My Child Will Never…

My husband and I often joke that we were much better parents before we had children. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was incredibly idealistic about my anticipated parenthood. The list of “my child will never…” things was long. What I find incredibly amusing now is how many of those things have been…

My Dieting Journey Update

  In June last year, a few things converged to prompt me to decide to quite dieting. The interview with Megan Crabbe on Conversations From Our Days podcast, and her book. A sense of frustration and desperation. The fact that I was part way into a relationship with a “healthy eating system” and I just…

Review: Roam by C. H. Armstrong

I got this book from Netgalley.co.uk and it will be published on the 5th February 2019. You should get it. It is a YA novel about a homeless teenager. I don’t have the experience to say whether or not it’s a realistic portrayal, but it felt like it could be. It managed to balance the…

Review: Once Upon a River

In the small hours of this rainy Sunday morning, I finished a book. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. This is such an interesting book. Dark and mysterious and beguiling. It gently pulls you into its world and I’m sure there is an elegant comparison with flowing water to be made. I really enjoyed…

Zero Waste and a Sense of Unease

I have a half written blog post in my draft folder, and it’s been there for months. I keep revisiting it as I try to articulate my thoughts, and I never quite seem to get there. Having said that, I think it’s time to stop letting perfect be the enemy of done, and put the…

Slow

I write this on the first day I came home after dropping my little boy at day care. For the first time, I left him there, and I walked home. For the first time I am doing work (well, right now I’m writing this…) without him running around nearby. I have had to think a…

Parenting and Gender Expectations

Parenting comes with a lot of expectations for everyone involved. This morning I had a bit of an “OMG!” moment around this as I realised that I’d fallen into the trap of doing the “mum job” even though in our case it made absolutely no sense. Our little boy has recently started day care, and…

Go Away, Parenting Guilt

Parenting can be really hard work. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. Toddler kisses, playing a game together, helping him stir his own scrambled eggs… I wouldn’t be without these things. But, there’s no time off. Not really. Sure you can go for a coffee or a night away without your child, but it’s…

Booky Update

When I went on holiday I fell into a bit of a reading slump. Corralling an enthusiastic toddler in an unusual environment is hard work, and then in the evenings and at nap times I had people to talk to, so no reading really took place. Since coming home I’ve been trying to pick up…

Boundaries and Fitting it All In

Having had a little holiday, in which I managed no reading and very little knitting (but still had a very lovely time, just to be clear!), I have been thinking about things. The things I want to get done. The time I have available. Whether the things I want to get done are really the…