What can I tell you about this week, I wonder?
Well, it’s been another busy one, I can tell you that, at least. Terry and I both feel like we’re working round the clock right now, and while I hesitate to complain about that (going to do it anyway, though), because I know we’re fortunate that our business is bringing in work at all, as I’m a bit of a stress-head, I don’t really handle The Busy all that well. I really hate the feeling of having deadlines hanging over me, and I’m so used to being able to manage my own time now that whenever I have work to do for other people, I get quite anxious about it, and basically just want to sit down and do it all rightthisverysecond, just so I don’t have to think about it any more, and can get right back to thinking about clothes, and shoes, and other, more fun stuff, instead.
So, that’s been my week, basically: I feel like I’ve barely moved from my desk (my Fitbit stats would appear to confirm this – whoops!), and, just to add to the fun, I’ve had this annoying sore throat/tickly cough combo for ages now, which is stopping me sleeping well, and majorly triggering my health anxiety. (Which has been about 100x times worse since the events of last December served to re-inforce my fear of doctors, hospitals, and, well, death, really.) So, fun times ahoy!
This, however, is supposed to be a post about happy things, so, in a bid to turn a vaguely negative week into a slightly more positive one, here are some things that have been making me happy…
01. Fresh flowers
At the start of the week, Terry went out to meet a client, and came home with three bunches of fresh flowers, which I’m sure you’ll be seeing all over my Instagram and blog for a long time to come. Well, have flowers, will photograph, right? The daffodils in particular have been really cheering me up this week: I always think they’re such happy, sunshiney little flowers, and they serve as a welcome reminder that winter won’t last forever, and that spring is on its way – and the sooner, the better, as far as I’m concerned! On that note, though, I’ve noticed that the days are starting to get a little longer again, which is a huge boost for me – I get SO claustrophobic from living in the dark all the time!
02. A night at The Corinthian Club
My friend Erik was in town on a flying visit from California last week, so Terry and I managed to separate ourselves from our desks for long enough to meet up with him for dinner at The Corinthian Club, in Glasgow. We’ve eaten at The Corinthian before, in the brasserie, but this time we were in the main restaurant, which is such a stunning building that it’s worth a visit for that reason alone. (Oh, and the food is pretty good, too!) Needless to say, it was wonderful to catch up with Erik, and fascinating to be able to talk American politics with someone who’s actually having to live with them right now.
On that subject, I know I’ve talked before about that awkward intersection between blogging and politics, but I just don’t think I can let the events of the last week go un-commented on. Like many people, I’ve been watching in horror as events have unfolded in Washington, but I guess if there’s one positive to take from all of this, it’s the sheer number of people who’ve taken to the streets and airports to make their views known. I’d have liked to have attended one of the marches in Scotland this week, and was disappointed not to be able to: I know even just saying that is going to offend some of you, and I’m sorry about that, but I’ve become increasingly convinced lately that now is a time when it’s important to speak out against what we perceive to be injustices in the world, and if that loses me a few followers, well, so be it.
(And I hope this goes without saying, but, for the record, I know some of my readers are Trump supporters, and I’m genuinely not trying to upset them, or start an argument: I would like to think that we’re all grown-ups here, and are able to have different opinions, but still get along perfectly well together. Because that’s how a civilised society works, isn’t it?)
Let’s have an awkward segway from potentially life-changing political decisions to a nice little makeup palette, now, shall we? Because everyone loves THOSE! (And hey, at least it serves to make the point that it’s possible to care about world events, but also appreciate a nice bit of contouring, hey?)
03. New makeup
Yeah, so, to be totally honest, I DO feel a bit of an ass for going directly from the erosion of human rights to a free makeup palette, but this actually also fits the theme of ‘turning negatives into positives’, so let’s just go with it…
So! A few weeks ago, I ordered some new skincare products from Pixi, (Which I may or may not blog about at some point: it all depends on whether or not I notice any difference from using them. The fact is, I quite often don’t really notice a dramatic difference between one cleanser and another, say, and there’s not much point in writing a blog post that just says, “I tried this cleanser, and it made my face clean,” is there?) and they kind of messed up my order, in a, “Not actually bothering to send it to me,” kind of way. They also resolutely ignored my emails and tweets enquiring about the whereabouts of my stuff, which meant I was finally forced to pick up the phone and try to remind myself that the thing I use for Instagram, and to browse the internet on the go, can also be used to speak to people. Which is, like, just so quaint and old-fashioned, and also completely awful, because I HATE using the phone, and will basically only do it once I’ve exhausted every other method of communication. Seriously, people, DO NOT keep emailing me asking if we can “set up a phonecall” – that’s what email is for. Sheesh!
Anyway, I phoned Pixi, with the intention of telling them how very annoyed I was, but because I’m the least-assertive person who ever picked up an iPhone, I ended up just politely begging them to send me my order, and thanking them profusely when they agreed to do it. The positive point in all of this, however, was that, although I didn’t actually ask for anything other than what I’d paid for, they spontaneously offered to send me one of their Natural Contour Kits for free, and it turned out to be pretty awesome. No photos of me actually wearing any of the products here, because contouring isn’t really part of my skill-set, so I’m going to need a bit more practice in order to not just look like I have a dirty face, but I’ve been enjoying playing around with it so far. And I always think that, while anyone can make a mistake, it’s how you deal with it afterwards that counts: I was honestly quite annoyed by the initially bad customer service I received, but once I spoke to them on the phone, they managed to turn things around, and make me a happy customer again, so kudos to them for that. And let’s hope that’s the last phone call I have to make this year.