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February 23, 2010


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Tim (aka The Dotterel)

Tell her I'll start the bidding...


Ah bless her. The boys call it my work!!

I can understand their frustration when I keep saying in a minute. I am cutting down on my PC time!

Rosie Scribble

Are you saying you want to buy me Tim? I'm very expensive you know. I suspect you were going to start the bidding at five pence weren't you? Yep, thought so!!

Cathy Dean

She may not have any concept of blogging, but I'd keep a very close eye on ebay if I were you!

Emily Vest

I'll bid against Tim. IJ might find herself making some money this way!

Glad that you are finding typing at your computer less stressful. We like that very much. A big cheer for no cross faces when typing. x

Rosie Scribble

I am guilty of saying in a minute to my daughter too as I tap away on screen. For that reason, I'm cutting down on my PC time too. It's slightly difficult as I work on my PC all day (non blogging stuff!) but I'm aiming to do all of that while she is at school. Life will be more balanced from now on x


How cute is that!? I can just imagine her thought process while you were typing on your computer with your cross face! Children are priceless aren't they!? Ha ha... this will have me giggling all day.

Rosie Scribble

Cathy, they are wise words. I'm off to check ebay right now. I even suspect somewhere in blogland she is secretly writing her own blog. I wouldn't put it past her. I dread to think what she is saying!!

Rosie Scribble

Thanks, Emily. I'm going to relax and enjoy blogging from now on. Parcel's in the post by the way, since I already gave the game away that I would be sending you something. Doh!

Rosie Scribble

It never crossed my mind that she was thinking of selling me!! I shall have to be more careful in future and remain calm and relaxed at all times. Otherwise, who knows what might happen!


This is excellent. I think my little one would probably have barged me out of the way and taken over, gone onto ebay and told me that she had already sold me, how much she made and what she would be buying with the money. As she is only 19 months old I have a couple of months to change my ways before that happens I think. That was a close shave for you there!

Emily Vest

I figured as much (just call me Sherlock for my
deductive abilities!). Hope it wasnt too much of a hassle. Glad you are going to enjoy blogging. Its no fun if you aren't enjoying it.

BTW, I keep meaning to tell you - one of my most
home sick moments happened when I'd been having a terrible time with the boys and was really missing having any proper playgrounds here - and then I read your
post when you'd been on holiday in Oxford and had a picture of IJ in my local playground. Literally, we live a minute walk from there. I couldn't believe it, the climbing frame (how many times have mine fallen off that climbing frame). I had a stomping around afternoon reading your post. The playgrounds in Oxford (and the splash park also round the corner, not to mention the pool) are one of
the things I am most looking forward to getting back to. Just over a month to go now - better start packing soon...

Rosie Scribble

We were in your local playgroung in Oxford? How amazing, small world! Are you returning to Oxford permamently in April?
I think my question to Heather (and everyone else on her secret post club mailing list) about Bosnia gave the game a way slightly. Trust me to be so daft! Hope it eventually reaches you now x

Rosie Scribble

Definitely a close shave for me there. Who knows what she and her friends have been plotting behind our backs!


Perhaps IJ could pass the boy the catalogue details - I think he'd like to sell me at times.


Very, very glad that IJ won't have to sell you now you've decided not to do your cross face any more. That is a good decision.

You'll just have to make sure not to slip now. I suggest a fixed grin and raised eyebrow when carrying out any blogging business from now on - I bet she'll be watching you like a hawk with Sotheby's on speed dial...


P.S. *whispers* welcome back


Josie has the right idea about you being sold at Sotheby's - ebay, pah! Your post scared me a bit. I often work in the kitchen, feeling that my children will then be around me and not feel I've disappeared. But perhaps it is better to properly separate 'typing' and 'mothering'? Glad you've had a good break.

Susan Mann

Aww that is such a funny and sweet story. You have a cross face, nice way of putting it. Thankfully there was no swearing from you :) Everytime I am on my laptop trying to blog 1yo shuts it down by pressing the power button and 3yo wants to watch cartoons on You tube. Which I have to supervise for obvious reasons :) xxx


And will she use the sale money to employ a cook, cleaner, nanny...?


phew, that was lucky, you were almost on a shelf at the charity shop! Glas you are feeling better and not so cross faced anymore

Rosie Scribble

LOL! I have gone from ebay to Sotheby's to the charity shop shelf in the space of a few comments!! I think she exaggerated the cross face. I think it was more of a slight frown. :)

Rosie Scribble

And how quickly she will discover that her money does not get her very far! Then she'll be trying to buy me back by which time I will have put my prices up. I could get into a bidding war with my own dauhter!!


