Finding the Balance


Just… one of those days.

The wireless mouse fell out with the Mac. The Mac fell out with the email newsletter software. The kittens declared war on the router cable. And then I fell out with Google Plus.

Seriously, though, I think someone with a different sort of brain to me invented that site – because to me? It. Makes. No. Sense. At. All. There were a couple of misunderstandings at work, and I spent my entire evening fielding emails when I should have been cooking dinner and chilling out with a book.

I wish today had been a nicer day. Because it was Flea’s birthday. And I wanted it to be a happy sort of day.

Which it was, of course – for Flea. Which I suppose is what counts, when it’s your birthday.

But as I was explaining to someone when I finally worked out how to ‘hang out’ on G+, the thing about my job is that it REALLY is 24/7. My clients are online Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. But my site’s members are online evenings and weekends. And if I want to keep them both happy, I pretty much have to be always available.

Some days I make a better job of that than others. Today was one of the other days.

And because the universe has a sense of humour, it’s always those days when the technology becomes self-aware and, in HAL fashion, gangs up on you, maliciously malfunctioning or moving buttons on websites so you can no longer work out how to save things, or get back to where you started. Bloody computers.

Of course,  the only thing to do on a day like that is to walk out of the front door, and keep walking until you see this…

It helped. Like I knew it would.

I love the space, and the calm of the sea. I love the scale of it, and the smell, and the sound. I can’t imagine living anywhere that’s more than a five minute walk from somewhere like this. No matter where the next couple of years take us, I never want to be more than a 10 minute walk from a beach. It’s the perfect counter-balance to everything else.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Frugal Queen
    15th August 2012 / 6:00 am

    “never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”

  2. 15th August 2012 / 6:37 am


    There was a lady called sally whittle,
    She had brown hair and could be described as little.
    She had a row with her pc
    And caused such a fuss,
    She them took it out on confusing Google plus.

    Better than the sea any day
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  3. 15th August 2012 / 6:39 am

    Lovely post. We are desperately missing living by the sea. You’re right – it does make everything better. Hope today is a good day.
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  4. 15th August 2012 / 8:18 am

    Exact reason I don’t have a work blackberry. I’m not available 24/7. Well, maybe on twitter 😉
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  5. Suzanne
    15th August 2012 / 7:16 pm

    Sorry about the frustrations, can totally empathise with that. Love the pictures of the sea… relaxing even looking at it. What a great way to finish the day and release all frustrations.

  6. Tessa
    16th August 2012 / 5:37 pm

    You were great on the Google+ Hangout. Sorry you find Google+ frustrating – I went on last year when it started and I love it! The difference to me is that it is about your interests and I don’t need these people to have friended me or be my friends. I put them in a circle based on what we share (photography, genealogy, technology, politics, etc.) and I can interact with that specific interest and not post everything to everyone). Also for some reason Google+ is intuitive to me but Facebook not as much.

  7. Merry
    20th August 2012 / 10:41 pm

    Ha. Know them days. And they are never improved by g+

  8. 1st September 2012 / 7:42 am

    Catching up on my blog reading over coffee at 8am (you know the deal). I had one of those days yesterday. And I am so, so, so thankful that we’ve moved up here to the seaside and I can do just what you did. The sea soothes rumpled spirits.
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