Tuesday, 26 June 2012

All My Friends Are Dead, by Avery Monsen and Jory John

Sad and sweet and funny and insightful, all rolled into one lovely and wonderfully illustrated book.

Clean up your space: clean up your mind

It occurred to me today that there is something so valuable about productivity. Yesterday I had a really productive day, and a really productive evening, and I felt fantastic. In control, moving forward, calm, and, well, productive.

I didn't conquor the world, I didn't even conquor any of my fears. What I did do was research the car I'm thinking of buying, get up to date on all my work, organise my workload for the week, and then when I got home I did a load of laundry, cooked something delicious for dinner, organised a few mail outs, tidied a little, washed dishes and sat down to enjoy Masterchef with my boyfriend.

It felt really good. It made sense. Is this what life is about? It is as simple as productivity?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Is there anything more wonderful than watching passionate people do that thing they love to do? Cooking shows have always been a favourite of mine. Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, The Cook and The Chef, you might say the lifestyle channel gets a work out when I'm around. And then there's Masterchef.

I know, I know, they drag everything on and it's suspenseful and probably unnecessarily so. But I love the enthusiasm. The judge's enthusiasm, the contestant's enthusiasm. The excitement and the tears, I love it all.

I hear Masterchef is in a little trouble in the ratings department. I'm pretty much devastated. It's one of those shows I look forward to, even before a new season starts. I have such fond memories of sitting in my apartment and watching the plot twists and turns. Of yelling at the television when things get intense and even at times getting a bit teary when things don't go well for a favourite. At times the contestants feel like friends.

I hope the producers get it right for the public so it stays on air. I love Masterchef!