Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Preposterous Hypothethis

"My rhymes are so potent that in this small segment, I made all of the ladies in the area pregnant."

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of The Flight of the Conchords, here's the video that this excerpt relates to. Good kiwi boys.

Anywho, on a semi-related note. Who would put their hands up for Blogcamp NZ (or New Zealand for those of you who aren't as educated as the rest)?

Just putting it out there... seeing what kind of reaction I get.

This is as far as my plan goes:

* bloggers come from four corners of the globe, for as long as they like, but crossing over for about five days of blog camp somewhere like this or this or this.

* Around Feb/March next year?

* I'd help you guys with everything from what to do and where to go before and after the blog camp, and I'd even greet you with a complimentary beverage once you make it to Auckland city.

* ........?

So. Hands up. Who's interested? Do we look into this further?

Or is it a preposterous hypothethis?

EDIT: So looking at the notes below, would later in next year suit better? How about November/December 2010? Extrajera, I am very pleased with your plan making. 10 points :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

polly is an angel

somehow i missed this photo when i downloaded, or else this aura has recently formed around polly and has only become visible in my iPhoto just today. doesn't she look amazing? it makes me feel as if something really special is about to happen to her.

ooh, i just gave myself goosebumps.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

what we learned at blog camp 2.0

of course you learn a lot at every blog camp. and since we love to make lists, we thought we'd assemble a list of some of the things we learned:

~ julochka has trouble turning off her inner mother and likes to make sure that everyone has visited the loo before they leave the house.

~ spudballoo has a bit of this as well and encouraged us to see if we didn't have a "secret wee" that even we didn't really know was there.

~ lesson in this: moms are really concerned with potty-related issues.

~ anne won hands down the best blog camp clay creature with her precious and elaborate caterpillar. spud with her winged penguin w/a perm and jelica with her mouse that started out as a rabbit tied for second.

~ an open heart won best blog camp prezzie at our blog camp as well as her own in reno (and there were good prezzies here). thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!!

~ sabin is really good at the wildkatten game. (only 272 pieces to go...)

~ that burning smell was NOT the bits on the bottom of the oven.

~ anne brought the BEST scone mix with her. they were delicious!

~ fear of tunnels can be overcome with the the help of incessant chatting.

~ in Denmark, they still have parking lots for viking ships

~ Jelica understands all kinds of clever things including fractions. We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

~ Julochka's husband is, helpfully, called 'the husband'. That's his actual name, as bestowed upon him by his parents. They must have known he was destined to be 'the husband'...inventor of the Blog Camp concept, buyer of pastries, cooker of dinner, taxi driver, wannabe chain-saw owner and all round wonderful bloke. We all hearted him.

~ jelica hates tunnels. and she had to go through several of them. during which she may or may not have held her breath and gripped her seat until her knuckles turned white.

~ anne likes to sit in the front seat and pretend to drive the train.

~ julochka has a most amazing library.

~ spud is so not huggy. She's so British like that.

~ secret ingredient vital for the success of a jump shot: rain

~ jelica will gladly translate from any language, even languages she doesn't speak (though it's hard to find a language she doesn't know!)

~ julochka is the proud owner of the pornpod, which may or may not have actual porn on it, but she's not telling.

~ anne has a 'liver lover' at home. the word for 'partner' in Norwegian can be translated as 'Together Liver'. we were very taken with this although it was quickly shortened to just 'liver'. we added the 'lover' just for fun, because we're CRAZY like that.

~ some danish coins have holes in the middle, and some have hearts on them. those Danes are so groozy, even their money is funky.

~ julochka cannot physically be present in Copenhagen airport without having a Starbucks fixed. just can't be done!

~ 'fika' is a truly filthy word in Italian and yet such a thing of beauty in Swedish. who knew?!

~ the Danes think eating chocolate for breakfast is so acceptable that they market special packets of thin slices of chocolate to eat on bread. man, we LOVE the Danes.

~ jelica is surprisingly tenacious. there was no way she was letting Spud out of her clutches until she'd had a 1:1 photography lesson on aperture, ISO and exposure compensation.

~ kristina clams up and becomes shy at blog camp, which makes her husband wonder what miracle cure blog campers used on her, and could he please have some to use at home?

