Happy new year and welcome to 2020 and Project 366. This is my seventh year of sharing a photo every day and my second time doing a 366 rather than a 365.
Here’s the first few days of 2020 in pictures…
Day 1 – Wednesday 1st January – we started the day with a new year’s double parkrun. My daughter decided to join us and also decided that we shouldn’t run at the more local events, so we had to travel a bit to get to Stonehouse. The first parkrun of the day was my 200th parkrun of all time, so I adapted my T-shirt especially.
Day 2 – Thursday 2nd January – back to work for my husband and son. I did a bit of work myself too, to ease me back in. The younger kids did homework and revision.
You know how social media likes to give you a round-up of your year? The Nectar app is doing it too. Apparently I’m the number one buyer at my local Sainsbury’s of multipacks of own brand orange juice, I shopped there 189 times in 2019 (putting me in the top 1% of shoppers at the store) and I bought 209 items of fruit and veg. These are my top products! I’m genuinely surprised I wasn’t the number one buyer of Green & Blacks Maya Gold.
Day 3 – Friday 3rd January – my daughter’s penultimate day at panto, and only one performance today. She still struggles with the single French plait and often makes me take a photo of it when we get out of the car, so she can check it.
Day 4 – Saturday 4th January – the last day of panto! This is always a sad day for my daughter and this year was no exception. She’s been living in a panto bubble for the last eight weeks and going back to normal life is hard. The girls in her chorus got to watch the other team perform, before performing themselves for the final time. We went to see the show and loved every minute of it.
As it was a sunny day, my husband, younger son and I went for a walk in Tewkesbury in the afternoon.
Day 5 – Sunday 5th January – Christmas is over! I will never come to terms with the modern obsession with putting Christmas trees up early and I always hate taking it down, because we’re just left with endless long, dark, cold winter (I hate winter). We had a fair few tears about panto from my daughter. It’s always really hard when it’s over because it has literally been her life for eight weeks. The girls all got together to go ice skating, which was really lovely and helped ease them back into real life.
Day 6 – Monday 6th January – the kids went back to school and my son was straight into his GCSE mocks. I must say the peace at home was quite nice. It’s good to have the headspace for work. My new trail running shoes arrived. I’ve run so many muddy parkruns lately, that I thought it was time to invest in some more suitable shoes. I got these with my Christmas money from my mum. I won’t generally be wearing them with my jeans or these particular socks…
Day 7 – Tuesday 7th January – the official start of my training for Brighton marathon 2020, although I didn’t run any further than usual. With the two grown men out in the evening, my daughter at three dance classes and my son revising for his mocks, I had more time than usual to read. This is a brilliant book and I already think it will make my list of top five reads for 2020.
Day 8 – Wednesday 8th January – the start of marathon training also means a return to body conditioning once a week (at home, with the aid of the internet). It is shocking how bad my core strength is.
Day 9 – Thursday 9th January – an easier day for my son with just one mock exam. That of course meant a harder day for me, as I had to take him in late and pick him up early, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to work! The only photo I took was of my window for my Instagram stories (it’s my thing to post one of these windows every morning, strangely there are people who look out for them every day!).
Day 10 – Friday 10th January – another tough day for my son, with three mocks. This was his hardest day, as it included his English exam, which requires a lot of writing and a lot of knowledge of the texts. As you can see from this photo, it rained rather a lot yesterday (there is no river or lake there, it’s just flood water).
Day 11 – Saturday 11th January – I realised that today was six years to the day since we moved into our house. In some ways, it feels like a long time. We didn’t have a single teenager then, now we’ve got three of them! The only picture I’ve got for today is a standard crazed parkrun face.
The MAD Blog Awards are back for 2020 and I would love to be considered for the Favourite Tween and Teen Influencer award. If you think I deserve it, I would be very grateful for a nomination here. You can of course nominate your other favourite bloggers and influencers too.