I have been listening to a few audiobooks recently. Partly because my old phone is now basically an mp3 player on our alarm clock and i also now have audible on my phone. So far it has been mostly re reads. I have been listening to various discworld books at night. They are quite good because the story is only part of the appeal, it is the insights and the characters that i enjoy, so i can listen until i fall asleep without worrying that i have missed something.
On my audible account i have started a couple of new books, but also listened to ones i read years ago. Listening is a very different experience from reading. I think i prefer rereading books in audio because of my other reading quirk. I often (usually) will read the end of the book before the rest. I need to have an idea of what is coming up to fully enjoy the book. I don’t like overly suspenseful stories.
I find it really interesting that there has been such a boom in audiobooks recently. Is it because we all now carry around portable players (phones) so we are used to listening? Or was there always this pent up demand that no one was catering for? My mum preferred to listen to books when we drove long distances, so consequently i “read”quite a few interesting books. I can remember sneaking out to the car for the final tape of “far from the madding crowd” because we arrived home with about 20 minutes left. For a long time i preferred just to listen to music, but podcasts have lured me back.
A good narrator is important. I am ambivalent about one author, i like her books, but the narrators she has don’t work for me and it is putting me off her books.
A collection of thoughts
I have been doing a lot of reading about minimalism. It is an interesting idea, but i think the ability to be a minimalist requires an immense amount of privilege and resources. I have a lot of thoughts about what living a minimalist life entails, so this may come back.
Its a shock to the system going from 3 degrees to 34 (celsius).
Still trying to get my head around the idea that it is 2018.
I finished one rainbow and started another
Looking for some new books/authors. I read several harlequin presents on holiday, i think i have reached a surfeit.
Another week where I don’t have a big idea, just snippets. Trying to talk about positive things this week.
- The conservative town I lived in through junior high and into high school had its first ever Pride parade this year! it popped up in my Facebook feed as a story from the newspaper, and I looked. It wasn’t big, but it happened. Progress!
- The whole applying for new jobs and telling my boss about it appears to have had a positive effect on my salary. Huh.
- We had a very wet weekend, again. Winter is not usually wet. For the severely drought affected areas in the state, this is really good- it’s actually raining there! Not enough to completely erase the drought, but a repreive all the same.
- We bought a sandwich press this weekend and have been enjoying gourmet cheese toasties ever since!
- It’s winter, but I am enjoying watching birds fly around the trees outside my window at work.
Trying to stay positive- there has been enough bad news recently.
No cohesive post, just a selection of thoughts.
- Winter has come to Brisbane. Those of you who live in colder places may laugh, but if feels so cold (temp somewhere between 11 and 18 degrees Celsius in the day so not that cold) and windy. The problem is, the buildings here are built for heat, and to collect breezes, not for the cold (when they still collect cold breezes). And the clothes are also designed more for heat than chilly days. When you live somewhere colder, a lot of infrastructure is designed to protect people, and give access to warmth. Here it definitely isn’t! So lots of complaints of how cold it is!
- We tried to fix my $10 garage sale sewing machine this weekend. It was running, and then we tried to wind a bobbin, a wheel was turned and we broke a gear? So, off to the repair shop it will go.
- I wore a dress today that I haven’t worn much- mostly because of the neckline. And I got several compliments on the colour and how I looked in it. Which is good, because I seem to buy a lot of clothes in variations of that shade!. And the neckline spent most of the day covered by my (lightweight) scarf.
- At work we are updating the text we use for a training course. One other coworker and I have been reviewing alternate chapters. She had a chapter with a grammar issue that really irritated her (and didn’t show up in mine), which was the use of “it’s” where “its” should be used. Then I had a chapter where one of my bugbears popped up! Lots of bullet point lists, with no punctuation at the end, and no use of “and” or “or” at the end. And these are not simple lists, but extensive points. Grrr.
- I have a trivia night next week where my team is the Royal tenenbaums, and I have no idea of what to do as a costume. Help!
I can’t think of anything to write about, so some brief updates.
- Back to work today. Some significant events while I was away- resignations of key contacts within the larger business and some clients that will create additional work. More work in some areas, but recent political developments provide less work in other areas, for me at least.
- Gah, an election campaign has started. That’s not a surprise, it was on the cards before the holiday, but officially started. This does mean less work for me, as no new legislation pass, but I am not happy with any of my potential choices.
- The car. We are currently carless as a result of J’s accident. Thankfully, the additional insurance arranged for by the job agency (a condition of us allowing him to use the car for his job) will pay for repairs (with a whopping excess) but the steering is not healthy and we may be without it for up to a month! So, we had discussed buying J (or assisting) a cheap car for his work, it looks like that will also be one we use. It is likely to be a manual car. Double gah and fiddlesticks. I have a manual license, due to some major flukes, but I have very little experience with them, and I don’t like driving them.
- Mother’s Day. We did have plans to see my mum, but the car and her cold meant that didn’t happen (it will happen next week). I stayed away from FB for the day though. Actually I kind of forgot what day it was, until we went to have breakfast before seeing a movie Sunday morning, and had some difficulty finding a table.
- On work again. I know that there were questions raised while I was on leave, that have waited until I came back. It’s nice to know that I am considered to be the knowledge expert on those. That said, I think others could have answered the questions, but I had been involved in the issue prior to my leave.
It’s the last day of a four day weekend. After Saturday felt like Sunday, I have adjusted to the not working life. And now I have to go back to work!
It’s not been entirely relaxing, a big argument with J resulted in a tense household through Friday and Saturday and into Sunday. It’s part of an ongoing discussion on the fact that adulthood does not necessarily mean “do exactly what you want” and that choices have consequences.
On the plus side, the fact that shops were closed on two of the four days meant a very quiet weekend. We did go to the Queensland museum for their current special exhibition on medeival objects.
I also did some sorting through stuff and some crafting.
It was nice to have four days at home, to get things done. I can see the appeal of of staycations now.
These are not resolutions. I am trying to build some better habits, to help me be happier. This is day one, so not much progress as yet.
1. Take time to craft. I know I am happier when I am being creative. But it is hard to take the time to do so. So, the goal is to take 10 minutes every day to work on the current craft project (or do a smaller one). At the moment I am working on a knitted shrug, so this is easyish to pick up- but I have found it hard to do so. So tonight I managed at least 10 minutes of knitting. So a small start. The goal is at least 10 minutes every day.
2. Exercise. For various reasons, the past few months have meant less physical activity. So another small goal- 10 minutes of deliberate exercise every day. Today was another easy one- I walked to the gym for a Pilates class- so more than an hour of activity! The real challenge will be tomorrow and Thursday (I have a Pilates class at work on Wednesdays).
3. Appreciate the world around me. I live in a beautiful city. There are everyday things to look at, but I don’t. I was reminded of this looking at the pictures of my alma mater covered in snow. I need to show my space (subtropical sun). So trying to post a picture a day on Instagram. I used to do this so easily – I maintained a project 365 blog for years. And then I stopped. My picture today was of my orchid.
I don’t know if I will maintain these habits. I want to try and find a cheap little diary tomorrow so I can mark them off each day. Once the habits are a bit more solid I can look at adding more time or more complexity.