How To Be A (Good) Parent

Here are my tips on being a good parent… today with guest appearances from Elfie AND Hux! Spoiler, they include lipstick, speaking French and Kate Middleton. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!

PS: In case you’re wondering if this is a joke, yes it is. Apart from the wine thing. Always know when your next glass of wine is coming. 

 

We Love The Olympics

Here’s the thing: when I was a kid I was pretty good at sport, but at that age I preferred books. I preferred books so much that I would hide in the library at lunch time until the sports teacher would find me and make me come to Athletics club, kicking and screaming. I HATED Athletics club, which I suppose was a big shame as I was such a skinny minnie until the age of 20, apparently I had the perfect runners body. If I’d got over my hatred of the cold, the rain and sweating then perhaps I would have been a part of London 2012?

Amazingly someone I went to school with (and who went to Athletics club rather than the library) won a gold medal last weekend. It could’ve been me!

As it is, I’m still a bit of a lazy person who prefers the sofa and a plate of pasta to tearing around a netball court on a cold night but since the Olympics I’m definitely inspired to get a bit more involved in physical activity. I hope Elfie and Hux will be too when I tell them how we used to watch the London Olympics together during that rainy summer of 2012.

I’ve been so inspired that this morning at 6.45 I put my trainers on and did a 2k run round the village (I’ve got to start somewhere…) then did Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred when I got home. I’m planning on going to a fitness class tomorrow morning and hopefully in a few months my mum-tum pooch will be history and I’ll have Jessica Ennis’s Abs.

I’m currently researching sports that aren’t that popular so I can get really really good at one in time for Rio 2016. Fencing? Archery? Dressage? In the meantime I’m also teaching Elfie about sports, preparing her to be an Athlete of the future. 2028 Games, prepare yourselves. Elfie is coming. Probably in nothing but a nappy:

We Love The Olympics! from Alice Harold on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday, David!

My BFF Kirsty left London for NYC at the end of September; there’s us up there at the Chambord Rendezvous event the week before her departure (although it turns out Chambord isn’t so much fun when you’re pregnant). I miss her very much, we used to work together, play together, and would always end up laughing together. She does awesome things like upload a photograph of Prince William in her crotch and then tags me.

Anyway, it’s David‘s birthday today (the big 3-0) and as Kirsty couldn’t be in London to help him celebrate she decided to take to the streets of New York. Dressed as SpongeBob. Cos that’s what you do.

She says:
“Today David turns 30. He lives in London and I live all the way across the pond in NYC, so we won’t get to see each other on this milestone of a birthday. I wanted to shoot this film as a gift, and couldn’t think of a better present than me in a SpongeBob SquarePants outfit and a load of strangers giving their best wishes.”

This is one of the most wonderful videos I’ve ever seen.

It made me weep. I don’t know if it’s the hormones, I don’t know if it’s the SpongeBob: Kirsty, you are simply the best. And if you’re not in the UK when I give birth to baby Harold number two I will be expecting my own video.

Musical love: Cocknbullkid

I am a creature of habit. I like to eat at the same restaurant, go on holiday to the same place, eat the same food. I like routine.

I don’t like to deviate from my favourite musical artists because in a sense I feel I am betraying them; I understand this is very, very weird. So when I discover new music I tend to stick to it like a barnacle. I become obsessed, listening to it over and over.

Meet my  new obsession: Cocknbullkid, aka Anita Blay.

I first got into her in 2008 when I met her on a Halloween night out. Here she is -

 

And here am I on that same night. Terrifying.

Shortly after this spooky night out she appeared on the Jules Holland show, and then went quiet for a while. It would seem she got signed (to Island), deleted me from her facebook friends (SOB) and worked on a kick ass album that was recently released. I’m sure you can see where this was going, but basically I can’t stop listening to it.

I think the ‘Hold on to Your Insecurity’ video is absolutely adorable. A great sentiment.

‘Asthma Attack’ was filmed in my old ‘hood of Broadway Market and makes me feel terribly homesick. London, send me some cash and I’ll be back for you, baby!

You can follow Anita on Twitter or buy her album on iTunes.