Five memorable moments

January 11, 2010

Lovely Linda from You’ve Got Your Hands Full and Have a Lovely Time has tagged me and asked me to write about my five best bits of 2009.

It can be complicated for me to write much about my girls, Mr X or True Love, as they have no right of reply (unless they start their own blogs – because they’re definitely not getting a go on mine). This doesn’t always stop me from using them as material when I see fit, of course. I reserve the right to exploit anything funny and/or outrageous they may say or do whenever I like – but for some reason I feel a bit odd about including their triumphs in this list. So I’m going to risk coming over like a rampant egomaniac, soooo not the case, you understand, and write exclusively about my own special moments this year, even though it’s their achievements that I really celebrate in my heart.

Probably my highest highlight was meeting Linda herself – and five other amazing people who have also become treasured friends, Laura, Erica, Jane, Lulu and Becky – for a one-week whirlwind in Disneyland, Florida. I’m not a thrill seeker (divorce is the biggest chance I’ve ever taken, and look how well that’s gone!), I get vertigo standing on a rug and I’m not normally one for charabanc tours. So I hesitated for a nanosecond when first invited on the trip. Thank God that, for once, I threw caution and my daughters to the winds (or to a very responsible mummy friend) and said yes. The Disney 7 are all very different people, but with one common interest, mojitos  blogging. For me, one of the joys of the trip – apart from laughing so much my stomach hurt – was not having to be in charge, for once. No matter how well behaved the children, single motherdom can be relentless and I LOVED handing all responsibility over to our amazing Mary Poppins, Sarah, quite simply the world’s best PR. We spent the week happily shuffling along behind her and doing what we were told (sometimes) and I would definitely follow her to the ends of the earth.



In October, I was lucky enough to go on another trip, with Laura, Erica and new friends Tara and Jo. I can honestly say I have never had so much fun making collages. Listening to Laura ‘Dos Bread’ Driver’s effortless command of Spanish was a special treat, and howling with laughter behind a wagon outside the horrifying Hotel Burn will definitely be one of those moments to giggle over for ever.

I was really thrilled to be picked by Susanna at  A Modern Mother to be in a bloggy photoshoot for Red magazine, and being pampered and preened by the girl who does Bruce Forsyth’s make-up on Strictly was quite an experience. Unfortunately I think she forgot I wasn’t Brucie, as I looked like a cross between him and a whale in the actual photo, but we’ll gloss over that …..

Seeing the final artwork for the cover of my book, to be published in German this March, was the culmination of eight years of alternate dreaming and hard slog. A very special moment. Of course, they promptly changed the cover a couple of months later, but that’s the wacky world of publishing for you! In fact, I was very happy because I liked the second lot of colours more. Can’t wait to see it in real life.

And, threading through everything else I’ve done and everywhere I’ve been, there’s been Book 2 – the sequel. I’ve kept on writing it, despite distractions, heartaches and, frankly, sometimes, a total dearth of inspiration, and have now past the 50,000 word stage. In my bleaker moments, I have a horrible feeling that about 49,000 of those words are crap, but still – they’re there, in black and white. When I’m not down, I know that the odd bit is really quite good. And I’m proud of that.

Another highlight – though I’m aware I’ve clocked up more than 5 now – has been keeping up with my favourite blogs, and discovering new ones. There are loads I love – you know who you are – but I think my favourite post of 2009 has to be this one from the delicious Rosie Scribble.

I’m now tagging:

Brighton Mum, Teenage Angst

Exmoor Jane

Moments from Suburbia




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  • English Mum January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Aw, it was a huge highlight for me too. I think a reunion is definitely in order 🙂 And I loved that post from Rosie too. Scrummy!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Meeting you lot has been very special! Mwah

  • Crystal Jigsaw January 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’m sure those 49,000 words are fabulous and I can imagine how enriching it must have been to see the cover of your book. Something I’m hoping 2010 will bring for me, if not, then 2011. Can live in hope can’t you?!!

    Best wishes for the sequel, and for a wonderful year.

    CJ xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      CJ, that’s lovely of you. Got my fingers crossed for you, and why not for 2010? Living in hope is definitely the way xx

  • Rosie Scribble January 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Oh English Mum, I completely ignored the rest of your post and went straight down to my name at the bottom *smirk*. Thank you so much for your kind mention and excellent use of the word delicious.
    Oh, and all those other people you mentioned, they are all lovely too!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      They are all lovely, as was your post. I have to admit my first thought on reading it was, ‘gah, why wasn’t I invited?’. Then I spent about 4 hours rolling around on the floor laughing. Delicious indeed!

  • suburbia January 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Ah, should I say Thank You?!!!! Not sure really, I mean it has been a very odd year, but hey, I’ll give it a go 🙂

    Loved hearing about yours and ……..

    Thanks, no really!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

      Go on, S, I think you’ll enjoy it ….hope it’s not a horrible imposition, if it is, feel completely free to ignore! 🙂

  • rosiero January 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    May 2010 be just as productive.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Thank you, I’m trying ….battling a tidal wave of inertia and choccy peanuts at the moment, though, I have to admit!

  • Michelle January 12, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Sounds like you have had a great year. I hope 2010 is fab for you too. Just found your blog, it is great. Thanks, Mich x

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you Michelle, lovely of you to pop in and hope you have a fab year too x

  • Family Affairs January 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

    How lovely to pop over for a read and find a picture of us all and a reminder of that fabulous trip. Just brilliant. Thanks for the memories and we MUST do it again soon – I had no idea you have been doing such a lot of writing. Well done Lx

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Wasn’t it fab? Good times. Yes, I’ve surprised myself with the writing. Did 1000 words today – mind you they really were all crap! x

  • Victoria January 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, sounds like you had a fantastic 2009. Thanks for tagging me but Very Bored in Catalunya got at me sooner! Hope 2010 brings loads more fun for you!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Funny, it didn’t seem all that great most of the time – but those five memories were brilliant, so I wouldn’t have missed 2009 for the world. But hoping for an even better 2010 for us all!