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June 14, 2014

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Maureen

I am a very slow runner, but I love what I read somewhere "you are lapping everyone on the couch!". You are out there, running, and that is a wonderful thing, no matter what speed you go at.

I am going to preface this next comment with a bit of background-I was born in 1960, in Chicago with a mother's whose maiden name was Kennedy. Her grandma was from Ireland. All my life we were taught not to toot our own horn, to keep our accomplishments to ourselves. It was wrong to brag, in fact that was the worst thing you could do. I feel like this kind of attitude has handicapped me in getting a job, where you have to sell yourself. That underlying sense of "don't be vain". I HATE job interviews, even when I know I am totally qualified.

Is this an Irish thing? Do I sound like a nut to ask that? I can't help feeling like this self effacing tendency of mine, has it roots in that Irish tradition of not calling attention to myself. Am I off base?

London Sister

I think that Maureen is totally on to something - not sure it is uniquely Irish but having humility and not getting above yourself drummed in to you does not do a lot for self-esteem and it hard to shake it off.

ganching

I also think growing up in big families has something to do with it too. We were certainly not encouraged to be competitive with each other so I find any kind of competition difficult.

Dorothy

When you run, you run against yourself. Forget all those stretching, running on the spot loonies, you run against yourself and try to beat your last time. And if you don't, there's always the next time.

Believe me, I've run a lot of races. And walked a fair few!!

carolbaby

I hear you on the unfavourable comparisons when running amongst others! I even try to avoid heavily trafficked paths (well, when I *can* run of course) because it is so easy to become discouraged.

I think the re-balancing is genius. May steal your idea - more for the endless thinking/brooding about work when I am not there than the actually being there.

