Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada's most talked about newspaper columnists, the author of Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother to Be, which has been translated into nine languages. Also the author of the bestsellers, Wiped!, Toddlers Gone Wild, and Rotten Apple, the first in a YA series. Random thoughts on life in the competitive world of modern mommyhood. Blog will be loved by trendy mothers who still feel, or often feel, that the most important word in "mommee" is ME!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Oh, where or where....

does the time go?

I may, in fact, be writing to myself since it's been a couple months since I blogged and it's quite possible no one is out there...Is there anyone out there?

I'm hating myself for being a bad blogger.

But, seriously, where did the summer go?

And how did it get to be almost October? And how is it possible that my daughter is turning four? FOUR!

So, she's in school now full days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

It's a good school. So far, it's a great school. They teach Mandarin and French. Which I think is super smart.

And The Dictator loves telling me the new words she's learned when I picke her up.

Just yesterday in fact she said, "Merci."

And I said, "What's that mean?"

And The Dictator said, "It means 'Thank you' in Mandarin."

Ah, my little genius.

The only problem I see about her learning Mandarin is that I don't know how to speak Mandarin, which means whatever she tells me, I'll have to take as being right.

(Even though the girl thinks that if she climbs on a ladder she can reach the moon.)

As for my life, I can now do a handstand in yoga. I'm working on a new book, called Toddlers Gone Wild.

And just trying to figure out where the time went....

I promise ti be a better blogger now. So "Merci" for being patient. That's 'Thank you' in Mandarin.


Blogger Laural Dawn said...

Wow! Mandarin. Impressive. I was really impressed when my son started saying all of the colours in Spanish after watching Dora.
Anyway, I hear you - time flies, especially in the summer.
PS I think some online dictionaries probably do mandarin to english or english to mandarin translation.

6:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUI, Merci for coming back!

If you were in Calgary, it explains why you missed summer-there was none-except for 2 weeks in July and I was in Montreal and totally missed it too!
Maddies Mom

7:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too Cute the Dictator is! Great to see that life is well and you still exist in the blogger world

8:12 AM

Blogger nelvidge99 said...

"Merci" means "Thank you" in French, not Mandarin - just thought you should know.

It has been forever, as a reader of your blog with no children, but just think your books and blogs are funny - I hope you write more on this space.

1:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back. I love reading your blog, and I loved your first book. So thank you for updating!

1:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've been missed! welcome back.

2:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are fantastic and say a big "WELCOME BACK" to the blogging world. Screw the other blogs that try to bring you down.

I can't wait to read your new book.

-A reader from Calgary

3:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I became an avid reader when I stumbled upon your page a few weeks back. I found it intriguing and wanted to hear more....until now.

3:40 PM

Blogger Bearette24 said...

Good for you...I was never able to do the handstand!

Learning Mandarin is pretty cool.

10:55 PM

Blogger Kiki said...

Still here, always checking in when i do my daily blog checks lol.

11:02 AM

Blogger Multi-tasking Mommy said...

"merci" is thank you in Mandarin--how adorable is she?! The is wild that they teach both of those languages...she'll be ahead of the game, that's for sure.

11:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here! I can't wait to read more!

-- Mrs. Kittens (Calgary AB)

1:13 PM

Anonymous Nancy said...

So glad you're back! I missed you.

6:04 AM

Blogger Billie said...

I'm still here. Glad to see you're back! You were missed!

11:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog when you want, do it if you feel like it. should be about fun, not obligation... I think we all have enough of that! Nice to see you back, hope you had a great summer.

1:33 PM

Blogger petite gourmand said...

welcome back!

6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble but "Merci" is thank you in french. So she's still learning! Wrong language though.. = )

10:47 AM

Blogger Karla said...

I can't wait for your new book. I myself am also wondering what happened to summer. They say it was there, but I must have blinked and missed it.

11:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, your back. I hope that the dictator enjoys school and that you enjoy the lovely fall weather :)

10:25 AM

Blogger Super Interesting Girl said...

