I’m not going to lie to you.
I don’t get out much…..
Which means when I do, I tend to get a little over excited and on rare occasion, make a bit of a tit of myself. (Sorry mum)
Luckily, at this years final of the Mad Blog Awards 2014, I was remarkably composed and unlike previous years, handled myself with complete dignity…
Strike that – lets start again….
I may have got a little over zealous with my celebrations of reaching the top five parenting blogs in the category of Best Writer and Most Entertaining. This may have led to my leaping around old friends who I have met along my blogging years, sharing hugs, whooping with excitement, and showing off my moves on the dance floor.
There is also a nasty rumour that I may have wrapped my body around Dr Ranj, of Cbeebies fame. But if I did, then he started it….
But to quote the Four Seasons, oh what a night. The Mad’s was amazing this year, some outstanding winners, incredible finalists and humbling stories. Once again, I was humbled and delighted to come home with a winners trophy for Most Entertaining Blogger.
Although, once again, my speech may not have reflected it at the time…..
In fact, if anyone can remember my speech, please feel free to let me know how it went….
But what I meant to say was…..
The blog has evolved over the years from being a place to giggle and share parenting nightmares, to a place where I have looked for an outlet, at times to unburden my soul. Life can be funny, and lord knows, I look hard for the laughter in everything, but at times, when your kids face battles far greater than I ever have, the chuckle can be hard to reach.
To win Most Entertaining, tells me that I can still make some of you laugh, whether that be with me or at me, to create a laugh is something amazing.
I hope that never changes, the ability to break out a smile, to laugh when it has all gone to shit, is all that keeps us going at times.
My best friends recently sent me a present of an inscription that reads…
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
This is my new mantra in life, and whilst I am learning to surf, I am sure I will have some amusing tales along the way.
To friends, family, and readers who voted for me, thank you so much, to be recongnised for doing something I love is an incredible feeling. Thanks to House of Fraser for dressing me in style in my beautiful little black dress.
And to those present on the night, I apologise if I dragged you to dance, hugged you too hard, threw myself into your photo…. It is my slightly exuberant way of saying I love you muchly and am in awe of your talent. Blogging has introduced me to some simply fantastic women and men, and my life is richer for knowing them.
To Dr Ranj – you made my birthday complete!
Thank you and thank you again.
Now it is time to go surfing again. Here is to hoping the waves are calmer next year, the falls are funnier, and maybe I will make it to the Mad Blog Awards 2015 in a slightly more elegant fashion….
Photos by the very talented Tom Arber