What are you working on right now?
I am really struggling with an army of financial shit. I am trying to juggle finding R260.00 for a full body wax versus finding R15 000.00 for a French Bulldog. I have cancelled the butt wax to save for the French Bulldog.
Where did the idea for The Reluctant Mom’s Blog come from?
I had just expelled Isabelle via a c-section. I was pretty convinced I had this parenting thing waxed, what with having two already and being well read on the subject.
When I started to wonder how hard I had to throw Isabelle against the wall so I could have 30 seconds of silence, I realised I had failed this parenting malarkey – and badly.
I needed a place to shit myself in public, and to try and work through some of my thoughts. I was pretty convinced at the time that I was the only mom feeling so helpless and distressed by having a baby. Blogging helped, and I also realised I needed a good dose of medication and a guy who knows what CBT means.
What does your typical day look like?
I wake up and am barely awake.
I throw on an assortment of clothing, brush my teeth and scream “ AM LEAVING EVERYONE BETTER GET IN THE CAR NOW!” On occasion I do this on a Saturday morning and then the result is me sitting in the car honking the horn like a mad person and thinking “FUCK, CAN I GET THESE KIDS INTO A BOARDING SCHOOL AT PRE-PRIMARY LEVEL?”
How do you bring ideas to life?
What’s one trend that really excites you?
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
At a restaurant that we had to come in on a Saturday at 10h00 to set up the restaurant for a shift that started at 17h00. We had to pay the kitchen staff to wash the cutlery and crockery so we could set the tables.
I stuck it out for nearly a year – whilst I had an full time day job during the day – and then left it for another waitressing position with 0nly slightly less restrictive work conditions. I think it showed me that people in the service industry, are often exposed to less than ideal working conditions, and I try to be courteous to “service” people.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
I would like to have David Beckham sperm in my DNA so that I would be born pretty, rich and really thin.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about it?
- There has got to be a way to stop people from posting stupid Facebook status updates that require people to ask “so what’s up honey..” until they confess later in the thread that their cat died ……
- Friday Public Hangings for Child Abusers and Child Rapists.
Tell us a secret.
I am going to sell my soul to buy that French Bulldog.
What are your three favorite online tools or resources and what do you love about them?
Pinterest – because it makes me spend hours wondering how I can plait my hair, and make a cupboard out of toilet rolls. None of which I will ever do.
Linkedin – like Facebook for adults.
Twitter – still quite a recent discovery for me. Have I told you how much I love @XplodingUnicorn
What is the one book that you recommend people should read and why?
I read a great deal, so this is a tricky question. I know it is probably not deep and meaningful, but one of the books that have stuck with me over the last few years in how simply it was written but so profoundly moving was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Three people we should follow on Twitter and why?
I am really a newbie to Twitter but my favourite things that pop up on my twitter feed belong to:
@XplodingUnicorn – I have no idea who this person is, but I am hoping to camp out in his garden pretty soon, with my Cape Union Mart tent.
@Parentpains Because of this post – Apparently, women only enjoy a nice romantic breakfast in bed when they know how you got in their house.
Yes, I know that is only two.
When was the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it?
I am experiencing a spate of depression at the moment, so laughing is pretty far down my list of survival skills. Trying to smile is already and exercise in super powers.
Who is your hero?
School teachers everywhere!!! After 5 days of school holidays I have an entire new respect for them, and feel embarrassed that I did not volunteer to donate a kidney or a liver to any of them who may need it.
Bloggers who you would like to take part?
Charlotte over at http://thestilettomum.wordpress.com/
No there are no rules to this, but here is a blog graphic to use just in case you would like to use it and pass it on to three other Bloggers who you would like to recognise and hear their background story – and give some props to Bloggers who you thing are doing it well.
Click – click, capture a few personal things, and then it is all over.
Voting closes on 15 December 2013 at midnight.