Life Me Work

A Catch-Up Mind Dump. You’re Welcome.

October 12, 2014

The thing about sharing your life a couple of times a week through your computer is that if something happens and you’re unable to do it for a while it just becomes harder and harder to get back on to it. Your list of ‘things I want to tell that bunch of virtual strangers’ becomes almost insurmountable as you try to prioritise exactly which recent life event you want to broadcast first. Cos I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for the next update… ;)

You can blame my radio silence on EE for thoroughly ballsing up the transfer of my broadband service to them (four and a half weeks I’ve been without my lifeline, FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS), my new job for being amazing but for making me so tired I have no words left in my head come 7pm and the children for being children and demanding things like food and attention from me, the little life suckers.

Shall we do a quick life update so I can pick up where I left off? Yes, let’s.


So the work is great, and even though I’m doing five days a week I’m no more tired/stressed/mental than when I was working four. I don’t miss the commute into London but still get to go in to the big city a couple of times a week so it’s all-round perfect, really. The environment of the ad agency is just wonderful – full of creative and inspirational people – and I genuinely look forward to going to work every day. I get to drop the kids off at school and there’s nothing like knowing I’m only down the road from them. Oh, and FREE BREAKFAST. I basically have it all. Along with a new addiction to coffee.


Elfie is loving school, loving it. Every day (usually when I’m tottering up the driveway to her classroom clutching book bags and water bottles 5 mins late as per) I feel thankful for choosing such a wonderful place for her to learn. She’s becoming a very opinionated assertive little thing (definite future CEO) and I’d say Reception Year is doing a great job of bringing out the best in her.

Hux is Hux and is adorable. He’s a little monkey, obsessed with his Woody toy and any time he has an item of new clothing (“MUMMY BUY NEW JUMPER FROM THE SHOP!! NEW DINOSAUR PANTS!!” repeat ad infinitum). In a nutshell they are the perfect children, the odd tantrum in Waitrose excluded (thanks Hux, that was well embarrassing).


It’s most definitely not summer anymore. I’m pretty crushed about that. I’ve been putting the colder weather to good use though and have been to IKEA twice. And I bought a Christmas present!! In October!!

I was dating someone and then I wasn’t. Joined Tinder for 24 hours for the self-esteem boost and got thoroughly depressed at the state of people on Tinder. Swore off relationships for a while to focus on work and writing but as you may have noticed I haven’t been writing, so make of that what you will… ;) I tell you what though, whoever said that the best things happen when you aren’t looking for them was absolutely right.


This winter I really want to get more done, you know? Better myself a little – do things I’m proud of. Cook more, read more, drink less, work hard, save up, enjoy my friends, laugh a lot. 2012 was tough, 2013 was better, 2014 has been a vast improvement and I’m SO. EXCITED for what’s in store; everyone in my house is happy and we all have so much to look forward to. I’ve been feeling like I should do something to mark it, like get a tattoo, but because I’m terrified of tattoos I’ll probably just buy a new pair of shoes and write about it. LIVING THE DREAM.

Let’s not leave it so long next time, eh? I have so much I want to write about – becoming a feminist (yeah, I think that happened…), getting back into the workplace as a mum, these great new mugs I bought, my new utility cupboard, solo parenting 2 years in, my new role models (Sheryl Sandberg! Bryony Gordon! Lena Dunham! Girl Power!). Oh what did I say? Yeah, living the dream.

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  • Reply Saskia October 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’m pretty new to your blog but really enjoyed your ‘mind dump’. I know you’re a total stranger, but I love hearing when people have found happiness, especially at work where most people can be so bored! I shall be back to read more. Get anything nice from Ikea? :) xx

  • Reply Suzanne3ChildrenandIt October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Well as I’ve been equally rubbish at keeping up with blogs, neither us noticed that the other was missing. Loved this ‘mind dump’ and looking forward to hearing more – all sounds super exciting!!

  • Reply Emma Cantrell October 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Lena Dunham is my all round hero.

    I need to talk to you actually … will message you! xx

  • Reply Emma Cantrell October 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    oh and ALSO … love this mind dump … I’m so bloody excited about 2015 too. 2013 was horrendous for us, 2014 better and 2015 is going to REIGN SUPREME YO.

  • Reply Lucy October 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    SO glad to have you back!

  • Reply Jenny October 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I love a great mind dump and you do it so gracefully. You must teach me that skill. lol I am nothing graceful! Glad all is well and life is busy. Love all your beautiful photos here. You seem to have so much fun with your two little adorable kiddos. So beautiful they are! Look forward to more mind dumping…. :)

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum October 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    There you are :) Hope you are as happy as you sound. I know the feeling of life getting in the way of online life (how dare it?!). And yes, somehow I have become a feminist, too. Looking forward to that post! xxx

  • Reply Helen October 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Working Single Mum here too….just found you through Bloglovin and so pleased I did….off to explore your site a bit more!

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