Before I begin - Quick Takes #20! My, how time flies!
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You want to know what I think of social media? I think…
...I think what I have to say may well be seen as a little unorthodox and possibly judgemental. I know I should totally look for the plank in mine own eye first before picking on anyone else's social media habits, but (as per usual) I'll plunge in anyway and reap whatever whirlwinds come my way (if any - who knows, you might all agree with me)
Facebook - fun, good for keeping up on info on people you know in real life. Words with friends is a good, remote-playing Scrabble experience, but really, I don't like the cliqueyness that can happen, I don't like the targetted marketing depending on what you do or do not 'like' and I definitely don't like all the propaganda and chain posts. Some of the groups are helpful (miscarriage support, adoption information, that kind of thing) but can be sadly misused for grandstanding, and I think it's really good that useful, sensible information can be shared about good causes.
It also allows freedom for the slightly daft to post pages about the Moon's new name
Twitter - I have a twitter account and am still of the mindset that I'm a bit of a twit for doing so. I don't have an internet-capable phone, so I can't update everyone when I'm on the bus or doing some shopping, and frankly it seems like fawning, ego-stroking, pandering, seeking-validation-online-to-make-up-for-a-lack-of-it-in-real-life (warned you it might be an obnoxious opinion) which I don't want to get involved in. I don't care if you have hundreds of followers. I don't care if someone famous tweeted you back. You, me, a table between us and some tea and cake. That's where I'm at.
Pintrest - I think you need a phone for this. Ah well. I'm sure it's lovely.
Blogging - I guess it counts as social media, and I'm all for it. It encourages writing and creativity. It forges connections and helps you to find people with shared experiences. It's far more validating than a 140 character limit, and though still slightly narcissistic (probably) you get to read people's life stories. It's more like text-based documentaries, which I love. Real people, real stories, through their eyes. That's the good stuff right there.
horsemeat over here, now it's aspartame in the milk in the US. What is going on with food in the world! At least we're all fortunate enough to have so much food available we can pick and choose what to eat. Yah boo sucks to the Big Companies who obfuscate things though. Bad form.
|Ever tried to read a horse?|
EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Thank goodness for some of my wonderful friends-and-relations who are not only helping pack and clean (variously) but who are putting up with holding boxfuls of our stuff while we make the flat presentable for prospective viewers.
Husby and I decided (when we got married) that in the interests of science, cheap booze, historical fun and, well, interest, we'd brew our own wine. To date we've had
Blackberry 2010 - a wonderful, sweet, rich, STRONG wine. Our first batch. We've kept a bottle for our 10th wedding anniversary.
Parsnip - came out the strength of whiskey. It was utterly ridiculous! Really flavoursome though and great when a centimetre in the bottom of the glass was topped up with lemonade. I also got to make parsnip cake from the leftover parsnips at the beginning of the process (you have to boil the flavour out of them for the wine) - follow a banana cake recipe and add boiled, mashed parsnip instead of banana and use lots of nutmeg. Heavy, moist, scrumptious cake.
Dandelion - I wanted to try it. My Sister liked it. I didn't, nor did anyone else, but it DID taste of dandelions.
Damson summink - we used some damsons and made half a bottle of what tastes like vaguely alcoholic plum jam. Sweet and delicious though.
Blackberry 2011 - a stronger, less sweet but deeper bodied wine. Gets you pissed quick.
Elderflower whizz - flavour like liquidised angels, flowers, butterflies and glitter and goes straight to your head. Not sure we've got any left now, which makes me sad.
And now blueberry. They were on offer, so we got lots and tried it (Blueberries are one of Husby's favourite fruits...I think) and, well, followed the instructions, did everything right and made the whole batch together, then divided it into two demi-johns. One appeared to ferment slowly, a little, the other did nothing. So we've been ignoring them and hoping they'll magically turn alcoholic and bottle themselves. But they wont, so we'll have to get onto it soon!
It may have been last week now, or this week - I can't remember, but I discovered the BEST way to make kids laugh til they nearly can't breathe, and that's to tickle them and laugh uproariously along with them. I can guarantee it works 'til at least age 5. I don't know who had more fun, me or Niece and Neff, but we played this game for about 20 minutes until my sides were aching and I had real tears of laughter in my eyes.
Also, in the interests of pseudo-scientifico-psycho-babble which says that laughing cheers you up, it really works. I don't recommend trying it when you're necessarily feeling down, but have a go one day - lock yourself away where no-one can hear you (or steal some kids to play the above game with) and give yourself a good ten minutes of from-the-toes belly laughter. Screech, holler, hoot, giggle and snort it up and see if you don't feel good afterwards.
I am happy, therefore I laugh = I laugh therefore I am happy.
Having thought about the wonder of laughing with kids and sharing precious moments, please spare a thought for those kids who don't get that. If you know any, try to help them out. And bear in mind those who are far beyond the reach of warm, child-focussed intervention at the moment.
And if you're in a praying-type-mood, or a sending warm-vibes type place, spare a thought for these beauties - Violetta and Gretchen
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