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June 14, 2014



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.


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.


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!!


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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Films 2008

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A Thousand Things

  • 399 - 402 4xkeys
    I believe these were the keys to my old flat which I moved out of eight years ago. Recycling bin.
  • 398 - copy of Fingersmith
    For some reason I had two copies of this. Donated to the telephone box library.
  • 397 - black trousers
    Sold on eBay for far too little money.
  • 396 Skirt
    I sold this on eBay. I liked the skirt and even when it was too big for me I still wore using pins to create darts. Someone in Greece paid quite a lot of money for it.
  • 395 Mug
    I got this mug in the Conran shop many years ago. I have donated it to the work collection for when visitors come and we have to pretend to be civilised.
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    At one stage I really liked coloured tights. I left them in a charity shop but don't know if they will be able to sell them.
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    I bought these for my second camino trip. They were from the men's dept in TK Maxx. They are now too big for me so deposited them in charity shop.

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
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  • 1 x Liz Earle cleanser with 2 muslin cloths
  • 1 x slice coconut cake
  • 1 x latte
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  • 2 x rolls
  • 2 x tomatoes
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  • 4 x 50g balls of 4ply wool assorted colours
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  • 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
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  • 3 pairs of tights
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  • 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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