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  1. Alison, I have been reading your blog for several months and have passed it on to like minded friends I knew would love it a much as I. You are an inspiration to us all, such a strong, honest, intelligent lady and your babba is just gorgeous. We all wish we were your friends!! Take care, you truly represent the saying, "To thy own self be true." x

  2. Do you know – I think I prefer this list lady…
    Oh and I completely understand the Bob from Emmerdale thing… he for some reason makes me become all unnecessary….(mmmm – perhaps I need some therapy…..I also have a bit of a thing for Stephen Fry and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and James May from Top Gear…. now really what is that about…)
    …The 9 stone in nine months – tell me how – if you do, you can be sure of a new man as my doctor (who always tells me as sweetly as possible that perhaps being built for comfort rather than speed is not the best thing for me) will almost undoubtedly propose on the spot to the source of such inspiration.

  3. glad I am not the only one who can't stand mariah carey, my friends would also faint if they saw me in a skirt, love emmerdale but not sure about the bob thing,LOL

  4. glad I am not the only one who can't stand mariah carey, my friends would also faint if they saw me in a skirt, love emmerdale but not sure about the bob thing,LOL

  5. Alison your new list reflects the brilliant woman you're becoming – okay, a tear and a hiccup occasionally sneak in, but overall, you're inspirational! You've really triumphed in rebuilding your life and emerging as a stronger, happier person. Lovely photograph.

  6. I love your new list. Much better than the last one. I'm also heading at speed for 35 and newly surprisingly single. I am holding on to the belief that there is a man out there who truely deserves me and I know that there's one for you to. You've just got to believe it and you'll find each other. You are an inspiration to us all

  7. I love your new list. Much better than the last one. I'm also heading at speed for 35 and newly surprisingly single. I am holding on to the belief that there is a man out there who truely deserves me and I know that there's one for you to. You've just got to believe it and you'll find each other. You are an inspiration to us all

  8. WOW! Your picture is gorgeous…is that your new "bling" around your neck?
    I'm so glad to read your list and most importantly to hear from you again!! I check on you each day. Take care and keep letting us know how you're doing!!

  9. WOW! Your picture is gorgeous…is that your new "bling" around your neck?
    I'm so glad to read your list and most importantly to hear from you again!! I check on you each day. Take care and keep letting us know how you're doing!!

  10. Your new list is great–funny, thoughtful and full of awareness of how you're changing as life changes. Finley is great and I want your parents and sister to adopt me.

  11. Your new list is great–funny, thoughtful and full of awareness of how you're changing as life changes. Finley is great and I want your parents and sister to adopt me.

  12. I loved reading that. Its so honest. And underneath it all I think we are all so alike. Some of the things you list – I could have written myself.
    And I never, ever liked Mariah Carey either!!
    Josee

  13. I loved reading that. Its so honest. And underneath it all I think we are all so alike. Some of the things you list – I could have written myself.
    And I never, ever liked Mariah Carey either!!
    Josee

  14. I love your honesty, your transparency. It makes the rest of us suddenly feel not alone in the world anymore. There is someone else who never finishes things, someone else who rarely buys new clothes and can't pass up funny things at a sale.
    The "new" you, seems so real to me! I love the photo – you look as if you've gone from a cute "girl" to grown-up sensual woman who knows herself inside and out!

  15. I wondered when you were going to update it! You don't feel betrayed by HIM 'cos you know he wasn't your soulmate.You look amazing, v.Ronni Anacona (who is the best, especially when she spoke of her love of books and the beach as a child)but I digress, isn't it the best to feel the party within?! But was has shocked me most of all is The Major and the Minor, I can't believe there is someone else, under the age of 80 who knows and adores this film!!!!!!!!!!!! Next time you watch it look out for the scene where Ray Milland's fiance is wearing a black evening dress (jersey fabric I think) nipped in at the waist with the BIGGEST diamante broach, that was the moment I knew that I don't belong in this era and the first time I saw Natalie Wood in GYPSY. I feel your greving is over, treat every day with exciting trepidation, remember someone awaits in the wings. Bravo Alison!

  16. I wondered when you were going to update it! You don't feel betrayed by HIM 'cos you know he wasn't your soulmate.You look amazing, v.Ronni Anacona (who is the best, especially when she spoke of her love of books and the beach as a child)but I digress, isn't it the best to feel the party within?! But was has shocked me most of all is The Major and the Minor, I can't believe there is someone else, under the age of 80 who knows and adores this film!!!!!!!!!!!! Next time you watch it look out for the scene where Ray Milland's fiance is wearing a black evening dress (jersey fabric I think) nipped in at the waist with the BIGGEST diamante broach, that was the moment I knew that I don't belong in this era and the first time I saw Natalie Wood in GYPSY. I feel your greving is over, treat every day with exciting trepidation, remember someone awaits in the wings. Bravo Alison!

  17. Though I am 30-something and quite hetero, I believe I have a old-fashioned, adolescent girlie-crush on you. You're so cool.

  18. Though I am 30-something and quite hetero, I believe I have a old-fashioned, adolescent girlie-crush on you. You're so cool.

