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Red Moleskin notebook

Moleskin stickers

You know what I hate?

I hate it when bloggers start making vague references to exciting new projects which they’d LOVE to tell you about, but, you know, they just CAN’T, so they’ll just have to stay silent, except not really, because they then go on to mention it at every possible opportunity, while never, ever telling you exactly what it was.

Hate that.

So, yeah, this month I was invited to take part in an exciting new (work-related) project, which, guys, I just can’t tell you about (yet), except to say that it’s been basically taking up every spare second for the last couple of weeks. Seriously, I’m lucky to just get dressed in the morning, let alone get dressed in something worth photographing. As I write this, for instance, I’m wearing my running gear, which I put on with the intention of actually running in, but which I then didn’t do, so now I’m just dressed like a (scruffy) runner in order to sit at my desk. Oh, the humanity!

Anyway, there won’t be many posts until I meet my deadline, is what I’m saying. Or, you never know, there MIGHT be posts… they just won’t be very good. Sorry about that. As for all of my “new year, new me” stuff, well, as you can probably tell from the fact that I’m wearing running clothes but not actually running in them, I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall with that too: I’m basically glued to my desk right now, and I’m the kind of person who panics if she has more than one thing to do at a time, so I think I’m just going to pretend the new year starts in February, or maybe March. In fact, let’s just call it June, to be on the safe side.

In order to try and wrestle some organisation out of the chaos currently surrounding me, then,  last week I ordered a Moleskin diary from Amazon. Then I ordered Amazon Prime by mistake. I swear to God, I just clicked the button to see how much it was going to cost me, and next thing I knew I was reading a message saying, “Howdy, new Amazon Prime Member! Thanks for that £50 we’ve just taken out of your bank account!” GAH. I DID work out how to cancel it, so I’m just hoping that went through, otherwise this little notebook cost me £57, and, I mean, I LIKE it, but not THAT much.

It’s a long time since I had a paper diary. I used to buy one every year, and opening it up, filling in all my details and then wondering how long it would be before I (inevitably) lost it was all part of the New Year ritual. For the last few years, though, I’ve been mostly trying to organise myself using my iPhone and the calendars on my email programme. Apparently that wasn’t working too well for me, though, because last week I felt so disorganised I was actually getting all panicky, so I ordered this, so I can try to keep track of things like how many Topshop skirts I currently need to return*, who has yet to pay me for things I did weeks ago and  stuff like that. I don’t know why, but writing things down on actual paper somehow makes them seem more REAL, and makes me feel more in control of them, even although I’m totally not.

So far I’m really liking it. It has tabbed pages, a bunch of fun stickers (I’m 12, I like stickers. Although, I have to admit, I was a little concerned when I saw how many stickers with the “hospital” sign were included. Why will I need so many stickers denoting a trip to the hospital? WHAT DO MOLESKIN KNOW THAT I DON’T?) (I expect the “To Buy” ones will come in handy, though.), and lots of blank space to jot down all of the ideas I have, but never seem to get round to actually putting into practice.

(I was also confused by the ‘hairdryer’ sticker, and thought it was there to remind me to dry my hair, which, I mean, I know I’ve been a bit disorganised this month, but COME ON. Then I worked out it’s probably to remind me about hair cuts, which reminds me: I need to get my hair cut. I shall write a reminder in my new diary!)

The only problem? I haven’t actually had a chance to sit down and fill in all of the things I need to keep track of. I’ll have to take a look and see if I can free up some space in my diary for that…

(*The returning-of-the-skirt went smoothly, I’m pleased to report. I took it in to my local Topshop, and they honestly couldn’t have been nicer about it: in fact, the sales assistants were almost as horrified as I was by the sight of the poor thing,and all gathered around the body to gasp in horror at it. They refunded me without a quibble, and revealed that they’d had a dress in the same fabric returned with exactly the same issue, so it does seem to have been a problem with the skirt, rather than the cleaners. This doesn’t bode well for the two new ones currently hanging in my closet, but I’ve worked out that all I have to do is totally transform my personality and miraculously turn into the kind of elegant, refined woman who never, EVER gets mud on her skirt or dribbles food down her top, and it’ll be good. I’m sure that will work out fine.)

What do you think?

