So "hygge" is all the rage just now. The intrinsically Danish, un-translatable concept of cosiness. It's definitely a trend, because in the UK they're using it to sell soup and there's already a backlash against it. (Actually we think using it to sell soup is just taking the piss. It's our culture, not your trend.) I'm … Continue reading Can You Really Hygge If You’re Not Danish?
I'm thinking a lot about music these days. The other day I discovered that if I have to spend hours wading through spreadsheets, then I can deal with it a lot better if I do it while listening to classic 80s pop. I hate spreadsheets. There was a time when music meant a lot more … Continue reading Pick a Song, Any Song
Many years ago, a friend of mine starting dating a new guy. He'd just come out of a ten-year relationship so I immediately thought "rebound." She said it was special and it wasn't like that. Well, we all believed dumb things in our early twenties. But the guy - so she said - knew that … Continue reading Take Me to IKEA
It's good to try new things and explore things you've always wondered about. But sometimes it just means realising that you're actually pretty okay with who you are. Take the blue hair. My son convinced me. It became green. Not an all-over green, but definitely not the turquoise, happy artist look I was going for. Later that … Continue reading The Woman With the Green Hair
My son wants blue hair. He's ten. I've told him we can try - temporarily. He wants me to dye my hair as well. But I'm not sure. Showing up at work with a temporary head of blue hair is not the issue. The issue is me. Or, as my mother kindly pointed out, someone … Continue reading The Girl With the Blue Hair
I don't believe in New Year resolutions. I actually don't believe in New Year's. The idea that you can reinvent yourself just because the clock strikes midnight has never sat well with me. Judging by the amount of people who don't stick to their New Year resolutions, I guess it doesn't sit well with them … Continue reading The Last Straw