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More Excitement!

So I haven’t got around to telling you yet (unless I know you in real life, in which case I’ve probably told you far too many times!), but I won an AWARD.  My editor at Australian Catholics entered one of my columns in the Australasian Religious Press Association awards and it won GOLD for ‘Best Humorous Article’.   I’m so super stoked!  Apparently, the other entrants weren’t particularly humorous, so I wasn’t so much the funniest as the only funny one, but I’m still going to see this as a win.  It was AUSTRALASIAN, not just Australian, and it was RELIGIOUS, not just Catholic.  I’m mega smug.

So I’m going to reprint the winning article here.  Enjoy!

Minimum Wage Barbie in McDonalds uniform

What a Girl Wants

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s anxious research.  Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I read. Information soothes me.

When my eldest daughter was born, I devoured every book I could get my hands on, from What to Expect When You Expect to be Expecting, to Embryo Einsteins, to Have a New Newborn by Friday.  Imagine my dismay when I discovered that simple toys could reinforce oppressive gender stereotypes and cripple the cognitive development of my wee girl-child.  So, from the very start, I endorsed train sets, puzzles and every variety of Danish plastic construction system. Now, at almost twelve, Matilda is assertive and articulate and wants to be a mechanical engineer when she grows up (when she’s not busy being the Prime Minister of Australia).  This, of course, is all due to my wise parenting methods. So I knew exactly which approach to take when my next daughter was born.

Annie, however, in all her four years of life, has politely declined Thomas and His Friends in favour of all things pink, sparkly and monarchical.  

“Mummy, I want to be a princess!”

“That’s a good idea, Annie.  Did you know that princesses are wise rulers and important decision makers?  Let’s pretend your kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and implement free and fair elections for all of your subjects!”

“Do I get to wear a shiny dress?”

“OK, sure…”

The real challenge came for me last Christmas.  Annie’s wish list had only one item on it. Her large brown eyes shone and she spoke in hushed tones of finally owning . . . a Barbie doll.

Oh, Lord.

I know the marketing executives would tell me that this tiny mannequin is actually an empowering role model, a true feminist.  Didn’t I know there is even a Doctor Barbie?  Girls can be doctors too!  I try to swallow this, but it sticks in my throat.  Barbie is, above all things, pretty. Literally, she is an object to be dressed and admired.  I want more than this for my daughter.

“What else do you want for Christmas, Annie?”

“Just Barbie.  If I tell Santa something else, he might not get me the Barbie.”

“What would you do if you got a Barbie?”

“Play Barbies.”

“OK.  But you know Barbie’s not all that great.  What does she do? Wear clothes? Sit around her dream house bemoaning the lack of space her vital organs have to function within that tiny tiny waist?  There are better toys than Barbie!”

“Oh, I know you don’t like Barbie, Mummy,”  Annie says composedly.

“You do?”

“Yes.  That’s why I’m asking Santa to get me one”

But for all that, Santa, in all his wisdom, did not get Annie a Barbie doll.  I imagine he couldn’t bring himself to turn into the lurid pink aisle at the toy section of Target and fork out thirty dollars for an 11-and-a-half-inch eating disorder just waiting to happen.  I’m sure he tried. I’m sure he went back again and looked and scratched his beard and called one of his best elves for advice. But it was not to be. On Christmas morning, Annie ran downstairs and opened her pillowcase to discover a Lego set for a pink princess castle, complete with flowers, princess and pony.  I held my breath. Annie looked up at me – and beamed.

“Look, Mummy!  Look what Santa got me!  It’s just what I wanted! It’s just what I asked him for!”

Wait, what?  Had she completely forgotten our conversation?  And how could she have asked Santa for this Lego set?  She’d never seen one before!

Shut up, Kate!  Just shut up! You’ve almost got away with it!  Smile! Nod!

“Oh, yes, Annie.  Gosh, Santa is very clever.  You know, I think he’s even smart enough to be a princess!”


Awards a go go!

