My two week holiday is almost at an end, but it’s been great. A mix of late mornings, walks out with the Jones Posse, a spot of lunch, some gaming, a few films, and so on. But, more than anything, I think it’s been the lack of a need to rush anywhere. Okay, we do need to be up before noon and yes, mealtimes have some semblance of accuracy, but I’m not finding us – or me – sprinting between Task 1 to X and rarely taking the time to enjoy things.
Take today, for example, Little Miss was invited to a birthday party for a school friend, while the Ever Lovely Mrs J and Wee Man nipped out to go bowling. That left Muggins here to walk the dogs. Now, sometimes, this can feel like a chore, but today, with no need to be anywhere in particular, I could enjoy a long leisurely stroll over the fields and back again. Sure, it was cold out, and despite some good thermals, I did find myself wanting for a hot cup of tea half way around. There’s a business opportunity for any drone experts: hot tea on demand. 🙂
Talking of opportunities, with Little Miss now with her friends, I wandered back to the car via New Look. You know, there’s been much talk about sales and the Christmas takings not being what they could be. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I’ve looked at my usual Go To sites for reductions – Joe Brows, Dorothy Perkins, M&S, New Look (shoes) – I’ve got to be honest and say while there are some lovely fashion pieces out there, there’s nothing I actually want. So, no, I didn’t buy anything online… well, apart from some new bloke boots for work, but that’s not what this blog is about 😉 But, I did fall upon two pairs of strappy sandals in the New Look sale today. That was some good luck. Both only a fiver and not in black: a red pair and a nude pair. I shall look forward to the right weather to wear those. 🙂
In more T related news – although the next meeting isn’t until next week for Chameleons – I happened to find an article on The Good Men Project. Yeah, it’s mostly written by blokes, but it is more enlightened and accepting that other man orientated sites. Lots of things about culture and ‘doing the right thing’ – and discussing what The Right Thing might be.
Anyway, the piece that jumped out at me was about Why I Joined a Men’s Group. The article is well worth a read, IMHO, and has – other than the intro/outro – a couple of key areas:
You realise you’re not alone.
You learn from other men just like yourself.
You realise it’s not all about you.
You become part of something bigger than you.