Sunday, 18 June 2017

father's day

A bit late in the day....been busy....but Happy Father's Day to the best Dad ever ...and to the other half too cos he's pretty good as well x

Friday, 16 June 2017

totally tropical

According to the weatherman this weekend is gonna be HOT. Even in Yorkshire. My sister has bought a paddling pool and supersoakers for all the boys to use tomorrow, in anticipation of such an event. So it better be totally flipping tropical now.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

new business cards

I'm going to the Far East at the end of next week. I suddenly remembered that when I used to go in my previous life everyone went a bit mad with the old business cards over there. Well I haven't really needed any for the last sixteen years so I was feeling a little empty handed. I figured it was time I had some made. So I got Moo.com on the job and I am now the proud owner of 50 shiney new cards with 25 different pics on the back. Hoping that business card swapping is still a thing.....

Monday, 12 June 2017

marks and sparks

I was shopping for birthday cards in M&S last week and came across these. I shoved them in my basket to buy them. Then I realised that I actually designed them. Ha ha, I'd forgotten! I did loads for Tigerprint last year. These come in a pack of 9 cards....for a fiver! What sort of bargain is that! Snap them up quick while stocks last!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

vote now

At last, it's election day. Thank god for that. I am so over people telling me who to vote for on social media. People I previously liked have been getting right on my bloody nerves with their boring political posts and instructions that I should vote one way or another. I've had to hide loads of 'friends' for the duration because they have been responsible for increasing my stress levels. I will vote thank you. And I WILL vote for who I sodding well like....so bore off!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

exam fatigue

I am beyond bored of these exams. Last night's revision was geography. I feel I should perhaps sit the bloody thing myself now. With my extensive knowledge of ageing populations and urbanisation I'm well on target to get an A*.
But at least I'm not on taxi duty today. The school is a 15 minute drive away and yesterday I went  three times. THREE TIMES! And back three times! That's 90 minutes actual driving time. Not to mention the time sat waiting outside school like an idiot while she catches up on the goss with her mates. Like I don't actually have a list of work as long as my arm to plough through. 
It's German tomorrow. I can tell you now I am not gonna be any help whatsoever in THAT revision sesh. Think I'll go out tonight...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

summer camp

The youngest has been away with Scouts all week, camping 299 miles away in Torquay. It's been very quiet without him. And a bit tidier. But the little angel is home now. Hurricane Alfie has returned and the house is a tip again :)

Friday, 2 June 2017

menudos cuadros

Yay....my little friends are now available as prints from the fabulous Menudos Cuadros. Go buy one quick, your walls will thank you!
Available here












Thursday, 1 June 2017

may 2017

This was May...
 
   

Monday, 29 May 2017

bank holiday weekend..again

Well that was a bloody fab long weekend. It involved copious amounts of alcohol with lots of friends and a few nana naps thrown in inbetween ..with a trip to our fave place (Salts Mill) as a bobby-bonus at the end.
I went to see The Specials in Leeds on Saturday with my friend. And two of her friends. Who are now my friends too. Cos friends are catching. It was outside and despite the doom and gloom coming from the Met Office it didn't rain and we had a brill afternoon/evening/early morning. Oh yes people. We even went clubbing afterwards! I needed a couple of visits to my bed on Sunday before I felt human enough to get back on it with the other half for our customary bank holiday trip to the pub though. I'm not as young as I used to be...


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

manchester 💔

We only have such a short time on this planet. Not very long even if we're lucky enough to make it to old age. And a damned sight shorter for many people. So why waste the precious time you have by plotting to injure and kill other people? People who were just minding their own business and having a nice night out? 
I. Just. Don't. Get. It.
Concentrate on your own life and leave others to enjoy theirs!

Friday, 19 May 2017

hello weekend

I am soooo looking forward to doing NaffAll this weekend. The other half and the youngest are going to London straight from school this aft. (Bradford City are playing at Wembley (again) tomorrow so they're making a long weekend of it.) Which leaves me to sit in peace without having to nag the messy sods to pick up their crap. I may be called upon for a bit more revision assistance but otherwise I'll have a Do Not Disturb notice stuck to my forehead.



