Posts Tagged ‘Time’

Bye, bye, Miss American Pie…

Monday, November 16th, 2009

So my darling little sister and her dashing young man have made the leap across the pond to San Francisco. I’m now the last of the family remaining in London. Not sure for how long that will be the case, so keep watching this space.
In other news…well, I think I owe a few bloggers an apology. I thought it couldn’t be that hard, and scoffed at people described as ‘political bloggers’ when interviewed. I am now happy to admit that it’s actually a lot more demanding than I thought. Hence the dearth of blog posts recently. I just haven’t had the time. Now if I could find someone to pay me for writing this nonsense, that would be a different matter…
Still doing pretty well on the plastic bag front – I’ve decided that it’s OK to take one if you re-use it, as then it’s no longer a single-use bag. So the one I accidentally took at the chip shop last Tuesday doesn’t count, as I used it as a bin-bag.
Until the next time, dear readers.


Friday, October 23rd, 2009

So maybe it’s not so difficult to go without plastic bags after all. Since coming back from Sardinia I think I’ve only had to turn down a bag about three times. Not everyone thinks this way, though – in the chemist last week I was queuing behind a young woman who bought a packet of Nurofen. She asked for a bag for this. For one small item. She needed the bag to carry her Nurofen out to the her car which was parked just outside. I probably should have remonstrated with her but at the time I wasn’t feeling well (hence the visit to the chemist) so I let it go. I did though refuse the bag I was offered…
The downside about it not being so difficult is that it doesn’t give me much to write about…I was hoping I’d have enough material for a small book, as annualism seems to be in vogue at the moment (here’s an article about it), but clearly going without plastic bags isn’t as radical as doing without sex or living on a pound a day. Plus of course by the time the year is up and I’ve collated it all, it probably won’t be fashionable any more. Ho hum.
I must admit that blogging is harder work than I originally thought. My first thought behind starting this blog was to focus on politics, so that I could be invited to give my opinions on topical issues on the breakfast program on Radio 5. They often introduce people as ‘political bloggers’ and I thought “How hard can that be?” and “That’s not really a job, is it?”. While the collapse of the world’s economy and the current Labour administration have provided the odd interesting tidbit, I have to say that politics just doesn’t seem as interesting or exciting as it did was the 80s. So I haven’t really posted much about politics, and can’t see it coming up much until the general election campaigning starts in earnest. The plastic bag theme seemed like a good substitute – after all, most good blogs stick to one theme, while this one has had a more scattergun approach. In fact, the posts that have had the most hits have been ones that featured pictures of the kids. So maybe I should just stick to Twitter and Flikr and leave the blogging to people who don’t have to spend eight hours in the office every day. More than once while I was writing my offline blog on holiday (it will surface at some point, when I’ve got the time to edit it) I found myself writing “Hard work, this blogging business”. Even more depressing was reading (some) of Stephen Fry’s lastest blog entry. He often posts what he calls ‘miniblogs’ which are about as long as most of my posts. “If this is a miniblog,” I thought, “what on earth must his blogs be like?”. Well, his most recent post is six pages, which made me want to jack the whole thing in at once. I can’t compete with that. I don’t have the time to read six pages of blog, let alone write six pages.
Over to you, dear readers, if there are any of you left. I’m half tempted to stick a poll widget on here and ask you to vote for whether I should a) continue b) change topic or c) cease and desist, but I don’t think I’d like the answers…quite apart from the fact that it would be a busman’s holiday. Feel free to add a comment and let me know. Or not.

Work is the curse of the blogging classes

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Typical. There’s so much to write about today – another ministerial resignation, Call Me Dave paying back more expenses, Hazel Blears surviving a no confidence vote from her constituency, the Iraq war inquiry – and that’s without getting near the sports stories: the F1 breakaway, the Wimbledon draw, the US open golf…But I have more work than I can feasibly ignore. So all these topics will have to wait. Grrrr.

Time, part II

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The obvious corollary to my earlier post is: When do people get time to read these things! I don’t read that many blogs – in fact, all the blogs I read are on the BBC site – Nick Robinson’s political blog and Phil McNulty’s football blog. The latter is worth reading for the comments alone, though once it gets past 100 or so it can take a while to wade through the dross to find the occasional gem.
Thanks to Keely for posting my first comment – and laying down the Lunchtime Domestic Challenge: What’s the most complex or difficult thing you’ve managed to do in your lunch hour to free up some of that valuable ‘me’ time after work? I fear that writing a few words on a blog doesn’t really count, so I’m going to have to get my thinking cap on…


Monday, June 15th, 2009

Where do people find the time to blog? I was planning to make Sunday night ‘blog night’, having failed miserably to get anywhere near updating the blessed thing during the week. However, Carla decided that she wasn’t going to sleep last night and so ‘blog night’ became ‘try and get Carla to sleep night’.  She eventually succumbed at about 23:45. It’s a bit upsetting – we thought she might be through the awake all evening phase, but since Thursday night she’s been waking up not long after being put down, and then staying up until 22:00 or beyond. Hopefully it’s just some more teeth coming, though we now have a paediatrician’s appointment on the way. Hopefully this won’t involve Choose and Book, which is going to be the subject of my ire and several blog posts, assuming I ever manage to write any more…


Anyone with sharp eyes will have noticed that the Party Election broadcast post above was written very shortly after this was originally posted. I think I may have discovered the answer: blog at work! During one’s lunch break, naturally…