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Celebrating Book Week… in several ways!

Several of my friends with school age children have been having a few headaches trying to get to grips with book week and rustling up character costumes for their little ones to shuffle off to school in.  My husband and I had to do the same thing this week – we are attending an Adoption Activity Day and the theme of it is Book characters.  After asking my best friend, we decided we could go as Jack and Jill from the nursery rhyme – well… it’s in a book, right?

I also noticed that Dr Seuss, of Cat in the Hat fame, would have been 111 today.  Now, I remember reading most of his books when I was 3 or 4 and my Mum had just introduced me to the magic of the public library.  It kindled my love of books and my love of verse.  Some of the verses are actually really good to remember as adults.  They hold some very interesting truths.  So, todays blog is a bit of a cop out.  Here are some posters made by talented others!

Seuss think

I love this so much.  It is a quotation laden with promise.  Regardless of how institutionalised you are, everyone has an imagination.  You might need to relearn how to use it, but once you do… magic is unlocked.

Seuss love

This definitely explains why my marriage works!  We have compatible weirdness!


Yeah… I always look for the complications.  I need to remember to look for the simple as well!


How very, very true.  This is also about cultivating an attitude of gratitude.


This is so very important to remember.  Being unique is one of the most awesome qualities we have, and it would be a shame to give it all up to be an homogeneous group of drones, regardless of what the mainstream media would like us to do!  In addition, this needs to be at the forefront of my mind on Saturday when I am faced with a room full of children, any of whom might be my future child.  I need to make sure I check them all out.


If you ever come to my house, you will see just how much we love books here.  Yes, I find magic every time I pick one up.  Or even when I turn on my Kindle!  Books ROCK.

I wonder if I could dress up as the Cat in the Hat after all?


Recharging the batteries…

I am not talking about the natty little rechargeable ones which mean you aren’t littering landfill with lots of horrible things (though they are pretty cool).  No, I am talking about the personal batteries.  The ones which keep you going and which mean that you are able to keep on doing everything you need to do and want to do.


Before I really start this post, I need to confess something.  I am rubbish at this.  I rarely (if ever) give myself time to do things purely for the benefit of myself.  I basically work myself to the bone for everyone else and then feel baffled when I basically hit a wall and don’t want to carry on a further single step.  Hello there, classic burn out.  This weekend, I realised I was getting perilously close to this point again.  The clues included yelling at the husband for no reason whatever,  feeling perilously close to tears at several points, having no energy whatever (real classic that one), and feeling utterly overwhelmed at everything I see I have to get done.


Reading lots of websites, it appears that I am not the only one who suffers this.  I am ridiculously happy about this, because let’s face it, misery loves company.  There are lots of different pieces of advice about how to sort it out, but the basic tenet of all of them is about carving out some time for yourself in the day.  There are almost as many ways of doing that as there are websites out there.  There is the exercising camp (yoga, Insanity DVD, the Shred, walking, jogging, swimming, etc), the praying camp (be that meditation, prayer, a combination of the the two), the ignore it and do what you want to camp… and many, many more.


But I wanted this post to be about things you could actually DO to recharge the batteries.  I am assuming that we all have the skills to prioritise and carve out time in the day to recharge our batteries.  The bit we don’t have is the list of things which will actually do the recharging.  Certainly, that is one thing I am ridiculously rubbish at.  All I see when I look around is all the jobs that need to be done, and not the nice bits I could do that would put a smile on my face.  So, here is a quick run down as an aide memoire for me, and perhaps some ideas for you.


1. Moisturise.  Not just your face, but your feet, elbows, dishpan hands.  It takes less than 30 seconds but can help make you feel much better about yourself and life in general.

water drop

2.  Drink water.  It will flush your system out, give you added oomph and more than likely, more time in the smallest room in the house.  Admittedly if you have children or pets, this is unlikely to be alone time… but you have to take your rest times when you can!  Ahem!!


3.  Do absolutely nothing for 15 minutes.  No hobby work, no jobs, no reading, no watching television, NOTHING.  It is hard in this busy world to actually do this, because we are used to being full on for 24/7 but it is worth trying.  If you can be outside in nature when you do it, then you can crank up the effect even more.  (This is really tricky because when I sit in the garden I end up with a loong list of jobs to do… but hey… I am still a novice at this relaxing thing).


4. Read something light and fluffy.  I haven’t done that for AGES, but when I got back from my University terms, I used to head for the library and the soppy romance books and pick something very easy on the brain, the mental equivalent of lying down.  I think I need to do the same again!!


5. Smile.  There is a phrase about faking it till you make it, but that is not what I mean here.  I mean, even if you really, really don’t feel like it… put a smile on your face.  Smiling releases endorphins which make you feel better.  Smiling also makes other people smile back at you.  Spread the joy slightly.


So, on the basis that these 5 things are pretty simple to do, I am going to attempt to do them today and see what happens.  I shall report back as to the success of them and whether the batteries are indeed recharged at the end of it!