Let me just down a can of Diet Coke and see what comes out!
(Which is incidentally, what is now happening).
Should I do an update? I feel I ought...
I've been dog-collaring. The business that I started a while ago (in a stop-start fashion) started to go quite well so it has been taking up time. Like a PROPER business! Yikes! That said, with the illness, then death of my father-in-law, things stuttered a bit but I'm starting to get back on track. I'm in a bit of a vicious circle quandry at the moment of needing a website (expensive!), needing to get to dog and country shows (expensive!) and needing a heck of a lot of stock for both of the former (Expensive! Time-consuming! Busy, busy!)
So there's been that....
But there has also been the writing. I'm really trying to get something going there too. I have two passions, in a professional sense - why can I not go for both? No reason. That's what I say!
So I've been writing lots. Exercises. Developing characters. Learning the mechanics of my favoured formats (Plays - radio and theatre) and have even committed to going to a BBC Writersroom/theatre-run workshop in April, followed by the Playwriting competition final show that the theatre has just conducted.
I've also been trying to re-learn rules of grammar - as I'm sure you can tell from my not at all fast-and-loose writing style *cough*
And of course, I'm still a mum! Babyzoid is now 4 years and 4 months and she's turned into a bit of a girly, truth be told. I mean, she still likes running around with the various weapons that make up her own personal armory, but she plays with dolls now. And not just any dolls, some of them are Disney Princesses. Ugh.
This has led to me deciding that the time is right for my girl to learn the concept of feminism, though my husband thinks I'm ridiculous for even trying at this age. I disagree, of course. You're never too young to start learning that gender should not hold you back in any way!
Me: Your favourite is Aurora? Really? As in the one that is wrapped in cotton wool then pretty much sleeps FOREVER and has to wait to be recued? By a MAN? THAT'S your favourite princess?
BZ: Yes mummy. I want her pink dress!
Me: But what about Rapunzel? She hits ...um... whatsisname with a frying pan and has to save his bacon on more than one occasion. Do you not think that's AWESOME? And Merida! She runs around firing arrows at everyone and refuses to kiss any of the dirty, smelly boys!
BZ: Well yes mummy, I like them too. But I still want to dress up as Aurora. She has such pretty hair. Like me! Do you think Nanna will make me a pink ball-gown?
Yes, I'd be very worried about the lessons my daughter is learning from these old-fashioned meek, lovelorn princesses, if I didn't then hear my daughter enacting a really violent scrap between Aurora and Rapunzel, with Belle then telling them both to stop being naughty or they will have to go to their rooms! And when the Monster High dolls get involved, well... we have full on gang-wars.
So I think that my daughter will be just fine. She might have suddenly started liking pink since she's made friends with some of the girlier girls at playschool (I'm seeing Heathers, further down the line...) But she's still very much the feisty, strong-willed little girl she has been all along. After all, she stood up to mummy very forcefully regarding her favourite Disney Princess, didn't she?