It’s taken me a little longer than usual to get back into putting finger to keyboard after Christmas. Although having seen mess that is the latest WordPress update, which I’m pretty sure Satan had a hand in designing, I must admit to having been a bit put off doing so. But what better place to start than with a weekly roundup?
I do love writing these posts. There’s nothing like picking out those little, or indeed memorable moments, that make the week go that much quicker.
At the weekend we headed to Dinotropolis in Bluewater with friends and their children. We’d been meaning to go since it opened in November, but time, or lack thereof, kept getting in the way. So off we went on Sunday with a very excited 7 year old in tow who was absolutely thrilled to be seeing his bestie and the odd dinosaur of course. I won’t lie, it wasn’t my favourite place. It’s a brilliant play area, perfect for dinosaur fans. It’s just ridiculously expensive (you have to pay for adults as well as kids and the little dude was £15 for an hour and a half’s play) and there’s a real lack of seating for parents. That said, the little dude loved it and is already asking to go again. And we did of course enjoy meeting up with our friends, so it was a lovely day out overall.
Back to School
Monday was of course the day the kids went back to school and college after what seems like a decade. We had a lovely time over the school holidays, but my word they were long. Both of them were so ready to get stuck back in. The teen missed her college friends and couldn’t wait to get back to her photography course. While the little dude just couldn’t wait to get back to his daily routine. Here’s hoping they’ll always been so keen.
I’m aware I’m late to the party on this one. But The Immortalists was such a captivating book, I couldn’t help but mention it here. It transports you back in time, pulling you into the story as you quickly find yourself tangled up in the lives of each of the Gold children. If you haven’t read it already, you definitely need to add it to your ‘to be read’ list. It’s unmissable. Here’s what it says on the back cover:
It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the ‘knowledge’ given to them that day – but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
After the indulgence of Christmas I was looking forward to getting back to healthier eating in the New Year. Now when I say indulgence of Christmas, I actually mean I haven’t ‘dieted’ since July after losing 4 stone. And while I’ve put on a few pounds since the summer, it’s nowhere near as much as it would have been in previous years. I’m much happier where I am now and I think I’ve got the balance pretty much spot on for me. But I do still have a way to go in terms of weight loss.
So I decided to just cut back a bit from New Year’s Day onwards. Crazy I know, but we didn’t have a big family meal planned and I was itching for a fresh start. One week on and I’d lost 6.5lb. As you can imagine, I was so happy to see that number. And rather surprised considering I’d eaten dessert every night, enjoyed 2 Costas (with cake) and a McDonald’s. So while I may be on a ‘diet’, it’s my kind of diet and I never feel deprived. And I think that’s the way to go. Who wants to be miserable while crying over a bowl full of lettuce after all?
What have you enjoyed this week?
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