April 16, 2004
Simple Pleasures No7
[This is one that isn't in the original list I wrote when I thought this strand up]
A brand new mouse.
You suddenly realise just what you'd been putting up with all this time.
(And it helps if someone else paid for it.)
April 07, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No7
Stumbling across the elusive emotional or social cue that a particular food so nearly conjures up...
(In this case it was some Keen's Cheddar from Sainsbury's, and it's the smell of cleaning out the underside of a Flymo that has been left uncleaned just a tiny bit too long. The mixture of fresh green, and slightly dusty mouldiness)
Simple Pleasures: No6
Wood Pigeons cooing for the first time of the year. The birdsong equivalent of a great big hug.
March 30, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No5
The suprise, mixed with a slight guilt at your unnoticably incrementally-diminished horizons, when you find a DVD special feature that is actually in some way special.
March 25, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No4
The echo of childhood caused by shaking a blown lightbulb to hear the faint high-pitched rattle from inside, with its naughty hint of adult danger from the knowledge that all lightbulbs are so fragile they will Break At Any Moment!
March 23, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No3
A fully charged electric toothbrush with a brand new brush-head, giving that feeling of dental purpose and power as they start getting your teeth properly clean.
March 18, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No2
The acrid, almost sick-like, smell that uniquely identifies the binding of each book the first time it is opened, accompanied by the first rough run of your fingers down the just-cut pages - the teases of a world of knowledge or imagination waiting to happen.
March 17, 2004
Simple Pleasures: No1
The cool, freshly springy hug that comes from putting on a brand-new pair of good socks.
[This is an occasional series on reasons to get up in the morning...hopefully daily until I run out, but I'm not promising anything]