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sunshine, books, and blogs

picture-008I’ve been neglecting the blog lately. My only excuse (besides my parents coming to visit and thus walking around Manchester so much that my husband and I collapsed at the end of each day) is the sun. It has been gloriously, bizarrely, brilliantly, and strangely sunny.  Nearly every day. For about a week. What’s a girl to do?

Go outside and read. Add the books read to the “Books” page. Take the camera and take pictures. Oh? Absolutely.

a poem, lovely and true

YouTube – Blueberry Girl – New from Neil Gaiman.

You know those days when you wake up just a little bit…befuddled? And resistant? I tend to wake up like that when I have something to do that I don’t want to (i.e. walk to the temp agencies and try again for a job).  I’m sluggish, and slow, and can think of so many things I would rather be doing than putting on makeup and walking the 50 minutes into the city centre.  But, I want a job, and I want to go for a run before I leave today, so I blended some soy milk, a banana, and some pineapple into a smoothie and sat down and watched this gorgeous little video. Neil Gaiman’s voice (and, if you haven’t listened to his other audio books, you are missing out) combines perfectly with the gorgeous imagery and illustrations.  This little poem makes you breathe a little slower and deeper and look around at the world with optimism instead of stress. It reminds me to sit quietly, listen to what is around me, and keep trying.

sunshine type thoughts

sun1Well, although March has refused to disavow its “lion” status (we had quite the wind/hail storm here on Sunday night), it has still been mostly sunny.  And the light has stuck around until almost 6pm each evening.  I haven’t wanted to say too much about it for fear that the rain would hear me and decide it was missed.  Note to rain: it’s been cool how you’ve been showing up at night to keep us company/make cool sounds on the skylights and then going away during the day.  Keep it up.

To take advantage of the fact that our computer area/couch gets almost all of the sunlight, and in an attempt to become at least a little more productive, I’ve been..playing around on the internet.  What? Trust me, as a teacher, I had almost zero “extra” time to spend exploring and thinking about anything other than teaching. I loved my job and my students, but it was hard to get my head above the water enough to look around at what else was going on.

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