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‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life!’

‘Always Look On The

Bright Side of Life!’

Today this seems rather appropriate, and I’d love you to sing along with me and the old Monty Python crew.  (a little swearing here if you’re sensitive by the way)

This morning I jumped out of bed, found a clean pair of jeans, ironed my shirt, fed the kids, whirled around like a crazy woman and prepared for my second day in the office.  I had to explain to Sausage about ‘irons’ as he’d never seen one before, yep, I’m that bad.  Anyway, the phone rang……

It was my new employer explaining that I wasn’t actually what they were looking for after all, and not to bother coming in.  Joy.  I sat at the top of the stairs staring at the phone with tears running down my cheeks.  Basically they needed someone who could write really, really fast about roasting pigs (it’s a catering sort of firm), sounds ridiculous when I put it like that.  My speciality isn’t roasting pigs, and it’s not writing ‘fast’ either so they’d decided to cut their losses.  To be honest, finding ‘nice’ pictures of roasting pigs to go with their blogs was making me feel like becoming a vegetarian anyway, so it was probably for the best.

Never in my life have I been so excited about a job.  Never before have I told so many people and never before have I made so many plans in my head because of a job.  Consequently I’ve made a bit of a tit of myself.  Well, never mind.  I’m still here, there’s no loss really.  In a way I wish they’d given me more of a chance and yet I’m almost glad they didn’t.  I wasn’t really inspired by endless blog posts about pigs on sticks.  Hey ho.

I dealt very well with the rejection I have to say!  I went back to bed for an hour and half just because I could.  After dreaming about a very small underground house populated with pub singers and going on a long car journey with cartoon characters I went onto Stage 2 of the ‘Coping Strategy.’ This involved sitting in front of the TV, eating packets of crisps and sulking at an empty room, which is a great coping mechanism if you’re into into putting on weight and filling your brain with crap.  In addition to this I’ve completely ignored all housework just ‘because.’

Now the kids are in bed I’m into Stage 3 of my coping strategy, I’m trawling You Tube for as many versions of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ as I can find.  I’m whistling in the right places and singing all the words tunelessly and with feeling.  I feel better.

So, if you want a social media kind of person to promote your business, to tweet inane but enthusiastic  tweets, to update your Facebook pages, to blog about anything other than pork and charred pigs on pointy sticks, etc, etc – I’m still here!

I think the worst bit is that I defrosted some meat last night for tonight’s tea.  This went in the slow cooker and now the entire house smells of slow cooked pig, which would normally smell delicious.  The main problem is that now it just adds insult to injury and the stench is offending my nose terribly.  Tomorrow we’ll be having a vegetarian dish of some sort,  cauliflower cheese or summat, with absolutely no dead animals in it.

Right, I’m off to feel optimistic despite all the odds.  *determined face*

‘Always look on the bright side of life! De-dum de-dum de-dum-de-dum!’

…………………..*please whistle along*…………………….  Thank you. x


I’m having a Penguin Amnesty!

I’m Having a Penguin Amnesty!

(In aid of the Post Pals charity.)

Waddle, waddle, waddle!

…and no, that’s not shorthand for ‘I’m pregnant with lots of baby penguins.’

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

Here’s what I’m planning.  Blogging is a weird and wonderful hobby, and I’ve been very lucky to have had all kinds of opportunities because of what I do.  This is one of them.

Often bloggers get the chance to work with brands, to help support charities, to get involved with community projects, to get together to make a difference, and more.  All in all, we’re blessed with a little bit of webspace to stand on our pedestals and ‘do something’ whether it be to share our life experiences or photographs or whatever takes our fancy.  This is my current blogging project and I need your help to make it work!  Pretty please with penguins on it!

In a week or so I’ll be reviewing the loveliest item I have ever been lucky enough to be chosen to review.  I can’t tell you what it is because that will spoil the surprise.  All I can say is that I am going to be completing a hopefully very creative, very fun vlog, and a blog too and if all goes to plan, it will involve a ton of penguins.  Yes you read that correctly.  PENGUINS!!  Not real ones, the RSPCA wouldn’t like it, although I admit it would be fun with real flippery ones but probably a bit wet and my house would smell of fish.

Any penguins that are donated, will all be photographed and uploaded on here, with links back to yourselves if you so wish, so you will be credited for your kindness and I’m going to try and arrange a competition too, so this will be worth sharing with your friends.