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2015/16 The List Of Stuff

  • 176 - Skirt
    I needed a summer skirt for work or that's what I'm telling myself.
  • 174-175 Two Small Glass Bottles/vases
    Very cheap and one has some very realistic imitation flowers in.
  • 173 - Denim shirt dress
    I bought this from Toast and it was far too expensive but I justified by telling myself it is a dress for all seasons. (I also bought a pair of PJs in the sale but as I threw away a pair they don't account)
  • 172 - Tee Shirt
    This was a freebie which I had to wear for a work event
  • 171 - Small Rucksack
  • 169-170 Two Books
  • 167-168 Two sets of pastry cutters
  • 166 - Pair of shorts
    I think I must have been having some kind of temporary insanity fit when I bought these. They were cheap and from M&S.
  • 165 - Pair of Red Shoes
    These remind me of the type of shoes my mother wore once she was over 70- ho-hum.
  • 164 - Water Spray Bottle
    I bought this rather than buying a new iron.
  • 163 - Packet of Coloured Pens
    I may be doing some colouring in.
  • 160 - 162
    Three books.
  • 158 - 159 Two Teeshirts
    I bought these in TK Maxx and both are from the sports range.
  • 155 - 157 3 Books
  • 154 - Large Kitchen Book
    This was given to me by the company from whom I'm going to buy a kitchen.
  • 152 - 153 Two Small Succulents
  • 150 -151 Two Bras
  • 149 - Stripey T-Shirt
    I will get rid of two t-shirts to make up for this.
  • 145 to 148 Shirts x 4
    OK this is not how a minimalist behaves but I have got rid of so many clothes I actually need to start buying stuff. All from Uniqlo.
  • 144 - Hornsea Coffee Pot
    Charity shop find although was not particularly cheap.
  • 143 - Book
    I went to a book launch so I had to buy the book.
  • 142 - Cashmere Cardigan
    I bought this last month and forgot to list it.
  • 140 - 141 Trousers and Shirt
    I bought a pair of quirky and v. cheap trousers from Uniqlo and a less cheap shirt also from Uniqlo.
  • 139 - The Duhks CD
  • 138 - Box of Candles
    It's hygge all the way here.
  • 136 - 137
    I got quite a lot of tokens for my birthday so I bought the latest Marie Kondo and a novel.
  • 129 - 134
    Assorted birthday presents
  • 128 - New lamp
    I have needed a new bedside lamp for ages.
  • 127 - Plain Black Trousers
    Sensible trousers for work.
  • 126 - Pair of Shoes
    Sensible (the only kind I every buy) shoes for work.
  • 110 - 125 Assorted Christmas Presents
  • 108 - 109 Two Storage Jars
    Kilner jars are always useful.
  • 107 - Large Jug
    A present I gave to my mother that is now returned to me.
  • 106 - Framed Photo
    This is a picture of me that hung on my mother's sitting room wall.
  • 105 - Vintage Cake plate
    Cake plate - some stuff from my mother's house which has been stored at my sister's flat.
  • 102 -104
    100 tealights and two boxes of candles.
  • 99 -101 Three Books
  • 98 - A Pair of Slippers
    My Christmas present to myself.
  • 97 - Large Roll of Brown Paper Wrapping
  • 96 - Rita Hosking CD
    The first CD I have bought this year,
  • 95 - New Curtains
    I have had the previous curtains since1997. I stopped liking them in 1998 but have lived with them ever since.
  • 94 - Television
    My television was 9 years old but the freeview box stopped working and I decided it was time to upgrade.
  • 93 - Postcards
    I have bought a lot of postcards this year.
  • 92 - Leggings
    I have joined a yoga class and realised that I had decluttered my old pair.
  • 91 - Cashmere cardigan
    I have been planning to buy this for ages. Hello winter.
  • 90 Book
    This is the book by TNMA that I have been meaning to buy for ages.
  • 88 Print
    I bought this last month and forgot to list it. I am very pleased with this purchase.
  • 87 Fridge Magnet
    Present from Japan
  • 86 - Perfume
    L'Eau d'Issey from duty free.
  • 85 Large pine cone
    Picked up on the camino close to Santiago de Compostela
  • 82 - 84 Portuguese Camino Momentos
    Shell, credencial and compostela.
  • 81 Grey Cardigan
    I tried to buy a skirt while I was on holiday and ended up in H&M which is so cheap but did not sell skirts.
  • 80 Sake Cup
    Gift from Japan
  • 79 Small Notebook
    I really didn't need this but I want a new notebook for my camino journal.
  • 78 Guidebook to Portuguese Camino
    Getting excited now.
  • 76-77 Two T-shirts
    I have disposed of so many old t-shirts I needed to buy some new ones.
  • 74 -75 Two Paintbrushes
    I bought these because I'm sure I've thrown away the old ones.
  • 71 - 73 Three cardboard boxes
    I brought these home from work as I have to empty some cupboards while work is carried out in my kitchen.
  • 67 - 70 Four glasses
    I bought these from the museum shop at Louisianna in Copenhagen. They were very cheap and lovely.
  • 66 - Wooden Dog
    Small Tim dog from Bojesen. I so wanted this.
  • 61 - 65 - Packet of Plastic Folders
    I bought these from Hay.
