Prepared

Hi, Thursday was a small island of calm in a far busier than usual week. Due to the fall of some meetings, I decided to pop into town. I had a few things to do: banking, pick up some items for the Ever Lovely Mrs J’s Mother’s Day gifts from the kids, and I took a chance to get some new foundation. Town was very quiet – even for a working day – and the car park near the centre was far emptier than I was used to. It would be both a cliche and incorrect to say it was a ghost town, but parking was certainly a lot easier. So it is that the Coronavirus – and the preparations […]

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Dressing up as a bloke

Hi, A somewhat odd title given that in many ways, I’m a bloke. Well, at least physically. Socially, mostly yes, but in my head and my heart, it’s a little more complicated. If you’re reading this, either you’re very lost on the Internet, researching something, or you may have a similar situation. 🙂 Earlier in the week, I was involved in some formal doodah that required the wearing of a suit. Oh, not a Birthday Suit for those of you who’ve gone there and, frankly, shame on you. 😉 Glid comments aside, there is something about these outfits that make me feel rather uncomfortable. It’s a bit daft as, well, it’s trousers and a shirt. No big whoop there. Perhaps […]

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Little Moments

Hi, A work colleague said that their day was made better by small things. As I sat – sans webcam – listening, I smiled, as being at home I’d taken the opportunity to not just getting the washing on, but to slip into something more comfortable 🙂 The conversation moved on and when the remote meeting was done,I thought back to their comment. What are my little moments? Finding a small pocket of time in which I find I don’t have to be rushing. No need to be doing, going, or making. Instead, I can pause to watch the world go by. In some seasons, the sunshine shining through the leaves overhead. In winter, slipping on gloves that have been […]

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Silver Linings

Hi, The issues around the bridge closure continue to cast a long shadow over this week. It’s been a funny old week because I’ve been both not at work and working. Mind you, for those us rocking two genders, that may not seem so odd 🙂 The choice between arriving an hour late and getting home two hours late every working day isn’t really a choice. It ain’t good for getting anything done, puts pressure on the Ever Lovely Mrs J (she picks the kids up in the afternoon), and I would be knackered. My heart does go out to those who’ve not got the choice around travel. It must be really hard for those folk. So, silver linings? Ignoring […]

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Eject

Hi, As I walked along to the company car park with a colleague, I was listening as she explained how she’d cut back on her news consumption and also certain satirical programmes. This wasn’t through a lack of interest; no, more accurately, it was too much interest and the effect of the weight of the world upon her shoulders. The conversation ended as she headed to one end of the car park (with a cheery goodbye), and me to the other. For Northern readers, feel free to use the t’other word instead. 🙂 I reached my own car and after pausing briefly to admire the very beautiful Wolf Moon that loomed large in the night sky, I thought about my […]

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