Thursday, June 10, 2010

in the slow lane

I've been driving in the slow lane this week. All the things that lifestyle bloggers do, I've neglected.

I didn't open an online cushion emporium, or write a book, or attend a glittering blogger soirée. I won no giveaways. There have been no wins since 2009, since you ask.

David Byrne didn't come to tea. I wasn't mentioned in Vogue's list of the top ten wearers of a new silk and linen mix cropped cardigan in pinkish-mauve. I formed no suitable opinions.

I was not beset by inner doubt, wallpapered no armoires, artfully arranged no flowers and made no yogurt. My children didn't win the Picturesque Children contest. It was rigged.



I only commented on your blog because I couldn't let so significant and important a post pass me by. Other than that, all I did was tidy the kitchen dressers.

Not that they're ever untidy.

Now I'll sit around reading choux pastry recipes until someone asks for my autograph. And then I'll get back on the tour bus again.

65 comments:

  1. Please may I have your autograph? xx

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  2. How I love the slow lane! It sounds so nice the way you describe it :)

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  3. Is that not one but two bottles of Bombay Sapphire in your lovely kitchen cupboard Mise.

    Your posts are always witty and make me chuckle.

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  4. No wins since 2009? You must sack your staff of commenters during their next performance appraisal. And Mise, I'd say your time was well spent - your kitchen dressers are very tidy.

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  5. From what I've heard about David Byrne, you wouldn't want him to come round for tea anyway, Mise. Have you heard those rumours?

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  6. Ah HA! And that is where I WIN, because I did none of those things, NOR did I tidy my kitchen dresser (and then photograph it). I have fallen off the blogging wagon so spectacularly, I even failed to post a picture on my last post. Well, I did try and find a picture of your copy of Jaboopee's tax return to illustrate my post, and searched your blog high and low, but you must have squirrelled it away somewhere unfathomable.

    If you're in the slow lane, I'm in the bus lane...

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  7. Is that wine bottle suspended in mid air?

    That is amazing.

    And those Bonne Maman jars are looking splendiferous.

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  8. So beautiful, so sophisticated, so silly. Love it Mise.

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  9. If we didn't want to get off the bus now and again we'd be robots.

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  10. I don't mind what you do Mise, it's always good reading. Have a fabulous weekend.

    Jennifer XX

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  11. The slow lane sounds so good!

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  12. maybe at least you played the talking heads while tidying the already clean cabinets
    ~laura

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  13. glad to see the bonne maman jars pressed into service ^_^

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  14. Shall I skite about my wins of late? No? OK , well then I shall just point out that some of your mug handles are not quite pointing in the same direction. Otherwise it is beautifully tidy.

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  15. Maybe your not real after all ?

    David Byrne was just here helping me choose the new bathroom suite, he's begged me to get him your autograph, can you please oblige ?

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  16. I'm rather worried about the teddies and the cake stand ! Have they been demoted to the inside of the dresser ? I mean, cake stands were the talk of Pretty Fat West's blog the other week !!
    ......... but, it's very nice to see that my work has not been in vain and that the Bonne Maman jars have pride of place.
    A good job completed though and a pat on the back for Mise.
    Now, your weekend will have to include yoghurt making, wallpapering, writing, flower arranging and entering as many giveaways as you can, as you have definitely got a lot of catching up to do. XXXX

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  17. But this week you were funny - as always.

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  18. Is that a beautiful pink cheese board/plate on the top right corner - I've got the same one and love it & the bread bin. Oh such great taste :)

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  19. Well, your dressers look fab and you never know, you might win our giveaway this weekend (specially for the Scottish husband!)

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  20. I have the same breadbin as you! I just can't believe you have two dressers. Unreal.You may be in the slow lane but before my car was stuck in the mud up a boreen and it was pitch dark and lashing rain and there were a load of bullocks in the field next to me making scary noises. Happy days.

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  21. Abso-bloomin-lutely brilliant. I think this is my favourite post of yours. Literally laughed out loud.


    Your blog is a truly refreshing breath of fresh air in the otherwise stale and repetitive world of lifestyle blogging (in which i include myself!)
    You remind us not to take it all too seriously. Thank you!

