Always be the Unicorn.
The churchy-bit

Not usually one for “The churchy bit”, as I keep referring to it as, but my FMiL suggested this for one of our readings and it is really rather good.

My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.

Song of Solomon 2v10-13 and 8v6 & 7

My dearest friend, If you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side. Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone could see, we’re simply meant to be.
Jack, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Such a lovely composition.

Such a lovely composition.

Want a pug as long as s/he looks like this! Makes me laugh everytime.

Want a pug as long as s/he looks like this! Makes me laugh everytime.

Wake up and smell the coffee

There are times in each of our lives where we come to an epiphany, this may be through a momentous event or it may be a slow burn, happening without notice over weeks and months only to suddenly become clear. I have had one of the second of these.

I moved jobs in January, one corporate world to another. I had hoped that this would be a great move; a well-known company, good ish-location and an opportunity to get on while getting a good salary. Sadly, these things are not always as they seem.

Personally, I have issue with some of the cultural norms present in the firm. I loved my previous company dearly as integrity was at the heart of all that they did; the same is not true of this firm.

On top of these concerns over the company, the more I age the more I feel that I want to be true to myself.

Conflicted

My friends and I have reached the age where engagement, marriage and babies are the norm. Three engagements in the last nine months, two pregnancies in the last five and one baby already this year – and that is all just between 10 of us!

One of my very good friends recently got engaged, so recently I haven’t yet managed to see her face to face, to give my congratulations and coo over the ring. She sent me a message this morning, double-checking our wedding date as her and, her now, fiancé are planning to wed three weeks before.

Am I being childish by feeling a little put out at a good friend choosing a date within the same month as our wedding? Our friendship groups have a great deal of overlap; I would estimate that more than half of the people attending our wedding, will also be attending hers.

Two weddings in one month seems to be a large expense to ask of people as well as the potential clashes of our hen do’s and other preparations. I am overjoyed that they are getting married and can’t wait to go to their wedding but… and that says it all really… but.

I will only have one wedding, one special day that is all about me and he and our lives together and with a close friend getting married only three weeks before, I can’t help but feel we will each distract from one another’s day. That feels like a great shame to me.

Plus it means I better get my butt in gear and get the save the date cards sent out!!

Loving this from Tim Shumate

Loving this from Tim Shumate

A little creepy but still rather brilliant.

A little creepy but still rather brilliant.

Such beautiful work.

Such beautiful work.