Category Archives: Misc.

It’s time for some link love!

My list of links to share with you is getting very long, so it was time to do a post!  I hope you enjoy reading the following articles.

Benches celebrating books! Isn’t this a brilliant idea! I love it, but it’s a little disappointing that they are only on display in London. There are other cities in the UK!

David Sedaris has written an article in the New Yorker about his relationship with his FitBit.  It is because of this article that I bought one of my own.  It’s a good article, and I like the little insight into what he gets up to on walks. More people should live like him!

It’s no secret that I love trees (definitely no secret if you know me in real life!). This post has been doing the rounds on Twitter, and it’s a collection of brilliant trees around the world. Check it out, and then tell me that you don’t love trees too!

I absolutely love this spiral crochet cushion design. I love clashing colours! In fact, I pretty much love everything Matt makes!  You should browse his site after reading that post.

This article on the joy of one is brilliant. I like having just one of some things too. I don’t have just one mug though, like the author of the article. In fact I have millions. I love mugs! But I like the idea anyway…

Someone has made a series of sculptures out of suspended buttons (hanging on threads) and it is the most awesome thing ever. The amount of work that has gone into these sculptures is incredible, and they look fantastic!

Another Demilked link. This lady gave up her job to become a landscape photographer and she is amazing. The photos are just fantastic!  Of course, it helps that she lives in Australia and has all this awesome landscape to photograph.

Most people, myself included, will never be hardcore minimalists. Life gets in the way and most of us are comfortable with a little clutter in our lives (I like books!). This blog post is a list of 10 minimalism ideas that we can all use in our lives, and I think it’s a good starting place for anyone wishing to streamline. Personally, my wardrobe has suffered from a clothes creep in recent months, and is now stuffed to the brim. I’m considering how to address this and will be blogging about it in future months.

Marc and Angel did a post on 12 things to remind yourself when you get up. I don’t read their blog very often because it’s sickeningly cheerful and upbeat, but there is always good stuff on there if you can bear the cheerfulness!

I recently came across an old Lifehacker guide to tea. I love tea, so this post is right up my alley! If you love tea, you should read it too!

Buzzfeed recently wrote a list of the top 27 best 00s teen movies.  I now have an urge to watch many of these films again.  I love teen films as they are cheesy and easy-going.  Also, It’s a boy girl thing should not have been ranked number 27.  It’s a classic!

A final URL reminder

Afternoon tea in the evening 8

The URL of Planet Millie has changed from www.mslogica.com to www.planetmillie.com.  The mslogica.com URL gets “switched off” next week so please make sure you have updated any saved URLs you have before this happens.

Thank you!

Product review: Jord watches

Jord watch 1

I’ve been sitting on this review for a few weeks now, and I did wonder at one point whether to do a review at all. I’ve seen Jord watches mentioned on several blogs recently – their PR team have obviously decided to target the blogging community, with some success! As a result of one of the blogs I read, I ordered two Jord watches – one for my Mother and one for me.

Jord watch 2

Jord watches are special because they’re made of wood. I love the idea of a watch made of wood; it’s a sustainable material and can look great if handled properly. Sadly, I found these watches disappointing, and since numerous bloggers are promoting the brand, I decided it was important to share my opinion.

Jord watch 3

Firstly, although the name of the brand is Nordic, the company is based in the U.S, the watch is made in China and the timepiece is Japanese. This is my first dislike of the product, and it’s a big one. Manufacturing the watch in China brings with it the usual issues of worker rights, but also negates the value of a wooden watch as there’s no way of knowing whether the wood was sourced ethically and if the factory used is environmentally-friendly. Most schemes that promise to accredit Chinese systems have major flaws and for now can’t be relied upon. Assuming the brand did any research before choosing their country of manufacture, they know all of this, and so are presumably motivated by cost (as is true of most countries that manufacture in China).

This brings us to my next issue. I ordered two watches, and both are faulty. They have not been handled by people that understand wood as a material, and as a result one watch has cracks where the timepiece was screwed in too tightly and the other had a faulty strap link where the screw was not secured in place. Wood is not metal: it responds differently to stress and as such using it to make a watch requires care.

As a final complaint, one of the watches itself didn’t work: it would stop sporadically for no discernible reason, making it constantly read the wrong time. I did get a full refund for this watch (including return shipping), but I kept the other watch in spite of the crack.

I’m not averse to spending money on watches; I’ve loved them since I started collecting them at 11. As such, I didn’t balk at the price of a Jord watch. However, I really don’t think it’s good value for money, so for now I wouldn’t recommend buying one. I had one last niggle with the watch, which is that the second hand doesn’t line up with the second markers on the watch face. This doesn’t matter on a £10 analogue watch, but when you’re paying £70+ for a watch you expect it to be perfect.

I think Jord have demonstrated that wooden watches are possible, but I feel like the final product they’ve put on the market doesn’t live up to expectation. They’d have been better as a brand staying local with US craftsmen, US timbers and if needed a smaller range and prices that reflected this increased level of skill. Keen environmentalists like me would pay more to know the job was done properly, as would watch collectors, and in the shrinking market of watch sales they’d have stood out more as a unique brand.

New laptop desk and stickers

Hello, I am back from my break!  I have some photos to show you at some point, but today I want to show you my laptop.  The new sticker arrived for the wrist rests on my Mac, so now I’ve finally finished decorating it!  I decorated the front of the laptop when I bought it back in January:

Laptop skin

I’m afraid that I don’t remember now where I got the skin from.  However, Society6 and Etsy both do great designs and I would have ordered from one of these sites.

I got the keyboard stickers a couple of weeks ago from Mixed Decals on Etsy, which has hundreds of designs.  I got the wrist rest this weekend from SkinStyler, which has loads of wrist rest designs for Macs.

