This week, I have mostly been...
And I have to say, I'm disappointed.
But then if the advice (hidden among the self-indulgent personal anecdotes, unrelated quotes and patronising chapter on 'Quantum Physics for Dummies') in this book is anything to go by, I'm already brilliant (and thus don't need this book anyway). Yeah. I'm just too darn busy with modern life to appreciate that brilliance. That's definitely it.
Here's my advice: NEVER TRUST A BOOK THAT USES STOCK FONTS. They're unlikely to use correct punctuation either, or in fact have a consistent title on the cover and the spine. Seriously. Everyday and Every day are not the same thing. A little kerning or a cheeky keyspace would have made all the difference.
Also, and this is fairly basic advice, really, never expect a book like this to give you enlightenment. You've got to search for the hero inside yourself. Or something. (With thanks to the M People.)
...Wow. That was barbed. Totally did not mean to be because actually, on this day, 8th February 2015, I am feeling fabulous. All the positive thinking and posting of deliberately over-perky sparkly affirmations (are they getting annoying yet? Are they? Are they? Oh good, I'll keep 'em coming!) is paying off.
Here's today's dose of Fab-ruary Fabulosity:
Here I'm going to give a little chuckle of a shout-out to my walking buddies of yesterday, Fiona and Bianka (of 'previous quirky brunette post' fame). Because I can absolutely laugh about it now! And yes, ladies, of course I'll go walking with you again. Just hand over the map and nobody gets hurt, OK? ;-)
|Luckily, this didn't happen...|
Never a dull moment on what was intended to be a fairly standard circular walk around Chipstead and its environs:
|I think this is the intended route?!|
Until it transpired that someone had removed one of the all-crucial route arrows. Grr.
As a result, we went down, and up, and down, the same hill (ending up with trainers so dense with mud they resembled Hobbit feet) to find the next stage of the walk, before chancing it on an amended route towards Fanny's Farm Shop (excellent place, remind me to pay a visit when I'm more presentable) and then onwards... as it got gradually darker and darker.
And there was me thinking a head lamp was a superfluous purchase for walking. Not so much. *adds to lengthy L2B shopping list*
|There's something eerily Cyclops-y about this...|
I remember now why most of my training routes are in straight lines, which even so bring their own problems. Wait, there was a pavement here a minute ago, why am I trekking on the hard shoulder?! Also, dangnabbit, Earlswood is a dull little town to walk through! (Apologies to Earlswood residents...)
But, hey. We clocked up 9.5mi yesterday (as opposed to the 7 we'd expected to do). So that was nice.
|It's mildly circular!|
By the by, if you're inspired by my capacity to move using my legs across long distances for a sustained period of time, please do sponsor me here. Big thanks!
And a massive salute to Bianka and Fiona who were actually just doing the walk for funsies!
Now, I couldn't move on from this post about walking and route-mapping without sharing a rather lovely TED talk that I've only just made time to watch, by a Yahoo! employee called Daniele Quercia << heehee, his name looks like 'quirkier'!:
I wish I'd watched this talk before this weekend -- it certainly speaks to my inability to surrender control and just go with the path less trodden, because essentially I think that's where my greatest anxiety about walking lies: essentially I need to know where I'm going and not get lost going there. Which I think is fair when I'm walking alone. Common sense, really. But less so when I'm in a group when there's safety in numbers.
And now, it's time for your...
The big news in the bookosphere this week is...
- Harper Lee to publish Mockingbird sequel | WOOT! See also: this
- Everyday Sexism's Laura Bates signs two more books with Simon & Schuster | Yay!
- Fifty Shades of Grey trailer gets the Lego treatment
- Knight returns library book after 65 years | This made me tear up a bit!
- Southbank to create immersive Alice in Wonderland experience | Sounds fantastic, who wants to come with?!
- Ed Sec Nicky Morgan (about whom I have mixed feelings) announces war on innumeracy and illiteracy
- Hamstel Junior School Can't Live Without Books
- Reading for pleasure boosts self-esteem
- Why engineering should be a woman's game | I suspect Emma Watson agrees
- Grandmother has last laugh with 'fake' obituary | Thanks to Julie for this
- Chocolate teapot proves useful | Thanks to Evie for this
I expect its first-hatched to come out like this:
Well, it's been a hoot but Owl be off now...
Until next week!