Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Unfinished thoughts

Since I started blogging, I've found that I've been talking to myself quite a bit more. I have random thoughts about things that I feel would make excellent blog material. And then something happens, and I forget about it, and move onto the next crisis/bottom to be wiped/meal to be made&rejected. I end up with many small floating thoughts that aren't quite finished. Sometimes I feel I need to borrow Dumbledore's pensieve and wand so that I can extract my thoughts and tuck them away safely for when I have space and time to think about them properly.

Here are some of my unfinished thoughts from the last few days:

Solution to the war in Afghanistan:
British government worried that it's going to drag on and on? The solution is simple. Send in an army of sugar-fuelled 3 year old boys. Give them all permanent markers, pirate playmobil, several yoyos, playdough (slightly hardened on the edges but overly squishy in the middle like when it's been left not properly wrapped in a plastic bag for months) and some large, hard plastic farm animals. And a scooter each. Possibly throw in a marble run too. The taliban will flee for their lives. Afghanistan will think it's just experienced the second wave of shock & awe as metered out in Iraq, it will take their country years to rebuild itself but ultimately lives will be spared and all will be well.

Darwinism vs creationsism - what to tell an almost 5 year old:
'Mummy, how did horses come to be on the earth?'
'From their mummies?'
'Well where did the mummy horses come from?'
'From long ago.'
'But how?'
Hmmm...do we go for our regular Bible story of creation or do we go with Darwin's theory of evolution?
'Well son, there are two schools of thought. The first think that the world was created by God...'
Interrupted by: 'Mummy, how do you make glass?'
And thus ends that theological debate.

The mysteries of malt loaf:
Did you know that a single slice of malt loaf contains 104 calories (that's without it being spread thickly with butter and let's not forget that one slice of malt loaf is roughly the size of one quarter of a normal slice of bread)?
How do they make it taste soooo good?
Why does it stick in your teeth for so long? (possibly so that you can keep eating it all day and thus justify the calories?)
How come it can last for weeks and weeks without getting mouldy?

Having a third baby:
A client of mine told me today that she's expecting her third baby. Besides wanting the baby, she feels that it is a good way for her to stay in touch with her target market given her business is aimed at mums with babies. Now that is dedication to the cause. I should probably do the same really. Both as business research and because there's a slim chance that I could have a girl and holding an ickle baby again would be nice. But then there's the fact that we're so close to the end of the tunnel, outside of which is freedom. Freedom to walk long distances without whinging. Freedom of all excess paraphenalia required with babies and toddlers. Freedom to sleep in later than 6am. Freedom from Cbeebies. And the joy of not being woken a billion times at night. It's a mute point as husband has, you know, been sorted out. But it's the principle of it I felt was worth contemplating. Done that. Moving on.

My smooth forehead is gone forever. No amount of roll on moisturising flash balms will dewrinkle it. It's wrinkles or botox/surgery from here on in. Wrinkles it is then.

I'm sure I had other unfinished thoughts that will come to me the minute I finish this. But bathtime awaits.


Helen said...

Oh, I do agree with you entirely! I have also started having fantastic ideas like how to repaint the whole house by myself, but then I am reminded that the kids (mine are teenagers) will ust ruin it within minutes, the dogs will rub along the freshly painted walls leaving even dirtier marks than the ones that I wish to cover up... the neighboring kids will ram into the freshly varnished front gate oh dear, maybe I shouldn´t get this kind of idea - I should aim higher,like you! Have a great day.

Tara@Sticky Fingers said...

Wow, that's some stream of consciousness!

Anyway, wrinkles are good. Wrinkles show you've lived. Wrinkles show you've loved. Wrinkles show you're not so vain you need ironing to face the world!

Ali said...

I've decided to get myself a little notebook for just that very reason. I'm sure I will just forget to write all my ideas down then but at least I will feel as though I am being proactive.

Magic Mom said...

I do this too! I try (and fail miserably) to remember to keep a notebook with me at all times. I also will open up Word docs and just quickly type a title and brief synopsis of what I wanted to say. I end up with a lot of unfinished stuff tho. I followed you over here from Ali's blog, Callapipper Tree. Hi!

Home Office Mum said...

Helen, I've long since given up on clean walls. I'm hoping the dirty marks will eventually make a pretty collage and we won't need to repaint ever.

Tara - glad wrinkles are good because mine seem to be reproducing. But at least they match my clothes which don't get ironed either.

Ali - I feel I might have to get a notebook because my brain feels full of fluff with all these spurious thoughts banging about.

Hello Magic Mom. Thanks for coming to visit. Nice to meet you!

lunarossa said...

Hi! I'm a home office mum too. I sometimes talk to myself when I'm not answering the phone and I'm so glad that nobody is listening to it. Don't talk to me about wrinkles! The more you think and talk about them the deeper they become. Smile and be merry, even without Starbucks. Got a lovely Nespresso for Christmas and that is precious! Ciao. Antonella

Little Brown Book said...

Haha brilliant - a fellow fan of Malt Loaf!!

I think I was happier in my ignorance re the calorie content tho!

As well as thinking about good subjects for blogs I've also found myself thinking in Facebook and Twitter status updates recently.

'Kerry is eating toast and marmalade but wishes she'd gone for porridge'

'Kerry wonders if Angelina Jolie wanted to punch Kate Winslet as hard as she did after her Golden Globes speech'

It's quite sad really. I do have actually have a life away from my computer...

Love your blog =)


Little Brown Book said...

PS - I'm doing some work with parent bloggers at the moment and would love to have a chat. Do drop me an email if you get chance =)

Kerry @MLBB

Home Office Mum said...

HI Lunarossa - nice to meet another home office mum who talks to walls and herself.

LBB - I know exactly what you mean. I don't really twitter much - find it another time suck although I'm probably viewed as a laggard - but the facebook status thing definitely. Will get in touch via email. Nice to meet you

Iota said...

Do people REALLY have babies to stay in touch with their target market? I don't know whether to laugh or cry.