Thursday, 26 May 2011

Why You Should Always Listen to the Train Announcers

On our way home from the rugby on Sunday (full details to come soon), we had to get a train from Birmingham to Peterborough. It was a slow train that was going through the Cambridge and stopped at every station going.

Our ticket collector/train announcer was either bored, drunk or on a beat as these are some of the announcements he made...

"This trains stops at Coleshill, Nuneaton, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Blah, blah, blah"

"arrives at Cambridge 3.10 for the intelligent that's 15.10"

"This train stops at melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, etc, etc"

"Pork Pievile approaching, Pork Pievile approaching, my mistake its Melton Mowbray"

"This is Oakham, this is Oakham where they poke em according to hearsay in the eye"

"change at Peterborough for trains to London, Newcastle, Spalding....Whitlesey. Why I'm on the subject shout out to the Whitlesey Massive" 

It was the funniest train journey I have ever had and I almost stayed on the train to hear what he came out with next!

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Toot Toot - I'm a Finalist In the MAD Blog Awards!!

MAD Blog Awards 2011When I started blogging just over two years ago I had no expectations at all. It seemed a good idea at the time and like most decisions I make I didn't put a lot of thought into it, I just did it.

The most amazing things have happened to me since I started blogging. I have made some great friends, been to some great places, sent some lovely products and have written for some fabulous blog. 

I have also been able to crafty a little bit of the internet just for me and my *ahem* several blogs. I have found my voice and have been able to be honest with myself about my depression.

I have also been very fortunate to be able to make a living from what I do and work with some fantastic people.

Last year my very first blog New Mummy was shortlisted for Best Baby Blog in the very first MAD Awards and even though I didn't win it was an honour to be shortlisted and I had a great time at the awards. It has without a doubt opened a few more doors for me and given me a lot of confidence in what I do.

In the past year the amount of mum and dad blogs has increased by a huge amount and I thought I wouldn't be in with a chance of a nomination let alone be a finalist again. Well imagine my shock when I saw my blog (and face) in the Best Post of the Year category! ( Sponsored by Sodastream)

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that nominated me, now can you please vote!! ;)

My post Hi My Name is Carol and I Have Depression is the post that have made the finals. I haven't been writing this blog very long so it really makes me proud that my post touches people.

Now of course the MADs are all about celebrating blogs and I am not the only blog that has made the finals. I am up against four amazing bloggers and I urge you to go and read their posts as well and make your decision. 

The other finalists are:

Baby Budgeting - My Mum Was The Best Storyteller 

Metal Mummy - I thought I'd Seen it All, then I saw Tapoo 

The Five F's - Broken?

Very Bored in Catalunya - Parenting - Its as simple as ABC

The Misssy M Misssives - The Chiropractor Story

Enjoy the posts and don't forget to vote

I leave you will the Dixie Chicks and The Long Way Around (story of my life)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Carol's Confessions - I'm a Guilty Shopper

I realised something today as I was pushing a sleeping BG around the shops, I am a guilty shopper. I don't mean a spend loads and feel guilty afterwards. I shop when I feel guilty. 

I didn't feel great Sunday and Monday, they were Blah days for me (non technical depression talk). So we stayed at home which meant she didn't get to  run around and which impacted on her sleep, as in she didn't want to go to sleep.

I took her to her dance class this morning and on the walk on she feel asleep so I decided to take a walk into town and have a look around the market. I found myself buying BG "treats" including some fancy artisan bear shaped banana biscuits. It was at this point I realised that I was guilt buying. I felt bad that I had not taken her out and tried to make myself feel better by buying things for her. Its not the first time I have done it either, I can't believe I have only just noticed I do it. Its not just for BG either, if I have been away I have to buy OH something.

The worst bit is I don't buy these things to make them feel better, I do it to make ME feel better. Does this make me a bad person?

I worry so much about being a bad mum and my depression effecting their lives that when I have a dark period I feel I have to make it up to them in some way. I know I shouldn't feel this way but its hard, especially when you don't realise you have those feelings.

The problem is I don't know how to stop!

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Sing along Saturday - Eurovision Special

I love the Eurovision Song Contest, its cheesy and I haven't missed one in years! I do miss Terry Wogan presenting it as he was hilarious. 

Its not just the cheesy music I love, I actually enjoy the scoring at the end trying to guess who they will give the top points to (not like that's hard).

Tonight I will be harmed with popcorn, chocolate and a glass or two of wine, with the subtitles on so I can see what they are singing. 

My Sing Along Saturday song had to be a Eurovision one and UK winner at that.

I give you Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Sing Along Saturday - This Old House

Its no secret I like a bit of cheesy music, its the best to dance to. And defiantly the best to sing along to. 

I loved clubbing when I was slightly younger, actually there was a time when I was out 5 nights a week! My favourite nights were retro nights, there were normally a bit more laid back and you could have a good boogy. 

I think the best songs to dance to are the ones were you can just let go and sing at the top of your lungs. This is on my favorites to dance along to.....

Shakin Stevens, This Old House.

Sing it loud, sing it proud!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Friday Song - Park Life

I realise I have been a crap blogger recently, part of this is that I am super busy with my freelance work and other projects. I have also lost my mojo when it come to writing a personal blog and I am having quite a lot of fun doing my music posts.

I know they aren't to everyone's liking but I love sharing tracks and stories about them with you. Its ones of the few things I brought over to this new blog from New Mummy. I started writing a Soundtrack to My Week post in March 2010 and its developed into a musical week.

Friday Song is a song to reflect your week, this used to be Soundtrack to My Week. 

This week has been an odd one, the bank holidays have me all over the place so I have been trying to catch up, plan the next month and keep a very activate toddler amused.

This week our local park re-opened after a big make over (pics to come). We have spent hours there this week and BG loves the new look. Its really toddler friendly now. 

So my Friday Song is....

Park Life by Blur 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Sunday Chill Out - Memories of San Francisco

Sunday is a day to relax and chill out, so the music I like to listen to on a Sunday reflects that. 

The track I have chosen this week always reminds my of a trip to San Francisco when I was 19/20 with my Dad and Sister.  It takes me back to walking along the pier and board walk ( I always try to forget the wind).  

We visited Alcatraz, took a boat ride and shopped in amazing little boutiques. We went to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, which was a little bit of heaven! 

We stayed in China Town which was nosey and busy but fascinating. 

When we were there we didn't like it so much, having been to Florida and New York in the past  and it was very different. When I look back now I would love to go again to appreciate it better. 

It was an interesting trip, I met them in Florida as they started in Washington and then we went to San Francisco and ended the trip in New York. 

My Sunday Chill Out this week is 'Sitting on the dock of the bay' by Ottis Redding