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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

How do you handle sleepless nights?

So more and more parents are shopping for baby products between midnight and 6am.

How sensible of them. What a productive thing to do with the long sleepless hours. My husband and I tend to spend them arguing about who is more tired, why our children don’t sleep, why we even had children and then, (depending on how bad the night goes) why we even got married in the first place.

 Read how we handle sleepless nights in our family

Liebster award meme

Thank you very much to Mummyhasaheadache's Emma Kaufmann for nominating me for the Liebster award.

Nominees need to do the following:

1: Post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

2: Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure one notifies the blogger that one nominated them!)

3: Write  up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

4: You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your blog!

5: Paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

Here are 11 Random Facts about Me!

1: I once lived on a barge for a year. The bed was so small I had to sleep diagonally (also to avoid the leak in the roof). The bilge pump never worked so I'd often come home to see 'Nomad' sinking lopsidedly in the cut (barge-owner's term for the canal) and I had to pump-out my own toilet with a giant stinking hoover each week. In short, it was bad times.

2: I recently appeared on the Lorraine Kelly show on ITV. The pop group Steps were on too. We sat in the green room (which is not green) together. I tripped over Claire's stiletto and landed in her lap. She was very nice about it all and Linda Nolan gave me a hand up.

3: When I was (much) younger, I thought the number one single in the pop charts was picked by an actual person each week, "Mr TOTP". When Bryan Adams stayed at number one for 16 weeks with "Everything I do" I wrote to Mr TOTP and suggested other songs that I thought worthy of the top slot. My mum gave me his address and watched me post it.
4: I love the smell of Lenor fabric softener with Fabreeze so much I sometimes dab it on my wrists and neck as parfum. (Only if I am going somewhere dead posh)
5: My husband actually was the boy-next-door. I find this romantic. He found it convenient.

6: I am a strong believer in putting the milk in first BEFORE the hot water when making tea. It scalds the milk otherwise and makes tea taste bitter.

7: Sometimes, on bad days, me and the children rub mint tic-tacs on our teeth on the way to school instead of brushing. It gives us more time to argue over which shoes to wear.
8: I am possibly the worst singer on the planet. Even my baby, who is supposed to love ALL music sobs when I start the Hokey-Kokey.

9: I live in Brighton, but I am not gay. Many people find this hard to understand.

10: In the last six months I have trodden on one Kindle screen, one laptop screen and dropped two iphones in the bath. I'm still grounded.

11: My brothers call me Derrick - and I answer.

Here are the questions from Emma

1. Have you ever Googled yourself and been surprised at what you’ve found?
No and now I'm too paranoid to do so.

2. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Probably my four-year old. No one else would be interested.

3. Have you ever been naked in public?
Yes. During labour with my first daughter, I become overwhelmed with the need to remove all my clothes and run naked (and dripping amniotic-fluid) down the hospital corridor, demanding an epidural from everyone I saw. Even patients or visitors of patients, or the staff who just bring the meals.

4. If you could travel in time...where in time would you go? Why?
I'd go to New York and see The Ramones, because I jolly well love them.

5. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Lorax.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Right here, in Brighton. It still feels like I'm on holiday.

7. What did you have for breakfast?
A MOMA bircher-musli pot. Apple and peach. The baby ate most of it.

8. Who or what has made you believe in yourself as a writer?
My husband, who convinced me to give up work to do my journalist degree, which he also paid for. He gets me "The Writers Handbook" each year for xmas and truly believes that one day I'll be published.

9. What habit or habits do you need to stop?
I pick the skin round my nails. I click my jaw. I throw away important letters because I can't stand clutter. I am far too anal about the kid's toy kitchen. I actually use LOL in sentences.

10. Do you have tattoos? Is so what motifs are they?  
I have half a tattoo. I tried to get Mrs Waller on my bum as a cheeky gift for the husband. I passed out halfway through so it says Mrs Wall instead. What a humpty dumpty.

11. Have you started Christmas shopping yet?
Yes. I am one of those annoyingly organised people who collect presents all year round to avoid a last minute rush.
Here are my 11 questions:
1: What was the last book you read? (and was it worth reading?)
2: Do you put the milk in first when you make tea?
3: What is the colour scheme in your home?
4: Would you have a tortoise as a pet?
5: What was the best blog you read this week?
6: Why did you start blogging?
7:  What are you best at cooking?
8: What is your favourite part of the day?
9: What is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?
10: What three things would you take on a desert island?
11: What was the last song you listened to?
And here are my 11 nominees :




How not to potty train your children

So primary school children (in Wales) have been told they cannot use the toilet unless they ask in Welsh. How awful. I am so relieved I don’t live in Wales.

My children and I struggle to hold it in when we need to go already, let alone trying to translate "can I please go to the bathroom" into a long and complicated language at the same time.
Read the full article on how not to potty train your children.

My mummy-tummy tourettes

Why do I feel the need to share so much personal information about myself, to anyone, all the time?

No one needs to know about the size of my babies' heads, and therefore the effect on my bladder - but I just can't seem to stop myself from talking about it. It's not pride, it's more... my mummy-tummy tourettes

Why my husband is refusing to get the snip

It's been in the news that the number of vasectomies has halved in the last ten years. It seems less and less men and "manning" up and taking one for the team.

Read why my husband is refusing to get the snip