Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back to School

So The Girl went back to school yesterday. Am I a bad mum to be rejoicing in that ? My neighbour Laurence said I'm on vacation now. Not too sure about that. Let's see what I did - I cleaned house, vacuumed the car, I got busy in the kitchen (more about that later) & after lunch, I swam 40 laps.

Let's talk about that last part. Growing up, I was more a runner than a swimmer. In fact, I've always been a little afraid of the water. But when I was pregnant, I got inspired by my friend Ling who swam regularly during her pregnancy & thought I wanted to do the same. First it was to do one lap (gosh can I even make it there !?), then 5 then 10 & by the time I was due to deliver (I swam right up to the day before The Girl was born), I was swimming 30 laps in the pool. I love swimming during pregnancy - what a great way to beat the heat (I was back in Singapore then) & at least during the time when I was in the water, I felt weightless & refreshed. So that's how I got hooked - even now, I try to swim laps every chance I get.

What did you do when your children went back to school ?

One other thing.

I would like to thank my family, my friends, The Girl, my college professor......

Imagine my surprise when I was given this award from not 1 but 2 of my favorite bloggers - Lotus & Sri. Both seasoned bloggers whose blogs I've always enjoyed.

When I first started my blog 6 months ago (has it been that long already ?), I wasn't to know that I was going to enjoy blogging as much as I do nor meet so many wonderful blogging friends. This little hobby has evolved & although I really don't think my blog is particularly brilliant, I do try to make it worthwhile for people who drop by, read & comment.

"Brilliant Weblog is a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design.

The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogsphere.

Here are the rules to follow : When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’.

Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).

All the bloggers have wonderful work and content in their blog and all deserve to get this."

So I will pass this on to the following blogs

Tsu Lin - A fellow mum who has the most adorable little girl

Feed my World - I was going to award this to Sri but she beat me to it. I'm giving it to her anyway - to her food blog that is filled with recipes that can never go wrong

Mochacholata Rita - I only recently came across this blog & I'm instantly drawn by her bubbly personality

Dreaming Reality - who is always a blast to read

Baking mum - her cooking & baking is what I aspire to achieve


Beau Lotus said...

Sigh, the one and only time I played truant was to go to the Toa Payoh pool with my friend.

But then I nearly drowned in the sea later and since then I almost never enter water unless I can touch the bottom with my toes.

Wish I could swim laps like you!

petite fleur said...

I was just like you before - afraid of the deep. Never went to the deep end of the pool & hardly swam in the ocean & even if I did, I swam parallel to the shore, always checking to make sure I could touch the bottom.

I gained more confidence after swimming laps & that didn't happen until only 4 years ago so you could still do it.