Sunday, October 29, 2006

Untwist, united and dressing up.

1. Waking up and almost immediately thinking of a way to resolve the short story that I am writing.

2.One at all. It's a new blog that is collecting one person from each country to write on a variety of topics. Projects like this make the world seem a happier, safer place, while celebrating our differences. I am honoured to have been asked to join -- I made my first post yesterday.

3. I'm not really a great shopper in boutiques, but I thought that this time, since the outfit was my reward to myself for finishing a story, I would give it a try. I mooned about for a few minutes looking vaguely at the racks, and then an assistant bore down on me. 'Can I help?' Instead of my usual 'Just having a look.' I told her: 'I'm after a wedding outfit for November. I like a deep neckline and proper shoulders so I can wear a bra.' Minutes later I was whisked into the changing room with five outfits lined up. I was made to come out in each and the good and bad points were discussed. 'That one makes you look matronly.' 'I love the way the lacy panels show off my ankles.' 'This one is great -- you can wear the top again with jeans, put the skirt with a belt and a different top.' 'You really have got a waist -- look how this shows it off.'


  1. that's a nice story about your new dress....

    I like the one at all project too. Anything that has the potential to break the stereotype of the Ugly American. Sure, there are lots of those, but there are plenty of interesting, intelligent, creative, reflective people here too (even in the so-called "Red States"!)

    here are three of my BTs for the weekend:

    1. Getting a postcard from my parents, who are in England visiting the grandchild. It said "Beautiful Kent" and right there in the center was a picture of the Pantiles! Apparently they took him to the birth registry in Tunbridge Wells, and the people there gave the little guy two books for a "welcome to the world and all its joys and foibles" present.

    2. A chestnut-roasting disaster turns into an opportunity: i put two of the overdone, rock-hard nuts into the french press with my coffee grounds. Delicious!

    3. Pulling on warm socks on a cold morning.

  2. I haven't written anything (unrelated to my thesis or blog) in quite a long while. But there is something quite satisfactory about figuring something out that's been nagging you for a while. Congratulations! ... and I look forward to finding that other blog!

  3. I'll have to check out One at All. Are you, by any chance, participating in National Novel Writing Month (no longer very "national")?

    I've started up a blog called "Simple Things" because I so love your blog and wanted to do similar. You can see it at I've added a link to your blog, of course. Thanks for adding smiles to my day and that of many others!!

  4. Thanks for citing me on your Roll of Honour. Lots of people have come surfing round to my site thanks to 3BT. I just thought I'll like to express my gratitude by genuinely complimenting you for "virtually" starting a movement. It's good to reflect on the beautiful things in life. Cheers!

  5. Now you really are going to have to come up with a companion photo blog to show us visually all of the interesting things that you come up with (especially the thought of that 'deep neckline')


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