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Monday, 8 February 2016

The Week That Was... 8th February 2016


Graduation, GraduateDo you ever find yourself scratching your head and trying to resolve a problem that there's simply no answer to? There's been a lot of this going on over the last week as I've grappled with too many unknowns and not enough facts to resolve one particular problem. It's also been a week of locating lost paperwork and struggling to understand one daughter's filing system which appears to be based on the 'fling it all in a heap and hope Mum can find it method.' Luckily for my daughter, I did eventually find what she was looking for and managed to post her documents in time.

Maths Problems
Both daughters graduate during the same week in September. We only have the date for one graduation, the other will be announced some time in April. As their universities are 400 miles apart, what are the chances of both parents attending two graduations? I'm already feeling emotional at the prospect of being able to attend only one.

Friends
On Friday I met a friend for coffee. We hadn't found time to meet up for over two years, but managed to stay in touch via email. I'm always astounded that friends can pick up exactly where they left off even after such a very long time. After a couple of hours we were all caught up and I'm hoping that it won't be another  two years until we meet up again.

Birthdays
On Saturday, I was one bedraggled blogger in Ludlow celebrating her father's birthday with the rest of the family. It was one of those days where it was impossible to get any more soaked such was the rain; but we did that great British thing and carried on regardless. Fortunately a hearty lunch kept us all going for longer than we imagined was possible. For some reason we kept losing my brother-in-law and had to resort to calling him on his mobile.

raindrops, glass


Later the same day I overheard a conversation between Mr A and his sister discussing what I'd like for my birthday and telling her that I'd be 50 next year. For the record I won't be... I'm deliberating whether (or not) to share this information with my husband. This inspired a whole new conversation where I felt compelled to ask several questions that he mostly didn't know the answers to. Note to self: never apply to go on Mr & Mrs. 

Sunday
There are some weekends when I think that blissful Sundays spent reading the paper, partaking of lie-ins and long country walks is the stuff of urban myth. Our entire Sunday was gobbled up with the following...


1. Going to the tip several times
2. Locating documents for Sophia's trip to the American Embassy in London next week
3. 100 other things... I won't bore you with and yes, for the record I know I need to get out more

The highlight of the day was watching the final episode of War and Peace. Suddenly, I feel compelled to read the book and have added it to my reading list.

And finally...
My favourite read for this week comes from Tattooed Mummy with her post What Do Women Really Want for Valentine's Day? With the help of several (very wise) bloggers she has compiled some fabulous suggestions. If you're a male of the species and struggling with the issue of what to buy, you might want to read this.

That's it until next week. I'd love to hear what you've all been up to x

Izzie x


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25 comments :

  1. I would feel sad about potentially not going to both graduations too! I totally get where you're coming from with Sundays. I'm sure perfect Sundays are just a myth to make us all feel we're going wrong somewhere! I can't believe Mr A has done his maths wrong with your birthday! Whoops!

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  2. I would also feel sad about the possibility of not being able to attend both but I really hope it works out for you. Sunday is just like every other day, chaotic lol. We had our son's birthday "party" on Saturday as he was at school on his birthday (Friday) we took him, our daughter and nephew and 2 of his school friends to the local McDonalds. Oh my word I just wanted to sleep all day Sunday lol x

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  3. Oh I do hope the graduation thing works out.

    Had to chuckle at the birthday thing. Men eh? I've been with mine for 13 years and he still can't remember basic information about my like how old I am, what my shoe size is etc.

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  4. Oh no...I hope you manage to get to both of the graduations! I know I would hate to miss one too!

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  5. I hope you get to both graduations, together! I have been putting off the tip for too long, well done, you deserve something lovely next Sunday!

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  6. Oh Izzie I hope your problem isn't about the two graduations but when I'm stuck like that I say a kind of prayer to the Universe - to do with the dates if necessary - or if it's something else, as I go to sleep I ask myself a very specific question and ask that the answer will present itself from my subconscious in the morning. And I always trust my waking thoughts whether it's the following day or any other. I know it sounds mad, but it always works! Your week sounds great and I'm glad you got to meet up with an old friend - something so good for the soul. I like reading the details of what you're up to and am with you on the Sunday thing. I'm always moaning to myself at the end of the weekend about there being no day of rest in this house! Hope next week is fortuitous for you xxx

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  7. Oh dear, I'm afraid I did chuckle at your husband not knowing how old you are. Mine is exactly the same, I sometimes wonder why we bother talking to them.x

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  8. It's a long time in the future but I'm now going to hope my twins go to the same university! Despite the rain and a disappearing brother-in-law I'm glad to read your father had a lovely birthday. Off now to read the valentine ideas (I had to put my foot down a couple of years ago and tell him that I do like some acknowledgement on this date!)

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  9. I hope that luck is on your side and the graduations are on different days. I did chuckle that the Mr got your age wrong - maybe you should get his wrong on his birthday!

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  10. This week has been a complete washout so far. February is shaping up to be as bad as January and frankly I am fed up with the never ending storms. Come on Spring. I am rooting for ya!

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  11. Congratulations to both daughters in their graduation day! I do hope though that the dates are different so you could attend both ;) #abitofeverything.

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  12. Sounds like you've had an interesting week Izzie! I had to laugh about your OH not knowing how old you are lol. ;) X

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  13. Oh no! Hope the graduations dont clash and you make it to both! And men!! I remember my ex-husband spelling my name wrong on something. We had been together 6 years at that point.....mind you, I did divorce him in the end! ;)

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  14. This post reminds me of that old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times". Your week certainly qualifies as interesting times!

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  15. Hope you manage to get to go to both graduations! I think it's a sign of true friendship when you can instantly catch up and feels like you've not left it as long as you actually have. I did the same this weekend, seeing a friend that I haven't seen in over a year and met her "new" baby who is now 1! I'd like to see what happens on your birthday and with your husband.....! #Abitofeverything

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  16. I really hope you can both make it to both graduations. It would be such a shame to miss one. x

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  17. Ah I have twins but they are only 4 so pretty much still together a lot of the time, I hadn't even thought about things like missing graduations etc..I do hope you make both!

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  18. Fingers crossed you manage to get to both graduations, what a dilemma! I love catching up with friends and its good to reconnect in person after a long break x

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  19. Oh gosh that would be so sad if you couldn't do both graduations, let's hope that's not the case. And you get a date soon for peace of mind. How funny about the age! POD told me I was five the other day although I feel about 80 LOL!

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  20. Oooh...that graduation situation would be awful! We had to choose between sporting matches recently and I hate having to choose. This is a small thing compared to graduation! I would be upset too. Hopefully you'll have your lie in this weekend. Thanks for sharing your week with #abitofeverything

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  21. Fingers crossed the graduation dates work out so you can go to both. Going to be a busy week that one. Wonder if you will be getting an extra special present for your '50th'?

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  22. Ah I do hope you get to go to bothe graduations - fingers crossed x

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  23. I am hoping the graduation dates dont clash and I am thinking perhaps I should go and read the Valentines post!

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  24. Hope you can somehow attend both graduations, it would be such a shame not being able to!xx

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  25. Oh no, I understand your worry about the graduations - I really hope they're far enough apart for you to get to both! Thanks for the tip about Tattooed Mum's post, I'm off to have a read now.

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