Monday, 15 August 2016

enormous unicorn

So we decided against the inflatable swan/flamingo. We felt they have been overdone on instagram and wanted something even smugger. So we opted for a unicorn. It arrived on Friday. The little one insisted on blowing it up "to make sure it didn't have any holes in it". It took him an hour. With a foot pump. Turns out that the online description of "giant inflatable unicorn" wasn't an exaggeration. It's bloody massive! I doubt it will even fit in the pool to get that all important smugstagram shot. It fits in the suitcase though. All squished up and ready to go.
See you in a couple of weeks folks x

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

camera kid

It's the little one's birthday while we're away. All he wants is an SLR camera. Been going on about it for ever. He's got my old camera, the mother in law's old camera, my mum's friend Valerie's old camera, a GoPro, a camera drone, a little video camera, an old school video recorder and an underwater camera already. But he now needs an SLR. Wouldn't. Shut. Up. About. It.
He said he'd use the hard cash that everyone gave him for his birthday and put it all together to buy one. Well I calculated how much he was gonna get and he was still over £150 short. But still. That's all he wants. And I figure it's better than another bloody XBox or something. So I said he could have one. But of course it's no good on his birthday. He NEEDS it 8 days early so he can use it on holiday.
So yesterday my very patient mum and dad took him camera shopping. To 3 different Yorkshire locations. They got one. It's all charged up and in the new camera bag with the new memory stick ready to go. Result.
Thing is....I don't think he's actually that interested in taking photos. He prefers filming stuff. I suspect he only wanted an SLR because it has lots of bits to fiddle with...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

final countdown

I'm still on a holiday countdown. Only it's gone from a OhWon'tItBeLovelyToGetToOurLittleTropicalIsland sort of countdown to a ShitI'veGotSoMuchWorkStillToDoAndIHaven'tEvenStartedAnyHolidayPrep sort of countdown.
We're also having the bathroom ripped out and a new one put in while we're away ...just to add to the pre holiday stress. Yay.
Get me on that plane!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

july 2016

July on my blog...

Friday, 29 July 2016

enormous whale

So what do you do when it's the school hols and it chucks it down? 
It's obvs innit. 
You hunt down the enormous inflatable whale you bought on holiday last year, blow it up with the foot pump, leave the foot pump lying about for everyone (me) to trip over, spend two hours jumping all over the sodding whale, then abandon it in the middle of the living room - thus preventing anyone actually being able to move in there. 
Then you moan A LOT at the suggestion that it should go back where you found it. To the extent that you look like you might actually cry if that happens.

Good old British summers eh?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

full speed ahead

I'm on fire this week. It's like I'm working with a rocket up my backside. I am ploughing my way through the NeverEndingToDo list like I've got a holiday coming up or something.
Even managed maximum output this afternoon while every kid in the neighbourhood had a water fight in our garden. Right outside my studio window. (While their mothers - all part timers or sodding school workers - enjoyed their days off in peaceful solitude. No doubt with their feet up and a jug of Pimms to hand)
I am counting the days till I finish work.
Fifteen if you take into consideration that Day16 will mostly be spent at the hairdressers and the nail salon...
I can't bloody wait. Have I mentioned that already?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

sunday night

Sunday night ...could get a head start on next week's work ... or could watch a film and faff about on illustrator....
Well... next week would be dull without a bit of stress wouldn't it...

Saturday, 23 July 2016

been busy...

Doing my little blog/insta pics is my fave thing and I normally make sure I save time for it. It keeps me sane in and amongst the many briefs and urgent deadlines. But for the last couple of weeks there just hasn't been time. I was juggling work for six people this week. I have four big jobs on next week too, so it's not really looking any easier.
Plus of course it's now the school hols and I have the little one chewing my ear off and the big one using me as a general taxi service. 
Meanwhile the weather has suddenly gone all summer on us. My friend, who works part time and doesn't have a bloody clue, emailed me this week and said "It must be really nice to work from home when the weather's like this." Yeah it's ace. I can see the sun from my desk and flies get in when I open the windows. 
Anyways...I'm now on full blown countdown to our hols....3 weeks...can't bloody wait!

Saturday, 9 July 2016


I'm becoming a weather bore aren't I?
OK... I already was a weather bore.
I'm just always cold that's all 😕

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Tonight: big brown bear and bed.
Boring bloody buggering football is on the telly. Again.

Friday, 1 July 2016

june 2016

Can't believe it's actually July!
Not least because the weather is saying April. I don't know why I'm disappointed year after year at the total lack of summer in England. You'd think I would have grasped the concept of perpetual cloud coverage by now.
Still, I live in hope....

This was June...

Thursday, 30 June 2016

dental traumas

The big one has been undergoing orthodontic treatment for nearly 3 years. They had to wait for her teeth to grow before proceeding and now they've grown there's not enough room in her mouth.
She has a small mouth.
It doesn't stop her from talking. Or eating. But it makes her teeth wonky. 
She had to have 4 of them removed before her braces could be fitted. She had the first 2 taken out by our dentist last week and went for the other 2 removing last night. She was in there LikeForEver before a stressed looking hygienist came to fetch me. The dentist couldn't get one of the teeth out. It was stuck. But she had managed to rough it up a bit and chip loads of it off. She put a temporary filling on it and the big one had to go back this morning for someone else to take it out. 
It's all been a bit stressful! I didn't have dental traumas scheduled into my diary today. I was meant to be drawing dinosaurs!

Monday, 27 June 2016

keep smiling

Do you think that going out of the Euros tonight might stop people moaning about going out of the EU for a minute? Only I've had it up to here with the moaning from THAT! I think some people just like having something to be miserable about. I've had to hide loads of people on facebook this week because they're just so bloody negative. And they're STILL going on about it. A lot! It's almost like they're enjoying the doom and gloom. Life is what you make it. I believe you can make the most out of any situation. So whether you voted in or out, it is what it is. Get over it and get on with it. Together.

Friday, 24 June 2016

jo cox

We went to the Jo Cox memorial in Batley on Thursday. They asked scouts to go in uniform and the little one wanted to go. 
She was our MP. She was murdered 5 minutes away from where we live. So very sad. 
It's an awful world sometimes.