Just a small town girl….


Vic and I have both got that Journey song, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, stuck in our heads tonight.

It’s such an earworm.

And it seems strangely apt as I type tonight. Because tonight I am just a small town girl (“living in a lonely wo-orld…”), and I’m back in the small town I call home. No matter where I go, what I do, who I meet, a little part of me will always belong here, will always feel that bit more settled here.

I swear, as I drove north on Monday, I felt a part of me just resound when the Highlands came into view. Small town England is very pretty and quaint, but big eff-off and huge gaping valleys you just cannot beat :). Tomorrow I head down to Aberdeen for a day and a night. Aberdeen’s another significant place for me, the city I lived in for four years as I earned my first degree. It was truly the best of times….and the worst of times. I don’t think there’s a place in the whole central mile that doesn’t have some connection to a memory, a person, an in-joke….the place is lousy with yesterdays!

As to the thing I’ve been thinking about (far too much – bloody downtime!)….I *think* I may have got it straight. Huzzah.

Right, time to pack. And rest. And probably listen to Journey again, if I’m honest.



  1. cK
    27th March 2008 / 2:48 am

    I adore this phrase: “…the place is lousy with yesterdays!”Nicely done.-cK

  2. tina
    27th March 2008 / 3:17 am

    Journey – one of the best bands ever 🙂 I even have their DVD of old concerts…if I’m being honest 😉

  3. Wiwille
    27th March 2008 / 1:24 pm

    That song never leaves your head, and it’s now stuck in mine.

  4. Sacred Suzie
    27th March 2008 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the musical flashback! I loved Journey, their greatest hits is the only greatests hits I would every buy.It’s so interesting how place affects us, isn’t it? Setting, environment and memories…so powerful and affects us so deeply. I hope you feel grounded soon.

  5. Jillian
    27th March 2008 / 3:09 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Journey. “Open Arms” actually makes me cry… it’s so haunting and beautiful. Love it.

  6. Sparkling Red
    27th March 2008 / 4:56 pm

    I love that song! Journey is awesome. 🙂

  7. Kris
    28th March 2008 / 1:33 am

    Now I got the song in my head too!

  8. JLee
    28th March 2008 / 2:49 am

    Ah, that songs takes me back. My best friend used to have it playing in the car when she picked me up for school. ha

  9. Christielli
    28th March 2008 / 3:10 am

    Earworm. I like that term. I’m going to start using it. 😀

  10. 2 Dollar Productions
    28th March 2008 / 1:25 pm

    I’ve gotten that song stuck in my head before as well, and you won’t have to listen to Journey because you can’t turn it off in your head if you tried. Enjoy the trip.

  11. Jon
    28th March 2008 / 2:03 pm

    I had to play that song on the way to work yesterday because of reading about it here. I think it’s one of the two Journey songs I like.

  12. Cheryl
    28th March 2008 / 2:15 pm

    That song is definitely an earworm. Have a safe trip!

  13. .
    28th March 2008 / 2:33 pm

    yay for that song and thank you for the link (I just added to my favorites in youtube)and you are not alone, now you have as your new friend and together we will travel in this journey easier and joyful ;-)you are not alone, ok?and being a small town girl rocks 😉

  14. Photogirl
    28th March 2008 / 3:22 pm

    Hi Claire! Just thought I’d swing by and say hellloooo 🙂

  15. daisies
    28th March 2008 / 10:13 pm

    whenever i hear that song, tears prick my eyes … sometimes i miss living in a small town, the place where i grew …xo

  16. Mr. Shife
    28th March 2008 / 11:16 pm

    “…the place is lousy with yesterdays!” That is an awesome phrase. And thank you for getting Journey stuck in my head. You should check out their new lead singer. He sounds just like Steve Perry.

  17. Frankie
    29th March 2008 / 6:27 pm

    hahaha that song IS such an earworm! What a great description of it. “lousy with yesterdays” is lovely. Hope your enjoying reveling in memory xox

  18. SareBeth
    29th March 2008 / 10:02 pm

    Whoa! This is too crazy, this song has been stuck in my head for the last week, My roommates are going out of their minds because I’ve been listening to it, singing it in the showe and humming it. The lyrics were my MSN name for the past few days. I can’t seem to get sick of it!

  19. Tracy
    1st April 2008 / 9:02 pm

    That’s a great song! Thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog. 🙂

  20. Riot Kitty
    4th April 2008 / 6:49 am

    Blaaaaaaaah! Now I have it stuck in my head.

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