The Great Cat and the origin of the universe

Before there were stars, the Great Cat spun through the cosmos with his bowl of tuna.**

At first the Great Cat was content because he was the First, the Most Important, and the Only. But then he realised his tuna had been sitting in his bowl for more than an hour and was no longer edible, and it didn’t move when he felt like playing.

So he created the earth and made mice to run across it and get eaten.

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Small joys

When something breaks, you can learn to work around it. But there comes a time when you just need to replace the frigging tap.

As soon as Hubby and I bought our house the kitchen tap started to drip. At first we could stop the tap dripping by turning it off hard. Although I disapprove of violence against taps, a firm hand is sometimes justified.

When it was the cold tap alone, I felt like we were winning.

Then the hot tap teamed up with the cold tap to fight us.

The screws that held both taps in place started to loosen. I swear kitchen pixies came out at night to unscrew them.

The tap began to drip constantly.

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#DearVashti I have a friend…

I give advice on how a Mary Poppins can become more of a bad-ass. Because @AnnaKaling asked #DearVashti and I’m helpful like that.

Some time ago, @AnnaKaling tweeted #DearVashti a question:

Although I’m not Vashti, I consider myself a helpful sort and took it upon myself to answer. (I’m also rather scary myself.)

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Movies to watch when you’re sick

When you’re sick you need a certain kind of movie to watch: uplifting, not too serious, and preferably funny. Here are some of my favourites.

I returned to the office last week after four weeks of leave to find everyone had been sick in my absence.

Fortunately, I was not forgotten.

By my fourth day back I was feverish and exhausted, and I’ve spent most of the past six days on the couch–sleeping, watching movies, and providing a heated bed for His Royal Fluffiness.

Hence the topic of this post: classic, endearing, soppy, and generally awesome movies to watch when you’re sick.

Feel free to judge my taste in movies, but if you do I won’t be friends with you any more.

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Who shares your name?

Work commitments mean I don’t have time to write a real post, but don’t leave in despair yet.

I was reading Janet Reid’s blog recently, and I came across this delightful post in which a writer freaks out about sharing her name with a writer with a strong web presence who pens lousy poetry and is vocal online about her political views.

(If you’re worried, read the post. Agents know this happens and are prepared to put in the small amount of work required to discover that you are a different person to writer crazy-pants.)

I imagine such situations are common.

Years ago, it came to my attention that my legal name was also the name of a German porn star. Putting my name into a Google images search was quite an education.

On the positive side, the other me was incredibly hot, which was obvious beause she never felt the urge to hide behind many clothes.

This was a minorly embarrassing situation. It was more embarrassing because I had recently started working, and the person who made the discovery was my boss.

Who else do you come up with when you Google your name? The people need to know!