Sunday, March 09, 2008


I am feeling strangely optimistic today. Not that I’m usually pessimistic; I like to think of myself as a realist. It’s a lovely feeling, this pure optimism thing, even though I’m not quite sure to what it should be attributed. These are what it could be:

  • Husband is flying to England today. He’s gone to the airport already. (I know I will love to have him back in a week, but I’m looking forward to having the bed to myself and thinking of one less person for a few days.)

  • I am flying to England in a few weeks. (I’m so sorry to say it again, but hell, I’m excited. Perhaps you could keep your eyes peeled for a post on the Novel Racers later today.)

  • We may know in the next three to four weeks what is happening to us (will we still be in Bangkok or will we be coming home?)

  • I’ve been caressing handbags recently, and am contemplating a purchase, maybe when we know what’s happening to us. Even if I don’t buy one, I get pleasure from the meditation. (God, I’m sad, but hey, cheap too?)

  • I’ve nearly finished the artwork owed.

  • I’ve bought myself a scanner – no more fiddling with Husband’s computer, a pen/thumb drive and the big complicated printer, that’s supposed to be able to do everything, yet really seems to do nothing very well.)

  • I’ve finally submitted to the War Child ‘You’re Not The Only One.’ (I know how crapulous I would’ve felt if I hadn’t tried.) Please see below.


I’ve sent in my War Child piece. Never one to do anything at the last minute (Ha ha ha) I finally hit ‘send’ this morning. Given, as I explained here, that my piece is about being a scaredy cat, I couldn’t really fail to submit because I’m scared, can I? (Err, yes.)

If there is anyone out there who hasn’t seen these details, this bit is for you. Peach was moved by some personal stories written by bloggers she’d tagged with a meme and the idea came about to appeal for stories, on the theme of ‘You’re Not The Only One’ to reflect the camaraderie of blogging.

With the help of a small team (Sarah from He Loves Me Not, Ariel from From Fuck Up To Fab, Ms R from Woman of Experience and Vi from Village Secrets), Peach is putting together a book for the UK based charity WARCHILD written by bloggers from these submissions – not all of course, will be published. The charity helps children all over the world so although the price tag of £9 may seem a lot, a generous £4.30 of it will go straight to the charity.


SpiralSkies said...

Well done for submitting the War Child piece - you really do deserve that handbag now!

Lovely that you're heading back to Blighty soon... I'm not sure I've recovered from your last trip yet ;)

wordtryst said...

Good for you. And enjoy the holiday from hubby. Sometimes we just need a bit of alone time.

Handbags, hm? It's skirts for me right now. Long fluttering gored cotton/linen/rayon. Is that weird or what?

JJ said...

Ooh, Jen, I think so too. Re Blighty trip - yeah me too. I will be careful this time!

Wordtryst, I'm so glad you understand. I thought I'd get horrid comments suggesting I felt optimistic about the absence of Husband! I think a girl's got to have an obsession about something.


KAREN said...

Caressing handbags is always good for morale, in my experience! As is a bit of time on your ownsome :o)

Submitting some writing is good too...

Yvonne said...

Ooh, you might be coming home, how do you feel about that? Well done on submitting the piece!

JJ said...

Karen, I'm not the only one easily pleased then? The submitting of writing is a bit of an issue for me, so I did good to do it and not chicken out!

Yvonne, we don't know if we are or we aren't, but we are fairly sure that we will find out in the coming few weeks.

How do I feel? Hmmm, I could do either now, but a little bit more of wanting to stay for a while longer... If we stay here it must be for two years because Son starts GCSEs in Aug/Sept. I'd like to stay, but I would cope with going home, I'm sure.


Lane said...

Enjoy your few days on your own. It's good to have a bit of breathing time now and again.
Glad you got something into War Child and good luck:-)
I know exactly what you mean by bag gazing. Very calming and very cheap:-)

Pacha said...

Well done on the War Child piece. It's lovely to feel optimistic and happy - and it's contagious. I feel optimistic and happier just reading this!

Lucy Diamond said...

Well done on the War Child piece - and good luck with the Big Life Decision on the cards... Handbag-stroking always helps with these things, I find!