Today I want to share with you my current morning routine. Now, in the first days of this blog we had a laptop and so I was able to communicate with my dear readers, from the comfort of my bed. But nowadays I have to wait until I get downstairs, and so my morning routine looks like this:
1. Wake up to the sound of tea being poured by Mark. We used to have a teasmade which woke me up with a purring followed by a series of gurglings and a splash; alas, that died, so now I have tea made by Mark.
2. Look on the tablet at a series of disappointing emails and the collection of agony, news and trivia that is Facebook.
3. Talk to Mark. His sayings this morning included ‘I wonder which is the most boring hormone?’ and ‘I’m not a lentil supremacist’.
4. Write my blog post in note form.
5. Listen to the collection of agony and trivia that is the news. Today the agony is in Kenya and the trivia is a story which thankfully they are NOT calling ‘slutgate’:
6. I finish my tea and do neti (the nostril-cleaning thing)
7. Finally, Mark and I consult a higher power (not Jeeves) about our day.
and then I get up.
Today in my thoughts about this post I was considering colours, and what they mean in politics. In Britain we have red, blue and green which clearly denote particular parties and movements; what we don’t have – in England and Wales at least – is orange. Orange is a bright, vibrant colour; the fruit is also astringent and often sour. Is that why it’s usually associated with bigotry? I cannot comprehend the Orange mentality in Ireland;
likewise the Orange Free State in South Africa was associated with the worst racist tendencies:
and Orange County in Florida seems to be one of the most right-wing in the whole of the US – although, having said that, they have elected Democrats consistently in recent years, so I don’t know about that.
What colour is the future again?
PS Oh, and Mark went on to say that unless I pronounce ‘Beowulf’ correctly – ie Beww-olf’ (I wanted to put an umlaut over the o to illustrate the diphthong but I can’t find it) instead of ‘Bay-oh-wolf’ as everyone else says – then it won’t scan.
I think his brain won’t scan.