What am I doing now?

The lovely and gorgeous Mari at Mari’s World has tagged me to answer the following questions about what I am doing right now. Obviously what I am doing at this exact moment is sitting at the computer tapping out this very blog post, but that would be a short and not especially sweet answer, so here is the fuller version.

Currently I Am: Preparing to turn 41 tomorrow. 41 sounds older than 40, mostly because it actually is. I guess it is properly in my 40s as opposed to just dipping a toe in. Well, I am ready for it, if you read my post earlier in the week you will know I am all about the positive at the moment. Miss Fierce is in the house, and she isn’t going anywhere. Well, except to Exeter for a night of child free time with my other half at the weekend….which reminds me, I must pack!

Reading: I am having a reading spell, I am gorging on other people’s words, cramming them all into my brainbox and enjoying every syllable. I have read something like 50 books this year, and this week I read two of the very best. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran was extraordinary, I relate so strongly to the main character, and the complexities of her world reflect much of what went on in my head and life as a teenager too – I was in a band rather than writing about them, but armed with my own pseudonym I took on the world in a similar way, with the same insecurities behind the bolshie exterior. And The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings was simply un-put-downable, I was gripped from the first page and annoyed everyone I share a house with by refusing to remove my nose from it until it had reached it’s thrilling conclusion – if my kids have complaints about the lack of care over those two days, I suggest they direct them at Amanda – she shouldn’t have written such a fine book if she wanted my kids to get dinner.

Listening to: Exciting times in the Cisco household mean I have mostly been listening to my other half’s band, Self Abuse. An american label has recently re-issued an album of theirs from the early 80s on vinyl. And as well as that they have recorded a new EP ready for their forthcoming appearance at the mother of all punk festivals, Rebellion, this coming August. I have band envy, I am missing playing these days, and must find a way to get back to it again soon.

 

Self Abuse Teenage

 

Laughing At: *stands up and clears throat* I AM A RADIO 4 COMEDY ADDICT. I especially love The News Quiz and The Infinite Monkey Cage. And in terms of telly, I never tire of QI. Clever funny is what I like. Oh and political comedy – have just booked tickets to see Mark Steele later in the year, and would love to go see Stewart Lee too. And not forgetting the surreal, I am looking forward to giggling my way through Milton Jones at Camp Bestival in a few weeks!

Swooning Over: I inherited a bit of money when my Granddad died last year, and have recently made the decision that I want to buy a piece of Art with some of it, something beautiful and solid to remember him by. The artist making me swoon at the moment is Yvonne Coomber, just beautiful and dreamy. I am going to try and see some in the real world at the weekend to check out if it has the same effect in real life as on the screen.

 

yvonne coomber

 

Planning: On moving house. Still hunting, no joy yet, but it still very much the plan to get me a garden. And birthdays – my eldest turns 18 in a few weeks, and my youngest turns three 3 days after that. Spa days and family meals, cakes and gifts, balloons and days out – all still to be organised!

Eating Lots Of: Well, not eating lots of anything, am on yet another stupid diet! I set myself a target in March of losing 21lbs by my birthday. As aforementioned, that birthday is tomorrow – and I have not reached my target – I have however lost 18lbs, which is still pretty awesome, and shall be rewarded with much cake this weekend.

Feeling: Better. I have been feeling a little down and a little small lately, but I have taken those feelings by their ears and slung them firmly out the door and am adopting a more positive outlook.

Discovering: Old things through new eyes as I follow my toddler around his world.

Looking At: This month I have been mostly looking at grass. Grass with 22 men running about on it. Yes. I like football, England games aside I have thoroughly enjoyed the endless matches, although their have been times where I have lost total track of who I am watching.

Wearing: Am experimenting. Was feeling mumsy but am trying to find a new look that is my old look but new.  I used to wear a lot of original 1950s frocks. I used to wear a green polka dot ra-ra skirt with fish nets, I used to wear Mum clothes from White Stuff – what I want to do is combine all those things in a new, uniquely me in my forties look that reflects who I am, which is a scruffy herbert with delusions of grandeur.

