A wobble. And a thank you.

I had my first wobble this week.

It wasn’t so much an oh-my-goodness-I’ve-moved-to-the-other-side-of-the-world wobble as it was a damn-these-hormones-and-the-long-list-of-things-to-do-and-why-isn’t-there-any-chocolate-in-the-house wobble.

But it was a wobble, nonetheless.

So I did what any self-respecting woman would do in that situation. I drank too much wine, cried a lot and had an early night.

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Old friends and whisky

Jura Whisky 16 years old

I learnt a new word this weekend. Diurach.

Diurach is the Gaelic name for someone from the Isle of Jura, and I was lucky enough to have three of them staying with me this weekend (although one of them – a friend who I have known for twenty-five years – is a Hearach like me. But Harris is happy to let Jura borrow her for a wee while…) Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2013

It is International Women’s Day on Friday.

Last year, I marked it on my blog with a post about Save the Children’s campaign to give women around the world access to reproductive health care.

This year, my thoughts have stayed a little closer to home, and I’ve decided to acknowledge some of the many incredible women who have had a direct impact on my life.

I started the post thinking I would just mention one or two, but as I started writing I found myself overwhelmed – in a good way – and I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down like that.

Women get a lot of stick sometimes, for their cattiness or for being seen as too competitive. True enough, there are some rotten ones out there… but there are also some incredible communities of women who support and nurture each other, and they are far more worthy of our attention. I count myself very lucky that in my life so far the good eggs have outweighed the stinkers by far.

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heart made of leaf

I’ve been pondering the notion of friendship a lot recently, and admitting to myself how hard it sometimes is to have your friends scattered all over the world as we do.

I had a lovely Skype chat with a friend in Australia the other day. I used to schedule those chats for a time when DorkySon was here, but now I wait and do it while he’s at nursery, otherwise the entire hour is taken up by him showing off all the cars in his toybox. We usually manage to catch up every couple of months, and it’s always great to hear how she is settling into her new life, how work is going and all the rest of it. But it’s not quite the same as when we used to sit and watch a chick flick together with a bottle of wine and a pizza. It’s especially hard when there are big things going on in each other’s lives. Celebrating good news (or commiserating about bad news) several weeks after the fact, via computer screen, doesn’t feel quite as effective as an in-person hug!
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Thursday’s Top 5 Good Reads

For reasons that will soon become clear, I’ve not been posting very much recently (don’t worry – all is well – just busy!).

So in lieu of one of my rambles, here’s a rundown of some other blogs that I’ve been enjoying recently, some of which you might want to check out. If nothing else, it gives you an idea of how eclectic my interests are!

1. From the Dakar Side of The Toon

My old university friend Steve is now living in Senegal and working for an NGO. It doesn’t always make for the cheeriest reading – his post about being on a plane with someone who was being forcibly deported made me sit at my computer and weep – but he’s written some brilliant stuff, and even when he’s dealing with really difficult issues, some of that inimitable Morpeth humour shines through.

2.  Dummy Mummy

I think I have a bit of a blogger crush on Dummy Mummy. I’ve never met the woman; don’t know what she looks like, or any details of her life, other than what’s shared on her site. But more than any other parenting blog I’ve yet found, her posts often touch a real nerve with me. I also love the fact that she just keeps her head down and writes, and doesn’t seemed to be involved in the crazy cliques or jostling for a high position in the rankings. If you haven’t found her yet, then check it out.

3. Some, Some and Some

Becky is a friend who I met at High School. I was lucky enough to attend her lovely wedding just after I’d started uni, and then we lost touch for several years before finding each other on Facebook again. This is her blog about baking and God… and while I’m neither a great cook nor terribly religious, I still love reading it. She may be one of the nicest people on earth, and it shows in her writing.

 4. It’s the Party Line and I’ll Cry If I Want To

I don’t think I can tell you who writes this, because she’s all grown up now, having left behind boozing and swearing (ahem) to become a teacher, and she might not want her pupils to find it… She doesn’t post often, but for insightful and intelligent rants about politics, Scotland, and the state of society, this is the place to go. I wish my modern studies teacher had been this feisty.

 5. 12 Books In 12 Months

As the name suggests, Ali is trying to write 12 books in 12 months, and this blog charts her progress. It also features guest posts and lots of good chat about the Edinburgh poetry and literature scene. This week she is testing a Kindle and posting her thoughts… well worth a read.

Although I’m not doing as many proper posts just now, I’m still putting the occasional snippet up on the DorkyMum Facebook page. Please head over and like it if you haven’t already. Thank you so much!