Newport marathon: The maranoia goes next level
Oct26

Newport marathon: The maranoia goes next level

I wrote the other week about ‘maranoia’ – the special kind of paranoia you develop in the days leading up to a marathon. Because you’ve put A LOT of work in and you don’t want anything to scupper it. So every little thing becomes a worry. In the last few days before Newport marathon, the maranoia reached a whole new level. It actually started at the end of September, when my daughter finally did her D of...

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The sleep nightmare
Nov30

The sleep nightmare

It was about four years ago that I started having sleep problems. I’ve never had a problem getting to sleep at night and I never really wake up in the night. What I do is wake up really, really early. And I can’t get back to sleep. I’ve always been an early bird or a morning person, even as a teenager. Getting up early with kids was never a problem for me. But somehow they stopped getting up early and I carried on....

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Me and my bed
Apr12

Me and my bed

I have a complex relationship with my bed. Sometimes, at around 8 or 9pm, I look at it and I just wish the day was over and I could climb into it and read my book. It’s not the sleep I crave, it’s the peace. I just want to read. I don’t want to tell someone to do their homework, clean their teeth or come off their iPad. I don’t want to listen to The Simpsons blaring from the TV, put more washing away or give...

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Overwhelmed
Sep24

Overwhelmed

There was a week or so towards the end of the school holidays when I wanted it all over. I wanted the kids back at school. They were arguing, fighting, bullying, niggling. They were being nasty to each other and they were driving me mad. They needed the routine. So did I. But be careful what you wish for… Because being back at school means letters and cheques and emails. It mean dance lessons and Scouts and football. It means...

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