Sunday, 4 December 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

7 Habits

J: So what is it you're doing at school today and tomorrow instead of normal lessons?
Zach: It's called the 7 habits of being an effective teenager. It's really boring!
J: Is it? Why's that?
Zach: Well they make it sound like being a teenager is a terrible thing and I'm sure it can't be that bad...
J: No, of course it's not there's loads of great things about being a teenager. You get to be more independant, you'll start to learn to drive a car...
Zach: Yes and the older I get, the closer I am to having sex for the 1st time so that'll be good
J: er yeah ... that's an interesting point. Bet that wasn't one of the 7 habits they mentioned though was it?!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

is it really?

the plant in my bedroom

that you declared deceased

is growing now

I watered it

just a little

every now and then

and kept the faith

and god rewarded me with a leaf

then two then three

and every time I pass it now

I smile

and hear you say

'that's dead you know'

Is it baby? it really?

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Happy ending

Video from KarmaTube

Read Shirleys story Shirley

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Constant craving

M: So what the new guy you've been seeing like?
J: He's nice. I'm not in love with him but he's a distraction from my broken heart. It's funny, other guys I've seen have made me miss S more than ever but I don't seem to miss him quite as much when I'm with Greg.
M: Oh that's encouraging maybe this is going to lead to something more.
J: No I don't think so in fact I think I've figured out what it is. Greg is really quite different physically to S but there are certain aspects to his personality that are similar - like he's really arrogant and super-confident but he's also warm and sweet and funny ...
M: and...?
J: Well I think that he gives me a small amount of what I used to have with S. He's like a nicotine patch for my heart, he stops the cravings just enough to make it bearable...

Friday, 12 August 2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Rational Thought

Stupid to love someone it's incredibly dumb they rip out your heart and then tear it apart you give love away think that they'll stay but they move on with ease despite all your pleas and you toss and you turn and you bleed and you burn whilst they dance the fandango and let you go hang though the blood in your veins still grasps for the reins and you yearn for more passion to save you from rational thought...

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Friday, 22 July 2011

Breaking up is still so very hard to do...

S: This feels weird... now that I'm married it just feels all wrong
J: This isn't going to work is it?
S: No
J: We have to say goodbye then don't we..?
S: Let's just do it now and get it over with.
J: Ok...
S: Please forgive me. I never wanted it to end this way between us.
J: I know ... I understand
S: You're not going to cry are you?
J: Yes of course I am. I still love you ...
S: I still love you too.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

How does your garden grow...?

So, remember when your heart's been battered
And you think the pain was all that mattered
There's scope to learn and more to gain
By knowing gardens only grow in rain
The lesson's in the love, not in the loss
The value's in the kiss, not in the cost...

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

running shorts...

overheard at Zach's school sports day - 2 small boys discussing a much shorter (for his age) boy
1st boy: Hey look at Danny run. He's really fast considering his height...
2nd boy: Yes he is - that's because he has a very low centre of gravity...

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Country Song

I've listened to the words you say
Tried to understand them anyway
You talk so much my head is spinning
Don't know what game you think you're winning
Seems on the days my love's departing
You feed me just enough to keep me starving

So let me go ... let me go
If you can't find the love inside you
To fill my heart the way it used to
Just close your eyes
Walk away
We'll make love
Some other day
And stop looking for the answers to our future in our past

I've got 10 good reasons for walking away
And the one bad one that always makes me stay
I'm dragging round a dream that ended
Long before the plot got mended
You say you will even though you won't
This loose connection's our sticking point

So let me go ... let me go
If you can't find the love inside you
To fill my heart the way it used to
Just close your eyes
Walk away
We'll make love
Some other day
And stop looking for the answers to our future in our past

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Zach's first suit...

First words on opening his eyes this morning
Zach: Yesterday was great!
J: You enjoyed going to Pauls's wedding then?
Zach: Yeah ... I made new friends and had loads of fun
J: It was lovely wasn't it, probably the best wedding I've ever been to.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

On stranger tides...

