snow-covered tree

Dear Diary…

I don’t keep a diary any more, but if I did, this week’s entries would’ve read something like this…


Up until 2am watching Making a Murderer. Totally obsessed. Terry reckons we’ll finish it tomorrow, but I’ve got work do in the morning, then we’re out in the afternoon/evening, so no way is that going to happen.


Up until 4am watching Making a Murderer. OMG.


Told Terry I’d be upstairs working on my ebook about blogging. Was actually upstairs Googling theories on Making a Murderer. Much more interesting.

Note to self: must work on ebook tomorrow.


Did not work on ebook. Did run for 20 mins on treadmill, though, so at least that’s something, even although I totally felt like I was dying by the end of it. Tomorrow will work on ebook AND run on treadmill, and will finally feel like proper grown-up and fully-functioning member of society.

Will also try to finish all of the Christmas chocolate, so at least that’s out of the way of temptation.


Did not run or work on ebook.

Did get giant scarf in the mail from H&M. Had only ordered regular-sized scarf, so slightly confused, especially given that I could literally have wrapped my entire body in it, like some weird kind of woolly cocoon. People on Twitter strangely invested in convincing me to keep the gigantic scarf: even more confused now. How do they know what it looks like? Can people on Twitter SEE me?


Realise should have taken photo of gigantic scarf, just to prove how ridiculous/hilarious it was, as people still trying to convince me to keep hideous item of clothing. Always think of these things too late. Possibly spending too much time thinking about giant scarf. Should get out more. Don’t want to, though.

Painted nails in new favourite colour – O.P.I. Big Apple Red. Discovered this after Googling the phrase, “What’s that red colour Khloe Kardashian always wears?” Not even sorry.

OPI gel colour 'Big Apple Red'

(It took me about 10 minutes to get this photo of my own stupid hand. Time well spent, I feel.)


First sunny day in about 3 million years. Spend all of it sitting inside, waiting for deliveries, which obviously arrived once the sun had gone down. Got a couple of small things from Shopbop, which arrived in a huge box, with tons of packaging. Having learned the lesson of the giant scarf, I took a photo of it for the internets:

giant box, small contents

Inside was a shirt, a pair of jeans that don’t fit (Do ANY jeans fit, though, I wonder?), and this little travel vanity*, which I will now need to travel with, obviously, or what’s the point of having it?

Aaand that was my week. Or rather, it WASN’T. Because I’d like to think no-one’s week could be summed up by the words, “Netflix” and “Wow, that was a really big scarf!”, wouldn’t you? My ACTUAL week, though – the stuff that happened in between the Netflix marathons and the online shopping – was filled with all of that stuff you can’t talk about on the internet. There’s a lot of stuff like that, actually: it’s not necessarily stuff that’s so dramatic that it needs to remain a deep, dark secret, or anything like that, it’s just normally stuff that involves other people (Most of whom DON’T write about their lives on the internet…), or which is just a little too personal for a blog post.

As for the other stuff that happens, meanwhile: well, IT tends to be the kind of stuff that’s just not really worth talking about. The giant scarves, the new nail polish, and the huge amount of brown paper that was squashed into that box. If you’re lucky, you’ll hit some kind of happy medium, and have a week filled with the kind of things that are both interesting to read about AND appropriate to write about, and you’ll feel like you just won the lottery. Most of the time you don’t, though, and that’s why blogs can never REALLY be like diaries. Lately I keep coming across posts from people saying they wish blogs could be more like diaries again, and that people would just write about their day-to-day lives, like they did on Livejournal and Diaryland, but they can’t. Or, rather, they CAN – but only if they’re either very brave, or totally anonymous.

If you’re just a regular person, though, chances are you won’t want people to read your ACTUAL diary: the one that contains both the juicy gossip AND the mundanities of everyday life. So you edit those bits out, and whatever you’re left with is your blog, which you have to hope someone will want to read anyway.

How was YOUR week?

  • Life is a funny old business, isn’t it? I think it’s been a strange week for a lot of people – torn between the mundanities and the big stuff.
    I hope all is well with you and yours.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that no jeans ever fit. I’ve yet to find ones that do.

