Project 365 2017 Weeks 48 & 49

December is here, but I don’t go along with the whole Christmas starting on 1st December thing, so apart from getting slightly stressed about shopping, it’s business as usual here with no decorations. Oh, and panto has begun. Oh yes it has!

Here’s our fortnight in pictures…

Day 330 – Sunday 26th November – I am now at the point of being stressed about Christmas. Too many people to buy for, no ideas of what to buy them and not enough time to shop. Making a list helped. Every year, I give my niece and nephews the books I’ve used for work as part of their presents.

Children's books, Christmas, Christmas presents, 365

Day 331 – Monday 27th November – after being unable to run for over three weeks due to injury, I braved a one mile run. It wasn’t entirely without discomfort, but was a massive improvement. Hopefully I will be able to gradually build up my distances from now on. My son was off school for an inset day and my daughter missed some school for panto rehearsals for the first time this year.

Running, Recovery, Injury, 365

Day 332 – Tuesday 28th November – work has gone a bit quieter this week, which is fine as I was getting a bit behind on one of my jobs, so I can catch up a bit. I took a photo of the beautiful sunlight when I was out for a walk this morning.

Sunlight, Sunrise, 365

Day 333 – Wednesday 29th November – I spent far too much of the day driving around. Apart from the usual driving my younger son to and from school, I had to pick my daughter up from school and drive her to panto. Then I had to drive my eldest to his parents’ evening, picking my younger son up from his rugby on the way back. Then I had to drive to pick my daughter up from rehearsals. I took this photo of the local church looking festive.

Church, 365

Day 334 – Thursday 30th November – another day of driving around and another very long panto rehearsal. I ran another mile and don’t think I could have managed much further. My running distances for November make very depressing reading. Hopefully December will be better.

Running, Distances, 365

Day 335 – Friday 1st December – my daughter’s long rehearsals this week have really eaten into my work time as it’s a big round trip to pick her up from school and then drive her to the theatre before driving home. Today was dress rehearsal day, which means the hairspray is back. I’m going to be smelling this stuff right until the end of December.

Hairspray, Panto, Rehearsals, Daughter, 365

Day 336 – Saturday 2nd December – a fantastic and very busy day! I alternated running with walking at Parkrun and it went pretty well. My son’s rugby team won their game and my son scored an amazing solo try. And then in the evening it was my daughter’s opening night at panto. Oh yes it was! It was a fantastic show and my daughter really shone.

Daughter, Panto, Hair, Plaits, The panto - opening night!

There’s no disguising those plaits!

Day 337 – Sunday 3rd December – I always find writing Christmas cards very tiring, but I can’t give it up. I would feel guilty. So I started work on them and think I managed about half of them.

Christmas cards, 365

Day 338 – Monday 4th December – this is the reality of life with a boy who does sport seven days a week. Constant dirty rugby and football kit (luckily he doesn’t get muddy doing basketball and athletics). This is how dirty it was when it came OUT of the washing machine. It took another two cycles in the washing machine and a soak in a bucket of Vanish before it was almost clean.

Rugby kit, Son, Dirt, 365

Day 339 – Tuesday 5th December – I went to Nottingham to see Queen in concert with Adam Lambert. I am a lifelong Queen fan and was too young to have seen Freddie Mercury perform, so this was a dream come true.

Queen and Adam Lambert, Queen, Concert, 365

Day 340 – Wednesday 6th December – we travelled back from Nottingham early, arriving home in time to start work. Can you believe that’s only the third time ever the two of us have left all three of our kids?

Nottingham Market Square, Nottingham, 365

Day 341 – Thursday 7th December – my daughter had two panto performances, but made it back home in time for her last ballet class of the term. She got the results of her Bronze Jazz exam at last – all will be revealed next week!

Bronze Jazz exam, Bronze Jazz Distinction, Jazz exam results

Day 342 – Friday 8th December – while much of the country was covered in snow today, we had about 15 minutes of something falling from the sky that floated like snow, but hit the ground like hail.

Hail, Snow, Weather, 365

Day 343 – Saturday 9th December – a very cold start to the day. Rugby was cancelled and I thought Parkrun would be too, but it was on. I managed to run it all for the first time in five weeks. I was much slower than usual (26:13), but was amazed to still come second in my age category. Dropped my daughter off at the theatre for another two panto performances.

