My dearest girlies, how are we doing? No one has broken into the Ben and Jerry’s this month I trust?
I cannot express how sorry I am for neglecting you of late. This month has seen many trials and tribulations being thrown in my general direction and although not all of them have hit me slap bang on in the face, most of them appear to have clipped my ears on their way past.
If I am perfectly honest with you, on the lent front, I have shown myself up somewhat. I don’t know how all of you have been holding out, but my camera skills still leave rather a lot to be desired and I may just have to postpone Easter a couple of days longer, due to a complete lack of self control on the more chocolaty side of life.
On the other hand, I am proud to say that not one biscuit has touched my lips since the word go and my continuous use of dictionary.com has seen my previously quashed vocabulary extend to interesting and frankly quite hilarious limits.
To me, ‘Word of the Day’ has become the cyber equivalent to a good old’ brew. I could live without it, but I would much rather not miss out, and if I leave the house without satisfying my brain’s peculiar requirements, I feel a strange sense of loss.
Learning a brand new word each day has not only been academically rewarding – call me a geek if you wish – but also a great distraction from the torrent of excrement that life tends to throw at you from time to time. With words such as ‘hirsute’ and ‘fulminate’ cropping up every now and again, it has been extremely amusing at times and has made for some interesting Facebook statuses.
I have very much enjoyed the daily status wars between myself and my course mate Jo. Even if I did struggle to understand the context in which the words could be used. I mean, how on earth is the word ‘phantasmagoria’ used in a conversation? And if indeed my friend Freddie was actually ‘hirsute’, he should maybe consider seeing a specialist.
Anyway, I hope you have all been doing better at lent than me recently. I am certainly not the best example for a bunch of single ladies who want to move on with their lives and I can only apologise for that. This month has been a series of what can only be described as ‘major fails’, I mean, I wouldn’t want to invalidate my clumsy reputation, but it would be pleasant to have a week which is blissfully free of knocking vases of shelves or falling into wardrobes. Alas, it would seem this is not at all likely any time soon.
I feel that these errors need documenting, so here are just a few examples which pretty much encapsulate my life at the present time:
Fail #1: Spinning round on my chair to knock a bunch of daffodils flying across my bedroom.
Fail #2: Falling backwards into my wardrobe over my ever so conveniently placed bicycle.
Fail #3: Missing the curb on a journey home and falling off said bicycle in front of a large group of young people. Joyous days.
Wait, you might be thinking. Isn’t the purpose of this meant to be encouraging you that life isn’t so bad? Well, yes you would be right and that leads me ever so smoothly to my fantabulous tip of the month. No matter what is cracking off in your life, no matter how many times you end up falling on your metaphorical arse; always find something which you can enjoy.
I made the mistake this month of turning one of the best things in my life into something stressful and ended up feeling like a pair of extremely old smelly socks that you find at the bottom of your sleeping bag after being there for far, far too long.
Since Christmas I have been playing in an amazing band which has helped me get to know a bunch of truly outstanding people. If there is one piece of advice I could give you this month, it is to do what you want to do and don’t let anything stop you. When it was sprung on me a week before the gig, that I had to write an entirely new Cello part for the upcoming show, I allowed it to stress me out and stopped enjoying playing. Whatever you do, don’t let that happen. You need your fun time to forget about life for a while and the band is 100% the best thing in my life right now.
So get out there girls, sign up to something new, restart an old hobby, go on a spontaneous holiday even! But whatever you do enjoy it.
Good luck and all my love,