that I want. That’s the good side.

7. Valentine – Martina McBride.

This song is syrupy sweet, but lovely with it. If and when I fall in love, I will probably sing it at whoever he may be. Because I’m a total cheeseball.

The bad side? Being here on my own has made me even more independent. I like the fact that I can cope on my own, but a lot of the stuff I’ve been dealing with, it might have been nice to share. I’ve done OK, I think, but doing it without support was perhaps not the safest, wisest route. Nevermind, I will call on my friends next time I have a crisis, I promise. I’m very good at being reliable, at being needed…less so at depending on others. Bad Claire!

8. [Silence] – The Dixie Chicks.

This chord is four seconds long.

9. In Bloom – Kurt Cobain.

I love the bassline on this track. Gu-dun-gu-dun-dun…

I was going to write that being dateless was a negative of my time here, but on reflection, I think that being on my own in that way for a while has been a good thing (note the absence of rollwalling here, Nai!). Sure, there have been negatives to it (that is a whole other post, right there ;-)), but when I arrived here I had some fairly screwed up ideas, a healthy whack of baggage and was amazingly down on myself, still reeling from a few emotional bouts. Now I’ve had plenty of time to get myself straightened out, and I think when I launch myself back onto the dating scene, or should I say when I’m next in a position to date (whenever that may be), I think it will all be much more fulfilling.

Well, I hope so.

10. Recycled Air – The Postal Service.

I think I may actually prefer TPS to Death Cab. Is that allowed?

Man, I’m wiped. What is it about babysitting and knowing you have to stay up till well after midnight that makes you really tired at a little after ten? Thanks for reading the ramble….as always I had no idea where this post might take us.

Wishing you all blessings and fun,
Cxx

PS And now it's Sunday lunchtime (and I'm craving broccoli, somewhat bizarrely!). Last nights babysitting went well, and will fund a trip to the movies, some gig tix (if there are any left for next Sat), a bottle of good red and the new Bright Eyes CD. Hurrah! I also caught a really good little movie last night called 'Mad Hot Ballroom'. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend, it's a really entertaining and sweet documentary. Catch it if you can!

And now, to finish up some work and head off for fun. And potentially, BROCOLLI!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Some questions for a Friday...

[Partly because I like them, partly because Inky sent out one I'd never done, and partly because Harriet appears to be running out of quizzes to do! ;-)]

It’s 10 pm, I’ve just watched ‘House’ (great episode. Hugh Laurie is a genius! And Robert Sean Leonard? Is still fiiiiiine), and after tomorrow’s classes I’m all set for a three-and-a-half-day weekend. Yes! Inky sent this quiz round…what better way to chill out before schlafen?

Cxx

1. Does anyone know your password to your MySpace besides yourself?
Nope. That would be silly. I’m sure that a few people have tried to hack into it before though!

2. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonalds?
It’s been well over a year, maybe two…maybe fries and a Diet Coke? Or a Happy Meal? The toys are such an incentive!

3. Are you an emotional person?
I can be. I can definitely embrace the highs and lows…but when I’m really, truly miserable or happy, it’s actually harder to place. The scale tends to be a lost CD = a little drama, should the mood take me; real, horrible heartbreak = barely a ripple on the surface of my life. But those rules don’t even work all the time. Haha, I’m just making stuff up now!

4. Do you like your middle name?
It’s fine. I like the spelling.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I think it’s more likely to be lust at first sight, don’t you? But love at first sight? I honestly don’t know. It would be nice if it did exist though.

6. Does the person you like, know that you like them?
I really honestly….have no clue. I kind of want them to….and kind of dread nothing more… Hehe. I’m so working a teenage mindset on this one :-). I guess what I’m saying is, who knows?

7. What was the last thing you did?
Reread my last answer, mocked myself, had a sip of hot chocolate.

9. Who was the last person you ate with?
The seventeen little darlings on my lunch table. Mmmmm, “relaxed”.

10. What song are you listening to right now?
'Let There Be Love’ by Oasis. My gosh, I love shuffle function. You never know what might crop up!

