Time flies

I haven’t thought about blogging since that last post in September.  Not even once.  Life has rather taken over.  I suppose I finally reached a place where I didn’t need to share those internal thoughts.  But now the creative need is returning.  Thoughts are a-bubbling (although that might have more to do with my role as a witch in a local production of the play “Wyrd Sisters”).

Watch this space.  New projects might appear.  With the emphasis on might.  There are no promises here.

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Autumn leaves

Today’s treat: seeing the autumn leaves catch the wind and twirl in perfect circles like a mini tornado of orange. Beautiful.

This perfection was topped up by the sun peaking through the morning mist.

Happy Thursday!

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Beautiful sights of the morning

Beautiful things I have seen this morning:

A flock of birds wheeling overhead;
A spider in her web, sparkling with fresh morning dew;
The flock of sheep munching breakfast;
My favourite pink jacket;
My beautiful old dog;
The sun peaking through the morning sea mist;
Two crows sitting on a lamppost;
Marigolds and fuschias brightening up the gardens;
Patches of brilliant blue sky poking through;
Two wood pigeons flying together through life;
Breakfast ;-)

Not bad in just an hour or so!

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 20

Before I disappear off the planet all over again, I thought I would get in quick with my answers to Week 20 of Cee’s continuing challenge.  At least I might not forget to complete it if I do it straight away.

Do you like winter, or not, and why?  No, as a general rule.  I dislike wet, damp weather…a lot…and we get a lot of that in the UK in winter.  And I hate the dark evenings and ridiculously dark “it must still be night” mornings.  But, I love the snow, I love Christmas and I love being wrapped up warm against the cold either taking a brisk walk or curled up in front of the fire.

Are you a listener or talker?  Talker.  I can’t even argue myself out of that one and, if I did, I guess I would be talking!

What is your favorite juice or fruit drink?  Natural cloudy apple juice or coconut water.

What do you have to be so happy about?  Everything!  I am alive, I am fit and healthy (at long last – yay!), I love all the stuff I do, or am working on new plans to fix the stuff I don’t, I have a great family and wonderful friends.  I am very, very lucky and want to make sure I remember that as often as possible.  Life is very good.

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 17, 18 & 19

I am now so many weeks behind on this that I was all for giving up.  But I am not a quitter, well not unless I am really, really bored, and I quite like sharing my world regardless of whether the world wants to know anything about me or not.

And so it was that this writer came to include more than one week in one post.  I know, cheeky of me, isn’t it?

Week 17

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?  Pen, preferably not black.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?  $100k to give away.  How much fun would it be to just be able to give away money without people knowing you gave it?  I would love to do that.

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?  Both, it depends on the circumstances.  I love taking photos but never seem to do it enough.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Anything and everything, I still don’t know what I want to be.  I had everything: singer, writer, teacher, actress, radio presenter, fireman, radio-operator, librarian, lawyer, Tour de France yellow jersey winner.  The list is pretty endless.  I even wanted to be a tax lawyer for a while thanks to John Grisham’s novel, The Firm.  Thanks for that Mr Grisham.

Week 18

What is your favourite animal?  A dog.  Aside from household pets, I’d go for a pig because they are funny, cuddly (apart from the mud) and super clever.

What is your favourite comfort snack food?  Chocolate of any kind, goats cheese, olives or rolls of parma ham.

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?  Acting, drama and theatre – I’m taking that all as one.

What object do you always have with you when travelling and why?  I don’t.  I like to travel light!  Probably a phrase book of some kind if I’m abroad, I like to be able to speak a little bit of local lingo.

Week 19

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you would stay?  Air-conditioning in a hot country and a good, tasty breakfast.  Most of all, peace and quiet when I want to sleep!

If you were, or are, a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?  Short stories and novels.

What’s your favourite song of the moment?  Let Me Be Your Star (from the TV series Smash) and anything from the musical Soho Cinders (especially Let Him Go and Who’s That Boy – in part because these are new songs to me whereas I already know much of the rest of this great cast album)

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top items on your wish list?  It has to be quirky.  No classic British three-bed semi-detached for me.  I like having stairs and a hallway.  Light and airy with a nice view of countryside and/or sea or water (like a lake or a river).  It needs to be decorated in bright, but tasteful, colours and already be almost exactly the way I want it as I’ll never have time to get round to decorating it to look like I’d like!  Not much really…

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 16

I love this weeks questions.  They are so me.  Or I am so them.  Whichever way you look at it I’ve really enjoyed answering these.  They have all come quite naturally to me.   Thank you, Cee!

Are you awake before dawn?  Or are you awake before noon?  Never before dawn (unless I’m still up from the night before and I blame that entirely on after-show parties).

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?  Late.  I used to be early or on time but got so fed up of always waiting around for other people to turn up that I started trying to fit in one too many things before I left, and then always ended up late.  I hate being late for the theatre, a flight or most things; the current mission is to get back to my old habits.

For your potato chips do you prefer ridged or flat ones?  Flat, salt and vinegar crisps for me please.

If you could inherit a vacation home anywhere in the world in which you could spend two months a year, where would it be?  Only one?  Can I have an apartment in New York City overlooking Central Park, an apartment in Rome (anywhere actually) and a house in Bali?

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 14 &15

The lucky Cee took a well-earned holiday so I thought I wouldn’t have to feel bad about being late by happily adding both week 14 and 15 to the same post.  Goodness, how radical.  Anyway, it transpired that illness intervened in my cunning plan.  Again.  So I am late, again. Luckily for you I can still answer questions (!) so here we go again.

