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Monday, 11 April 2016

I haven't lost all my marbles, but there's definitely a hole in the bag

I haven't lost all my marbles, but there's definitely a hole in the bagThis week has seen one daughter, closely followed by the other leave for their final term at university. Today the house is quiet, the beds and the fridge are empty and I'm alternately missing the mayhem and making the most of peace and solitude. It will take several days to adjust, but the past week has been an interesting one and I have loved having both daughters home as it adds a certain crazy dynamic to life.

This was my week...
Music Night
On Friday we attended another fabulous music event at a local venue. This time Olivia tagged along and it transpires that she can drink her mother under the table. I guess that's what happens when you've been at uni for two and a half years and had lots of practice. I, on the other hand am losing the ability to drink even two glasses without feeling completely sozzled. Note to self: drink less.

Cooking for four, three, two
Why does it take me an age to work out how much food to prepare for dinner when the girls have gone exactly? The quote, 'I haven't lost all my marbles, but there's definitely a hole in the bag,' springs to mind. Last night I set the table for 4 and only 2 of us were home, although there may have been a sneaky addition to the table. See below...

The only baby...
We jest that the cat is the third child we never quite got around to. We adopted Kitty from a rescue centre when our daughters were just 6 and she has been an adored member of the family ever since. I'm often heard to utter the phrase, 'Just because you're a cat doesn't mean I love you any less.' Sadly, she is besotted with my husband and only humours me with her presence when he's not at home :o(

A fellow blogger posted a photo of her cat eating breakfast at the table last week. Occasionally our cat invites herself to join us and Mr A and myself (secretly) find this rather amusing - neither of us has the heart to make her get down. I joke that she's better company than some of the people we invite over for dinner.

Cat, eating, table

A proof copy of a book that's yet to be released! The Course of Love by Alain de Botton - Review to follow very soon (I hope).

Happiness is 49 flavours
When I was little I remember owning a pencil case featuring Snoopy holding a multicoloured ice cream cone and the quote, 'Happiness is 49 flavours.' Back in the 80s - I was dumbfounded that there didn't appear to be anywhere near that number of varieties available in the small provincial town where I grew up. As an adult, I'm still rather partial to ice cream and only too happy to test out a new flavour. Last week while out on a walk with my daughter we spied Ferrero Rocher ice cream and in the interests of research, we had to try it out. I'm happy to report that it was rather delicious. Nothing however, has beaten the dizzy heights of 2012's Pimms & Strawberry ice cream. If you happened to spot a blogger and her daughter dodging rain showers while attempting to devour ice cream cones in Shropshire last week, it was probably us.

More happy news...
There was a small whoop of joy in the Anderton house on Tuesday. Daughter, Sophia rang to tell us the date of her graduation and it transpires that yes, we will be able to attend both daughters' ceremonies in September. It won't be easy as they're 375 miles apart - but it is going to happen.

I have no idea who nominated my blog for Best Writer category in The Mad Blog Awards, but thank you so much. I wasn't even displaying a badge and was very surprised to receive a tweet on Friday.

Favourite Blog Post
I haven't featured a favourite blog post for a while, but this was an incredible read from Tattoed Mummy this week: Dads are rubbish at housework and parenting. The title (which is not what it seems) resonated well with my own experience of going back to work when my daughters were small and leaving my husband in charge. Pop over for a read if you haven't already. 

That's about it for this week. Here's to another awesome week whatever you're up to...

Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton


  1. Hi Izzie, I misjudged how much dinner to cook on Saturday, it turns out my daughter doesn't eat as much as I thought.

    Congratulations on your nomination, bet you were well chuffed. And so glad you get to go to both your daughters graduations. I could see you having to pick your favourite daughter and going to the other ones, so as not to raise suspicions 😅 xx

  2. Great news about the graduation dates as I know you were worried about them clashing. I'm sure you had lots of nominations and well deserved!!

  3. Sounds like a busy time! Fab news you will be able to make both graduations. And love the cat picture!

  4. The kids going back to school is really bittersweet for me. I miss them, but the peace oh the peace! I am also a lightweight when it comes to booze!

  5. You have some fab things to look forward to with the graduations. I love the cat at the table - mine would do this too!

  6. I always end up over cooking for a few days when the daughter has headed back to uni! My girl can def out drink me these days too - I am such a lightweight these days, mind you, it makes for a cheaper night out!

  7. So pleased you will be able to make it to both daughters graduations, I know you were worried about it so that is awesome :O) Love kitty sat at the table x

  8. Ah it sounds like you've got lots of nice things going on, even if it is a bit quieter at home now. Great news about the graduations!

  9. I'm with you on the cat - I recently got a cat and she's definitely my 3rd baby substitute!

  10. That is great news that you will be able to attend both graduations. Love the cat at the table

  11. That's great news that you can make both graduations - looks like it's going to be a busy month in September for you x

  12. I can imagine it must be so hard to adjust to cooking for the right number of people!
    I think a leaky bag of marbles is a pretty good way to go through life:)
    Glad you will be able to make it to both daughters' graduations. x

  13. Great news on the graduation dates, I am sure the girls are both thrilled to have you over for their graduation ceremonies.
    Heading over to read that blog post you recommended.xx

  14. Congrats on the nomination and i hope you enjoy the graduations. I cannot even believe that that will be my girls one day!! x

  15. Wow 375 miles between graduations is going to be some feat!

    In some ways I dread my daughters growing up, but being able to go out with them for a drink must be lovely. x

  16. Our kitten usually invites himself onto the plate your food is on, never mind the table!

  17. Sounds like you've been a busy bean! Great news you'll be able to make both graduations. Huge congratulations on the MAD's, that's awesome news well done. I'm still in shock I'm there although v tough category!


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