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Taking Stock of Life

In Just for Fun on August 18, 2015 at 6:13 am

It’s not an end of financial year thing – it’s an ‘actually life is quite good’ thing. Thanks Pip Lincolne for this great idea! It’s also an interesting process that makes you think… and it’s nice to share. Thanks to everyone who has already shared their ‘taking stock’ list.

NB I’ve put lots of links in this post, just in case you want to know more about anything – I like curious people!

1. Making: weekly planners with my own designs and sharing them with you – Weekly Planner for Web to print (this is only for personal use – but feel free to print as many as you need for around the house!)
2. Cooking: as little as possible
3. Drinking: water and lattes, lots of lattes (from this awesome Frank Green SmartCup)

Drinking: from this no-spill Frank Green SmartCup. It has one hand operation so it's perfect for walking, cycling and running for the morning train!

Drinking: from this no-spill Frank Green SmartCup. It has one hand operation so it’s perfect for walking, cycling and running for the morning train!

4. Reading: Enid Blyton’s The Wishing-Chair Again to my five-year-old
5. Wanting: more time (for everything)
6. Looking: more tired than I should whilst I’m on annual leave!
7. Playing: Adele 19
8. Deciding: what to study next…
9. Wishing: we had more equality in the world
10. Enjoying: listening to novels whilst hand quilting this…

Now that the front pieces have been sewn together I have pinned the front to the wadding and backing ready for quilting

Now that the front pieces have been sewn together I have pinned the front to the wadding and backing ready for quilting

11. Waiting: for Tony Abbott to do something (anything!) clever and compassionate
12. Liking: my Blogging with Pip classmates’ blogs such as: Iris and Edie, Missbitsandpieces, Lia Burton Nutrition, Home Base, Starring Maya, Most Days I Win, Sarah’s House of Trousers, Tumble and Hoot, Heartscaped, Follow that Child, Tea and Grow and River and Wren Markets.
13. Wondering: why white middle-class men with power think everyone should be like them and get by on their ‘merit’.
14. Loving: making local friends
15. Pondering: why a day is divided into 24 hours and why 60 minutes – should time go metric and why it hasn’t?
16. Considering: going to a hairdresser again – after all it’s been three years
17. Watching: Line of Duty on iview with my hubby each week
18. Hoping: Avaaz and Get Up! continue changing the world for the better
19. Marvelling: over how people like Joan Didion can write with such beauty and skill.
20. Needing: a calm pill to take on the days when it’s all too much and I could be a lot nicer about it!
21. Smelling: the scent of coriander and mandarins when we pick them from the garden

Our mandarins are plentiful and sweet, but a bit seedy!

Our mandarins are plentiful and sweet, but a bit seedy!

22. Wearing: black trousers, complemented by a black t-shirt, black jumper and black overcoat (yes, it’s a look)
23. Following: blogs that specialize in copy writing such as: Copy Blogger and The Copy Cure
24. Noticing: green fuzzy buds on the trees and magnolia flowers – nearly spring!!

A lovely magnolia tree in my neighbourhood

A lovely magnolia tree in my neighbourhood

25. Knowing: I’ll never stop learning and changing
26. Thinking: that as a society we don’t engage well with the elderly – I’m pretty sure I’ll have some useful advice and skills when I’ve retired!
27. Feeling: like for years I squandered time and now I want it all back  – desperately!
28. Admiring: social entrepreneurs
29. Sorting: everything! I’m in the process on KonMari(ing) my home
30. Buying: an iron so I can sew interfacing on the new Nicole Mallalieu bag I’m making
31. Getting: into a habit of writing morning pages (a practice favoured by creative people such as Sir Ken Robinson)
32. Bookmarking: pages that I’ll probably forget to get back to because life is like that sometimes, even with the best intentions and Evernote
33. Disliking: thinking of things to cook for dinner each night
34. Opening: parcels of books I order online – buying it is the same as reading it right? (Just like reading is the same as doing – right again?)
35. Giggling: with my girlfriends from mothers’ group each week
36. Feeling: frustrated that I need eight hours’ sleep each night!
37. Snacking: on edamame purchased frozen at the local supermarket
38. Coveting: a sense of style and colour some people seem to be born with
37. Wishing: I didn’t have to go back to work when my leave was over
38. Helping: the Brunswick Tool Library – because it’s a great idea and they do an ace job!
39. Hearing: my daughter singing to herself as she gets dressed in the morning
40. Exchanging: my sewing skills for a friend’s cooking skills
41. Borrowing: audio books from the local library for my daughter to listen to
42. Walking: around the local streets taking photos of flowers
43. Picking: fresh oranges from the tree in our backyard
44. Sharing: dinners with girlfriends

Want to do your own? Copy these from below.