Thursday, 18 May 2017

revision assistance

I was glad to escape the house last night. I positively sprinted off to girl's night at 7pm and did not look back. 
This revision assistance malarkey is frankly boring my pants off. Yesterday I had to test her on chemistry. I do think that there must be something fundamentally odd about anyone who finds the fractional distillation of crude oil and using alkenes to make polymers the slightest bit interesting. I was losing the will to live just testing her on it. I actually nodded off a couple of times.
Only another 4 weeks to go after this. Yay.



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

exam time

The eldest sits her first GCSE at 1pm. It's biology. I might actually sit it as well and upgrade my O Level cos after helping with the revision I'm pretty much an expert myself. What I don't know about mitosis and diploid cells isn't worth knowing...
Good luck Jodester xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

weekending

Another hectic weekend. Another knackered Dawn.
We went to an 18th on Friday night. (Oh yes, people, an actual 18th. Not a 40th or 50th. An 18th. Like young people.) AND we didn't even go out till 9.30pm. At Night!
Then a flipping early start on Saturday morning to help out at my sister's company's sample sale (where we sell cut price, bargain clobber to ladies of a certain age and never cease to be amazed by their efforts to convince us they "got this one from the £1 table, honest").
Mucho dashing about with zero sitting down time today.
And I am now officially done partying.
As luck would have it the other half and the youngest are bogging off to London on Friday for the weekend. The eldest will be knee deep in revision. This means I get to have some quality time with the sofa. At last. Woohoo. I can't bloody wait.


Friday, 12 May 2017

geek day

The eldest left school today!!

Well actually she goes back on Tuesday for the first of many GCSE exams.
And she'll probably go back to the sixth form there in September.
But in an official capacity she left school today! 
I am SO OLD.
It was geek day. It's a geeky school anyway but on their last day they all turn up wearing red braces and big spex and white knee socks and red ribbons in their hair. And they carry out pranks. Some boys were sent home at 9am for dressing in morphsuits and flour bombing everyone in the school hall. They've now been pre-excluded from sixth form!
Flour bombing is obvs considered very naughty at the geek school.
Happened every day at mine...   

Thursday, 4 May 2017

sailing away

I haven't really recovered from my girls-weekend-away-followed-by-bank-holiday-madness last week and I'm already packing for the next one. 
The other half and I are jetting off to the Isle of Man tomorrow. Well... Sailing off actually. We're going on the ferry. That way we have a car when we get there. 'Cos we need to get about a bit. When we're not drinking that is. Which will actually be most of the time. The other half has a lot of family in the Isle of Man. And they like a drink. Chuck in his cousin's wedding on Saturday and we're all set for another party weekend. Oh and the kids are staying home with granny in charge. They have to go to school. Shame 😉

Monday, 1 May 2017

april 2017

I'm ever so slightly very bloody tired after a fantastic weekend away with the girls....but like a real trooper I have still managed to create my monthly bodged together bloggy lowdown.....epic!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

world penguin day

It snowed today for a short while. Then it hailed. Appropriate.

Monday, 24 April 2017

hello hello

Sigh. Back to the routine. Back to the alarm going off too early and the dashing about and the arguments over getting ready NOW and the missing pencil cases and the nagging to PLEASE BRUSH YOUR BLOODY TEETH NOW!
And back to my morning dog walk. I waved to 8 people in cars today. That's 8 people I actually know. Not randomers. Although I often wave at randomers. I see a car I think I recognise and frantically wave like a total mentalist. Then realise I don't actually know them. I think it's time I changed my route. I'm beyond bored of the routine.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

staycation anyone?

Things I love about school holidays spent at home:
*No alarm clock.
*No school drop off or pick up controlling my day.
*No alarm clock.
*A general feeling of freedom...with a touch of laziness thrown in for good measure.
*No alarm clock.

