So … did you miss me? What do you mean you hadn’t noticed I wasn’t here last week?! Sniff … s’ok – don’t you worry bout me, I’ll be fine! (And we all know that when we say ‘fine’ we’re far from fine!)
Moving swiftly on … Good Reads will now be fortnightly, unless my wish to have four extra hours a day comes true, in which case, I’ll no doubt spend it sleeping anyway. So … without further ado, get off your sledge, take your earmuffs off, defrost your thighs and let’s get on with this week’s selection of best blog posts around t’internet this week.
First up, a post about sex. Thought that would get your attention (it got mine!) A great post from a blogger I’ve only just come across. In, Sex – yes, no, maybe – the issue of wholehearted consent, Ruth from This Lemonade Life (what a fab name for a blog,) talks about how, in long term relationships, sometimes we just lie back and think of England. But would you ever want to tell your child that it’s OK to do that in a relationship? Puts a whole new spin on it.
An Essex Wife has written a touching post about her friend Paul. Paul raises money for a great charity, MacMillan Cancer Support, and sounds like a proper legend. Having run my first race for charity last year, I now have a much greater appreciation for anyone who dedicates as much time and energy as someone like Paul does to raising money for a cause so close to their hearts. Alice’s admiration for Paul comes across beautifully in her post.
It’s hard being your own boss, as Nicki from Curly and Candid points out in, The Working Mum #2 – The Boss is a Bitch (her words not mine!) Having worked from home also (which I now have to do during the early hours after my 9-5 has finished,) I know how hard it is to remain disciplined and as Nicki points out, Twitter is great for some well deserved procrastination.
Ceri at The Liberated Womble, has a pretty nose. And is funny. But is sad. And is crying over her keyboard. A lot. In An Open Letter to Me, Ceri writes a bittersweet letter to herself about how she feels “a bit crap.” It’s a light-hearted way of looking at a serious subject and I think she carries it off perfectly. I hope she listens to ‘nurturing Ceri’ and takes some solace in the fact that I reckon she has a lot to offer. So there.
Not a Notting Hill Mum wrote about Deaf and Dumb or Sex in the Swimming Pool – I’m sensing a theme with my choice of posts this week. Personally speaking, I haven’t been chatted up for years (years I tell you!) and thankfully, never in a swimming pool – rarely tending my lady garden probably has a lot to do with that – but Not a Notting Hill Mum has totally got it going on it seems because the Hot Guy outright says to her, as he’s limbering up in his Speedos, “I really, really fancy you.” Total high five! Great post.
I think I may have featured some of Him Up North’s creative writing before but I don’t see why I can’t do it again. I’m in that kinda mood. So check out Ensorcelled – an entry to the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups. I dabbled with poetry at Uni and came across the form that Garry has chosen to use for his post (a ‘tritina’ don’tcha know!) but never quite managed to pull off such exquisiteness. Garry has – so annoying. Well worth a read. And no, I didn’t know what ‘ensorcelled’ meant either … but I do now!
Katie from Mummy Daddy and Me Makes Three has written a beautiful, moving letter to her daughter for when she hits those ‘fabulous’ teenage years. Boy, this sent shivers right down my spine reading this. I don’t know if it’s because I was a mean 14 year old to my parents, because I don’t have a daughter of my own that I always wanted, because life is tough with my teen or … because my Mum is no longer with me. I think writing a letter to your child for when they reach adolescence is a wonderful idea – they’ll come to appreciate it … eventually.
Here’s a post I can relate to. Catherine from Baby Genie writes, Why does having our seat stolen get us so upset?! As a big café goer myself (at least, pre-office job,) I’d spend a lot of time working in cafés and the whole ‘finding the best seat dilemma’ would rear its ugly head. If, like Catherine, someone deigns to take ‘my’ seat, the one I’d earmarked especially for me, while I was queuing, I would get really annoyed. What’s that all about?! But fear not Catherine, at least you’re in good company!
Maria from Very Busy Mama may now be living on the other side of the world but she’s far from forgotten and I really enjoyed her most recent post, Shadow Styles. I’m trying hard to ignore the fact that she opens her post with the immortal line, “We’ve had some mega sun the past few days,” and focus on the beautiful photos of shadows that she created with her adorable Little M.
And finally, I’ve been a good WitWitWoo and not featured Motherventing for several weeks now. But I couldn’t help it. Her post, Sunshine (an entry to a meme no less – I’m breaking all the rules today!) put a smile on my face on an otherwise crappy Wednesday. She’s put her shizzle hat on (don’t you have one?) and talks about unicorns, gin, stripping and stripes. Normal.
Anyone for a snowball fight? Bit of sledging? No? How about a G&T instead? Deal. See you in two weeks!
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