The Mini Break. May 11

The Portuguese mini break was an utter success, thinking about it, there were a few key components to this one.

  • Flying from a local airport
  • Having a convenient and nice place to stay
  • Sunshine
  • Great company
  • Delicious food
  • No real agenda
  • Avoid reading the news; specifically about Trump or Brexit

I was able to ignore my standard list of jobs for a few days and I was happy! It also amazes me that I really can’t recognise that I needed a break until I come back from one.

Back to reality, it’s cold, the house is not quite tidy and I have a lot to do this weekend…

  • Work
  • Family
  • Household chores
  • The endless jobs

With all of these lists in mind, I was sad to hear about the death of Scott Hutchinson [ Frightened Rabbits] it feels to me that we are all putting an untold amount of pressure on ourselves to be successful and brilliant all of the time. This manifests itself in many ways, me with my lists, endless activities for our children, looking effortlessly perfect all of the time, it’s never ending. We have to ask who are we doing this for and why? If we don’t care enough about our own wellbeing, why on earth should anybody else?

#livingthedream #backwithabump #mentalhealthawareness


The To Do List. May 04

Hurrah it’s Friday evening, I made it. I am still cream crackered and still have an enviable to do list.

  • Make dinner
  • Pack for mini’s school trip next week, convince her she does not need ALL of the stuff on the list
  • Pack for my own mini break next week #throw some clothes into budget airline suitcase
  • Pack for swimming tomorrow
  • Buy a couple of “thoughtful” gifts from the supermarket
  • Make myself look presentable. Instant tick, this only requires brushing my hair…
  • Mow the lawn, I hear the sun is shining in the UK next week. Don’t even get me started!

Moving on….

I have some thoughts about the local elections. They were not all bad and it appears that some post Brexit balance has finally being restored. Having said that, the first time I really acknowledged our local councillors was when they sent their glossy,

 “vote for me ” paraphernalia through the post.

How long can any political party continue to expect support when the only time we see them, is when they need us?

Do they really wonder why there is such little support for them, when truly, we the public don’t know what they do for us? I wonder, for those of us that vote, how long they can expect our enduring loyalty? As for those that don’t, are they only canvassed when there is a scramble for power?

Not to end on a sour note, there is no getting away from the fact that it is indeed Friday and we (in the UK) have a bank holiday AND it is warm enough to abandon the 100 denier tights! #lifeislookingup

Also this beaut arrived, I love it!


Today. 03 May

I am tired. It feels like I have been on the go forever and a day.

This does not stop me though formulating plans of what needs to be done and what I would like to do.

Sat on the 6am to London, as the train fills up, I take some comfort from realising that I am not alone with failing at multi tasking/delegating.

It’s not yet 8am and I am fascinated by the conversations I can hear on the train. Yes, I am eves dropping and no I did not ask them if they would mind if I discussed their domestic bliss with you all!

(Quite frankly, what else is there to do once you have drunk your coffee and eaten your banana?!)

Convo 1, through gritted teeth, “Give daddy the phone, I need to speak to him and no, I am not just going to tell you what daddy needs to get for dinner!”

An unnecessary battle. I Understand.

Convo 2, “Your top is in the laundry basket and you need to iron it yourself..”

Been here too, deep down I couldn’t care less…

My own version of this was an ineligible rushed list written on the back of some post that I found stuffed in a drawer. #fyi…mustreadthat

  • Take extra snacks today
  • Don’t forget about the spring concert
  • It’s bin day
  • Don’t forget to vote

On the plus side, it is warm, I am hopeful it may be sunny today and that is going to make me feel a bit less grey.

Final thought for now, if you are eligible to vote today, don’t forget! #haveavoice #beheard #makeadifference #everyvotecounts #takes2secs

Wish me luck!