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January 27th, 2017


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06:24 pm - Things of Joy, Post #5
I have been absolutely terrible at keeping my bullet-journal, largely because work has been overwhelmingly busy. (This state of affairs should ease... [looks at calendar]...in February. For one week only.] But I am thinking of joy:

*dancing in the evening to the Balmorhea album Stranger, dreamy mostly-instrumental music.
*Lucifer.
*Deanna Raybourn's second Veronica Speedwell mystery A Perilous Undertaking. I liked it much better than the first book, for some reason.
*celebrating an anniversary of adoption for Master Danger (who is currently NOT contributing to joy, because he is barking at the neighbor who's chopping wood for their stove).
*a massage today, wherein my regular masseuse started to work and within a couple of moments murmured "Oh dear." I am now drinking water and popping an ibuprofen, because OW. But I needed it very badly.

I hope you have taken care of yourself this week, and I wish you loads of joy!

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From:claudia_yvr
Date:January 28th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
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Ouch! Sorry the massage has left you sore, but hopefully you'll feel much better tomorrow.

My problem with bullet journals is that Pinterest and lifestyle bloggers have turned an efficient system into something where people go overboard to the point that a short list turns into a two-hour artistic endeavour! I just keep a daily to-do list, with a separate list for the week's tasks. Each day, I review my list and make up the next day's, transferring any outstanding tasks. All in whatever ballpoint pen I have handy, nothing fancy. I don't even use a Moleskin, just a scratch pad.

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2017 04:45 pm (UTC)
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The massage was awesome, really. :)

My journal of lists isn't really a proper bullet-journal but it also isn't a to-do list -- rather, it's a Things I've Gotten Done list, which is comforting when I feel like I've done nothing. (It's also humbling when I really *haven't* done what I need.) But I'm not really doing the whole decorative aspect of it.

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 28th, 2017 05:17 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on your adoption anniversary!

I looked at bullet journals, but it was all too complicated - I'd be spending all my time embellishing the journal. Which would be fun for a while, but nothing else would get done.

Edited at 2017-01-28 05:19 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Let me offer an idea to you: wouldn't it be nice to embellish your lists of Slayage of Usefuls? Transforming tasks into joy? :)

But I do understand that it could be a total time-suck!

Cheers and hugs for you!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 28th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I found a calendar set for my planner at Michaels, and spent several happy days adding washi tape, stencils, glitter pens, and rubberstamps while filling in the dates. So there's that.
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From:kathyh
Date:January 28th, 2017 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Congrats to you and Master Danger on your anniversary, which I'm sure he would be celebrating if barking at neighbours wasn't more enjoyable.

I am very keen to watch Lucifer but its not available anywhere I can see it at the moment, which is annoying.

I think taking care of ourselves is very important at the moment. Much joy to you too.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Master Danger will not be celebrating at all in a few hours, when he gets his bath. The things the poor boy must endure. ;)

Lucifer has become really interesting (in a Big Stupid Show way) in this second season. I hope that across the pond you get to see Tom Ellis really strut his stuff! :)

All hugs, all best to you!
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From:freixenet
Date:January 28th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, so glad you went for a massage!! Self care is incredibly important.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
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I had NO IDEA how badly I needed it until it started!

Hugs and good self-care plans to you, F.
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From:stateless82
Date:January 30th, 2017 02:24 am (UTC)
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I've never taken to Deanna Raybourne for some reason. I may have to try her again.

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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2017 01:07 am (UTC)
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I was hit-or-miss with Raybourn's Lady Julia series -- I bounce off the 1st-person narration, for one thing -- and I didn't care for the setup novel in this new series. But boy, the second one worked like a freakin' charm for me despite the 1st-person POV. Veronica is a lepidopterist and amateur detective (and a bastard of royal blood), and her male detecting-and-UST partner is Stoker, an explorer and biologist outcast of an aristocratic family. Some fun stuff.

Hugs hugs, S!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 31st, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I was going to take a look at that book but then saw your comment on the 1st person POV, and it's probably a nope for me. I'm not sure why, but I find that viewpoint to be very distracting.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 4th, 2017 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to be late in replying --

I tend not to like 1st-person either, but for some reason the second book in the Veronica Speedwell series worked for me. (I suspect the 1st-person was part of what put me off the first book in the series.)

Cheers and a good weekend to you!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:February 11th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I was flicking through the Vogue Centenary book earlier. Lots of lovely pictures!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 18th, 2017 11:47 pm (UTC)
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That sounds great!

And cheers and good thoughts to you, Stevie!

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