I'm employing diversionary tactics here, since my mood has dipped with uncommon fierceness following such a sublime weekend. So now seems as good a time as any to respond to the fact that Charlotte tagged me the other week with her "5 Things" Meme, bless her.
Chances are I'll delay or avoid doing any further tags in the near future since this is the fourth I've done in a fairly short space of time - which is enough for any pair of trousers, even the hard-wearing denim variety. Still this "5 things" did look like fun so maybe it'll give me a bit of a lift. Thanks Charlotte!
What were you doing ten years ago?
Spending my weekends in a beautiful flat (more like a huge rambling old cottage) in the huge grounds of a heritage site in Derbyshire where my girlfriend was staying, since she had moved there to work. We were coming to the end of our relationship after several years but this was rather a fine swansong. Our break-up seemed inevitable under the circumstances but was about as amicable as it could possibly be. I was also taking antidepressants and having bereavement counselling: in the main though I remember this being a good time (which might sound odd having said what I've just said), albeit with a pretty intense edge to it.
I was listening obsessively to "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized throughout the whole summer, which in a way sums up its bitter-sweetness.
Five Snacks You Enjoy:
Alpen cereal bars (strawberry and yoghurt flavour)
Five songs you know all the lyrics to:
Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground
Mutual Friend by Wire (very odd words, worth checking out)
Teenage Daughter by Fat Truckers (hope this isn't cheating, the only words in the song are "Teenage Daughter")
Careless Soul (traditional, arranged by Daniel Johnston)
No Expectations by The Rolling Stones
Five things you would do if you were a millionare:
Buy or rent an apartment abroad
Set up somewhere to record, paint and write
Get needlessly anxious
Carry out random acts of senseless generosity
Five Bad Habits:
Constantly drumming on tables, chairs and any other hittable surfaces
Grinding my teeth
Picking my nose (when I think no-one is looking)
Five Things You Like Doing:
Five Things You Would Never Wear Again:
Things which don't fit - otherwise, never say never (this answer is a cop-out, since this is something I would hardly think about)
Five Favourite Toys:
Endless cheap keyboards
George Foreman Lean Mean Low-Fat Grilling Machine
Once again, thanks to Charlotte for providing the means to some distraction during a rather melancholy moment. In a bid to get him off his backside and writing something, I'm tagging a certain welder.