It fell on me like a stack of books in the wake of today’s tragic news. Something I had been avoiding for some time. Every evening, after work, I come home to an empty house. Bereft of friends and family, I fill my house with artificial dialogue and white noise from television or radio.
Plans are slowly coming together for the big day. We seem to be rethinking some of our earlier plans as we go along and found ourselves doing a complete 180 in terms of what we want. I think we’re quite close to locking in some actual bookings, etc, this weekend so that’s exciting!
More exciting news is that our wedding bands were delivered! They’re absolutely perfect, well as much as I could see over my shoddy Skype video. They were delivered to my partner in Oz & me all the way over here in tropical “Kansas” could only see them when he held them up to the webcam. Still, from what I could see, they are perfect for us. Tungsten carbide with a band of carbon fiber. Certainly gets the nerd receptors tingling.
Did you know that the etymology for the word honeymoon is that “the first month of marriage is the sweetest”? There are competing theories, like that newlyweds were given enough mead (honey wine) to last a month, but for some reason this is considered false.
Whatever the case, the honeymoon is traditionally practiced in western culture and consists of a trip taken by newlyweds in order to ease the transition into married life and to foster intimacy. These days it’s a romantic holiday taken directly after the wedding to exotic locales.
Came across a post today about the death of Turntable.fm, a website that’s supposed to combine social interaction and new music experiences. I suppose it must be the equivalent of meeting people and hanging out at a music festival.
It got me thinking about music and the role music plays in life (my life in particular as it’s the only one I have any authority writing about). In my experience life is pretty drab without a kick-ass soundtrack. I can say this is pretty much fact from all my scientific research working in media. Just think about what it would be like to watch movies that have no music in the background. I know, right?!
Who would have thought we would ever tie the knot? Probably not us, at least not at the start. Too normal, not us at all. And yet here we are, 6 years and counting, planning a wedding (of sorts).
We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to keep pretty much everything minimalistic, and not in the way where everything is monochromatic and nouveau chic. More like in the way where we didn’t have to spend our life savings on a day that could turn out to be the most stressful day of our lives with beautiful photos to match.
International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe on the 8th of March, last Friday to the likes of you and me. Many countries had events like marches and gatherings, some corporations/business celebrate IWD through some kind of symbolic show of appreciation to their female workers.
Either way, the day is of great importance historically and politically. Women, young or old, have been fighting for equality, ending domestic violence, political rights (and any other stand that will allow women to be treated as equal human beings) for over a hundred years. Obviously not as long as all that in the Pacific.
It is always hard to start something up again after you’ve left it for so long. At least, for me it is. Blogging is no exception. I had hoped to use this space to rant & muse & shoot the breeze, albeit with myself, on any and all things. So basically like any other blog on the ‘net. But mine own.
Life’s been moving quite fast lately and all the distractions have meant that I haven’t been able to spend any amount of time doing things I actually want to do, like spend time with my family, do more creative work (either production or craft, or even blogging), or doing basically anything other than work. Unfortunately, this means that life has become quite frustrating. All work and no play is a definite recipe for disaster.
So, to spin some positive, what shall be the plan for the new year? This question I pose to myself, looking ahead and making some promises to myself:
- I promise to make time for my family and my partner, even if it’s online time. Living far away all by myself I need to connect regularly with the people I love or else I’ll go stir crazy. Coz, frankly, they’re hilarious and keep me happy.
- I promise to attempt at least one blog post a week, about anything, even if it’s just about the fact that I can’t get any time off work to write a damn blog post. I also promise to attempt to be witty and awesome to read, even if only I think so.
For now, that’s all I’m willing to promise myself. I don’t want to disappoint myself, after all. So, until next time… I should think about getting a tagline.