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Out with the old, on with the new…


In keeping with the ‘think-positive-Spring-is-coming-whatever-you-do-SMILE’ mood I have decided to adopt, this book is particularly fresh, clean and bright. Actually, I’ve just noticed it matches my blog theme beautifully.

My New Years’ resolution to revamp myself continues. I have just found a hairstyle I like and after trying it out on Hairmixer have decided that it’s not bad at all and might be the way to go…. so thank you Katie Holmes – dodgy dress, bony shoulders, weird husband but nice hair!


I am also going to buy new glasses (for reading and now unfortunately, for driving too – I hate getting old) and have just spent an arm and a leg at my opticians buying some very groovy Prada specs.

I am also thinking of signing up to an internet dating site – not my first experience of this particular nightmare but I have to admit my last two relationships, which both lasted two years, came by this route and so I live in hope that third time will be lucky. At worst, internet dating provides some funny stories to regale my friends with and a few nice nights out. I seem to live in an area which is defying all government statistics as regards the divorce rate. All my friends are very happily married or coupled up and there seems to be a distinct lack of available men, as the only single guys I tend to meet are still single for very good reason. At my age the opportunities for meeting new people are few and far between – I go to the cinema or to dinner with friends – hardly the ‘meat market’ I remember bars and discos being in my younger days. All my girlie single friends are coupled up at the moment, so the internet it will have to be.

Actually, my heart sinks at the thought of it. Maybe it’s just too soon. I shall wait a while longer, maybe when the nights get lighter. All I seem to want to do these days is batten down the hatches, cuddle up warm and sleep! Internet dating is exhausting and you have to go through an awful lot of empty oysters before you find a pearl…


15 responses to “Out with the old, on with the new…

  1. strugglingwriter January 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Very pretty book. It looks very well put together.

    He he on the Katie Holmes comments. You crack me up! I’m sure the hair will look nice on you.

    I’m in the market for new eyeglasses. I normally wear contacts, but they have been bugging me lately. So, I need to get to the eye doctor and pick up some new lenses and a new pair of glasses. I find this somehow exciting. What that says about me, I don’t want to know. This will have to wait until next month, though, after I have made a dent in the credit card bills from Christmas. :)

  2. Diane January 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Tell me about it! By the time you add up the cost of the frames, then varifocal lenses, a non-reflective coating (which apparently is good if you work at a computer a lot), I could have had a week’s holiday in Spain!

    But I suppose I wouldn’t have been able to see it….

  3. strugglingwriter January 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    “But I suppose I wouldn’t have been able to see it….” – he he he. You are on a roll today!

  4. Diane January 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I thank you!


  5. jeff January 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I liked that book cover art. My lovely wife likes to do stuff and I showed her your work. She’ll probably be makig covers all afternoon because your work put a bug in her ear.

    Nice blog.


  6. Diane January 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I’m glad you like it. And I’m glad if I inspire your lovely wife to have a go too! I hope she is feeling well and making a good recovery.

    I just had a quick visit to your blog, most of what you talk about whooshes straight over my head but I do have to say your art collection is a quite wonderful. I hope your home is VERY secure! I love so much of it – especially the latest Picasso drawing – quite exquisite :-)

  7. mywoodenrobot January 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my goodness. Another beautiful journal? You’re like a machine. lol. Well, I do like that hairstyle on you, although I don’t know what yours is right now, so it’s hard to compare. I’m sure you’ll look great in whatever you choose, as long as you like it! I have a friend that tried online dating and found someone that she got married to in the end…I hope you get the same luck!

  8. GO! Smell the flowers January 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Cool makeover book n hair wise!

    2008 is going to rock for you Diane, we can just smell it…

    GO! Diane.

  9. Diane January 9, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    My hair is long, straight and droopy at the moment!

    I’m liking what I hear about your friend. I had high hopes for my last online dating experience but it now seems he didn’t feel the same (which might have helped!) Anyway, I am nothing if not optimistic…. :-)

    Jim & Em – as they say ‘ From your mouth to God’s ears’ Let’s hope so, didn’t like the way 2007 ended – 2008 must be better. Musn’t it? It started well winning your flower competition so maybe you have brought me luck!

  10. Jerad Kaliher January 10, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Honestly I’m not so sure you’ll have a problem meeting quality men with your sense of fashion in that picture. Your hair and look is really great. And who says that glasses can’t be sexy? Even if they’re used just for reading?

    Online dating isn’t the terrible void that most people make it out to be. I’ve had marginal success myself (don’t tell anyone), only because I tend to get along with intellectuals rather than the typical bar floozie.

    Good luck, I wish you well!

  11. Diane January 10, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Thank you – very kind, I’m blushing. I’ve signed up but can’t bring myself to push the ‘publish’ button, so I am there in spirit but not visible. At least I can scout out the potential….not looking good so far…. :-(

  12. Peter January 11, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Good luck with the dating thing…

    I sometimes ponder the conundrum of whether people on dating sites are really so “bad” or it’s our expectations and desires that simply become pickier and pickier as we age. I know I have certainly grown less and less inclined to “make do” relationships…

  13. laketrees January 11, 2008 at 10:19 am

    wow Diane the book is a perfect match to your site….
    love the new hairstyle…should really suit you :)
    as for the internet dating ….I think it’s a great way to meet….especially…with the options out there….
    here’s to you meeting your soul mate ….

  14. Diane January 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I suspect it’s a combination of both – unreal expectations and not being prepared to ‘make do’!

    Guilty as charged! I only want relationships I am prepared to commit fully to, with no reservations at all. I thought I had that last time but it obviously wasn’t a two way thing! Next step is to find someone who thinks as I do! :-)

  15. Diane January 11, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Kim – the next book is very different! Just about to post it….

    I go to hairdressers on 29th – lets see if he can translate a photo into reality – and if my hair wants to play along!

    I hate internet dating but it did find me my last two chaps – the second a huge improvement on the first, so let’s hope I can continue the trend :-)

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