Sunday, 23 February 2014

The To Do List by Mike Gayle

The To Do List by Mike Gayle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The To Do ListHow do you go about finishing off your to do list? All those annoying little things like the damp patch on the ceiling and the squeaking door? How about (if you're a writer) give yourself a finite amount of time to get it done and get a book deal via your agent to make the effort worth the while? Essentially that is what Mike Gayle does. He writes his list out (all 1277 items)and sets himself a deadline; by his 37th birthday he will have finished.
This book sits very nicely on the shelf with the other 'so long to do this' books, like The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possibleor Gretchen Rubins books, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Lifeand The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Funbut none the worse for that. It reads easily and the story of how Mike fights to complete the mundane and inane as his wife gives birth, his book is Bollywoodised and he meets weekly with the Greek Chorus of his Sunday Night Pub meet friends is fun. It might even inspire you to write That To Do list of all the little things you meant to do but never got round to. I have......

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Valentines Day; we went small this year.

I love my husband, I really do, and we have had fun in the past with meals out, presents, weekends of lurve and all sorts of things, but gradually we have settled down about Valentines Day. I mean, really, I know he loves me and I love him and we do this ALL YEAR ROUND and I know a lot of people really enjoy making a fuss of Valentines Day with presents and stuff, but we are too overburdened with STUFF. The past few years Mr Angel Jem and me (I?) have been striving to do more without adding more. No massive piles of gifts, no extravagant gestures of balloons, flowers or anything that suddenly shoots up in price at this time of year.
No, we don't buy a card. Mr AJ bought a really lovely one about 3 years ago, it;s perfect, and I like it. It comes out every year and that is really all I need, card wise. And I make him a card. Last years was marzipan covered with chocolate. The year before I made cupcakes and we all enjoyed them. This year it was a sample card for a Guides craft session I ran on Friday.

Our gift this year was a joint one; we don't get (can't get) Sky Atlantic and seriously don't miss it much, but just the occasional series piques our interest so we treated ourselves to Boardwalk Empire, the boxset. We'll watch it an episode a night until we're done, by which time series 2 of House of Cards should be available (I may pre order it already) and see us through the summer.
Keep your flowers, chocolates and cuddly toys. Our romance doesn't take one day a year to celebrate; it takes the year to live and enjoy.