Keyboard stickers

So now I’ve finished decorating my laptop, and it is looking tres snazzy, non?  I’m very pleased with it!

The laptop desk I settled on in the end was the one from the mobility company.  It arrived a bit “rough and ready”, covered in bamboo dust from sawing, and one screw was loose so I had to fix it myself.  As such, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, except it was cheap and it works really well!

Laptop desk with laptop

A little blog holiday

Sometimes I go through phases where I don’t see the point in blogging any more. I’m unfortunately in one of those phases at the moment. I’m also doubting my existence on Twitter, which is very shocking for me (I used to love Twitter!).

I suppose really for me there isn’t much point to my blogging – I don’t make money from it (nor do I intend to). It’s literally just a place to chat. I’m never going to be one of those high profile blogs, because a) I don’t like *having* to stick to a blogging schedule, b) I don’t want to write article after article, and c) I don’t have the time or the inclination to invest in PR. Most the time I’m ok with that, but occasionally I think it would be nice to have thousands of readers and use my blog for the power of good (recommending green things, etc.). In recent years my readership has plateau’d (this is quite normal although lots of bloggers forget this!) and I guess we’ve all just got comfortable together.

Anyway, I need a little break from blogging, and luckily this break coincides with a few days I have off work. I’ll be back on the 28th July.

Have a lovely week, whatever your plans :)

A photo post

I have a collection of random photos for you today.  Every now and then I like to collect together all the photos I haven’t shared, and just dump them all in one post so I can move on with my life!  Captions beneath each photo.

Sleepy cat :)

Little Archie having a snooze with me one afternoon. She’s not a particularly affectionate cat, but she does follow me around the house and she stays nearby.  She’s moulting at the moment, as you can see from her neck in the photo.  Lots of loose hairs being abandoned everywhere!

Yellow and orange lily

I love my lilies. They’re orange and yellow varieties and they’re beautiful. I wish they flowered longer though! (P.S. I’ve just finished a book called Seven Flowers and how they changed the world, and the lily was one of the flowers featured. It was a good read.)

Eaten snail

I find this snail shell on the patio exactly as it is in the photo, and you can see that a hungry bird has eaten the snail from it. I don’t really mind as there are too many snails in the garden!

Rose reaching up to sky

My Mum grows a lot of roses. I don’t really care for them; I think they require too much effort to look pretty, but this one was reaching to the sky and looking pretty, so it deserved a photo!

I may have bought new keyboard stickers for my laptop!

I bought a set of keyboard stickers for my Mac, so it looks all snazzy! I got this set off Etsy (there are loads of designs on there!), but the return key and the shift key were wrong so I’m currently waiting for an update from the seller as they’re sticker-less and sad.  I’ve also ordered a sticker for the wrist pad section so it doesn’t get scratched, so I’ll show you that when it’s arrived.

New laptop desk

I bought a new stand for my laptop finally (I chose the mobility product one).  The Apple rainbow sticker came with my keyboard stickers but I already have a sticker on the front of my laptop.  (Also, you can see the missing return key sticker on my keyboard in that photo!)

So that’s the miscellaneous stuff from my life!

A new URL reminder

New pink converse

These boots are made for walking…

The URL of Planet Millie has changed from www.mslogica.com to www.planetmillie.com.  This changed happened a couple of months ago and I updated most systems, but mslogica.com goes offline at the end of August so if you’re visiting here from a favourites link or something please update it.

People reading in feeds, by email and by Bloglovin’ don’t need to do anything!

Why I stopped journalling

I recently mentioned in a comment on here that I’d stopped journalling, and I was asked to write about this. I was going to at some point, but I hadn’t really marshalled my thoughts together, so I didn’t know what to say.

For months now I’ve not been journalling regularly. I’ve not been enjoying it and it’s lapsed into a chore that I do once every couple of weeks. Alongside this, I’ve been pondering what to do with all my old journals (this sometimes took place on here!). I didn’t know what I was keeping all the old notebooks for, and as there were around 30 they were taking up a lot of space (I’ve kept a journal for 10 years). As you guys know, I’m big on de-cluttering, and all these old notebooks were becoming dead space.

I wasn’t aware that I’d made a decision about all of this, but one morning in May I woke up with the decision to get rid of all the notebooks. I sorted through them all, removing any sensitive pages and recycling the rest. The sensitive pages got shredded and went into the compost. It was a big job that took many hours over several days to complete, but I felt much better for doing it.

That was a couple of months ago now, and I’ve not had an urge to journal since. I don’t regret getting rid of the journals, but I am annoyed that I wasn’t a better journaller. I love reading biographies and published journals, but mine were no way near that interesting! I do however miss the act of writing. I originally started keeping a journal so I could write by hand regularly, and now that exercise has gone I do miss it. The decision to stop journalling has wider repercussions over my use of pens and paper, and I think I will need to find a new activity that uses these.

That’s what happened to my journals anyway. Do any of you journal? Have you kept all your old notebooks?

Selling my Nikon D60 camera and lens

Camera body and accs for sale

I’m selling my Nikon d60 on eBay. I’ve umm’d and ahh’d over this decision for months, because it’s a lovely camera, but I just don’t get full use out of it and I prefer my other Nikon.

I’ve never been able to completely relax with a DSLR, despite much reading and practicing, and I’ve accepted now that I will probably never go full manual. I’ll stick to bridge cameras, which give me what I want without demanding that I understand the technical aspect of photography!

If you’re interested in the listings, they are below. It’s only open to UK residents on eBay, but if you are outside the UK and are interested please send me a message and I’ll sort it out for you.

Nikon D60 black camera body

Sigma 70-300mm Lens Nikon compatible