Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

June 16, 2010

You Funny Mother Bloggers, You

My four-year-old was asking me to explain the word 'describe' today. So, I described the kitchen, his bedroom and himself and then asked him to describe his brother, his dad and me. Here's what he said:

The Brother
"He has orange hair (I hastily corrected him and pointed out that it is, in fact red, RED - tut), he is quite small and he likes his cars and his teddy." A pretty accurate description.

The Daddy
"He has black hair, is very big and strong and is good at swimming." Not bad.

"Erm, quite big and carries Sam around and pushes him in his buggy." You've got to be kidding me - that's IT? That's all the description I get for my four and a half years of hard labour?

So, imagine my delight when, later in the day, I received an email telling me that I've been nominated for a Gurgle Blog Award by the lovely, brilliant and generous* people at because I'm FUNNY. That's right - funny. Ha! Stick that in your description, sonny boy.

Fellow nominee Emily at Babyrambles said of my nomination, "Of course, this comes as no surprise to me as I know Hot Cross Mum is utterly hilarious and often have to pick myself up off the floor and wipe the tears from my eyes after reading yet another of her mirth-filled post." YummyMummyNo1, also nominated, offered similar praise. "This really is one funny mummy," she said, "I can thoroughly understand her nomination." Another nominee, Pippa at A Mother's Ramblings has resorted to trash tweeting of Hot Cross Mum in a desperate bid to gain more votes for her own blog. I'm not angry with her - I can understand her envy**.

So, I would like to wish these, and all other nominees the very best as we spend the next few weeks wracking our clouded mummy brains in a desparate attempt to make our highly amusing posts even more hilarious in the ensuing comedy-fest which will see us shamelessly clamouring for the judges attention and votes. Yes, that's you I'm talking to Nifa, Tor Brierley and Ms Myleene Klaas.

Let the hilarity commence.

*yes, I'm sucking up
** the author of this post would like to point out that this paragraph may not be strictly true



  1. The posters go up tomorrow...

  2. Congratulations. It's well deserved. You are one funny lady! X

  3. Now you've gone and written an actual funny post, how can I keep up? There's real pressure to be funny now, I now know what it must be like to be Lenny Henry and being stopped in the street and asked to be instantly funny. Actually I have no idea what that's like at all. And I'm sure I said that about you once, it may have been while under the influence of something.

  4. Love your son's description of you. Congratulations on the nomination!

  5. congratulations Hazel... onward and upward... and the best of luck on your hilarious quest for superstardom!

  6. Good luck with the nomination, funny girl. I like your blog :)

  7. Huge congratulations - so well deserved! And you too Emily! I'm just glad that I'm not a judge - or indeed in the same category as you - at least being nominated in a different category, I might be in with a chance! Hehe! ; )
    Best of luck to you xx

  8. Hmmmm... I suspect a conspiracy here as I also got the email about being 'nominated'.

    I think they are all desperate to sabotage CM as the 'prize-giving' in on the very same day (either that or save on costs as most will be in town already).

    Ever the cynic.

    LCM x

    p.s. congrats as well btw!

  9. Oh no, there is no bigger pressure than the pressure to be funny! But I'm sure you're up to the task. Just don't think about us out here, waiting, looking for laughs. (I know, too cruel... no pressure, not really.) :-)


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