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Monday, 25 January 2016

The Week That Was... 25th January 2016

Breakfast, eating out, best meal of the daySince the last update there have been several new developments in the Anderton house. These are mostly good and all conspiring to keep me busy - which I guess can only be a good thing.

Here's what I've been up to this week...

I've started not one, but two new jobs. I was offered one just before Christmas and received a phone call out of the blue with the offer of a second, last week. At the moment I'm juggling both and enjoying them equally.

I'd hoped my daughters would come and watch The Peanuts Movie when they were home over Christmas, naturally, they weren't keen and so I cajoled Mr A into seeing it instead. We thoroughly enjoyed the film and I couldn't have cared less that we were the only grown-ups in the cinema without children.

Olivia arrived home on Friday for a surprise visit. She's currently hard at work on her dissertation and I'm loving her being at home. She might be 21, but that doesn't stop me from sneaking glances and thinking how adorable she is. I am one very proud mum. I have to wait until Easter to see daughter, Sophia though :o(

If all goes to plan both daughters will graduate during the first week of September. I'm hopeful that their graduations won't happen on the same day as my daughters' universities are 400 miles apart. Although, if memory serves, their formidable start to uni life back in September 2013 was also due to take place on the same date and ended up being quite the juggling act.

Will Sophia even be home in time for graduation after working in the US for the summer? Who knows? It all sounds like the plot from a random episode of Soap. Let me know if you're old enough to remember this. 

The Best Meal of the Day... 
Going out for breakfast has become our new favourite start to the weekend. We pop into the newsagents for a paper on the way to our favoured haunt before settling into the cosy fug of the coffee shop for a lengthy read over breakfast and several cups of coffee. 

This gorgeous mug was a gift from my sister-in-law. It comes in handy when surrounded by distractions at home...

Go away I'm writing, elevenses

I finally spied the last two cushions for our sofas while I wasn't even looking. Isn't this the best kind of shopping?! I am quietly optimistic that the cat won't wreck either of them. Although, I may have said this about every cushion purchased since she came into our home as a kitten 14 years ago and decided that destroying cushions was one of her many talents.

I've also bought a couple of new outfits for work. Huge thanks to White Stuff for stocking something that fits my Cadbury's Mis-shape, forty-something figure and coming to my rescue the day before I was due to start a new job.

And finally...
My favourite blogging read for this week goes to Tracy from Inside The Rainbow with her inspired post Dancing With Mr D, all about celebrities who are no longer with us and the legacies they've left behind. If you haven't read it already, it comes highly recommended.

Well, that's about it from the Anderton house for this week. Wishing you all a fabulous week whatever you're up to x

Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton


  1. Two jobs, congratulations Izzie! Hopefully the girls graduation will be spaced apart, being in two places at once will be hard with 400 km in the way.

  2. OOH thank you Izzie! How lovely to be featured in your week. So glad you liked the post. :) X

  3. Sounds like a very busy start to your new year. Two jobs! Your new coffee mug is perfect! :)

  4. How wonderful! I love your take on having older children, and breakfast out at the weekend is such a lovely idea. You spur me on to look forward to when my kids outgrow me, rather than dreading it :) Congrats on the jobs x

  5. Wow, exciting news about your two new jobs! That's brilliant, I really hope they are going well for you. I didn't know there was a Peanuts movie out, I'll have to drag my lot along to see that, I used to love it when I was a kid. Your routine of going out for breakfast sounds absolutely fabulous, I hope that I will have time to do the same one day in the future! Have a great week.x

  6. Gosh hun, sounds like a busy week! Those morning trips out sound lovely. I'm popping over to read Tracy's post now. :)

  7. Good luck on this very busy path!

  8. Congratulations on the jobs! Love reading about life with older children - you make it sound terribly pleasant.

  9. Hi Izzie, congratulations on your second job, you are one busy lady! I used to love Peanuts, I didn't even know there was a film in the making, aren't children's films the best? At the moment weekends are by far my busiest time of the week, a leisurely breakfast sounds like a proper treat!

    I need a mug like yours... And a hat... And the tee shirt as my lot really seem attracted to me when I sit to write.


  10. Congrats on your jobs! If you have any tips on balancing them I would be super grateful, I just took on a second job and I'm finding it very disorientating! #abitofeverything

  11. Congratulations on your new jobs. Ive just realised you are one of those rare blogger mums like me with grown up kids, my eldest is also 21.
    Thanks for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  12. Congratulations on the new job and brekkie out sounds so good. I used to do that a lot before z and I think I might have to start it up again :)

  13. Sorry but couldn't help grinning when you said about seeing The Peanuts Movie with Mr A! Despite two new jobs you sound very relaxed and happy. And just read the recommended 'Dancing with mr D' - great post - strangely I did actually meet Bowie and Rickman when I was a journalist and they were both incredibly charming!


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