I’m feeling a little spoiled at the moment.  The lovely KeKe at Off the Hook has nominated me for a Liebster Award.

liebster award

And, just as I was getting my head around this wonderful fact, the delightful Angelphilipp nominated me for six more awards:

The Versatile Blogger Wonderful Team Membership AwardOne Lovely Blog Award Super Sweet Blogging Award Seed of Light AwardAwesome Blog Content Award

So here’s how I’m going to deal with this haul of awardy goodness:

1. Thank the people who nominated me and link back to their blog

2. Share seven things about myself

3. Nominate seven bloggers to receive the awards

4. Let them know they’ve won by sending them a message

Here goes:

1.  Thank you so much, Keke and angelphilipp for nominating me.  Your blogs are both so lovely to look at and a constant source of hooky and handmade inspiration to me.  These awards are going straight to the pool room.

2. Here are seven things about me:

2.1 I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I love being in the centre of attention.  It probably comes from spending most of my childhood around a noisy dinner table devising ingenious ways to get a word (or fifty) in.  I can’t get enough of it.  The larger the group of people hanging on my every word the better.  Hence, this blog, I think.
2.2 After much heartache, money and two years of living in a two-bedroom unit with no backyard, we have built our house.  It is so blissful to finally have our own home and do homey things like have friends over for coffee, bake cakes, and dig in the garden.  Life is good.
2.3 This is linked to the first one, but I find it hard to keep up with a single linear conversation.  It takes so much concentration.  I’d much rather have five conversations at once, all spilling over the top of each other.  That’s what a typical dinner with my family looks like.
2.4 I love rules.  I love reading about grammar and etiquette so I can know what the rules are.  I’m a pathological good girl.  I like to think I have a sense of morality evolved beyond basic rule-following, that I follow an innate set of principles independent of local authority, but I’m not so sure.  If you make me cross the road when the green man isn’t there, I go a little nutso…
2.5 I love this blog so much and I am in great danger of becoming a blog bore, if I’m not already one.  Whenever somebody says they’ve read one of my posts, I just about fall over with excitement and then try to nonchalantly pump them for feedback.  If someone else sails in and hijacks the topic of conversation before they reply, I give them a death stare.
2.6 Almost all my siblings are abandoning me.  I don’t know what I did wrong.  Greg, as I may have mentioned, lives in Japan; Jan has now left for Singapore and then Europe (and then Africa, but that comes later); Bobby has gone to Europe as well (he’s in Paris at the moment, and I’m trying very hard not to feel jealous); and soon Cindy will leave for Cambodia.  For a while, it will only be Peter and myself in the country (maybe it was his fault?).  But on the bright side, it will give me some very exotic blog statistics!
2.7 I don’t know if you’ve already picked this up from my writing, but I love a numbered list.  This feels right.

3. And here are my seven blogs:

3.1 Little Poppits “a crazy mix of a whole bunch of stuff” – LP, or ‘Pop’, as I sometimes call her, was one of the first people to comment on my blog who wasn’t also my mother.  Reading her blog feels like sitting at her (restored vintage) kitchen table with a cup of tea and chatting about chickens and craft.
3.2  Papa  Angst Papa is a stay-at-home dad and a great writer who always makes me laugh and nod.
3.3  Random Dreams of Grandeur  This is a new blog I’ve just discovered.  Random (AKA Maggie) shares her journey as she prepares for a frugal wedding (self-catered!).  I was the first-ever person to comment on this blog and it really deserves more comments, so go pay a visit and write something!
3.4  Make a Choice  This is a fantastic resource for those wanting to shop ethically but not knowing where to start.  I know the author of this blog in real life, too, and she’s really lovely.
3.5  Roar Sweetly Full of great ideas and funny stories and tips to help you in the frugalympics
3.6  DiscomBUBulated Always a great read, this is a breezy, chatty blog but with heart as well.
3.7  Pretty Little Things in a Box Full of lovely patterns and craft ideas, this blog is just so pretty to look at.

And that’s it!  Thank you again, Keke and Angelphilipp for nominating me.  Now I’m off to put a shelf up in my blog to display these beautiful awards!