Me!

I write about things. Sometimes. Welcome to my world.

On learning to drive again

Once upon a time, a handful of years ago, I learnt to drive. I was given a car by a friend of now ex-DB’s which I drove until it (more-or-less literally) fell to pieces. Then I sold the pieces and started riding my bike instead. It’s been a couple of years since then, and I […]

On adding to the pile

You know what the best thing to do is, when you have a to-do list a couple of miles long and more deadlines than you can remember? Yup. You add something else to the list. Something with an even closer deadline, and with even more at stake. Not going to say what it is yet, […]

On belated new year news

Happy Newish* Year people! I realise I’m a bit late to the party.. (if I were Chinese I would be only be days instead of weeks late..) ..but I hope you can and do choose the kind of new year you want to live in and then really live in it. While we’re talking about […]

On reconnecting

I’m back at my parents’ house for Christmas. The friend from school I hadn’t seen in something like 16/17 years was home for Christmas too, making this the perfect time to meet up again in person. The original plan was to go to a pub for a drink, but I’m not a big drinker (or […]

On the seventeenth..

Today started with a Christmas lecture held by one of the professors I work for sometimes. It ended with me handing my notice in. These two things are completely unrelated, except for their joint ability to make me smile when I think about it 🙂 About to celebrate with chocolate ice cream. More another time […]

On waiting for parcels

I recently bought a couple of things from ebay. Having the tracking number is part blessing, part curse. I would like to say I’m a patient person but in reality I’m not. I refresh the DHL app’s tracking page as if that would make it arrive more quickly. As if it knows, the delivery date […]

On asking the other questions

“I was talking to my brother earlier. He’s like you, he asks all the questions I don’t want to be asked..” – S (but slightly paraphrased by me) I think this is a good thing. In this particular case, and also in general. I think we should ask ourselves, and others, the difficult questions. And […]

On love and phone theft

I phoned a friend yesterday. Half an hour or so into the conversation her partner came into the room.. Friend’s Partner: is that Jess? Friend: yes.. Friend’s Partner: I want to talk to her, give me the phone *takes phone* Friend: (in background) ..but.. Friend’s Partner: shh! Go away, I’m on the phone! Friend: ..but.. […]

On Jesus and the Billy Goats Gruff

Has anyone else noticed the similarities between the prophets, John the baptist and Jesus with the three Billy Goats Gruff? “Me? Nah, I’m not tasty/big/important/mighty enough – you want the next guy, he’s much tastier/bigger/more important/mightier than me!” (the small part where Jesus dies can be overlooked as part of the biggest-billy-goat-kicks-troll’s-butt scuffle – coming […]

On balance

It seems that it’s impossible to add purely Good Things to a life. Great news? Bam! Bad news. Good mood? Bam! Some reason to hide. Have lots to do inside at the weekend? Bam! Have a couple of fabulously warm sunny days so you either feel guilty about missing them by being inside or about […]

On tears and tablets

I need to go shopping. The tears fall heavily, the breaths juddering and irregular, my thoughts spiralling and my face getting steadily more puffy. The tears have nothing to do with my need to go shopping. They’re just there. And their presence is a hindrance. I want go back to bed. To hide. To cry […]

On waiting for good things

It’s bad enough that it’s taken me a week to post this picture of thick, gloopy, Spanish hot chocolate. It’s worse that it took me almost a year to make it. It feels like it’s time to start doing/eating/drinking the good things and stop waiting for “someday” or the right day or any other kind […]

On sunshine and other surprises

Sometimes, when it rains, you find rainbows in unexpected places But sometimes weather forecasts lie and it hardly rains at all, despite dismal threats of torrential downpours.. “heavy rain” – day 1 of 3. “heavy rain” – day 2 of 3 “heavy rain” – day 3 of 3 Sometimes it wouldn’t matter how much it […]