I've had the last week off work and it has turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. I caught up on chores, visited the dentist and went blonderer at the hairdressers. I also did this (eep! a first!)

There's something about Spring. What's that Anne Carson line? "Spring opens like a blade". It feels like a time of year not to bask or to ease into things, but to leap. And given the winter I had, the winter we all had, I need that sudden jolt. The shock of doing something new, that feeling that you can still surprise yourself even.

I've been reading Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch. It's turning out to be the perfect thing for me to read right now, little bits of my own present reflected back to me in a way that makes sense of some of the things that I haven't been able to put words to.

"Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it's a common turn of phrase to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself. There are books that seem to comprehend us just as much as we understand them, or even more." - Mead

Some links:
- I'm in love with Bandido. I'm still not sure I can make sense of my life with a dog but I really love this scruffy chap!
- I'm not a fan of all-or-nothing. It reeks too much of my religious upbringing and ultimately I'm sure it all results in much handwringing hypocrisy. I much rather a gentler balance, an ebb and flow, letting oneself go and gently pulling back and always taking responsibility rather than hiding behind an extreme set of rules. So I liked this piece about the pointlessness of unplugging
- I really like this purse because it's shaped like a saddle and I'm predictable like that
- Mark never writes anything not worth reading
- "...most creative people are continually making associations between the external world and their internal experiences and memories" - The Neurological Similarities between Successful Writers and the Mentally Ill
- And on a lighter note: Updated skincare advice from Lisa Eldridge
- Tumblring

Happy weekend!
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