Remember when I used to pour stuff into my paper journals? I was flicking through my old journals today and this made me want to start again.
I don’t even know how to write about my last week.
A bunch of stuff went down at work that I probably shouldn’t share here, and I’ve found myself kind of hiding from the world all weekend to make up for it. To give you some idea, I am writing this from bed at 4pm on Sunday and there is a strong chance that I will not be changing into grown-up clothes today.
I’ve wanted to share a bunch of stuff here on the blog over the past week but haven’t had a chance to sit down and write. So how about a great big linky roundup instead?
40 Things To Say Before You Die by Jessica Hagy of Forbes. I’m working on #25 next week.
Beautiful photos of grafted cherry blossoms by Nova, a new bloggy fave. I’m really excited for Autumn but I love that my Northern Hemisphere pals are starting to see signs of spring!
A love letter to my daughter on the eve of five years. Keep reading for stunning photography and a dose of optimism.
Hello, I’ve got some sobering news. My friend Kate has made a super brave decision. If you’re the sort of person who looks for ways to improve yourself (or your life) you’ll be hooked by Kate’s energy and courage. She’s rad.
How to crochet a granny square. If anybody can teach me how to do this without throwing a tantrum, it’s Pip Lincolne. But I dunno, my tantrums are pretty legendary.
The easiest homemade icecream ever. I’m going to try this soon! Related: maybe I should finally buy the icecream attachment for my Kitchen Aid…
40 inspiring workplaces of the famously creative. Mine looks a little like Alexander Calder’s right now, I think I’ll tackle that tonight.
The best smart playlists for organising your iTunes library. I’m already a bit OCD about the state of my iTunes library, but there are some great tips in here.
Feeling: Well rested (perhaps too well rested?) but wishing I hadn’t wasted away my weekend. I guess the last two days have been for recovery rather than productivity but something tells me I’ll get a surge of energy tonight to make up for it.
Watching: Earlier this week I followed a link to this incredible video. It’s a TED talk by Frans de Waal, an expert in moral behaviour in animals, discussing what happens when you give capuchin monkeys unequal pay for the same task. It’s absolutely incredible. The video below is an excerpt, but if you have time to watch the full talk you’ll also hear him talk about cooperation, empathy and consolation in chimpanzees and elephants.
Reading: I’m trying to complete a Diploma in 12 weeks (!), so most of my reading right now is confined to badly-written manuals full of spelling mistakes and poor grammar. I have so far resisted the urge to return them to my trainer with red pen corrections because I don’t think that will get me extra credit.
Thinking about: Old friends. About 6 weeks ago I wrote about my old highschool best friend and the difficulties we’ve faced as adults. Since then, despite our best efforts, we’ve found ourselves at another crossroad. I think I’m finally okay to leave that friendship in high school where it belonged and remember it fondly; some things just shouldn’t be so hard. It’s taken a long time to find that kind of peace.
I’ve made a conscious decision to say goodbye to people who drag me down. It even extends to the blogs I subscribe to and the people who pop up on my Twitter feed. I love a little bit of snark, but I’m through with people who thrive on mocking and negativity. There is so much more to life than being right.
Looking forward to: Winter! Melbourne weather has finally taken a cool turn, but the last couple of weeks have been very mild. I can’t wait for nights where we need an extra doona, hot chocolate and nights spent in front of the heater. I’m looking forward to breaking in my new Banana Republic trench coat and taking a day trip to find some snow. I hope that the late start to Autumn means that Winter will stretch a little bit longer too.
Making me happy: I had a particularly hellish day at work last week. The next day I arrived at work to find that my desk had been decorated with balloons, and a handful of people in the know dropped in just to give me a hug and tell me that I’m doing a great job. The support of my favourite colleagues has taken years to earn, and to know that it’s there has made all the difference this week. Living well is the best revenge, and all that.
Because holy crap you guys, I love my job 99% of the time, but there are some days when it can go and suck a big fat bag of dicks.
Right. Perhaps I should get out of bed?