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Breathe into a paper bag

The beautiful village of Culross

This is a space to acknowledge the incomprehensible muck of the past week that I’m having trouble articulating beyond retweeting other people’s witty things.

(It appears there is no plan. I don’t like not having a plan. This comes from having a Mum that quizzed me every morning as I sleepily slurped my cornflakes, “Right Shauna, what’s The Plan today?”.

How do you navigate a rocky road without one? It seems there is no To Do list; no colour-coded spreadsheet. Not even a wee mind map scribbled on a fancy stationery with a gold-embossed B J on it.)

In recent times I’ve improved in the Feel The Feelings Instead Of Eating Them department, but last night there was a very necessary bowl of sticky toffee pudding at the pub.

More importantly, there were good friends to really talk with – Aussie Helen and Welshman Russell visiting from England.

“Anyone know a good joke? Anyone?” said Helen at one point, as the conversation yet again returned to Brexit.

In the ended we decided it was just bloody okay to wear our ranty pants for the evening and talk of little else, for this was huge stuff.

I later sent her this video of Adam Buxton‘s dog joyously bouncing through a field, which we can refer back to as needed during these uncertain times.

I’ll be back with a Foxy By 40 update on Tuesday.

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19 thoughts on “Breathe into a paper bag

  1. Hi Shauna. A blog comment is never going to do justice to this topic but it’s true that the last week has been incredibly discombobulating. Many tears. I’m also at the point where I’m finding the near-constant media commentary on leadership contests distasteful (that group of mostly white middle-age men will be fine, after all). I do believe in people, however, and I am reminding myself, all the time, that the vast majority of people I meet are good people who want to do their best. So I’m clinging to that, until I’ve figured out how to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.

    Much love xxx

    1. I do believe in people, however, and I am reminding myself, all the time, that the vast majority of people I meet are good people who want to do their best.

      A million times yes to this! Clinging to that thought here, too. So with you on your whole comment, so beautifully put.

      Much love to you!

    2. “So I’m clinging to that, until I’ve figured out how to be part of the solution, rather than the problem.” – this, too!!!

  2. (((Hugs))) we’ve got the election on Saturday where Australia will undoubtedly demonstrate its stupidity and selfishness. AND we have to decide whether we should still go to Turkey 🙁 have a bite of pudding for me!

  3. Wish I had something useful to say. I can’t pretend I even understand all the ramifications and complications, but I do know that this has the potential to be life-changing, world-changing. That is definitely scary. I sort of want to give you a bunch of suggestions (Move back to Australia! To Canada! To the U.S.! [NOT]) but it’s early days to think of bailing out. And every country has its own set of problems and stupid politicians and disgruntled voters. At any rate, please rant as often as you want. And this definitely called for toffee pudding. And a million times everything Rachel said.

  4. I’ve been following the news on Brexit from down here in Buenos Aires, 7000 miles away from my native Scotland, with considerable dismay. You may not need more links to retweet, but in case you do, I found this the most comforting and sane of the commentaries I’ve heard on the topic (ignore the topic headline):

    https://soundcloud.com/user-353861311/brexit-will-will-effect-our-culture-as-racism-and-xenophobia-will-rise-240616

    Thank you for all your thoughtful posts. Come visit us soon — you would love Buenos Aires! xoxo

    PS I also ate post-Brexit comfort ice cream.

  5. In the spirit of not going to bed thinking of politics, I played your video and laughed out loud at the pure joy of it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I think if you’ve tried to Feel the Feels and it didn’t help, you’re allowed to say ‘Nope, gonna eat them’. As long as you’re upfront with yourself about what you’re doing!

    As for the other thing, when everyone is nervous about the political situation it just makes underlying tension in your every day. But as time goes on it’ll calm down, and people will calm down. Just needs time xx I think we’re used to it over here at the mo, with the tag-team Prime Ministers and no clear plan except ‘try not to get kicked out within 13 months’.

  7. It’s so bloody awful (WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?), and like you, I can only retweet other people’s amusing or poignant observations. It’s definitely having an effect on the other side of the world too…ask me on Sunday morning how grim things are.

    Hang in there, mate. ❤️

  8. Thanks, Shauna, for a bouncy dog video when one is very much required. I am at the point where I am actively avoiding the news at the moment because I find it so depressing. I have always been so proud of my country and my heritage and the stories that are abounding at the moment do us absolutely no credit. Sticky toffee pudding and happy, fluffy animals are the way forward until the world manages to right itself a little bit.

    x x

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