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Help! My Blog is Schizophrenic!

Why do I blog?

The money, the power, the prestige.  Ha ha.

I’m sure people wonder why I blog.  With my second blogging anniversary just having passed I have been asking myself the same question.  Technically though my blogging anniversary is a fluid concept sort of like some celebrity birthdays (and marriages).   I got off to a really slow start publishing one post a month from the last quarter of 2012  until the first quarter of 2013 when I doubled my output (2 posts a month!).

I was on a roll! There’s no stopping me now.  Why do I do it?

  • I like to write.  I don’t have the interest or discipline to write a book.  Law firm writing suited me perfectly – precise, non-fiction and factual.  I’ve enjoyed, however, writing about matters that are less dry than the topics I used to cover as a lawyer (e.g., the relative competitiveness of major players in the cement industry or the risk factors associated with the use of barely-seaworthy cargo ships).  I kid you not.  I really did waste hours of my youth researching for, and writing about, such topics.
what's your story?

Everyone has a story.

  • Believe it or not, being a stay at home mother is not all coffee mornings and time at the gym. It is long days of chaos and confusion interspersed with mind-numbing tedium.  If you don’t keep yourself interesting, then God knows, your children won’t.
Yes, this is  my day. Every day.

Yes, this is my day. Every day.

  • My blog is a record-keeper of our family’s times and interests.  By the time my children get around to asking about their childhood, I may not be around or, just as likely, have lost my marbles.  I wonder if my children will read about poured cement floors with the same distaste that I accord shag carpeting these days.
fabric swatches from 2013

Colours and patterns from 2013

  • My blog has turned into a journal of our family travels.  Having a blog has forced me to pay attention to the details and to capture moments in my head before I put words to paper.  It’s so very easy to forget the details.  In some ways, I am sorry I did not start blogging earlier.  With the passing of time, I have forgotten details of trips we have taken or activities we did.  For example, Mr. N and I found this fantastic little Italian restaurant in Rapallo in Liguria tucked away on some backstreet.  We ate dinner 3 out of the 5 nights at this restaurant but now can’t remember what it was called.

We want to travel everywhere!

  • I have always loved photography and now I have another reason to snap away.  My children are thankful they are no longer the sole subject of my camera lenses.  In fact, instead of complaining about having to take photos, now they are always photobombing my pictures.  It’s a variation of that old adage – treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen.

For a record-keeping exercise, this blog is neither very introspective nor very personal for the simple reason that  I despise navel-gazing.  I am perfectly happy accepting that I am not a special little snowflake.

This introduction brings me to The Big Announcement.  I’ve given my blog its annual check-up and in my best non-medical expertise have diagnosed a severe case of schizophrenia. So far my blog’s multiple personalities revolve around home, family and travel.  I hate to use the word lifestyle because I don’t actually have much of a lifestyle. (I consider Netflix one of the best things that ever happened to my life, right after getting married and having children.)

I can empathise.

I can empathise.

Although I will continue to post here about homes and family, I’ve decided to send my travel posts away to their own little home.  From now onwards, my travel posts will only appear exclusively at Just Go places blog, the blog for the family travel inspiration website I am associated with, Just Go Places.  I’d love it if you joined me there.

So, thanks to all my readers for following along with my random musings. Now you can find me at two places. I still find it amazing that anyone reads these posts but Google Analytics assures me that lots of you do.  And, if I don’t trust Google, who can I possibly trust?!

Aww, Shucks, Thanks You Guys

I was delighted to find out I’d been awarded a Liebster Award by two different bloggers  within the space of a week.  Wow!  It’s always nice to know that someone’s reading your posts (other than Mr. N who gives me a “like” for every post – thanks honey!).

A Liebster Award is given by one blogger to another blogger whose work you like.  Liebster comes from the German word for favourite or beloved.

Liebster Award

In order to formally accept this award, I need to do the following: 

1. Answer each of the ten questions given to me by the bloggers who nominated me:   The Lesson of the Cherry Blossom and Ducking Fabulous.  So you guys are going to learn  A LOT about me.
2. Choose some other bloggers to receive the Liebster Award (and tell them!)
3. Create ten questions for my nominees to answer.

Yes, it’s like a giant chain letter for bloggers to answer.  Not only do you get a virtual pat on the back from your fellow bloggers but you also get to discover cool new blogs.

First, my questions from Carla at Ducking Fabulous.

1. What’s the first thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning?  Close them immediately, roll over and try to hide my face in the pillow.  I’m not a morning person.

2.  What’s your best ever bargain? Eating lobsters in New England.

rainbow in menemsha

3. What’s always found on your bedside table?  A book.

a book on a bed

4. Three things that inspire you? family, books and travel

vineyard sign

5. Your favourite place to go to get away from it all?  Our summer house.  It’s on an island and people definitely have a relaxed attitude.  


6. Motto for life or words to live by?  I’ve taken the road less travelled and it has made all the difference.

dirt road

7. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.  

8. What’s your favourite word?  Potential. It has a connotation of endless possibility.  Mr. N will tell you that it can also mean moneypit.


9. What’s the book you’re currently reading?  The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

10.  When are you happiest? I love spending the weekends with my family.


Next, questions from Silvia at The Lesson of the Cherry Blossom.

1. How would your favourite day be like? Time spent with my family exploring a new place.

cliff walk

2. Do you have any amazing talent?  I am really good at reading maps.

map and car

3. What is your favourite dessert?  Any.  I am a non-discriminatory lover of dessert.

plate of desserts

4. Do you believe in magic? No.

5. What is your favourite childhood cartoon? Scooby Doo.  I always wanted to be Daphne but knew deep inside I was really a Velma.  

6. If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?  I always wanted to go to Antartica because it looks amazing in the photos.

Antartic Iceberg

7. Three reasons why people should read your blog. It’s inspirational, informative and irreverent.

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Definitely not a finance lawyer.  Been there, done that.  Got the air miles.

Airport terminal.

9. All time favourite movie.  When Harry Met Sally.  I’m a closet romantic.  And I believe you should marry your best friend.

10 What inspires you to write/blog.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer but don’t have the patience to write anything too long.

Next up, I’ve nominated 5 fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award:

  • Emma at Earl Grey and Jasmine.  Not only did she project manage the build of her house from scratch, she actually makes crafting with a child look easy.
  • Tricia at Triciaannemitchell.  She is a global nomad who takes the most amazing photographs.
  • Kelly at Raising Dragon Boy.  She provides lots of fascinating insights into Chinese culture and traditions.
  • Rina Mae at Finding Dutchland.  She is a fellow Amerian expat who is exuberant, irreverent and always interesting.
  • Elisabetta at Italian Bark.  She loves interiors and travel and is lucky enough to live in Italy.

Finally, my 10 questions for these bloggers:

1. What’s your favourite city in the world?

2. What is a favourite childhood memory?

3. If you won the lottery, what would you do?

4. What’s your favourite room in your house?

5. In a fire, what is the one possession you would save?

6. How have you changed in the last 10 years?

7. What’s the one thing you never leave home without?

8. What’s the one temptation you can not resist?

9. Choose 3 words to describe your personality.

10.  Tell me a funny joke (not rude, please).

I’m looking forward to hearing from you all!