  • 60 - Selection of postcards
  • 59 - Fridge Magnet
    Very tasteful.
  • 58 - Tourist leaflets from Copenhagen
    I am counting this as one object and I don't care if that is cheating.
  • 57 - Book
    I got a nicky french from the telephone box library.
  • 56 - Raincoat
    My raincoat is around 12 years old and very tatty. This one is very plain and hopefully will last I will not be buying another one for at least ten years.
  • 55 - Book on Running
    As one of the authors is a long time blog friend I had to buy this.
  • 54 - Foot Cream
    My heels are in serious need of pampering.
  • 53 - Dress
    I bought a dress in the sale in Cos. I shouldn't have but I did.
  • 52 - Papers From My Mother's House
    When I was in Ireland my sister gave me a little bundle of papers which my mother had kept - postcards I sent her and photos.
  • 50-51 Two books
    I am collecting virago books and there were two in the telephone box library this morning. I will need to make a deposit to make up for this.
  • 49 - Chanel No.5
  • 48 - Art Fund Book
    I was expecting a card but it came with this book.
  • 47 - Pair of Stan Smith Original Sneakers
    OK I admit it I'm weak. God knows how long this list would be if I wasn't trying to restrict the stuff I bring into the house.
  • 45 - 46 Two White T-Shirts
    Essential items of clothing which need replacing every year. I don't feel guilty about these.
  • 43-44 Two Tops From Uniqlo
    I blame That's Not My Age and Belgian Waffle for reminding me about what good stuff you can get in Uniqlo.
  • 41-42 Two Kilner Jars
    They were cheap and there might be some jam making in the offing.
  • 40 - Book
    Old, slightly damaged book.
  • 39 - Poole Saucer
    I bought this along with a book for a pound. How could I say no?
  • 38 - White Cotton Top
    This is from Muji and reminds me of the kind of thing Mrs Watts, our PE teacher wore in the 1970s.
  • 34-37 Four Books
    I went a bit mad in the LRB bookshop.
  • 33 - Small basket
    This was very expensive but I believe it is a work of art. I used the money I earned doing the count. At least I will have one positive thing as a result of the election.
  • 32 5 x Postcards
    I couldn't resist buying 5 postcards at the Ravilious exhibition - counting this as one item.
  • 28 - 31
    Four novels. I went a bit mad in Waterstones. I will have to donate some books to the telephone library this week.
  • 25 - 27
    Stuff from walkthewalk - t-shirt, hat and bra. All a bit tacky but for a good cause.
  • 23-24 Two Books
    Another copy of Time Out Book of Walks - my fourth copy so far? I also bought a book about walking which was a mistake as it involves very little reading but lots of fey nonsense.
  • 22. Packet of AAA batteries
    I didn't need to buy so many but they only came in packets of 12 and my television remote controller had stopped working and I didn't want to be restricted to watching only BBC2.
  • 21. A Hand Brush
    I know I shouldn't have but I did.
  • 20. A pair of shoes
    I also bought a pair of really expensive shoes in M&S. Pale blue loafers which are either a brilliant buy or a terrible mistake. I haven't decided yet which it is.
  • 19. Shoes
    I have to go to a work event next week which involves a bit of dressing up so I had to buy some dressing up shoes. I bought a mega cheap pair from M&S. I resent having to do this.
  • 18. Fridge Magnet
    The only thing I bought in Istanbul. Fridge magnets are the only kitsch objects I now allow in my flat.
  • 17 St Matthew's Passion Programme
    Given free at the concert at the Barbican.
  • 16 Denim Skirt
    I did want to buy a denim but I hadn't planned to buy a mid calf tight one. Oh well.
  • 15 A Pair Of Trousers
    I didn't really need these but I was in M&S and I tried them on and they were very flattering and well, what can I say?
  • 14 Dress
    I feel quite guilty about this and must dispose of 3 items of clothing to make up for it. Another very plain dress but, but it was so cheap and will be very good for work.
  • 13 Charcoal filters
    See 12
  • 12 - Mould Cleaner
    Rock and roll! I went mad in Lakeland.
  • 11 - Packet Of Large Plastic Envelopes
    I bought these to parcel up the items I am planning to sell on eBay.
  • 10 - A packet of 100 tea lights
    This is one item. I don't care what you say.
  • 7 - 9 Three small containers.
    What can I say? I went to Ikea and everyone knows if you try to leave without buying something they send you back to go round again.
  • 2 - 6. Kenwood Chef
    I have wanted one of these for at least 20 years. I bought a second hand one which died after a few weeks. This was in a sale and was less than half price. I now have the problem of getting rid of the second hand one. I am counting this as five objects; bowl, mixer and attachments; spatula; spanner; recipe book; and blender.
  • 1. Pot of Chrysanthemums
    I thought these were better value than a bunch of flowers. They cost £3.50.