Things I don't love:
*Constant feeding of starving offspring. They get one meal a day at school. One! Why do they need about 11 when they are at home? And in between feeds there's the constant opening of the fridge door to stare blankly at the lack of interesting contents.
*The mess. I work from home. It does my head in when they leave their crap everywhere.
*The boredom. "I'm boooooored, what can I dooooooo?" ...er how about some cleaning?
*The "helping". In particular the youngest "helping' to jetwash the decking. This involved me stopping work to sweep up 12 months worth of dead leaves and crap 'cos he got "tired" after 2 minutes. Then stopping work every 10 mins to show him how to do it in a proper organised manner instead of just squirting water everywhere. Followed by me stopping work to sort out the mud completely covering the patio doors. Then me packing in work completely to jetwash the sodding decking. Turns out he wasn't arsed about jetwashing the decking, he just wanted to squirt water everywhere.
If a job's worth doing....do it your bloody self....


Remind me again why I didn't just take two weeks off work so we could bugger off to some place warm like all the smug people with 'proper jobs' on my facebook feed?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

easter bunny

The easter bunny used to have a massive stash of eggs to leave at our house. They were kindly supplied by aunties and uncles and grandparents. And even neighbours. This year the supply appears to have dried up. Apart from my sister, the aunties and uncles have lost their enthusiasm. The grandparents asked the kids if they would prefer chocolate or cash (take a guess) and the neighbours don't seem to think they're cute enough for chocolate now they're 16 and 12. 
It seems that the burden of chocolate purchasing this year falls firmly on my shoulders. 
So, like every job I do (😉) I approached my task with enthusiasm and vigour. I bought multiple eggs and packets of sugary crap and stashed them in my car boot all week. Last night I hid the stash around the house. (Too bloody cold for outdoor egg hiding/hunting in Yorkshire)
The response?
Both kids are still in bed (11.20am) and I've already eaten a bag of Mini Eggs.

Happy Easter peeps x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

good friday

Loving the Easter hols. I had the day off yesterday. It was a good Good Friday. A very good Good Friday. The other half and the youngest went to the footie so the eldest and I did what any self respecting football widows would do in the circumstances....we went shopping. Purchased multiple new clothing items for us both and multiple non-clothing items that happened to catch our eye. 
We were on our way home when the other half texted to say he'd booked a table for two at our local tapas place for 8pm. For a hot date. Nice one! 
Of course I wouldn't have had the sneaky McDonald's if I'd known. But still. I managed to fill my boots. Would be rude not to. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

sunshiney weekend

Oh what a fab sunny start to the Easter hols! Sunshine and unheard of temperatures, even in Yorkshire.
Yesterday was my ex-niece-twinnies' 21st birthday barbecue-in-the-sun. (ex because their actual-real-life uncle and I split up when they were only 1.) (But I'm still a better auntie than the replacement wife. Just saying.) (Plus he was well weird yesterday. Only seen him a couple of times in the last 20 years but he totally acted like he had never seen me in his life before. Freak!) 
Then last night the other half and I went to see a band in a pub. Dodgy band and dodgy pub but much fun was had.
And today we went to my most favouritest of fave places, Salts Mill and Rad Studio in Saltaire. In the sun. SUN! Like 2 days in a row.
That's summer over now people.
At least in Yorkshire.
But it was good while it lasted.



Thursday, 6 April 2017

spring

Spring is sooooo much better than winter.
Just saying.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

march 2017

Well that's March over in the blink of an eye...

Thursday, 30 March 2017

garden

The garden is finally looking better thanks to the gardener. I'm not a massive fan of having 'staff'. I feel bad sitting on my arse, drawing pictures, while they crack on with the hard graft. And it irritates me that I have to break off from my work to make a cuppa and do some polite chit chat. I was the same when I had a cleaner. But I have to say it's a big improvement on the LeaveItToGrowOutOfControl policy we used to have. She's even gonna plant some shrubs next time she comes. Might be able to actually sit outside this summer. If we get one...
 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

mum's the word

Happy Mother's Day to my lovely Mum....and all the other mums out there x

Friday, 24 March 2017

been busy...

In the last couple of weeks I have:
Done more work than I thought was physically possible.
Waited hand and foot on the other half following his knee replacement op.
Been the family's only taxi service due to the above.
Sat through a 3 hour hair appointment I really didn't have time for.
Run away from home with my computer in order to avoid knee replacement visitors disrupting my work flow.
Had our annual photo booth experience in order to come up with the Mother's Day goods.
Cancelled yoga due to excessive work demands.
Attended the somewhat dull Scout presentation night.
And taken the big one miles away for her sixth form college interview.

