Well, thank God for that. I for one am glad to see the back of 2011. No more turkey, Brussels sprouts or stuffing … (actually, I quite like stuffing – but that’s another story.) Having said that, and in the immortal words of Talk Talk, life is what you make it, so I intend to royally kick 2012’s arse.
With that in mind, here is my first selection of Good Reads for 2012 … and a fine selection they are if I say so myself.
Let’s kick off with a post from the adorable Josie from Sleep is for the Weak. I heart Josie most verily – I’m convinced that everyone that meets her does too. It is the law. In ‘New Year,’ Josie shares a beautiful poem with us by Mary Oliver and explains how she’s not a fan of New Year’s Eve (not everyone is!) However, she gave herself a stern telling off, (I like the idea of Strict Josie,) bought some poetry and booked herself a holiday for one. Liking her style.
A new year often brings reflection, especially when it comes to loved ones we have lost. I came across ‘A few words,’ a touching post from Amy at And 1 More Means 4, which is about Amy’s granddad who died a year ago, in which she shares the speech she made at his funeral.
On a lighter note, I felt Kate’s pain from Kate Takes 5 in, ‘Age is just a number – right?’ I’ve had a similar conversation with my youngest about just how old I really am – it went just as well. Kids are just so adoringly honest aren’t they? Gotta love ‘em.
Tinuke from Circus Mums is lucky enough to be given a couple of days off a year from her job (love that idea!) to work for a charity of her choice. In ‘Fareshare – Tackling hunger and fighting food waste,’ Tinuke explains that Fareshare is a charity that runs 100% from donations with zero government aid. They take surplus food from manufacturers and supermarkets then redistribute it to vulnerable and homeless people, feeding over 35,000 people every day. Awesome stuff.
My next choice of post was worth choosing purely on the title alone. Jane from Northern Mum with Southern Children has come up trumps again with, ‘Sing hallelujah & carrot infested poop.’ The mind boggles, right? I think Jane can probably explain it better than I can – definitely worth a read.
In a tale of hairy faces and ever decreasing holes, Laura from Are We Nearly There Yet? regales us with a conversation she had with 90 year old Great Grandma in, ‘Closing One’s Hairy Cake Hole.’ I’m not sure this is the time, nor the place, to admit to also having one solitary chin whisker (oops, too late,) but for anyone like me and Laura, this may make you feel better. Or a whole lot worse. Either/or.
Karen from If I Could Escape has picked ‘One word’ to sum up 2012 instead of making New Year’s resolutions. Like Karen, I like to think that ‘hotsex’ is actually one word but will defer to her second choice of ‘bold.’ This means embracing her inner bitch…which I’m totally down with.
Kerry from Mrs Lister Writes has written a ‘Farewell’ to 2011, specifically writing about her Great Grandma who passed last year. I don’t have any grandparents still alive and so I find it fascinating to read about other people’s older relations – who they were, what they meant to that person, and what legacies they’ve left. ‘Great’ sounded as beautiful as her picture proved she was.
I managed to last a few weeks without posting another Motherventing post but couldn’t resist this week. I therefore give you … ‘The horn.’ Not literally, although there are lots of you who are positively gorgeous. Frances admits to getting turned on by a TV show about a possibly bipolar private detective and his bromantic sidekick. Say no more.
Finally, my Dad blogger offering comes in the form of SAHD And Proud with his post, ‘Kids have it easy these days …’ Like SAHD, Dexter and I have always loved reading books together, but thank the Lord I’ve never come across the stories of the mentalist author that is Struwwelpeter. Now I’m all for teaching children morals but this is dark! Still, worth knowing about … you know, just in case!
So that’s it for this week. Try not to get blown away in the gales sweeping the country right now – I need you to come back and read my ramblings next week.
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