  19. Alison, I wish that we could sit down & have a glass of wine & chat (as I think that most of your readers do)…I know from everything that you write that it would be an amazing, laugher-filled, hearts-open, hours long conversation! You look fab, by the way…keep doing whatever you are doing.

  20. Alison, I wish that we could sit down & have a glass of wine & chat (as I think that most of your readers do)…I know from everything that you write that it would be an amazing, laugher-filled, hearts-open, hours long conversation! You look fab, by the way…keep doing whatever you are doing.

  21. Arent you stunning! lovely inside and out! I shall buy a boatload of lemons in the morning and hope drinking them in hot water first thing has the same effect on me,ha ha!:)

  22. It was great reading this Alison! πŸ™‚ It's nice to get to know you better. Deep down inside we're all girls and have a lot of the same dreams, hopes, and fears. Take Care, Susy

  23. It was great reading this Alison! πŸ™‚ It's nice to get to know you better. Deep down inside we're all girls and have a lot of the same dreams, hopes, and fears. Take Care, Susy

  24. Oh gosh, but I must admit one thing… I really do like a lot of Mariah Careys music! πŸ™‚ Hey I was a city girl who grew up in Chicago, what can I say? I guess I'm both a vintage AND ghetto girl at heart! I hope I'm not banned for this πŸ˜‰ -Susana

  25. Oh gosh, but I must admit one thing… I really do like a lot of Mariah Careys music! πŸ™‚ Hey I was a city girl who grew up in Chicago, what can I say? I guess I'm both a vintage AND ghetto girl at heart! I hope I'm not banned for this πŸ˜‰ -Susana

  26. I want to be you when I grow up..and I am 4 years older than you!…"bookshop over winebar"..Kindred is the word that comes to mind…Your total willingness to put yourself out there, out here for all of us is an inspiration..xoxo

  27. That's so funny I was only thinking about your 101 list the other day and how it must have changed.
    I really think you should show us all your car-bbot finds!Maybe we could have a worst thing bought competition.I think I could give you a run for your money.
    Nice to see you back sweetie!

  28. That's so funny I was only thinking about your 101 list the other day and how it must have changed.
    I really think you should show us all your car-bbot finds!Maybe we could have a worst thing bought competition.I think I could give you a run for your money.
    Nice to see you back sweetie!

  29. I am just a reader of your blog and I am so impressed with what you "know" at your age and your willingness to share! You will certainly meet someone who treasures exceedingly more than the wonderful 101 things about you.

  30. I am just a reader of your blog and I am so impressed with what you "know" at your age and your willingness to share! You will certainly meet someone who treasures exceedingly more than the wonderful 101 things about you.

  31. Alison…….you crack me up!! I can hear the smile in your writing. Really, you should write that book. Just like I should really publish my own that is already written about my silly little poppets. UG!! The things we think we CAN'T do!! Drat it all!!
    Blessings & Peace beyond measure!

  32. Alison…….you crack me up!! I can hear the smile in your writing. Really, you should write that book. Just like I should really publish my own that is already written about my silly little poppets. UG!! The things we think we CAN'T do!! Drat it all!!
    Blessings & Peace beyond measure!

  33. I`m enjoying your blog very much πŸ™‚
    I was married for 10 years with two children. They`re now 21 and 24….they grow up so fast!
    Was alone for 8 years with only casual dating until 7 years ago. I finally met a wonderful man (hard to find those) and we were married this past June.
    Never stop believing and for now, this inbetween time…get out there and enjoy yourself with no guilt!
    tea
    xo

  34. I`m enjoying your blog very much πŸ™‚
    I was married for 10 years with two children. They`re now 21 and 24….they grow up so fast!
    Was alone for 8 years with only casual dating until 7 years ago. I finally met a wonderful man (hard to find those) and we were married this past June.
    Never stop believing and for now, this inbetween time…get out there and enjoy yourself with no guilt!
    tea
    xo

  35. Firstly you are a very gorgeous woman who will definitely meet someone else when the time is right!
    25 – I hate them too. Too much of a control freak me!
    51- Your mum is soooo wise!!
    54 – Explain, have I missed something, are you on TV?!
    59 – Me too honey
    74 might be because of 75!
    I loved your list, I laughed at many and nodded along with quite a few. You are a fabulous writer Alison.

  36. In 2002: After 15 years, my man woke up and said he didn't love me anymore; could I please go away now? So I did, I struck out on my own with nothing, barely surviving.
    2004: Had lunch randomly with a strange, hilarious, tall, dark, and handsome widower. He is so not my type, but what's a lunch?
    2006: Happily married to the real love of my life, career finally flourishing, with two beautiful stepkids and a baby wonder of my own. Oh, and hubby's job means I get to live in Europe for the next 4 years! It gets better dear, and it will end up the way it is supposed to. You will do fine! Better than Mark, I'd reckon.

