Sooooo I just heard that for the second week in a row, I have been pipped to the post in my own blog hop (and I can’t tell yet, because I haven’t published, but when I do I am certain to see that I’m in second place [Edit: Now third. &%@£!!!!! (Double Edit: Now FOURTH! Crapshitbugger!)].
Which is SO FRUSTRATING on one hand, because
I want all the glory I’ve gotten into the habit of being first and I like it it shows that I’ve yet again been lax and unable to get myself together in time to blog my Things in a timely manner.
And on the other hand it’s COMPLETELY FREAKIN’ AWESOME because it demonstrates even more clearly that there are people out there who are really, PROPERLY invested in this. Which is so exciting, because I genuinely think this kind of thing is good for the mind, the soul and the body. There’s scientific research (somewhere else) – gratitude is GOOD for you.
So with no ado or mucking around at all (because goodness knows I’ve written so much this week that when lovely Tamara shared a post on Twitter earlier, I couldn’t work out from her link what I’d written (duh!)), I present Ten Things which made me VERY Thankful this week.
1. In a largely unprecedented act, Husby bought flowers home for me tonight. He knows I kill flowers (his second comment after telling me that they were an ‘I love you’ present was “and I thought they could replace the bunch of very dead daffodils on the mantelpiece.” – said daffodils having been there since my mum gave them to me a fortnight ago.)
2. The card (also in the picture above) which arrived unexpectedly and is a ‘hang on in there’ full of lovely words from someone who understands my situation and is being very supportive. It was SO nice and wonderfully surprising to know that she thought of me enough to actually send me the card. And I really hugely appreciated it.
3. It rained in the morning on Friday and I was annoyed. And then it SUNSHINED ALL DAY most beautifully all over my head. Then it seriously rained down a LOT on my journey back to work, and there was the most utterly beautiful DOUBLE rainbow (which I nearly crashed several times because I was looking at it) to one side of most of my journey, and the shiney sunshine was gorgeous. And the clouds were epic dark and watercoloured as the enormous rain just slid from the sky and over the city in grey swathes.
4. We had people round last night and got a compliment on the painting I have. This painting I fell absolutely head-over-heels in love with in Cornwall one year, and *had* to buy because I tried leaving it in the gallery and my heart broke at the idea of someone else getting to keep it. So I bought it. Biggest ever thing I bought. And now it’s up on my wall at home. And I LOVE it.
5. I worked up the gumption to submit posts to the BlogHer Voice of the Year competition and then variously got told that I’d submitted good ones, that they’d get nowhere because no posts without a bajillion votes ever get noticed (even though this section of the competition is supposedly judged by independent judges) and that I was naieve. And sweet for trying. So I cracked and begged for votes and then worried about whether or not I should’ve just kept completely quiet about it and crossed my fingers and hoped. But you know what? I am who I am, and I’m often pretty insecure and I like to know that people like what I wrote. So yeah, the votes help my panicked writer-ego.
I submitted My Darling Lifeboats and No Cherry-Picking – two posts which were intensely personal and important to me and I love them both. If you have time to spare and inclination to go and read them to see if you like them, then awesome, and thanks.
6. I had a humbling experience this week. Or was humbled or brought to a new thought and a new view of the reality of blogging via the line “the humbling, silent comments of those who thought we were idiots”. SO worth bearing in mind. For me.
7. I finished Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It gave me a big ol’ book hangover and I’m so sad it ended and I want their world back. But I got to keep the book. Which I found in a second-hand shop, and I love. And as a final note on said book (to gross Kate out) I accidentally dropped plum juice on it one lunchtime whilst eating and reading, and licked it off before I thought about what I was doing.
8. I had a teeny tiny baby cold this week, with a slightly achey throat and a swollen gland and three sneezes. I felt kinda rough for one day. And then I was over it. But because I have a susceptible chest (which phrase, by the way, has led to UTTER hilarity over at the Awesome Bloggers VidChat) I ended up with a chest infection and a sexy, sultry voice (also a source of much hilarity at the VidChat). *I* think I sound like someone on the Marks and Spencers adverts, and that I sounded A-MAY-ZING when I was singing in the shower earlier. Clark, on the other hand, thinks I sound like a newsreader from 1983. Which I don’t. He then said something about “women with guy voices” and I figured at that point I should keep my sexy-cold-voice and probably have a face for radio…
9. And because I’m having such beautiful fun IN the VidChat (rightnow – and where are y’all? Add me on Google+ and let me know you want to join us next Friday so I can invite you) I have completely mucked up my list and really don’t know what I wrote.
10. I danced the dance and sung the Seven GuardVirgins to sleep with my awesome voice and now I have in my possession THE ENTIRE BOOK OF SECRET RULES* and have selected (almost but not quite at random) the rule which happens when you press the magical button at the side, connected to the speaker, and it sings a crappy tinny song and lets me off the last Thing without prejudice.
I’m thankful, ‘kay? (VidChat now utterly co-opted by the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and Linda’s running commentary)
*or SECRET BOOK OF RULES