I’ve committed Haiku

A week ago at work, I attended an optional course about using consistent, audience appropriate language for my work related written communications. It was a “webinar” type thing, looking at language, favourite words, and the tone and word choice used by different companies.  ( this was optional – I wasn’t pulled up for starting all my emails as “Wotcher mister” )

It did make me think about how and when to use words, and its helped a lot with making the stuff I write down more direct ( not here. Here i ramble on  and no one can stop me! ) and one of the exercises was to condense a page wall of text into a haiku form. And I really, really enjoyed it – although after discussion, i have to submit my weekly reports in full paragraphs.

Shame that!

I’m kind of fond of poetry anyway, especially the stream of consciousness styles of e.e.cummings, for example. Not so much Philip Larkin – although that dislike could be the result of an english lit. a-level.

So I thought, for fun, I’d write a haiku every day about whatever had been the topic of the day for me. This is having a postive effect on reminding me to check my blooming twitter account, and also really confusing sis B.

So – this is my week in Haiku  in 5-7-5 syllables, discounting traditional imagery.

  • Thursday :Re-Writing emails / with smiley face diagrams / and very short words
  • Friday : Tongue in teeth, drawing / Kohl lines without my glasses / Epic Liner Fail
  • Saturday : nose inside a book / Reading and forgetting that / coffee cools quite fast
  • Sunday: sun. blue sky. white clouds / Outside breathing dragon smoke / Brass monkey weather
  • Monday:fat white flakes falling / On animated app screen / truth reveals blue sky
  • Tuesday:Two hour traffic jam / motorway juddered to beeping halt / where is my exit?
  • Wednesday: Today my ears popped / Sinuses are seemingly / filled with snot and lead

I’ll see how long I can keep it up 🙂

( the picture is leakers bookshop in inverness. Which is irrelevant but awesome )

HouseKeeping…

Not actual housekeeping. Heck no. That would involve pledge and dusters and the dyson, and too many flights of stairs.

I’m not saying I shouldn’t tidy up, but I came to sit at my desk to start cleaning it, in order to move it closer to the radiator to keep my toes warm when at sewing machine or computer, and just shifted the teetering heap to one side, put warm socks on instead and fired up the iMac. ( I refer you to http://20px.com/blog/2013/09/06/a-field-guide-to-procrastinators and invite you to guess which sort )

So, this is virtual housekeeping ( except I already logged into wow, did my auctions, collected my resources and did my garrison missions. FarmVille with orcs.  So not that sort of virtual ), in which i get rid of a load of old wordpress plugins & pages that I dont want, delete a pile of themes i installed on a whim, revert back to one I actually like because its fluid ( and try updating my social stream plugin – which is only co-operating for twitter at the moment,which is super annoying… that means I have to read documentation!

 

 

End of Q4: Status Report

2014 and i havent gotten any taller. That means I don’t have to grow up anytime soon as far as I’m comcerned.

Nephews A & B are both taller than me now.

Not that they make an effort to point it out on a regular basis, or casually mention t-shirts, banners, advertisements, just in case I didnt notice. Did I mention they are also known as Evil 1&2?

I met up with my cousins on my Dad’s side this weekend, for the first time in 25 years. Baby J is a foot and half taller than me, and Little A has just had baby number 2 , and is no longer “the short one”.

I got my vengeance by inflicting a crochet Yoda hat on her newborn. Or a Shrek Yoga hat, according to her eldest.

 

 

 

 

I blame the woolvalanche

Okay, so I might have taken up crochet again. A bit. I might have finished the epic pink blanket, and the stripey blanket, and half a dozen pairs of fingerless gloves and be halfway through the rest of the blankets and
I keep bringing wool home, and theres a bit of a pile…..

June and Winter…

“There are two seasons in Scotland : June and Winter” Billy Connolly

Which pretty much holds true for the rest of the uk at the moment. And June was a bit hit and miss, even so.

So what was I doing in june?
Firstly… Not climbing this extremely tall pole on a freezing cold day. Do I need mention it was raining to?

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I went back to Crail Pottery, bought more stoneware, and coveted some bowls.

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Decided that the fiddly pink blanket I am making For K-k-katie , using the sarah london Wool Eater pattern in six shades of pink, was going to kill my fingers. So I broke out the Sugru and made custom thumb rests in my 4mm and 4.5mm hooks.

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Visited my mum and dad, who live in an award winning village in Fife, and went to look at the beach. It was high tide, and it was raining, but… still a cracking view.

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Came home via aunt peggy and uncle billy's house. Stripped clean, empty, and ready to be sold, I had to take a photo of the carpet I grew up with. It's just occurred to me thst these are the shades I dye my hair most often.

Brrr, subliminal, or what?

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I may have hooked nephew A on circular gallifreyan, sindarin, angerthas, and a number of imaginary languages. Oops!

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And then I did some more coveting. Circular 'Cuddler’ chairs, heaped with cushions, are exactly the right size for a library reading chair, no?

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End of June update :

pink wool eater : 8 balls of wool in, 3 to go, takes hours to go round.

Pink triple strand single crocheted blanket : halfway through.

Zombies crocheted : Zero, but I have the perfect sickly green for their skin!

 

Dewey Decimal

Well, Its sorted!

3 deep in each cube, we have :

Non fiction

  • Languages
  • Cookery
  • Comp Sci & Networking
  • History
  • Random non fiction that doesnt deserve its own cube, such as Fencing, Tattoos, ancient inventions, pattern drafting, crochet, seashore creatures… er.. etc
  • Fiction

  • Trashy Novels that i'll read more than once, but I bought from the “normal books” section and not a genre
  • Sci Fi & Fantasy ( 60% of my cubes.)
  • TV tie ins
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • Comic books and Graphic novels ( 3 cubes including every calvin and hobbes books ever, and cerebus the aardvark)
  • novels in foreign languages ( French, Latin & japanese
  • This is only half of the Cubes. And Yes, that is my sonic screwdriver on the shelf. I was using it to change tracks on my imac while i was working.

    All I need to do now is to update my copy of Delicious Library and scan everything. I shall employ Nephew B ( aka Child A/Roadkiller/are you sure you didnt mean to call him damien) and arm him with my iphone scanner)

    Well, That and 2,500 bookplates, some RFID tags, And a set of Dewey Decimal Labels for the shelves….

     

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