11. How's the weather right now?
It's dark, so I can't really tell. But judging by the last few weeks it’s probably cool and arid, with a little variegated high cloud cover.

12. Last person who called you?
The lady I’m babysitting for on Saturday.

13. Last lie you told?
I told one of my Year 3s I was an Oil of Olay spokesmodel in South Korea. Long playtime duty, longer story! I got him good!

14. Last song you sang?
Very cheesily (I blame this on the fact that my shower radio – the infamous Mr Penguin- only picks up various tinpot local radio stations) it was the ‘Candlelight Remix’ of DJ Sammy’s “Heaven”. Singing in the shower = one of my drugs of choice!

15. Do you love anyone?
My family and friends, without a doubt.

16. Lost a friendship over something stupid?
Oh yes.

17. Last thing you drank?
Hot chocolate.

18. Last thing you ate?
Homemade choc chip muffin.

19. Where do you wish you were?
I’m tucked up in bed with a holiday weekend brewing…I’m good just where I am!

20. Faked being sick to miss school?
Please don’t tell my pupils, but back in the day, when I wore the uniform…yes.

21. What time did you wake up today?
I was and am *so* jealous of Inky’s answer: woke up at 9am and then when back to sleep until 11am. I got up at 6.15 and lay in till 6.30. Woo!

22. Last person you talked to in person?
Bob.

23. last person who made you laugh?
Fiona, as we compared notes on our duties this evening!

24. What are you wearing right now?
The world’s least sexy pyjamas. I’m sure they are having a negative effect on my bed karma…they are just too frumpy and comfy and amazing to be serious.

25. What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
An internal monologue for you all, entitled ‘Claire’s first reaction to a new boy’: “Oh, my gosh, a boy. Oh my, he’s funny. And he…knows stuff. And he has kind eyes! Nice smile and decent teeth! And he’s tall! Wait…he likes music and is cleverer than me? Sold!”

27. Where are you right now?
My bedroom in the very bosom of Middle England.

28. What day and date is it?
Thursday 3rd May

29. Did you go anywhere today?
Work, my other home :-).

30. What did you do there?
Taught, met, marked, made not one but two rather fabby powerpoints (I’ve decided I want to get good at using them), drank coffee, contemplated displays…

31. What else are you doing today?
Going to bed – it seems myspace quizzes are quite the sleeping aid round here!

32. Are you watching TV?
No.

33. Are you mature or immature?
A random mishmash of both. I think I’m more or less where I should be – some days I’m astounded by my grownup-ness (paying bills! Teaching! Filing stuff! Voting!) at others by my very childlike approach to things (raspberry contests! Toast convos with the Year 8s! Ben and Miss T’s bad dance offs! Teaching my class ghetto speak!(they give great Ricki Lake-esque attitude for a bunch of upper-class kids :-))).

34. Who are you closer to, your mum or your dad?
Mum! Dad’s great, but we’re really different for the most part.

36. What school(s) did you go to?
Applegrove, Hayfield Lane, St Clement’s, Barnes Wallis, Cheshire, Griffon, RAAS, Forres Academy….I am jealous of Inky’s two school answer.

37. What's the most annoying thing people say to you?
I spend my life with pre-teens. I’ll give them one thing…the range of annoying questions is always wide!

38. Do you like music?
Love it. One of the most, if not the most, important thing in my life.

39. Do you want to get married?
To the right person? Sure, why not?

41. Where did you go on vacation last summer?
Forres! Ahahahahahaha. Love it :-).

42. Would you bungee jump?
No. I can injure myself on a kerb, so a giant rubber band is just going too far, methinks.

43. Do you like rollercoasters?
Ish.

44. Is there anything you wish for every summer?
No, but now you’ve brought it up, how about a large inherited disposable income?

45. Do you use chopsticks?
Poorly, yes.

46. What's your favorite meal of the day?
I like meals….I’ve been pretty rushed recently and have been grazing a lot…I’m looking forward to getting back into a two-to-three meals a day routine soon!

