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Concert-going

louiseblog

Having spent Saturday evening just gone by at a huge venue purpose built for music concerts, watching a band I adore for the third time, I was once again intrigued by the individuals within the arena. Firstly for myself, the evening was planned ahead of schedule.  I knew at what time to leave home to […]


Facebook family

rsz_mandy_1

I’m not big on Facebook. Daughter one says it is for people who are “pretending to be happy”. I just find the big empty box asking you what’s on your mind a little offputting. My mind is like a spaghetti junction where thoughts whizz in and out and round and round and to extract one […]


Fighting the patriarchy

rsz_mandy_1

Daughter one has a newly decorated bedroom. She is now on a “loft bed” with her desk underneath which gives her a bit more space. Before this you almost had to climb over stuff to get into her room. Her door also became unhinged due to various attempts by daughter two to break into the […]


Sockgate

rsz_mandy_1

Socks have become a battleground in our house. Last week there was a minor skirmish over short black socks which I nicked from daughter two’s drawer in a moment of panic at circa 8.43am. Daughter three told me that it was too hot for tights and her system of filing socks is stress-inducing at the […]


Trying to avoid a trip to A & E

rsz_ambulancebroomfieldhospital

I read the news. I know the NHS is under pressure so I’m trying to do my bit to avoid going to GPs or doctors as much as humanly possible, but with four children sometimes events conspire against you. Take Saturday. I was doing the washing or something equally interesting downstairs when daughter three loomed. […]


Explaining the news

rsz_mandy_1

Far from being apathetic, the kids seem to be quite interested in the election campaign. Daughter three came home from school proclaiming that she was the only one in her class who knew the name of the leader of the Conservative Party. Daughter one was onto Milifandom before the press and has been following Ed […]


Feeling guilty

bambs

As the first day back at school dawned I’m hoping that a lot of working mums (and let’s face it, it usually mums) were feeling a sense of achievement at having kept the all spinning plates in the air during the Easter holidays. Maybe some of them were also feeling a sense of relief together […]


Dream dreaming

louiseblog

It’s a funny thing dreaming.  It is a fact that we all dream at some stage whilst we are asleep, but we do not all remember our dreams.   I have the most vivid, realistic, happy, fun but also sometimes extremely terrifying dreams.  I can usually recall my dreams in good detail.  In fact I […]


Flexible working and the importance of employment rights

rsz_mandy_1

The argument for flexible working is about balance. Not so much work life balance as balancing employer and employee needs. If the scales fall too much in favour of either one things tend to go wrong. Either employers don’t have the cover they need or employees are diddled out of their employment rights. We get […]


Missing lessons

mandyblog

Getting to Friday is the main goal of each week and last week was always going to be an extra challenge, given the return to school. Daughter one woke up with stomach cramps on Thursday and Friday. The Friday ones lasted three hours, during which time she decided to read Romeo and Juliet. It was […]


Life lessons

mandyblog

We’re relaunching the website, with all that entails. There have obviously been a few hiccups along the way on the technical side. On the personal front, we have had our own technical glitches. Only son accidentally tipped a cup of water over the computer at the weekend. He was very apologetic, but the whole thing […]


Is summer coming?

louiseblog

Summer I think, is on its way. After what feels like a very long winter. We have not had any severe weather that we have experienced in previous years, but for some reason it has dragged on. Just that revelation of more daylight hours when the clocks change instantly brings a better aura to us […]


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