Thursday, November 30, 2006

Now there's strange...

I have no idea what is going on. For months now I have been trying (and failing) to get my link list into the sidebar on my blog. I followed the instructions to the letter, but they kept appearing right at the bottom of the blog. Terrified of losing everything if I start arsing about with things of which I know nothing, I ended up leaving it. I've recently converted to Blogger beta. I have no idea what this means. I presume it's an upgrade, but it seemed Like A Good Idea. And today I came visiting and lo and behold, all my links are on the sidebar. Amazing. And I have nooooo idea at all why. Or why, when I tried to sign in the sign in bit disappeared and I could only sneak into post this by going via my profile page.

I also have just realised that my email addy seems to have disappeared off the face of this blog since my conversion. So Mad Muthas if you were failing to get ahold of me, you can email me at: jules@marathonmum.com.

It's all Greek to me. But I am pleased as punch about my links. They look soooo much better.

I'm tempted to play around with the design as well, but a) I haven't got time at the moment and b)I'm terrified of losing everything. So you may be stuck with this plain old template for now.

And after my bad tempered postings about Chrimbo, I have finally dipped my toe into the water, and started shopping. Mainly because I woke up at 2am the other night having had a dream that it was Christmas Eve and I hadn't even started... Plus as my mil is very elderly I end up doing her shopping too and it is much much better if I am present when she starts buying things, or we end up with everything in the shop.

Ever since no 4 ended up in hospital just before Christmas one year, I refuse to get stressed about the festive season, but it does have a way of coming and biting you on the backside, so despite my best efforts, the stress does eventually get to me.

Never mind. I've sorted out my letters: P for purse (left over from some kids' party), and C for candles (bought cheap from the Natural World Shop); I've started the shopping; I'm looking at the Christmas cards (in loathing it's true, but the sooner I start...) And as mil has a shaky hand I end up helping her too. Now that's fun, as she zips about the address book from K to A and back to Y in the most illogical manner. As she's German, I also get to write in Deutsch too. Which is all very well but she wants to write a different letter to everyone. The worst year was when I accidentally told someone she hated them, instead of using the verb to have.

No 2 seems to have gone into overdrive with Brownies on festive events, so she is taking part in a nativity on Sunday (she's a wise man), singing carols next Wed and the following Sat, and having a Christmas party to boot. No 1 has declined to sing carols in favour of going to a friends' party and was mortified when I suggested I might accompany them.

No 3 is going to be the narrator in her Christingle service. No 4 doesn't know what she is going to be but has to say We Want Peace and Quiet - which is ironic as she is the noisiest of my children.

So I'm girding my loins, taking a deep breath and looking straight ahead.

It's all downhill from here....

PS. As soon as I posted this there was a thump on the doormat. Yes... our first Christmas card has arrived. It's the same every year. My cousin from Canada always sends us a card on or around the 29/30 November. How does anyone, ever get that organised? Particularly when they're sending from abroad. Times out of number my foreign cards have got posted on Christmas Eve because having missed the last posting date of six months before Christmas, I think by then, what the hell? I prefer the French approach - who send cards for the New Year. Now that's a civilised solution....

5 comments:

Nic said...

I feel the same - really disorganised this year. I make my crads and haven't even earmarked which weekend will have that job...

It's A's birthday on sunday and I ahven't even got him a present or crd sorted yet and I'm ot tomorrow night and we go up to his parents on Saturday, so will no doubt spend most of the day stuck on a motorway. I hope he loves meenough to settle for a kiss and an IOU.

and in my world, your links are still at the bottom...

Nic said...

I wonder what crads are - if they take too long, I'll never get my cards done.

Jane Henry said...

Crikey you MAKE your cards. AM v impressed! Writing them just finishes me off...

wondeer why my links are at the bottom of your screen.

It's a funny old blogosphere isn't it???

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I have a house full of beautifully blank christmas cards because I buy them in a very organised fashion when they first appear in September each year ... And I look at them helplessly on New Year's Day when we pack up the Xmas tree and think "too late, again"...

Maybe this year?

I am WAY ahead of my normal schedule for decorations and presents and I couldn't work out why until you mentioned the hospital.

My dad collapsed at our house last year on Christmas Eve and spent a month in a coma.

Some inner organiser has been telling me to get my shit together in case something like that happens again!!

Jane Henry said...

Blimey, Bec, that's pretty dramatic. Hope your dad ok now?

The year no 4 was ill was also the year my fil was dying and he came to us for Christmas day but spent most of it in the lounge coughing an alarming death rattle kind of cough. My sil and I were convinced he was going to pop his clogs just to make the festive season complete.

Luckily he hung on.

He waited till no 4's first birthday instead...

(but that's another story!)

love Jane