Weird Blogging Habits

This town is run by clout and clout is fuelled by information.

I’m struggling to admit this but figure admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. I have developed weird blogging habits.


I’ve developed a strange habit over the past couple weeks—while researching, preparing, and writing my blogs I’ve been watching the old show Murder, She Wrote. Weird right?

I just sit here writing and watching, watching and writing. And of course they have all the episodes on Netflix. (NETFLIX! Oh wait…there are TWELVE seasons!?)

And here’s a quote from Season 1 Episode 13: “This town is run by clout and clout is fuelled by information.”

I like it! It’s like how people are now but with more face-to-face and less social media. Clout is still king.

Anyway, that’s all I got. Maybe it brings back memories of being really bored and lonely in middle England and having nothing to watch on TV except reruns of Murder, She Wrote. That’s where I first watched it. Got me through a lot of dreary afternoons stuck at the house, waiting for the kids to come home from school.

I should warn you, that last link has nothing to do with me sitting on the couch waiting for the kids to come home from school. I don’t think I ever blogged about that (too busy watching Murder, She Wrote obviously). This one is about a Halloween school dance they roped me into chaperoning. Just a bit of fun.


While I was going through some old posts trying to find something funny I had said about coffee I ran across this Top Five List Trifecta about my time in England and the adjustment process. It was quite enjoyable if I do say so myself.

Here’s the post if you want to see for yourself. England Top Five(s).

My favourite list is the things I had begrudgingly adapted to:

Things I have begrudgingly adapted to since moving to England:

  1. Belts-as-accessories
  2. Fashion boots
  3. Sparkles
  4. Leg Warmers
  5. Cricket

And then Kinneyland’s comment:

As witty as it all is I would like us all to take a little looksey at the time and date stamp on this comment. November 2007. Which means I’m a proven trendsetter. Look in your closet. TELL me I’m wrong.

Well, maybe I’ll give you cricket. I still don’t get it.

Top Five First Fives from Arbynblog

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Something I love about having the last six years documented in this blog is how much I forget.

For instance: I thought I started doing Top Five lists on this blog when I moved to England.

But actually I began when I was in Quebec. Randomly. As was my entire stay in la belle province.

As I dug through my archives I decided a good way to start off Top Five Lists month is to do one from my own collection: Top Five First Fives From Arbynblog

  1. Top Five Things That Make (Do Not Make) My Bug Bites Itchier
  2. Top Five Things I Learned in Montreal
  3. Top Five Things Not to Say When Meeting Yacht People for the First Time
  4. Top Five Favourite Moments from my Brother’s Wedding and Reception
  5. Top Five Reasons to Live in London

My first attempts at Top Five lists were kind of funny. They consisted of a lot of inside jokes and no context, which was probably only funny to me and the one other person who was there (who probably didn’t even read my blog cause it was kind of a secret back then). I hope I’ve matured past that by now.

And, actually, although I think all those lists are pretty funny, I found another, which may take the cake. It’s about my first experience driving in England and me oh my that was a nail biter! Reading that list makes it seem like it was just yesterday I was driving on the left-hand side of the road, listening to my driving instructor tell me how nervous I made him because I was from Canada and claimed I could drive a manual transmission (I totally could).

Oh, and when you read Top Five Things to Know About Driving in England know that all these things actually happened to me on my FIRST driving lesson. Crazy! How did I spend two years there and never get in an accident?!