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Why, Why, Why?

Why, Why, Why?

‘Why??’  As a mum, this one word is one I deal with every single solitary day, over and over and over and over again.  ‘Why is the sky blue?’ ‘Why do I have to wear my underpants this way round?’ ‘Why should I eat with my fork, my fingers work better?’ ‘Why doesn’t the moon fall down?’ etc etc.  This is the topic of a meme Wendy from  Inside the Wendy House tagged me with. The aim is to include questions that WE want answers to.

So here are my ‘Whys?’  Any answers will be appreciated.  In fact I demand answers, just like the kids do, it’s my turn to be a nuisance.  Please tell me…..
1)  Why can’t I walk in heels without staggering around looking like I’m drunk.  Was I born without balance?  Am I allergic to pointy, smart shoes?
2)  Why do I read approximately five books at a time on average, stack and topple them next to my bed, lose them constantly, forget the page I’m up to, have to re-read them and retrieve them from the kids’ bedrooms after Sausage has used them as ammunition whilst arguing with his sister.  Why don’t I just buy a Kindle, drop it in the bath and save time and effort.
3)  Why can’t I stop staring at the bathroom, hoping it’ll one day clean itself as if by magic.  It’s never going to happen is it?
4)  Why do I become obsessed with random projects that have absolutely nothing to do with real, practical every day life.  Penguins.  Say no more.
5)  Why do I write detailed lists, ignore the most important points and then lose them when I’m bored of looking at them.  Accidentally on purpose of course…..
6)  Why do I read cookbooks on the loo?  It’s probably just not nice.
7)  Why do my jeans always end up with holes in the left knee.  Do I have a sharp knee?  Will the lady at the charity shop ever pluck up enough courage to ask me that?
8)  Why can’t I eat just one biscuit, instead of the whole packet plus a packet of crisps and a Snickers.
9)  Why do I have 9518 emails in my inbox?  Who put them there?  Was it you?!!! *stares accusingly*
10)  Why won’t the spacing work on this stoopid blog!  Why are there no gaps and why can’t I add them? *rages*
10)  Why do I always say ‘So there you go?’
So there you go!!!!  That’s me done.  Now I’m passing this meme onto some other lovely bloggers.  If you want to join in with this you just have to:
1) Post your whys – as many or as few as you like.
2) Link your post to Mummy Central, and it would be great if you could leave a comment too.
3) Tag 5 bloggers to keep this going.
4) If you’re not a blogger, leave your whys as a comment below!  I’d love to read them!
5) Show your support by reading a few others and commenting on them.
I’m tagging Tracy at WhiteLilyGreen, (although she’s v busy with a beautiful new baby so if she doesn’t have time, no worries!)  Dragons and Fairy Dust  Mummy Drinks Tea, Elaine from Fun-as-a-Gran and Older Single Mum!  Gotcher!
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Olympic Meme!

An Olympic Meme

It is nearly time for the Olympics, the first time they have been hosted in this country since 1948. I have been tagged in an Olympic meme by the lovely Goriami from The Goriami Family!  I have been reliably informed that Goriami’s are not vicious fish, she is in fact a very lovely blogger and not fishy at all.  Please visit her site and say hi from me, so there’s a recommendation to start with!

The Rules
“Here’s how to join in… simply write your own blog post answering the Olympic questions below and then tag other bloggers to join in and share their answers. Don’t forget to share the love with links to the lovely bloggers you are tagging and back to me if you are feeling generous!”
So here we go:

If every day tasks were Olympic events what would you get a gold medal in?

I’d get a gold medal in hill walking, herding kids, and carrying heavy bags – all at the same time.  A school run triathlon thingumajig.

As a child (or now even) did you excel at a particular sport and if so which one?

I wasn’t bad at swimming, but always came second, which annoyed me no end.  I was also nearly the reserve on the school high jump team, because I have quite long legs.  That is absolutely it.  Apart from that I was fairly useless.

Michael Phelps (swimmer) or Michael Johnson (runner) – which sport appeals to you more?
Swimming suits me better.  I was an appalling runner.  I think the time to run is when there’s something bitey running after you, otherwise I’d rather not.

