My daughter, my husband and the cheap clothes
Feb04

My daughter, my husband and the cheap clothes

My daughter likes nothing more than clothes. She likes choosing clothes, buying clothes, owning clothes and wearing clothes. It’s a common phenomenon among tween and teenage girls. When it comes to clothes, I will buy the basics – jeans, leggings, T-shirts, underwear etc, but I won’t buy a blouse she wants for one party. Or a third swimsuit. I will buy things of Next sort of prices. Expensive brands and third...

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Marathon fuelling experiments: Real sweets
Jan31

Marathon fuelling experiments: Real sweets

As I look forward to, and start to train for, my first ever marathon this year, I am continuing my experiments in fuelling. I’ve never bothered fuelling (eating while running) for a half marathon, but a full marathon burns up well over a day’s calories. If I’m to make it across the line, I need to know what I can eat. I’ve already tried specialist energy foods, but they are quite expensive. I know a lot of people fuel with jelly...

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Did my daughter enjoy the amateur panto as much as the professional one?
Jan29

Did my daughter enjoy the amateur panto as much as the professional one?

After three years of happily taking part in a professional panto, my daughter sadly had that opportunity taken away from her for 2018. But she still wanted to perform. So we found her an amateur panto to take part in instead. It definitely did a good job in filling the gap and healing a bit of the pain. But did she enjoy the amateur panto as much as the professional panto? One of the big differences between an amateur panto and a...

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Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT
Jan28

Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT

About a year ago, I started sweating at night. In winter and only wearing underwear in bed, I would wake up literally drenched in sweat. Not every night, but two or three nights a week. Sometimes it was so bad that I couldn’t bear to get back into my soaking bed, so I would take myself to the spare room for the rest of the night. I know that night sweats are a symptom of the menopause. I also know that they can be a symptom of...

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Marathon fuelling experiments: Real food
Jan24

Marathon fuelling experiments: Real food

I’ve spent my entire adult life as a runner and have run more than ever in recent years. But I’ve never felt the need for fuelling. But I know that will have to change for my first marathon, in Newport in May. With only 16 weeks to train for the marathon, I knew I had to start learning before then what I could comfortably use as fuel as I run. It needs to be something that will give me an energy boost, but also something...

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And then my car set on fire
Jan22

And then my car set on fire

The other day, I noticed the washing machine was leaking. When I told my husband, he said: ‘Is there ever a week when something doesn’t go wrong?’. And I could see his point. I did a quick rundown in my head of all the things that were currently wrong. My own car was still in the garage for repairs after my son’s accident. It had already been there for 10 days and the repairs had overrun. My husband’s car still had a smashed headlight...

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