It has been another fab week, ending yesterday with a very happy boy bouncing out of school head teacher’s award in hand. We’ve spent time at my sister’s, taken my little nieces for a meal at the kid’s favourite cafe – for which I got serious mummy and auntie points. Visited the park and the library and had fun on the amusements at the seaside (no I didn’t brave any rides after the fairground/bad back debacle, I’m not that crazy).
Autumn has arrived, well it officially arrives at 3am if you’re keeping track, and things are definitely turning that little bit cooler. It’s funny, one day I was in summer clothes and the next it was blowing a gale and freezing cold. The leaves have started to change colour, the scent of pumpkin spice coffee is filling the air and the nights are drawing in. I won’t lie, I fell back in love with England a little this summer, but having gone without autumn (the Med tends to have summer and winter, no inbetween) while living abroad, it really is a joy to see.
Without further rambling – Here’s a few things that have made it into my favourites this week:
Booking a Party
Following the success of the laser party we went to the other week, one of the other school mums and I booked a joint party for our two little birthday boys for November. In between both birthdays it’s a fab excuse for a party and as we’re splitting the costs, it’s working out much cheaper than it would have done had we gone it alone. It’s in the calendar and the little dude is counting down the days (literally) until his first proper party since we left Malta.
Blogger Behind the Blog
On Thursday I was thrilled to see I’d been featured on Donna’s blog as part of her Blogger Behind the Blog feature. I sent her the answers to my interview questions a few months back so it was great to see a tweet linking to the post popping up in my twitter feed. I’d always fancied featuring on one of these posts, I used to do something similar myself featuring other bloggers on my blog years ago myself, but having been an anonymous blogger for so long and lacking in confidence I never quite braved putting myself forward. Needless to say that little chapter of my life is over and it’s definitely time to step out of the shadows.
I know I mentioned this last week, but I really am loving Harry Potter. I read the first book within a week, starting on The Chamber of Secrets 2 days ago and I’m already 2/3 of the way through. I’ve got a feeling I might be hooked.
Bet you weren’t expecting Monica Lewinsky to make my list of favourites this week. I certainly wasn’t. But having listened to the fab podcast The High Low and heard them discussing this Ted Talk, I couldn’t not watch. I won’t go into too much detail about it. But if you spend a lot of time online or your children do, you need to watch this funny, bright and articulate woman talk about the rise of online bullying and the effect it has on us. I promise you’ll fall a little bit in love with her as she makes you laugh, cry, nod along and want to join her in tackling this growing issue.
Don’t hate me. But I honestly can’t help it. It’s what happens when you already love Christmas and then manage to give birth on Christmas Day. I have to admit here that I have started buying Christmas presents, writing lists of things I want to buy and planning treats for the birthday boy. With his party for school friends already booked, we’re thinking of going bowling on Christmas Eve with my sister and her family as a pre Christmas/birthday treat. And we’re looking at booking to see Father Christmas at a castle with the little dude’s best friend aka the Mr’s best friend’s little boy and his family. As you can imagine the Mr is absolutely disgusted I’m talking about Christmas already and the teen is refusing to discuss anything Christmas related until after Halloween – her ‘holiday’ of choice.
What have you loved this week?