How to prepare for an emergency

Emergency autumn leaves
Don’t worry about what might happen. Look at the pretty leaves.

My husband will tell you I suck at emergencies. If by “suck” he means I stand around doing nothing until someone else steps in and fixes the problem, he’s right.

The incident with the water main

One day I got it into my head to mow the paddock above the house. I discussed the idea with my husband, and our conversation went something like this.

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Confused recipient of the Sunshine Blogger Award

Today I am thrilled and confused.

Thrilled because I won something, and confused because I don’t really understand what it is. But you don’t need to understand what you won to be happy, right?

Let me be more specific. The oh-so-classy J.J. Azar nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Look, isn’t it shiny!

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Wake of Vultures and why I don’t recommend books

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

I finished reading Wake of Vultures, by Lila Bowen, as part of my fantasy-reading challenge. I think it was a short book, because it didn’t take long to read. (Another thing I dislike about kindle books is that you can’t get a feeling for how long they are by their thickness.)

Read on to hear what Sebastian (my writer half) and Rain (my reader half) thought of Wake of Vultures. But first, why I don’t want to recommend books to you. (Thanks to Brian Wright for the inspiration for this post. And no hard feelings, promise.)

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A dumpster dive through my bookmarks

dumpster dive bookmarks: airshipThere was a time when I used to save bookmarks in Chrome into informatively labelled folders.

That time ended years ago.

Since then, I’ve been throwing everything I want to save into a melting pot called “Other bookmarks”. It’s true, these are the bookmarks that are not in the organised folders, which makes them “other”. (Except for the ones that are duplicates, which are not “other”.) Still, as labels go it’s not especially helpful.

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Why you always end up watching cat videos on YouTube

Starting from a spindle on Youtube
It starts with a spindle.

I always go to YouTube for good reasons. For example, I want to watch a person build an emergency shelter in the forest or forge a battleaxe.

Maybe I succeed. But then, inevitably, I click through to a few related videos and end up watching Russian contortionists jump motorbikes through burning hoops while juggling chainsaws. (If you find a video of this, please tell me because I really want to watch it.)

I don’t know how this happens. Maybe it’s the YouTube fairies or the wicked witch of YouTube.

But it’s not unknowable. I only don’t know because I’m not paying attention. I’ve therefore decided to map my progress through YouTube videos and see where I end up by clicking only on the suggested related videos.

Why don’t you come along for the ride?

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