Monday, 1 February 2010

Reasons To Be Cheerful. Yes. That's Right. I Can Do That On Occasion...

I know, of course, that I'm basically quite a grumpy soul. Well. Not grumpy perhaps, flippant may be a better term. Maybe cynical. I dunno. You'd have to ask around. Vicious, maybe. Viscous, occasionally. Viscount, almost never, not that keen on dark chocolate. Vicarious, yeah, sounds reasonable.



Cheerful?



Nah, seems unlikely really. 'Specially on a Monday. 'Specially when the car failed the MOT. 'Specially when we've run out of coffee. 'Specially since it's snowing. Again.



So, it came as surprise to be tagged and asked, nay, told, that I had to list ten things that make me cheerful. Ten? Ten things? Surely there aren't ten cheerful things in the whole world. Unless of course you count boobs as two things and I can have both 'peace' and 'quiet'.



Still. I've been asked and so I'm going to give it a go.



(Oh. And since I've used the word 'boobs' that means that you'll be back I know. And you'll still be disappointed so, you know, jog on.)



Ten Things That Bring Happiness To Me.



(... pauses... a long, miserable exhalation...)



(... a final sip of the now gone coffee...)

Ok.

Number one, two and three are dead easy:

1. My Geet Mint PR Guru
2. The fact that I can still find a little time, most days, to write.
3. My Disco Kettle

But from here on it's getting a bit tricky...

I suppose number 4 could be Catface, the hairiest beastie in all of the house. (Especially since my brother is slowly balding...)
Oh, so number 5 can be: I'm not balding. I don't think...

Hmmm...

6. Slightly worrying this but, actually, tidying and cleaning do actually make me cheerful. Or at least the end result does. The actual cleaning and tidying is something I loathe. Except for when I get to clear my desk. That I enjoy.
7. Hearing from distant peoples. It's nice, innit, when you open your emails and someone is just saying "Hi." S'much better than the viagra offers I keep getting. No matter how good value they may be...
8. Crisps.
9. Crisps in Sandwiches.

and, finally:

10. Being published. I know, sounds like I'm a bit full of myself but, you know, sometimes I forget. then I remember. Then I grin.

And sometimes, when I'm not feeling so sure about this whole thing I have a look at my very first post. Cos it's nice to remember that feeling. That first rush of excitement and fear and pride that comes with have your work liked by someone you've never met...

Ok. Well. That's all turned into a bit of a reminisce hasn't it? Good. S'always good to think back fondly on stuff I reckon. Right now for example I'm fondly recalling the biscuit I had with my coffee. I was quite delicious...

I'm meant to tag 10 people now I think. 10? Really? I don't know 10 people. I'm grumpy remember, this does not breed friendships. not Double Figure Friendships anyway...

But, I will tag a few peoples, mainly the ones that Jamieson didn't already bagsie.

My Geet Mint PR Guru

Stephen Schieber ... Who's name I may have just spelt wrong... Sorry...

Sue Guiney

Carrie Etter

and finally, B. Although I'd understand entirely if she felt that this particular tag isn't really something she could do right now...

5 comments:

SueG said...

Ooh, thanks Nik!! And as it happens, I've got my list up right now. I like your number 10. It's easy (for me at least) to get so caught up in getting the next thing out there, that I forget to remember how lucky and happy I am to have been published in the first place. Thanks for reminding me.

B said...

... I might do it anyway.

I'm not thinking enough about things that make me smile right now.

Give me a few days x

Robert Crane said...

One thing that should put a damper on this whole cheering up escapade is that I'm your blog neighbor. Let me explain. I just did a "next blog" from my blog (never have before now) and here you are. You got a nice little joint too. A little dark for my liking but who cares what I like. Here's the thing: I'd never want to have me for a neighbor. Not because I'm ribald or raucous or rancid or any other "r" word, but because I'm boring.

Anyway, hope you don't move away as a result of learning this disturbing piece of news. I do have plenty of coffee if that's helpful. Will check in occasionally neighbor. Until then, good day.

DJ Kirkby said...

This made me giggle (thanks) and I expected no less from you.

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