Thursday, 19 January 2017

early bus

We are in the midst of trying to work out what the chuff the big one is going to do with the rest of her life. We thought we just had to decide what A levels and where. But it turns out that's not good enough nowadays because if you want to do a certain job you apparently have to have a certain degree and you can't just do any old willynilly A levels, you have to choose the subjects that will secure you that coveted place at the. best. uni. Only she hasn't got a clue what she wants to do and therefore no clue what degree she wants to study and as a direct result no clue about her A levels. Or where she's gonna do them. 
We had a meeting with a top bod at her swotty academic school this week and he offered her an unconditional place in the swotty academic 6th form. But to open up her options we went to look round a fabulous 6th form college in Huddersfield on Monday. It was so good it made me want to apply myself. Cos who doesn't need a few extra A levels? 
She loved it. Just 2 downers to dampen our enthusiasm: They don't offer German which she thinks she wants to do. And, more importantly, it would mean us setting off at 7.20am to drive to the bus station so she could get the college bus. I came out in a rash when I heard THAT piece of information!

Monday, 16 January 2017

blue monday

I have it on high authority that today is Blue Monday. It's a 'thing'. 
Well I can tell you something... It's not Blue Monday round here. It's flipping Blue January
I'm alleviating my symptoms by ordering stuff and waiting for them to be delivered. I'm currently awaiting a Ferm Living laundry bag, some Skinny Tan fake tan that's gonna transform my life and a Ted Baker dress.
And I'm popping the Vit D pills like they're smarties. 
I'm yet to report any positive results but remain optimistic.

Friday, 13 January 2017

searching for sunlight

I googled what date it would be when my alarm stops going off in the dark. (6.45am.) (I know this is not super early to lots of people but it is to me.) The result was 20 March. This was bad enough news 'cos that's like ages off. But then I discovered that the clocks go forward a week later so my joy will be short lived and it's actually gonna be mid April before there's any chance of a glimmer of light when I get up.
I'm traumatised.
I've bought some vitamin D.
And I'm still googling holidays. 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

longest week ever

OMG that was a bloody long week. I hate getting up in the dark! HATE it! It's just not right. I don't mind getting back to normality and back to work. But why oh why does it all have to start so flipping early in the morning?!
I've been cheering myself up by googling holidays. Currently focusing on the Caribbean....

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

january bloody january

Bloody January 😩
Bloody alarm clock 😩
Bloody dark 😩

That is all.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

happy new year!

Hope it's a good one!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

december 2016

Goodbye December. And goodbye 2016. But hello New Years Eve night out... *trots off in heels with a glass of fizz*

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

party time

I found these pandas today. I'd forgotten about them. They were on a pile. A big pile.
I like it when I have time to do my own stuff as well as client work. Hasn't happened enough recently.
Anyway....enough of the drawing for drawing's sake, I have a party to attend tonight.... followed by a night out with the girls tomorrow.... followed by a day of liver recovery before New Year's Eve on Saturday.
I love school holidays me!

Monday, 26 December 2016

dvd duvet day

I had a dvd-duvet-day today. Without the dvd. It was awesome. I didn't even get dressed! I've never had one before. No wonder people show off about them on Facebook. Beats making polite conversation with extended family members whilst eating turkey curry and vol-au-vents on Boxing Day :)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

merry christmas!

I did a late night trolley dash round M&S last night for Christmas dinner. Not too busy at all and generally a very pleasant shopping experience. If you don't count the fact that half the shelves had been emptied by the 250,000 stampeding nutters who went in the afternoon and grabbed what they could. Anyway I got most of what I needed. There'll be no RedCabbageBraisedWithBramleyApplesAndRedcurrantJelly this year. But we'll manage.
I was so relaxed after my shop that I called in at Ikea for new serving bowls. And left with a new pot for all my pens, new wine glasses, tealights, gift tags, teatowels, bowls, six new cushion covers and six cushions to stuff them with... a job well done.

So we're all set now.
Have a lovely Christmas people xx

Friday, 23 December 2016

no snow

Ok...can it snow now please....thanks x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

winter solstice

Yay! It's the shortest day! Summer is on it's way after today. Woohoo!
Although I have to say that winter isn't quite so crap when your alarm doesn't go off in the middle of the night. I'm loving school holidays these days. I used to snarl at people who looked forward to the break because for me it always meant squeezing the same amount of work into fewer hours. Now my kids aren't interested in me any more - apart from to provide meals and taxi services - I have loads more time on my hands. And they sleep in. Till really late. So I can too. AND I've decided not to work this week. What's the point in being self employed if you can't have the week off! So I'm feeling very organised and festive and totally smug. Apologies to those of you not so will happen one day, I promise x

Friday, 16 December 2016

christmas jumper day

Christmas jumpers in my wardrobe are strictly plain black and of high quality. Lucky I don't work in a public place then. I would stand out like a sore thumb today.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

maxing out on seasonal affective disorder

Today is the last day of school this year for the little one. So we worked it out as we walked across the more this morning IN THE DARK that this was the darkest school run of the winter and it's all going in the right direction from now on. Thank god for that!
I remember that I hate January every year but I forgot that December is pretty grim too. It's disguised a bit because of all the festivities. And then the school hols start so I don't have to get up so early...which is a bonus. But it's still bloody dark and grey and damp all the time.
We actually only get 20 minutes more daylight than the hygged up folks in Denmark. Without the candles, pastries and shorter working hours. And snow. Without the snow. The snow makes everything brighter doesn't it? No wonder I'm fed up!
I googled S.A.D and I have all the symptoms. The treatments are apparently: drugs and CBT, (a bit drastic) exercise in daylight (fat chance of's dark on my dog walk and I don't have another time slot) and light therapy (which they say is not actually proven to work)
They don't mention the obvious treatment. Buy a second home in a sunny country and live there for 3 months. That's what I plan to do when my school days are over. Five. More. Winters.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

christmas christmas christmas

My sister and her family are buggering off to Florida on Friday for Christmas and New Year. So we all had Christmas dinner today at my Mum and Dad's. 
And I trimmed the tree before we went. And last night we had our girls Christmas night out on the razz. AND I started (and almost finished) my Christmas shopping this week too. 
So Christmas Christmas Christmas it is. Which is fine. Cos it's December. Not September. Being festive is like totally ok in December.