(everything is gonna be alright)

(everything is gonna be alright) today

Brussels 2011

I went to Brussels last month and had an adventurous time. This photo, after everything, is one of my favourite mementos.


October 27, 2011. Tags: , , , . Jenny project, life. 1 comment.

two small bits of writing


I do not wish to save you

from eternal damnation;

from suicidal urges

that grip and dig talons

through muscles and sinews.

I have no power to be

a saviour

and oftentimes I cannot

convince you

to leave the tiniest notion




Smoke rises violently,

loudly billowing.

And he wonders why

something so visually overwhelming

should be deprived

of any sound.

October 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , . creative, writing project. 1 comment.

8 brilliant weekend things

Monday morning has rolled around again. Sigh.

On the bright side, I had a lovely weekend. Here are eight things I liked about it:

1. Watching The Kings Speech again

I saw this in the cinema and really enjoyed it. Very happy to watch it again. Best bits: Colin Firth’s performance, overcoming adversity, finding a voice and the excellent use of the word ‘tits’.

2. Autumnal sunshine

I love autumn, especially when it’s still sunny, with a chill in the air. And it makes London all historical.

3. Saturdays at bake-a-boo

I’ve been helping Zoe out at her beautiful bake and tea shop in West Hampstead for a few weeks now, and although it gets mental and busy, it’s so much fun. AND there’s wheat-free cake ­čÖé

4. Making pasta bake

Science says carbs make you happy. I agree. I made a pasta bake after bake-a-boo and it was delicious. It included: wheat-free pasta, sweet peppers, peas, tomato sauce, garlic, cumin and baked beans, topped with mozarella AND parmesan (for stretchy and crunchy).

5. Getting my hair cut

After years of long not-sure-what-to-do-with-it hair, I went for a change. It’s short now, and hopefully easier to manage. Totally refreshing!

6. Tracking down stuffing for Dave’s cushion (not a euphemism)

Dave’s making a giant cushion. He got some material on Saturday, then researched where to find some cheap stuffing. The wonder that is gumtree lead us to Fleet Street, where we picked up 12 bags full of unrefined cotton from a really lovely (and very generous) lady called Heidi. Win!

7. Going for hot chocolate at La Maison du Chocolat

I am a hot chocolate┬áconnoisseur, and Dave believes this is the best hot chocolate place in London. It was pretty good, although quite formal – and I think Apostrophe hot chocolate is probably still my favourite.

8. Stephen Fry’s Planet Word

After a long weekend, it was an early night for me, and for the second week running this tv show caught my attention. This week, Stephen approached the ‘what is literature’ question, and I was hooked. I bloody love that stuff.

So those were the best bits of my weekend! I hope everyone else is enjoying the autumn sun as much as I am.


October 24, 2011. Tags: , , , . Jenny project, life. Leave a comment.

Friday is a four-letter word

It was hard for me to get out of bed this morning. It’s definitely turned colder and darker.

For me, Fridays are love/hate. End of the week is brilliant, but work is always really busy, with lots of people wanting stuff done before the weekend. So the light at the end of the tunnel is there, but always a struggle to get to.

So this morning I have wrapped up in stripy cardigan and scarf and wrist warmers, made hot chocolate and set myself a break  at 11 to get supplies and have a walk round the block.

Anyone else with me on this one? What do your Fridays look like?

Good luck with it, whatever it is!

October 21, 2011. Tags: , , . life. 1 comment.

Updates, milestones and remembering

I love writing things. And I like putting them up on the internet for other people to see. And I love reading other people’s writings.

So I am hereby resolving to blog more, with a particular aim to record the daily, small, seemingly insignificant milestones that wizz by.

Today I’m also getting inspiration from Kal’s daily posts, as well as this brilliant project started by Dave Eggers. Watch his TED talk on it – it’s brilliant.

Today’s milestone is that I’ve been at my current job for two years. Something to celebrate among the hard work and craziness!

October 19, 2011. Tags: , , . Jenny project, life. 1 comment.