How fast can you get out of bed and ready to go out the door if you miss the alarm and sleep in?
5 mins, if I have to get both kids out the door too, I reckon 20 mins.  This process usually involves olympic screaming matches too. Ie:
Me:  ‘Get yer shoes on NOW!!!!’   Kids: ‘NO! And I can’t find them anyway!!!!’

What fantasy sport would you like to see made into an Olympic event?
Pig racing, with little harnesses and small children in big hats

 Claim to fame time – Have you ever met an Olympian and who was it?
Sharron Davies, she came to our school once and I have a terrible photo of me somewhere looking very sheepish sat next to her.

What event in past Olympics can you remember most vividly?
I don’t really watch the Olympics to be honest.  I like the ribbon twirling athletic thing, cos it’s pretty. I’m not girly or nuffink.  I can remember casually watching that with a cuppa and going ‘Oooh!  That’s clever!’ every now and then in previous years.

Tuning in at home, not for me or tickets clamped ready in sweaty palms?
Not even sure if I’ll tune in at home, I’m just not into sport very much at all.  Sorry.  I’ll definitely watch the opening of the Olympics though, I love all the pomp and ceremony.

Who do you think most deserves a gold medal? (any walk of life not just Olympians)

This is probably rather a random answer, but I’d love to award a joint gold medal to two people who have influenced my life loads, although they won’t realise it –  Jason Dale and Kirsty from Loquax. It is the best competition website on the internet if you ask me.  That site is run like clockwork, is constantly updated, written with a comper’s passion and through their hard work, fair nature, sense of humour and determination it has gone from strength to strength over many years now.  Because of the work they put in, they make a whole community of compers into winners too.  They are the reason I’m still on the internet, still comping, still blogging and still networking my socks off.  I found so many of my friends through that site, and they deserve some recognition.  So there you go!  Essay over.

I am tagging Liz Burton at Me and My Shadow and Emma Jones at 4 Munchkins Plus Mummy

Sorry about the random spacing on this blog, WordPress had a hissy fit.

The 100 Word Christmas Challenge! A Seasonal Silly Vlog!

The 100 Word Christmas Challenge from @TheHeadsOffice!  A Seasonal Silly Vlog!

* The challenge this week:

“I want to to choose a favourite carol and re-write it with the theme of a Christmas Dinner. You have to tell your readers which carol it is and they have to be able to sing your version back to themselves. That means the right tempo and beat. You may not need 100 words but I’ll give you that many just in case! Generous aren’t I?!!”

To the Tune of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter!’   I have included the words so you can sing along with me.  I am far from tuneful, so you might want to do that simply to drown me out to be honest.  Scroll to the bottom to see the vlog.  Ear plugs not necessary, but are advised.

In the Bleak Midwinter

The meal went so wrong

The spuds were hard as iron

the gravy it did foam. 

Peas like bullets, no, no, 

No, no-no, no, nooooo!

on that fateful evening. 

The Turkey was also raw. 

SilentSunday!

SilentSunday!  With a twist!

The original meme by Cosmic Girlie has ceased to be, but I (along with a lot of other bloggers) think its still a fabulous idea and I want to continue with it.

But…I’d like to personalise it a little.  I’ve decided I’ll post a picture every sunday of something that resembles an animal, but isn’t an animal.  Yes, that does make sense.  I shall search my surroundings for beasties in the most unusual of places.

Today I found a really huge caterpillar at the playground down the road.  Here it is!  I bet it gets through a ton of lettuce, and I’d love to see the butterfly!

By the way, I went out and bought a camera in the end, so I shall have piccies back! Expect blurred mug shots while I experiment.  In the meantime, here ya go!

It eats trees for lunch!

Situations Vacant –

Healthcare workers urgently needed

 You may remember a few months ago, I asked you to sign the No Child Born to Die petition – the Save the Children campaign to fund vaccinations for children in developing countries.  Because each one of you took the time to do so, the campaign was a massive success.  Our voices were heard. We made a difference.
This Saturday, Save the Children hosted a bloggers conference which many fellow bloggers attended.  There is a continuing campaign to raise awareness, which is what this blog is all about.Please take a few minutes to sign the latest petition calling for healthcare workers.

Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to saving children’s lives. But there’s a massive shortfall of health workers in the world’s poorest countries. As ever, the poorest and most vulnerable are hardest hit.
Half of the 8 million children who die each year are in Africa, yet Africa has only 3% of the world’s doctors, nurses and midwives.

Many of us take for granted the National Health System we have here in the UK.  Whether it be midwives helping to safely deliver babies, health visitors who offer help, advice and support to new parents, GPs and clinics who treat illnesses and ailments and immunise our children, accident and emergency staff, cancer nurses, screening clinics and nursing staff.  Healthcare professionals are there through every step of our lives.

Gemma at Hello it’s Gemma and Michelle at Mummy from the Heart have set us bloggers a challenge. To unite us and show our government and the world that we have a voice and we think that every child deserves the best chance in life.

Chris at Thinly Spread is currently in New York with Save the Children.  On Tuesday she will be at the UN fighting for the rights of 100s of thousands of people who do not have a voice.  The hope is that by Tuesday, 100 UK bloggers will have written a post like this, and written 100 words about a health worker who has made a difference in their life.

Here’s my 100 words.  (this is health workers, plural, really)

After suffering from intense pains not unlike contractions, bleeding and general malaise for months I rang NHS Direct for advice one desperate morning.   They quickly realised I was at the end of my tether and unable to cope, so they asked a Doctor to ring me, who then referred me to the hospital for urgent admittance.  There I received IV steroids, painkillers, sympathy, a warm bed, regular meals and hope.  I was terrified, but they calmed & reassured me and I am so grateful for all the staff I came into contact on that day.  I now have continuing support and medication to help me deal with my colitis diagnosis. 

If I’d lived in one of the world’s poorer countries, would I have got treatment and care like that? Quite simply, no I wouldn’t.  My bowel was at risk of bursting, and that is potentially fatal.  For all its faults, the NHS is a wonderful thing in many ways!

Please show your support and sign the petition. If you have a blog, please take up this challenge and write your own post and tweet the link with #healthworkers campaign.

We can do it.

I was tagged by the lovely Missielizzieb from her blog ‘Me and My Shadow’ :O)

 

100 Word Challenge!

100 Word Challenge!

This is a challenge that originates from The Head’s Office blog which you can find here if you click!  Basically every week there is a prompt which may be either a photograph, a phrase or even a couple of words.  There is a total of 100 words that can be added to the phrase, and that’s your lot!  Nice & succinct!  There are many other blogs that take part in this challenge and I highly recommend browsing their contributions, just go to the Head’s Office and follow the links! Because they are only 100 words, they are really easy to read.  *note to self, my teacher always told me off for starting sentences with ‘because’, must try harder!

I have decided to write a poem (of sorts) with the phrase that has been set this week, which is……drum roll….’The sun shone but…’  It’s the first poem I’ve written in about 10 years so it’s probably really bad, but fekkit, I’ll post it anyway. I think the rhythm’s wrong, but I cant work out a way to fix it.  Suggestions welcome!  I know sun and man don’t rhyme, but if you say the last bit with a posh southern accent, it’s all fine, ;O)

The sun shone but the rain fell.  

The rain fell and the mist gloomed.

The mist gloomed and the sky greyed

The thunder boomed and the clouds stayed

the day was over, the night began

the lightening flashed over the man

the man with no coat, walking slowly

the light in his eyes gone with 

the rain down the storm drain

the owl looks on from the field in

the weather he flies silently through to sever

the throat of a mouse who scutters by

the prints in the mud of the one

who is lost in the rain, lost to the sun.

 

The Bath Commandment – Nearly a #SilentSunday

The Bath Commandment – Nearly a #SilentSunday

‘HE WHO BUYETH THE BATH CRAYONS DOTH NOT CLEAN THE BATH’

Not amused.