It’s been a busy couple of weeks, including a trip to The X Factor final for my daughter and I.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 328 – Sunday 25th November – I don’t like Sundays! There, I’ve said it. I always have too many jobs to do, like shopping, sorting out the recycling and cleaning the guinea pigs. Luckily the guinea pigs are very cute. I got lost on the way to my son’s football match and missed his goal. Then I watched them throw a 3-0 lead away and get beaten 5-4. I should have stayed at home.
Day 329 – Monday 26th November – I am now at the point where I am permanently stressed about Christmas. I know we shouldn’t let us stress us blah, blah, blah. We do Christmas fairly low key compared to most people, but it doesn’t change the fact that I have to buy presents for 18 people, many of whom are hard to buy for and have no idea what they want. I saw these robins when I was buying cards and I was tempted to bring one home.
Day 330 – Tuesday 27th November – I found this in my spare room/ office. It might look like a piece of GCSE art, but it’s actually a photocopy of my eldest’s face. Thank goodness it was just his face!
Day 331 – Wednesday 28th November – my husband and I took the day off work to do Christmas shopping. We didn’t complete it, but we did most of it, which is a huge weight off my mind. Now I just need to wrap it (and write the damn Christmas cards!). We stopped for lunch at Wagamama, which was a very good idea.
Day 332 – Thursday 29th November – my daughter hasn’t been feeling well for a couple of days. She has a terrible cough and sore throat, but she has been soldiering on and going to school. And this really is some GCSE artwork – my younger son’s lips. I think he’s done a really good job of it.
Day 333 – Friday 30th December – a busy day of work and rushing around. My daughter and I are off to London for The X Factor final tomorrow. Having considered all possible ways of getting home afterwards, we realised we needed to stay in a hotel. I took a photo of the website, just in case I couldn’t find it!
Day 334 – Saturday 1st December – no parkrun for me as my daughter and I had an early start to London for The X Factor final. As we were walking to pick up our tickets, we saw a couple of the contestants who had already left the competition and my daughter had a photo with them. This is Brendan. We really had an amazing day, the final was far more exciting than I expected it to be.
Day 335 – Sunday 2nd December – we were on the train and heading home before 9.30 and I was back in time for my son’s football match. It was a difficult 2-0 win and my son didn’t score, which is very unusual. I’m rather jealous of the kids’ advent calendars my mum bought for them (I never have an advent calendar myself).
Day 336 – Monday 3rd December – got drenched on my run and then had a busy morning of work. This is the only photo I took today. Does anyone else have a child who puts empty cereal boxes back in the cupboard to avoid the ‘hassle’ of breaking them down for recycling?
Day 337 – Tuesday 4th December – yes, it’s shoes again. I went to watch my son play rugby. This is their last season playing together as a team (as they will be mixed in with the year 12s and 13s next year) and the season ends next week. This was a cup game they really wanted to win so they could get at least one more game next term. Sadly it wasn’t to be.
Day 338 – Wednesday 5th December – a busy day of rushing around, including driving for the best part of four hours in the evening. Went to pick up my Roaccutane prescription from the hospital (you can only get it from the hospital) and saw these houses in the back streets nearby.
Day 339 – Thursday 6th December – another busy day of work. I’ve started sharing a Throwback Thursday on my Instagram every week, since rediscovering the photo book my mum gave me for my 40th birthday. Don’t have nightmares…
Day 340 – Friday 7th December – I spent the day working at my client’s office, just proofreading. It’s pretty full-on, but I do enjoy it. I took this photo of the flooded road and pavement near home early in the morning.
Day 341 – Saturday 8th December – my daughter had a music exam early in the morning, which meant I couldn’t do my usual parkrun. So I ran another one instead. It had far less runners than ours and I was NINTH OVERALL AND FIRST LADY. I don’t think I will ever get over that.