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)

August 24, 2010

Wood for the trees


I have a serious case of blogging malaise going on. I just can't seem to summon up the time, energy or typing skills to even get started with a post, or read others. Even writing this is a sort of last-ditch effort to keep my little piece of cyberspace alive and kicking.

The main problem is that I can't seem to come up with anything to write about which would be of even the slightest bit of interest to a passing snail, let alone anyone else. And reading other blogs sends me into a minor panic about how witty, original and active everyone else seems to be. Could I be suffering from my first experience of bloggers block I wonder? It's never happened before - I usually have ideas and yarns spilling out of notebooks, but not at this moment. Yikes galore. I'm sure there is some exercise I can do to reignite the writing genius within - but I can't be bothered to be honest. Yes, it's That Bad.

Having pondered this issue for a while, as I removed another off-target wee from the toilet floor, I have come to the conclusion that my lack of inspiration is due to the fact that I have been so totally, completely and utterly immersed in my home and kids for the last 8 weeks (yes 8 - count them), that I literally cannot see the wood for the trees. I can't hear their amusing little anecdotes anymore. I can't see the world through their eyes. All I see is mess and all I hear is myself shouting - only to be occasionally drowned out by the washing machine's spin cycle as it seemingly attempts to bore its way into an underground bunker, and I want to write and read about anything other than all that.

So, THANK THE LORD that next Wednesday my biggest boy will start school and my youngest will start pre-school. I feel like a prisoner counting off the days until my release. Wednesday 1st September - FREEDOM - when for 3 blissful hours I will be alone. Sans enfants. I'm almost giddy at the mere thought.

Maybe then, I'll start to regain some inspiration. Until then, thank you for listening Mr Snail.

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17 comments:

  1. I'm listening. And I know just what you mean... My two start back next Tuesday. I'm hoping my creativity will come back from her summer holiday just about the same time...

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  2. I know what you mean, just write ton of sponsored posts and reviews like me lol! Actually though I thought this a very good post, in fact the most considered I have read in a long time and one hat actually strikes a real chord. Oh and the wee made me laugh as I can also identify with that :)

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  3. I know exactly how you feel! I have loads of ideas for posts but the thought of actually writing them down in the Wordpress text box just doesn't appeal at the moment. I have panicked about this before and found that letting it wash over me for a few weeks generally means I get back into things before too long.

    How lovely to have that time to yourself! Is preschool going to be every day?

    Well done for making it through the last eight weeks, and hope to see you back in cyberspace very soon xxx

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  4. Don't worry - we all feel like that from time to time and real life has a habit of getting in the way!

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  5. I am glad you've said this. At the end of the summer holidays having been with the 4 kids every day I feel I can't write again. My youngest will hopefully be starting preschool in Jan so I have some time yet with 1 but it will be nothing in comparison to being taken over body and mind. I'm not the only one going insane. Hurrah!

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  6. I am in a similar postiion. #2 child starts school next term and final child starts kindy. I will not know what to do with myself and I cannot wait to find out....

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  7. I actually wrote a post with the sme post title a few weeks ago - http://mdplife.blogspot.com/2010/08/cant-see-wood-for-trees.html It seems to hit us all from time ot time. Glad to say my mojo has returned now. I bet yours will too when you ge a bit of respite from the kids. Mich x

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  8. 3 hours sans enfants, I would pay a large amount of money for that! (which I don't have). You've not got bloggers block because you've just written a funny post about mainly nothing which is what I do all the time anyway. Looking forward to hearing school stories, my 4 year old starts in September too. But before then we're off on holiday, maybe I should be packing instead of drinking wine and rambling on your blog.

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  9. 3 hours of freedom.. Amazing - just think some people chose to home school their children.. Are they on drugs?? Could you imagine giving up the one guilt free time you can let them off ?? Enjoy, go for walks, potter and then blog :)

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  10. I know what you mean! My oldest boys just went back to school and I'm waiting on a call from the little one's pre-school. Freedom is bliss.

    PS If you're looking for blog fodder, I've tagged you (again) over on my blog coz I'm nosey!

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  11. My youngest starts pre-school on the 16th, on that day I will spend 3 hours on my own in this house, the first time since we bought it. Bring it on.

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  12. Oh I hear ya! We all must feel like this, off and on, it's just another thing that we make ourselves feel guilty about isn't it.

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  14. I can't wait for mine to start Nursery in the new year... it's still a while away though. Will have to survive somehow in the meantime!

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  15. I hear you! I live for my two preschool days - and despair during school holidays when I have both of them at home. I hope the malaise passes quickly. We'd miss you!

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  16. I too am ready for Elf starting school a week tomorrow. I will blog it as it will be a roller coaster day of emotions. But I am ready for a new routine. -HMx

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  17. i know I'll miss them really, but 3 hours of silence with no having to break up fights or think of something new to do or, well, anything really is just my idea of heaven right now. Hope you loved it! Having had a taster on friday I'm really looking forward to Monday and a whole week of quiet mornings!

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