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    Random memories: Airless nights - Aug 7th, 2014
    I was in my mid-20s, and still rather unsure about how the dating world worked. I couldn’t always tell if a guy was flirting with me, mostly because I always just assumed he wasn’t. (Years of being told I was the “least attractive” Cook Girl had destroyed my self-confidence.) [more...]

    Poster parcel pizzazz - Jul 19th, 2014
    I’m heading to the iFutures: Research into Practice Conference in Sheffield early next week to present a poster. It’s the same poster I presented at the SICSA Conference in St Andrews in June, but I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to share my research plans once again. [more...]

    Spectacular jousting - Jul 6th, 2014
    Oh, what a wonderful day I’ve had! It was fun! It was exciting! It was filled with laughter! It was, simply, spectacular! Yes, I spent the day in Linlithgow enjoying Historic Scotland’s Spectacular Jousting on the grounds of the palace. [more...]

    Abracadabra - Jul 4th, 2014
    I’ve never been much of a magic fan (I’m far too sceptical) so when a friend asked if I wanted to catch a show during the Edinburgh International Magic Festival I was a little bit meh about the idea. Still, it was a good excuse to have some friend-time—and I was given the privilege of picking which show we’d see, so I figured I was pretty safe. [more...]

    Your challenge: Build up, don’t knock down! - Mar 27th, 2014
    I woke up this morning and checked my Facebook feed whilst waiting for my snooze-cycle to end. Only what I read angered me so much that I couldn’t stay still for the full 10-minute “bonus rest” and I found myself getting up and pounding out a quick-and-angry reply to the poster. But the anger and rage remained as I went to the kitchen to make my coffee. So today, you get to read a rant. (Yay!!) [more...]

    A childish day at the museum - Mar 17th, 2014
    One of my favourite things in the world is acting silly and childish, so when a friend from Stirling invited me to join her and her children for a day out in Edinburgh, I couldn’t resist! After all, I know that I get to act silly and childish when I’m with my little friends! [more...]

    Wet toes - Mar 11th, 2014
    I’ve never been a swimmer, but I’ve always loved the water. I tend to dip my toes in slowly to check the temperature then inch-by-inch I will wade further into the lake. I don’t jump in; I never dive in. No, that’s just not my style. (Partly because I don’t know how to swim; mostly because I am afraid.) [more...]

    Swords and smiles - Mar 2nd, 2014
    I’m back from a wonderful weekend in Wakefield (and Leeds) and despite feeling a bit knackered from a long train journey, my soul is feeling a bit rejuvenated. (It generally does after spending time with my family!) [more...]

    Dreaming dilemma - Feb 24th, 2014
    The alarm clock is set for 7 o’clock, but something has woken me at 6—stirring me from a pleasant dream that I want to continue. And that’s where my dreaming dilemma begins. [more...]

    Hello, 40! - Feb 21st, 2014
    I was born 40 years ago today. It was a Thursday and I like to think that it was a day of great celebration! I wrote yesterday about saying goodbye to my 30s, so today is just a quick post to say hello to my 40s. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Monkey-ing around - Feb 2nd, 2014
    Sock monkeys, sock monkeys, and more sock monkeys! When I made my first sock monkey last year, I didn’t really envision myself making another. But last summer I broke out the needle and thread when I was sick and created a second monkey. Then a couple of weeks ago, I found myself creating a third. [more...]

    Ten ways to win my heart - Jan 17th, 2014
    If you asked me what my perfect man looks like, I couldn’t describe him. I imagine he’d be taller than me and I’d like to think that he’d look capable of killing a bear for me, but when I think of some of the men I’ve found myself attracted to over the years, those things have (at times) been very far from accurate. [more...]

    Fashion confessional - Jan 10th, 2014
    For most of my life, I’ve felt as if I’ve lived on the wrong side of fashionable. And, I’m sure, most of the people I know would agree with that statement. It started when I was in elementary school when I wore mostly hand-me-down clothes and never had the cool accessories that my friends had. [more...]

    For the love of books - Dec 4th, 2013
    On Monday, I became the proud owner of a National Library of Scotland membership card. It was one of life's enjoyable moments and brought me the same elation I recall from my first-ever library card for the Carpenter Memorial Library in my hometown many, many years ago. [more...]

