In a spin

Now that I am through the petulant, incredible sulk evoked by the hijacking of my birthday by General Election shenanigans – i.e. who is going to want to stay up we me all night on December 11th, when they can stay up all night in cross-media infographic heaven on December 12th? –  I have poured…

Shaken not Stirred

I find myself alarmed to discover that today is ‘Stir Up Sunday’.  I am not alarmed about the fact that I should be making my own Christmas pudding rather than getting dear Heston c/o Waitrose to do the grunt work, but alarmed that we are actually this close to Christmas i.e. it is the last…

Railroaded

Saturday morning and Favourite Man (FM) has gamely been persuaded to stand at Slough Station at Ridiculous O’Clock (blame my father and last week’s post) so that I can be assured of arriving ridiculously early in London for the matinee performance of ‘Hamilton’. (I know, I know, I am lucky to have seen it once…

Watch this trend

When I hear this week that wrist watches are making a comeback, it makes me smile.  Apparently double wrist watching is ‘trending’ on the catwalk (models wearing more than one wrist watch, people) and I have it on good authority that it is not just double denim that is now making a comeback.  Although the…

Glad tidings

It was probably all that talk about sea gulls last week (correction, sea herrings) that saw me hankering for a mini coastal break even though I am lucky enough to live by the sea all year round. To be honest, this hankering may also have been caused by that pompous Chelsea Tractor driver who stole…

All at sea

A seemingly long school term came to a surprisingly quick finish on Friday and I found myself relieved to be supervising the lunch queue for the last time in October.  I say, ‘relieved,’ when I should say,  ‘alarmed,’ for – despite binning a Sixth Form themed  Halloween dress- up day for fear of scaring students…

Minted

Mama J spent the day with Mama J Senior yesterday and, as ever, it was a mission just to keep up with her relentless energy and caffeine-fuelled encyclopaedic chat; 93 and she could give most teenagers a run for their money.  If I can keep up with her pace, I am finding these days that…

A little listless

It has taken a lot of mid-life musing to finally reach a stage when I trust myself to know when some Mama J burn-out could be just around the corner. This ‘super power’ doesn’t always allow me to take the heat out of the impending smoldering, but it does at least allow me to share…

I need space

I have spent the last week building up supplies of yellow; yellow balloons, yellow ribbons, yellow posters.  With colleagues, I intend to turn the school yellow by Thursday in time for World Mental Health Day. Ironically, this wave of activity – hot on the  heels of my sister’s Thanksgiving service – has made me go…

A Tense Present

Sadly you already know that my sister ‘changed address’ at the start of the summer; you may not know though,  that yesterday was her Thanksgiving Service – a big party that she arranged before she left us.  She must have felt that we would need a little space before we held her celebrations, perhaps she…