15 Jun 2012

Being Gas Powered and Other Random Things About Pregnancy

So....in case you didn't see this post...I'm pregnant. Which is why I went AWOL for several months because I was very busy having in depth conversations with my toilet and my bed. Baby45 is due in September and I am already sporting a rather large bump with a life and mind of its own.

Seriously, I am just there to fulfill his every need - more space...feel free to rearrange my rib cage, comfy pillow....please use my bladder etc etc. Obviously I am vay vay vay excited about being a mummy. Baby boy is already developing excellent taste in music - vigorous kicks to RATM and Beastie Boys, but not really to much other music. I fear I am going to give birth to a grumpy teenager in a hoodie.

Anyway don't worry I don't plan to blog solely about my pregnancy for the next 3.5 months. I'd be a terrible mommy blogger and besides, this is the best blog about parenting - why would I even bother. But seeing as my brain is fairly fried by this time on a friday, I'm hoping you'll indulge me on the odd occassion and allow me to blog about the pregnancy :)

So today's post is a bunch of things that I did not know about pregnancy. ...I'd like to add the caveat that I know I am very, very lucky to be pregnant. There are many wonderful people out there who would love to have children and for whatever reason, can't. So please be aware that the below is written with tongue firmly in cheek.....

31 May 2012

Magic - word of the week

This is what I want my unborn son to know. Not to think for a second about what other people think, to keep going and never give up. To stay true to himself and to try everything once. To remember that it doesn’t matter what people think you’re capable of, only what you do.

To be happy, to not live in fear or worry or anxiety. It’s really not ever worth it. To remember, even when things seem so dark, that somewhere, somehow, there will be a tiny speck of light. Take hold of that light.  To just be happy with the small things, to see the good in the everyday, the humdrum. It’s hard to do, but it makes life worth living. Life isn’t just about the amazing, earth shattering moments, it’s about the little tiny moments that make up every day.

Life is only worth as much as you make of it, don’t waste it, don’t wait for things to happen. If you want something to happen, make it so. If you wait, nothing happens. Try, just always promise me that you’ll try – you never know what will happen and that way you’ll always be surprised.

Most of all treat other people with respect, you truly will never know what it is like to be someone else or what they’re really going through. It’s hard work to do it, but honestly, kindness and humility are much underrated – but life is worth so little without them. 

Go out of your way to give small kindnesses and I promise you, you’ll get so much back, so much so that you feel selfish to be helping someone because it makes you so happy. Offer your seat, smile at someone, recommend a book, lend a hand. You don’t know what a difference it could make to someone’s life – and it might just save yours.

I wish so much for you, I can’t believe it’s possible to feel like this about someone I haven’t even met yet. Just someone who pokes me in the ribs everyday and yet I can’t believe we have created this whole person inside of me. It’s a little miracle. If anyone tells you magic doesn’t exist, ignore them. I do. After all the same hormones that have made me so sick for months have also been growing tiny eyelashes and toenails. It’s amazing really. I can't wait to meet you when you get here!

Thank you and goodnight

Stupidgirl has left the building

3 Jan 2012

Generation Why Not Blog Awards 2011.....

So, I've gotten a fair few blogging awards this year and I thought it was time to give the love back!

I follow a whole bunch of blogs and tweeps - some of whom are very much deserving of an award for their fabulousness. If you have received an award, please feel free to stick the below image on your blog! If you want an email version, just shout... (well commenting below is actually probably more effective unless you live within shouting distance of me)

This Blog Is So Funny I Snorted Tea Out of My Nose Award: I Know, I Need To Stop Talking from the wonderful @pinkyaks

Most Useful for Anyone Who Writes Award: Novel Publicity and the amazing, inspiring and simply brilliant all round goddess that is @emlynchand

Best Champion of Bloggers + Tweeters: The incredibly wonderful and supportive @wilkravitz of the Vampire Wonderland blog who comments on all my blog posts and frequently recommends me to people. Come to London Billy, I'll buy you a beer!

#Guessthatchoon Champion: This was a tough one but the ultimate champion has to be @melancholieC for her encyclopedic music knowledge (that or extra fast ability with Google)

Most Inspiring Blogger Award: 
This was so hard to choose so I've ended up awarding it to DemonWrangling 101 for being simply amazing and inspiring and an amazing mum. Check out my interview with her here...
And also to Betty Herbert for writing a book that I didn't even realise how much I needed to read. And for being liberating and inspiring and honest about sex. Check out the book review here and the interview with Betty here...

Best Local Blogger Award: This goes to the ever glamorous, talented and articulate Siren of Brixton. Here's to lots more margaritas, parties, red lipstick and campaigning!

Best Campaigning Blog: Voices for the Library. For no other reason than being simply the best cause that I have ever had the pleasure of championing. Without my library I wouldn't be here, writing this blog. I might not even be around at all. Love your libraries folks. Save them and cherish them.

Best Blog Post of The Year Award: This hysterical post from none other than my genius baby sister who got all the looks, talent, brains and writing ability in the family. A hilarious piss take of what glamour models have to say about current affairs.

Overcoming Adversity Award: This has to go to @theotheralig of The Other Ali G blog for overcoming a horrid year with such style, humour and grace.

Congratulations folks, hope you like the award!

Thank you and good night

Stupidgirl has left the building

2 Jan 2012

New Year's Resolutions....and other unoriginal blog titles

Um, so Happy 2012 folks! :) I can't believe it's 2012 already. It doesn't even sound like a real year - and neither did 2009, 2010 or 2011 either really!

Anyway it's here and also, I've now been blogging (on and off) for a whole year. So yay - happy blog birthday to the blog and you lovely readers - I couldn't have done it without you all. I know i've been an erratic blogger but I am so touched that you all have stuck around to read my rambling and pictures of me looking hot + sweaty climbing. I hope that 2012 will be even better.

Last year I didn't make any resolutions other than to have more fun. Which I did! So this year, I thought I'd have a go at making some specific resolutions. Aside from the usual eat less/do more + spend less/save more these are...

1) Learn how to do little cat flicks with my liquid eyeliner
2) Learn how to apply liquid eyeliner one handed on the bus/train (as I can now do this with pencil) this means more time in bed.
3) Climb/blog/visit the gym 2 x a week each
4) Take a belly dancing class (and possibly a course)
5) Cook a new recipe every week (and blog the results if possible)
6) Finish my nanowrimo book goddamit.
7) Meet some of the readers of this blog (that I haven't already) - comment below if you want to do this!
8) Take a burlesque class
9) Keep a record of all my climbs so I can stop faffing around, pretending that I'm not a climber and instead start climbing 6a and lead climbing regularly. And not just climbing slabs would be good tooo (I don't mean slabs of chocolate, I mean the shape of a climbing wall/rock face!!)
10) Get my eyebrows threaded every month instead letting my mono brow take over my face. Oh and paint my nails every week.

Are you making any resolutions for 2012? If so, do share!!

Thank you and goodnight

Stupidgirl has left the building