    Take up your quills! - Nov 26th, 2013
    As regular readers may know, I am a fan of letters. Proper, hand-written letters sent to family and friends—or even to perfect strangers if there's cause. I honestly believe that if more people would write letters to those they care for, relationships would flourish and people would be happier. (Naïve? Maybe.) [more...]

    The loaner Jag - Nov 23rd, 2013
    Words I never thought I’d say: “I drive a Jag”. But, thanks to the amazing generosity of my brother-in-law, I got to say them throughout my my Homeland Holiday. Oh yes, I did! [more...]

    Feeding time - Nov 9th, 2013
    One of my favourite things about holidays abroad is the opportunity to enjoy new foods. Of course, since my latest holiday abroad was actually to my native land, it was less the enjoyment of new foods and more about the enjoyment of foods that I can't (easily) find and enjoy whilst living in Scotland. [more...]

    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    Gel-less - Sep 16th, 2013
    I decided to treat myself to a manicure before the Edinburgh Whisky Fringe more than five weeks ago, and was talked into trying out the gel manicure for an additional £10. I was intrigued by the idea of a manicure lasting two weeks or more and was happy to pay the extra money to have pretty hooker-red nails without worrying about chips. [more...]

    Grave digging - Sep 9th, 2013
    I went to the cemetery to see Paul today, and ended up digging away under his headstone. I hadn't really planned on that, or I'd have taken a spoon with me! [more...]

    The log lady - Sep 7th, 2013
    On my first full day in America, I decided to give my loaner car (a pretty red Jag!) a test run. So, my baby sister and I hoped in the rig and hit the freeway for North Bend with a mission: lunch at Taco Time and a fun picture for a couple of friends. [more...]

    The daydream - Sep 1st, 2013
    I daydream. I always have and I always will. I suppose that it’s harmless, though it does sometimes mean that I pin a bit of hope on the happy endings I (almost) always allow myself in my fantasies. [more...]

    Random memories: Dog days of summer - Aug 13th, 2013
    I think I was about 12 or 13 that summer. I was certainly still in junior high school and I was spending most of my days with my best friend, Rachel, in between my house and her parents’ auto supply store. [more...]

    Toy-nados - Aug 1st, 2013
    I was three or four years old when I first learned about the devastation of toy-nadoes. It seems that one of them ripped through some town somewhere I’d never been—and had never even heard of—leaving so many children without toys and clothes. [more...]

    The number you have dialled - Jun 17th, 2013
    I am rubbish with numbers. I think that’s a pretty common understanding and it’s not really something I’m embarrassed by. I can’t do mathematical equations (in part because I am so intimidated by numbers that I don’t even try) and I am the queen of flipping numbers around. [more...]

    Even happier if… - May 29th, 2013
    Today’s post is a list. You would be forgiven to think that lists are an easy-out when it comes to writing, but they are really hard work because they make you think and reflect. So, it’s not a total cop-out. [more...]

    How to peel a banana - May 18th, 2013
    For years, I have secretly (or maybe not-so secretly) been annoyed by the way people open their bananas. I would watch people do it the wrong way and I would cringe at their sloppy ignorance because—obviously—my way was the right way. [more...]

    Garbage day - May 15th, 2013
    I have finally taken the garbage out. And—more importantly—the recycling. Though I admit that it happened too late. [more...]

    To rule the world - May 5th, 2013
    My dream to rule the world began when I was a young child with much smaller aims. I can vividly recall the start of my dream: Whilst taking a cross-country road trip with my family, I noticed that there was a gap between the “Now Leaving [blank] State” and “Welcome to [blank] State” signs. [more...]

    Acting scribbles - Apr 19th, 2013
    As part of Monday’s fun video shoot, I had to pretend to be hard at work doing academic-y stuff. So I sat and scribbled away in my notebook for a while. Of course, the scribbles were just a load of nonsense because I was so self-conscious about the filming that I couldn’t think of anything clever to write. [more...]

    Superstar! - Apr 15th, 2013
    Today was a very different—very fun!—day for me because I got to be a big important film star for the day. There were script reviews, costume changes, and everything. I even had someone opening and closing my car door as we drove between filming locations. [more...]

    Innovative memories - Apr 7th, 2013
    I was ten years old when, along with my 14-year-old neighbour, I developed the world’s first carpenter ant extermination system. It was genius. Pure, simple genius. And we would have made a lot of money out of the patenting and selling of our innovative pest control solution, if it hadn’t been for those mean ladies who stopped us. [more...]

