Monday, 20 July 2009

The best thing that happened today was admitting to myself that I didn't want to take my bike to be fixed today. It's been out of action for a couple of weeks since I buckled the back wheel, and I've been waiting for a day off so I can take the wheel in question to the repair shop and get a new one. Today is the first day of my week off work, and all morning I have had this nagging voice telling me I should really go and sort that out, but then I realised that the reason I have been putting it off is that I don't want to go today. I want to potter around the house, make jam, watch "Little House on the Prairie", sort out my room, clear my desk so there is space for me to sit and write.

I can fix my bike tomorrow, or even the day after that. I have the whole week :)

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The best thing that happened today was a phonecall from my friend Rosie, following up tentative plans we had made for today. I went round to hers, we made potato salad to take to a potluck dinner & book swap event in Armley, where I managed to offload a number of books including a Herman Hesse collection I have spent *years* beating myself up for not reading (recommended to me by a terribly depressing ex-boyfriend), and picked up a couple of books that are actually interesting and relevant to me NOW. I also got a kilo of ripe apricots that were going free at the greengrocers, which I am going to make into jam tomorrow. This will be the first jam I have ever made, I'm pretty excited.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The best thing that happened today was getting to dig my New York guide books out again, as I'm off there for work at the beginning of September, guiding my boss - who is blind - to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities / Human Rights conference. Sometimes I love my job! So that means I'll be in San Francisco, home for a week, then back off across the Atlantic again. Phew!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The best thing that happened today was being asked to clear out a chest of drawers in my parent's spare room that used to be in the room I grew up in. I found a heap of letter to me from my grandmas, years before they had passed away. There was also a letter that I wrote to my cousin when we were eleven or twelve which never got sent as she died the week I wrote it. There was also a huge stack of letters that I'd written to myself in about 1996. It was all really sad to discover it all today, and it's hard to think about this as the 'best thing'; but those letters I wrote to myself when I was fifteen have just helped me understand a little bit about how and when I first started to go insane and suffer from mental health problems. Those letters made so much sense to me then. They spoke of the pressures and the sadnesses; ones I couldn't comprehend properly at the time. All these years later, I could never pinpoint the beginnings of the sadness that lives in my head, I'd forgotten how long it had been there. Today I learned about parts of myself I'd long forgotten.