Week 14

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?  Julia Roberts.  I don’t look anything like her but I love her acting.  Otherwise Sandra Bullock perhaps – she’s often a bit mad in films.

Show us a couple of your favourite photographs?   If you are not a photographer, think of a favourite scene in your life and tell us about them.  Ok, I don’t have a photo of this but one of my favourite scenes in my head is a view from the edge of a beach cafe near where I live where I sat with a cup of tea for several mornings last summer.  The sea was blue, calm and glittering in the brilliant sunshine and the sky was totally cloudless.  All was at peace, even me.

The other is an actual photo: the Rockefeller Center at night.

Rockefeller Center - tourist snap (L Taylor)

Rockefeller Center – tourist snap (L Taylor)

It was taken on my first ever trip to New York and almost literally left me breathless with its size and grandeur. I’m not normally one for buildings so its sheer power surprised me.  But then everything about New York amazed me.  It was all so big, so exciting and so real.  A trip of a lifetime.  Except, can it be a trip of a lifetime if you plan to repeat it?  Either way, this photo reminds me of that glorious late night arrival and my first ever view of this glorious tower.

What do you like most about home?  Being there.

Week 15

What is one of your quirky traits?  I sing all the time (especially when I’m stressed out) and have a weird habit of putting my hand or a book on my head when I’m thinking.  I suspect it is to keep my brain cells in my head.

What has surprised you about blogging?  It is a lot more fun than I thought and I’ve opened up a whole new side of me.  Not as messy as it sounds.

Which do you prefer sweet or salty?  Or both at the same time?  Tee hee.  It depends on the day and the weather.  Salty when it is cold, like a big bag of hot chips (fries for you lovely people across the water) in a paper bag, or when it is super hot but then only for something like olives or salty crisps.  But sweet if I’m grumpy.  Oh, I love all food.  It isn’t fair to have to choose.

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 13

And so to sharing once more.  It has been a tough old week; this time I really do have a real excuse for my lateness in responding to Cee’s latest questions.  More to follow in another post…so you’ll have to check again if you want to find out what’s been going on in my world…cheeky, eh?

What one word describes you best?  Mad.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?  An interior designer to just get the house sorted the way I want once and for all.  And perhaps an apartment in NYC, a house in the Seychelles or St Lucia, and a wonderful place in Italy (maybe two!) and maybe somewhere to lay my head in Bali.  And a never-ending round the world ticket.  And very early retirement so I can just do stuff that I love.  Ah, bliss.

Is there a language you would like to learn?  Italian.  I have some CDs, I just need to find a break in-between performances to make time to learn.

Your favorite blog post that you have written?  Goodness.  Too many.  I couldn’t possibly choose just one so I haven’t.  Never been much good at decisions.  So here you are, I’ve chosen three:

http://hugmore.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/breathing-space-or-time-for-tea/  This is my most read post.  I wish I knew why.  Perhaps we all need space or have a thing for a cuppa.

http://hugmore.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/stay-unique/  This is one of those that I am proud of because I’ve tried to embody it in my own life.  That’s a bit deep…

http://hugmore.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/joseph-the-case-of-the-angelic-jelly-bean/  This is the second in my series about directing the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  I love this whole series as it was the first time I really felt I’d found my voice and I was rather passionate about the subject matter too.  I might have listed the final post as that is probably the one I love the most but then I wouldn’t be able to encourage anyone to start at the beginning and experience the build up, would I?

Thanks again to Cee: http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/03/27/share-your-world-2013-week-13/

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I Give Up

Oh sod it.  I give up.  Today is the day I finally recognised what I’ve tried to put off for much, much too long.  I am a procrastinator.  Give me a task to do and I will happily put it off.  Show me something fun to do and I will find reasons why I can’t.  No more.  I refuse to procrastinate on this issue.

And this is me, refusing.  Instead I am grabbing the bull by the horns.  I am creating ideas.   I am writing this.  Not for you (sorry) but for me.  This will be a reminder of the day when I turned round and said: ENOUGH.  Enough putting it off, enough researching, enough of spending time my closest friend analysis paralysis (I love that phrase) and enough talking myself out of every idea I’ve ever managed to have.

I refuse to be put back in my box.

I will take action.  I will move forward.  I will change.  I will set myself free.  I will live.

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Share Your World 2013 – Week 12

This last week has been full of sinus issues.  You really don’t want to know.  I blame the exciting lifestyle of travelling here and there over the last few weeks.  Bound to take a toll.  And a toll it took.  But, I am on the road to re-recovery now so all is well with the world.

On to Week 12!

When anniversaries of unhappy times pop up, how do you handle them and what makes you turn your mood (attitude) around?  I am extremely thankful in being able to say that I haven’t faced any unhappy times that could be attached to a particular date, or at least my wonderful brain blanks out the dates so I cannot attach them, so I have nothing really to add.  That isn’t to say I haven’t had my share of difficult and unhappy times before everyone goes away thinking I’m all wrapped up in cotton wool.  In general terms, if I feel blue then a good lively song/soundtrack tune or a night with the girls, or almost any time with my other half, will usually sort me out.

Are you a cat, dog, goat or prefer the zoo person?  Dog.  Can I say dogs, plural?  I love them.  Their little wagging tails, their big eyes looking up at you so faithfully, their crazy tail-chasing moments…bless ‘em all.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?  That would be telling, wouldn’t it?  A couple of years younger than I am now.  And only a couple.

Are you left or right-handed?  Right, always right.  I was almost tempted to show you my best left-handed hand-writing to prove it…

Thanks as always to Cee for the prompts!

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