Friday, 10 May 2013

Boring Update!


Photo: Kelly Warren Fitzjames, Brasso Seco
Greetings, denizens of the internet! I haven't posted anything in weeks, which is so bad. BAD BLOGGER! Apparently my marketing strategy is "Disappear." I have excuses though. My son Max has returned from a month in Trinidad, so we have been catching up. Max prowled the rainforest with cousins and friends, climbed waterfalls and jumped off into pools, found a snake skin, was hooted at by an owl that flew in when he and his friend Khalil were up in the wee hours of the morning, saw baby hummingbirds, put his hand on a gru gru tree (some bits of thorns can still be seen embedded in the palm of his hand), and generally had an amazing time.

My Mum returned with Max, so Mum and I have been catching up as well. SO good to have her here. And the weather has been sunny, so every day we've been out appreciating it.

Max has been pushing all the limits. A month with few rules, no school, and being adored and spoiled by all is very cool. Coming back to the routine, two pesky big brothers, early bedtimes and SATs exams next week has been trying, as I am sure you can appreciate.

While I was busy disappearing, my post 'Third World Stupidity' became very popular and got 4,000 views last weekend. There were lots of comments about how sad it is. People don't seem to realise that none of the things I spoke about are just sad accidents. Fires are lit. Rubbish is dumped. Animals are killed. I tried to reply to as many as I could. I also got a few emails and comments about how if I were really a Trini, I would understand... Or, I should really visit Trinidad and Tobago some day. Haha. Am I a real Trini? Am I 'English'? Do I even belong on this planet?

I'm working on some great projects these days. I have four exciting things to work on - not counting the part time day job, which continues to pay several bills and prevents me from wearing yoga pants every day, which is probably a good thing. I like to have a few projects going. My creative process sometimes grinds to a halt, and I find I can just walk away from the job for a few hours and work on the next thing. When I look at it again with fresh eyes I can see what needs to be done and carry on from there.

Gratuitous Cat Pic
And on that note, I will make another cup of tea and get back to work on two of the said projects... One due 'yesterday' and one due on Wednesday. 'Yesterday' always worries me slightly. I'm one of those people who uses excel to make a spreadsheet of when things are due and I'm generally always on time. 'Yesterday', I don't have a column for. So It gets left out until 'Whenever'. Which is probably not what the person requesting the job intended!


"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams


3 comments:

Grandmother said...

You must be so happy to have both your son and your Mom back. What was Max's number one take away from his month of adventures? Good luck in all your creative ventures. Hugs to all!
p.s. Glad you're back.

Nan Sheppard said...

I guess Max's number one takeaway was how much he loves Trinidad... He is longing to return.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Aw, I'm glad your son is back and that he had such a great time.
And it's great to read how busy you are--so many opportunities!