Sunday, 21 March 2010

Go on ...make the effort

I hate plans. I am so far down the hate end of the hate planning/love planning spectra that it's yet another section in my freakdom dossier. So when I say 'yes' to an invite, I am happiest if there is wriggle-out space. There's always that with certain friends and certain events but I am aware there isn't with others. (Life's a teacher.)


So we were home after a day wandering round town, a meal in a restaurant and far too long in a bookshop and, quite frankly, a bit tired. What's more it was raining.

We were invited out to Henry's do. Henry used to be the drummer in our band (Klunk) and he's a quirky soul and very likeable. But we were tired and the rain looked annoying and it's not really summer yet - with it's brightness urging us to the outdoors - is it? And Henry's a wriggler himself - so he'd have understood.


So we dithered and teetered on the decision's edge. But then the whole spontaneity thing kicked in - as it usually does - and twenty minutes later we found ourselves driving up a country road with tired kids in the car looking for a place with vague directions - on the part of both issuing and receiving! Eventually, after drawing a few unnecessary patterns on country roads with a little exhaust pollution - we arrived.


And bam. One of those occasions that you were glad you made the effort for.

Wonderful Rachel Long - metal manipulator extraordinaire's barn at the end of a track in the middle of nowhere. Wonderful people to be enjoyed.

It's always good to push for adventure and novelty isn't it.

Apparently Bernard M said this was a bit too 'modern' to grab his interest. Glad he's such a discerning turkey snatcher. ha ha.

P.S. Today is officially 'Brother's Day' as declared by my six year old son.

6 comments:

  1. is perfect reading on arriving home in need of some re-grounding from crazed heady-ness tonight....

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  2. It looks live a very funky night...those sculputes are fabulous!!

    We stayed home and I cooked salmon with a chilli and lime crust and creamy puy lentils...not very exciting but tasty!!

    C x

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  3. My friend has the policy of always saying Yes - to everything. I dispute this - my policy is to say Yes to things I know have a higher chance of being pleasurable than unpleasurable/neutral.

    But I have been thinking about this very topic recently of making the effort. Sometimes I just feel too tired/out of sorts to do something (I know will be pleasurable)and I choose not to. Then I feel bad that I didn't make the effort and threw the opportunity away, but is choosing to not do something, recharge your batteries, withdraw, do little, actually a very worthwhile thing. I am pondering the answer because I will have a long time to recharge my batteries when I am dead!!!

    Am I coming across unhinged again? xxx

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  4. Miriam.....happy to have provided. xxxx hope you're not suffering too much this morning.

    Carol - that food sounds perfect. I suspect you're also less tired than I am today - bonus.

    Claire - I try to balance it. but if it's likely to be a completely new experience...I find it really hard to resist - even if I am really tired. However, I have grown to really appreciate nights in - in a way I might not have done in my wild, restless and slightly agitated youth. the 'might have missed out' feeling doesn't hit me very much now.

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  5. Love the gyraffe sculpture, it needs some yellow and brown lights I think.

    I dislike planning for the most part, there's enough of that at work.

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  6. I like the turkey.

    I like spontaneity too, but for some things, like big get-togethers it can be impossible. The only trouble with planned things is that I no longer absolutely depend on my diary so I don't always read it....

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