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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Wise words

"Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown—you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit."

— British writer Caitlin Moran in her hilarious, wonderful letter to her daughter

(Photo of me from a while back)

96 comments:

Shruti Kapoor said...

True!! Love that u said biscuit and not cookie :)

StephNav said...

Pretty photo!

Polly Rowan said...

I love this! So true and what I needed right now!

Divine Shape said...

Thank you. It was just what i needed to "ear" today.

Divine Shape said...

Thank you. It was just what i needed to "ear" today.

Michelle Panting said...

Ha. So true. That and maybe a good night's sleep. :)

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

darnie said...

Awesome read and so true. Thank you

Elizabeth Lee said...

It's the Yorkshire cure to all ails! :P x

thekittchen.com said...

Me too! I have been a ball of nerves all week!

Melanie said...

just sitting down with one...

Kate said...

A colleague has the acronyms DFO on her wall: Don't Freak Out. Seems to also be the answer to most neurotic tendencies!

Hali Mason said...

That's been my family's philosophy for ages! In every memory I have of traumatic, exciting, or life changing situations,(buying houses, planning funerals, college acceptance letters, etc.) there's always cups of tea being poured. British heritage is so subtle like that. :)

clelia said...

Love the snap, and am doing it right now. (hummm have added a chocolate waffle bar too, hehe)

piipiii said...

ohhh such nice, tea with ginseng please

myheartscontentblog.com said...

I love Caitlin Moran!!

Rachel Medlock said...

Oh goodness, you read my mind! Great quote.

Rachel
Suppose Anything Goes

carly said...

Haha. Love this. This is my life.

Lauren said...

You always post the best links. I come here and click and go someplace else. I hope you don't mind that I use you as a stepping stone, but you always lead me to the most fantastic places I wouldn't have found otherwise. :) Thank you.

Crane Operator said...

i could use a cup of tea and a biscuit right about now :)

themessyjessy.com said...

Just what I needed to hear today!

fancyalterego said...

Sounds great right about now!

Corrie Anne said...

Haha. I love that. So true.

Sara said...

The theme of my graduate school experience in Scotland.

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

This is fantastic and just what I needed!

Ruby Sterland said...

This is definitely me! I can often be found running around like a headless chicken, but it would be biscuits and coffee for me :L x

http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk/

Laura D said...

Ha, so funny. And too real. Mint tea always helps.

http://greenmountainglobetrotter.blogspot.com/

Angelina Kostenko said...

Tea is life.

-Angelina
www.the360woman.blogspot.com

kosenrufu mama said...

that's true, and easy ... ;)

simone antoniazzi said...

Caitlin Moran is a British writer, hence "biscuit", it's her quote :)

Mary Jo said...

Love this! So true, though need to be reminded, thank you :)

Christina said...

love that!

ps whats that darling watch!?

Jessi said...

True! So simply and so easy to solve....thanks for sharing this advice ;)

Bucktown Mom said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing.

Lex C. said...

Ahhhh I love this <3

HDemaray said...

Or a nap!

HDemaray said...

Or a nap!

DIT&O said...

You look adorable in this photo.

jean@kwe.net said...

Oh, so true! I love it.

MelanieKPrice said...

I love this letter. That is all...

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

awe i needed this i feel better lol i really do.

thebrooklynfig.com said...

Bookmarking this! School starts again Monday (I'm a teacher) and the beginning of the year is always quite stressful- I'll need this reminder!

Maiken Day said...

Perfect timing. Today I felt like this. I decided to bring my three-and-a-half month old baby girl in to NYC from New Haven to visit my aunt and uncle. And of course, whether this was just coincidence, consequential, or a mix of both (probably), she decided to not sleep or eat well which in baby world means everything else fell apart. Shrill-screeching, sad I'm-so-tired whimpering, overtired inability to fall asleep. Et cetera. Instead of staying the night with them I decided it best to come home. Crawling over the threshold I passed her off to my hubby (love the man) and made myself some soup - my version of tea and biscuits.

Andrea @ PersonallyAndrea said...

Brilliant.

Manda said...

Possibly a favorite picture of you.
Cutie Patootie! :)

Manda from Eat Cake

Danielle said...

Caitlin Moran = hilarious! I loved "How to Be a Woman" (her compilation of feminist essays). She's an excellent writer and full of common sense.

http://chocolateshoesanddebate.blogspot.com

The Recordologist said...

simply brilliant.

celesteandpearl.blogspot.com said...

What a great, great, great quote!! I needed that!!

Warmest,
Liz

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RD said...

Off to boil water! Yes--talk about your watch please!

Robyn said...

Love it- so true!

Sylvie Michel Bilger said...

what a charatere...Thank you for sharing ..just discovered her...
check that interview...nobody speaks so fast and so funny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGf7d004apM

Joanne Cox said...

adorable! i can relate <3

Sarah said...

