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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Womankind – idleness is the devil’s work

It’s great to be a woman in today’s world because we are always busy and never bored. I’m so busy right now I hardly have a minute to write, but no matter, because most of my writing is already written a week ahead of time, which means I just have to push the ‘publish’ button. I rarely do ‘real time.’

Meanwhile I do laundry, wash, dry, fold and put away. When I’m not doing that I fill in with childcare, homework, band aides and kisses goodnight. I have friends that I can call for a chat, people I can meet and always the never ending shopping. I am just like every other busy mum and stay at home parent. I’m so busy that many things back up, so that instead of darning a sock I’ll throw it away and buy a new pair.

I must be a strange spectacle, beetling about my house dressed to the nines amid housewifely duties. I dressed at 5:20 in the morning, all ready for an evening out. I knew then, that it was unlikely that an opportunity to ‘dress for the evening’ would present itself.

The wonder of busyness is that I am occupied and have no time to think. Thinking is generally bad for my mental health, far better to be busy and have no time to dwell. I can scrub my children with a Brillo pad until they sparkle and gleam.

I have been so busy the last few hours that I’m all caught up, even though my spouse isn’t here. I could go into the garden and manicure the lawn with a pair of nail scissors, to occupy my time and stop my brain from whirring.

Maybe it’s time to put something in alphabetical order, some books perhaps, to calm the chaos. Perhaps I could stand with the duster buster in one hand, mid air, with the switch in the on position and catch the microbes before they have time to settle. He’s not here because he’s in England, at his father’s hospital bedside. I don’t expect either of them are doing anything. They are not busy. They can chat if his dad is conscious but other than that, I expect they’re pretty static.

When it is very late and very dark I go to my bedroom, strip off and flop into bed as I am completely out of ‘busy.’ So few short hours between this morning, and now. Men! What do they know? Just give me the chance to tell my father in law how busy I really am, an opportunity to cherish. Maybe if I start hunting now, I might find a sock to darn by morning?

Awards - excellent friendship day

Unfortunately things have been a little more "chaotic" than usual.

In an attempt to streamline awards I shall try and combine them, quite a step up for the bloggy challenged such as myself.

"Casdok" over at "Mother of Shrek" has had a huge party over at her blog, where awards were doled out like an Oscar ceremony. The woman is positively rattling with awards.

So first to "Misha" over at "A day in the Life" . Misha is just like the rest of us, bimbling along, great at juggling and with more patience in her left pinky nail than anyone could wish for. If this is a new spot for you then a good place to start would be over here at her post called "Drive by Anonymous Preaching" because it helps give everyone insight into the negative aspects of commenting anonymously.

Next to "Brillig" at "Twas Brillig" which indeed it really is. It's brillig for lots of reasons, but one particular reason is her post here called "A Fairy Tale of Sorts," because I just love it when we find some truth and stick to guns because we just know our instincts are right.

Also to "Angela" at "Memoirs of a Chaotic Mommy." In particular I would politely draw your attention to this post on "breast cancer" as it's very easy to help do your bit.

The use of language is one of my biggest bug bears, yet I'm just as guilty as the next idiotic grown up who chats away oblivious to the little sponges that habitat my home. As "Attila the Mom" points out in her blog called "Cheaper than Therapy" in her post called "language is powerful"

Another version of language, where it stems from, can be seen over here at "Dave's" blog called "Chewing the Fat," in his post called "Words. Tone. Death."

Then "Kitty Mamma" over at "okasaneko" gave me this lovely award called 'Friends are the Oscars of the soul.'

"Lou Ceel" is one of those creative types, and blogs every day! His insight is always refreshing and reminds me that there is always something new to learn. If you'd like to learn something new too then you could pop along to his posting called "The New Rome."

Also to "Chelle" at "Crazy Thoughts." I can't quite figure out how to link to a particular post of hers from her template, as I am suffering a little brain strain today, but pop over then anyway as you'll not be disappointed.

Then to "Julie" at "Autism Blog," as she's just taken a huge step in the blogging department and I'm a great believer in positive reinforcement, use it or lose it, or maybe try, try, try again! If this is a new one for you, then try reading her post called "Helping a Sib Understand Autism," because I for one need reminding about our typically developing children too.

Also to the "Domestic Goddess" at the "Undomestic Goddess," since we appear to share a common thread of stress, amongst other things. If this is a new one for you, then maybe you should start here in her post called "I heart my hairdresser." We could almost be twins now......well if I were 20 years younger.......

Then to "Melody" from "Slurping life." Firstly because I know that this is one that she has not already received, which is quite an achievement in view of the accolades of awards that follows her around. Secondly because although our children are very different we are all coping with variations on a theme as you can see in her post called "A Bottle of wine called my name," not to be confused with 'my name is a bottle of wine!'

"Karen" over at "Art in the Garage" sent me this lovely award 'You make my day." Thank you for thinking of me "Karen." Thank you Karen, I need cheering up at the moment.

One place that often cheers me up is "Mr. Bloggerific" over at "Your Packaging sucks." Yes I have mentioned him before but many of us are creatures of habit and drawn back to the familiar, easy going style that oils the wheels of a calm mind. That said, it you fancy a little boost then pop along to his post called "The Perfect Song?"
I hope you won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't but that may be because I'm missing someone in particular at the moment.

Then to "Jocelyn" at "O Mighty Crisis." Now it would be less than truthful of me to say that "Jocelyn" makes my day, because of course those days are in between whiles rather than daily. "Jocelyn" is one of those part time rather than daily bloggers. This is because "Jocelyn" has a real life, a busy one. So whilst she's doesn't make my day every day, I must be content with this part time effort, and with effort like "this" who am I to complain?

So that will have to be all for the moment as I'm out of time [although I'm never out of recommendations!]

Cheers dearies

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