Still here and not giving up entirely... although I have been utterly rubbish at the blog caper in 2012.
I am planning a blog revamp and a life makeover to give it more time. Stay tuned.
Of course I have been doing all sorts of blog worthy things - if only I could connect the dots - my camera, computer and brain.
I've been wasting time with instagram. Actually hardly any time at all which is what makes it so attractive. It's rather fun, give it a go. If you look me up (myvillalife) you can see a myriad of flower shots. Too many really but I have a nice flower filled walk to school each morning and no life.
For instagram you'll need an iPhone and the App. I'm typing this up on a shiny new iPad. Aren't I a million miles from here? You couldn't ever call me an early adapter to new technology but I get there in the end. Yes, those who know how much I like to be right can give me two fingers and say I Told You So.
When not distracting myself with tech devices (and working and mothering) I have had my head in a book. I have a new book club, Book Club Lite as it is dubbed by its new members - but we've read books that are anything but. Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower - one of the Text Classics I mentioned here. All That I Am waits patiently next to my bed.
Minestrone has been my drug of choice this winter. My Dad gave me his recipe. I believe Stephanie Alexander gave her recipe to him. It requires half a gallon of olive oil, pork rind and a hunk of Parmesan. His instruction - don't skimp on the olive oil. So right. He also grows his own borlotti beans. A bowl of it is like a hot water bottle and a hug.
We have also been to Vietnam and taken incredible pictures, eaten beautiful food, crossed roads with our hearts in our mouths and discovered pool side service. I like pool side service.
My older son is racing through books. It seems only yesterday that he was learning. We check every now and then that he is actually taking it in. I'm thrilled that he loves reading but also annoyed that he stubbornly refuses to read any Enid Blyton. What is it with kids these days?
As I type I'm watching the new US HBO cable show The Newsroom. It's excellent viewing for news junkies. For washed up news EPs like yours truly it made the adrenalin pump like it used to and then a sadness settled on me with the realisation that I am washed up and will never work all hours in a frenetic New York newsroom. Ah well.
All these things probably deserve a post of their own. I have it in hand.