Home Alone

Wednesday evening finds me sitting at a desk in the study, listening to Spotify, and wondering how much of today's thoughts to empty into the keyboard. I'm accompanied by a can that was filled with cider until a few minutes ago, and a teddy bear propped on the corner of the desk, gazing into the room with the same silly grin he's always had.

Working from Home

After a mammoth session recording expenses for this week's adventures in Germany, I returned home after lunch to keep Miss 17 company. Her teenage friends seem intent on turning her inside out at the moment, so of course I'm going up to bat for her again, and again, and again. None of this is in …

Back to the Future

Friday night has somehow become "Pizza Night" in our house - a lazy reward of sorts for making it to the end of the week. It started some time ago, when some friends of ours would regularly visit for the evening - we took turns buying the pizzas, I cooked them, and we hung out …

Alone for the Week

The younger children are at Guide Camp for the week - somewhere on the coast - and my other half is visiting the Lake District for a few days - at the opposite end of the country. For the first time in at least perhaps a decade, I'm going to find myself home alone this …

Monday Night Pizza Club

I have perhaps twenty minutes to write this before my other half returns home, and the house descends into chaos once more. Since returning home from work on Friday night I have been single handed with the younger children. Washing their clothes, picking up after them, feeding them, reading to them, watching movies with them, …

Oh So Quiet

My other half is walking a section of the "Thames Challenge" for charity this weekend with her Mum - as far as I understand, they are doing a 20+ kilometre section of the challenge, expecting to take five to six hours. I'm keeping up with her progress via a mobile app called "ViewRanger", which reports …