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Diary | I Didn’t Mean to Start a War

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On Sunday night, while watching Nashville on the sofa, I sent myself an email reminder to order a new floor mop.

I’m not sure whether this is a sign that I’ve finally reached adulthood, or if I just really, really need to get out more (Suspect the latter, to be honest), but I DO know it was pretty representative of my week, so I figured it was as good a place to start this diary post as any. Book publishers are going to have an all-out WAR over who gets to publish my memoir, aren’t they? I’ll really have to start thinking seriously about how much I’ll sell the film rights for, and what I’ll wear to the premiere. I wonder what talk shows I’ll get to be on? Do you think THEY supply the clothes, or do you have to take your own? SO much to think about, seriously! Maybe I should just concentrate on the floor mop for now, though? That sounds like a plan…

Anyway! Here’s some stuff that happened this week…

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Terry and I went out to dinner

This shouldn’t be noteworthy AT ALL, and under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be, but we’ve been both been so busy working lately that I feel like we haven’t had a second to ourselves, so it was good to be able to just feel like normal people for a couple of hours. I said I was going to try to survive the winter by making lots of little plans, even it was just going out to dinner or something, but between one thing and another, it just hasn’t happened, which is a shame, because we all need that bit of downtime, don’t we?

My dad put my watch collection to shame

Meanwhile, after writing about my watch collection last week, I went to visit my parents, and my dad presented me with this:

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Which, as I predicted he would tell me, is what A REAL watch collection looks like. Some of these watches are older than I am now: there’s one my grandparents gave my dad for his 21st birthday, and others I can remember him wearing when I was a little girl, and which he’s kept around because he can be a bit of a softie about stuff like this. Let’s not forget that my dad was the only person on my side during The Great Goodie Bowl Fiasco of ’14, after all. Anyway, I can only aspire to one day owning a collection to rival my dad’s, but it’s a noble ambition, and I’m totally up for it, so let the watch shopping commence!

I ran

running shoes and iphone

OK, so I didn’t run very far, or very fast, but I did it, and you can insert your own motivational quote here. I’d actually taken my Fitbit off in a fit of frustration the week before, and was telling myself I couldn’t POSSIBLY find time for running, what with all of the important photos I have to take, and words I have to write, etc etc. Then, on Monday morning, my friend Jolene, who is aware of The Struggle, messaged me on Fitbit suggesting we both give it another go, and that turned out to be just the nudge I needed. Well, that and the fact that this message just so happened to coincide with me getting a free three-month trial of Apple Music, which means I once again have access to the full Taylor Swift back catalogue. On that first day, I got on the treadmill, thinking I’d just do a quick, 10 minute run, to get myself back into it: 30 minutes later, though, Terry passed the door of the room and caught me right in the middle of an air guitar solo, while still running on the treadmill, so thanks, Tay Tay: I couldn’t do it without you. Imagine me punching the air right now, and screaming, “YOU GO GIRL!” Or, on second thoughts, don’t.

I missed multiple deliveries…

retro casual outfit

… which then had to be collected in person from the post office: an operation which was actually trickier than it sounds, on account of how we’re currently engaged in one of those very British, “If you’re going to park your car there, then I’m going to park MY car right here,” battles with the neighbours. I realise this is very immature of us, but hey, what can you do? (Other than the normal, adult, thing, obviously?) We’re now onto day 2 of the standoff, and if you’re wondering who’ll crack first, don’t worry, because even if I have to buy a second car, just to make my point, as God is my witness, I’ll do it. As Miley Cyrus once said, after all, I didn’t mean to start a war: I just wanted you to let me in… to my driveway. And now that I’ve started quoting Miley Cyrus, I think it’s time to bring this post to an end, don’t you?

(Oh yeah: Vivien of Holloway slash neck top*, Lindybop capris, and New Look flats – which weren’t actually one of this week’s deliveries, but I do love a good flatlay…)

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11 Comments
  • The Other Emma
    January 29, 2016

    We have had some of those battles with neighbours as well. It always amazes me that someone people think they can just park where ever / however they want without wondering if it would be in anyone else’s way.

    • Amber
      January 29, 2016

      And when they have driveways sitting empty, too – I just don’t understaaaaaand!

  • Violette.
    January 29, 2016

    This sounds like my week too (actually, now that I come to think about it, it sounds more like my whole month, indeed…). I don´t know how bad it was in Scotland, but January seriously misbehaved around here, which meant -18ºC and a sequence of gloomy, dark days when no plans could be arranged outdoors. In days like that, I am grateful for being a bookworm (also, I am bit jealous about your Netflix, we don´t have such a thing here!).

    And in relation to neighbours, I don´t know, maybe they are dyslexic? Because that´s the only reason I can think for someone stealing someone´s else parking place while they own their own… Weird neighbours will be weird.

  • Becky
    January 29, 2016

    Holy smokes! That is an inspiring watch collection!

  • Genevieve
    January 29, 2016

    We are having one of those parking standoffs with our neighbors too right now! I guess the very British problem has spread to the colonies…(but I am addressing it mostly in a very passive aggressive Canadian way, mainly by scowling at the neighbors house when I walk by. It’s the best I can do.)

  • Rossi | Rossi Writes
    January 29, 2016

    Fabulous watch collection!
    About the car parking, honestly, you’ve seen nothing yet. Come to Italy for some real-life hair-raising moments. Like parking by or on the zebra crossing. Parking in front of our garage. Not indicating, like never. And by the way if a car flashes their lights at you, this apparently means that they will pass first, not that they are letting you pass. Plus my top pet peeve – the passenger in another car getting out of said car in a very busy car park and running to claim the last available car park space just as we are about to drive in it.

    Best wishes,

    Rossi 🙂

  • Erin
    January 29, 2016

    Your dad’s Mickey Mouse watch <3 So adorable. I do think you and your dad will know what to get each other for your next gift-giving holiday 🙂

  • Steph
    January 30, 2016

    My road is like that. Our neighbours have THREE CARS, one driveway that they NEVER park in and then there’s the ridiculous number of people who like to park badly in our road because the house is right by Morrisons (you’d think that maybe they might prefer to use the huge car park but no…) Even more frustrating when you don’t have a drive to park in. How about we do a strangers on a train to their respective cars?! 😉 Wow that really filled me with an insane amount of rage at 12am!
    I also started running this week. My legs are not so fond of me today… but I like to think I looked the part in my neon pink trainers!

  • Becky
    January 30, 2016

    I’ve got one of those neighbours! We live in this really narrow, old Victorian street with terraced houses so parking is a nightmare. The people opposite have a bloody driveway but insist on parking their huge Transit van IN FRONT of it, rather than on it, and then putting their wheelie bin in the road so they can park their car near their house too. Now they’ve put up a sign (probably because people keep moving the bin and parking there anyway) saying “Driveway in constant use”. Tempted to stick a note on it saying “Well use it then”. OBVIOUSLY the solution here is to park the car on the driveway then the van can still go in front and all us neighbours have a chance of finding somewhere to park that isn’t half a mile away.

  • Brenda
    January 30, 2016

    Are these the new neighbours? Isn’t it funny how sometimes it takes the whole month of January to get back in gear? It’s such a looooong month. I’ll be welcoming February with open arms.

  • Lisa
    January 30, 2016

    LOL! Who do you want to portray you in your M.O.W.? They’ll only supply you with clothes if you have your P.R. person demand a stylist.

    XO from Hollywood,

    Lisa
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