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2017: The Best Bits

In a year book-ended by illness and pain, it’s best to focus on happier memories and look forward to starting afresh next year. Happy New Year everyone x

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Thinking Happy Thoughts

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m starting over again, brick by tiny brick. This last year has been a difficult one for both of us: we’ve had to weather some extreme storms and it feels like we’re only just now coming out the other side, but not altogether unscathed. In all honesty, I reached breaking point a month ago and it really scared me. I’m not Mr Glass Half Full but I have a base level of optimism that normally sees me through.

Plans and Procrastinations

During breakfast yesterday I happened to mention to Lizzie that I didn’t understand Bullet Journals, and so began a long, animated discussion about what they are, how they work and explanations of examples from Lizzie’s own Bullet Journal. From there I spent the rest of the day researching different styles and approaches. Needless to say I was SUPER EXCITED about the possibilities for organisation.. while I think Lizzie ultimately got fed up that I was spending all day on YouTube and Wordpress.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Less than a week ago I stood in an empty house. There was no laughter, no joy, and certainly no changing the fate of the families who used to live there. The house was the secret annex where the Frank family and others tried to hide from the senseless persecution at the hands of the Nazis during WWII. It was utterly heart breaking.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Elephant in the Room

I don’t think my family read the blog but this is now common knowledge to immediate family anyway. I’m sharing it because as a society we don’t talk about these things nearly enough. I don’t intend embarrassment or shame, and there really shouldn’t be any. Either way, whoever reads this, please tread softly out of respect for those concerned. We wouldn’t be having coffee this weekend i’m afraid. I’d have to politely decline and promise to reschedule.

The EpiPen: A 461% Price Increase - SmashleyAshley

I am a business owner myself. I understand that the bottom line matters, I understand that the point of being in business is to make a profit. However, I also believe that greed is one of the most destructive traits in human beings. There is no logical explanation you can give for raising the price of a drug by over 400%, a drug that costs literally a dollar per dose.

Let's Play: No Man's Sky (PS4)

Something a little different for you all today.. I recently bought a Playstation 4 with the intention of trying out No Man’s Sky, the recently released space exploration game by Hello Games, a small studio from Guildford and creators of the Joe Danger series.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog - missing the latest Ghibli entry - and pretty much avoided Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. When I did venture online, I saw wonderful updates from friends about the exciting things going on in their lives, but I just didn’t have the emotional energy to reach out to them.

Choosing Friends

My friend Ra is the reason I started blogging again. When I started blogging back in 2005, my posts were sporadic, amateur and without purpose. I was never part of the blogosphere - if such a thing existed back then - and as my first attempt at blogging, ultimately it fizzled out. Literally years went by between posts and I’d long since moved towards Twitter and Instagram. In my time away from blogging, I was somewhat aware of this Rarasaur person through my wife, but it wasn’t until I started clicking through the profiles of her commenters on Instagram last October that I found Rarasaur blog.

#SaturdayScribblers: Madagascar

This is the second week of the ‘coffee stain’ prompts of Dean Kealy’s of #SaturdayScribblers. I’m enjoying this mixed-media approach and looking forward to what comes next :-) This time we were presented with this coffee stain: I flipped the prompt upside down - hopefully that’s allowed - and tried to include as much of the stain as possible in my sketch: I scanned and coloured to produce the final image - hopefully the characters are recognisable even if the poses are a bit odd!