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Monday, 7 September 2015

The Week That Was - 7th September 2015

I've decided that Mr A celebrating his 50th birthday on the 9th, followed by 21st birthday celebrations for my daughters just four days later was very bad planning on my part. Consequently, the last week has been mostly chaotic and there have been several sleepless nights. I won't bore you with the details. Instead, I've focused (mostly) on the highlights.

The week that was...

I wasn't aware that Radio Four were allowed to utter the words, penis and testicles - but in a special collaboration with Men's Hour on Bank Holiday Monday there was discussion on the pressure to look good and somehow, it came up (no pun intended). This was an unusual diversion for Woman's Hour, but the topic brightened up an otherwise dismal day. I was even retweeted by the awesome, Jane Garvey.

I don't know what came over me on Tuesday, but I decided to attempt a second batch of mini scones and made tropical chocolate shards. These have been frozen ready for our party next week. That evening I watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Sometimes it's good to escape from the mayhem and enjoy a timeless classic. This is one of my all-time favourites.

On Wednesday I spotted Christmas cards in the shops. I may have snarled. I do not want to think about this before November. Rant over.

On Thursday I walked into town with Olivia and met my sister and nephew for breakfast. As the morning was a chilly one, I ordered porridge with berries.

Are those new earrings? my sister asked.

'No, I've had them for ages. They were a 40th birthday present from you.'

'Ah,' she said, with no hint of recognition whatsoever.

On Friday we made a three-tier Victoria sponge and a welcome home banner in anticipation of Sophia's arrival the next day. As Saturday was another ridiculously early start - we laid everything out for our trip to Heathrow and questioned whether we were starting to think like grown-ups. Why is it that anything that involves picking my daughters up from anywhere involves us leaving the house between midnight and 4am?

It's the simple things in life that make me happy, and every Friday on Radio Two, Simon Mayo plays Mahna Mahna by The Muppets. How much do I love this song?  I decided that this would be an awesome song for Mr A and my daughters to attempt at karaoke and shared this thought with Olivia.

It's best I don't share her response.

Saturday was all about collecting Sophia from the airport. I was honoured to be rewarded with the first hug as she appeared in arrivals, and I felt rather emotional as I hadn't seen my youngest daughter for three months. I'd thought that she might sleep all the way home in the car after being awake for 48 hours... not so. Instead, we were treated to a selection of songs learnt at camp, and tales (good and bad) from her amazing summer. Once at home she finally crashed and slept for the rest of the day. Having all four members of the family home at the same time is very special indeed.

Sunday was all about spending time together, just the four of us.

There's something I've not shared during the past couple of weeks.

My 95-year-old grandmother died on 23rd August. We'd been anticipating the inevitable for several weeks - that didn't make it any easier. As Sophia was still in the US, we made the difficult decision to not share the news until after she had arrived home.

My favourite blog post for last week comes from Rubbish Wife. Her thoughtful post called What's The Rush? was perfectly timed as I've been rushing everywhere and not necessarily living in the moment.

Here's to another crazy week. Have fun whatever you're up to.

Copyright©2015 Izzie Anderton


  1. Just read this now and I wanted to extend my sympathies to you and all your family on the loss of your grandmother. I hope you had the chance to say goodbye. Be gentle with yourself, take things easy and take the time you need to grieve.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. And I hope you manage to have a good old family time together, now you have a full house again. x

  3. You sound calm despite so much going on! What an emotional rocker having the joy of your daughter coming home but also losing your grandmother. My deepest sympathies to your family.
    I think we need to find our copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off - both my hubs and I love love love that film!


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