A life of simple pleasures….a thought on boys…and some more shiny!

…I sometimes wish I was a more sophisticated, worldly type. I wish I coveted caviar and Chanel and nights at the Ritz. But for the most part I am a simple creature of simple pleasures, and as I whirl (can one whirl? I feel like I whirl!) through my life I’m grateful for all the little pleasures that remind me how lucky I am to be happy and healthy and alive. Like listening to a new song and just thinking “wow. That’s ace!”. Like looking at my diary and seeing between the deadlines and pressure and crazy work stuff a dleicate web of birthdays and parties and coffees and roadtrips. Cuddles with babies. Muller Little Stars yoghurt. Early nights. And plans to puddlejump soon. Postcards. Kindness.


This is a post of three parts. Part the second stems from the last couple of posts I’ve written about boys, and the fact that I’m now in a pretty darn great headspace about the whole thing (I think). I think in my head I’d made the whole situation a negative one, where I lost, when actually, the situation’s lots different. It’s less about me being worthless or a waste of space. Now it’s more about the fact that I’ve yet to find a guy who can keep up with me, keep me interested, and treat me with the kindness and esteem I want. No, deserve. And until he gets here (I may have already met him, but I’m a little thick on these things…I wouldn’t know! Unless he jumped up and down in front of me going “It’s me! It’s me!”), it’s like I’m growing and changing and becoming the woman I want to be. So if and when I meet someone who deserves me, I’ll be able to meet him as someone fun and full of love and kind, and also someone who likes herself and takes care of herself. I think I’m getting there.


Part the third: I got another award! Huge thanks and blessings to the lovely Spark, who passed on the bloggy love!

1.The winner puts logo on her/his blog.

2.Link the person you received your award from.

Click on Spark’s name to visit her blog. She’s on a real journey now and it’s a true delight to read all about it.

3.Nominate 7 other blogs.
4.Put links of those blogs on yours.


1. Boy’s Large Hearted Boy. The man is deep, caring and a feircely talented writer. I love to read his poetic thoughts and musings, and I also think he’s a total poppet!
2. Bee’s Recklessly Relentlessly Dreaming. Bee’s such a star, and her honesty and bravery in her writing has inspired me no end. She is also a riot, and has conversation like you would not believe!
3. Nicole’s Nicole and Her Pictures. I love that whenever I click on the link to Nicole’s blog, I feel like I see a real slice of her life. She’s such a sweetheart.
4. Simon’s Lost Horizons. Simon’s one of the cleverest and nicest men I know (and he knows some of the worst jokes ever!). His blog is like an extension of him….and it’s pretty darn great.
5. Robin’s Coke and Count Chocula. This girl cracks me up, and her writing is fresh, witty and fun. Plus, we’re penpals now!
6. Cruisin-mom’s Crusin-Mom. Cruisin-mom doesn’t post as much as others, but I am always interested to read what she has to say. Ace lady.
7. Cheryl’s Places Never Planned. Just a top read, and she’s a lovely, lovely girl too!

5. Let the people know you’ve awarded them.

That’s next on my list!

Have a lovely rest of your week, all!



  1. Alice
    18th September 2008 / 9:20 pm

    you can DEFINITELY whirl. i like whirlers :-)congrats on the award!

  2. Wiwille
    18th September 2008 / 9:24 pm

    To heck with boys, why don’t you try girls?

  3. Cheryl
    18th September 2008 / 9:47 pm

    Aw! I’m so honored. Especially because you, also, are a lovely, lovely girl.Thanks for sharing your thoughts on boys. You are so right and he’s out there. And also thanks because I needed to be reminded of those same things too, right now.

  4. whatigotsofar
    18th September 2008 / 10:53 pm

    Hey Wiwille, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.~~~In my experience, the good boys are where you’d never think to look. They’re right in front of you all the time. Open them eyes and see the glory that is that guy you never gave the time of day.But that assumes that you’re a harpy like even woman I’ve met so far. But I’ve not met you. You may not be a harpy.

  5. Scarlet
    18th September 2008 / 11:15 pm

    I think it’s going to be hard to find a guy who’s worthy of you, that’s what I think.

  6. bee
    19th September 2008 / 1:13 am

    this was amazing….love to you.thank you so much for this…p.s. pickled pheasant! penelope!

  7. Christielli
    19th September 2008 / 3:25 am

    You know what’s so funny, all of the stuff that you are saying about boys, really really applies to me too. I should honestly take the middle paragraph of this post, highlight it, and paste it up on my wall to remind myself. I say it takes a really really special guy to handle levels of fabulousity as high as ours, hence we have to wait a bit. :)Blog awards are so fun. I think I forgot to pass mine along from last time. Must do soon.

  8. rawbean
    19th September 2008 / 4:17 am

    Thanks for the shout out!

  9. cruisin-mom
    19th September 2008 / 6:36 am

    Claire: I love the way you share so honestly, and it’s wonderful to see you growing and changing. Thank you so much for my “nomination”…I am truly honored.

  10. Siobhan
    19th September 2008 / 7:43 am

    Part the second makes me smile lots and lots and lots. As do youx

  11. Sacred Suzie
    19th September 2008 / 1:19 pm

    Congrats on getting the award! Sophisticated? I have no idea what it means to be sophisticated but I can imagine that it is quite glamourous but at times these beautiful people wish they could kick off their heels and be a whirly girl.

  12. Miss Ash
    19th September 2008 / 2:36 pm

    I”m sure your wallet is happy that you are less worldly 🙂

  13. kilax
    19th September 2008 / 4:38 pm

    I think the parties and birthdays add to the stress – but are totally worth it and are what makes life so great! 🙂

  14. JLee
    20th September 2008 / 2:59 am

    Have a great weekend Claire!

  15. angel, jr.
    20th September 2008 / 8:50 pm

    I believe when you stop looking for love, it finds you. And you will know, something inside you will tell you. I have to believe this–it hasn’t happened for me, but I believe that it will for everyone.

  16. recklesslydreaming
    20th September 2008 / 10:38 pm

    p.s. done!

  17. Riot Kitty
    21st September 2008 / 1:13 am

    Deserve! Yes, yes, yes!!

  18. Nicole
    23rd September 2008 / 6:31 pm

    Like I always tell you… You’re too sweet Claire! Thanks for the award :o)

  19. Christine
    23rd September 2008 / 10:20 pm

    Congrats on your award!

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