I have a tendency to get carried away with things I'm passionate or excited about.
So when I first heard about TYSIC I was scared to look forward too far ahead, in case it slowly petered out and came to a disappointingly premature conclusion.
However, I feel at the start I may have totally underestimated Mark Watson's drive and ability to pull together such a jolly group of enthusiastic strangers. The amount of blogs and posts available must give Mark a very warm feeling, and as a "lifer" myself, I feel really relieved that people are taking the bull by the horns and getting stuck in.
I was one of the lucky 8 to have been short-listed for the iPod competition this week (Well Done Anna!) and I although I now have to find another way to get my girlfriend a new mp3 player I couldn't stop smiling at the concept of the competition. For non-TSYICers, Mark basically posted a blog a while back about the loss of BBC6 Music and how an iPod can actually be more entertaining as it's like being in control of your own radio station. The blog ended with Mark challenging everyone reading to leave a comment explaining why they feel they deserve a new iPod and the most convincing argument would win themselves said mp3 player.
I didn't win, but the fun isn't going to stop there. We now have to get the iPod from Mark to Anna, via all 8 finalists and as many TSYICers, in both Britain and wider Europe, using any mode of transport possible. Amazing.
Anyway, as we're now in week two it's time for an update. Like last week, and hopefully the many more to follow, I have been attempting to continue progressing through the five steps/challenges I've set myself.
Unfortunately the first (and ultimately most challenging) one, writing a book, has suffered a bit this week. Writer's block has kicked in, but rather than completely avoiding the subject, I've merely placed the pen down and formed some ideas in my head. Lulls at work provide the perfect thinking space. Plus, in a way, I'm getting paid to think about my novel!
The next step was sending a letter, and although I started off with an ambitious one to David James (England goalkeeper) I've chosen someone closer to home. Without bringing the mood down, a friend of mine past away when we were 16 (8 years ago). I stay in touch with the family on the anniversary and his birthday and they say they appreciate we still think about him. But I was thinking the other day, why do we only say nice things on predetermined dates? There's now a letter in the post to let them know he's always on my mind.
Number three on the list was smiling more. Some people have read previous posts and if they see me not smiling, they tell me I must. So that's a helpful motivational tool!
I also told myself to enjoy things I don't like so on Saturday evening I forced a glass of red wine down my throat. I managed to keep the vomit down, but I think I'm going to have to keep plugging away at that one. Hopefully in 9 years and 11 months time I can celebrate a successful decade (or drown my sorrows) with a whole bottle. Vomit or no vomit.
And finally this week's music discovery is Fat Freddy's Drop. I recommend Flashback http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-t5nBbGhPM. It has a relatively slow start but his voice just makes me want to be in a Hollywood BBQ montage. See what I mean?
Hope everyone is happy and if you're reading this as a non-TYSICer I implore you to check out Mark's blog at http://www.markwatsonthecomedian.com/web/blog/.
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