First World Problems

Remember that scene in Falling down when Michael Douglas gets out of the car in bumper to bumper traffic on that highway in LA? So fed up of the grind and ready to kill? That’s me with my new smartphone. That they even call it a ‘smart’ phone makes me feel very dumb.

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“If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable” – Carrie Fisher

You know your week is not going to go well when it starts off with you being woken up at 3:30 a.m. by a bright shining light. No, not the authorities: the light in my ceiling fan that has been broken/out/not lighting since December. My first thought after being roused from a deep sleep was, “How do dead bulbs suddenly come alive?” I decided not to think about it and went back to sleep. Less than 3 hours later, I was woken again: this time by a jarring loud bark. Ah…doggie wants out. While I was up, I decided, stupidly, to unscrew the glass shade around the light and unscrew the 2 small, but bright, dead, but apparently alive, bulbs. With my bare fingers. Ouch. I am currently typing without the use of my thumb and index finger.

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Monkey Mind

In 2014, I decided to rent my house out for a year and try ‘Landlording’. It was a good experience and forced me to cull a whole lotta stuff and clean the place from top to bottom after 12 years of cocooning. When I moved back in 2015, a little reluctantly (I loved my rental street and neighbours) I didn’t have the same joie de vivre as when I first bought the house in 2003 and it took a while to ‘unpack’. After several months I noticed I wasn’t using the office much. It had become a bit of a depository for ‘stuff’. A friend of mine came over shortly after I came to that realization and was ‘aghast’. “Di, you’re becoming a hoarder!” We both laughed, but when she left, I wasted no time in reorganizing and cleaning the office and getting it back to its former glory. “A hoarder?” That was a wake-up call. My place has always been ‘busy’, ‘cosy’ and the like, but I suddenly became aware of my surroundings. “No more stuff!” was my new motto.

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Squash & Zucchini Aren’t Just Vegetables

This story was originally posted in March, 2010

Recently a friend asked me to take care of her 2 cats while she and her hubby went away for a week. I immediately said ‘NO’, especially as I have 2 dogs who don’t like cats and I’m not a big fan myself. Then I felt kind of bad, as she’s a good friend, and said ‘I’ll do it – ONLY IF YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY DESPERATE’. Of course she called me at 3pm the day they were flying out with this message..’WE ARE DESPERATE’. So she brings the 2 cats (Zucchini and Squash) over and sets them up in the loft while I’m out walking the dogs so they ‘won’t notice’. Ha. We get home this Sunday at about 5pm and immediately George & Gracie run into the office sniffing and staring up from the bottom of the stairs and start barking. Animals. Too much ‘nose power’.

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