The Best Laid Plans...

Hello, I'm back.

It has been a long while since I posted a blog -- four months in fact.

This year has been a very good lesson in the fact that the best laid plans sometimes just don't matter.

At the start of the year I laid out some intentions, including my New Year's Resolution not to work on Saturdays anymore. There were a lot of things I wanted to do. Like go ice skating once a month and finish the re-write of my memoir. And in January, I diligently spent a small amount of time most days of the week  (apart from Saturdays) working on said re-write. The hub and I went ice skating on a Friday night after work in Streatham and I was pretty excited that we would keep up that new habit. I was going to even buy some ice skates the first weekend in February.

And then.

It seems really silly to talk about ice skating during one of the hottest spells in London I can remember. But that's kind of the way the year has gone. It was January and now it's July. On the last day of January, my mother-in-law had a terrible fall and a subsequent brain hemorrhage. She was in the hospital for 10 weeks and was transferred to a neuro-rehabilitation facility after that. We are now in the process of moving her home with full-time care.

When things like this happen you would be surprised just how fast you drop everything else that is going on. It has not been easy, but it has also shown me how supportive everyone we know -- our friends, family, work colleagues -- could be. Everyone has been simply amazing.

And then as this wasn't life-changing enough, there's also something else.

The hub and I will be having a baby boy! In November. Which is pretty exciting (in a thrilling, roller coaster ride way).

So that's where we are. Wanted to fill in all of you lovely readers on what's been going on, because I've really missed blogging and want to get back to it. I have lots of ideas for things to say, and luckily seem to have found that second-trimester energy boost "they" talk about. Now if the heat wave would just subside!

I look forward to returning to our ongoing conversation.


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    2. Glad to be back -- although I had to take a really deep breath before posting this one...

  2. So happy for you re: the baby, and that that is going well. I hope the transition for you MIL goes as smoothly as possible.

    1. Thank you so much! All is going pretty well at the moment (fingers crossed). Hope you are well!

  3. Congratulations! So exciting!

    1. :) This is Thea, just not letting me sign in but I'm sure anonymous congrats are also delightful!

    2. Thanks Thea! Anonymous congrats are exciting, but even more exciting to know it's you! Have been going through some old pictures recently - found a great one of you. Brought back good memories :)


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