Sunday, May 16, 2010

I'm off.

Today I am going interstate for work for a week to train new staff.
Here are 2 things I am taking with me:

My "Keep Cup" - so I don't have to use paper cups when I get a takeaway coffee.

I like having the time to read when I travel! I am taking this new book.
I also write when I am on the plane. So I thought that today I would share something that I wrote while at an airport a year ago. There was an elderly man sitting near me at the cafe. He was the inspiration for this.



"You're supposed to think before you open your mouth.
You're supposed to think before you open your bloody mouth.
Don't you know?
Did nobody teach you that you can't open your mouth
and say any stupid thing?"
He repeats this over and over.
He doesn't appear to have any companions.
He sits alone at the airport cafeteria drinking a coffee.
So I sit here and wonder.
Does he have Tourette's syndrome - is this a tic?
Or does he have dementia?
Were these spoken to him in his childhood by his mother or father or teacher perhaps?

I wonder if they would have spoken differently if they knew their words would bury themselves
so deeply in his brain that he'd spend the last years of his life repeating them.
Do you think he got the point?


Hmmm I hope it doesn't seem depressing. I was just really impacted by the compulsiveness with which he repeated this phrase, and it made me sad that these words were the ones so planted in his brain. We can all have the power to encourage people and bring life to them with our words don't we?

Well I am off for the week. Ciao.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I saw:

So there are a few music peeps on my list to see live. Last year I ticked off coldplay. To be honest, I don't think they can be beat. They were incredible. Last Friday I ticked off Mr Johnny Mayer. I really do love his music. But he didn't play a few of my fav songs which made me a bid of a sad. (Belief, and Clarity for starters.) But he was still good. His back up vocalists had some great moves that I am hoping to bring out some time at a party, and there was a sick drum solo.

Still on my "To See Live" list are Adele and Mumford & Sons.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Want to Make A Patchwork Quilt

Mmhm It is true. I have been eyeing off cute ones on blog pictures for ages.
Here are some pics of cute patchwork quilts. (Mmm 2/3 have babies in them... I think that adds to the cuteness of these quilts.)

This one comes from Ruby at Cakies. How cute is baby Soul?

This one is from the bedroom of Kara Haupt of "I Just Might Explode" I love it's jaggedness.

I can't remember where this one is from... maybe You Are My Fave or A Cup Of Jo?

I have been looking for one on ebay and in op-shops, but have had no luck. THEN i thought to myself.... why don't I make one? Yeow! So I am going to be hunting and thrifting 2nd hand material for a while. I already have a nice creamy yellow bit that was an old curtain I think. NB. I cannot sew. So this is a bit of a mission for me. My sister has a sewing machine, so I am hoping to be able to borrow it to get a feel for it.

Today I spoke to at the meeting of a bunch of old ladies at "Prime Time" (hehe cute name)... they are all knitters, crocheters and patchworkers and are making blankets for local and international use in refuges, orphanages and other places where people might be cold and need a blanket to cuddle. I want to be like that when I am old. So I figure I had better start practicing now.