I’m as Fine as the Wine in Summertime

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Phenomenal Woman ~ Maya Angelou

Today my Queen quietly passed on from this life, aged 86.

I fell in love with Maya when I was a teen and we were studying I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I was not what you would call the academic type and I’m still not, but that term as I was falling under the influence of Ms Angelou and her beautiful words, I fell in love with the English language too.

It’s my longest love affair to date.

In addition to what she awakened in me, she was a great poet, an activist and a goddess of the highest order. I’m so glad she got the graceful ending she so deserved and I’m just terribly sorry there will be no more from such a gorgeous wordsmith. She leaves behind an army of women (and men, I’m sure) who have been inspired and moved by the things she did and that isn’t too shabby, is it?

If you’re not aware of her work then I urge you to go searching, you could never regret it.

I’ve included an excerpt from my favourite poem above. You can find the rest of it here. And honestly, what else is there to say about it other than “Yes!”. As far as I’m concerned, it is perfect.

*This blog title is a quote from Maya given in an interview in 2009 about why she was unwilling to retire. How wonderful?

My Instagram Life: Sex Addiction, Bar Openings and Puppy Love

This blog isn’t all book reviews you know. Sometimes I get out of the house and spend time with real human people!

I thought it might be nice to start a series called My Instagram Life, since I spend so much time on it. I’m not so sure why this particular app is so much more addictive to me than others, I can only assume it is down to the people I follow who have such picture perfect existences*!

*Yes, I realise any life can look extraordinary with the right filter – even mine!)

This week:

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(From top left to right, by row)

  1. Spent the night with Mr von Trier ~ As you know, I spent much of my night watching a lot of sex on the big screen (and stuffing my face with Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn). I decided to skip the jumbo hot dog… My thoughts on the experience here
  2. Came home to cupcakes ~ My friend Colleen has specially made me red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing as a thank you for getting her a job at my work. No need, but I will always accept such treats; nom!
  3. Went to an opening of new cafe bar, Al CampoMy boss got tickets to the opening of this frankly lush new venue so we went for some free drinks and tapas after work. This place is really cool! It’s huge, everyone is really nice and the food; double nom!
  4. Got F to #selfie with me ~ We’re a relatively new team so this was a nice bonding exercise (The evening, not the selfie)
  5. The details ~ Al Campo has some incredible details but I think my favourite is the painted rings on some of the tables. A thrifty but artistic way to vamp up any old table (or whatever you fancy)
  6. I ate Baba Ganoush ~ Although I knew this was a dish, the name has always stuck in my mind because it’s so delicious to say! I also thought it was a character in Fables, but apparently I was thinking of Baba Yaga. Awkward
  7. B & B met ~ The Little Prince is a little frightened of dogs, especially yappy ones but thankfully Baxter is a dream, so he was able to conquer a bit of fear this weekend. I am so proud of him and is was total cute overload!
  8. A Dog’s Life ~ I am completely in love with Baxter myself. I want one of my own so much
  9. The first sign of sun ~ And it’s time for the obligatory couple shot! I love my man very much, look at him!

So a good week with lots of highs. It’s amazing what good company, food and a little bit of Vitamin D can do!

Are you a prolific picture snapper or do you prefer to be in the moment?

 

Foreword

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Welcome to A Voluptuous Mind! Hopefully you will like what you read here and will decide to visit on a regular basis.

This page is currently a work in progress, a more ‘public’ blog that I can share with more people; an honest and creative landscape to share thoughts, fears and things that I dig.

Some of you already know me so don’t need any sort of introduction but for anybody who doesn’t, a small foreword.

I’m Mrs Bee (Bass). I live and work in Brighton and ‘work hard’, in my 98-year-old Grandfather’s eyes (“Do you work hard?”, “Yes, Gramps, you taught me to work hard”, “Jolly good”).

I love Matthew McConaughey, good grammar, strong tea, Chuck Bass, Breaking Bad, nineties music, Game of Thrones and doing absolutely nothing on the weekends if possible.

I am not a fan of Usher, people who spit in the street, people who stop directly in front of you when you are walking for no good reason, repeating myself, (I said repeating myself), bad puns, Mariah Carey, chipped nail polish or being rushed.

My biggest love beyond my family and my husband is film. There is no genre that I don’t like, but my favourite is Horror (Texas Chainsaw/Rob Zombie). I have a special place in my heart for Danny Trejo, Jason Statham and Nicolas Cage (in no particular order).

My Favourite Film of All Time toss-up is between (honestly) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope or True Romance. My favourite novel is A Confederacy of Dunces.

And I love beards. Big beards, small beards, I just love beards.

Stick around if you want to, I’ll be here. Just kicking my feet and thinking about some of those things, and other things besides.

Welcome to my blog.