J: Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was way better than I thought it would be didn't you think?
Zach: Yes it was good, though I think it should have had a happier ending
J: Oh they can't have a completely happy ending otherwise they couldn't make a number 5!
Zach: Yes I suppose so. Can we watch the start of the 1st one when we get home mum as I only saw it from halfway through on the television
J: Yes of course I think I've got the DVD... oh no wait I think I lent it to S a couple of years ago and he never gave it back.
Zach: Really? What else did you lend him that he never gave back?
J: Haha ... only my heart honey!
Zach: Hehe.. hasn't he given that back either yet?
J: No not so far he hasn't.
Zach: Well really that's a good thing when you think about it isn't it?
J: Dunno... depends what he's doing with it I suppose...

If you ever come back...

Turn off the light

...there's an aching inside my head it's telling me 'you're better off alone'. But after midnight...

Better Days

Fragments from "Auguries of Innocence"

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fiber from the Brain does tear.

He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.
The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
The Gnat that sings his Summer song
Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.
The poison of the Snake and Newt
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot.

A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.

Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight.
Some are Born to sweet delight,
Some are Born to Endless Night.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

can you spot a fake smile?

I got 16 out of 20


Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sit Down

If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor...

Friday, 6 May 2011

I want that man...

Seconds out,,,

Zach: You know that George has the exact same watch as me?
J: Yes
Zach: Well his watch is exactly 2 seconds slower than mine
J: Is it?
Zach: Yes... so we always use my watch when we're going to lunch and his when we go back to class. It's only 2 seconds but it all counts...

Friday, 29 April 2011

Face it...

Facebook is to friendship
what pornography is to true love...

this is the life

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Have just had a lovely week in Marbella (despite the torrential rain!)and must thank Mike Drury for his help. His blog is full of interesting and useful facts and the info he gave me regarding my trip back to the airport by bus was spot on. It's really refreshing to find someone so helpful. Anyone thinking of visiting Spain I recommend reading Mike's blog

Friday, 8 April 2011

crumbled crumpled crushed

S: I'm so sorry for all the pain I caused you and everything I've done to your heart
J: It's ok ...I don't blame you for anything ... I knew what I was getting into but decided to risk it anyway. That's just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes...
S: Our cookie got totally destroyed honey...
J: It sure did baby ... it sure did

humpty dumpty sat on a wall
humpty dumpty had a big fall
and all the kings horses
and all the kings men
had omelette for breakfast
again and again and again...

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Ratios and percentages

Zach: Mum I'm trying to do my homework and I don't understand ratios...
J: Ok you understand the sentence 'leave me alone I'm trying to take a shower'...?
Zach: Haha ok

Mother's day

Zach: Happy Mother's Day mum I've brought you breakfast in bed and a cup of tea...
J: Awww thank you. Hey it's still dark...what time is it?
Zach: Six o'clock...
J: Thanks baby that's lovely

Friday, 25 March 2011

Dating your ex...?

Hermes Conrad: Dating your ex Fry? Have you lost all self respect?
Fry: But things are different this time. Last time she was demanding and possessive, but now she wants me to do stuff and stay with her all the time...

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Earth calling Zach

F: which way does the earth move round ... clockwise or anti-clockwise?
Zach: errr.... ummm .... ANTI-CLOCKWISE!
F: Yes that's right
Zach: Hey and I worked that out with just my brain and this little iPhone, I'm a genius! Hahaha!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

The bigger picture...

Was searching the internet trying to look at the bigger picture regarding all the recent extreme weather disasters and came across the following piece about events in the UK in 1955 which made me smile for many reasons! So often technology meant to help the world gets used for war and it's nice to know the pendulum swings both ways...

1955: Britain's big freeze
Deep snow and freezing temperatures continue across Britain leaving many parts of the country cut off from essential supplies.
More than 70 roads in Britain are blocked by snow, according to the Automobile Association and hundreds of vehicles have been abandoned in snowdrifts as high as 30ft (9m).
Rail travel has also been severely affected and some areas in northern Scotland have not had a train service for several days.
The RAF has been working flat out to drop food and medical supplies to affected areas.

