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Update 14/11/15.

I wrote this lighthearted post yesterday, blissfully unaware of the monstrous acts taking place at the very same time in a neighbouring country. I have thought quite hard about whether I should post something so seemingly trivial so soon after such a horrific event. And then I came to the conclusion that it was more important than ever to enjoy our freedom of expression and acknowledge it as a privilege, considering how, if those responsible for last night’s atrocities had their way, we would have such freedom taken away.

So here it is. Let’s not take our freedom for granted. Let’s make our world a happier place with talk of little things that don’t seem to matter and be grateful for the chance to enjoy them.


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365 days. And yet now it feels like I’ve always been like this. (We’re talking about my hair, by the way, if it’s not screamingly obvious.) Is it really only a year? I’ve gone through a huge range of colours since November 2014. Look, see. This is quite a long photo by the way, so I really hope it behaves itself for you.

What do I know now that I didn’t know then? Well, quite a lot. Let me list them for you.

  1. Children will stare open mouthed and talk about you as if you’re not there.
  2. Adults will stare open mouthed and talk about you as if you’re not there.
  3. Some people won’t like it and tell you so.
  4. People often feel the need to react to your hair in some way.
  5. Some people will compliment you on a change in colour by telling you how they like it much more than the previous colour.
  6. It’s very easy to overdo the colour in your clothes.
  7. You don’t need make-up for it to look OK.
  8. Red bleeds like crazy and fades twice as fast as other colours.
  9. You can wear heaps of make-up – sometimes it looks good, and sometimes it looks like you’re a Goth. And you won’t know till you’ve passed the line and realised you have to reach for the wipes.
  10. You don’t need shampoo to wash your hair.
  11. Very occasionally people will genuinely think your hair is either patriotic, political or supportive of a football team.
  12. You don’t need hot water to wash your hair.
  13. Very occasionally people will deliberately pretend to think your hair is either patriotic, political or supportive of a football team just to see how you react.
  14. Washing your hair in cold water does wake you up very quickly in the mornings.
  15. It lasts longer than you expect, as long you can be bothered with the maintenance.
  16. Mostly you forget you have crazy hair because you can’t see it.
  17. Each time you do a new colour, it’s like planning your latest art installation.
  18. Primary school teachers like it because they can spot you easily in the playground.
  19. Your children will get used to it, and given time, like it.
  20. It can make you feel like being adventurous in other ways.
  21. White pillowcases are for other people.
  22. You realise you can never get away with picking your nose in public again.
  23. Navy and black pillowcases are your friends.
  24. The jury is out on whether grammar school teachers like it.
  25. It doesn’t fry your hair if you know what you’re doing.
  26. You learn very quickly not to be self-conscious about it.
  27. Random strangers will frequently approach you about your hair.
  28. It doesn’t take as long to do the colour as you might think.
  29. It’s not as high maintenance as you might think, but it is considerably higher maintenance than regular hair.
  30. People do actually feel the need to touch your hair from time to time.
  31. Every time you do new colours, it’s like that feeling on Christmas morning when you find your stocking brimming with presents 🙂

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Oops. Been a VERY long time since I blogged properly.  I must learn to stop making promises I’m too busy to keep. Sorry.

Anyway, I’m typing on an old laptop with a new keyboard that’s improved things from some-keys-don’t-work-at-all-since-smallest-one-picked-them-all-off …to works-OK-if-you’re-prepared-to-type-as-if-your-fingers-were-tiny-sledgehammers.  My desk now looks out of our living room window and the kids, some of whom came home from school in a really bad mood, have turned the volume up on the stereo and are bouncing round behind me.

I felt inspired to reach for my inner poet today, what with my loved one being, well, just lovely. Life goes on at such a fast pace that sometimes it takes me a while to stop, reflect and realise just how wonderful he is to me.  So I wrote a poem in advance of our weddng anniversary.  Thought I’d share it with you.  Some of you will recognise the references…and if you want to ask more the comments section is open!

(Feeling quietly proud of achieving a proper Iambic Heptameter too.*)

 

Another spring comes round again;

We’ve reached that time of year

When daffodils and crocuses

And blossomed trees are here.

From this I know that very soon

For one sweet day and night

I get to have you to myself:

A rare but fine delight. 

 

I bless the day I realised

That you were meant for me,

I must admit, I was amazed

That you seemed to agree!

From broken ankles, moving in,

Eclipses, trips and more

I bear two moments dearest

When I knew our love was sure.

 

The first was back in Central Park –

You sprang a ring on me.

I was relieved you listened

And stayed off the bended knee.

The glistening snow, the words you spoke

Were such a huge surprise

I really couldn’t stop the tears

That trickled from my eyes. 

 

The second time, our wedding day

I knew our love was strong

But when we spoke the vows we gave

I realised I’d been wrong.

I knew right then that what we had

Was so much more than love.

The feelings that we had that day

Had reached a plane above.

 

Today we’re twelve years further on

And one thing I have learned

My love is sometimes buried deep

Which risks you feeling spurned.

So let me now articulate

Those feelings deep inside.

I love you more than life itself

I cannot stem the tide.

 

The flow of love I have for you

Is matched by you alone.

Through times when we are struggling

Or kept away from home.

Each year I love you more and more; 

I take my strength from you.

It’s you that makes my life complete:

I love you through and through.

 

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Here’s a little photo of Loved One. Just in case you were wondering what he looks like.  

Thanks for reading! Till the next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*yes, I did have to look that up.