So 2013, whattchya got?

So it’s New Year’s Eve and tomorrow is a new day of a new year. I tend to get a bit maudlin on Hogmanay and don’t really make resolutions.
I was expecting to turn 40 next year but a friend (clearly better at maths than me – also, bloody Facebook birthdays adding a year onto my age!!…) Told me I was talking rubbish and of course wouldn’t be 40 until December 2014. This, aside from making me feel slightly ridiculous, also made me a feel like I’ve gained an extra year so I’m going to aim to commit to a few things I’ve been skirting round the edges of:

– Attend 3 classes a week at my local Ashtanga yoga centre
– Walk more, drink more water and (bit) less wine
– Get stuck in and complete the Philosophy course I signed up to on CourseraCoursera online education (more on this in January!)
– Be more positive (as I can be a miserable bint sometimes) and less insular
– Blog more regularly…

Happy New 2013 to you!

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Athena dug

So, our German Shepherd dog Athena died just over a year ago (July 5 2011) but our daughter has been talking a lot about her recently and i think we’re finally coming around to the idea of getting another one. I came across some pictures on my laptop and thought it’d be quite nice to share some of them here.

Moving house food

So no new cooking this week as we’ve been trying to eat what’s left in the freezer before we move out tomorrow (though I have a great Indian recipe my OH made last weekend which I’ll post once I have decent Wi-Fi again).

So meals this week have included frozen vegetables, veggie burgers and oven chips/fries. Alongside that, pasta, eggs, beans, cheese and bread. Whilst not necessarily what you want to eat every day, I think when you’re a bit tired, stressed and coming down with 3yo’s cold then it’s easy and comforting. And there’s nothing wrong with that, right?

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i don’t have an iPhone and therefore don;t have instagram but have seen folks’ pics who’ve used it. Nothing lovelier than Polaroid’s. I saw one in a charity shop the other week for a fiver and nearly bought it but i know getting the right cartridges can be difficult. Gorgeous though.

Life.Style.etc

Although we enjoy shouting at the TV as much as anyone when The Apprentice contestants make bumbling business decisions, we feel less qualified to pass judgement on Facebook’s recent acquisition of photo sharing app Instagram. The app allows iPhone users to apply retro and Polaroid  camera effects onto their digital phone photos, and share them with their friends. The Facebook deal has been witheringly referred to as ‘paying $1 billion for a set of photo filters’.

For us it’s just a reminder of how great real Polaroid photography is. For a distinctly smaller sum of money, Facebook could have picked up a secondhand SX-70 camera on eBay and stocked up on instant film from The Impossible Project.  $1 billion could buy you an awful lot of Polaroids.

The authentic analog snaps – with their unmistakable lo-fi, low-tech washed out colours and imperfect focus – are so much more…

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My Header picture

I love this painting. Its called Griffiths Drive by David Rayson who came from Wolverhampton (as do i originally) and his paintings convey ‘suburban claustrophobia’. It was recently hung as past of a collection of images of suburbia at Wolverhampton Art Gallery which is well worth a look if you’re in town.