I completed my best half marathon of the year and we spent lots of extra time with our lonely guinea pig, Cedric.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 300 – Sunday 27th October – Stroud half marathon. My third Stroud half marathon, my fifth half marathon this year and my 19th half marathon in total. Everything went just right and I got my second fastest time ever – at 1:49:24 – my best time at Stroud. Very happy!
Day 301 – Monday 28th October – half term for my daughter (my son had the last couple of days of last week too). The sunrise was beautiful through the mist.
Day 302 – Tuesday 29th October – we’re having a typically quiet half term. I’ve got quite a lot of work on and the kids are content doing not a lot. They’ve both got homework. For the last two days, the highlight of our day has been walking to the supermarket! I’ve cheated a bit with today’s photo as it’s a screen shot. After Wilfred died last week, I got in the touch with the guinea pig breeder to try to find him a new friend. She didn’t have anything available straightaway, but his new baby ‘brother’ is one of these grey ones. He was born on Sunday!
Day 303 – Wednesday 30th October – it’s slightly strange that I only have two kids at home this half term. This is the first school holiday in which my eldest has been working, so no half term for him! Today I carved our pumpkin. Until fairly recently, my dad always did it for us and I thought it looked fun. It turns out isn’t fun and it isn’t easy. My son did this Pokemon design and I cut it (very badly). I’m hoping it looks better when it’s properly dark.
Day 304 – Thursday 31st October – I can’t believe it’s only a week since Wilfred went to the vet. It has already felt like forever. We’ve been making sure to spend a lot more time with Cedric while he’s on his own and have been bringing him into the house twice a day.
My daughter and I got dressed up for Halloween in the evening and went trick or treating at a handful of houses – we only go to people we know. I suspect this may be the last time she will want to go.
Day 305 – Friday 1st November – my husband took a rare day off work to spend time with the family over half term. Generally he only takes days off when we are actually going away on holiday. The kids opted to go to Bicester Village, which is not my favourite place to go! It feels like Disneyland shopping – perfect, but fake. After we’d been to the shops we spent far too long looking for the row of houses from Grand Designs: The Street. We found them in the end, but it took forever. Driving around aimlessly is one of my daughter’s absolute favourite things to do and she wasn’t going to give up! In the evening, I dropped my younger son and two of his friends at another friend’s house for a Rugby World Cup sleepover. I suspect they will be too tired to watch in the morning!
Day 306 – Saturday 2nd November – a quiet morning with my husband and eldest away for the weekend, and my younger son still on his sleepover. For the third week running, parkrun clashed with England in the Rugby World Cup. Between the rugby and the torrential rain, it was very quiet. I normally finish around 100th, this morning I was 22nd!