47. Thinking of someone right now?
Not really…am sleepy and ready to doze off soon….

48. Concerned about life right now?
A little. No more so than usual!

49. Have you ever tripped going up the stairs?
So very many times!

50. What are you looking forward to this spring?
Next spring? I’d love to at least know what the next step was!

Bonne nuit, tout le monde!
Cxx

(Or as it's now Friday lunchtime....have a great weekend!)
(and as it's now Friday afternoon (I've been busy!) - hurrah for three day weekends!)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Now THAT was what I needed. Last night I finished work at a sensible hour, met the gorgeous Sal for a quick drink, grabbed some takeout, poured myself a glass of wine and snuggled up to watch one of my favourite movies....'ESotSM'.

Have you seen it?

It's amazing - great script, awesome directing, editing and cinematography that makes my inner film geek *weep* with joy, amazing acting, kickass soundtrack (I <3 Jon Brion for real!), and a great message.

A few hours very well spent. The funk-fog is lifting.

Huzzah!

Cxx

PS How can I post in the middle of the day? Well Wednesday is the kooky day when I work 7.30 - 19.30....but wind up with a half hour off (no kids or a'thing!!!) around midday!PPS As another bonus, 'ESotSM' always reminds me of this song too....because when Cass made me my Kate Winslet filmography inspired mix, this featured. Gorgeous:

Aqualung - Brighter Than Sunshine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q536JTSe40M

This song makes me smile.
Cxx

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

10 good things.

So, the minifunk continues, along with the seemingly random requisite tearfulness and baking. I’d love just to write it off as time-of-the-month-ness (does that make me a traitor to my sex? ;-)), but alas, it’s not. I just feel a little low, and I think I know why (see yesterday’s post), but hey, what’s the sense in getting all strung out about it? To quote Forrest Gump…"It happens.”

Time to restructure and refocus.

So, instead, ten good things for the start of May (happy May Day, btw!).

Cookies! I spent most of yesterday evening in a frenzy of baking (the analogy with Izzie from Grey’s Anatomy is hugely apt. A stressed Claire is a Claire in the kitchen). Two dozen cookies, a dozen cupcakes and an asparagus-pasta thing, and I was starting to feel a little better. My misery = my colleagues coffee break treats!
Bad dancing! The perfect accompaniment to baking, I always find. I love that I live alone in the country sometimes….my moves are particularly “brilliant” when I’ve had a glass of red, I’m down in the dumps and wearing a “sexy” apron. Such a good look.
Picnics!
Bank Holidays! Those two should combine for muchos fun at the weekend. Hurrah!
Books! I am reading a lot right now (it’s something about the sunshine, I think). I ordered three more books on amazon yesterday, and can’t wait to get into them).
Chickflicks! I had *such* a good cry last night. And what was I watching? Haha, ‘Little Women’. Great film, total guilty pleasure and a weepfest. I’m sure it’s not ideal that I need outside triggers to get things out there, but hey, I’ll take what’s there!
Bright Eyes and Pavement and The Beach Boys and Carole King and KT Tunstall and The Postal Service, oh my! Music is my comfort blanket, y’all!
Friends! The working too hard thing was beginning to tell….but over the next week there is pubbery, drinks, lunch, picnics, dinners….I am eagerly awaiting some good chat!
I’m going to see ‘Wicked’! As her birthday treat, I’m taking Banana to see Wicked in a few weeks. I am uber-excited, I’ve been wanting to see this show forever!
The best thing: Waking up happy! It’s my normal mode, but I’d been out of sync for a bit….This morning I woke up happy and smiley and good. Here’s hoping we’re (well, I’m) back on the up!

So that’s me…perky, if not unrelentingly so. Thinking some big thinks and cooking some delicious treats….tonight? Muffins!

Have a lovely evening all, and enjoy the sunshine :-)!

Cxx

PS Through the midst of my wallow, this quote came to me: “Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at the age of 26, and we were of that disposition.” I love Nick Hornby!
PPS After an hour and a half of playground duty, I have totally caught the sun. Sunburn = the hilarity!
PPPS It’s exeat weekend on Friday….three and a half days off! There you go, an extra good thing for you :-).
PPPPS Oh, and I have lots of plans to help people. As always, the best way to cheer yourself up....do stuff for others. Hurrah!

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