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A long overdue return

Hello WordPress. If there’s anyone still out there, how are you? I’ve not even been on the computer in a while but over the last few days I’ve found myself wondering about the lives of the peoples who’s blogs I would read, who let me into their lives only for me to disappear.

If you recall, we were having some struggles towards the end of last year and the beginning of this but everything has smoothed itself down. We’re fully settled into our new house, all injuries have healed, routines have re-established. Samantha is thriving in her job. Lucy is coming back out of herself again, settling down and making friends.

Things are good and it feels amazing to be able to say that.

I’m settled down in my favourite chair, mug of coffee and some music playing. Samantha is in her office. Lucy is in the other room doing the march set up in the her bullet journal.

My current plan for today is:
Catch up on emails
Catch up on the blogs I read
Update sites like trakt/goodreads with books read and movies watched so far this year
Figure out what I’m going to do with this blog.

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I Really Should Know Better

My Lady Samantha was less than impressed with the outcome of the rugby yesterday. Both by the fact that Wales lost and by the fact that I was ‘gloating’ over England’s win. If anything I would say she was sulking which might I also say was completely adorable. I do of course know better than to tell her so, at least while she’s still actively doing so, though I will kiss the pout off her face.

Her response to losing to England was to take it out on me, specifically on my butt. There’s no delicate way of saying it really – she spanked me. Continue reading I Really Should Know Better

Harder Than I Thought

This blogging thing is certainly more difficult than I anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it but the more I learn the more I discover I don’t have a clue.

I’m not happy with the title of my journal. Jack’s Journal. Yes, it’s very ‘does what it says on the tin’ but I don’t feel it fits and I don’t know what else to call it. How do I go about choosing a name for this thing? Something that reflects who I am and what I’m writing about.

I’m not happy with the layout of this site. I like it enough but again I’m not entirely sure it reflects me same as the name.

Topics to post about. I have no idea what makes an interesting post. I’m pretty sure though that ‘Today I took the dog for a walk, read my book, watched some TV, ate dinner, had great sex, went to bed’ isn’t exactly exciting. I do read a lot and thought about maybe writing reviews but I have no idea how to write a book review.

So this is where I ask for your advice: How do I come up with a better name and how do I know what to write about?

Act Your Shoesize, Not Your Age

I’m pleased to report that I remain an utter embarassment to my son. I feel this cements the fact I’m doing an excellent job as a parent. Today he told me, with all the wisdom he has garnered from his 29 years on this planet that I need to ‘grow up’ and ‘start acting my age’. He didn’t seem all that impressed when my response was that I’d never been 64 before now and had no idea how I was supposed to act.

Apparently, I’m too old to be watching ‘silly’ superhero and science-fiction movies – we were watching X-Men when he dropped in for an unexpected, unannounced visit.
Please I was watching Star Trek and Doctor Who the first time around, and reading Marvel and DC comics in the 1960s. I was a geek before it was ‘cool’ and the current revival is only making my love grow. You’ll be prying my Captain America action figure from my cold dead hands. Actually, scratch that, he’ll be coming in the coffin with me.

I’m also too old to be reading a kids book about space.
I’d just finished reading The Planets – a DK Publishing book about, well, the planets. Absolutely fascinating book, and it’s made me want to know more about NASA’s Solar & Heliospheric Observatory

I’m also too old to be blogging or playing Candy Crush Saga – because God forbid I find new ways to spend my day, find new hobbies to entertain myself with.

I do though have suitably ‘old person’ interests and should only fill my time with crosswords, chess, gardening, fishing and listening to classical music.

I probably shouldn’t tell him I’m thinking of going back to school….

(Please don’t take any of this the wrong way. I have a really good relationship wiht my son and he’s very much like I was at that age. I’m mostly just amused that he believes people’s personalities and interests are dictated by how old they are!)