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  22. Okay, the slow lane for you is still impressive. Two kitchen dressers! First, the fact that you have two amazes me, and then the fact that they are neat as pins--well, that just sends me over the edge. You're a better blogger than I. And the Bonne Mamans look like they were made for the express purpose of storing Useful Items in your kitchen. xo Gigi

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  23. Oh, I'm so sorry Mise. I came back to read your comments as they are always so amusing, and I see that I called your blog Pretty FAT West !! What a faux pas.
    Please think of a forefit for me and I will carry it out, post haste !! XXXX

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  24. Jacqueline, my longtime counsellor says I mustn't let your faux pas get to me. My new, more expensive counsellor says I have to let it get to me and get over it so that I become stronger. May I send you both their bills?

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  25. too flipping funny. i haven't done much of those things either - but i did win something, and i wasn't even trying - so that was cool.

    but apart from that, do send your autograph soon pls and i'm a bit concerned that all of the grog in your cupboard looks like it's not within easy access. I find it's best not to have impediments between myself and the gin, or the sherry, or the port...

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  26. You pretty much summed life in the fast line of a style blogger...which in my opinion is all just a facade ;)

    Happy weekend!

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  27. i do see those bottles of bombay sapphire gin. aren't they a dreamy shade of blue?
    i like your wit. "day in the life of a style blogger".

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  28. When all else falls into rack & ruin, at least one always has the reassuring dependability of tidying one's kitchen dresser. You could also try making your own cheese, as is your want. Personally, I'm going to go & listen to Kesha's latest hit and play swear word bingo. Meredy xo
    p.s. Give your cupcake cloches my love xo

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  29. Two dressers? How big is your kitchen? And why do we only ever see details? Hmm...maybe it's true. You're not real and it's all a facade. In the words of Jaboopee, it's smoke and mirrors, then.

    But how odd. I don't give a tuppence toss if that's the case. Because you win hands down for Most Likely To Make Me Laugh on any given day, and THAT my dear, is worth all the smoke and mirrors in the world!

    And for the record, if I'm wrong and those darling neat-as-a-pin dressers are really yours, well then I take my hat off to you.

    I think you might misunderstand the true meaning of what it is to be a blogger of extreme importance...

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  30. Anyone who can clean dressers in a way that makes my OCD sparkle must, MUST give me their autograph.

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  31. Hilarious! My favorite bloggers are honest and show their true personality. You would fall into that category. xo!

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  32. There is no part of my house as clean and tidy as your dressers. Even a heavily pregnant friend is defeated by the thought of it- why else would she not come round, not like she has other things to be thinking about?
    Yours glasses and china sparkle as much as your local sea, and that's very coordinated of you. Mise, you don't just talk the lifestyle, you live the style!

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  33. No pictures to share, words or no words; no new recipes with only locally bought/caught/picked and organic ingredients; and what was that...no tea parties or tablescapes? Well, I will just have to remained seated and think about that.

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  34. Ciara and Gigi, I only have two dressers because my old-fashioned kitchen has no fitted cupboards, only the dressers and an island unit. And I'm the only tidy person in a household of merry strewers (which is tiring). Thanks for the kind words!

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  35. Speccy, pregnant friends will always come round if you make chocolate chip banana muffins. This is true. Or your money back.

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  36. in my haste to ask for your autograph on David's behalf i forgot to mention that I too ( I mean the children of course) had the peter rabbit plate and because of it ,chamomile was indeed a wonderful comfort , ( to all of us ) . I still have it , and polish it with my tears on the odd occasion .

    i htink i've had one to mayn again , will you and speccy come round .... we can dance to this ....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3KrL7BQBpc&feature=related

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  37. big smile. you are terrific.
    Yes, I would like your autograph but its your kitchen cupboards I COVET. I am printing their photo out for my scrapbook so I can covet them more even.

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  38. Mise, you are by far one of the most funniest, wittiest and coolest chicks out there. your wicked game comment made me laugh and made me realize how clever you are ...I love my Irish Friend...

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  39. I do love the clever juxtaposition of the Bonne Maman jars lined up against a glistening blue backdrop of Bombay Sapphire. Those dressers are beautifully tidied or should that be - beautifully styled? You see, even tidying the dresser is an art form and with that, you are back in the fast lane of lifestyle blogging and all is right with the world once more.

