Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reasons to be cheerful: The Blog Awards edition

After three weeks I'm already addicted to yoga, and our teacher is stressing the importance of being grateful, even when life seems difficult.  So here I am again, looking for some Reasons to be Cheerful.  Apart from Smiley's smile of course, and you must be sick of that by now. You're not?  Ok, well here's a little taster then...

My special girl :D

1. Blog Awards Ireland

I was late again.   I mean 30 minutes is enough time to drive the 32 km from Dublin to Naas isn't it? Surely I would have made it if it wasn't for the Saturday Mass traffic?  Anyway I got there and skulked by the wall while the first set of awards were announced, looking longing at the seated gathering, and wondering why I'd bought a ticket, especially as I really don't like going to events full of strangers.  Well usually not.

Then I heard the name of someone I'd been planning to meet.   Marie from Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer deservedly won the best health and well-being blog, and with her help I was able to find a seat with familiar names from twitter and blogging, including @NewFarmerette, @MagnumLady, @Limmster, @Selficience and lovely to meet @foxglovelane.  I was seated next to the very friendly Madeleine who I'd previously met at the launch of Blog Awards Ireland.

I wonder why my badge didn't win :)
It was a very entertaining evening, there was the tension of the awards, good food, great company, and mad moments such as the two minute ceilidh, the badge competition, wondering when we were going to see Susan Boyle, and then at our table we had one marriage proposal, one proposition, and a clutch of awards, none of them for us!  My nerves were at breaking point when they got to my category. Mostly because I was afraid that my name would be called, and then I would trip on the stairs or shake or something else completely mortifying. Once it was done and the winner was announced, then I could relax and enjoy the rest of the evening, especially this:


There may have been dancing later, but at about 10.30pm.  I got the text "when are you coming home, Mum, no rush", and you all know what that means. So off I rushed...

2. My daughter the student

Even though I miss my little girl, 'my daughter, the student' sounds pretty good, and all is going well for her so far this year.  Her main challenge  has been lack of money as traditional student jobs are hard to find right now.  But, thanks to the Olympics, demand for gymnastics classes is huge, and, as a qualified coach, so is she!  And she's been given another class to teach this week :)

3.  My brother has booked another ferry ticket

Yes he's coming over in November from Wales.  Now that I have lost my Mum and Dad, he provides the main support from the family.

4. Affection and help

My son became both affectionate and helpful when he realised that I wasn't feeling so good yesterday evening.  Which was lovely.

More reasons to be cheerful over at Lakes Single Mum.

37 comments:

  1. I hope that you are feeling better now.
    I don't like big events either - you did well to go along!
    Nice to hear that your brother is visiting. x

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    1. Sometimes it's good to be brave isn't it? And you never know how it will go until you try it :)

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    1. Aww thanks, though it is actually a different kind of not feeling so good!

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  3. All lovely reasons to be cheerful! I believe that if I were to design a badge-mine would have looked similar to yours! :))

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    1. I think 'design' is probably not the most appropriate verb in my case :)

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  4. Really lovely to meet the lady behind the tweets and blogs :) And thanks for the lovely mention :) x

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    1. You're very welcome :) The evening would not have been the same without the marriage :) x

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  5. What brilliant reasons - hope you area feeling better xxx came to you through the blog hop :) xx

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    1. Thank you and I will be visiting everyone (well as many as I can manage) in a bit xx

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  6. Love that smile... such a gorgeous teenager. I never realised (until just recently) that there was such a thing as blog awards. This past year has been an eye opener for me.... learning that the bloggy world is so huge. I am sorry that you didn't win a prize but how neat to be able to actually meet the people you have connected with online. Love it. :)

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  7. Great Reasons, lovely smile, glad your enjoying yoga it is addictive xx

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    1. Yes I think I should have started yoga before!

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  8. Beautiful smile, and your brother must be fab, leaving Wales!! lol (Welsh Bird here). Hope you are feeling well now x

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  9. Love the photo. I also love the last point, the simple things really are the best.

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    1. Love is all you need....as the Beatles once said!

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  10. Lovely reasons to be cheerful x

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  11. I like the way you included 4 members of your family in these reasons. Those badge judges don't know anything about design - it's called naive design. You woz robbed!

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  12. She has the mist divine smile, but then again of course she does, just like her Mum.

    Glad you are taking time ot look on the bright side, you really are an inspiration C.

    Mich x

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  13. I wanted you to win. I also wanted to be there & watch you win. So let's do both next year. xx

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    1. I don't know what to say to your comment as it is so lovely. I'd go the awards again next year just for the entertainment - quite a few people did - so lets plan on doing that xx

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  14. That IS a beautiful smile. Hope you have a lovely time with your brother when he visits. Tell him to leave the rain back in Wales ;)

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  15. Sounds like a great evening once you relaxed! Your family all sound fab

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  16. Thanks for the mention :) It was a good night...there was no dancing after you left although there was talk of chutney and noodles and donating a lung. I bet you wished you'd stayed now ;)

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    1. Sounds very intriguing! Who needed the lung and why?

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  17. Bit late but just got to say I LOVE that smile and it's dragged me out of the dumps where I've been most of the day, so thank you :-)

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    1. So sorry that you were down in the dumps yesterday, and glad that Smiley could help :)

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  18. Hi
    I discovered your blog 'out of the blue' so to speak while searching for an image of blue sky above a hospital, and I found the image of the badge with the heart you designed above. In fact it would be perfect to illustrate a post I've written about my own stay in hospital and I wondered if you'd be kind enough to let me use it on my site? I'll link it back to you of course by way of credit.
    This is my post by the way: http://www.myheartbeat.co.uk/my-story-part-2-a-long-weekend-in-hospital
    Thanks very much.
    Douglas

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