Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Foot in the door, calm down and basket case.

1. Working out in the middle of nowhere makes shopping hell, particularly if I want something now, damn it. I get to Trevor Mottram's kitchen shop with just minutes to spare at the end of the day not only do they have the souffle dish that I want, but they are not at all cross about having to serve someone right before they close.

2. Watching people who have come into the pub all edgy and wound up gradually relax and step back from the edge as they move further away from the little stresses of their working day.

3. In The Breakfast Club the look of glee on Allison's face as she adds 'snow' to her picture by shaking dandruff out of her hair.

35 comments:

  1. I really like your blog! You have a good idea and the skills to see it through.

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  2. i think i will try this in my blog 2morrow

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  3. hey..love ur blog...makes me smile everyday...more so when i identify with them...have added u to my "Bloggers guide to the galaxy"(the ones i love best)...have taken ur advice..about to start on a list of 50(or so) things that make me happy/smile....check it out...:-)

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  4. nice blog...guess we sometimes forget about all the simple things that make our life beautiful. Keep them going! :)

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  5. I like the simplicity of this.

    My three beautiful things? Spring, Summer, Autumn. Winter i can do without..

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  6. Hi,
    I was about to yell, "Oy! What happened on Tuesday?" when I relized you posted Tuesdays just after midnight, making it show aw Wednesday on t'blog.

    If you change the date and time it will prevent others from complaining :-)okvqple

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  7. Please ignore the garbled text at the end of previous post. Had a blond moment (hope that's not sexist).

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  8. Chris -- thanks for pointing that out. I'd actually got lost a couple of days ago.

    What happens is: I write the post last thing and save it as a draft. Then I publish properly the next morning. But these last couple of days, I've been forgetting to correct the date. I will try not to be so careless in future.

    And had it been a blonde moment, that would have been sexist, but since it was blond moment, that's just fine. It could be hairist, however.

    Nandita -- good luck with the list, and have fun.

    Annika Rose -- I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

    Asym -- part of the fun is trying to find something beautiful in things that are on the surface not beautiful at all. I challenge you to find something beautiful about winter, even if it's something that could be worse but isn't (ie, it may be cold, but at least that means we aren't knee-deep in slush; or we may be knee-deep in slush, but at least it's not as cold as it was last week.)

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  9. Hi Clare, I saw your blog for the first time today and i love the way u write so simplistically about mundane things which makes them so beautiful. There is beauty in ordinariness.And u have brought it out in your TBT. U have created a brand. U r in publishing and know what it is. It is creativity nothing else. More power to your elbow, sorry pen, sorry typing finger.

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  10. This is such an uplifting thing to do since we tend to dwell in the negative things in life. I feel inspired!

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  11. Ahhh for the Brat Pack movies. The dandruff snowfall, definitely a classic moment!

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  12. I found its blog and I decided to send a commentary to test the translation of altavista.com. I see that voce has a public that it folloies you and it vibrates with what makes. Still not tennho as many readers that opinions leave. That always possible I will be following you. I am in Brazil, Maceió in the northeast of the country in a region with beaches. I am journalist and professor of the area.
    Success!

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  13. A lovely blog. I am bookmarking it and will check back often.

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  14. Clearly "a beautiful thing" is subjective. I keep looking a #3 here and wondering about the dandruff...and the look of glee.

    Great topic!

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  15. I'm finding that just by keeping in the back of my mind the notion that at the end of the day I'm going to need to have 3 beautiful moments to document, I view my entire day differently. Looking for the beauty/joy/laughter instead of expecting the crap.

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  16. sonnjea b - I think that is exactly it - you have captured it perfectly. You end up being so busy noticing the beautiful things that you miss the rubbish. And then you start to see beautiful things all the time. (Apart from possibly in an all-day budget meeting...)
    K

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  17. I love The Breakfast Club! It was one of the most memorable movies of our generation. c",)

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  18. I know I already left you a comment but I just relised you live in Tunbridge Wells. That's where my Dad is from. He lives in London right now. A lot of his family lives there though. Just by a small chance that you might know him, his name is Murray Smith. That would be kinda funny.

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  19. #2 is a beauty cause when I get out of school today I will be at the bar relaxing and unwinding.

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  20. Relaxing in a corner booth of a pub sounds excellent...it is gray and raining here in the Midwest...a pint of beer and some clam chowder sounds excellent...oh, and good conversation...that makes 3...I enjoy your blog!

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  21. Clare,

    I'm very new to blogs but you've inspired me very much. You've reminded me, as I'm sure you do to so many others as well, how grea life's little quirks are. Thank you!!!

    Dan

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  22. hi Clare - this is a wondrous idea... I'm just sorry I didnt' think of it first! Last spring in a spurt of "I should be more positive"-ness I started listing things I'm thankful for - one thing a day in my sidebar - but this is truly inspiring. I'm adding you to my read-oftens. Thank you for sharing your moments and congrats on your blog-of-note status :)

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  23. Let me join in the chorus: what an uplifting blog! Count me in on the list of inspired bloggers. Your comment about being out in the middle of nowhere really struck me. I didn't know there were any middle of nowheres left in the UK! But I can identify--I live in a deserty middle of nowhere in Idaho, USA. What also amazes me is that it looks like you have been doing TBT for a long time! Cheers to you for sharing your vision.

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  24. I found your blog through the link on the blogs of note page! I'm putting up a link from my site. You make blogging seem so easy and effortless. I get bloggers block all the time!! Simply cant fathom out what to say 95% of the time.

    U go girl!!

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  25. Evie Smith -- I don't think I do know your dad, but now I will be looking at older men and thinking 'Are you Murry Smith? Or maybe it's you over there.' Hope they don't take it the wrong way.

    All the inspired -- Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad to have been of use.

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  26. hey! congrats on being made a blog of note. i think this is a great idea, i like how you're able to come up with 3 happy things so often. I'll definitely be back to read more!

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  27. okay, one last comment. i'm catching on to your style. i might try to incorporate that within my blog in some way.

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  28. i'd like to link to your post if you don't mind.

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  29. great blog idea. I, personally, am a pessimistic person but its good to know there are people like you out there. Check out my blog, I just started it. I just want people to start getting their voices out and say something no matter what it is. We all have opinions and ideas, we just need an outlet. I am hoping I can help to be that outlet. Thanks.

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  30. I think I'll hang around your place for a while. Might be therapeutic.

    And how about the first time Emilio Estevez saw the new and improved Allison after the makeover? Good scene too.

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  31. Your blog has made me smile... thanks. You have totally inspired me.

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  32. Really enjoy catching up with you each day. And for some reason, I have the sudden desire to sit at a bar and nurse a drink for three hours...

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  33. I love your blog! What a great exercise! I do something similiar privately via email, and you inspired me to add that to my blog (www.maymoonshine.blogspot.com)

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  34. I did my 3 beautiful things! I hope U like it!!!

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  35. Hi Clare - your blog's become somewhat of a fix for me now - I am a rational person by nature and I do believe that things could be worse than what they actually are so why not look at the brighter side of things .. but to actually write about them - that takes a lot of insight and good writing skills - which you have . Thanks for that little bit of extra sunshine - !

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