I Do Declare. Or Something.

And so, this time last week I was sitting in a very accessible coffee shop in Edinburgh with two former colleagues I hadn't seen in a while. We were catching up before I realised they hadn't seen Isla in a REALLY long time. 'But I feel like I'm in your house every day,' said one. … Continue reading I Do Declare. Or Something.

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Blogging Re-Focus: The Same Gin, Only Stronger.

Consider this a belated 'If we were having coffee' post.  Hi. First, I would like to thank all of you who recently, and not so recently, clicked the button to read my ramblings.  I appreciate every one of you.  And I didn't know there were so many, many flooring and sanding companies out there.  So … Continue reading Blogging Re-Focus: The Same Gin, Only Stronger.

That Time We Clicked

Eight years ago today, I was getting ready to go on what I already hoped would be my last first date.  The boy liked Japanese fiction, beer, and obscure bands and the girl liked all of those things, and the boy, too. Online dating and I were on a break.  Had reached an impasse.  Agreed … Continue reading That Time We Clicked

17 Stress-Busters & Simple Pleasures

Real-talk time, I was going to call this 17 Things That Piss Me Off.  However.  That only helps me, while these stress-busters will help you, too.  Maybe.  As my Ma says, just try it. I like to watch my kid paint.   Take this morning as an example.  She'd had three halves of two different … Continue reading 17 Stress-Busters & Simple Pleasures

NaNoWriMo Prep & Other Words

NaNoWriMo and I have an interesting past. The first time I took part, I drafted something that I printed out on mint green paper, workshopped around, edited with red and purple pen, and then stuck in a drawer. Every fucking day year since I have done a variation on that same theme. Blast music.  Scribble. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep & Other Words

Let’s Connect!

Thought I'd do a little impromptu ice-cream/beer/cider/tea/coffee social - Post a bit about your blog and links to your social media you'd like me (and other people) to connect with you on. Make connections with other people in the comments! I'll go first: I post about life, books and Isla on Facebook and Instagram. I … Continue reading Let’s Connect!

Coffee & Books I Didn’t Buy Yesterday

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that yesterday, the crew and I tried to go out for an actual coffee.  We even left the house while it was still morning.  I was quite impressed with us. The idea was to have family time while perusing books. We drove about a half an hour, … Continue reading Coffee & Books I Didn’t Buy Yesterday