Thoughts behind the silence

I’ve been really quiet and I apologise for that. One reason is my change in jobs: I don’t have that hour long bus journey twice a day to sleep/contemplate/observe the world around me.

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Sock Monkeys

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I’ve always fancied making sock monkeys. One of my good friends has one as an office mascot (and can be seen here – just scroll down to the bottom of the page), and ever since I saw him (He’s called Alan) I’ve been dying to make my own. So, a couple of weeks ago my daughter and I spent the day doing just that!
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Neil – Hole in my Shoe

Bit of a random Song of the Week this week, but I’ve been home most of the week so haven’t had a chance to hear much music. And there were loads of YouTube videos of it that were more interesting to look at but they cut off the bit that made me think of the song so I’m afraid you’ll have to put up with a boring one (although it’s a little nostalgic; I have this song on vinyl in my garage somewhere…).

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Today

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Today has been a weird one
Full of stress and tears.
My head, it has been pounding
And I’ve felt older than my years.
I thought I’d lost a friend, you see,
And that thought tore me apart;
Although I’ve never met the man
He’s lodged inside my heart.
We became good friends on Twitter:
Sharing thoughts by Tweet
We learnt so much about each other
And planned one day, to meet.
It begun to get confusing –
We maybe crossed a line,
We both enjoyed it so much
So pretended it was fine.
The reality is we went too far
And something had to give
It seems that it had overflowed
into the life he lived.
We worked it out as good friends do
And set the boundaries
Both knowing its how it has to be
And both very pleased
That we made it through the other side,
our friendship still so strong
It’s not like we’re teenagers:
We both know right from wrong.
So now today is over
And peace, at last, is mine,
I’m grateful that I haven’t lost
My friend, a man so fine.

Modern Technology


I was at work today, working hard doing about fifteen things at the same time, as normal, when I was suddenly awe-struck by technology.

I’m in my mid thirties, so I’m old enough to remember actually having to go to a friends house to find out if they were in. We communicated either face-to-face or through handwritten letters. The closest I came to technology was playing games on my Spectrum 128K.

And yet there I was today, working in a database that people in the US are also using; emailing PDFs to Dubai; sharing files on Dropbox with people all over the country, and arranging an online training session with a company I’ve signed us up with. On top of that I was keeping up with my family abroad on Facebook, and keeping up with tweets from all over the world on Twitter.

Is it just me that finds that absolutely amazing? The power to do so much is at our fingertips; the possibilities are endless.

I think I’m part of the lucky generation because I CAN remember a time before this. It won’t be long before the past is as foreign to us as the Middle Ages.

I think tonight, after video chatting with some friends on FaceTime on my iPod, and watching some telly on NetFlix, I’m going to go to bed with a book. Not my Kindle tonight. Because as much as I love this amazing new world and all it has opened up for me, I’m not quite ready to totally give the past up just yet.

Stop hiding behind your cats!


I’m an Instagram user. Alas, there’s not enough room on my phone to install it but I use it on my iPod. I love it – I love how easy it is and how quickly you can share whatever you want with anybody in the whole world. And how it makes my shots look great!

A good friend was having a little moan about it though. About how all he ever sees on there were pictures of cats and glasses of wine. He swears he wasn’t having a go at me, but I admit I’m as guilty of it as anybody. I love my daughters cat, and I love a nice glass of wine or bottle of beer after a long day at work.

But as my friend says, we all love looking at photos of our friends. Why don’t we share whatever we want to share, but with ourselves in the shot?

My immediate reaction was to worry that the cat is far more photogenic than I am, but I mulled it over. Who really wants to see just a cat, or just a glass of wine? He’s right. People probably would like it to be more fun. More personal.

So I’ve given it a go.

I’ll be honest: my self esteem isn’t that high. I’m not a fan of having my photo taken, and actually looking at the photo afterwards. I avoid it whenever I can. But in the last year I’ve begun to see myself differently. Parts of me that I used to hate, I now have a grudging respect for. A few parts of me I actually think are quite nice. And finally, after years of thinking they’re horrible, I’ve come around to the fact that I actually have pretty eyes.

So far I’ve taken 3 photos of myself with Instagram. And I didn’t take about 20 each time and pick the best – they were each the first try. I’ve experimented by posting them other places too; Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. And my friend (as always) was right. People do like to see them. I’ve had ‘likes’, been ‘favourited’ and had several comments.

I’ve relaxed about myself and as a result my social media is more sociable. How’s that for a win-win situation?!

I dare you all to try it. Tweet me your photos @Little_Miss_W_ or post them on my Facebook page Little Miss W

I’m looking forward to seeing you.