Contentment, happiness and joy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Permalink

I’ve written before about my views on contentment vs happiness. The former, I think, is some sort of internally-generated, semi-permanent state of being, whereas the latter comes and goes.

I’ve been thinking more and more about this for a few reasons lately.

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Words and intention

Monday, January 9, 2017 Permalink

I almost called this ‘intention and other wanky words’. And that’s not to disparage those who talk about intention cos I do it too. I use many wanky words… like ‘authentic’, ‘intuitive’ and ‘journey’.

Indeed I’m a huge fan of the cliche and fall into their deep crevices more often than I’d like. Although sometimes it’s more a warm-soft landing than something sharp and cold.

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Weekly check-in

Saturday, January 7, 2017 Permalink

Dear readers, please forgive me for I have sinned. It’s been THREE weeks since my last Sunday Post and weekly check-in… And apologies to any Catholic readers out there. I don’t mean to diss the practice of confession, but figured I should start with the obvious.

Anyway, let’s just say I’ve had a break-of-sorts over the last few weeks. Amazingly I missed my desk and writing, so I didn’t have a complete rest from book blogging but I did ease off A LOT on my reading over the last month or so.

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Book review: Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Friday, January 6, 2017 Permalink

Originally published in 2010, Slow Horses is the first of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series about a band of misfits; former spooks who’ve been cast out of MI5 for all sorts of nefarious deeds. The first three books in the series are being re-published prior to the release of the fourth, Spook Street, which comes out in February.

This was my first outing with Herron, Lamb and the slow horses. It was one which got off to a galloping start, slowed a little midway, but cantered past the finish post with great aplomb… readying me for the next race in the series. (See what I did there? #sorrynotsorry)

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three-half-stars

One downmanship

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Permalink

They say we notice our own foibles in others, which I guess is why I’m struggling more and more with people’s constant ‘woe-is-me’ attitude or victim-like behaviour. (After all, NO ONE on this earth has it as hard as me! 😉 )

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Netflixing

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Permalink

If I weren’t so lazy I’d check to see if the powers that be have added Netflix to our dictionaries as a verb. Cos it’s a popular thing to do nowadays. Or at least as popular as running and dieting. Particularly at this time of year.

Regular readers will be aware that after almost 4yrs of paying exorbitant amounts for a meagre and unwatchable (analogue) pay TV service, once I moved into my new place I got Netflix, well… after procrastinating for a month or two as I am wont to do!

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Blogging in 2016

Monday, January 2, 2017 Permalink

I’m again linking up with Denyse Whelan whose prompt for today is ‘A favourite post from 2016’. It’s funny as I can easily identify the favourite posts I’ve ever written. There are a few about my dad and his passing, his dementia and a few others penned when I had my Diet Schmiet blog. But when I think about the posts from the last year none really stand out more than others. 

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Book review: The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Friday, December 30, 2016 Permalink

The backcover blurb on this book compares it to The Girl on the Train – which I guess is the post-Gone Girl benchmark for psychological thrillers. It is reminiscent of the popular book as we’re in the head of a narrator who may not be entirely reliable, trustworthy, or well… sane.

Although I wasn’t captivated immediately, I was most certainly intrigued – and occasionally confused (as I’m sure we’re meant to be) – as I wondered where Lily was leading us.

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four-stars

Book review: To the Sea by Christine Dibley

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Permalink

I was supposed to be on a reading / reviewing break when I picked up this book, but it hooked me enough that I kept reading through the rigours of Christmas food comas.

On the whole I enjoyed it, though it did wander into a realm (literally) that I usually avoid. Of course that’s more about my own taste than the book itself which certainly has a lot to offer.

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three-half-stars