Cindy is the queen of random, and now she’s hosting a weekly linky party so we can all be madly random together. Here’s my thoughts for the week:
1. Most people will remember the London Olympics 2012 as having, for the most part, lovely weather, sunny days followed by warm sultry nights, which many of us around the country got to enjoy too, after a summer thus far filled by rain. I swear that as soon as the closing ceremony ended, the heavens opened! Come back summer, all is forgiven…
2. For the most part the Olympic naysayers have been hushed, however I did read an incredulous comment on one online newspaper report after the wind up of the event that suggested that all the ‘sports celebrities’ were lining their pockets with loads of lottery money while the rest of the country was in poverty. I guess he missed the interview with Lizzie Armitstead talking about the amount she got to live on for the year, which included all travel and accommodation for all the events around the world she had to take part in, and included regularly sleeping on friends floors when she needed to use the velodrome in Manchester. Plus, if he had a computer and was reading the telegraph, I suspect that he was hardly in poverty…
3. Audio books are a great way to entertain you on the walk to work. Laughing out loud at bits may result in strange looks however… Still, I’m enjoying working my way through the eclectic selection thus far amassed in my Audible library, and I’m strategically planning my next purchases. Any suggestions? I enjoy cozy mysteries, occasional other crime fiction, and chick lit of the Marion Keyes style, plus I still have a bit of a thing for Harry Potter and CS Lewis. I am not a fan of vampires or sci fi, and quite frankly, at 8am, I’m just not up to heavily cerebral essays…
4. If you visit a book shop on a warm day, having grabbed a selection of tomes to peruse, and found an empty chair nearby to do it in, this will result in a very smelly man plonking himself down in the next chair, whereupon the air con draft will waft the stench at you at random intervals – eeeeewwww! Still, after much deliberation, I did come away with this, and can’t wait to get started on making blocks and the like:
5. The shop staff in Superdrug have obviously been indoctrinated to ask whether or not one really needs a bag before packing away your purchases, so let me warn you now, that even if you plonk some fairly intimate items down on the counter, they will actually ask you whether or not you wish to walk off with these nakedly tucked under your arm. I’m all for saving the planet, but alas, my dignity comes first, especially when I’ve left my reusable bags at home from the last time I had to reuse them.
6. If you open up a Mini Babybel and then touch your phone, you’ll get wax all over it, which is a total bugger to get off. Go on, ask me how I know…
7. Time is flying, and it’s less than 2 months to go until the epic Sewing Summit trip. I’m thinking I really need to go and get a holdall soon, maybe when the post-summer sales start…
Go on, how do you know that about the Mini Babybel? 😉
Love it:-) And re point 5, I'm in total agreement – they can bung it in a plastic bag as quick as they like. In my experience the longer the item stays on the counter the greater the chance of the inevitably accompanying small child asking in a very loud voice what it's for.
Wonderful post! Loved it. Cosy mysteries are my favourtie things to listen to, hence my collections of Paul Temple, Agatha Raisin, Tim Frazer, Dorothy L Sayer, Poirot & Marple… And yeah, in a city on a hot day, you can bet that hot sweaty smelly guy has just come from being sat next to me on a bus with no AC… eeewww.
As for cosy mysteries you can't get more cosy than Agatha Raisin by M C Beaton – I think the audio versions are narrated by Penelope Keith. And if this isn't Scottish enough for you the same author wrote Hamish McBeth too. I've never had that particular problem with babybel but why is it the moment I crack one up at work and reach for a cracker a client walks through the front door and I'm left wondering how I can hide it without getting stray staples and paper clips stuck to it and also left to ponder why nobody every made matt black clingfilm which would be perfect for concealment at times like this!
1. It did strike me that the weather was exceptionally good in England during the olympics. 4. Eeeeewwww. 5. That's funny and I totally agree. 7. So jealous of anyone going to Sewing Summit. Maybe next year…
The mini babybel cracked me up!!
Can't get much more random than that lot – nice read to end a day.
Oh gosh what a giggle! to 5. I know what you mean about staff asking if you need a bag! How do they expect you to carry 5+ items in your hands! Sometimes they can fit in my actual bag but seriously what a ridiculous question.
To 4. This happens to me when on the bus…I tend to be boxed in and have one beside, in front of and sitting behind me! When the windows are open the waft is nauseating!
To 6. Lol! The amount of times I've been eating something crumby/greasy and then touch my phone! I hear nail varnish remover is good for those things…=D
love this post!You crack me up. I've been thinking about starting audio books. How do you get them? through iTunes?
btw – the other problem with the babybel – if said wax casing falls on the floor without you noticing, it will become one with the floor and you will need a razor blade to scrape it off.
You need a bigger purse. Sounds like a day in the city to me.
I am a big audio book person…I mostly listen to mysteries, but also like books that are read by the author. Recently listened to Bossypants by Tina Fey which was laugh out loud funny – so I got some strange looks at the gym!
We haven't had plastic bags here in Australia for years. If you have forgotten yours, which people don't any more. It costs $1.00 for a sturdy bag or 20cents for a use again plastic one. The thin plastic bags we used to have are illegal. Some time you may find a one that is made of corn starch and it will disintegrate
hopefully not before you get home.
Ooh if you want funny and entertaining, you could see if Danny Wallace's books are in audio format…. I'm reading Friends Like These right now and it's hilarious. They're making it into a film too I hear. I'm going to re-read Yes Man after this (yep that was made into a film with Jim Carrey- weird).
Oh, I love audio books but only if the reader doesn't have an annoying voice ;o) I'm currently listening to 'The house at Riverton'. Can't remember which others I've got…will email if my brain deigns to visit ;o)
Goodness, your random is my usual…..Oma Linda
You do random so well. I usually have several shopping bags tucked in my purse but found myself without any when I was shopping yesterday so after purchasing undies at one store and opting to put them in my purse they were right there in plain sight when I went to pay for my purchases at the next shop where I was waited on by a young man. He probably thought I was carrying back up drawers in my hand bag. ;0}
4,5,and 6 had me laughing. Can identify with 4 (happened on a crowded train, and I was trapped in the window seat so couldn't escape). I've had 5 happen a couple of times, and resolved myself to hold those "intimate items" unashamedly for all the world to see 😉
Oh, Katy, you just crack me up. So I love fonts, words, etc. Not sure how I feel for the font they used for "london 2012"–just sayin'…random.
I get all my audiobooks through audible.com–is that where you get yours? I LOVED listening to "The Help–the readers were phenomenal. I am enjoying the Hunger Games. and I love anything by Sophie Kinsella (for humorous books) and Elizabeth George (for good British mysteries).
You are going to Sewing Summit???
and here I thought I was the queen of Random…
Most people will remember the London olympics for the logo resembling Lisa Simpson getting overly friendly with her brother…