Yes, the blog has been very, very quiet for some time now.
A total of two entries for the whole of October and up until now only two for November.
It is almost as though I have gone on an anti-NaBloPoMo couple of months.
Although if I tell the honest truth this really is a continuation of my loss of mojo.
Since I can’t currently take Bruce’s advice and whisk myself away to a Tuscan villa, much as I’d love to, I guess I will just have to blog about the writer’s block.
First a few home truths about Ms Oh Waily.
1. I am predominantly an introvert.
– That has nothing to do with how much I can talk, however.
2. I like routine.
– Not that I am averse to nice surprises involving food, travel or other luxuries.
3. I tend to be lazy and/or prefer being comfortable.
– Have you seen any mention of running recently?
Those three big personality traits tend to lead you down the path to being a stay-at-home, stay-at-home mother. Unsurprisingly this is not conducive to new experiences and therefore new blogging topics.
Either I am completely tragic or just currently in a deeper-than-I’d-like-it-to-be rut.
Obviously I’d like to think it’s just a rut.
Therefore, working on the premise that it is simply a rut that I need to lever myself up and out of, here are a few spanners about to be thrown into the introverted, routinised and lazy world of Ms Oh Waily…
- Ms Oh Waily plans to join a gym again (crèche willing).
- Miss Oh Waily may join a bilingual playgroup on Saturday mornings. The entire Oh Waily family may be about to begin learning Mandarin as a result.
- Ms Oh Waily may cave in and send Miss Oh Waily to daycare two days a week.
The last one of these is a bit in the air as I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it’ll be great for the little Miss to get out and socialise regularly and in a new environment with other littlies. On the other hand it’s stacking up to being a wrench for Ms Oh Waily – not to mention the cost of it. Right at this minute the scales are balanced evenly, so the decision remains to be made on this.
What does all this mean for you, the reader?
Hopefully more blog entries, although if I do rejoin the gym it may be a few weeks before the aching disappears enough that my fingers can do their keyboard gymnastics again. And maybe the odd word or phrase of a *foreign* language might slip in to our conversation too. We’ll all just have to wait and see.
I’ll keep you posted.
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A quick request to those multi-lingual readers out there – and I know there are a few of you – what recommendations do you have for encouraging bilingualism and what stories of success/failure do you have to share? Did you learn your second or third language as a child or an adult? Do you have first-hand pros and cons to learning earlier or later?