Thursday, 1 September 2011

Learn Something New: The Beginning

It's Learn Something New Every Day time again! This year I am going to do a tiny album. Last year, I did 12x12 and tried to move house at the same time. Error. But fun trying! And I managed about 2 weeks solid, a page a day, and then intermittent contributions after that.

This year, I am going smaller. Nope, smaller than that. In fact, I am going....this small:

Two and a half by one. I picked this up a few years ago in Leeds, and I am going to use it to note down my learn-something-news each day. And stick in some index print sized pics. Then scrap the ones that turn into bigger pages once and for all. This totally works for me as a non-minibooker. I never feel like I have enough space in a mini to journal and say everything I want to. If I want to scrap it, I want to do it big! And I like all my pages together. So I think this might be a good compromise.

In between dreaming up LSNED ideas, I am working on my Masters (yuck). On the bright side, there is probably a lesson to be learned there.

I am also remembering my lovely week. I've squished in the London Aquarium, Doctor Who, sleepover and pizza with the friends (hey friends, whats up?), made and posted all the little embellishments, picnicked up London style in Hyde park, and paddled in a fountain. Twice.

And I also went to the South Bank and enjoyed the pretend beach - it's totally cute with sand and beach huts and buckets. Couldn't see any spades though. So I treated myself to an imaginary beach dinner (the beach was imaginary, not the dinner. Imaginary food is slimming but not very filling), sitting outside in the not-quite-cold and watching the world go by while scoffing delicious yummies and reading Lord Peter Wimsey's latest exploits.

Then I went to Foyle's, London's most awesome bookshop and held tightly onto my money with both hands and didn't buy any books. I popped to the iMax - HUGE- to see Harry Potter vanquish Voldemort (yay!) in 3D and went to see Legally Blonde the Musical. Again. Actually, it was my third time. In London. I also went once on Broadway. Ahem. But's it's SO CHEERFUL.

But my favourite thing of all? Hands down, seeing Much Ado About Nothing. David Tennant and Catherine Tate were terrific, the comic timing exquisite, and the whole thing was so slick and perfect. I laughed so hard I could scarcely catch my breath and I am feverishly trying to work out if I can go again. Quite possibly the best night at the theatre I have ever had.

What have I learned? That with a little bit of planning, and a touch of spontaneity, and a working knowledge of how to bypass the closed bits of the Underground, you can fit a lot in in London in 5 days.

I've also learned that I LOVE the summer holidays and I would like some more please. But I knew that already.

Kisses xxx

P.S. Maybe another lesson should be that if I splatter mist onto things over the sink, it doesn't go over my clothes, furniture and flat. Just a thought.

P.P.S. Why has this only occurred to me today? I first bought some mist, like, a year ago?

P.P.P.S. I hate my masters. Hence the eternally long post.

P.P.P.P.S. Still reading? Loser.

P.P.P.P.P.S. Just kidding :D I have to be kidding because I am the kind of person that always reads little unrelated things at the bottom. Or those funny little numbers you get in books that refer to footnotes at the back of the book which reference reference books that you will never read.

P(x6).S. In fact, if I write 15000 words on this post, I could just submit this, and forget the masters. And hope no one reads it.

P(x7).S This is probably unlikely. Shame.


  1. Ur book looks gr8! I'm sticking with 6x6 this year :) Good luck with ur masters!

  2. You certainly packed a lot into five days..makes me feel VERY lazy!
    Alison xx

  3. ur a masters. i only managed a post-grad diploma. loving all ur lil adventures though sounds like uve had gr8 fun. loving the idea of a miniature book.
    jo xxx

  4. Love your tiny pages. And all your PS's. There's nowt wrong with 7 PS's.

  5. Great idea for making LSNED manageable and doable. (I'm doing something very similar this year.) Your perseverance with the hated Masters is admirable!

  6. LOL! You are just too funny! I LOVE the format of your mini minialbum!!! It is going to look fabulous I am SURE! Can't wait to see!
    PS: I have received your goodies today and they are so tiny and adorable, I might even use them for my LSNED album! :) THANK YOU!!!!!!

  7. Ooh, cute teeny book! I want to see much ado about nothing but I don't suppose I'll get the chance :-(

  8. Yes, I'm doing a little album too of tags cut with my Slice. If I learned one thing last year, it's that I'm better small. Some people would say that was obvious..

    It's beautiful Kirsty. Can't wait to see it fill up!

  9. Such a cute little book and a great idea, especially when you have enough going on!

  10. Miss Smith, as usual, I LOVE it :) such a cute little size, cant wait to see you add to it :)
    Sounds like you've had a brilliant and fun filled week, so much that you've managed to fit in. Much ado about nothing sounds great. I've seen it at the Cambridge Shakespeare festival and it was brilliant, a great play that one :)
    P.S. I've had my little embellies arrive, they're lovely, thank you, now to decide what to use them on :)

  11. I love your album, it's gorgeous... And such a practical size.

    P.S. I love your little footnotes on your posts, this one made me chuckle. I couldn't stop reading! :)