~ at Blog Camp you can't eat anything, drink anything, go anywhere or nowhere without it having to be endlessly photographed. Spud was especially stern about the scones that Anne made, 'Get you hand away!' she admonished her kindly hostess at one point.

~ Spud takes pictures ALL THE TIME and shows real withdrawal symptoms when she's been sans camera for a few minutes

~ you don't actually drink that much coffee at blog camp. Tea is the most served beverage.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just keep blogging...

I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to Blogger. I tried very hard for, oooooh, about 5 minutes to copy my Blog Camp 2.0 posts from my blog to here. Couldn't seem to make it work though. So I'm cheating and linking to them below...they are mostly photos (no surprise there then) which speak better as a diary of Blog Camp at this point than words. As with Blog Camp 1.5 I find myself needing some time to chew over our wonderful time together before writing about it with any meaning.

How do you like our fabulous necklaces? A generous and thoughtful gift from Reno Blog Camper AnOpenHeart. We wore them round Copenhagen today but they made a better photo as a still life. Thank you to you xx

If you'd like to see rather a lot of photos take a look at 'Blog Camp blogging!' , 'Blog Camp 2.0...the gin cocktail version' and 'Blog Camp 2.0...I'm never going to leave the Blue Room'.

More to come!

Love from your Blogger Challenged Wordpress Loving Friend, Spud x

in the meantime...

While blog campers 2.0 drank their wines, ate their danish pastries and dreamt about their danish sailors, B and Polly, two blog camp 1.0 and blog camp 1.5 veterans converged in the old city of Oxford:

In true blog camp tradition, photos were taken

and coffee was drank

(blogger's edition of cream tea: coffee with scone, cream and strawberry jam...)
Possibility of blog camp 3.0 was discussed. We reckon somewhere warm would be nice. Maybe Nice. Or Rome. Or Salamanca...
Dear blog camp 2.0 bloggers: we missed you!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Blog Camp 2.0...10 things you need to know

So we were challenged by Mari at Marinik's Blog to reveal 10 things you need need to know and so we shall. The wine is flowing, the chocolate was flowing until we truffled it all, we're in the Blue Room.

So here they are, our 10 things you need to know...

1. Jamie Oliver is a pillock. After extensive debate this is now an accepted truism, although equally there is general agreement that his books rock.

2. You'd better go to the loo before leaving the house in case there is a 'secret wee' lurking up there.

3. Jelica can't handle tunnels or salad related food items. Fact.

4. A gaggle of Nikons and the occasional lonely Canon will surprisingly attract the attention of locals and cause them to SPEAK to you.

5. Spud is incapable of turning up on time for Blog Camp.

6. Axes are surprisingly absent from Blog Camp although 'the husband' extensively searched the neighbourhood for a chain saw today. Fortunately without success.

7. Anne is pronouned Anna. She does not expect to be addressed as Miss Buckle.

8. Horizontal rain focuses the mind and legs for jump shots.

9. Dull but campers are JUST like their blogs. This is good!

10. You're either a Top Dog or a Mad Cow.

That's all

our jump shot!

check it out! we're all in the air at once!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

an eMOTIONal arrival

blog campers are really hard to catch on camera because they're always in motion.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


I'm beginning to realize that tomorrow, the blog campers are coming here. To my home! This is suddenly making me very nervous; will they like my apartment? Will I be able to cook them an edible lunch? Will they find something to take photos of in my hometown? (No, wait - not so nervous about the photo taking. Has certainly not been a problem before.)

And then, there's the dog. Will she behave, and hopefully, charm the blog campers?

Blog camp 2.0 - now coming to Sweden!

Almost There

Pressies lined up. Suitcase packed. Blog Camp here I come. Don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight.

you will be missed!

blog camp will undoubtedly be amazing, but i'm really going to miss you two!!
have a coffee for us in oxford.
and do post a picture (or twelve)!!

edited: this was not to say that i won't miss everyone else who was at blog camps 1.0 and 1.5, but B and Polly were at BOTH!! :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

while we're waiting...

these little guys have readied their cameras and they're waiting for blog camp to begin.
and these little fellas are waiting to have a bit of fun too.

are you ready for blog camp?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

and don't forget the jump shot

this is really a reminder to blog campers in reno, in addition to the appointed picture times and events below, you must do a jump shot!! bear in mind, you may not succeed at getting everyone in the air at once, but we can guarantee that you will laugh while you're trying.