Month: February 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward (Planning)

For Christmas, Dad bought me a copy of The Ultimate Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.  Because that’s the kinda guy he is.  I think it was a joint present. ‘You can skip the bits on dating and breaking up.  I have, however, highlighted the section on BABIES!’ he said. Since then, the book has sat on our actual coffee table, used as a handy reference guide/random writing prompter. On Friday, I found the book open to this not-so-random page (73): A gentle reminder from Sarge, after he spoke to the ring engravers and I met with the florist. I like the last suggestion on the list: elope. (Post inspired by life, love, good mental health and this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.)      ...

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How To Get Older

You know that thing going around Facebook where you’re given an age and you have to tell people what you were driving back then, even it was a tricycle? And then people like your post.  For a moment you think it’s because they care that you lived in your own little world.  But really, they just want you to give them an age to talk about.  So the cycle, like life, can begin again. Yeah, that. The age I got was 22. I was going to write a simple post about how I lived in Stirling, drove a Quickie and my heart belonged to Philip Roth. And then.  I realised that as of next month, 22 was 10 years ago. Well, that smarts. And then I went backwards.  Thought about where my 22 year-old self thought she’d be at nearly 32. Graduated?  Turns out, not so much. Living in Edinburgh?  Why yes, yes I am.  Although, 10 years ago I think I was looking at it through rose-tinted glasses.  Ones that smoothed out all the cobbles,  ramped all the entrances and put lifts in all the buildings. Married?  Getting there.  Although, I could not imagine back then being as happy and loved as I am now.  And I didn’t know there’d be so many penguins. In somewhat related news, I often call Sarge an old man.  He is 35 and already...

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