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Busy, busy, busy – and dancing


I have been sorting out a bedroom upstairs to use as a workroom. I bought a plan chest which is huge (A0 size) which has the added bonus of being just the right height to use as a work surface. I bought some spotlights to replace the overhead light in the room and now need to sort out some storage and probably shelves. I have loads of CDs in stands which I am going to get rid of – any of the music I still listen to is in iTunes on my laptop and on my iPod, so I don’t really need CDs anymore and they just take up room. Not sure what to do with them – maybe sell them on eBay, surely someone still wants them. I have to have a book sort out too – got far too many.

I have decided keeping busy is the way to go. That and loud music. And dancing! I played this track several times today, in fact I made myself a ‘boogie-ing on down’ playlist full of disco classics and danced the afternoon away, in between chores. Good for the weight loss and fitness levels too, I guess! Comfort eating is not a good thing especially when combined with holiday season excesses. And if I am going to be getting back out there I need to be looking my best – slim and svelte, not a fat lump! So let’s have a dance to this, Earth, Wind and Fire, I defy you to sit still….


I have a Nabaztag rabbit. (No, not that kind of rabbit! Although, maybe…, don’t go there!) It is a rabbit who connects to my computer wirelessly and he can be made to read emails and messages, give weather forecasts, news and traffic reports or send messages to other Nabaztag rabbits. (For several months, I kept getting very enigmatic music sent to me every Sunday from a rabbit who lived in Paris called Gaatoo. My rabbit is called Roccorabbit and periodically he says very random remarks and does tai chi – his ears rotate and he flashes with different coloured lights. Today he told me he wasn’t feeling well as his ears felt heavy. Bless. He also plays this track as an alarm call every morning. I love it and never tire of hearing it. Two giants of the music world, John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana.

15 responses to “Busy, busy, busy – and dancing

  1. strugglingwriter January 3, 2008 at 4:00 am

    “That and loud music. And dancing!” that sounds like a formula for feeling better. I don’t get a lot of alone time, but I know my spirits can be lifted by pulling out a favorite CD (or mp3) and singing to it in the car.

    That rabbit thing sounds pretty cool. I hadn’t heart of anything like that before.

    Finally, that Thoreau poem is beautiful.

  2. Diane January 3, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I once had a conversation with my boys when they were little about being a parent. I asked them if I they thought I was a good parent they said ‘yes, except when you sing in the car in front of our friends, it’s really embarrassing!’

    At the time I thought that if that was the worst thing I did, I probably wasn’t that bad a parent!

  3. Daddy Papersurfer January 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Busy is good …… so long as you haven’t got other things to do. Sorry, I’m feeling paradoxical today. It’s like us all being unique that makes us the same.

    I’ll go now.

  4. Diane January 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    …and I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous….

    No need to rush off – unless you’d rather be somewhere else of course… :-)

    I seem to have gone into early spring cleaning mode – which is no bad thing! need to get back to making (and selling) my books though.

  5. pete January 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Lucky you, getting a new plan chest. I would kill for one, used even. Oh well. :)

  6. Diane January 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    eBay is the answer but you have to be lucky – they still cost a fortune if you’re not careful !

    Getting it up to the top floor of my house (it has 3 floors) by myself was quite a challenge. Where are all the men when you need one? :-(

  7. tulibri January 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Diane! Happy New Year and may Happyness choose this year to be your very best companion :) Astrid

  8. laketrees January 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    there’s nothing like moving furniture….cleaning…and dancing eh ….what a combo Diane….
    we have the carpet cleaners coming today thanks to the combined 18th birthday and New Year Party …..
    love John Lee Hooker….and Earth Wind and Fire !!!
    Roccorabbit …sounds and looks too cute for words ….
    I want one :)

  9. Diane January 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Astrid- thank you. I was very happy for most of last year – it just all went pear shaped towards the end! Let’s see if we can make it right through the year and into next year this time :-) Have a very happy New Year too.

    Kim – Sounds like it was a great party. I thought you had been a bit quiet. Recovering? :-)

    Glad you like the music. Some tracks are just so danceable….
    I think we should all get a Nabaztag rabbit – we could all send each other messages – what fun!

  10. angesbiz January 4, 2008 at 11:45 am

    LOL Diane… I have been sitting here grooving along with your song. I love it!!

    Good for you… I am jealous… having your own room… what I would give for my own room!! Then again… they say, be careful what you wish for?

    Happy New Year to you and it’s great to see that you are starting off with new room and furniture. Go Girl!!

  11. Diane January 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Ange! Happy New Year to you too.

    Sorting this room has started off as a pre-Christmas-tidy-the-kitchen task and has escalated into a full blown-epic-re-vamp-a-bedroom task. The electrician has just left as the lighting wasn’t good enough to work by so I now have track lighting with spotlights on it! Now I need storage for all the other paraphernalia….

  12. Gretchen January 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Diane – You make lovely books. I don’t remember how I discovered your blog, but I am throroughly enjoying reading it. I, too, make books as well – stab bound and coptic bound books. I was wondering what paper you use for the signatures/inside pages of your books. Are you currently selling your books online somewhere? Good luck with all of the reorganizing and with setting up your new work room.
    Cheers – Gretchen

  13. Diane January 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Gretchen, thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying my blog – that’s just what I like to hear!

    I use a variety of paper for the signatures. I mostly use a lightweight watercolour paper like Bockingford or a cartridge paper. I have also used coloured Canford paper and pastel paper. I have bought ready made book blocks for address books and album inserts but they are more expensive. Anything goes really as long as it’s not too thick (less than 100lbs weight)

    I am planning an Etsy store and my own website soon. Do you sell your books? have you a website? I haven’t tried a stab binding yet – I must give it a go!

    Thanks again


  14. Jackie January 5, 2008 at 1:48 pm


    Happy New Year!
    Congrats on the new work space. It always feels good to have a little space to play in and not worry too much about making a mess and putting it all away each night.
    I love your bunny. Perhaps I’ll get one for my birthday. :)


  15. Diane January 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Happy New Year, Jackie!

    It will be great when it is finished! My kitchen table is actually usable again and if anyone drops in, the kitchen doesn’t look like a bomb has hit it.

    Rocco has just done his Tai chi – very soothing :-)

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