    No, not really - Apr 2nd, 2013
    Well, it would seem that yesterday’s story about my fantastic opportunity to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon was believed by at least a few people. (One friend even woke her husband to share the news. I doubt he smiled as much as I did at it!) [more...]

    My ballooning PhD fund - Apr 1st, 2013
    When I was accepted to my PhD programme, I went straight to work trying to determine how I would pay for it all. After all, the three-year journey will cost me a minimum of £75,000—and I just don’t have that kind of money. [more...]

    Eyelash wishes - Mar 11th, 2013
    I wish on eyelashes. I don’t know when it started. Maybe my parents taught me the superstitious act. I can’t remember. But what I know for sure is that I wish on eyelashes. Every eyelash; every time. [more...]

    A sulk-less Valentine’s Day challenge - Feb 9th, 2013
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve already started hearing and reading comments from people about dreading the day because they’re all alone. And I get it, I really do, because even though I’ve never been a big celebrator of the day, it is another reminder that Paul isn’t here to be my Valentine—and that I’ve yet to find someone new to spend the day with. [more...]

    Dear Old Frances - Jan 29th, 2013
    I’ve just complete another one of the Brooklyn Art Library's collaborative art projects, Letters From Your Childhood, so here I am sharing it with you. Yay! [more...]

    Things found by accident - Jan 15th, 2013
    A while ago, I shared with you the found things I pick up when I’m out and about; every time I find something new to add to my collection—it brings a smile to my face. So when I saw that the Brooklyn Art Library's newest project was titled Things Found ... By Accident, I knew it was right for me! [more...]

    Holey-sock monkey - Jan 13th, 2013
    I love my knee-high stripey socks and was a bit sad when I wore a hole through the toe of one of them over the summer. But I decided that maybe I’d make a sock monkey with them. So I put the socks aside for my future crafting project. [more...]

    My Martini intervention - Jan 9th, 2013
    You may know by now that I'm a big fan of Martinis. It's not that I'm a big drinker; I just like my RyanCentric Martinis a bit. So much so that I've composed an ode in their honour. [more...]

    It’s an onomatopoeic day - Dec 14th, 2012
    I do love a bit of onomatopoeia. But I don’t like experiencing it first-hand. Achoo! Of course, since I’m home, snuggled under my duvet, experiencing the agony of a cold, there is a lot of onomatopoeia going on. [more...]

    A case for the interrobang - Sep 24th, 2012
    Today is National Punctuation Day in America—a day to celebrate the amazingness of punctuation. Today also marks the start of Social Media Week—a world-wide event looking at social media’s impact on modern-day society. [more...]

    New digs - Sep 15th, 2012
    Today is moving day! Which means I’m kind of busy. Which means just a short post to share a video tour of the new digs. I had meant to do that last night, since I did a walk through of the place after work yesterday, but video editing issues meant that I didn’t get around to it. [more...]

    A step toward the future - Sep 4th, 2012
    I’m working on a big step toward a happier future. Well, I’m working on several big steps at the moment, but there’s only one that’s a certainty at this moment. [more...]

    Found things - Aug 8th, 2012
    I like shiny things and pretty things and interesting things. And often, as I’m walking down the road, I’ll stop to pick these little things up. In fact, when I’m on an outing or holiday, I almost dedicate myself to finding something shiny or pretty or interesting. [more...]

    Sing a song - Aug 3rd, 2012
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to sing—or hum or whistle or la-de-da. Now, I’m not saying I’m any good at it, I’m just saying I love to do it. And, often, I find myself doing it without even thinking about it. Yes, I just break out into a tune. (In a very out-of-tune kind of way.) [more...]

    (K)impossible - Aug 2nd, 2012
    This is Kim. Kim Possible, to use her full name. She began her life as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy way back in 2003 and has been serving as my office power back-up since August 2004. [more...]

    We Forgot the Tripod - Jul 29th, 2012
    No tripod? No problem! When there’s no one around to snap a picture, and you want to capture that “Kodak Moment” you get some pretty funny memories! [more...]

    A poetic starter - Jul 25th, 2012
    Since I turned in my dissertation draft yesterday, I’ve decided that I am going to take a week’s holiday to rest and unwind before I have to start working on edits for the final version. So, in between now and July 31, I am on holiday! Which basically just means I’m going to go and do fun things for the next week. [more...]

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