Friday, March 25, 2016

Mourning God

Incredibly moving Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service this evening.

Felt physically bereft at the lack of blessing in the dismissal and when the Christ candle was carried out of the worship space .

Jesus is gone.

Now in my sleeplessness pondering the feast of the annuciation and Good Friday sharing the same day. God given human form, and God taken away. Delivered to Mary as hope in a womb, and a broken body in arms.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Things of the moment

Listening to Emma Thompson's Desert Island Discs, I wish I could take her to the pub, and oh to have a piece of music composed for you by a friend.

I've been given a colouring prayer journal by a friend and I can't bear to use it because it uses Impact font for the titles. How designerist of me.

Where shall I take Tom for his birthday...

You shouldn’t point out things about people’s appearances if they can’t fix it in ten seconds.

Something my sister said once, that’s become an important thing to me (via legally-undead)

Friday, January 01, 2016

Start as you mean to go on

I welcomed 2016 surrounded by friends laughing and drinking, squeezed into every corner of the living room.

I love my friends.

In 2015 they have helped me move house, painted rooms, built things, cleaned things and more. I couldn't have done it with out them.

Today has been quiet, nursing my hangover back to life, and playing with babies.

Christmas was lovely. We had 17 for lunch including the two of us. I even had Christmas loo paper.

Monday, November 16, 2015

NaBloPoMo 14+15+16

On Friday, I started to write, but Blogger ate my post. I was mainly feeling happy because we had a fantastic dinner at Toddy and Adams. All from a 1930s cookbook about eating the months. We enjoyed watercress soup, pork and beef meatloaf basted in sourcream with chestnut croquettes, followed by raspberry cream and cheese and biscuits.


This weekend, we went to stay with my parents, as it is my dad's birthday this week. My sisters and my brother in law were also around, so it was a lovely weekend of being all familial.

I even got to sing with Ellie after cafe church, borrowing the church hall piano.

Then it was off to lunch with Tessa, one of mum's friends, who had her birthday on the Sunday for a nice big birthday lunch with all us girls and partners, and Tessa and her friends.

Today I been off to head office to shadow their social media team as part of my personal development. Tom is out on standby, so I have the house to myself. I've made halloumi pitas for tea, and I'm just pondering some knitting.

I could be useful I suppose and wrap Tom's presents whilst he's out.

I was taken with a book called Listography that my parents were filling out for fun. I took a pic of this page for future reference. Wonder if we could all club together to send them to Edinburgh to see pandas for their 40th wedding anniversary in 8 years time.,..


Friday, November 13, 2015

NaBloPoMo 13

Today I have marvelled at my newly decorated hall - pics to follow. Thank you to the lovely Claire of Brushed Up and her team. Such a treat for it all to be done so quickly.

I have also done lots of tech support, and popped into the church office to help them with some tech support too.

This evening, Toddy and Adam had us round for dinner. We had watercress soup, a sourcream basted meatloaf and chestnut croquettes, raspberry cream and cheese and biscuits. Delicious. I may have eaten too much cheese.

The prompt for today is "Describe your perfect day off"

I like days off when it's raining. To be woken by the sound of rain and to know I don't have to go out in it, and I can stay curled up in my duvet listening to the gentle drumming on the glass.

Days off when I can have a bit of a lie in but I still get up early enough to enjoy lots of the day.

Once that start with pleasant solitary pursuits like sewing or knitting with a favourite film in the background, and a mooch about town. But end with evenings with friends round for dinner or in the pub.

I like days off midweek when most people are at work and you feel an illict thrill like being out of school when everyone else is in.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NaBloPoMo 12

Today I scurried into London to talk website with London managers. I managed to get the perfect birthday necklace for my colleague Michelle on my way into the office - so overall an excellent working day.

I didn't make it back home till 8:30pm, so treated myself to frozen leftovers and a glass wine before settling down to finish altering the dress for Jo. Hopefully it will fit as it's all done now. I've done it by hand so it should be easy to make any alterations needed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NaBloPoMo 11 - home

Oh I am tired.

Had my marketing conference today - all very interesting. On a very very cramped and packed train home now. Very grateful for my prebooked seat.

The new Birmingham New Street is lovely. I had a good mooch around John Lewis with Claire, as she wanted to get spangly earrings for her up coming party. Then we had a lovely glass of fizzy wine from the Fizz bar - my kind of station catering.

The journey home is slow and arduous - but I'm enjoying reading David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks - one of my birthday presents. One of those books you stay up all night reading!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NaBloPoMo 10 - Brum

So here I am in my preferred Travelodge in Brum. It's the new one round the back of the Bullring near Chinatown. I'm off to a conference tomorrow. Exciting.

I've had a quick look at the Rag Market, and been out for chinese food with some colleagues. And killed my email backlog on the train. Overall a success.

Especially after missing my first train earlier.

Let the decorators in this morning - left them doing a mist coat on the bare plaster when I left.

Looking forward to seeing progress when I get back.


One of the delightful things about blogging on and off over ten years, and being able to read back over NaBloPoMos past is seeing how things have changed.

Four years ago in November I taught Laura to knit - now she is one of my biggest knitting fan friends.

I write less now as I rarely use a laptop at home and writing long posts on a blog is hard on a phone.

I still always want to tell you all about food.