Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It's gone incredibly quickly. I know a lot of my friends have had utterly shit years and that's what keeps popping into my mind when I try and look back at ours! I can't say it was utterly shit. Bits of it were horrific.
Toby cutting his leg open at the airport, the horrible stitching of the wound and missing part of our holiday (though the silver lining from that one was a huge insurance payout and another holiday booked for May next year at Center Parcs that I can't wait for).....
Toby getting diagnosed formally with ADHD (though the silver lining on THAT one is that he's now medicated and doing brilliantly at school. And is taking his medication like an angel - something I thought we'd struggle with).....
Losing both my venues for teaching (though my life is chaotic enough at the moment caring for 2 ADHD boys, an ADHD hubby and being Chair of Governors at school so it freed up my time...and it's been nice to be missed by lots of mummies who have said lovely things about me!)
Good things - I changed agent and am feeling very optimistic about the future (even though I didn't get any work from them this year, I had a couple of really great auditions and came within a whisker of a sitcom). I had an amazing time in Detroit with my sister. And when she came over in the summer. But it makes me miss her more!
Everything has two sides to it here doesn't it! A seesaw kind of a year. A half full and half empty glass.
I can't believe that in a couple of weeks I'll have a 7 year old and a 9 year old. And that Oz will be 10 in the summer. Talk about time flying.
I've felt a lot of love from friends and family. Still a big hole on the friend front that I don't think about all the time anymore but I still miss. Always wonder if she reads this.....
But anyway. May your 2014 be amazing. If you're reading this then thank you and I'll try and post more next year! I got a fab little camera lens attachment for my iphone from my lovely hubby for Christmas - am going to attempt to do PAD again which always makes me blog.
I don't know if I'll make it to midnight tonight - we don't really do much on NYE - it's so expensive to go out, hard to find a babysitter and it's always a bit anticlimactic......but whatever you do, I hope it's good.
See you next year.....
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It's hard. I won't glitter coat it. But it's all I know. But it means that things like blogging disappear. I admit Facebook has also killed the blog - it's quicker to keep up with everything there. But I remembered my little corner of the blogosphere here and thought I'd just ramble on - I never assume anyone is reading this anyway.....
I've taken on a big responsibility. I'm now Chair of Governors at Son No 2's school. Which seems an awfully grown up and responsible thing for someone like me to do. But I'm actually realising I CAN do it. I've always been a cheerleader for the school - I just also wish I got a badge when I took on the Chair! I know more than I think I do. And it's cool.
No acting work for ages. I changed agent and got very excited but apart from 2 auditions in the summer - one of which I NEARLY got (as usual)....not a sausage.
Someone tell Julian Fellowes they need another fat cook in the Downton Kitchen.
What else....I don't know. I'm VERY tired - was woken at 4.45am by my kid. I don't do well on less than 8 hours sleep and I'd gone to bed at midnight. Stupid me. So I'll stop now. But will make an effort to blog a bit more. Just to clear my mind if nothing else....
Saturday, March 23, 2013
At the ROG to teach today - horrendous day - but I'm utterly proud of my other half who has created and curated this entire exhibition. It's really cool - go to the Royal Observatory (it's free!) and check it out....
The boys came with me to Mum's house after Oscar's drum lesson - one was playing on my iPad, the other on my Mum's....when she offered to buy them one each. A mini-iPad. My jaw dropped....and the boys faces lit up. I think she's going a bit gaga....(which is what they call her anyway) or just worried about inheritance tax. I got online to John Lewis....
So today I was getting my headshots done for my new agent. My hair looked flat and boring as usual so I decided to have a blow dry - felt very decadent. I idiotically didn't ask the price before hand - £40!!! But it was worth it.....
Toby woke the entire house up at 5.30am and refused to go back to sleep. I was so furious I couldn't get back to sleep either. This was the only thing that got me through today. And, as clogsilk pointed out, it was national no smoking day. #fail
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Another Monday...another appointment at the Kaleidoscpe. This one was interesting though - we're starting the Listening Programme with Oscar - he listens to his CD twice a day for 20 minutes at a time, and it's supposed to programme his brain and help him concentrate. He actually really enjoys it - I thought it would be a battle....so let's see how it works....
My first mother's day where BOTH boys could write me a card. To translate, Toby on the left said he wouldn't trade me for custard and I give him <3 and hugs....you can read Oscars (his handwriting is so improved!)
