Monthly Archives: April 2015

Day 190

Ooh ten days to go! 

I’m knackered tonight. Not so much physically as let’s face it my body has s fairly easy ride in life. Mentally I’m drained. 

Last week our new “girl Friday” started at the office. The idea behind this is that she can take over some of the more mundane tasks that I normally do and I can get involved in more interesting (it’s cartridges how exciting can this really be? I hear you cry!) stuff. 

Well I can tell you it’s quite nice doing mute interesting stuff. Today I learned how “the boys” work out how much stock to buy. I’ve listened to them over the last few months calling figures to each other over the desk and mumbling about exchange rates and to be honest it all seemed a bit haphazard. How wrong I was. There are spreadsheets involved (nice) and formulas (even nicer) and macros (woo hoo!) and ….wait for it…..common sense and judgement! Hurrah! It was very interesting and my brain hurt after an hour of looking at figures and working out ratios. Very exciting. 

Onwards from work to pick up A and then on to Roundwood to parents evening with T. I think the fact that 4 out of 7 appointments ended early is a good thing. I hope so. They all seemed pleased, in fact more than pleased they seemed completely happy with his progress, his behaviour and his contribution. He’s where he needs to be or near as damn it for the end of the year and we can’t ask more than that. The cherry on the cake was his maths teachers pleasure at how much he’s improved. Really great stuff. 

A good day. Albeit knackering. 


Day 189

Wait! What’s this? A blog post at 11.35am? Surely not! 

Oh yes. I am blogging very early today. And the reason is this:-  


A HUMUNGOUS ball of wool. My foot is there for the purposes of scale so you have an idea of just how big this ball of wool is. Size seven foot. Dwarfed by (did I mention this already?) HUGE ball of wool. Crikey.

I’ve always struggled with guessing measurements, distances, weights etc and this is evidenced in my weekly shop when I receive a ridiculously small joint of meat or a huge bag of carrots of a tiny bag of spuds. So it was always going to be a risky business buying wool online based on weight. The pattern says I will need 190g but that didn’t sound much so I bought 400g. Swayed slightly by the fact that it was only £8. For one ball. I’m now remembering that age-old conundrum “what weighs more: a kg of bricks or a kg of feathers?” Hmm, they may weigh the same but boy that’s a lot of feathers. And 400g is a lot of wool. 

At least now I will have enough for two new cushion covers……

Day 187

Monday. Eurgh. They should be banned. But we got through it – despite the early start (A was on a trip to the London Aquarium so had to be at school for 8.15am) and despite feeling a bit under par (me). Best bit today was a true laugh out loud moment. A proper giggle-fest. I recently finished knitting A a small Russian style doll which she loves. It has a detachable head scarf. She discovered this evening, as we were settling down to read our last instalment of Narnia (Caspian), that said headscarf can double up as a dwarf/gnome style hat. It looked hilarious on the dolly and we both laughed our socks off. I think you had to be there and probably need to have a rather silly sense of humour. Love laughing with my girl. 

Day 186

Quiet day after a busy one for all yesterday. Best bit was watching Animal Planet with A – filmed at Woburn Safari park – and seeing a baby giraffe being born. Very cool and A was so excited watching. 

Day 185

Lovely, lovely day yesterday. A road trip with Mrs F in itself is a happy thing but a road trip to see Miss T and Little Miss J is even better. 

Little Miss was just as gorgeous and smiley as ever. Miss T is still glowing and such a natural at this mothering lark it’s wonderful to see. The knitting project was handed over and was a success – hurray! 

Scrummy cakes to eat, lovely walk, lots of relaxing, watching Little Miss playing. What could be better? 

I love days out and I love coming home. K and the children had been to see his mum and dad and it was nice to hear their news and stories (there’s often a story when they’ve been to Nanny’s!). PJ’s on and a catch up with K to finish the evening. Happy day. 

Day 184

Happy top five: A feeling bit better this morning and much better by bedtime; seeing G&G; finishing the knitting project; seeing Mrs F; my headache going by mid-evening ready for tomorrow’s road trip. Hurrah.