Monthly Archives: July 2019

Doughnut Today – Holiday Tomorrow.

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So today I want to talk about…

I thought about going with ‘Money’ by Pink Floyd – but decided on Shania Twain on the grounds that I actually own this album and mixed up Pink Floyd with Supertramp.

On Thursday I wrote in my journal about how I misspend my money. Then later in the day I went on to misspend my money. Yes. I started the day saying I need to spend less and ended the day spending £50. I bought shower gel, from Lush, a Thermos, and some food.

…thermos, meaning hot, if you don’t drop it…

Michael Flanders (Introduction to First and Second Law)

The shower gel is a luxury item as I could pick up something cheaper. I like Lush, not sponsored, but I could save on that. The Thermos is more of a necessary item. It means that I can take a hot meal to work. I have another one but it never held heat between making the meal and eating the meal. I now realise that that might have been due to my lack of understanding of thermodynamics and having insufficient liquid. The last part of the £50 was spent on food and this is my Achilles heal.

Ah, beer, my one weakness. My Achilles heal if you will.

Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

The problem with food is that it is nice. I admit it might also fill a void but I don’t want to talk about my mental state. So having a treat of one sort or another seems like such a small thing. It is individual but have you ever sat and thought about it collectively?

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If I spend £20 a week on unnecessary food that is £1040 over the year. When you are standing at the pretzel shop, about to spend £3ish, that figure seems so far away. It is true though if I ditch the teats I could save enough to go on holiday. Travel is going to make up the vast majority of my bucket list. I could practically list every county in the world on that list. So why don’t I do it? Why don’t more people do it?

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…because it is such a nebulous future. Incidentally the picture above isn’t a nebular but look pretty lights. The pretzel, doughnut, chai, or milkshake can be in my mouth now. The holiday will be a year away and it is difficult not to equate the deprivation of a treat now to seeing something amazing in the future. On Thursday I failed to follow through. Will tomorrow, my next day off, be any better? I can’t say. It may only result in me eating the same stuff only this time feeling guilty about it. Only time will tell. Perhaps I just need a budget.

I am obviously not the first person to put forward this idea. Some people, I am sure, spend a lot more than I do. For the time being I will probably just be feeling guilty. Still I hold this fact in my mind. Even spending just £0.30 a day on a doughnut or some such thing would be £109 over the year. That could be put towards a flight to somewhere. So can I avoid temptation no doughnuts and a trip instead? Well not so far. I need to work on it though.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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I Have Been, and Always Shall Be, Your Friend

Using those words for this post might be a bit on the heavy handed but they are also appropriate. Today I said ‘Goodbye’ to a friend of mine. She and her boyfriend are moving to Denmark and it may be some time before I see her again.

As I was heading to her place I wasn’t entirely sure I remembered the route. I only took the one wrong turn. As I got back on track I was thinking how I would remover it for next time. I also passed a bike hire station so I could have cycled. I thought about how I would remember that too. Except I don’t need to remember as on Saturday she will be off.

Goodbyes are always difficult. The first major time it happens is in high school. The school is the glue that holds you together. In the absence of that you drift apart like two lifeboats with the tether cut.

My friend and I, I think, will keep in touch. After all your friends in school are determined by the alphabet and in adulthood it is other factors. Ironically had we been at the same high school we would have been in the same class given our surnames. I wonder if we would have been friends then too.

So I will miss her. Given how busy our lives were, and my working weekends, we might only have met once or twice a month. Quantity is irrelevant for friendship. We always had fun conversations and she was good to be around.

The good news is that now I have extra motivation to travel. So in a few months, maybe a year, when she and her boyfriend are established I will go and see them. I have only ever seen an airport in Denmark and I would love to experience the country proper.

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What is it?

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I don’t know what this blog post will be about. My mind is a bit on the blank side at the moment. It probably doesn’t help that I am doing three things at once at the moment, this, a YouTube video, and texting.

Multitasking simply doesn’t work. Yet I keep doing it. Why? Probably because I have all the focus of a cat in a field of catnip.

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…or it could be that there are so many things I want to accomplish that I am trying to do all of them. Even though none of those things I mentioned are really accomplishments. And all that happens is each thing edges forward at a very slow rate – and this takes far too long – I need help.

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My novel seems to be going well. Reading chapters out, almost, weekly is useful as it means the chapter’s are expected and I am, sort of, accountable to someone else. There may have been a few too many conditional clauses in that statement.

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I’ll give you a little titbit of information. Consider your character’s history. I am writing a section with centaurs and kelpies. It is so easy to put human characteristics to this beings. However a nod may not be a ‘Yes’, a shake of the head may not mean ‘No.’ and a thumbs up is not possible if the beings don’t have thumbs. Even those examples mean a completely different thing in different parts of the world before we even get in to a fictional world So in closing remember…

The Truth Resists Simplicity.

John Green.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

I have a Patreon page. I hope you will consider supporting this blog: https://www.patreon.com/unstableorbit

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