I have tried my very best not to moan about any of it because this week I also attended the saddest funeral I've ever been to and I'm counting my blessings that my life is a walk in the park compared to that of my lovely friend.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

thinking of you

For my lovely friend Sar, who's currently living through the worst nightmare imaginable. Love you princess xx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

daylight

Woo! Tomorrow the sun is gonna rise in Yorkshire at 6.50am. This means that by the time I've pressed snooze on my alarm several times IT WILL BE LIGHT!!!!! 
It's practically Spring people, practically Spring.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

february 17

Well that went fast!

Friday, 24 February 2017

mini break

The trouble with a mini break is that it's just too MINI. Like we did loads of bike riding and tree trekking and swimming and eating and drinking and just general sitting about on arses. And the kiddos played a spot of badminton. And the other half taught them how to play pool. But we didn't really have time to do enough of it. What we really needed was a maxi break. Like two weeks. Or three. At least. 


Monday, 20 February 2017

half term jaunt

Woohoo! We're going on a half term mini break to Center Parcs today. I booked it months ago when I remembered how crap winter is. Clever me 😌

Sunday, 19 February 2017

weekend ups and downs

We went to see The Pet Shop Boys last night. God they were dull. Not my cup of tea at all. The other half thought they were ok though so we had to stay till the end. 😴

We legged it back to join our mates in the pub afterwards though. And we got a curry delivered as we arrived home. At 1 o'clock. In the morning. So all was not lost. Apart from a few hours sleep. But did I mention it's half term? Oh joy of joys, we have all week to catch up.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

hellooooo weekend!

And hello half term! Yeeha!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

feel the lurve

Happy Valentine's Day peeps. Hope all your love dreams came true today.
The other half is taking me on a hot date to the cinema to see that classic love story Trainspotting2. Old romantic!

Monday, 13 February 2017

grey skies and crap weather

Still February.
Still winter.
Still bloody grey and cold.
Still taking the vitamin D. With naff all effect.


Apparently the sky is still blue beyond the clouds. But I wouldn't know about that because the sodding clouds never leave Yorkshire.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

skeggy by the sea

I'm just about recovered from our weekend away. We went to Butlins Skegness on an 80's weekender to help celebrate someone's birthday.
For anyone not familiar with this great bastion of 1950's holiday culture, Butlins is not exactly known as a place to go for a luxury 5* exclusive break these days. Indeed I was informed shortly before we went that we had to provide our own towels! And the other half told me it was recently voted "9th worst holiday in the UK" so I can't say I was particularly looking forward to it.
But, you know what? We had a bloody ace weekend! Probably the 9th best weekend EVER! Helped along of course by the copious amounts of alcohol we consumed. And the rather amusing company. And the fancy dress. EVERYONE got dressed up on Saturday night. (We were Buck's Fizz, google them if you're too young to remember) I didn't stop laughing all weekend. Or drinking. Fanbloodytastic!
   

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January 17

Well January lasted LikeForEVER didn't it?
On to February now, the month of 2 mini breaks, half term, valentines and sugar free-ness. For some. Not me. Obvs. It would be worse than January if I had to ditch the Green & Blacks.

This was the longest month ever 👇🏼...

Monday, 30 January 2017

chinese new year

Bit late with this but I had a SuperMadBusy weekend. Better late than never though eh? Kung Hei Fat Choi people x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

cooking fatigue

God I'm so booooored of deciding what to cook. And sooooo bored of actually cooking it too. The kids are both fussy but in different ways and they hardly ever like the same meal. There are only so many times in one week you can make chicken fajitas. The other half never gets home till about 8pm so we eat together later. This means that sometimes I end up making 3 different meals. Most of the time actually. And I'm beyond bored of it.
I've already made 2 out of the 3 meals tonight but I have to go to the big one's (last ever) parents evening in a bit. And I can not be arsed cooking for us later. The other half is gonna have to magic up a takeaway on his way home. Or find us a chef. Or whisk me off to a michelin star restaurant. Cos I'm on strike. The kitchen is CLOSED.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

lazy weekend

Does it mean you're getting old when you really enjoy a weekend of doing not-very-much? Or is it just a nice change from being super busy all the time? Thought so...

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.