- My kids watched Castle in the Sky whilst a friend was looking after them for me over half term this week. Apparently, Humuhumu fell in love with the story and was glued to it for the length of the film. She has been watching it again in “episodes” over the past few nights. Keiki adores the robot who looks after all the creatures in Laputa. I am very happy that they’re so fond of it, because it’s rather a slow burn and the animation looks quite dated now, but clearly the story is timeless. I can’t wait to watch more Studio Ghibli films with them.
- Sweet Christmas, it’s tedious to wash clothes in a bathtub. The automated washing machine has got to be one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. We are two weeks into the (allegedly) ten-week house extension project and I have already cracked and gone to a friend’s house to borrow her washing machine just to do the laundry. There was a paragraph in Bobby Freeman’s First Catch Your Peacock, about the history of Welsh cookery, which resonated powerfully with me when I read it at the cottage last weekend. She said that when she consulted with older Welsh folk on the old methods of cooking, on open fires and hot stones, the men would wax lyrical about the taste and quality of the food produced thereby, which is hard to replicate using a cooker. The women were pointedly silent. Because it took forever to cook stuff properly in the old ways.
- The one thing that is harshing my enjoyment of Good Omens: Jack Whitehall is in it. Casting directors: one demerit point.
On the other hand, David Tennant and Michael Sheen are absolute perfection. Casting directors: seven million merit points. I forgive you.
Feb 9: Do you wake up by yourself, to an alarm, music, or have someone else wake you up?
Usually by myself (I'm an early bird) or to an alarm that plays music.
Feb 10: Finish the sentence: There are two kinds of people in this world . . .
The ones I love and the ones I don't.
Feb 11: Make a list of three things you’d like to say no to.
Feb 12: Would you rather be locked overnight in a library, a museum, or a zoo?
A zoo would creep me out at night. So would a museum. Libraries otoh are full of books. Lovely, lovely books.
Feb 13: What are your top three long-range goals?
Raise the children well, so they are happy, kind people.
Become a really excellent photographer.
And a shallow one…
Own a beautiful little sports car.
Feb 14: Who was the first person you had a crush on? Was it requited?
Ha, all of my crushes up until the age of 16 were unrequited. The first one I can remember was on a boy called Colin, in the fourth grade (so I would have been nine).
Feb 15: What’s your favorite piece in a box of chocolates?
The one with a gooey caramel centre.
Feb 16: Have you ever won a game of Monopoly?
Feb 17: If you could go back and caution your twelve-year-old self about something, what would you say?
You’re right to be careful about trusting people, but sometimes you do need to communicate with them a little earlier on when you’ve made up your mind about something. For instance, when you’ve decided you’re going to move to a different city hundreds of miles away.
Feb 18: What is the newest article of clothing you’re wearing right now? How old is it?
Black jeans, which I bought about four weeks ago, because my old pair were disintegrating and had also faded to dark grey.
Feb 19: Do you think anger is generally a positive emotion or a negative emotion? How does your thoughts on that help you deal with your anger?
I don’t think anger is positive or negative on its own. I think it’s inevitable that most people will experience anger on a fairly regular basis. What matters is how you express it and to whom, and how you deal with the consequences of sharing that emotion.
Feb 20: What’s a childish thing you still do as an adult?
Does “licking the icing out of the bowl” count?
Feb 21: You’re making yourself a fruit salad with five different fruits. Which five fruits will you include?
Pineapple, mango, papaya, guava, and sweet sop.
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