I've not really felt much like blogging this week.
It's a combination of post-holiday blues, tiredness (ie needing another holiday to recover), ongoing stress about our ex-tenants in London (I won't bore you with all the details but it includes walking off with our bedroom curtains and losing all the instruction manuals for everything in our house) and just being boringly busy.
But then I was delighted to discover that I've been nominated for several categories in The MADS - the Mummy and Daddy parent blog awards, which will be awarded next month.
These include the Butlins MAD blogger of the year, best MAD blog writer, best MAD blog for family fun, most inspiring MAD blog, and Funniest MAD blog of the year. (Someone also very kindly nominated me for best new MAD blog, but I'm afraid I'm not eligible for that one, having been blogging since 2008. ) I am incredibly honoured and very grateful to whoever has nominated me. (For those who haven't done so yet, you can click through from the logo on this page - and nominate your favourites. Not necessarily me although that would be lovely).
Anyway, that has certainly improved my week no end. Having just spent a lively kickboxing class pretending I am throwing punches at the tenants (ha!) I am feeling much more perky. And I'm off to a smart Gala dinner tonight, where I shall find out whether Americans drink like fishes at these sort of functions (like the Brits) or are demure, sensible and well-behaved. Stay tuned.....