Life’s A Meme And Then You Tag!

ExMi tagged me– AGES ago- to do a list of 5 things I love about being a mom… as part of a meme tour around the world in 80 clicks!

So far the countries covered include– amongst others- India, South Africa, America, Panama, the USA, France, Canada and Spain! I was also found by another mom, Johnna, who has very kindly linked me in her post!

This has taken some doing. And yes, I know that sounds bad- but as my darling boy gets older, it seems to get harder to think of things to list like this. He had lots and lots of cute antics as a little boy… but he’s outgrown most of his cuteness.

So here’s my hard won list of 5.

  1. Pride. My heart wants to burst when someone tells me my son is a good kid. I often wanted to stand up and yell “THAT’S MY BOY!!” when he competed in his gymnastics tournaments. And I know every mother is biased in her child’s favour- but when someone tells me how smart they think my kid is or how gorgeous he is, I could just crow with happiness!
  2. Love. Boundless and immeasurable. His for me and mine for him. Spontaneous hugs, few and far between now- but I still get them occasionally. Joking around with me when we talk. Lying on the couch and squishing his feet in behind my bum was his favourite way to watch TV when he was little.
  3. Learning humility. This happens to me fairly regularly… its a lesson I learn over and over again, and one that I take with me into the rest of my world each time I learn it.
  4. Appreciation. I love how my knucklehead has opened my eyes in so many ways. To appreciate how beautiful a sunset or a sunrise can be. To appreciate every good day for exactly what it is. To appreciate the intricate beauty of a dung beetle.
  5. Wanting to do it all again, despite the rollercoaster ride its been so far…

And of course, in keeping with memetics SOP, I will tag Pat in the USA, as a twisted way of saying I’m sorry I haven’t visited her more. I’ll tag Polgara, in the UK, because we all know how much free time one has with a new baby. And I’ll tag Tracy, also in the USA, because she can never blog enough.

And you must please include this link for tracking purposes, even though it’s been a long time since this tour was started!

…come play on my rollercoaster…

I Wanna Win!!

This is my entry to win an autographed set of Elizabeth Pantley’s no-cry solution books!

Here’s a short excerpt from the nap solution:
Cycle-Blender Naps
One way to help your baby sleep longer is to put him for a nap in a setting that will lull him back to sleep when he wakes between sleep cycles. Cycle-Blender naps occur in slings, cradle-swings, rocking cradles, or baby hammocks. Any of these can help cat-nappers extend their sleep time because when Baby begins to awaken the rhythmic motion can lull him back to sleep.

And this is what I found on her website:

Elizabeth Pantley’s books for parents are as close to a user’s manual as there is. The “No-Cry” books offer remarkably clear and practical advice. This latest book in the series addresses an issue we have all faced and many struggled with: helping our children to nap.
Easy naptime solutions that really work–without any tears.
Kathy Lynn, President, Parenting Today
Naps: Children need them. Parents want them. Here are the tools to make them happen. Maureen A. Doolan Boyle, Executive Director, MOST (Mothers of Supertwins), Inc.
Does your child:
nap only in your arms, a sling, a swing, or the car? require elaborate rituals before sleeping? get fussy, act cranky, or have tantrums due to lack of sleep? take very short naps–or none at all?
Naps are important to a child’s mood, well-being, and development. The No-Cry Nap Solution offers you a proven formula to allow your baby, toddler, or preschooler to get daily restorative rest. You’ll learn gentle, loving, tear-free techniques, developed by world-renowned parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley and tested by hundreds of families around the world, guaranteed to help you:
Convince any child to nap every day Effortlessly settle your child for naptime in his or her own bed Turn short, fitful naps into long, peaceful ones Establish a nap schedule that works for you and your child Easily adapt nap routines to your child’s developing needs Confidently deal with sudden changes, nap strikes, and travel

Car Shopping.

I am looking for a new car.

I’ve Googled up a storm, gotten excited and been disappointed and I haven’t even started test driving anything yet!

I want to buy a new car- out of the box, or off the floor so to speak- so I am going to have to fork over some dough when I make my decision…

And yes, I know rental cars are often sold relatively cheap and in good nick, as are demo models, and you can find a good deal at an auction- but that’s not the point. I drove second-hand rattletraps that left me standing and frustrated on several occasions before I bought my brand new Aquamarine Opel Corsa 1.6iS almost 10 years ago. But that was because I could only afford second-hand lemons. And since I bought my Corsa I haven’t had a day’s grief! I’ve had to make standard replacements that come with age- but it’s never left me standing!

And now I want to buy another new car.

I would love another Opel- but these people have ridiculously overpriced themselves and I find it immensely annoying.

So I have been looking around and here are some of the ones I’ve found.

Isn’t it amazing how similar so many of these are? I know a lot of them are built in the same factory, and they have the same engines and bodies- just with different badges on… but one of the reasons I loved my Corsa so much when I bought it was because it didn’t look like anything else on the road!

I’m still looking.
I dunno what I’m going to buy… The Seat Leon and the Subaru Impreza have caught my eye of late- but Seat has now pulled out of the country and Subaru is expensive. The VW Polo and the Golf fit the bill- though I loathe them… so we’ll see yet. Citroen, Peugeot and Renault are French imports and thus are out of the question for me.
So how many have I found? Well, here is a list of 5-door cars available in South Africa… these are of all different sizes and all costs- and I just listed them because I was stunned by how many there are- and this isn’t even all of them!
Alfa 145
Alfa 147
Alfa Brera
Alfa Mito
Audi A3
Chery QQ3
Chery Tiggo
Chevrolet Aveo
Chevrolet Spark
Citroen C3
Daihatsu Sirion
Fiat Bravo
Fiat Palio
Fiat Punto
Fiat Stilo
Ford Fiesta
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Honda Jazz
Hyundai Getz
Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
Mazda 2
Nissan Micra
Nissan Tiida
Opel Astra
Opel Corsa
Peugeot 207
Peugeot 308
Proton Savvy
Renault Clio
Renault Megane
Renault Sandero
Seat Altea
Seat Leon
Subaru Impreza
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Conquest
Toyota RunX
Toyota Yaris
VW Golf
VW Polo

At this point I think I’m leaning towards the Suzuki Swift, the Nissan Tiida, the Ford Fiesta and the Chery Tiggo. They’re relatively affordable, and I think they’re nice looking…
And then I had a quick look at, and it says there that Suzuki and Nissan are companies that respond- with Suzuki having a 54% “good” ranking and Nissan only a 29% “good” ranking. Ford and Chery don’t feature much, and the instances I found were mostly complaints… but their not being there I take as a good sign.
Watch this space for the announcement of my acquisition!!!

…come play on my rollercoaster…

Bad Bloggiquette…?

I’m curious.

It seems a lot of people lurk on a blog, often for months before they comment on what they’re reading.
I’ve never done that… I comment on just about everything I read, even if its the first time I visit you! I’ve never been a lurker, and until people started posting “Please Announce Yourself And De-Lurk” posts (which I’ve also done a couple of), it never occurred to me not to comment.
I also can’t only read the most recent post. I visit a lot of blogs, and usually I do so once a week- and then I go back in the archives and read everything I’ve missed… I simply hate not knowing!

What’re the rules? What’s the etiquette in the blogosphere?
Are you supposed to lurk for a while before diving in and giving your two cents on everything you read?