Hump Day Hobbies: daydreaming

I’m writing my own Hump Day Hobby this week because I was inspired to link up with A snap, a set and a song for Challenge #31.  The theme is Clouds. The challenge? Put together a snap (favourite photo), a set (using Polyvore) and a song (take your pick) that fits with the theme.  So, here goes…

Clouds, to me, represent daydreaming because I only look up at the sky when I have the time and freedom to do so.  I forget to look at clouds when I’m rushing between tasks.  Clouds also represent travel, in my mind – up, up and away. Most relevant this week is the idea of having one’s ‘head in the clouds’.  I’ve been doing battle with myself about if and when it will be time to quit this blogger gig and get a ‘real job’ – sadly such daily pleasures as new Facebook likers and interactive linky hijinks don’t pay the bills.  Life has also been ridiculously busy lately and the blog is (in practical terms) an unnecessary addition to an already hectic family schedule.

Like Superman, however, catching me in the nick of time as I was falling from a burning building, I have scored some interesting freelance (paid) writing work recently.  I have many body parts crossed hoping that it will become a more substantial/ongoing role.  For now, I get to keep my head in the clouds and have faith that it might be possible to make a living doing what I love, rather than dragging my unwilling behind back into an office job (or going cold turkey on this little creative outlet that’s kept me sane all year).  Today I don’t want to be ‘practical’. I want to imagine the sky’s the limit.

A snap, a set and a song about having one’s head in the CLOUDS… 

Yes, but is it art?


This photo was taken by my husband a few years back as we strolled through the Vatican museum. It was just a fluke, happy SNAP but it has always been one of my favourite travel photos.  If you haven’t been to the Vatican’s Gallery of Maps, what you see here is a long corridor where the ceiling is decorated with vibrant, gold-framed frescos.  Like a lot of the world’s biggest churches and galleries, it is overwhelming. Whether you find it inspiring or grotesque, you have little choice but to stand beneath, feeling small, gazing up, open mouthed.  Although the wealth on display at the Vatican is controversial, I found the wild opulence of this gallery moving.  It is art in excess with no need to defend itself or suggest any practical application.


Oh my giddy aunt, how much fun could you have with Polyvore??  I had never played around with this site before. It allows you to make your own fashion mag style collages using a mixture of their pics and yours.  This SET represents my would-be-writer daydreams.


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My SONG is the The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’.  I dare you not to Celtic-yodel like a fool.
Oh, my life is changing every day,
In every possible way.
And oh, my dreams, it’s never quite as it seems,
Never quite as it seems.

What do clouds mean to you?

9 comments for “Hump Day Hobbies: daydreaming

  1. ann
    November 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Wow great post. I love clouds especially flying above them!! Thanks for making me Celtic yodel!!

    • This Charming Mum
      November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Yep, you’ll have that song in your head all day now!

  2. November 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Fantastic news Lara! All the best of luck with the freelancing. May it lead to bigger things for you. Its understandable that you’ll have to pull back on the blogging but I hope you don’t abandon it altogether.

    • This Charming Mum
      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Brenda. I think I’m genuinely too addicted to stop the blog altogether! I’ve just had a very busy couple of weeks and got myself a bit over committed. A little reshaping of priorities is required, but hopefully smooth sailing after that (for awhile anyway…)

  3. November 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Oh! This is wonderful Lara!! I love how you’ve interpreted the theme of clouds.

    Your snap is perfect. I stood in that spot almost 12 years ago now, I’d love to go back one day.
    Isn’t Polyvore fun? I’m so glad you love it too. Your set is divine. I want a pink typewriter!!
    Great song, I haven’t heard it for ages.

    I really hope you can keep this blog alive, I’ve only just discovered it. :)

    • This Charming Mum
      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Thea. I think stopping the blog altogether would be more than I could bear! But I do need to manage my time better. Glad you like the blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours too :)

  4. November 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    The blogging dilemma is a tricky one! Sometimes I’d love to throw in my full-time job just to blog and be creative and such, but, as you say, it won’t pay the bills anywhere near as well! I’m glad you took the chance to play A Snap A Set and A Song – I am totally addicted to polyvore, lol! I think I need that big book bag! I’ve always adored that Cranberries song – it stirs the soul. Loving your Vatican pic! How cool that the person was looking up right at that time – makes the perspective pop!

    Hope you get to play along with us again. :)

    • This Charming Mum
      November 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Wendy. I really enjoyed it!

  5. November 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Definitely checking out Polyvore!

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