Oy. So true!

Sandra said...

I'm going to try this next time I feel like the world's caving in. haha Hope it works. :)

Jessica said...

Holy Wow! I am totally smitten with her in this video - and have Celtic upbringing envy. Love you for sharing/finding this video! She is too cool.

Philly said...

As always, Caitlin's right - a nice cuppa makes EVERYTHING better

annton beate Schmidt said...

this is so good. thank you!

Mally said...

Truth (a little fix of Caitlin doesn't hurt either...).

Thank you for the link to that letter, I'd missed it. It made me cry, and laugh, and want to rush across roads with my son to smell the roses (he already grabs every lavender and rosemary bush we pass and brushes his hands up the stems before smelling them and sighing 'ahhhh!'. Not a bad start).

May you have plenty of tea and biscuits to hand.

Marjolein said...

Beautiful letter! Did she stop smoking after writing it?

Eva said...

Usually I just realize, I should be in bed for hours...:)

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pixiedusk said...

one of my fave essay of her! its so fun to rad!

Breeann Napotnik said...

So true. And what a great letter she wrote.

Also I love your glasses in that picture! Where did you get them? I've been on the hunt for new specs for over two years and just not finding anything I like.

Hanna Lee said...

Love how down to earth u look here :) And the quote is too true for those times to calm down & relax!
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Michelle Lee said...

true

www.pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

Lauren Ashley said...

LOL. Wise words indeed!

Erin said...

ADORE this, and chokes me up with love and laughter as I count the weeks until my baby girl arrives. One of my favorite things about it is the underlying idea that - if you're good enough and true enough and kind enough, and can raise your kids (boys and girls) with all that goodness and kindness and truth - you can ultimately be very honest with them about life, its joys, its ridiculousness, its amazing beyond-love LOVE, and all the foibles and slippery spots. Being so honestly imperfect can release you from being perfect, and how glorious is that? Wonderful stuff! Thank you!

thehappinessdiaries.com said...

I love your watch in this picture. What kind is it?

Unfurled said...

oh god, i hope you're not struggling too much. the days and the nights with a newborn are LONG. hang in there!

Emma said...

LOVE that quote. It reminds me so much of my family in England because, approximately 8 times a day, that's what they do.

Melissa Sue said...

Gah! I wonder how many comments I've left letting you know that you are my girl crush. So smart and chic!

Kelsey said...

Oh my goodness yes! In the weeks postpartum I was so overwhelmed with love and worry for my son I was often calling my mom in tears from my heart nearly bursting with love for him. One day my mom said, "Kelsey, I think you need to have a glass of wine." It was so TRUE and such awesome mom advice. Moms!

FĂȘ said...

And me! I just need a giant cup of tea!

Meg said...

i needed this advice today, so thank you! I've been pretty neurotic about certain things since I was little, so my mom always needs to give me little talks like this!

Meg
-livingalonetogether.blogspot.com

Erika Petroy said...

Love Caitlin Moran!

Stephanie said...

You have done it again, Joanna! You have brought us, your readers, something uplifting AND funny. Thanks

Beeta said...

Caitlin Moran is my absolute favourite and that letter is wonderful! Have you read "How to be a woman"? I've been forcing everyone I know to read it I loved it so much! :)

Http://fillmylittleworld.blogspot.co.uk

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McKenzie Collins said...

Ah, probably very true hahaha x

http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

Leah said...

ahha love this quote. A cup of tea (or Jo) always seems to help.

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Debra Townsend said...

Truer words were never spoken <3 Tea & Biscuits FOR LIFE!

amodelsfavorites.com said...

Yes indeed. Couldn't have put it better. Why is it that we women can get worked up over nothing sometimes lol!

Anna said...

Very comforting and very true!

Rose said...

Caitlin is amazing, she tells it like it is- love her

Brie said...

That is a fantastic quote! So often situations seem worse than they really are. It's great to be reminded to step back and look at the big picture. Everything is better with tea and biscuits. ;)

http://fantasiesandrealitychecks.blogspot.com

marketa anna medas said...

so simple:) thank you. this is what i need. tea and biscuits:)

Eliza Jane said...

What a great quote!

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Fiona J said...

It's amazing what a cup of tea can solve!

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lauralcharles said...

I went to a psychiatric hospital emergency room once when I was in college because I was so upset that I was scared for myself. And that's basically what they said to me! They said go home, take a bath, read a book, and have a cup of tea. This will pass, and you'll be okay. And I was, of course! lol.

mccart said...

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Sabrina Mascarenhas said...

so true, a cup of tea (or the occassional coffee) always comforts me, that is the first thing I make to begin the grounding process when I'm feeling out of sorts...besides a cup of tea and biscuits is great when you're simply happy and what to give a treat to yourself :)

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mccart said...



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rachael marie said...

so true. thanks for the reminder!

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