The Doctor and the Filofax

I realise I didn’t blog the last few eps of Doctor Who. I loved the second half of this series, I really did. The finale was great, tying up some stuff and leaving more open to interpretation.

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If I can’t change your mind then no-one will

Hello lovely blog. Work has been so busy recently, and there has been some other stuff going on, that I haven’t had time yet to complete my Filofax set-up post. I’m hoping to get to it on Monday (hooray for Bank Holidays!). Ali is working really well, and with a few more tweaks I think I will have the perfect layout. I need to buy a 6-hole punch though, my little one-holer just isn’t cutting the mustard. 

As work is utterly hectic I have a fairly quiet time on the horizon socially this month. A few nice things planned – I had dinner with friends last night, and I have a couple of events in the pipeline, but overall some much needed relaxation. I need it. April I made a trip home which always takes time to recover from (I love going home, but travelling is not a favourite activity of mine), and June will be packed as I am off to see the legend that is Mr Bob Mould on the 1st, and then to Download I go. Pre-Download I need to fit in a break with my son, as we are unlikely to get a proper holiday this year. I want to go away somewhere the Bank Holiday weekend, but can’t find anything where we can go Sat-Tues rather than Fri-Mon. If anyone has any ideas I’d be grateful to hear them. Must be accessible by public transport, no more than 2/3 hours from London, and have activities suitable for an autistic teenage boy. Oh, and a bar for Mum!

I’m really looking forward to Download. I have never been to a festival before. I need some advice on essential survival tools! We’re going in the car so no carrying problems. Obviously I have a tent, and an airbed, but what else should I take? Clothes would be a good idea I suppose! I don’t know what to wear though. This festivalling business is more stressful than I though it would be…

 

Filofax love

I’m a tech-nerd, I freely admit. A tech-nerd without an iPhone, but still…

I live the majority of my life online. I communicate with people through Facebook, blogs, other online fora. I could probably get away with never leaving the house if it wasn’t for the child and work! 

But some things I just can’t technologise (I insist that is a word). I have TRIED to use all sorts of electronic calenders and to-do lists. From the horrors of Outlook at work, to Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, Good-to-do, and a multitude of other apps. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s like I need the ‘realness’ of pen and paper. 

A few years back I saw the Breast Cancer Filofax on offer in WHSmith. I had to have it, of course. It’s PINK. I used it for a while, but I found it didn’t quite meet my needs. There was not enough space, I didn’t have the Filo-nous back then to do any hacks, and (curiously) it was TOO pink (I know! Who would ever have thought such a thing possible!). Plus I was still trying to be Ms Online, especially after we got our work Blackberry’s and I could auto-sync Outlook. 

Fast forward a few years, and I discovered Philofaxy. This wonderful, funny, hilarious, and FAX OBSESSED community reignited my planner and stationary passion. My BB had crashed one too many times, our IT dept are less use than a chocolate fireguard, and I needed to get my home life in order too. 

Sooooo, I mooched about online and ordered this beauty (in pink, natch). I called her Michael Fassbender’s Penis (don’t ask!). I went for Personal size as with the BC one I realised that Pocket is just too small for me. I did a few customisations on her, utilising some ideas from Philofaxy, and set about using and abusing her. She was a star. Came everywhere with me. I loved her hearts and the way she snuggled gently in my bag. But I admit, I strayed. I was seduced by LEATHER. Oh god, there is just something about leather…

So when I saw a discount code for City Organiser, and that they had the Finchley in Imperial Purple at a great price, I took the plunge. Unfortunately Royal Mail are less use than work’s IT dept and the first parcel they sent out never arrived. But they were SO helpful, and sent me another out immediately. 

Oh, I should have blogged about it then, with box pictures and everything, but I just wanted to get her on the go. I have named her Ali (after a friend, it has meaning!). She has a dashboard, and sections, oooh and a cotton cream WO2P diary. And I’m using her to track my spending (too much!), and for work notes. We make a perfect couple. I love the fact that I can use her for EVERYTHING. I’ve abandoned my poor purse in favour of her (sorry Mother-in-Law!). She even carries my compass (it’s a Mindfulness thing) and Radar key. She’s not quite set up EXACTLY how I want yet, but we’re getting there. 

One final point: Last night I had a complete mare and needed to be somewhere urgently. My stupid cheap phone completely died on me in the middle of the journey, I was meant to be meeting a friend who was doing me a huge favour, and of course I had NO NUMBERS. I have vowed now that I am writing all my contacts in Ali. Filo’s never crash, never drunk text (p:) and are always there for you <3.