In order to do this, I’m asking for anyone and everyone to donate penguins toys as part of a ‘Penguin Amnesty’ (inflatable, plush, second hand, new, squishy, whatever) of every shape and size, although they should be in good condition and worthy of a child’s love.  These will all be included in this fantastic vlog review and in the blog I’m planning, so they’ll be Famous Penguins and will be featured on my YouTube Channel and on here.  Afterwards I will personally arrange for them to be sent to Post Pals which is a charity that aims to put smiles on the faces of very sick children by sending them cards or presents in the post to brighten their day.  Some of their stories are so tragic, and if you can read their profiles and about their lives without a lump in your throat you’re made of sterner stuff than me.

Here is a link to the Post Pals website if you’d like to find out more about what they do.  Please do CLICK HERE for further information on this fabulous charity.

I’m a great believer in passing on good luck, and ‘what goes around comes around’ or karma or something, so I’m more than happy to put time and effort into this blogging project.  Thanks to (details to be added later….hold your breath….) the fantastic review opportunity I’ve been given, I think I should probably give something back, Post Pals is more than worthy of some support so I’ve chosen them.

Please do not send real penguins, my bath is too small and they squawk a lot.

The postage and packaging might be a little expensive, depending on how successful the Penguin Amnesty is, but I’m going to set up a Just Giving account so you can donate towards the postage if you like along with your chosen penguin (or not, it’s up to you, you can just send a penguin if that’s all you want to do).  If this works as well as I hope it does, I might have to enlist a helpful courier with a heart for poorly kids and an enthusiasm for ferrying penguins around, I’m not sure.

Mr and Mrs Travelling Penguin!

All credit will be given to any businesses or individuals who are willing to help me out, with links too.  It’s for a brilliant cause, and it’s my way of ‘doing something worthwhile’ in a roundabout, bizarre fun way.  What do you think?  If you can think of any companies or anyone who might have spare penguins and a heart of gold please comment below, or if you have penguins to spare or know of couriers who could help please do contact me!  I’m @Chaoskay on Twitter and can be contacted at ‘kay at rubbermonkeys dot co dot uk.’   (I’m writing my email that way to try to foil spammers, not because I’m being awkward.)

So, whaddya think?  Is it Penguin-ago-go?!!!!  Go, on help Post Pals ‘pppick up a pppenguin!’  I’m not scarred by chocolate biscuit bar advertising or nuffink, honest.

UPDATE! Here’s a link to the #PenguinAmnesty gallery so far!  I’ll be updating it with everyone’s donations as they roll in!  Many more penguins are waddling their way over here via the Royal Mail too, soon to be featured!  Come and have a nosey or a beak, or whatever!  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PENGUIN AMNESTY GALLERY!

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

Cybher & Britmums Blogging Conferences

Cybher & Britmums Blogging Conferences

Here are links to the two major blogging events happening this year. CYBHER and BRITMUMSLIVE if you’d like to find out more about them.

OK, I’ll lay my cards on the table.  I really want to go to either of the conferences above, and I mean really, really, really, really.  You might now be thinking, well why not go?  The answer is because it costs too much for a mum looking after two kids, on one income.  That’s it exactly, I cannot go because I cannot afford it.

That is the situation for almost everyone at the moment I think, times are tough and money doesn’t grow on trees.  So, that is why I feel bad asking for sponsorship.  Are you really in a much better position than me, what gives me the right to ask you to fork out for me to go to a weekend in London to see my mates and listen to a few speeches?  Good question and one which I have thought about a lot.

Businesses have to look for the best return for their time and effort.  Would you really get anything in return for sponsoring me to go to either event?   How would that help you financially in the long run?  What kind of exposure would you get, and would it really be worth it?  Again, good questions.

I’ll give it my best shot.

Blogging is a fabulous way of reaching your target audience.  I write the truth about what I think in regards to products, I write honestly about my life, I air thoughts that are no-one else’s but my own.  If you regularly read my blog, and listen to my ramblings, maybe you think my opinions are worth something.   Should you decide to sponsor me, and if I love your products, I will shout about them from the rooftops!  And if others read this blog, and see what I think, and hopefully value my opinions a little too, I may be able to direct people your way.

However you’d like to do that would need to be discussed, sponsorship would mean an ongoing relationship with the blog I know that much.    Over the last few years I’ve built up 2487 followers on Twitter,  and I’ve been listed 113 times.  I’m fairly well placed to publicise you and your business.  Help me make my social networking addiction useful!!!  *grins hopelessly*  ;O)

There’s been much talk of bloggers and blaggers in some of the online circles I’ve moved about in recently.  I’d just like to assure you I’m not a blagger, I’m not out for something for nothing, I’m just trying to improve myself and my skills and get somewhere with the talents I have which are laid bare on this blog – if you’re a regular reader you’ll already know my strengths, and probably my weaknesses too.  You’ll also know how much the Brink of Bedlam has grown over the last 12 months.  I’m not blagging you, I’m offering a lot in return.  Well I think so anyway! *blushes*

I’m hoping that someone reading this blog sees something in my writing, my blog and my future that is worth investing in.  Should you decide you want to work alongside me, and openly sponsor me for these events, I’ll represent you in the best way I can.

