So I was at Glastonbury this weekend. I admit that, on the train to Castle Cary last Wednesday, I did start to wonder if my memory of it was rose-tinted, the reality more mundane than my recollections of the ultimate festival experience.
I really had no cause for concern.
Not only was the music amazing (where do I start? Flo? The Chemical Bros? Patti?) but, despite its continued growth over the years, Glastonbury remained true to its grass roots.
I was inspired by Patti Smith and George the Poet.
I was humbled by Pussy Riot and the Dalai Lama.
And I was touched by the charity and the spirit of the place, which left me feeling surrounded by happy, compassionate peeps who basically all wanted the same thing - to have fun, to listen to music, and to share the amazing experience that is Glastonbury with 199,999 equals.
So what have I taken away from Glastonbury? Well, as well as the memories and the tan (a.k.a. sunburn), my growing desire to refocus my life has been given yet another boost. Now I just need to figure out how to do it...
Ideas on a postcard please!
So here we all are. It's Sunday evening and we're all winding down our weekends before another week in the office. Unless....
YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS OFF WORK AND YOU'RE GOING TO GLASTONBURY NEXT WEEKEND. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Not that I like to gloat. Ahem.
Anyway, I want to pick your brains. Yes, youse.
I know that some of you read this blog regularly and quite enjoy it (well, that's what you say to my face anyway!), but I'm wondering if it is time to knock it on the head and concentrate on writing for websites with a wider readership - or perhaps reduce to one post a month? I'll keep everyone updated via Twitter and Facebook and still do the odd newsletter, but what I'm trying to do is make the most of my time - and yours. I for one am crap at keeping up with other people's online ramblings and, after some feedback from my survey, am wondering is less is more for everyone involved...
Any hoo, let m know what you think here. I'm off to try and do some editing before diving into my pit - alas a common cold has dine little to relieve my fatigue. And one has a wee music festival to get in shape for....
Ta ra chuck
... you want to kill everyone who seems to struggle with the concept of lane swimming.
... you feel like crying when you have to share a changing room with screaming children and littered with soggy USED nappies and sanitary towels.
... you want to kill everyone who gets in your way at Ikea.
... you need a mid-afternoon nap after a trip to Ikea.
... you feel like crying at everything you watch on telly. Including TFI Friday.
... you feel pissed after one G&T.
... you want to kill everyone who gets in your way in Lidl... and feel like crying when you see the queue at the checkouts.
... you lose the will to live when you realise the lid on your punnet of blueberries you bought at Lidl has come off on the journey home.
... you lose the will to live halfway through preparing your lunch for tomorrow.
... you decide to go to bed at 9pm on Sunday night.
Night night ;-)
Yes, I know, I'm predictable - it's Sunday, the day is drawing to a close, and so it comes to pass that I get round to writing my blog. But that's because, as my day job has become more and more bananas, the weekend has become the only time I really have to get anything constructive done as well as have a bit of fun. So, me being me, I cram in as much as I can...
inspired that when I met some friends for a crafty picnic today, despite some previously unsuccessful attempts, I decided to give crochet another go. Guess which one is mine...
Okay, so maybe I've got a bit to go before I can make my own jellyfish, but the trail gave me the creative kick up the arse that I needed. So watch this space...
Anyway, on that note, I shall leave you to enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I think I'll spend the evening eating leftover picnic food, watching a movie and knitting. As in, things I know I am good at.
Here you will find my latest news, including what I have been up to and what I have been writing (and making). Hopefully you'll like what I have to say - and perhaps I will motivate you to get creative too...