    January 15, 2016
  • Ha ha, this is absolutely brilliant! It’s the kind of post I wish I could write sometimes, because I get the impression people reading my blog think all I do is work on my house 24/7. Not true. Making a Murderer has featured large in our lives this week (I am a lawyer and I cannot help but get very very angry at the incompetence and generally unbelievable US legal system), there’s been a lot of layers and blankets and hot water bottles on my lap as I sit behind my computer working away, and, er, well, I went out riding and packaged up some books to sell. Wahoo! Exciting times in the life of me. But average, normal, this is what happens most of the time times!
    Can you make this a regular thing? I think we all should! 🙂
    P.S. Keep the scarf – I haven’t seen it, but huge and snuggly has to be good with this weather right now!

    January 15, 2016
  • This post is hilarious! I have heard such good things about Making a Murderer, I need to set aside a solid block of time to watch it. Also the photo of your nails was totally 10mins well spent.

    Ash | Liakada

    January 15, 2016
  • Cold, that’s how my week have been. I love the winter but now it’s gone to far. Went out for the first time in three days today. That’s about it. So my week was probably even less worth writing about than yours. Oh I also made a small order from the Asos sale, at least that’s something. xo

    January 15, 2016
  • Jackie


    Ugh, I feel like my week could be summed up simply by “had a headache.” Pretty sure my resolution to get up earlier to actually make it to the gym, but failure to go to sleep any earlier has something to do with it. Though I have started a great new book you might like (it features an old house with many mysterious incidents around it) – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Even with my headache I have stayed up a bit too late trying to finish it.

    January 15, 2016
  • Hahah, I loved reading this. I love the way you write. I totally identify with trying to do something day after day but getting a bit side tracked. I am very curious about this huge scarf now…..
    xx, Pia

    January 15, 2016
  • Myra


    Unfortunately, life is mundane, unless of course, you are having to engage in the British legal system, which is still a boys’ club. You think the U.S. Law system is bad, Anna. You really wouldn’t believe what is happening in this case. It shocks everyone we tell about court rulings.

    January 15, 2016
  • Mandy


    Love the line about the christmas chocolate – that is exactly what I said to myself before I ate it;)

    January 15, 2016
  • So, I ordered three small things from Schuh in one order and they delivered them in three different plastic packages, requiring three different signatures, but all on the same day at the same time. That was my week. Packaging is fascinating 😉 I still think you have a way of making the mundane sound interesting – well, I read and enjoyed the whole post! I don’t think every blogger (me included!) is as good at that!!

    January 15, 2016
  • Moira


    Loved this post. I have to say, I was slightly bamboozled by the scarf love, it’s not like you were looking for people to convince you to keep something lovely but impractical/expensive (I’d be here for *that* tbf).

    January 15, 2016
  • Monday — got ready for the weekly Soup Night at our house and that takes most of the day. 22 came and I worried about having enough but it was ok. Am consistently amazed at how many people are eager to come eat soup together.
    Tuesday — did my Spanish homework and wrote some posts ahead of deadline because the rest of the week is big-time chaos. Think about writing for my own blog because daughter who manages blog is bugging for more posts. Not happening yet, but the other ones I get paid for and have deadlines. No Spanish class due to weather. Yay!
    Wednesday — tore out flooring & molding, but first had to empty the corner cupboard to move it out of the kitchen. Living room has the stove, corner cupboard/contents, table, bench, chairs, etc. plus its own stuff. Had to go learn how to make coffee & gourmet soft drinks for a new volunteer afternoon shift at a local art/music/creative venue. (FREE COFFEE!). Came home and moved pantry shelves & some contents to the basement so we could finish putting the new floor down.
    Thursday — woke up sometime in the wee hours of the morning with incredible shin cramps. Thinking it was due to the walking and standing and stairs and the rest of it. Gah. Woke up again later and went to the Farm Show with husband…lots of walking, lots to look at, tasted a sample of lactofermented kraut made with garlic, feta cheese, olives, and maybe peppers. Now want to do kraut on the kitchen counter. Make room for process — hah. Move stuff back into kitchen, hope new floor holds up. It looks nice so far.
    Friday (today) — Go grocery shopping. Remember to eat breakfast first, still spend too much money. Put food away, get ready for tonight’s get-together, write ahead because next week looks chaotic. First, check the internet and see if Amber wrote anything new.

    January 15, 2016
  • Caitlin


    I also did the ordered-a-giant-scarf-online-without-knowing it (mine was from J.Crew) – but it really is very comfortable….

    Also, I love your lap desk, might I ask where it’s from?

    February 3, 2016