A was for lateness B was baked goods C was for choirs and, indeed, cookbooks D was for doughnuts E for engaged F was for those from whom I’m not estranged G was for good grief H was for haiku I was for all of the things that I’m into J was for juggling K for my husband L was for learning to venture from dry land M was for married N was for nopes O was for learning the open mic ropes P was a parody Q was for Queen R was for friends who are running machines S
It really has been quite the twelve months. In the past five hundred twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes* I have : Discovered Twitter! Opened the Welsh Women Mean Business Awards! Nearly completed the A to Z Challenge! Entered and completed the Cardiff 10K! Started singing in choirs again! Open mic nighted! Twice! Made a cookbook for Ty Hafan! Ended up on YouTube a few times! Cheered at a TV screen! Ovationed after seeing Chicago! Ovationed after seeing Phantom of the Opera! Learnt how to write songs! Ticked Kerry Ellis, Ruthie Henshall & John Owen-Jones off my
Right! This one’s going to be a teensy bit different, but just as exciting as my other twenty-three A to Z Challenge posts have been. I may have, subtly, mentioned that I have a Kev. What I probably haven’t mentioned is that Kev is ever so slightly involved with this thing called “XMPP”… (I told you this was going to be different!) XMPP is the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, and if you’ve ever chatted to people using Google Mail, Google Talk, iChat or Jabber, then you’ve used it without ever knowing it was there… unless you’re into IT and know
I love playing around with words – I always have. I am all about alliteration, potty for poetry, a sucker for synonyms… you get where I’m going with this, right? English was one of my favourite subjects at school and I’d spend hours getting carried away on homework with little regard for the poor person who’d actually have to mark it when I handed it in. One ‘short story’ I wrote actually got split into sections and shared out amongst the English department as my teacher couldn’t face having to mark all sixty pages of it on his own. (I’m still
… but I’ve only just remembered I need a ‘V’ and I’ve got a choir gig to get to! Here – have a Valjean’s Soliloquy instead!
So there I was, I had arrived at U And not a one could my poor brain unearth! With my head so empty, ’twas just untrue I turned to the ol’ online universe, Which, turns out, should not be underrated If, like me, you feel quite uninspired; In came my Us, some quite unexpected But none of the Us were undesired! Umbrella, U-bend, University, Urgent, Underneath, Unto and Useful! Upon, Unit, Utterly-Butterly, Unicorn, Urban and Unicycle! So if your brain is unavailable Ask away – Twitter’s unbelievable!
I should make it clear now – this post is being very much written by ‘super duper mega excited me’. Anyone with an aversion to non-essential capitalisation and the excessive use of exclamation marks should look away now. Still there? Ok. So… you may remember me mentioning a cookbook around about Day C? Seventeen letters on and we are exactly ONE MONTH AWAY from our book launch event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Look, you can’t say I didn’t warn you about the whole exclamation mark thing… you’re going to have to ride this rollercoaster with me now, the last ‘I’ve changed my mind,
September is when I first left home to go off to uni. September is when I first met Kev. September is when I went on my first date. September is when I first went to Orlando, rode my first ‘upside downy’ rollercoaster, declared I would never do anything that daft ever again, changed my mind and promptly became addicted. September is when I went to Orlando again, had what I hope will be the first of many, many Butterbeers and conquered Crush n Gusher. September is when I got married, went on honeymoon and had my first game of ‘where’s he
No…. nothing to do with Doctor Who this time… although it IS Saturday and therefore only a matter of hours until someone in extreme peril will no doubt find themselves being told to do so because the sonic screwdriver’s on the blink again… the stuff sofas were made for Sofas also make handy spots from which to watch the odd televised sporting event (seamless segue there, SEAMLESS…) and tomorrow I’ll be doing just that for tomorrow is London Marathon day! I’ll be honest, running a marathon is not something I have ever felt much inclination to do… I did a
I was far too young and untrendy to be into Queen back in the days when Freddie Mercury was alive, but I’ve made up for it somewhat since and now love them. Little bitty post – really long song Happy Friday!