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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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