There’s something awful and wonderful about learning new things that require you to learn even more new things in order to understand that first set of new things.That sentence made sense to me so I’m leaving it alone.

I’m not going to explain how this relates to my current work assignment because I just don’t want to go into it. I want to think about happy things now. What is a happy thing that I can think of right now? The harder I try to think “happy” the less happy I feel. Do you know what I need to do? I need to listen to “Like a G6” for the 8th time today. Loving that song is one of my guilty pleasures.

Another song I like to listen to again and again is “Pumped up Kicks” by Foster the People. When I realized the song was about gun violence I felt a little weird listening to it over and over again, but it’s just so darn catchy. “Pumped up Kicks” is on my Bright and Shiny Spotify playlist. The next song is “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye and Kimbra. There are 9 songs on the playlist and I’m not sure all of them really qualify as Bright and Shiny. I actually spent a lot of time trying to find just the right songs for the list.

Similarly, when I’m creating a Pinterest board, I really feel it’s important that the board’s contents really belong on that board. I found an image of a Doctor Who character named Miss Hartigan. She wore this red dress with a hoop underneath and carried a nifty red umbrella. She was in cahoots with the Cybermen and of course came to a bad end.

Anyway I found her picture on BBC1’s Flickr stream and decided to pin it to a board called Doctor Who Beauty. But then it occurred to me that I would have to do a lot of searching to find other beautiful Doctor Who things to add to the board. I like to only pin images that come with a Pinterest button, so finding images that I’d be willing to pin would take a while. My solution was to change the name of the board to Fancy. Now I’ve got to find images that are fancy enough for my board. I take these things kind of seriously for some reason.

I like to categorize things. I have a kitchen drawer that’s for gadgets only. A spoon does not go in the gadget drawer, and neither does a spatula. Cheese graters, lemon zesters, bottle openers, scissors, tea balls, and pizza cutters are allowed in the gadget drawer. My husband even understands the system!

I’m not sure I realized how important categories were to me until I wrote this longer than usual post. Ah, the self-knowledge that you gain from writing everyday.

Here’s a picture I took today. It could go in the autumn category, or the category for whatever it is you call it when a leaf gets imprinted in concrete. I put it in my Nature set on Flickr because that sort of makes sense.

Imprint of leaf in concrete
Imprint of leaf in concrete





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