I don’t know about you, but I feel exhausted at the moment. Spring is still struggling to break through and like the blooms on my wisteria, I am finding it hard to burst into life.
It is one week until half term and I am going to need my energy for that. Mid-week my husband turns 40 and the last weekend of it sees the arrival of summer (ha!) and my son’s 6th birthday. I am deliberating as to whether I should make him a Spiderman cake or just cop-out and buy him one from Sainsbury’s. The latter will be cheaper and look infinitely better, but making it myself will appease my love of baking and, in some dark recess of my mind, will make me a better mother. How stupid is that? ‘VERY!’ I hear you cry and yes, you are right. Doesn’t stop it creeping in though… Twenty years down the line when my son’s in therapy they’ll say….
*puts on Freudian accent* ‘I see….well all your neuroses seem to stem from your mother’s unwillingness to make you a cake…’
In other matters, I did my first Google hangout this week with my blogging conference cohort and now successful author, the lovely Helen McGinn aka The Knackered Mothers’ Wine Club. Myself, Mari (Mari’s World), Emma (A Bavarian Sojourn), Jennifer (Britmums) and Helen had a lovely chat about her book, her blog and, of course, wine! If you want to see it click below. My thanks to Mari from Britmums for inviting me, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it’s always good to try something new.
You will be pleased to hear I am sustaining my efforts to get a bit healthier and try to get my core muscles, er, active! On a whim, I have bought a slendertone belt. Much mocked by me, my pal (who used to sell such things) assured me with casual nonchalance ‘Oh, yes – they do work.’ My ears pricked up…something I can put on, watch tele and tone up my core muscles at the same time?
Sure enough, I consulted the oracle that is Amazon reviews and indeed, they were all very positive. Then, like a sign from the gods, on Groupon the very next day was a half price offer for one. So, I might have snuck it onto the joint account…
Now, I know it’s not going to give me a six pack, I am hopeful not delusional, but if it can kick-start my abs into some sort of action and be supported by my feeble attempts at yoga/pilates then I might, just might be able to reduce the wobble and strengthen my dodgy back.
This is the theory. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that most of you are sitting there thinking ‘suckerrrrrr!’ I know. I am. Mrs Quickfix, me.
On a final note, and conferring with Older Mum (who’s done it!), I am thinking of going on a one day writing retreat. Before you think cottages and butterflies, it’s urban (baby) and involves an internet free day in London to simply write and be. And there’s lunch and cake. All the necessities. Well, except wine. I always write better with a glass of vino by my side. My motto should be ‘Write tipsy, edit sober’. Bringing out the best, then editing out the worst!
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