Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kids say the darndest things

Having recently moved from a not-very-important government department to the-supremely-important government department, Prudence has been getting to know her new colleagues.

S, realising he'd stapled one of Prudence's documents to his, handed it back, apologising.

"You're forgiven," Prudence said, "but don't let it happen again, young man."

S sidled closer to Prudence.

"I'm older than I look, you know," he murmured, absolutely straight-faced.

"I'm nearly 30."

Prudence is quite pleased she managed not to snort at that.

Monday, January 9, 2012

There's bound to be a time when this is needed

Prudence is indebted to lovely friend S for this most useful of phrases:

Te Audire no possum. Musa sapientum fix est in aure.

Which translates as: I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.

Not having had a classical education, Prudence does not know how to pronounce this, but suspects anyone to whom she directs it, doesn't either.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


After a hiatus of a decade or so of cynicism, Prudence started making resolutions about five years ago. These tended to be quite private, and momentous, if general: to be nicer to oneself, not to be judgmental and cynical, surround oneself with inspirational people, and so on.

The idea was that successive years would build on their predecessors. Prudence is a much better person for the effort, having conquered demons small and large.

For 2012, a change in approach.

1. Learn to crochet

2. Learn to prune the fruit trees so they fruit more, rather than less

3. Find a decent (read grown-up) hairdresser

4. Pay off at least one credit card

5. Find a properly waterproof mascara

Progress reports as and when.