Garden, Frost, 365

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I keep all our books for review but at the kids get older I will also pass them on to my niece. I bet yours love getting them all. Wow panto must be fun to do but busy busy I guess. I love the flower shot at the end. So other worldly. #365

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    • Thanks very much! Panto is really busy, but an amazing experience. My niece and nephew love all of the books – as does my sister!

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  2. Sarah,

    Memories of Queen…
    Listening to Radio Luxembourg one evening, and hearing “Seven Seas of Rhye”. Queen seemed to be just another lightweight glam-rock band. (Will they be around in 44 years? What a silly question! Will they be around in 44 days?)
    The Queen-mania of late 1975 / early 1976.
    Queen falling out of fashion when punk came onto the scene.
    Changes of musical direction: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” / “Radio Ga Ga”.
    Live Aid — Freddie Mercury stole the show!
    Driving to work before daybreak, and hearing on my car radio that Freddie Mercury had died. I assumed that that was the end of Queen…

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    • Thank you for sharing those memories! I loved Queen from the age of about 10 or 11, about when The Works came out (still a ‘later’ album in my opinion), then I bought all of their back catalogue. I heard Freddie had died when I got up on the morning of my sister’s 9th birthday and cried as she opened her presents. I was lucky enough to go to the Freddie Mercury Tribute at Wembley.
      Like you, I never thought they would rise from the ashes, but they really have!
      (Lots more about the concert on my blog tomorrow.)

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  3. That’s a great idea giving your family the books you have used for work! I am gifting some things I’ve received to mention on my blog to family. It really helps save the pennies.
    I’m glad to read that you are running again. You must be so happy!
    My friend saw Queen last week in Newcastle and she said they were amazing too! I would have loved to see Freddie perform! x

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    • I’m so pleased to be running again! Queen were amazing! I would have loved to see Freddie perform too, but so glad I got to see them with Adam Lambert.
      It’s a good idea to use blog stuff as presents, if it’s things that you know people would like, why not?

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  4. Glad you are back running – I know that means a lot to you. The concert looked amazing.

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    • Thanks very much. I’m still taking it quite slowly with the running, but it’s good to be back. The concert really was brilliant!

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  5. Panto sounds like it’s going really well and the atmosphere must be brilliant. Yay for running again. Hopefully you’ll be back to your usual miles very soon. Good luck with the Xmas present shopping!

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    • Thanks very much! The present shopping is nearly done, thank goodness. I haven’t managed to run for days, damn weather! I’ll run when it’s as low as minus 2 with a bit of frost on the path, but the snow and then the minus 6 was a bit extreme!

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  6. Glad you have managed ti get back to runing.
    We were at the panto on Friday night and I always look at the children with much more admiration since reading the effort they all out in. The children did really well in ours.
    I was never in a habit of leaving my children either, and even as they got older i was never that keen.

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    • It’s great to hear that you think about the kids in the panto when you watch! Glad you all enjoyed yours. It’s strange how many parents think nothing of leaving their kids for weekends, or even weeks, several times a year. It’s just not something we’ve ever done.

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  7. glad the running is improving. i don’t envy you the pants schedule and all that hairspray, aerosols trigger my migraines so i’d be no use to anyone with that in the house. How i remember those days of washing all that kit only for it to get so filthy again grrrrrrr

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    • My son has rugby four times a week! He has more than one kit, but it’s still a struggle to keep up with him. I hate the hairspray, but pleased to say it doesn’t give me any adverse reactions! She uses less now than she used to.

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  8. The panto sounds amazing, I am sad I don’t get to see it, but love your updates and your little snippets of your girls photos. She is a true star. What a lovely week. I don’t keep all the books, but donate them to the school. Frost looks lovely x

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    • Thanks very much, the panto really is amazing! I donate a lot of the books I use for work to school – both the old primary school and one or other of the secondaries.

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  9. You must be so pleased to get back into running and well done on the park run after so long!

    You do seem to driving around a lot! But the Panto sounds so exciting! We went to see a panto for the very first time last year…haven’t got round to booking it this year yet.

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    • Thanks very much, it was so good to get running again, although I’ve definitely lost fitness! The driving lately has been crazy, but hopefully it will calm down a bit now the kids have finished school. The panto really is exciting, we all love it!

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  10. I’ve been glad to see you back to running, it must be a relief to be recovering. You won’t know what to do with yourselves once the panto is finished!

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