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  1. Blogging

    February 10, 2015 by superlative

    Someone reminded me today that I haven’t written anything on my blog in ages. It’s true, and it’s a shame, because I used to like writing on here. It’s been a good place to organise my thoughts, or sometimes just to vent. The problem as I’m sure I’ve explained before is that once too much time passes it becomes difficult to pick up blogging again. You can’t write about all the things you’ve missed in the preceding months, but it feels odd to ignore it and have huge gaps in your narrative. So you end up never writing anything.

    I’d like to write from time to time again, so I might just try. Maybe once a week or something. And apologies for any gaps.

    For anyone who has read my past posts and wants and actual update on how things are: Mum is still barking, but is actually a little better health-wise; Horrible Grandad is still dead and I’ll probably never see or speak to that side of my family again, which is a shame; Nice Grandad eventually accepted having carers to help him at home, so is older and frailer but still plodding along somehow; work is good – and I got a promotion!


  2. Dear readers

    May 27, 2013 by superlative

    Blog every day in May topic – A letter to your readers

    Dear readers,

    How are you? I am fine. I hope your boils have cleared up and that your Aunty Pat’s hysterectomy went swimmingly.

    I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for reading my blog this month. I don’t think I have ever posted quite as much or as often, and it has been a very enjoyable experience. It hasn’t always been easy, as the scheduling is relentless (one day insisting upon following another, for example), and at times I have been unsure what to write about. It has been very pleasant just to write for the sake of it though, and to be given topics rather than having to create them. I hope you have at least found it amusing, and perhaps learnt a little more about me.

    We are only four posts from the end now, and so I am hopeful I can complete the entire challenge. This also means that in four days time you will receive some blissful respite from the relentless blogging of the small circle of us on Twitter who are doing this. No doubt all of us writers are looking forward to a break as much as you are.

    I will try to continue writing after the end of the month, but I know I don’t have a very good history of doing it regularly. Do stop by from time to time if you can though. It’s nice to think someone might be reading this purely because I wrote it and that that’s enough to make them want to.

    Give my love to Sue.

    With deepest affection,
    Simon


  3. Five blogs

    May 19, 2013 by superlative

    Blog every day in May topic – Five of your favourite blogs

    I don’t actually read all that many people’s blogs. Do people not do it so much any more? I feel like there’s less need, as you can just make little posts whenever you want on Twitter or Facebook now.

    So I’m just going to do this quick and dirty, because I know you all like it that way anyway.

    Deliberate/Illiterate 
    This is Chris’ blog, my other half. Almost everyone who reads this is going to know that already. He’s doing the Blog every day in May challenge too, and even though I obviously know pretty much everything about him, I’ve still learnt some things reading it that I didn’t know before. So that’s been nice. Also he works with occasionally hilarious special needs children, and that can be quite funny.

    Matt Smith
    Matt is my best friend what I have met via Twitter. He knows lots of interesting stuff about television and technology and is well worth a read. He helps to keep me sane when I am bored at work every day.

    White Space
    Urban Cynic, as she is known online, is probably my only ‘blogger’ friend, in that I knew her first via her blog and only later via Twitter. I’ve really enjoyed following her life via her posts. She lives in Brighton too, and I kind of like that I may well have walked past her in the street and would never know it.

    Foppish Drunk
    This is my friend Lee’s blog, and he’s also blogging every day in May. He’s a very good friend who I don’t see often enough, and his blog helps me to keep up with his life a little bit better. He’s northern, so he likes to blog about things like trams and whippets and whippets on trams.

    Plaintruthiness
    This is the only picture blog in my list. I don’t know if I first encountered Jerry on Tumblr or on Twitter, but I have since met him in real life in New York. He posts photos of two things that are very important in my life: FOOD and PRETTY BOYS. So if either or both of those are your thing, I heartily recommend that you let him take you for a tumble.


  4. Blog every day in May – The story of my life

    May 1, 2013 by superlative

    A few people I know are trying to do the ‘Blog every day in May’ challenge set by the Story of My Life blog, so I thought I’d join in. It’s only challenges like this that seem to get me blogging with any regularity, and as it includes a set of suggested topics for each day I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to know what to write. The hardest part is going to be keeping up I think – especially as my Mum is coming to visit for three days this month, and then I’m in Spain from the 26th. I’ll just have to try to do a few posts in advance I think!

    Today’s topic is: ‘The story of your life in 250 words or less’. So here we go…

    I grew up in East London, and it never really suited me. It was a bit rough and I didn’t feel I really fitted in. Going to a Catholic boys school was sometimes hard, not least because I found out later I actually find it much easier to talk to girls than boys. I met Chris, my boyfriend, then partner, then husband, my life, while I was at college aged 17, and that’s when the fun part of my existence really began. Everything changed from that point. I’ve done so many things, laughed so much, found out so much about myself and who I want to be. I feel very lucky to have him and he’s made me a better person. We went to the University of Sussex together, and it was great. I studied French and Italian, and spent a year on my own living in Geneva. It was a wonderful experience, but it made me value my life back home even more and I was glad to come back. After university we stayed in Brighton and I apparently became a web developer. It turns out I’m quite good at it, and I enjoy it, but I’ve always felt I could have done more in my working life. Work has never been my priority. Chris and I got married in 2008 and bought our first home together in 2011. Today I live a happy, supported, cosy, fun little life of simple pleasures, drinking cocktails, dancing, and pulling stupid faces.