A Thousand Things

  • 961 - Bra
    Re-cycling bin.
  • 960 - Book
    Donated to telephone box library.
  • 959 - Linen Shirt
    Charity shop.
  • 958 - Black Raincoat
    I wore this every year for about ten years but it has now gone to the charity shop.
  • 957 - Toast Coat
    This was very worn but I gave it to the charity shop nevertheless.
  • 956 - Scarf
    Moth eaten. Recycling bin.
  • 954 - Navy Pinafore
    I bought this when I started my job at the end of 2011. Served me well but is now in the recycling bin as it is a bit too shabby for the charity shop.
  • 952 - 953 Paper
    Various bits of paper. Mostly walk directions which are probably out of date now.
  • 951 - Cake Stand
    This was very pretty and totally impractical. I bought it in a charity shop in Portglenone and it is now in a charity shop in Hackney.
  • 949 - 950 Two Dishes
    One of these was a special dish for eating avocados. I do not need a special dish for eating an avocado. I also gave away another dish. I do not know what it was for. Charity shop.

Films 2015

  • Carol
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Lobster
  • Suffragette
  • 45 Years
  • Mistress America
  • Touch Of Evil
  • Slow West
  • Force Majeure
  • Mommy
  • The Imitation Game

Films 2008

  • The Changeling
  • The Baader-Meinhof Complex
  • Let's Talk About The Rain
  • Hunger
  • Gomorra
  • The Duchess
  • I've Loved You So Long
  • Sex And The City
  • Persopolis
  • Some Like It Hot
  • In Bruges
  • The Orphanage
  • Garage
  • Juno
  • Still Life
  • Four Months, 3 Weeks And Two Days
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Lust Caution

Things I Have Bought In John Lewis In 2007

  • 1 x shelf divider
  • 1 x packet of tea lights
  • 1 packet shower curtain rings
  • 1 x shower curtain
  • 1 x dish rack
  • 1 x duck and goose down pillow
  • 2 x chopping boards
  • 1 x slice piedmontese gateau
  • 1 x cup earl grey tea
  • Groceries - assorted
  • 1 X Liz Earle moisturiser (dry/sensitive)
  • 1 x Liz Earle cleanser with 2 muslin cloths
  • 1 x slice coconut cake
  • 1 x latte
  • 1 bag Kettle Crisps Cider vinegar flavour
  • 2 x rolls
  • 2 x tomatoes
  • 1 x Skein of grey tapestry wool (for darning purposes)
  • 4 x 50g balls of 4ply wool assorted colours
  • 1 x pot of earl grey tea
  • 1 x slice coconut loaf cake
  • 1 x 50g ball pink merino wool
  • 1 x pot Chanel concealer
  • 1 x pot of Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 x slice coconut cake
  • 1 x replaclement glass 3 cup cafetiere beaker
  • 1 x slice coconut loaf cake
  • 1 Earl Grey tea
  • 3 x cotton dish cloths
  • 1 pair of oven gloves - navy with white stripe
  • 1 Dualit Hand Mixer
  • 1 cup of earl grey tea
  • 1 slice of spicy apple cake
  • 3 pairs of tights
  • 1 Bottle of Ecover Multipurpose Cleaner
  • 1 can of easy iron spray
  • 1 slice of coconut loaf cake
  • 1 Pot of Earl Grey tea
  • 1 x pedometer
  • 1 Tub Cinnamon and Ginger Body Scrub
  • 2 LR44 Batteries
  • 1 x Toshiba Laptop
  • 1 x cappucino
  • I slice vanilla cheesecake
  • 1 organic lemonade
  • 1 camisole pj top
  • I large tub of beeswax polish
  • 1 blue wooden handled dish brush
  • 1 Ecover Limescale Remover
  • Ecover Laundry Liquid
  • 1 Pair of pjs
  • 1 camisole
  • 1 pair of black leather gloves
  • 1 cappuccino and I slice of coconut cake
  • 1 pair grey knee length socks

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