There will be no figures laid out on this blog, I’m happy to accept whatever you can offer to help me get to either of these events and in return I’ll blog my little cotton socks off for you, tweet like a crazy woman for you, display your badge etc.    (all negotiable of course).  One way or another I want to get ‘somewhere’ with the Brink of Bedlam, please say you’d like to help me get there.  Cybher and Britmums are the equivalent of starting blocks for me and my blogging career.  (I’ve been brainwashed by the Olympics!).  If you’d like to run alongside me, please tweet / email me.  My email address is kay@rubbermonkeys.co.uk, my username is @Chaoskay and my enthusiasm is boundless.

Thanks for reading, either way.  Kay :O) xxx

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hello again!  I hope you had a very merry christmas and a happy new year!  So, here’s to 2012 and beyond!  Wishing you health, happiness, humour and hippos for good measure! (although not too many hippos just in case you don’t have the room for them)

Christmas Eve!

I’ve been a little quiet because I’ve been trying to spend more time with my family rather than spending tons of time locked away in my little room writing and chatting to people on the internet.  You see the real world does actualy take priority.  A social media addiction is something that is joked about, but it’s not funny when the kids do actually get jealous of the computer.

Christmas Chaos!

So, my New Year’s resolution is a succinct one.  Less words, more content!  This relates perfectly to blogging and fits quite well in regards to life.

A Blue Snowball USB Microphone!

As a quick aside I’ve also resolved to do a little more vlogging on here.  I’ve recently been sent a ‘Blue Snowball USB Microphone’ and I intend to use it in conjunction with iMovie and do half decent vlogs with great sound.  That’s the plan anyway, although I’ll no doubt produce even more headless vlogs with one of the kids hiccupping in the background.  Same old, same old.  We shall see!  I’ll certainly put it through its paces.

Anyway!  I’m off to get some more clearing up after Xmas done, ie. eat shed loads of Quality Street to ‘get it out of the way’.  I’m helpful like that.

A Christmas Competition, Courtesy of Yours Truly!

A Christmas Competition, Courtesy of Yours Truly!

As you may have noticed the Brink of Bedlam has been as chaotic as ever this year – you have been treated to toy reviews, family life rants, photography articles, recipes (sane and insane) and creative writing excerpts.  I once read somewhere that a blog is a direct reflection of the author’s life – well I must be very random and erm…I have a broken link. Now, now, don’t you dare laugh!

I have to admit, the one thing I love more than anything is hearing that you’ve enjoyed the posts, or that they’ve made you think or laugh.  It makes it all worthwhile.  In 2012 I want to carry on writing and making the bloggy journey worthwhile…..so I’m asking you for a little feedback in return for the chance to win £20 worth of Amazon vouchers.  This competition is only for current blog subscribers and UK residents (although I’ll make an exception for my mates @Slightlydoolaly and @Naviguesser)

All you have to do is comment constructively on the last year’s blogging exploits.  What did you enjoy most, what would you like to see more or less of for example?  More comps? More reviews? Less reviews? More creative writing? Less waffling?  More recipes, normal or ridiculous?  More link ups? More or less memes? Topical articles on parenting issues or articles on whatever topic is roaming around my head at the time.  Should the presentation be improved, should I focus on just one topic and do the ‘niche blogging’ thing?  Should I write shorter posts?  What do you think?

I’d particularly like to hear from people who haven’t commented before, there’s 124 of you in total and each and every opinion counts – and of course, every person who comments will be put in the draw which will be drawn randomly on the 12th December.  Obviously any and every comment will be noted, but pretty please don’t just say ‘ I think it’s crap’or ‘I think it’s good’  without saying why.

Without meaning to sound over the top, since having left work six years ago, this blog has been my biggest and most challenging project – apart from raising my two kids of course, that goes without saying.  My little blog means the world to me and I want it to be as good as it can possibly be.  Your help will be invaluable!

My decision is final by the way!  *stands arms folded and looks fierce*
I’ll write names on a piece of paper and get the kids to choose one, so it’ll be completely fair, promise. x