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Showing posts with label Favourite blogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Favourite blogs. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Let there be gin...

Happy, Smiles, Cartoon, FacesIt's been a quiet week in the Anderton house and I'm guessing it will pretty much stay that way until daughter, Sophia comes home again at the beginning of June.

I've agreed to cover extra hours at work during the next 2-3 months and also had to turn down a couple of offers of work. This last week has been all about getting organised for the weeks ahead and by Friday night I was fast asleep on the sofa by 9pm. I am enjoying both jobs so much that I don't want to have to choose between either of them.

This was my week...
The randomness of Twitter
Twitter in all its nonsensical brilliance made me smile on Tuesday. In one tweet a famous author and philosopher liked a tweet I'd posted about his latest book release, in the next I was tweeting a pug from across the pond. It's impossible to make these things happen, but when it does, I am reminded of just how much I love social media, (especially Twitter) and all its eccentricities.

Let there be cake, gin, chocolate and flowers
My gorgeous mother-in-law was 87 on Monday. As always her gifts included gin, tonic, flowers and chocolate. They are the only things she truly loves to receive. Hence, this is what I buy for her each and every year.

Let there be gin

On Saturday
We woke up to find it was snowing heavily; fortunately it didn't stick around for long! In the evening, we had guests over for dinner. For once I made the effort and cooked everything from scratch. I made teryaki salmon and rosemary pan-fried potatoes with broccoli and carrots for main course, followed by tiramisu and buttermilk cupcakes for dessert. I am one very messy cook. Fortunately there are no photos to prove this.

I haven't been shopping in ages. But I did order a new suitcase for daughter, Sophia this week in anticipation of her trip to the US in the summer. After much deliberation, we found one in her signature colour, red. I'm hoping this one will last longer than the one we bought last year which came back trashed!

At 7:10am on Monday, I received a call from my eldest daughter. She was working at a newspaper last week to get some journalism experience ahead of leaving university. There had been a thunderstorm on Sunday evening, this had caused a disruption to the power supply, as a result her alarm didn't go off the following morning and each of the clocks in the house read a different time. By some miracle she made the 7:50am train and arrived at work with minutes to spare. You can guess who rang her each morning for the rest of the week?! 

Favourite blog post
My favourite post for this week comes from Sarah over at Mum of Three World with her bittersweet post about children growing up and no longer wanting to spend time with their parents. I was reminded of the phase with my own children and can remember feeling like an unwanted toy. You can read Sarah's brilliant post here: School holidays are crap.

Motherhood, illustration

Well that's about it for this week. Have a great week whatever you're up to x

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Macklemore, Birthdays and Missing the Coach

It's been an amusing week in the Anderton house and I've giggled at my daughter's latest escapades, before realising that she's old enough to fathom things out perfectly well on her own.

The past week has featured the following...

Missing the coach
Daughter, Sophia was in London last week getting her work visa for Camp America. Her appointment at the embassy went without a hitch and her visa application was successful, but somehow she managed to miss her coach for the journey home. Huge thanks to National Express for transferring her ticket to the following day and checking that she had somewhere to stay. I can't believe how fabulous their customer service is and no, this isn't sponsored, I just wanted to say thank you. That's twice in as many weeks that National Express have helped out my daughters!

Birthday girl
On Saturday I celebrated another forty-something birthday. As I've given up craving gifts that collect dust and chocolate only adds inches to my waistline, I guess that puts me into the 'impossible to buy for' category. My daughters' surprise gift of concert tickets to see Macklemore in April however, meant that I was one very happy bunny. I'm wondering if I'll be the second oldest member of the audience and guess that one of the bonuses of getting older is that you really couldn't care less. My husband sent me this card... yep, that's what happens when you've been married as long as we have.

Humorous cat birthday card

I treated myself to a new pair of wellies at the weekend. My old ones were shabby and not at all chic so, when I spied these little beauties I was completely smitten. Does anyone else love wearing wellies as much as I do? I'll look for any excuse to wear them. Isn't paddling in the sea in the middle of winter while donning a pair just one of the best things ever?

New floral wellies

Valentine's Day
We didn't celebrate Valentine's Day, although Mr A did bring me a cup of tea and a biscuit in bed. I already had birthday flowers, concert tickets and really didn't need anything else. I did however, catch Mr A talking to the cat and concluded that there's another woman in our marriage. She's an adorable furry ball of mischief and appears to have my husband well and truly wrapped around her paws.

My favourite read for this week
My favourite blog for this week comes from Claire at Life, Ninja Killer Cat And Everything Else with her post: The Expectation of Self Bucket List. It's all about wanting to experience so many things but holding back due to self-imposed limitations. It's a great read.

Well that's about it for this week's round-up post. I'm lucky enough to have half-term off and lots of plans for the week ahead. Look out for another post on Friday.

Here's hoping you have a fabulous week whatever you're up to.

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