I still read your blog - in fact, I have been checking back weekly and hoping for a new entry - so thank you for posting :) I enjoy your writing immensely, especially as I had a baby back in April and devoured both "Knocked Up" and "Wiped" while I was pregnant. They were the best and most entertaining stories that I have read in a very long time, so thank you!! Have a wonderful day :)

11:11 PM

Blogger chubba blogger said...

some of us are still out here!

8:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, merci, is a really usefull french word.

1:45 PM

Blogger Erin said...

It's great to see you back! I always look forward to reading your blurbs on life. Now I'll look forward to another book. So how long did it take to do a handstand?

4:05 PM

Blogger K80 said...

Finally an Entry, haha. Can't wait to read your 3rd book

9:13 PM

Blogger Michelle P said...

You're going to think this is crazy. I'm writing an article about high-end salon services and came across your $100 mani from a spa in Arizona. Do you remember the name of the spa?

6:14 PM

Blogger Michelle P said...

Oh! I just saw you approve the posts before they go live. If you're willing to tell me the name of the salon in Arizona--you can email me at

6:15 PM

Anonymous annette said...

Loved Knocked Up and am devouring Wiped. Even though my kids are now 15 and 13, I still remember those crazy days!

7:57 AM

Blogger Joanne said...

O! So glad you are still blogging! I was really afraid you ditched us! I'm thrilled you are continuing to be dedicated to yoga! Did you see the yogi Father Joe when he was in your town? He's simply calming!

8:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im out here. Your blog is amazing, as are your books. Frank , real and just plain gread reads. Im 25 with no kids and even though I can not always relatye to the parenting adventures in your books, I love them!! Pls keep them coming :)

1:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - Merci is French for hello.

8:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missed you Rebecca! Glad you are back ........ Happy Thanksgiving.

4:06 PM

Anonymous won said...

please update! people are still out there. i saw you the other day with who i can only assume was the dictator (how is she so grown up?) and wanted to yell "blog already" at you. But alas you were in conversation with someone else and I deemed the whole thing inappropriate!

3:25 PM

Blogger Paige said...

ummm.. to everyone who is all "btw, 'merci' is french, NOT mandarin!!" you are oh-so missing the point. which is, kids are cute and funny when they get things mixed up in a totally self-confident way.


12:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, there are a lot of really sharp commenters on here. And by sharp, I mean idiotic. Rebecca KNOWS that "merci" is French. She's Canadian, for God's sake. That's why the story is so funny.

8:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she's smart enough and educated enough to know Merci is french, get a sense of humour everyone... geeez

1:54 AM

Blogger ninepounddictator said...

oh, yes, btw, I absolutely know that "merci" is french....I just thought it was too funny that the Dictator is getting all her languages mixed up. But maybe I didn't exactly get that point across!

6:04 PM

Blogger AtelierGal said...

Isn't "Merci" a French word??

Thank You in Mandarin is "Xie Xie."
I know that because I'm Chinese. (lol)

I think it's great to have your kid learning a foreign language.
It will be good if you take the same lessons too.
Might be the best time to bond.


8:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are twits sometimes - re: all the comments on 'Merci' is French. Yes, Rebecca knows. It was witty, who doesn't get great Canadian wit?

I sent out a public relations flyer the other day and it had a tiny, tiny typo (am was inserted instead of pm)... but it was a cocktail party. clearly it was pm! but lo and behold, 200 emails saying, "would you like us to drink at 7am, i think this is highly inappropriate for physicians."


Anyway, ladies love you Rebecca! You are the best.

8:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm catching up on old blogs here! But this reminds me of when my six year old son was in kindgergarten. he made friends with another little boy and talked about him all the time. I asked: "What is it about Denis that you like so much" and he replied "Well in fact, I'm the only one in the class who can understand him when he talks, so I have to be his friend." I said "What language does he speak?" and my son said: "Chinese. And I'm the only one who can speak Chinese." We of course, only speak French and English in our family. But they stayed friends all year-- and Denis really did only speak Mandarin. cheers...

3:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited that you can do a handstand in yoga!! I remember reading a blog where you said you weren't any good at yoga, so happy to see there's hope!

9:13 AM


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