Cooking: Bores me. Actually, that isn’t true, I like cooking cooking, what I am bored of is the daily grind of what to feed a family of awkward buggers for tea. You can often find me looking panic stricken in a Waitrose aisle while trying to remember who eats what and when we last had bolognaise, as if it was yesterday I probably can’t serve it again.

Wondering: Why pint doesn’t rhyme with mint or hint. And if that is the case have I been mis-pronouncing Harold Pinter all these years.

Trying Out: New hair, I have gone back to being really rather red after a few years of a more beige bland thing. I am surprising myself when I catch a glimpse of vibrant colour when wandering past a mirror, but I am rather liking it.

Red head

 

And there we have it, time for me to pass the baton onto some other bloggers to see what they are doing now – I tag – Mum Of Three World, Ojo’s World and The World According To Izzie – enjoy!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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16 Comments

  1. July 10, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Turning 41 isn’t so bad (mutters under breathe about the injustice of getting older).
    You must get back into playing! Miss Fierce needs music, I bet.
    Thanks for the tag, will probably get to it tomorrow xx
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  2. July 10, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Thanks for the tag, I’m looking forward to writing this already. Have a fabulous birthday tomorrow and an awesome weekend without the kids. Loved reading more about the real world of Miss Cisco and welcome back Miss Fierce. Here’s hoping she sticks around for a very long time.
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  3. July 10, 2014 / 9:20 am

    I saw that Yvonne Coomber picture and fell in love! It’s stunning, and bright, and happy. Oh, and 41 is the new 21! Happy birthday for tomorrow. x

  4. July 10, 2014 / 9:50 am

    This is such a great post to do…and the hair looks amazing by the way! I’m looking forward to reading other people’s now!
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  5. July 10, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Totally making a 40th Bucket List ready for next year. Sorry I have to say that everywhere I go, just to make sure that I actually make it happen… I too am trying to create some sort of style at the moment. I’m loving everything in White Stuff but aware that mumsie-ness has become my vibe of late, and while that’s not a bad thing I don’t think I’m mentally ready for it.
    Love the band name, Papasaurus and I used to have a band of our own, ok so we only jammed once and only wrote one song but one of our names I loves (apart from I Love Gaylord and Crunchy Tits) was Suicide Sweatband. We had dreams of wearing bandages round our wrists on stage when we made it……..
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  6. July 10, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Totally making a 40th Bucket List ready for next year. Sorry I have to say that everywhere I go, just to make sure that I actually make it happen… I too am trying to create some sort of style at the moment. I’m loving everything in White Stuff but aware that mumsie-ness has become my vibe of late, and while that’s not a bad thing I don’t think I’m mentally ready for it.
    Love the band name, Papasaurus and I used to have a band of our own, ok so we only jammed once and only wrote one song but one of our names I loves (apart from I Love Gaylord and Crunchy Tits) was Suicide Sweatband. We had dreams of wearing bandages round our wrists on stage when we made it……..
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  7. July 10, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Ok brain twin – you’re not alone in your love of Radio 4! I got really unbearable excited about the new series of the news quiz! Susan Calman and Sandi Whats her name are gods in our house!
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  8. July 10, 2014 / 11:08 pm

    OOh looking good with your hair and your 18lb! Well done!
    Unfortunately I don’t have the money for art, but when I did, I loved buying the occasional real piece of art, rather than the prints I had from Ikea. I love that picture and will definitely be going back to real paintings one day when I can afford to.
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  9. July 11, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Brilliant list and I love the hair colour. Happy Birthday for today!

  10. July 11, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Another Radio 4 comedy fan here. And we’re off to see Milton Jones in May 2015 when he’s coming to St Albans. Don’t think we’ve ever booked anything so far in advance before!
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  11. July 25, 2014 / 4:52 am

    I like the flaming red hair! Enjoy your 40s I’ve just turned 50 and although it’s quite liberating on the one hand it’s also a tad scary. I was born blond, bottled it from my late 20s and now my hair is mostly white. My godson said to his mum the other day. ‘What’s with Jane’s HAIR?’ in not a complimentary voice.It’s Arctic blond kiddo that’s what!
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    • July 25, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Artic blond – LOVE that – *saves it for future use*

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