Thanks to the fantastic Sonya Cisco aka Rock ‘n’ Roll Mum for challenging me to share with you what I’m doing now.
Currently I am: really testing what it means to be a freelancer and work at home mum. I love it, but it can be quite hard getting the balance even when the kids are at school, but when they’re at home it’s a whole different kettle of fish! Working early in the morning is good, but sometimes the work isn’t there then. Sometimes it comes just when the kids are up and ready to do something. This is when, sadly, the TV and Xbox become my friends.
Reading: not as much as I’d like, because I would happily sit and read all day, every day and never be bored, but there’s just not the time. At the moment I’m reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which is a massive book. I’m really loving it. Donna Tartt only produces a book every few years, but they’re always worth the wait. Expect a review at some point, but don’t hold your breath!
Listening to: again, not as much as I’d like. I used to enjoy listening to Radio 1 driving to and from work. It was great to discover new music, which I downloaded to listen to alongside my old music – from The Levellers to Queen to Keane. I still put the radio on in the mornings, but my listening gets disturbed by kids, packed lunches and loading and unloading the dishwasher. So the main time I listen to music is when I’m running and for some reason I appear to have activated an invisible button on my phone which says ‘play 90% Take That and Robbie Williams’. Now I don’t mind Take That and Robbie Williams, I downloaded them after all, but I like lots of other stuff too and would like to hear some of that from time-to-time.
Laughing at: I love a good laugh at a TV comedy, although isn’t the television rubbish at this time of year? Currently I’m mainly laughing at Friday Night Dinner and 8 out of 10 Cats do Countdown. I am also slightly embarrassed to admit that my kids stumbled on first Come Fly With Me then Little Britain on Netflix (it’s because they like David Walliams) and have been watching them repeatedly. I know it’s not appropriate, especially not for my daughter, but I reckon the damage is done and it makes them laugh, so they keep watching. It makes me laugh too – as do my kids’ very accurate Vicky Pollard and Marjorie Dawes impressions!
Swooning over: kitchens and bathrooms. Our kitchen is hideous and essential things like the sink and hob don’t work properly, so we’re planning a nice new one in the spring. I’d also really like to get our en-suite done as that’s awful too, but I think I’ll have just have to keep dreaming and swooning.
Planning: see above! It’s all house and garden related. The garden still needs some more work and there’s lots of things to sort in the house. We will get there, slowly but surely.
Eating lots of: Green & Blacks, as ever. Also lots of fruit and vegetables as ever, so it’s not all bad. As I’m running long distances training for my next half marathon there are days when I pretty much eat non-stop!
Discovering: what it feels like to have both of your sons away at the same time on Scout camp (although they’re back now!). It’s something I’m just going to have to get used to as it’s going to keep happening. It feels quite relaxing for the first day or two, then it feels like a massive hole in my life all the time.
Looking at: our new guinea pigs – either up close or through the window, I just can’t take my eyes off them! They’re so cute and funny. After so many years without pets, it’s lovely to have them.
Wearing: my usual Superdry! I’ve ditched the hoodies for a while as the weather is so warm and I’ve even had to ditch the checked shirts most days. The shorts have even made an appearance on occasion!
Cooking: the same old crap, mainly involving the freezer. We had a brief period when we were slightly more creative and made things like chilli, but people are always in and out of our house and it’s so rare for everyone to eat at the same time that cooking almost seems pointless.
Wondering: why they don’t hold the grammar school entrance exam in July rather than September, so families don’t have it hanging over them all summer.
Trying out: Roaccutane – to see if I really can cure my acne once and for all!
Well that’s it from me, now to challenge some more bloggers to let us know what they’re doing now. I tag:
Please join in if you would like to, ladies! Thanks.