The boys think I am 'playing on the 'pooter' when I am blogging. Which I guess I kind of am.

What would she do with the sale money I wonder - download a new Mummny on iTunes?

mummy mania

that's so funny... and it's weird how we can let this thing overtake us sometimes. I've been so sick of late I just have enough energy for the girls and feeding everyone, and blogging has just has to take a back seat. The Relief! I'll keep an eye out for the ads!


A soon as my daughter sees me on the 'puter she asks if she can go on a maths web site knowing I will be impressed and allow her, thus I immediately stop blogging or writing and therefore I can give her attention again, minus the 'cross' face (I think it must be us concentrating!) but by that time she is on club penguin (with a 'cross' face of concentration) and I realise that I have been had.

Selina Kingston

Oh! I don't like the idea of you blogging with a cross face as I always look forward to what you write and I don't want to be the source of any stress for you....
Glad the cross face has gone now and that you are not going to abandon us just yet x


My son broke my heart a little the day he said he wished I didn't have a computer. I've been spending much less time online since...

Nickie @ Typecast

IJ is wise beyond her years - watch her!!


Phew, that's a relief.
Is she saving up for something? ;-) x


Cripes, must stop threatening to sell my children. It never occurred to me that they might be thinking the same thing.

Expat Mum

She has the makings of a great teenager - something to hold over your head in the future.
I have decided to treat blogging like work so I don't do it when the little guy is home from school now. I was spending far too much time saying "Not right now" and "In a minute". Not fair on him.

Jo Beaufoix

Rosie, DO NOT let IJ tell Miss M about her plans. Otherwise we could be in trouble. I am glad your 'cross face' is going to be gone. Mine will be too. Love you loads my sweet. Keep on swimming. x

If I Could Escape

That made me chuckle! She's so wise isn't she? So glad you took the break you needed and that your cross face is gone. Take care. =)

Rosie Scribble

I think at the moment IJ is passing the calalogue around her friends. This worrying trend seems to be catching on!

Rosie Scribble

Josie, I am so pleased you mentioned Sotheby's. Sounds much better than ebay or the charity shop shelf - both have also been mentioned!

PS *whispers* many thanks, glad to be back xxx

Rosie Scribble

Thanks for your comment. Yes, I am pleased with Josie's choice of Sotheby's. A far classer venue! I'm now blogging when IJ is either at school or asleep. Seems to be working much better.

Rosie Scribble

I am interested to know what IJ would do with the money from my sale. I would like to hope it would be a generous amount! I dare not ask her though incase it once again puts the idea in her head!

Rosie Scribble

I think blogging has to take a back seat sometimes. Often there are not just enough hours in the day to do everything. I found I was so busy blogging I wasn't getting any time to really relax. I've got the balance a lot better now and can usually be found reading a good book in the evening rather than typing on my computer screen!

Rosie Scribble

Ah! My daughter has done exactly the same. She starts off looking at a BBC maths site and suddenly it changes to Playhouse Disney!

Rosie Scribble

Don't worry. I have no plans to abandon blogging at all, Selina. I'd be quite lost without it. I just needed to relax for a while and now I'm feeling much better and enjoying it again. x

Rosie Scribble

Gosh, your son really said that? I suspect my daughter was thinking the same thing. So I do my blogging while she is at school now.

Rosie Scribble

Don't worry. I'm keeping a close eye on that one, and any ads I see selling mummies!!

Rosie Scribble

Now there's a thought, Sandy. It has not occurred to me that she might need the money for something. Perhaps she is planning a holiday? Better check her passport is still here! I wondered what those holiday brochures were for :)

Rosie Scribble

I am wondering where the idea of selling me came from. I hope this isn't a regular playground discussion!!

Rosie Scribble

Expat Mum, a few commenters have said exactly the same thing about blogging - that they don't do it while their children are around. I've stopped doing it when my daughter is here. I am guilty of saying "In a minute" too.

Rosie Scribble

Thanks, I'm feeling much better now. I'll probably still have a cross face at times but it won't be about blogging, it is more likely to be about my daughter refusing to tidy up, or something similar! You know how it is :)

Rosie Scribble

Jo, much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I must say that my feeling is that Miss M planted the idea of selling mummy in the head of little IJ. *smirk* I believe it may have been discussed at a recent sleepover.

Chic Mama

She sounds gorgeous. Hope you had a good break from it. XX


Oh, just imagine if that catalogue exists and we're all there with our 'just-a-minute' cross faces on...

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