You met me at a very strange time in my life

6 Nov

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t post on a Sunday.  Not because I’m religious, but because I need a nap.

Sunday in England is the best invention in the history of ever.  Everyone sleeps late.  They wake up and do nothing.  Then they have a luxurious multi-course meal heavy with wine, meats and starch.  Then maybe a walk in the park, then home for more nothing.  The streets are abandoned.  Like, The Day After abandoned.  I’m thinking this is a cultural habit my family is going to embrace.  We’re naturals.

But NaBloPoMo (say it ten times fast) is a blogging marathon.  You know what I’ve noticed about marathoners?  They rarely take naps during the run.  So here I am.

I’ve made some rewarding discoveries this first week of NaBloPoMo – some new blogs have been added to my Google Reader.  mama goes BAM – she blogged for NaBloPoMo during childbirth, y’all – eat through the pain – a sentiment I can endorse, and the first post I read from her was about melty cheese and relationships (are we related?) – HOUSE WITH NO NAME – here’s a blogger to admire who writes sensibly and intelligently about actual real issues, like a grownup and everything, and she has a tumbledown house in France (can I live with you?) – and she led me to The world from my window – who makes hilarious commentary on life in an Enchanted Village in England (Her fantasy world is as big as mine.  That makes her crazy.  And awesome.)  There’s more, there’s so much more, check out this thread for more blogs than you could ever read in a month of long lazy Sundays.

(And Guy Fawkes Night?  Never seen anything like it.  We stood on top of a hill by a bonfire dwarfed only in size by the Dartmouth Night bonfire, and watched fireworks rocket and bloom over the whole city.  It was like the final scene in Fight Club, but, you know, family friendly.)


10 Responses to “You met me at a very strange time in my life”

  1. Sarah November 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Our first Guy Fawkes night last year we went to the bonfire on base. A few minutes after the food tent got blown away (it was a bit windy that night), they lit the bonfire and then proceeded to move the barriers inch by inch so the embers and sparks wouldn’t be blowing directly into the crowd. We were laughing nervously saying, “if this were a US base, this thing would have been cancelled altogether!” Guy Fawkes Night – not for wimps, and sure not to disappoint!

  2. Sarah Scott November 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I love the uptick in your posts but…what is NoPoBLoMO (spell check!)? And, I think the whole Guy Fawkes thing is a riot. We are going to a mini-version today at a local pub but watched the fireworks from the open lawn across the street last night. They were the first Maren had ever seen—and so far away, just us and some rustling leaves–that it was perfect! Glad you got to see some too–sounds like you got the full deal! How cool! It is a bit weird burning the Guy and all–but hey, when in Rome (er, England). 🙂 xoxo

    • Monique November 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

      Heh, Sarah NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month. A daily post for an entire month. More about quantity than quality, perhaps, but it’s giving me a jump start on the blogging experience. Fireworks thru the rustling trees sounds romantic and toddler-sized, so: win-win.

      • Ayris November 7, 2011 at 1:10 am #

        Interesting. What nation is it in “National” ? Are all these bloggers English?

      • Monique November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

        I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a few years ago and it never occurred to me to think about the rest of the world – ha! I guess this is the nation of bloggers, worldwide or in outer space or anywhere the interweb tubes reach.

  3. Louise November 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks for the mention. Our Guy Fawkes party was a smash. Big fire, lots of Guys to burn and we even had a visit from the police. Our neighbors clearly don’t understand the importance of this holiday! Sunday in England sound great!

    • Monique November 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      Ha! You know the party is a success when the police are called.

  4. Nancy Jones Cyr November 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Have a wonderful leisurely day…Hugs to the kids…..Love to all…
    Aunt Nancy

  5. Melanie M. November 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    That’s sort of how we do Sunday, actually. I’m trying to get the family practicing the whole Sabbath thing. Obviously we usually get up and go to church, but after that we only do things that we find refreshing- on nice days we play outside, or go to a playground, but on cold days we usually just go home and read or the kids play or we nap. And it’s also No Screen day- so no computer or tv shows. We don’t do it every week but we’re trying. I try to set it up so the kids don’t have any homework or hard stuff to do (unfortunately that doesn’t work for Eric), and in general the rule is that we don’t do anything that feels like work. No cleaning up either. Monday mornings aren’t fun.
    Oh, and you could read my blog. I haven’t written in a while though.


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