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I am now in my new home. I have gone from a tiny studio to a place with actual rooms and even a garden – so it feels so big!

The studio was starting to feel a little on the cramped side, maybe I just have too much stuff, so I wanted somewhere bigger. It is nice to have this extra space and more of a home feel rather than, as my father put it, a human storage box.

Living in a small space isn’t inherently bad of course but in order to make it work you have to be creative with the space. Doing this takes time, energy, money, and the freedom to be able to make alterations.

While my rent has increased it is worth it to come home to a nicer place. The previous place was a loft with only one window and thus could be quite dingy. Here I have lots of windows and airy space – a vast improvement.

I now have a proper kitchen with an actual oven and enough space for my pans – before they were shoved onto a trolley and would fall off if not arranged exactly correctly.

I can now have guests if I want to – in the last place it would have felt like we were all in my bedroom – and a weird bedroom as it had a microwave in it!

So, in conclusion, I finally have a reason for having a silly number of mugs!

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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Coffee

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I am not a fan of coffee. I have heard many people talk of the wonderful aroma of the beverage but to me it doesn’t smell great. However I do keep coffee at home because some days I don’t get enough sleep, either because of my deep personal stupidity, or because of work commitments. When I do have coffee I have it with lots of milk and sugar – in order to make it palatable – Captain Janeway would be horrified.

Today (2020/07/06) I had a caramel latte, because I was feeling tired in the afternoon, and I was surprised I actually rather liked it – or at least I didn’t dislike it as much as I expected to.

It got me to thinking about taste and options on food and drink. There are some foods which we accept that some people like and some hate but there are also foods that we would find it very strange for someone not to like.

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I always find it odd when people don’t like peas. Not because peas are amazing but because I wouldn’t have thought there was enough to them to not like them. Then again I don’t like uncooked tomatoes. I also don’t like cucumber – but I will have it if part of a recipe. Cucumber with hoisin duck just works.

‘Hoisin’ is a word my spellchecker doesn’t know. It wanted to say ‘housing’ which is convenient as it allows me to clumsily segue into the other thing I want to talk about…

Tomorrow (2020-07-13) I am moving and I am, once again, realising how much stuff I have. Fortunately the new place isn’t far away so it won’t be too bad. When all is done I will have pizza – both as a thank you to my parents for helping me and because I will feel like I deserve it – even if my gut says it is a bad idea! Mention of pizza brings me right back to the top. I would find it strange if someone didn’t like that!

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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Moving

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I am in the process of moving. Saying that I am counting my chickens (it is not all confirmed yet) but I wanted to get a head start so I am putting stuff in bags. Once again I am becoming aware just how much stuff I have accumulated and I am a bit annoyed at my past self.

…your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything, and start the cycle all over again.

Odo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less)

None, or virtually none, of the accumulated stuff would be worth anything which makes getting rid of stuff a bit easier. I have books, CDs and DVDs and many of them will be able to go.

You might be wondering why I am keeping some of this stuff. I wonder the same thing sometimes. So why don’t I get rid of it all and rely on streaming services? One word: change.

Passion of the Nerd’s Videos are wonderful!

Buffy is the most extreme example of which I am aware. I am keeping my Buffy dvds because I don’t want to not have the best version of the show. The Friends DVDs have the full version – last time I looked on Netflix they were the shorter broadcast version.

This can also effect music, although less directly, owing to the various versions of the song – and often the same artist has many versions. This means having to give very specific instructions: Okay, Google. Play: Deep Space Nice Opening Credits season 4-7. For example.

That is not to say that all remastering is bad. I don’t own these but the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series is outstanding. They did an excellent job and managed to keep the spirit of the show. The episode The Doomsday Machine in particular looks amazing. To my eyes the special efforts blend well with the live action. It still has a 60s feel. The Blu-ray, I’m given to understand, has the option of playing the old or new version. This is the perfect compromise between old and new. Actually it is better than a compromise. A compromise means not getting all that you want – normally a fact of life – in this instance a thing not required.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Star Wars. Star Wars has been changed many times. Some changes make sense, such as a tidying up of the images and improving things like the Death Star explosion, but in other places unnecessary CGI has been added, and some scenes are worse off for them. To me the best example is Vader’s turn at the end of Jedi. The silence of it perfectly communicates what he is going through. We don’t need him to say anything. Now he says: ‘Nooo’.

At this juncture someone usual mentions that the film makers made it they can change it. And so they can – no argument. The problem is when a decision is taken that there is one true version. If Blu-rays were released of the original trilogy with just a bit of a clean up but otherwise untouched they would sell so well. You know they would. In closing I just want to say: ‘Han shot first!’

I also want to say that this post is the very definition of a first world problem. I know this. I know it is unimportant. Given the heaviness of the news recently I wanted something light for this week.

Places are coming out of lock down now. So I hope you are all doing well as we begin to get back to the new normal.

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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Moving House

Lately I’ve been thinking of moving house again. I’ve only been in my current place for just over a year so I’m probably mad, moving is an amazing upheaval, but nevertheless I have been thinking about it. The reason being is that I’m relatively far from family and friends and, as I don’t have a car, it can be a little awkward sometimes.

The question with moving house is what sort of place to move to – what can I afford now versus what might I be able to afford in the future. It is important to consider this because if there is one thing that can be said of moving you probably want to do it as few times as possible.

My budget can’t quite reach what I might call the ‘perfect’ house or flat. In which case there are there are two options either go for somewhere not great but good enough or wait.

Waiting, and patients, in general is something I am not good at. In this case I might be waiting for something that might not actually happen – but what am I waiting for?

Well to have just a tad more money. If you can hit the £90,000 mark for houses/flats there are a lot more options.

I’m also lazy. This means that I don’t particularly like the idea of having to paint and decorate a new place. Sometimes you look at places for sale and the colour scheme is just hideous – or they actually need to be painted as they’ve been neglected.

Nevertheless waiting is always a good thing to consider doing. We all know that feeling of buying something, usually a technological item, and then shortly afterwards the new and improved version is out! This phenomenon can happen with flats – at any moment the perfect place could come on the market.

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