Hello! It's Saturday and earlier this week I promised that there would be a Saturday post, and so here it is. However, the Saturday post was nearly foiled by the fact that I have the mother of all disgusting headaches. It hurts. Nonetheless I will try to write something vaguely coherent about my week.. Here goes!
So this week I returned to work after fifteen months off. Ask anybody who was at work with me on Thursday how long I've been off for and they will all be able to tell you the exact number of months, because I didn't stop going on about it. All day. If anyone I work with is somehow mysteriously reading this, then I apologise for my complete lack of appropriate social conversation on Thursday. I talked about how long I'd been off, and breastfeeding, pretty much, but I'm sure the ability to make normal conversation will come back in time! Aside from that it was pretty good actually - nice to have time to myself on the train in, absolutely blissful to be able to read whole chapters at once without wondering why the baby was being so quiet and feeling like a bad mother for putting on the fifth back-to-back episode of Chuggington, and generally great to see all the people that I work with and be back interacting with people in a non-baby-related way again. Also it was lovely for Rhys to have a day with Benji without me telling him he was doing things wrong. All in all, I think it's going to work out well for all involved :-)
I finished a great book this week, How I Lived for a Year on Just a Pound a Day by Kath Kelly. I didn't think it would be great when I started, because a pound a day is a bit extreme even for me and my love of thrift (and yes by that I do mean 'thrift' not 'being a tightwad'. I like to think I'm very generous with money, time and gifts but I genuinely get a thrill out of turning an old shirt into a bag. I can't explain it), but yes, very good. I wanted to talk more about it here actually but the behind my eyes, 'you haven't had an eye test or worn your glasses in three years during which time you've been pregnant and your eyes have probably changed loads' headache won't let me be coherent enough to do it justice, so I won't. I'll just say, it's on my list of 5 Star Books, and there haven't been all that many of them this year!
This week I also got my allocated people for the Ninja Book Swap and the Trick or Treat Ninja Book Swap, so I've been thinking about what to get for their parcels, and doing a little bit of shopping/getting lost on Etsy. I'm really looking forward to it!
Currently I am reading The Fearless Treasure by Noel Streatfeild (lent to me by my mums neighbour who has a massive house literally full of books. Floor to ceiling, it's like my childhood dream house, plus she has a big interest in children's literature of the same period I'm into and actually met Noel Streatfeild!), The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (because I can't believe I haven't already read it!), The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti (which I've had out the library waaaaaayyy too long!), Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova, and staring longingly at Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver and (for some unknown reason) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, as well as trying to get some stock made for the three craft fairs that are coming up in the next two months, and making a set of Hungry Caterpillar finger puppets for somebody.
Now if only this headache would go away I could get on with my reading...
It's hard to get back into a work schedule but so nice to be able to talk to grownups during the day. I loved being a stay-at-home mom for the most part in the years I was doing it but you can really lose your identity. Glad it's working so well for you!ReplyDelete
Yeah I think it will be good! With having my family quite far away as well it's nice to hang out with people who know me just as Bex not as 'Mummy Bex' if that makes sense? :-) I do love being at home with Benji the majority of the time, though. I wouldn't have wanted to go back full time I don't think!Delete
Aw, I hope your headache goes away and you feel better!ReplyDelete
I've always had to drive to work, so the train commute must be soooo nice to catch up on your reading.
I am so excited about the Ninja Swap! Etsy is THE BEST place to look for fun things, but IS TERRIBLE if you have to be productive or go on with your day.
I'd love to see photos of your crafting on the blog, if you ever have time!
Thanks, it's sooo much better today! Etsy is brilliant but yes SO BAD for being productive in any way! I am planning another craft related post soon, probably once I've got some stock made for this craft fair. Technically I also have a craft blog, but it's reeeeeeeaaaally quiet at the moment :-pDelete
You are so dedicated to this Saturday post thing to do it even with a big old headache! Go you!ReplyDelete
Yay for going back to woooork- are you going to just be doing Thursdays, or any other days too? Just... totally being nosy here hahaha.
Annnnnd OMG I actually forgot about the ninja book swap so please keep mentioning it in your posts because it would be REALLY bad if I forgot to do it.... eeek! (I won't forget. I swear. Probably. Ok, I'm writing it down now so I don't forget.)
You're allowed to be nosy! I'm doing Mondays and Thursdays which is kind of a nice amount of days really... Enough to not be too stressful hopefully but also gives me a good Bex/Mummy balance :-p DO NOT FORGET! If you like I will poke you on Facebook about it as well as on twitter and yes I will mention it often!Delete