Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday Five

Five things on a glorious Friday like today that tickle my fancy:

1. Fantastick wall stickers and this fabulous heart tree that I got for my daughter's new room:

She loves it, it takes a bit of time to get it up properly and stick it to the wall without any small bubbles of air or creases but it's well worth the effort!

2. Ben Howard, 'The Fear':

Magnificent voice, great poetry, have been listening on repeat since yesterday . . .

3. Vedrana Rudan, 'U zemlji krvi i idiota' (In the land of Blood and Idiots):

This Croatian author, blogger, thought-provoker, woman, wife, lover, mother, granny can be summed up in one word - genius! Her writing is so sharp, funny, so to the point it leaves me short of breath by the pure virtue of the truths of life she conveys through her texts. I'm savoring this collection of her best blog entries one at a time as overdosing on her brilliant mind can be dangerous ;-)

4. Blooms in unexpected places, or spring incarcerated:

5. decor8 - the best interior decor blog on the web in my humble opinion. The esthetic of places shown, images conveyed, DIY ideas and colors is amazing as you can see below:

A word of caution: once you start browsing through this blog you cannot stop that easily so make sure you have plenty of time ahead of you and dive in ;-)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

When walking to work every morning I have to pass through a rather narrow street the actual width of which does not prevent drivers from speeding by as if on the Monaco rally. The curb is also a narrow strip of security not wide enough for two people to pass each other by without one of them stepping onto the street. It's been a few mornings now that several different people, men I have to say, have made a conscious effort to step onto the street and let me pass by safely. These gestures were made swiftly but deliberately enough to make me realize in a few seconds that I was passing by that those were acts of kindness and paying attention to the person coming your way. I feel good about this as it says people are not as insensitive, callous, mindless and rude as we are led to believe these days. No, there are enough regular people around, we just have to notice.

In other, less serious observations, look what caught my fancy these days:


As well as these:


Be still my beating heart! I kinda need both, but given my 30-year marriage to the bank I'll wait for the sales. There's no harm in looking, though, right?

Watching reruns of Homeland and the first season of The Americans - I'm a sucker for a good spy story. 

And spring is finally here!!!