This week just got better and better. My lovely Mum treated me to £95 stalls seats to see Chorus Line with her. I've always wanted to see it on stage (I loved the film even though it's slated) and I loved loved loved it. Also...the actress who plays Val has the same agent as me!
BIG day today. I had an interview with a new acting agent. I've been with the same agent for over 10 years and haven't had an audition for over 12 months. So I very nervously went to meet Robert Kelly Associates today who are amazing and who I REALLY want to sign with - if they'll have me. I should find out by Monday....
It's a filler. About the most exciting thing I did today is have a hot bath - this is a bowl made by my friend Anja Llubach - I've used it for PAD before because it's amazing. I put candles inside it....
Monday, March 04, 2013
Another appointment at the Kaleidoscope. I seem to live there at the moment - it's the downside of having 2 boys with ADHD......today was a hearing test. Oz passed so his sensitivity to noise isn't anything physical. I kind of knew that....but we have to jump through each hoop and tick each box before we move forward....
My lovely Mum got me a ticket to see "No Pressure To Be Funny" at the Soho Theatre - it's hosted by James O'Brien, one of my favourite LBC presenters. However it really wasn't funny, was too political for me and so I left in the interval.
Rob was out tonight so I put Toby to bed. He read the entire "Little Engine That Could" story to me - and it's quite long. Partly memorised but mainly read. I was utterly proud of my little reader...he's growing up!
Monday, February 25, 2013
I love this gorilla statue in Crystal Palace Park. I have so many pictures of it - pictures of me and my sister as kids...pictures of the boys at various ages sitting between his arms. This, however, is the first one I have taken of it's arse. Rob and Toby found it most hilarious...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I'm very proud of this photo. I did take it yesterday so I'm cheating bit I love it. Love the composition. I took a lot of pics of this fabulous bubble blower but the child with the hat just wandered into this shot. Very magical.
Bert cooked. An epic culinary undertaking (courtesy of M&S ). He never cooks. And he chose my fave - rack of lamb - which he hated. But did it for me. Our 22nd valentines day as a couple. Very lovely.
Toby was chosen to paint a self portrait which is hung with others in the school reception. I'm very proud. He said he had 'proper ginger hair and loads of freckles all over the place' It's on canvas and I hope I get to take it home eventually!
I was lucky enough to be invited to a Fatshion clothes swap with some of my favourite fat bloggers. It's utterly brilliant. You bring stuff and you swap it. Everyone gets new clothes for free! And I get to hang with some amazing fatties whose style I admire. Then get to take home their clothes! Bliss.
For once I had multiple options for today's pic - Toby got pushed into a wall at school and currently looks like a Klingon - huge swelling between his eyebrows. He also got a certificate at school which I'm proud of. And I cooked a mean mac'n'cheese which I have a pic of. But I'm sticking with my original idea. I sang songs about food today in class. And couldn't get 5 currant buns in a bakery's shop out of my head. Had to visit one with my 'penny' on the way home. And get one for clogsilk.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
A bit of a cheat since this was taken last night but we didn't get home till after midnight so I'm allowing it for today. A lovely meal with my husband - a rarity - we hardly ever go out together. And a curry is even rarer - I hate spicy food but there's one restaurant we can go to - Royal Gurkha in Bromley Road. They serve the best Chicken Mewa Masala and it isn't spicy at all. It was a great meal after a great choir gig at the Tigers Head. And nice to see my old man so jolly (the 4 pints of beer helped)
It was James' 6th Birthday party on Saturday at the chaos that was Gambado at the weekend. Utterly bonkers. However I loved it for two reasons - cos Clare had supplied cake for the grownups....and cos Anne let me have a good ranty chat about stuff which I really needed (even in mad surroundings). This weekend I have been very grateful for my friends.
A lovely evening with a gang of friends I originally met 8 years ago at a post-natal GP group. We've stuck together more than any other pre or post natal gang of mums I had (and I had a few). These women are precious and priceless and although we don't see eachother enough (and there were a couple missing tonight), will always be there for each other. I know it.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A bit uninspired today....and my conch shell took my eye. And then I fiddled with it on ribbet to give it a bokeh-ish look. I love this shell. We went on holiday to Antigua before kids and went out on a boat trip. The boatmaster was catching conch and taking out the flesh for lunch, then giving all the pretty skinny gals in their bikinis the shells, to try and flirt. Needless to say I wasn't offered one. So I asked for one and he grudgingly gave it to me!