    Other posts on this topic by my friends:
    Nic | James | Lee | Chris | Matt

    I’ve really enjoyed reading these. It’s amazing what you can learn in 250 words, and what people pick out from their 20-30 years on the planet so far.


  5. What I’ve been up to

    March 8, 2013 by superlative

    I haven’t written since Christmas about anything that I’ve actually done, so in order to try to get back up to date, and to make Lee shut his cakehole, I’m just going to do a little post now to cover what’s been going on in my life.

    Thing are going fine in our flat still. We have continued to make small improvements to it every now and then, including redecorating our guest bedroom. That’s the first bit of decorating we’ve ever done, and it came out quite well really.

    We have hopefully fixed the massive hump that we get in our hall floor during the summer too, which was caused by the poor laying of the wood flooring. Last summer it looked like the whole lot was going to split, so we couldn’t leave it any longer really. Chris has since lopped 5cm off the end of it with a massive chisel, and with a bit of luck he’ll have lopped off right bit for the wood to expand when it wants to.

    We may also have fixed the pigeon problem that was ruining our decked patio (they used to roost on part of our building’s fire escape and then crap all over our lovely decking). I got a quote ages ago from a bird control company about putting some netting or something up, and they laughably wanted £1,300 for it. So we thought fuck that, and after much deliberation and planning and sketching ideas on a bit of paper, Chris climbed up the rickety old cast iron ladder and we’ve hung our own net up there. It’s been four months so far, and there have been NO pigeons. The netting and the clips and things only cost us about £12, so I think that’s a big win for us and £1,288 I should be able to spend on presents for myself. We haven’t actually had any nice weather since we put the netting up (it was November), but I’m hoping that come the summer we might be able to use the patio a bit more now and maybe have a glass of wine out there on warm summer evenings.

    Noise from the flat above us has still occasionally been a problem, but we had a blissful period where it wasn’t rented out at all during January and much of February, and that was really nice. The rentals have started back up again now, but I am trying very hard to be more relaxed about it (because I’m so well known for being relaxed and easy going). Things I need to keep reminding myself are: the flat is often empty, especially midweek and in the winter; some people have noisy neighbours above them ALL the time, so we’re lucky ours is intermittent; many people who stay there are quite quiet; you can’t live under other people and have no noise at all (so I’ll never be buying a flat under other people again, but anyway); and we have earplugs for when it is noisy that are AMAZING. Seriously, they’re called Hearos, they’re American, and they are simply the best earplugs I’ve ever used or heard of. I can’t recommend them highly enough if you have noisy neighbours, and they’re so comfortable you barely know they’re in.

    I still get a little bit stressed about the noise, particularly if we have guests because I feel so bad if they get disturbed in the night. I also get annoyed if I think too hard about the woman who owns the flat because, nice as she always is to us, essentially she doesn’t really care if we get disturbed, she just wants the money from the flat (and at £125 a night she must be RAKING it in).

    On the job front, I am currently still working two days a week in my new and much more interesting web development role at the university, and three days doing my regular job. It’s still officially a ‘temporary’ arrangement though, and I’m hoping very much to get something more permanent agreed this month. The best case scenario for me I think would be to move full-time into the new role, but they may not have the money or the work for me to do that. Worst case would be to go back to doing five days a week in my regular job, which is increasingly boring. I’ve positioned myself fairly well in the new role though, and tried to make people think I’m helpful and produce good work, so I’ll have just to wait and see.

    I think that’s most of my news really. Mum and Dad are coming to stay again in May, which is a bit earlier than I thought they’d be back (it was only September last time), so I’m sure I’ll get a bit stressed about that as the time approaches. Dad has had some cardiac tests and investigations done, but still no news on why he blacked out those times. He hasn’t blacked out since anyway, so that’s something. And I’m going on holiday to Sitges again, with friends this time, at the end of May after Mum and Dad have gone. So that should be fun, and I’m desperate for some sunshine. I’m so sick of being frozen or soaked on my way to work on the stupid bus every day.

    I’m going to try to intermingle some of these posts about my life with other opinion pieces on news or things I find interesting  because it’s a bit boring just reading about my life if you don’t know me. My brother enjoys keeping up to date on what I’ve been doing apparently, but that’s probably about it. Feel free to write THIS WAS BORING in the comments box below and I’ll try to adjust accordingly.


  6. Hello, new web host

    March 7, 2013 by superlative

    Following the pointless hacking of my blog, I have taken the long-overdue decision to move this site to a new web host. I’ve been with Nativespace for quite a few years, and, to be frank, they haven’t been that good. Despite their supposed 99% uptime guarantee, they have had a LOT of problems over the last year or so. The server my site is on has generally stayed up, but it has suffered outages nonetheless, and their wobblier servers seem to have gone down for a day at a time every few weeks for what seems like forever.