Concerns for the welfare of the country's thousands of sheep are mounting as many are completely cut-off from food supplies.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Heartfelt abuses

So why don’t you go now?
Oh just go on go now

Don’t need your excuses
Your heartfelt abuses

Your silence speaks volumes
Like fancy dress costumes
That masks dust and decay
From our love and obey

Oh why don’t you go now?
Please just go on go now

Don’t need your bad reasons
For changing the seasons

You turned my sun shining
Into whining and pining
Whilst watching daydreams
Fall apart at their seams

the pen-knife is mightier than...

Zach: Hey mum you know that film where the man gets his arm trapped under a big rock and he has to cut it off with a pair of toenail clippers...?
J: Errr yeah it's called 127 hours and I think you'll find it was a pen-knife not toenail clippers!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Tone it down

G: Hey have a look at this girl's photos on I don't want to be rude and it may just be my eyes, but is that what passes for 'athletic and toned' these days?
J: Well she is a bit chunky but you need to remember that to a woman 'athletic and toned' means 'I have a gym membership but I never use it...'

Friday, 25 February 2011

Thursday, 24 February 2011

song and dance

The scene:
Zach and I driving to Willen Lakes in Milton Keynes and getting completely lost as every road in Milton Keynes looks the exactly same, so I stop to ask directions from someone at a petrol station. He says we need road H6 and Zach had previously said he thought it was 'H...something'.
Zach (singing to a tune he's just made up) 'I was right I was right I was right I knew it I was right...
J: Ok enough thanks I've been doing my best...
Zach: I think I'm going to add some dance steps to that song when we get home mum...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Monday, 21 February 2011

My favourite poet - Hafiz

There are different wells within your heart.
Some fill with each good rain,
Others are far too deep for that.

In one well
You have just a few precious cups of water,
That "love" is literally something of yourself,
It can grow as slow as a diamond
If it is lost.

Your love
Should never be offered to the mouth of a
Only to someone
Who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you.

There are different wells within us.
Some fill with each good rain,
Others are far, far too deep
For that.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Sky Blue

Zach: Which episode of Better off Ted shall we watch?
J: Oh I don't mind, you pick.
Zach: Ok. You're episode 8 and I'm episode 3. Ip, dip, dog shit, put it in the microwave and out comes YOU!
J: I'm sure that always used to be 'ip, dip sky blue, who's it? Not you'
Zach: Not any more mum, everyone at school says the 'dog shit' one now!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Smarter than the average...

Yogi and BooBoo's plane crashing
Yogi: Check the safety manual BooBoo...
BooBoo: I have Yogi but it's just a picture of us screaming...

Proper Kiss

Sunday, 13 February 2011

If it's not bad it's good...

A: You were wrong - you said I'd like that last woman but I really didn't.
J: Oh yeah but when I said you'd like her what I really meant was you wouldn't hate her. I probably should have mentioned that I've lowered the bar quite considerably when it comes to my expectations of our customers recently. It's way, way down there now!
A: So as long as they don't make me want to stab them you think they're ok?
J: Hey it works for me...

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

one and only

Zach: oh mum, you're the best mum ever!
J: thanks baby
Zach: by that of course I mean you're the only one I've got. Still on the plus side you don't have any competition...
J: I'll take it.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Better off Ted - best show ever

Veronica: Another time, another place. Two other people, it could have been magniflorious.
Phil: You mean that?
Veronica: I do. Particularly the part about two other people

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Monday, 31 January 2011

Cuts both ways...

haven't we already broken every rule...

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Saturday, 15 January 2011

7 days

S: Take that tone out of your voice.
J: What tone?
S: The tone that says that you don't believe a word I say
J: I'm not sure I do believe a word you say - you've been promising to come and see me for months now...
S: Look I'm in Oxford all next week, driving up and down the M40, and I'll definitely come and see you and sort things out between us. You're not seeing anyone are you? I miss you so much... you belong to me don't ever forget that. I really love you ok?
J: Ok... I do still love you too, even after everything that's happened. So I'll see you next week?
S: Yes
7 days later and no sight nor sound of him all week...

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Saturday, 1 January 2011

1/1/11 11:11

Zach: Pinch Punch first day of the month. No returns haha!