Long silence is LONG. Sorry.
The Dwarfling arrived on June 25th, ten days after the due date (HNNNNGH THE FRUSTRATION WAS NEARLY CHEWABLE).
I have a daughter. A sweet, healthy, unbelievably beautiful daughter. She is amazing. I am well and so is she, and both Mr Dets and I are utterly, utterly in love with our girl.
I am still getting used to the Dwarfling’s presence in our lives (nothing wrong with her lungs! Someone has inherited my loud mouth, it seems) and so I won’t be returning to writing, or indeed, to social media for at least another three weeks. We’re still learning each other. By the way, breastfeeding is a lot harder than it looks. Owwwwwwww.
On the upside, I have had a lot of time to have a lot of good ideas, so when I finally get a couple of spare hours I am probably going to happen to Sansukh like some sort of highly wordy WMD (Weapon of Mass Description).
It was so humbling and touching when I finally opened my inbox after so long to see such a lot of messages from people, wishing me well and asking after my health and the Dwarfling’s. Thank you so much, every one of you - to old friends and new friends and Nonnies alike. I am sending you all gigantic hugs full of love, and a big hearty headbutt of Dwalinesque proportions. Love you all.
Anonymous said: I do realize this is a ridiculous anon being silly, but are you okay?
Hey lovely Nonnie! No, you are not silly or ridiculous, don’t say that *hugs*
I am sorry sorry sorry for the radio silence. I’m okay, and so is the Dwarfling. We’re both fine! Thank you to everyone who sent me messages, you are all darlinghearts and I love you.
It’s been a frantically busy time. I have been inundated with more paperwork (I was hoping I’d be done with this after we bought the house, but NOOOOOOOO), and there are SO many things to get for the baby. My life is now governed by lists. So much stuff for such a small person! Appointments, appointments everywhere (and I am still teaching, so there’s that too - though I finish at the end of May hooray!), and so many visitors and family!!! I am thrilled to see everyone before the Dwarfling makes their debut, but I am just so awkward and I get so tired now. Getting anything done when there are visitors staying with us is a bit tough. I know, I know, I should just do what I have to - but I’m a bit of a wuss that way when it comes to guests. Overtrained, no doubt!
I have also discovered nesting. And it isn’t the cutesy thing the movies and books make it out to be, oh no. It comes from a place of Pure Fear. There is so much about my upcoming life that is terrifyingly new and important, and I can’t know how to deal with it until it is happening. And so I am trying desperately to manage the stuff I DO know how to do.
Holy crap my freezer is chock-full of lovely food, I tells you… and I am currently sewing curtains shut up shut up shut up
I’ll try to do better at checking in on tumblr. Oddly, I may actually get some time to write after I finish work!
Just over five weeks to go!
EXACTLY ONE YEAR FROM TODAY UNTIL AVENGERS 2
Two weeks ago 234 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped. Yet barely any news coverage. If 234 white girls were kidnapped it would be all over the news! We’d know their names, favorite color, favorite food. Lifetime would probably be working on a movie about them.
Something needs to be done!
Okay so I don’t know if you’re Nigerian or not, but I need to talk about something that has really gotten on my nerves since this whole story broke on tumblr. STOP saying “there has barely been any news coverage” this is all over the Nigerian news and most African countries have been covering this very closely as well. It is extremely insulting to all the Nigerian journalists and journalists who have been working on ground from day one. If you want news coverage then why don’t you read their articles? They are the most relevant and the most accurate. Whenever I see articles posted to tumblr (if it’s not posted by a Nigerian) they’re not written by Nigerian journalists, instead they’re written by westerners, these articles are extremely insulting, spread a lot of false information about Boko Haram and are just generally Islamaphobic. I have even seen someone go as far to set up a petition basically calling for an American invasion into Nigeria, which is the stupidest and most disgusting I have ever seen (and even after several Nigerians including myself explained to them why this would be a bad idea they have still as far as I know refused to take the petition down). Yes international news coverage is important as it helps place a greater pressure on the Nigerian government to take greater action on this issue, but the way people are talking, it’s as if Nigeria and other African countries do not have their own media. I want the world to talk about this and of course I want this to be a priority issue across the globe it needs to be, but people need to have respect. Have respect for the Nigerian activists and journalists who have been working on ground, look to them for news coverage - they will be the most accurate and up to date. But yes everyone should sign this petition it’s very very important to put greater pressure on our government to the point where they have no choice but to take greater action.
"Guess you’re feeling better about being here huh?"
"Why do you say that?"
Part of my own shireAU in which Thorin abdicates the throne fearing the gold fever and goes to the Shire to ask for Bilbo’s forgiveness and they end up marrying and adopting little Frodo and generally living a peaceful life.
Also have a besotted Bilbo working in his garden and admiring his hubby and adoptive child with a fond smile