    It happened again this week (twice, I think), and given my site got hacked as well, possibly coincidentally, I decided it was time for a complete overhaul and to start somewhere fresh.

    So hello new web host, and hello new theme. I hope you like it.

    I’m going to start trying to blog a bit more regularly again, as I’ve been pathetic at it for basically the whole of 2012. I do like writing on here, I just never seem to have anything to say. I’ve lost my voice, but I shall try to find it again.

    Oh and if you’re thinking about trying to hack this blog, please go and lick a plug socket instead or something.


  7. Terrible blogger

    April 1, 2010 by superlative

    I have turned into one of those bloggers I don’t like who only updates their blog twice a month, making it a bit annoying to try to keep up to date with. It’s my own fault really; once I leave it for too long, events either don’t seem current enough to write about or they become irrelevant.

    But anyway, in case you care here are a few things that have happened in my life recently.

    Most excitingly for the geek in me, I have got a new phone to replace my Sony Ericsson C510. Yes I know I’ve only had my last phone for a year, but it’s one of the few things that I treat myself to and spend any actual money on myself on.
    So now I have a brand sparkling new HTC Tattoo, and so far I’m really pleased with it. It’s my first touchscreen phone, and it has Wi Fi, which are the two things I really wanted. It seems really good, like a proper little computer in your pocket, and it’s quite pretty too. The touchscreen is a bit annoying at times, as I knew in advance from the reviews, simply because it’s on the small side and so it’s easy to jab the wrong thing with your finger. I was texting my sister-in-law this morning and nearly wished her a Harrowing Birthday because of it. I’m getting used to it though, and the general interface and software is really nice.
    The only thing that made my Sony Ericsson better was the awesome camera it had, that took some of the best photos I’ve ever taken. But I only really used the camera once a month or so, so I shall learn to live without it.
    I’ve also been ill with a cold for the last week, which is quite annoying as I’d managed to go almost six months without catching anything. I’ve been proudly telling everyone that I haven’t been ill for ages, so I suppose this is my payback for being smug. I’m hoping it will go away soon, not least because we go to New York in just ONE WEEK!
    It’s terribly exciting, even though I’ve been before. I was surprised to see that the temperature is in the high 60s out there at the moment, so it’s really quite warm, which would be lovely compared to the horrible greyness we’ve had here lately. I think it might turn more rainy by next week, but I’m still vaguely hoping we’ll get some early summer sun while we’re there.
    We’ll be there for five nights, but I’m actually off work for a whole week and a half for it, which will be lovely. I’m sure I’ll come back to a backlog of annoyances upon my return, but I’ll worry about that when it happens.
    Other than that, things have been more or less normal. My mother has been medium-crazy for the last little while, as opposed to her normal uber-mentalist state, so that’s been quite pleasant. I did have her on the phone for 20 minutes today though in a stress because next door is apparently having their roof done, which will undoubtedly cause lots of noise and upset her. It hasn’t caused much noise yet of course, she’s just speculating and stressing in advance, but she likes doing that. If you haven’t got anything proper to stress about, you may as well make something up – that seems to be her philosophy, and it gives her a reason to ring me up anyway. How nice for me.
    That’s all for now. I shall write more after the Easter weekend, which will involve a trip to see the mentalist mother and so will I’m sure provide lots more blogging material.

  8. Blogging

    June 19, 2008 by superlative

    I’ve been thinking about why I write this blog, if it’s interesting, what sort of things I should be writing about, and other things like that.

    I suppose I write it for the same reasons I used to write a diary – it’s quite a nice thing to do, to help you think things through, and it’s nice to be able to look back on it later. I suppose if any other people find it vaguely interesting or amusing, that’s a bonus that you don’t get with a paper diary.

    The second question is more complicated. Is it interesting? Hmmm, sort of. Sometimes. I think some of things I’ve written giving my opinion on things, or talking about something funny that’s happened, are sort of interesting. General narrative about “I did this, then that happened” is a bit dull though, and I must try to avoid it.

    As to what to write about, that’s also more tricky. I don’t know if people like some of the posts I’ve written more than others. Things I could write about are:

    • my daily life, the wedding, work, that kind of stuff
    • current events, occasionally I put stuff on here about politics or interesting things I’ve read in the Economist. Not that often though, I could do more
    • interesting pictures, videos, websites and stuff that I find
    • more personal sort of stuff, like boys, boys I like, sexual adventures (when I have them), lack of sexual adventures (more likely)…

    Any comments (from the vague few who read this) would be appreciated. I’ve been reading about what makes a good blog, and lots of places say “write about what interests you, write what you think, keep it short and accessible”. So I suppose that’s a good place to start.

    It’s also a bit tricky when yes I could write about my thoughts about people I know, people I like, people I hate, but they might actually READ this themselves. Especially because I link this to my Facebook, so all my friends could potentially read it. Do I just throw caution to the wind and write it anyway? Would people get upset? Would I have to anonymise it somehow?? Ah so many things to think about…

    Thoughts anyone? Shall we just got for red hot gossip and sexual perversion?? I know that’s what you’re all dying for…

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