Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Why, hello there! :)

Hey, strangers :) Gosh, it feels like a loooong time since I've been able to sit down and do a 'normal' blog post! I've kept thinking that things would calm down and I could get back into the blogging routine, but it just hasn't happened and I think I need to accept that it possibly never will!! Hooray for Project 365 posts, they do at least mean that my blog still recognises me...

Anyway, here I am, and I do plan to get round your blogs very soon. To save what remains of my sanity though I'm going to declare another 'blog amnesty'; I'll try to visit new posts from now, rather than even attempt to catch up on the posts I've missed. That being the case, please, please tell me about any exciting and/or important news that I've missed! I'm extremely grateful to Carrie for contacting me to let me know about poor Deb's recent illness, and to Jo, Lizzie and Clair for telling me about the bloggers' weekend away in time for me to sign up! And thanks also to the lovely people who have emailed and left comments and just kept visiting while I haven't been able to return the favour. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it - I love you all! xx

In our news, The Boy is settling in well to his new school, loathing PE, but doing very well with his music. The Tomboy is working very hard and enjoying being in Year 5. The Doctor has finally slowed down a bit after working all summer and then coming home to a conference he'd organised and several weekend talks.

Me? The beginning of this year has been busier than ever, and being away for two weekends in September didn't help (though both weekends were lovely). All the rushing around and not getting enough sleep and coming into contact with new germs (classic new school year thing!) struck me down with a tummy bug last week, which I shook off pretty quickly but then I promptly picked up a nasty cold. Bleh! (And indeed snuffle and cough.) But I'm getting there! My papercrafts class for adults is running again this year (first one today, in fact) and I've got some interesting classes and some interesting new responsibilities at school.

I've been noting down my lessons for Learn Something New Every Day, too; I've been tweeting mine, but I plan to put together a mini book with all the lessons at the end of the month (didn't end up using the pretty dinky notebook, I shall save that for something else). I've also been recording something The Boy's learnt each day, and I had hoped to work on pages for his LSNED album, but my photo printer has stopped working and the problem appears to be fatal :( My to-do list therefore includes getting a new photo printer, but I can't afford that just yet :(

Speaking of lists, I'm rather behind in sharing mine for the 52 Lists in 52 Weeks project! I must get organised and photograph them and get them on here! Look out for those soon, and a LSNED round up, and a few other bits and pieces I haven't had the chance to share yet :)

And finally! Here's a little something we noticed over the summer. There were many differences between England and America, as you'd expect. Some were very big differences, but this one was very small:

Crisped rice cereal in America is flatter than crisped rice cereal in the UK! (The particular brand of crisped rice cereal that we bought in America was, anyway, so I'm making a sweeping generalisation from that....)
Right! That's enough wittering from me :) I'm going to put the kettle on (anyone for a cuppa?), make sure I've packed everything I need for today's papercrafts class, and look forward to reading all your new posts from....... NOW! xx

18 comments:

helena said...

its those small details that I find so fascinating when visiting another country

good to have you back

angelfish said...

Welcome back Mel xx

Lynn said...

Glad you are back! I took a blogging break over the summer and still havn't managed to return. It is on my to do list as I struggle back to a new routine and I'm hoping as we turn into October the blogging will return as I miss it.

Mary B said...

Welcome back Mel and I am glad you kept up with your 365 and single word piccies
Had to laugh at the small differences

Jimjams said...

Mary & I thought of you this weekend Mel ... we'll have something to show you soon.

P.S. I e-mailed Lizzie yesterday enquiring about the retreat ... hoping that there may be a space just wide enough for my bum!

Cheri said...

welcome back!

scrappyjacky said...

Nice to hear from you Mel....glad The Boy has settled well.

Melissa said...

YEAH Mel - so glad to see you back. I've missed you in blogland but knew that you're life was busy (and a good busy at that)! Hope you enjoy your stroll through new blog posts and that all goes well with your classes this year.

Ladkyis said...

you'll probably find that the sugar content of the American crisped rice is MUCH lower than the UK crisped rice. This country has more sugar on everything than anywhere else even America

Maria Ontiveros said...

Glad to hear what you've been up to. We're about five weeks into our new term, which means that the crush is really beginning. Clara is playing volleyball for the first time, which is fun. Henry is starting to study for his college tests (which he'll take in the spring). Our little dog, Gypsy, survived her brush with terminal illness and is now doing fine.
I think that's the highlights.
Rinda

Ruth said...

We're running at full speed here, I have no idea where the days are going! I've been pretty rubbish at blog reading/commenting as well, and I have no real excuse!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Yay! Welcome back, Mel! :) Glad to be caught up on your life and glad you are getting back to the swing of things after your trip here. And weird about the rice krispies!!

Heather said...

Hey Mel! Good to have you back :) xx

Alison said...

Good to see you back Mel and glad the children are settled at school...hope you settle into some sort of 'normality' soon!
Alison xx

Kirsty.a said...

Yes, I feel I'm at about the same place - one in Yr 5 and one just started Reception, new classes and new responsibilities. Typical September stuff. Blogging is an extra - it has to wait until I've done what is more urgent.I think everyoe understands

Karen said...

Glad to see you back! You've commented on my big news, but the other news is a new kitchen which is finally beginning to come together. Looks like we'll have counters by next week! Both of my kids will be home mid-October so I'm anxious to get my house settled.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Glad to see you back!

Ginger said...

hi Mel :) I read this post some time back but when I read people's posts on my blackberry, I cannot comment :( So I just wanted to say it is good to hear from you and happy to see you back!