  37. In 2002: After 15 years, my man woke up and said he didn't love me anymore; could I please go away now? So I did, I struck out on my own with nothing, barely surviving.
    2004: Had lunch randomly with a strange, hilarious, tall, dark, and handsome widower. He is so not my type, but what's a lunch?
    2006: Happily married to the real love of my life, career finally flourishing, with two beautiful stepkids and a baby wonder of my own. Oh, and hubby's job means I get to live in Europe for the next 4 years! It gets better dear, and it will end up the way it is supposed to. You will do fine! Better than Mark, I'd reckon.

  38. Ali, as someone who considers themselves to be a friend of yours, and oops a pretty bad one as I only discovered last week that you and Mark had gone your seperate ways. I wanted to say that I am someone you know who has suffered a huge loss and managed to come out of the other side smiling. After Michael died 18 months ago, and suddenly finding myself as a single mum to a fabulous 3 year old, the words that you wrote in the sympathy card you sent were probably the nicest I read. Eventually after all the tears, sleepless nights, and finally facing my fears I did pick myself up and decided to embrace my new found singledom with courage, excitement and the knowledge that i'd survived the worst 6 months of my life. I met Andy who is lovely, we just got engaged and are getting married in June 2007 and i'll be a step mummy to 2 lovely children (which still terrifies me). To top it all off i've resigned from a horrible job I hated, and start university next week to train as a health visitor (in your area so i'll have no excuse for not popping in and having a slice of your delicious quiche).
    Ali you really are absolutley beautiful and you are also a lovely kind person. Mark's a fool but your right, your on the brink of something huge and exciting, please embrace it, enjoy it, and love the things you do have. You really do only live once and life really is too short.
    Give me a call hon, (or text seeing as you've got the bug) and we'll get together and put the world to rights. Give little Fin a big kiss, but most importantly keep smiling.
    Emma O xxx

  39. Ali, as someone who considers themselves to be a friend of yours, and oops a pretty bad one as I only discovered last week that you and Mark had gone your seperate ways. I wanted to say that I am someone you know who has suffered a huge loss and managed to come out of the other side smiling. After Michael died 18 months ago, and suddenly finding myself as a single mum to a fabulous 3 year old, the words that you wrote in the sympathy card you sent were probably the nicest I read. Eventually after all the tears, sleepless nights, and finally facing my fears I did pick myself up and decided to embrace my new found singledom with courage, excitement and the knowledge that i'd survived the worst 6 months of my life. I met Andy who is lovely, we just got engaged and are getting married in June 2007 and i'll be a step mummy to 2 lovely children (which still terrifies me). To top it all off i've resigned from a horrible job I hated, and start university next week to train as a health visitor (in your area so i'll have no excuse for not popping in and having a slice of your delicious quiche).
    Ali you really are absolutley beautiful and you are also a lovely kind person. Mark's a fool but your right, your on the brink of something huge and exciting, please embrace it, enjoy it, and love the things you do have. You really do only live once and life really is too short.
    Give me a call hon, (or text seeing as you've got the bug) and we'll get together and put the world to rights. Give little Fin a big kiss, but most importantly keep smiling.
    Emma O xxx

  40. Hi Alison,
    I am so impressed with your website, you really are so clever and talented. Wow!!!
    I love the photo, it's gorgeous.
    Thanks for all the chats and laughs… Have posted a comment elsewhere on the site but can't remember where because this site is just brilliant and I've been reading it all.
    Keep it up you clever glamourpuss!!!xxx.

  41. You're as lovely as your site. Truly, there is someone out there who won't believe his luck that you're available for romancing. Courage!

  42. You're as lovely as your site. Truly, there is someone out there who won't believe his luck that you're available for romancing. Courage!

  43. Oh my sweet dear! I've only been on this site last night quickly, and then have spent the last 45 minutes going over this site and reading about how much you love your husband, and then I find this and my heart just breaks for you! I am so very, sincerely sorry. I have gone through a divorce about 15 years ago. There was a time when I wondered if I would EVER find my soul mate, my Prince Charming. It was a long time, yes it was…but I did put that time to good use. Eventually I did meet my Prince Charming and married him 5 years ago.
    Continue to take one day at a time and believe always that the pain you may be feeling will ease.
    I'm dedicating my next doily crocheting session to you.

  44. Oh my sweet dear! I've only been on this site last night quickly, and then have spent the last 45 minutes going over this site and reading about how much you love your husband, and then I find this and my heart just breaks for you! I am so very, sincerely sorry. I have gone through a divorce about 15 years ago. There was a time when I wondered if I would EVER find my soul mate, my Prince Charming. It was a long time, yes it was…but I did put that time to good use. Eventually I did meet my Prince Charming and married him 5 years ago.
    Continue to take one day at a time and believe always that the pain you may be feeling will ease.
    I'm dedicating my next doily crocheting session to you.

  45. Goodnight Ali, you are a wonder of the web that much is true, Ive just found out for myself the joys of MSN and talking to you.
    Tommorows a new day wake up and smile, you have good reason too x

  46. Goodnight Ali, you are a wonder of the web that much is true, Ive just found out for myself the joys of MSN and talking to you.
    Tommorows a new day wake up and smile, you have good reason too x

  47. Alison, I have only known you a very short while, but from what I do know, I really hope we hit it off x stuart x

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