Pillow

Most people are creatures of habit. They always eat the same cereal for breakfast. They have a wee first thing. They complain about their kids not turning the lights off/putting the loo seat down/ tidying up… because that’s what they always do. Or in my husband’s case they have a nightly ritual that I like…

Bedtime

I don’t really do nightwear. I wear an oversized man’s white t-shirt. Think Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. But less stabby. Sometimes I really do berate myself for not making more of an effort. I curl up in bed fresh from the bath in my cotton Calvin Klein and imagine the rest of you swanning…

Twins

Over the Christmas break my sister gave birth to twins. In short they are adorable. I love babies, I really do. I was totally, completely and utterly OBSESSED with my own. But now she’s an actual teenager. So the thing I was most excited about when it came to the new babies was THE SHOPPING. There are…

PDA 

I just bought my husband’s Valentine’s card for next month. He always buys better cards than me but I’m pleased with my find this year. We don’t really go in for lots of presents generally as a couple but I do like a declaration of love. I’m a very tactile person. I like lots of…

Ukulele

A couple of months ago I whinged (I really did) about when my daughter quit piano lessons and how she has avoided contact with musical instruments ever since. But then lo and behold my mother in-law bought her a ukulele for Christmas and would you believe it she won’t put the bloody thing down. As she…

Banana Bread 

I had a hankering for banana bread the other day. I don’t make it very often and that’s usually because you have to plan ahead. You need to buy bananas and then let them sit there until they go brown before baking your banana loaf. I guess if you’re the sort that always has over…

Piano

I don’t play any musical instruments. In infant school I was always the one given the triangle. When I was about 11, I was in the school choir which mostly involved singing Christian themed songs set to pop tunes of the time (just don’t ask). Or we sang Christmas songs. Always Christmas songs. Even in,…

Girl Power

When did feminist become a dirty word? Why do women say they believe in equal rights then shrink back when the word “feminism” is mentioned? I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard women complain about every day sexism and say “I’m not a feminist but…”. What do you mean, you’re not a feminist??…

Tidy

When we moved house 18 months ago I orchestrated the clear out of all clear outs. I did tip run after tip run. I got to know the first names of the old biddies at the charity shop. I had an actual bonfire. I culled everything from toys to clothes to Tupperware. My daughter even…

The Vikings are coming…

The Vikings I am talking about is in relation to the current trend in Danish babies. A while ago I watched a brilliant documentary called The Vikings Are Coming and it was all about Danish sperm. I don’t get out much. Anyway, it would appear that there’s a Scandi invasion of sorts happening (if Nigel Farage…