Thursday is the new Friday

Walked a new way home because Baidu Maps said we could. Took us down a random muddy path but it was a new perspective on the area we live in. Despite being so built up there’s still space around.

Episode 44: Willy The Dreamer By Anthony Browne

Elise talks about the banana laden book.

Exercise continues.

Having someone to go with makes it harder to not go and more fun when I do.

Having someone working a different level has been good too, in that it forces me to consider what I’m doing more. As I creep towards 40, I’m making choices about working out so I can work out again this week and next month and for the foreseeable future. I’m happy with the programme I’m doing, I like this quote from their website.

It is for these reasons and more that Linchpin focuses on long-term health and fitness. We want you (and your back, knees, and shoulders) to be fit, happy, healthy, and extremely capable for decades to come.

Episode 43 - Elise Records On Her Own

She talks about Zog by Julia Donaldson

Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin: Three types of kindness

Episode 42: Book Review

We talk about Willy the Champ by Anthony Browne.

No idea what to make of the first 2 episodes of Wandavision honestly, but I know we’ll keep watching.

“I’ll follow you into the dark” cover by Frank Watkinson. I’ve been listening to the original recently but liked this one. Also, his house is so British and it makes me miss the place a bit.


Daddy’s Breakfast Diner is open. I’ll cook whatever you want as long as I have the ingredients. Midnight Diner on Netflix

The kids enjoyed the lychee and orange Oreos that have been released for Chinese New Year but I wasn’t a fan, just a strange taste.


“She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of things?”

“Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not on, in the whole wide word.”

I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult book, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

Not sure why this passage struck me but it did and has me thinking about grown-ups and how we grow up and we’re the same but different.

Update: I’ve allowed Elise to dress herself. Mum is not going to love her choices.

What’s the quickest way to check when I bought my iPhone?

Youngest was being himself last night* so have been up since 4:30.

Fast forward to 7 and the kids are up and since Mummy is asleep we’re doing chocolate cereal with chocolate milk and now we’re going on a plane.

*Karma eh?!

Very proud of ourselves.

Not exactly the back of a lorry but close…

Operation Xmas Abs* has started again for another year.

*All very tongue in cheek but have started exercising again for mental and physical health.

I’m much calmer, things are bothering me less, I not getting hung up on things recently. Both at work and at home.

I know it’s that I’m meditating daily but I can’t quite believe it is since I only do very little, sometimes only 1 minute.

You Should Go to Bed Super Early - I’ve been trying to do this, it’s so easy to get distracted though…

Stressful week at work and then the kids not going to sleep easily last night and then not getting enough sleep followed by a day out at soft play and I am done.

Looking forward to going back to work on Monday for a rest.

In today’s ‘things that feel strange’ now… We had parents come in to school to talk about how their child is getting on.

Amor Fati

“Amor Fati is a mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens. Treating each and every moment – no matter how challenging – as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it. So that like oxygen to a fire, obstacles and adversity become fuel for your potential.”


This is my monthly (?) thought that I wish I didn’t need an Instagram account to view “public” posts on it. I get that it’s so I sign up and help small businesses but I just don’t wanna.

When going out and eating feels extravagant.

Yes that’s a pasty, but because it’s China it has sweet potatoe noodles in!