Posts Tagged ‘postaday2011

For those of you who haven’t come across Doodlemum, well, let me introduce you to some of the best (and funniest) pen-and-ink sketches capturing those essential moments of family life.  I am amazed at her talent, and amused at how, in our little homes hundreds of miles apart, the same things seem to happen.

This one I particularly liked…Enjoy!

Changing your child's nappy in public. Title says it all really, one big battle waged at four feet off the ground with poo thrown in for good measure. Joyo. … Read More

via Doodlemum


I found this very funny. Once I got the joke. I suspect some of you are going to be quicker off the mark than I was… Enjoy!

My Top Ten Lists Make a list of the reasons why top ten lists are often so disappointing; if you’re feeling more positive today than I am, go for a top ten list of why top ten lists are awesome. I’m going for the latter option today, and I’m doing it with pictures.  I appreciate that not everyone thinks like I do, so if you don’t get the joke, the explanation is at the bottom of the post.  Read More

via The Laughing Housewife

Plinky had a starter for ten earlier in the week.

What major sporting event do you get most excited about?

I groaned at the sight of this.  Really, this household couldn’t be less interested in sport if it were inhabited by a family of deaf and blind snails.  Nothing to blog about there, then.

Only then I noticed the question was not about ‘sport’, but ‘sporting events’. Small but significant difference.

So then I thought about those things I do like to watch, and even better watch with my kids.

Firstly – international football.  Namely the World Cup.  I don’t need to watch every match, but I do like to watch, and root for whichever country I feel is deserving of my support.  Often this will be England.  But any country with whom I feel some connection will do.  This includes the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, or indeed anyone who looks like they could do with some help.  As if I could help them by shouting at the TV…

However, if the World Cup never happened again, I wouldn’t miss it.  So I thought again.

Of course! The Olympics.  I love the Olympics.  I’m not sure how I feel about them taking place in a city less than an hour from my doorstep next year, but I really love the Olympics.


thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the image

So that got me thinking.  What is so special about the Olympics?  I came to the following conclusions: –

  • It is only once every four years.  It doesn’t take over every August.  (I suspect that’s also why I quite like the World Cup..)
  • It is great for having conversations with your kids, who will support all sorts of athletes for all sorts of reasons.
  • It’s a great educational tool for the kids.  In the opening ceremony we open up ‘Google Earth’ on the laptop and see if we can guess where the next country is in the world before we type it in and swoop over there.  Particularly good fun at the Winter Olympics, where the size of the country’s team is a good indicator of the climate in that region.
  • There’s a real sense of camaraderie.  Everyone wants to try their best.  Generally nobody wants to cheat.  The party atmosphere almost oozes out of the TV screen.

I really can’t think of any other sporting event I get excited about.

And it’s coming to London next year.   Yes, the chance of getting tickets is small, but to actually go and watch sport taking place is something I really must do at least once in my lifetime…surely it makes sense to go to something I actually enjoy?

London 2012. It's really happening. Right here!

I can hardly wait…

I may already have mentioned this, but in an effort to be healthier, I’ve taken up Pilates once a week.

I’ve been to three whole sessions at the time of writing and about to go to my fourth, so clearly I am now an expert and ready to blog judgement in whatever way I see fit. Yes, tongue firmly in cheek, though I do love to expose my judgemental side when I can.

The thing about Pilates is that because it’s all mat work and there is no cardio aspect to it, you can leave the class feeling like you didn’t really achieve anything. It’s remarkably relaxing and there’s more than a hint of yoga hidden in there.

Yes, those ab curls were a bit of a struggle, but they didn’t have you fit to bust a gut.  And since I’m unfit and my gut is ready to bust out any time it gets a chance, this type of exercise really must be low impact.

And then I wake up the next day and feel the ache in my muscles as I haul myself out of bed, and realise that perhaps I hadn’t been wasting my money after all.

After three classesI am finally aware of my stomach muscles.  (It’s been a good eighteen months since I was last able to say that. Admittedly these  muscles are under layers of fat a whale would be proud of, but it’s a start.)

Here is the type of Pilates I do.  If you’re interested in checking it out, please do.

Body Control Pilates

Young, old, fat, thin, they’re all in my class…and they all fit in just fine.  A revelation in exercise classes: no snazzy sports outfits or people so fit you turn green with envy, just a bunch of real people trying to get a little bit healthier.

Me included.

Following on from my post about the picture of women laughing…

Do you know that Elvis recording?  The one where he manages one verse of ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ before he cracks up with the laughter for the entire rest of the song?

You don’t get to hear it often, but it is the best mood-lifter out there.   Even in my foulest moods I still can’t help but giggle when I hear it.

I heard it on the radio this afternoon, for the first time in a while.  I just love it!  So I thought it might be nice to share it.  Especially since not that many of you will have been tuned into BBC Radio 2 at ten past three this afternoon…

So.  If you’re feeling down, just come back and listen to this.

Just so you know, I’m enjoying this so much I’ve decided to hold myself to posting something every day.

Hope I can handle it.

Hope you all enjoy it…  ☺