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  • Amber McNaught (@foreveramber)
    January 22, 2014

    Behold! A new blog post is here! http://t.co/RmvFS8aJeT

  • Rachel
    January 22, 2014

    I love buying diaries….that I never ever use. I love the look, the feel of them and the pretence that this year I will a grown up! But then I never use it and when I see friends using theirs to write down when we’ll next meet up I can’t make up my mind if I’m annoyed or jealous! I haven’t bought one yet this year….yet. I think I’ll get looking later 🙂

  • Suzanne
    January 22, 2014

    I read about everyone and their daily planners but have yet to succumb to the idea. The stickers look fun though : )


  • Secret little stars
    January 22, 2014

    Love your diary! I am working backwards with mine actually! I have put things in for February, March and April, so the closer the deadline gets, the more I worry and start kicking my own butt! Ha! Seems to work so far xxx

    Secret little Stars

  • Katie
    January 22, 2014

    I’m not sure why the hairdryer stickers caught your attention over THE ONES THAT LET YOU CONTROL THE WEATHER! Look at all those sunshine stickers – I vote you put them all over next weekend and then organise a BBQ… xxx

  • Corinne
    January 22, 2014

    Haha, MOAR SKIRTS. That made me do a little lol.

    Best of luck with the project! Can’t wait to read about it.

    I need to get a diary. I’m kind of rubbish at being organised. When I have too much to do I kind of get too overwhelmed and end up sitting at my desk refreshing twitter/emails/nothingimportant. Then it’s wine o’clock before I know it and I’ve not done one productive thing. Apart from stalk the blawgs and hate on myself a bit. If it works for you, let me know!

    Corinne x

    • Amber
      January 23, 2014

      That sounds EXACTLY like me! Not proud to admit it, but I get overwhelmed so, so easily, and then I panic and just sit there opening lots of browser windows and then forgetting what I was going to do with them, then panicking some more… So far just writing everything down (and on paper, rather than on the computer/phone) is helping, but I seriously wasn’t joking when I said I haven’t really had time to transfer all of my information to it, so we’ll see how that goes! I think I need lists. Lots and lots of lists…

  • Destiny
    January 23, 2014

    I’m so sorry that there won’t be many new blog posts for a while. But I can’t wait to hear about your new project! Love your new diary. I have to write stuff down also. If I put it in my phone, when it beeps to remind me, it scares me to death!

    • Amber
      January 23, 2014

      Ha, I’m the same with the phone – I have various alarms set to remind me to do things, but even although they go off every day, they still never fail to make me jump (and, OK, sometimes shriek)!

  • Rose Keats
    January 23, 2014

    Well I’m excited for whatever the exciting project deadline is 😉 I love paper diaries, I always buy one every year but then never want to spoil it with anything less than my best penmanship, preferably produced from a quill and ink or at the very least a fountain pen – hence very little ever gets written in them and hence why they’re probably a waste of money. But sometimes just owning one makes me feel more organised 😉

  • Erika
    January 23, 2014

    I have gotten this kind of daily diary from Amazon for the last couple of years. I’ve tried to use electronic devices to record my life, but I much prefer writing everything down on paper, too. It does seem more real that way.
    And I hate iPhone grocery lists! I want a piece of paper and a pen with me when I shop! But I almost always leave the handwritten list at home so the iPhone is my dreaded backup. 🙂

  • Amber McNaught (@foreveramber)
    January 23, 2014

    I worte a lengthy blog post to explain why I don’t have time to write lengthy blog posts: http://t.co/RmvFS8aJeT http://t.co/TYruNPDQfm

  • Ken
    January 23, 2014

    funniest evening of my life on the internet.
    I’m an ageing regional general manager for a retail chain , and I love classic cinema ( North by Northwest, Bringing up baby, Its a wonderful life, Ice cold in Alex, etc etc). So I’m googling Forever Amber – and here this is. So I’ve read a number of your posts. Obviously not my sort of site ( don’t realy have the legs) but I must say – really engaging writing style. Good fun read! I may not be back ( I’m 56 FFS – but nonetheless I admire your rage at the world – for the least ragiest reasons I have ever read!! I mean – they are just clothes!! well done – you brightened my evening, not quite as much as Cary Grant and yves Marie Saint,but very good, witty and engaging nonetheless!! Ken

  • char
    January 24, 2014

    I am such a diary fan, I love them. Despite having an iphone etc I’ve never gone away from having a proper A5 sized day-to-page diary and I write everything in there, staple tickets in etc.

  • Marie (Mary) Abbott
    January 27, 2014

    I adore this blog and love your style of writing, I keep coming back for more! Would be great if you could check out my blog (although I know you have a busy schedule) but I’m a newbie and need as much feedback/support as possible!



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