Secret Santa Strikes Again!

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Just 4 months ago, I entered the blogging world. I had no idea what it had to offer, I thought I was just writing my little old memoir for me really. I had no concept of the incredible and varied blogs there were on offer, the friends I would make, the discussions I would have and……Secret Santa? The girls that have organised this, Emily (from the Waiting) and Ashley (from ashleyetc) have worked hard to put this together for over 60 bloggers. Many of these present givers I already know and visit their blogs regularly, but some I haven’t met yet. I will enjoy getting to these new bloggers. If this is a new “pool” of bloggers for you, I can guarantee that you will be blown away by this concentrated talent. Don’t be shy, come and have a look at our gifts and while you’re there introduce yourself to some new friends. I can assure you, you will get a very warm welcome from each and every one.

The Waiting

christmas-badgeI could write an introduction, but who would read it?

No one. Because…..

THIS IS THE PRESENTS POST! Goodies for all! Remember that Ashley and I invite you to write your own Festivus-inspired post on your blog. You can drop hints on who you gifted, muse over who gave you your gift, or air your grievances about anything! Just let me know if you write a post so I can link to it on my Facebook page*.

*And what the what? You haven’t “liked” The Waiting on Facebook yet? Get with it, homes.

Secret Santas will be unveiled right here on Friday, December 21.

Now, let’s get right down to it.

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1. Gift for & Squatch Makes Three:

Season tickets for the SF Giants and a proper brick pizza oven so Squatch can sample the exquisiteness of his father’s deep-dish pies as they were meant to be.

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Yay for Blogging and Hooray for this Kickass Aussie Mum!

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Ten Late News and Eden Riley

Aussie Blogger extraordinaire!

Aussie Blogger extraordinaire!

You gotta have a look at this! Our Australian Prime Minister (Julia Gillard), yesterday invited a group of influential Australian blogging women to have a few drinks and a chat with her at Kirribilly House. It is said that she is “….turning to influential bloggers for their views”. One of such women was Eden Riley who I just happened to notice on the 10 late news last night being interviewed about her experience.

Eden has been blogging for just over five years now, and has set a high standard for those to follow. In her blog Edenland, she discusses a myriad of topics, all the while adding her spicy flavour of humour along the way.

As they say, Barack Obama is doing it, David Cameron’s doing it, so yeh, get in there and “engage with our social media Mum’s” Julia! We know things that you may not, so good on you for listening.

Apparently we are “influential”! Damn straight! Perhaps not me just yet, but maybe one day!

My First Award

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One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much Gman for this “lovely” nomination. I have been watching your site ever since I started my blog in August 2012. You blow my mind! For those of you who have not yet visited the Gman, you can find him at, http://thebatamonblog.wordpress.com/. Although The Gman is only 12, he is incredibly talented; he draws, photographs, writes poetry, and is even writing a book. I just know he’s going to be famous one day.

I am following quite an eclectic group of blogs myself…hence the Gman. Some areas that I am very interested in are photography, art, humor, mental health, family. The amount of talent present in this world is infinite and I am enjoying mysneek previews into this amazing  and every changing gallery.

Some of the blogs I follow religiously deal with mental health issues and may not be appropriate to nominate in this case…so please do not feel unloved. I do avidly follow many others that as soon as a new post comes into my mail box, I just have to have a peek. I’m also amazed at how humble these people are about their talents. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do myself.

Thanks again GMan!

Seven Random Things About Myself:

  1. I started singing lessons a year ago.
  2. I am a single Mum with four children (all boys)
  3. I’m 44.
  4. I was a Jillaroo for four years (female version of Jackaroo/Cowboy)
  5. I studied Horse Breaking and Artifical Insemination.
  6. I can use a chainsaw and slaughter and butcher a sheep. (necessary Jillaroo skills)
  7. I love to dance (mostly Salsa).

My Nominees:

http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/

http://etherealheights.wordpress.com/

http://verynovel.wordpress.com/

http://theartfrog.wordpress.com/

http://bwthoughts.wordpress.com/

http://emotionalmommie.wordpress.com/

http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/

http://reluctantmediumatlarge.wordpress.com/

http://happianarky.com/

http://dingdongitsmrwrong.wordpress.com/

http://sincerelyslapdash.wordpress.com/

http://fairesfineart.wordpress.com/

http://thelastsongiheard.wordpress.com/

http://peanutbutteronthekeyboard.wordpress.com/

http://kelsgonebush.com/

Rules:

Include the blog award logo in your post.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Nominate 15 other people, and let them know you have done so.

King Soloman and the Baby – I saw this in a movie!

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I discovered a competition today on a very funny site this mornning. I have entered with a poem but after entering went into the blogs of a few other entrants. One in particular that I found was http://mywonderfulabnormalmind.com/ by Ruby Tuesday. After reading her blog, which is amazing as well as selfless, I lost my competitive desire. It made me think of this story which I saw in a movie when I was younger. (see below). I don’t want to cut the baby in half!

The great thing about this competition though is that, first of all, le Clown’s site is hilarious http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/ and hugely worth a read and that secondly, I am excited to be introduced to his community of eclectic blogging friends. I also found that Le Clown’s alter ego, “Eric the Blogger”, is a kind and compassionate man, which I have experienced first hand. This is also evident from his obvious support of many great blogs relating to “Mental Health and Awareness”, as well as the quirky, poetic, kooky…you name it but it is all “quality”.

If you haven’t been there already, I think you’ll be happy for the “heads up”.

Here is the Story of  the:

Judgment of Solomon

The story is recounted in 1Kings 3:16-28. Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgement. One of the women claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other woman denied this and so both women claimed to be the mother of the living son and said that the dead boy belonged to the other.

After some deliberation, King Solomon called for a sword to be brought before him. He declared that there is only one fair solution: the live son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy’s true mother cried out, “Please, My Lord, give her the live child—do not kill him!” However, the liar, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, “It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!” Solomon instantly gave the live baby to the real mother, realizing that the true mother’s instincts were to protect her child, while the liar revealed that she did not truly love the child. The reputation of the king greatly increased when all the people of Israel heard of this wise judgment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Solomon

 

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