1. Making:
2. Cooking:
3. Drinking:
4. Reading:
5. Wanting:
6. Looking:
7. Playing:
8. Deciding:
9. Wishing:
10. Enjoying:
11. Waiting:
12. Liking:
13. Wondering:
14. Loving:
15. Pondering:
16. Considering:
17. Watching:
18. Hoping:
19. Marvelling:
20. Needing:
21. Smelling:
22. Wearing:
23. Following:
24. Noticing:
25. Knowing:
26. Thinking:
27. Feeling:
28. Admiring:
29. Sorting:
30. Buying:
31. Getting:
32. Bookmarking:
33. Disliking:
34. Opening:
35. Giggling:
36. Feeling:
37. Snacking:
38. Coveting:
37. Wishing:
38. Helping:
39. Hearing:
40. Exchanging:
41. Borrowing:
42. Walking:
43. Picking:
44. Sharing:

If a real estate agent offers you a free appraisal is it complimentary or complementary? What’s the difference?

In Grammar on August 11, 2015 at 5:06 am
For Sale: small unit - low maintenance, loads of natural light and a large outdoor area...

For Sale: small unit – low maintenance, loads of natural light and a large outdoor area…

I just received a text from my local real estate agent. The agent offered me ‘a complementary (sic) valuation report’. I doubt it. I suspect the agent is offering a free valuation report and therefore it is a complimentary report – with an ‘i’, not an ‘e’.

If something is free we use compliment with an i. For example: there is complimentary body wash in my hotel room.

If someone says something kind about you it is a compliment, again with an i. For example: I just received a compliment about smelling lovely. (Might have been the complimentary body wash?)

However, if one thing goes with another (completes it) use complementary with an ‘e’. For example: the fragrance of the body wash complements the scent of the perfume I use.

Real estate agents need to use both of these. Then they can offer us complimentary valuation reports and tell us how a new house will perfectly complement our lifestyle.

An example of how a real estate agent has use the word 'compliments' incorrectly. It should read 'complement'.

An example of how a real estate agent has used the wrong ‘compliment’. The ad should read ‘complement’.

For us on the internet, our social media strategy complements our business objectives.

If you would like to know more about writing and grammar in a simple format I recommend the book Editing Made Easy by Bruce Kaplan. This book makes good writing simple. I have recommended it to friends and colleagues and they have loved it and recommended it to others.

 

 

 

Accepting Craft into my life (idle hands and all that…)

In Life Lessons, The Joy of Creativity on June 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm
I like to carry coloured pencils with me to doodle when I feel the urge or am a bit at a loss

I like to carry coloured pencils with me to doodle when I feel the urge or am a bit at a loss

There is a long day ahead of me. It won’t be busy enough and nothing will get crossed off my list. I anticipate shades of grey crossing my otherwise coloured day, like the fat stripes of a zebra crossing. The grey stripes are of boredom; non-busy times when I feel lost and in desperate need of a task to do. Mothers’ group is at the museum today.

I don’t see each grey stripe as it approaches. There is no warning or transition time, the colour is just gone. There’s no-one to talk to, my girl is happy with her friends or the play equipment. The others are busy with two children: where is he running off to; does her nappy need changing; is it time for a drink?

I check my phone again. No new emails in the past five minutes (I even check my work account and that other one I don’t use very often). No text messages or reminders. I look up – my daughter is lying on the floor engrossed in a puzzle.

The other parents are still busy, distracted by parenting. I have no stories to entertain them with. I’m at a loss for questions, my curiosity has temporarily deserted me. Back to the phone. What else is there? Oh, yes Twitter! What’s happening in politics? Any interesting news articles? What about craft ideas? My brain doesn’t want to play. Perhaps it is only my hands that crave something to do. If I draw it will be hijacked by four-year olds; perhaps I’ll bring some sewing next time.

I stand, ‘does anyone want coffee?’ One taker. Good, something to do. I return with our cups, but drinks are not allowed in the children’s section so we sit together in the adjacent area. I get a friend all to myself for a chat. She is gently moving the pram as she sits so her youngest will continue to sleep. We talk about life while the grey passes and the colour returns for a while.

 

PS one week later… I am learning how to knit.

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