Monday, 17 August 2009

Awards, schmwards, tags, shmags

My name is Brit in Bosnia and I have been a bad blogger. I have busily been accepting awards, displaying them proudly, and have done absolutely jack about passing them on. This breaks all rules of bloggerville. So, I intend to sort this forthwith. Be warned, this may be a long post.

First up, from the lovely Kat at 3 Bedroom Bungalow: You blog is Bloody Brilliant. This award has no strings attached. Nothing to do. Just send it on to a few others whose blog you love. So, this award goes out to the other mothers of small boys. As we are run off our feet enough as it is picking up cars, with reflexes of catches that would make an English cricketing slip catcher jealous, we can deal with balls, noise, fighting and general pandemonium. Sitting quietly doesn't happen. Often. But, but, our boys, they love their Mummies. So without further ado, I give you the Your Blog is Bloody Brilliant award for my fellow Mothers of Brothers:

Next up we have the award that I'm passing onto blogs that are new to me. In general I think this will just demonstrate exactly how behind the curve I am on this. But without much more ado, here are the newbies to the Brits In Bosnia world, awarded the One Lovely Blog Award (coming to me from BabyBaby). I'm probably supposed to do something like tell everyone 7 things about me, but I can't remember what, so if you will forgive me, I shall just get on with dishing it out.

London City Mum

Not SuperMum

Mud in the City

Lost in Translation

Mid-Atlantic English

OMG I'm Pregnant

Half Mum Half Biscuit

Muddling Along Mummy

Mummadeede aka Dee Parrot (who deserves a special mention for being the British Mummy Bloggers 500th member!)

Next up is one for the Dads out there. Again, I'm supposed to do something but can't remember what so I'm just going to get on with dishing it out the Honest (s)crap award, which was awarded to me by Half Mum Half Biscuit who has sensibly gone on holiday. I've noticed that the Dads don't tend to do this award thing much, so am issuing a vague challenge to them to actually pass it on. To someone that doesn't already have it (and that, my father friends is a serious challenge indeed).

Life and Times of a House Husband

Single Parent Dad

All That Comes With It

Bringing Up Charlie


Finally, and I have to say I'm impressed if you are still with me, I'm starting to lose the will to live, we have the MeMeMeMe award, from Maternal Tales and from Muddling Along Mummy. I do have to do something for this (curses).

I need to list 7 things about me. See my cunning plan in leaving this until last, I figure that noone will still actually be reading, so I'm not really revealing anything.

1. I have no patience. None at all. This can make parenting difficult.

2. About the only household chore I ever get under control is washing. The rest of it is a disaster. But we do always have clean clothes to wear.

3. I totally and utterly adore my boys, even though they drive me demented on a regular basis.

4. I'm doing a PhD on football and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.

5. I once trained with the Sierra Leonean National Sprint team. I am the slowest runner that you (or anyone else you know) knows. They lapped me many times and I never got asked back.

6. I might be a slow runner, but I can keep going. 2 marathons later I can agree with my Dad's advice - let those greyhounds go out fast, by the 15th mile you'll be winding them back in. So true.

7. I need to start earning some money again soon to feed my TOAST sale addiction.

Ok, this is to go to 7 bloggers whose only connecting feature is that they are great and they deserve all the awards that they get.

Gaelikka: Out of Ireland and into India

Home Mum of 2 (or 3 if you count their Dad)

Being a Mummy

Who's the Mummy

Another Day in the MadHouse

Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy?

A Modern Mother

Ok - that is it. Well, it might not be as I've also been tagged a load, but I'm losing the will to live. Feel free to use a different award if you've already got the one I've tagged you for. I'm off to have a strong coffee and sit outside for 5 minutes to recover.


London City Mum said...

FM - Whoooooooooooooooweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! My first ever award! Thank you, thank you my lovely, what a wonderful way to start the week! xx

notSupermum said...

Awww, thank you!! How lovely of you to think of little ol' me. I'm chuffed to little mint balls.

nappy valley girl said...

That post must have taken you all night to write!

Thanks so much for the award, you're right, mothers of boys should get a very special mention....

gaelikaa said...

Wow! Thank you so much, Emily, I am honoured. I know that it is for my main blog. But I'll do the tag on my diary blog this week.

Nicola said...

Thank you so much for my award!!! I will display it will pride! As for the 7 things...were we separated at birth? (except for the marathon thing - I also run using a technical term commonly known as the plod. I did once plod my way through a half marathon tho but that's as far as I am willing to go.)


Mwa said...

Thank you so very very much! I would like to thank my parents and my agent and my dog and my therapist. (I'm really very honoured - it's my first ever!)

PippaD said...

Hee hee, I read to the end! Hmm so what about this slow running? I run slowly and so far have never not finished a race!

TeacherMommy said...

I'm BLUSHING!!! Thank you! And the good thing is "bloody" isn't a "real" profanity here in the USA, so I don't have to blush for a different reason when I post it on my blog!

family affairs said...

Good grief. Just popped in to say hi and found you in major Gwyneth Paltrow - thanks to everyone and awards all round - interested in your football phd...I've just come back from Africa and obv FIFA in SA next year and I said I'd help get football kits and stuff to Zambia....any suggestions? Lx

Rebel Mother said...

Aah, thanks so much for thinking of me.

And I love your number 3! Totally with you on the boys thing - they are fab though arent they?


Dee said...

Thank you so much. I'll collect it when I have a moment to write an acceptance speech...

gaelikaa said...

Done my Homework!

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Thank you all.

Nic and PippaD - the plod is my preferred pace. Very much a tortoise not a hare! Tis the only way to go. You get bonus points for reading all the way to the end!

Family Affairs - I bought a pink strappy dress and everything and then cried for weeks. Football, yes. Is it for clubs? To be honest, I found that finding people with contacts in professional clubs to be the best way to get kit out of them, but don't hold your breath! Sunderland were great though. You might be better going through some sports NGOs. Drop me an email if you get the chance and I'll see if I can get some contact details for you. i might have a glamourous pink dress on but the trainers are on underneath!

The Dotterel said...

You're very, very kind BiB/FM - and I will do my very best this time to pass it on... honest! Thank you.

zooarchaeologist said...

Thanks for my award. Nice to be thought of! OMG i'm soooo behind with these I cant tell you- look out for a mega superpost soon xx

Maternal Tales said...

Congrats on all your awards honey and sorry it was my one that made you do all the work. Love the list - impressed by your PHD. When will we be able to call you Dr Em??

SandyCalico said...

Wow! This must have taken you ages!
Conratulations on all the awards - thoroughly deserved - and thanks for passing one on to me :-)

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Dotterel - no worries!

ZA - I know, I got so behind as well. This post was just the awards. There are about 100 million tags too. I may just have to forget about them all.

MT - in theory in about 3 years (part time PhD, can you imagine how long it is going to take?). We shall see...

SC - it did! I'm not doing another one for a while.