Wednesday 22 November 2017
It’s report writing season again, and when it comes to this time of year, particularly the end of year reports, I find it really hard to get inspired to write anything. Reports take it all out of me. Even if I’m not required to write comments, the act of grading steals all of my creative energy. That means I’m at a loss for a topic for my blog post tonight. The best I can come up with is to revert to my fall-back position of writing a post that is a list of stuff. So, I’ve decided I’ll write this listy post about the sh!t that gets me grinning like a fool. And, in no particular order . . .
- My beautiful Miss Parker: Those of you who are regular readers will know all about my Miss Parker. Despite being without her for 93 weeks now, and despite the overwhelming feeling of sadness I have because she’s gone, I can’t help but grin like an idiot when I think about her. She was a perfect pooch in every way.
- My beautiful Miss Phryne: Again, those of you who are regular readers will be aware that I now have myself a new Border Collie puppy, and she’s turning 23 weeks old on Friday. Despite my previous post about how she’s a real Bitey McBiteFace, and being at my wit’s end with her biting, I do love her to bits. She’s a gorgeous lil girl, and now that I’ve got her on some vitamin B and tryptophan, the biting is receding. Give it five more weeks and she should be a chilled out lil critter. Phryne loves to play, and Frisbee is currently her favourite. She’s a lil clown when we’re out playing, and she’s learning some cool tricks . . . although, she’s not so good on heel, and walking, or paying attention, or giving up her toys or other things she shouldn’t have in her mouth. We’re working on it.
- Music: Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved music. It’s an integral part of who I am, and it makes me incredibly happy. There are specific artists and bands who I can listen to on repeat all day long. There are specific songs that literally make me smile. There are specific songs that I find overwhelming, and whilst I don’t necessarily smile when I listen to them, I do have a massive emotional response to them. I’m still all about Adele – 25 is an astonishingly brilliant album, and her cover of Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ is haunting as a live number, as are ‘Set Fire To The Rain’, ‘Someone Like You’, ‘Rolling In The Deep’, and ‘Hello’. So, so many outstanding live numbers. She’s not the only artist I immerse myself into listening to. There are many more, and once you get me started talking about music and the artists I follow you won’t shut me up. So, moving on . . .
- Spring and Autumn days: Now, I love winter. Absolutely love it. But spring and autumn are on a different level. Spring days when the sun is shining but it’s not too hot, there’s maybe a gentle breeze, the blue sky, perhaps a few fluffy clouds, the landscape is green and alive. Bliss. And autumn . . . crisp, cool air, fallen leaves, cooler nights. Fallen leaves. Autumn is atmospheric.
- Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men: I’m talking about the movies with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, not the TV show that’s on the ABC where old guys talk about sh!t that pisses them off. Both Walter and Jack are gone now, but for me, those two films were Matthau and Lemmon at their finest. Moron! Putz! If you’ve not seen them, I highly recommend that you watch them. Without fail, I piddle myself laughing when I watch those movies. Actually, Dennis The Menace and The Odd Couple are good too, because Walter Matthau is in both of them, and Jack Lemmon is in The Odd Couple with him. They were a remarkable comedy pairing.
- Lazy days: Who the hell doesn’t love a lazy day? Okay, I know one or two people who don’t really like lazy days, but they’re just weirdos I think. 😉 Days where you have nothing to do, nothing to worry about, you just . . . are. Add into those sorts of days the fact that you might be on holiday in another country, and that’s heaven.
- Sally Wainwright’s writing: Like music, I’ve already written a post or two about how much I admire and respect Sally Wainwright because she’s an incredible writer. Her ‘Last Tango In Halifax’ and ‘Happy Valley’ scripts have some brilliant dialogue in them. Stuff that I wish I’d written, and that I wish I could emulate in my own writing. She’s written lines for the character of Caroline in ‘Last Tango’ that are nothing short of genius. The entirety of both ‘Happy Valley’ series contain the most remarkable dialogue, remarkable but realistic.
- Great acting: Particularly great theatre acting. I love going to the theatre to see plays. There’s something about a live performance that I find inspiring and uplifting. And there’s an excitement, a rush when you’re the one who is doing the acting in front of a live audience.
- Live performances: This links in with the great acting point. I love live performances, whether it’s theatre or a concert or ballet. I can’t put my finger on why I love them so much – I mean, I don’t know if it’s the experience of being there, if it’s the energy from the performers, or it’s the shared experience with all of the other people who are in attendance. Come on, 98 000 people at Wembley Stadium, all there to see and hear Adele perform the last of her lives shows for 2017. 98 000 people. An incredible amount of people in one place, at one time, to see one performer. I’ve never see that many people in real life until that moment. The closest I got was seeing Adele at Domain Stadium in February when there were 68 000 people in attendance, and initially, it was believed there would only be 65 000. Those numbers are incredibly large, and that made the events even more fantastic to be at. All for one person. It’s the same with live theatre – an audience in the same venue to witness the same performance.
- When sh!t goes right: Everybody grins like an idiot when sh!t goes right, don’t they? When everything falls into place, and the outcome is exactly what you expected it to be, there’s that dual feeling of relief that it all went the right way, and happiness that it all went the right way!
There are probably a million and one things that make me grin like an idiot, but to be honest, when it came to actually thinking about them so I could write them down, I struggled to think of 10. I got there in the end though. Do let me know what sh!t makes you grin like an idiot. I’d love to hear about them.