Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Just for the Record

1. A phone call overheard
“…that and hedgehogs are his abiding passions”

2. I authorise an expense claim for waders.
They did not need waders in my previous Department.

3. Much chatter and laughter
near the poster requesting volunteers for
the Traditional Naked Calendar.

4. A field trip discussed
“...it was great...
a whole week digging
into the back wall of a cave with a teaspoon...
and now I get to go to Spain to analyse the samples...”

5. An interview candidate with wild professorial hair
and a collar half up, half down.
I wonder if it is deliberate.

6. My friend the Catering Delivery Man smiles broadly
to see me in my new office.
I smile to see him...
nobody lays out a buffet lunch as beautifully as he does.

7. A colleague who cannot attend the Christmas lunch apologises.
He has to go to Venice.
He is very regretful.
He would rather go to the lunch

8. An unexpected gift from China
in packaging pretty enough to frame.

9. A student with slender fuschia pink legs
like an escaped flamingo

10. New vistas opening up
through the leafless branches of trees
outside my office.

11. I did not buy the gilet.
But I should have.
I am too easily intimidated.

12. I have finally found some Christmas Cards that I like.
It was hard this year.
Now I can start shopping for presents.

22 comments:

fifi said...

I love the poetry of your everyday.


I think I know now, just where it is you might spend your days, in one of my previous lives
I did some of that.


I did think, in the damp weather, that gilet may have smelt a little sheepy. It would ave blocked out all the nice smells.

M said...

Go back, get the gilet. If you're still thinking about it 24 hours later you should get it. That's my rule.

eurolush said...

I think you could write a short story about each of those 12 anecdotes.

Brilliant.

I particularly liked "...that and hedgehogs are his abiding passions."

My kind of man.

Cocoa and blankets said...

I think your posts should be published....pure poetry...beautiful descriptions and observations...thank you...what a lovely way to start my day............. 6am a short glimpse at blogs while I apply glitter and pint to my face ready to face the little frogs in boxes......

Dragonfly said...

You just made my day start with a smile.

I've yet to find any cards I like...and I haven't got time to make any this year - boohoo!

monica said...

kids can be such bullies.. go back and get that gilet!!

driftwood said...

I bought some really beautiful Christmas cards - in July.......... can I find them.......

pebbledash said...

Pure poetry!

trashalou said...

Shopping for presents? I like diamonds.

peppermintpatcher said...

Did the man with professorial hair have matching socks? I'm picturing him in one blue and one pink sock.

Blue Mountains Mary said...

These little slivers of your life are so lovely...

blackbird said...

My word you are busy...

Ali said...

I spent a lot of time in waders at one stage in my life - they look remarkably fetching with a gilet.

MrM said...

or is that a ghillie ?

MrsM is starting to sounds like Jane Austen to me, writing down scraps of conversations on little pieces of paper and then putting them away.

We do of course refer to each other as MrM and MrsM at home so I suppose it is in keeping

RW said...

I would love to see the image you have chosen for your Christmas cards.
I love Christmas cards. I read somewhere that due to the recession this might be something I eliminate... well, I can think of a other things before I give up sending out Christmas cards...

I quite enjoy your blog!

dottycookie said...

I wish I could see the poetry in every day the way you do, rather than as an endless round of 'Argh, we're late AGAIN!!!'

Maybe that's what I should work on in the New year ;-) But for now, a cup of tea and some gentle fish pie construction will work wonders, I'm sure.

Gina said...

Such beautiful calm reflections and observations on your day. I do think you should buy the gilet though!

The Coffee Lady said...

I always think a gilet would leave you with very cold upper arms

I am growing into my mother

readersguide said...

I wish my job involved waders. Sadly, it does not.
Oh well.

Viv said...

Go and buy the gilet, you know you will regret it in a few weeks, and they might not be there then.

Limecat said...

"“…that and hedgehogs are his abiding passions”"

That sentence has made me guffaw like a loon.

JuliaB said...

I saw a student with fushia legs the other day and wondered if it might be the same one .. or just a fashion! x