Yep, here we are ‘in the bleak midwinter’. Have I mentioned before how much I hate January? Very probably! The cold days, the long dark nights, not being able to get outside with the children, endless coughs and colds… I looked up images of wintry scenes and of course they’re all of twinkly snowscapes with bright blue skies. In reality, in the south of England this week it has been occasionally icy, windy, rainy, cloudy, grey and dark with very brief low sunshine breaking through. Sorry, this is turning into a weather report. I’ve always thought that one day, in retirement, it would be nice to spend the winter months living abroad somewhere warm and sunny.
Ah well, got to just get on with it I guess, so this week I spent part of the weekend at my parents house (after a lovely get together with some of my school friend mums at one of JJ’s friend’s birthday parties), was able to get out for a really nice little reunion with some of my old work friends on Saturday night (over a decade since we worked together now!). We had a great meal at Wagamamas in Kingston and shared some delicious starters! It really helped me to feel like a normal human being again and not just a mum to chat about everything from podcasts to movies to a bit of a laugh over how excited we all were back in 1999 when we finally got our own PCs (with Internet!!) at work!
On Sunday we had a slow morning then a roast lunch and then a bit of a scooter excursion through Bushy Park which the kids absolutely loved – whizzing through muddy puddles (EJ was pretty much soaked from the waist down by the time we got home!) – and practically disappearing into the distance with me running along in vain behind! There was a funny moment when JJ got stuck in the middle of a massive puddle and EJ was whizzing off in front. JJ waited patiently for us to catch up so we could rescue him and when I finally dragged him out he exclaimed “Yesss! I’m back on track!” which made us laugh.
The rest of the week has been all about school and work really with dark wintry mornings scraping ice off the car and prolonged commutes when the rain has been hammering down. Bedtimes have been typically manic and hard work with lots of shouting from JJ. He actually did what I would describe as a ‘Sex Pistols version’ of the Postman Pat theme tune – aggressively shouting the words out with EJ joining in! Boys.
This weekend we’re looking forward to the panto with Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble) in Woking on Saturday (just JJ – I’m not brave enough to take EJ just yet!).
Happy Weekend WOTWers!