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  40. Your dressers are beautiful and don't feel bad at having a ho-hum week; I have those all the time and this week I've been scrambling to stand still.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my place!

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  41. You won no giveaways?! That's a tough week. You did, however, get 42 comments (43 including this one) so I'd say that's not bad going ;) x

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  42. i love these photos so clear and crisp

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  43. Howdy hoo wee Mrs Irish lass, it's a sad day when you don't win a prize although I'd give you one for the loveliest dressers in the land, if there were such a category. I hope you are well, I've been incognito or in something anyway. Choux buns and gin....now there's a combination I haven't tried......
    xx

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  44. David Byrne for tea? wow. would love to see that. Isn't he supposed to be a mean man?
    I really hope you win something soon ;) You deserve to win something just for having the tidiest kitchen shelves ever. Please come to my house and help me with mine.

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  45. i'll take your big in japan and raise you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmJ-VWPDM4

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  46. I'm completely intimidated by the amount of comments you've had, but want to leave one anyway...I love your dressers, and the fact that you like tidying/organising them: when I do it I always feel calmer after and surprisingly pleased with myself!...have you ever tried arranging Sylvanian Families dressers? It's amazingly theraputic (although I haven't mentioned it to my therapist yet)...as is practising your autograph!!!
    Thanks for nice comment on Elaine's blog...
    x Philippa

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  47. joe is transfixed by the sight of men in shorts and the sounds of bees fighting so can't/wont....but dotter lead me to this
    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/artist/Elvis+Costello/3481 and me likey.

    i raise you this likey http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/search/songs/?query=harajuki%20girls%20gwen%20stafani

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  48. The slow lane dear Mise, is all I know! Your kitchen dressers in my book are a great, & beautiful accomplishment. You are honest and I love. Here's to that slow lane xx

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  49. Oh, what a delightful place! I came in from Abbeystyle.

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  50. sounds perfect Mise - we all need a shot or reality now and then. Who are we kidding!

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  51. I hope you also wore a stained tracksuit and had a filterless roll-up permanently attached to your lip? Might you also have been self medicating with the abundant supplies of Bombay Sapphire? I appreciate your commitment to not running low on that.

    I made yogurt, painted the garden shed chalk white (inside) and filled it with spy accoutrements for Finley, recorded some wistful (but edgy) songs with my band, chose some farrow and ball paint colours for our soon to be built eco house and fossicked in my tissue paper cupboard for just the right shade to wrap a gift with.

    Please God, don't tell me I'm turning into a lifestyle blogger?

    (your dressers are delicious though)

    x x x

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  52. Of course I remember you! That's why your comment about the giveaways made me laugh :) x

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  53. LOL, you sound like me. Always have great ideas and very good intentions, but then time flies and....there ya go. another day spent doing not much :)

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  54. Hey gorgeous - thanks for such a lovely giggle to finish a pretty average week here Down Under! I know I can always rely on you.
    Millie ^_^

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  55. You are so adorable it hurts...and the blog looks lovely too!

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  56. You're hilarious! And you have the prettiest kitchen cupboards.

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  57. Nice dressers. Makes up for everything, you know.

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  58. Um - could you come and tidy my kitchen dresser? I can offer you a gin or a corkscrew in exchange...maybe even a fabulous new shade of lipstick!

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  59. Can't resist continuing to read and smile, though it is making me feel incresingly homesick for Ireland! And you've got a clean kitchen, and dressers! Please tell me you've got one room where you hide all the junk? My very kind sister once said that I was artistically untidy, I think I'll have to settle for that as complete tidiness seems for me an unatainable goal!

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  60. I cannot now decide if this post is style over content, or content over style.

    Thank you in any case for linking to my humble Banana Loaf even though I only used a plain white plate and not any of my mismatched vintage platters.

    I will wait here for the choux recipe that I am confident will come shortly.

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  61. Oh yes, Amee, the choux pastry recipe. So difficult, because whenever I make choux pastry it is very difficult not to eat a lot of the delicious water/butter/flour stage, which ruins the proportions. But, as the children say, there's no such thing as an unsuccessful eclair.

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You're looking particularly well.

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