Friday, 16 March 2018

weekend.... woohoo

The other half is going away for the weekend. On a mountain biking weekend to be precise. Which doesn't just mean that I get to take charge of the remote control and the best spot on the sofa for the duration. It also means the sodding bloody buggering bike will be out of the house! Like all weekend! Time for a celebration!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


I'm going to Bologna Book Fair in a couple of weeks so on top of my normal pile of work I've been trying to squeeze in a Blurb book. And numerous postcardy bits. And stickers. And business cards. In the hope that someone will want to look at them. They better bloody look at them. Getting everything the right size and uploading file after file has turned my brain to mush. Throw in a jaunt to London on Monday for a meeting and a last minute nursery range that was super top urgent and it turns out I've already done a full week's work. But it's only Wednesday morning. How can this be?

Sunday, 11 March 2018

mother's day

We took our Mum out for afternoon tea yesterday. My sister and I downed a few glasses of prosecco and my Mum drove us home. She truly is marvellous. Happy Mother's Day Normski x

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

nice weather for ducks...

I'm happy with rain though...the snow was very lovely but it's time to move on.

Sunday, 4 March 2018


Current mood 👇🏼
Could be the weather.
Could be hormonal.
Could be that I've run out of chocolate.
Could be the fact I've had 2 kids and an adult child off all week getting under my feet and asking what's to eat.
Could be that I tried to book my usual 10am Tesco delivery slot for tomorrow and the earliest I can get is Wednesday. (So the answer to their question from now on will be "fuck all I'm afraid.")
Could be cos the fecking bike is STILL in the dining room.
Could be just my miserable personality.
Who knows.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

spring please

After 3 days of being housebound the cabin fever set in. So last night the eldest and I dug my car out and we pegged it to M&S to stock up on essentials (pizza, crisps, chocolate and wine) 
I'm hoping that the snow will sod off now and we can get going with Spring. I'm bored of wearing all the clothes I own at the same time.

Thursday, 1 March 2018


So it snowed. Quite a bit. We measured it. 20cm on the table outside. And it's absobloodylutely freezing. real need for THREE actual days off school. At the risk of offending any teachers out there...they're having a bloody laugh. The schools decided at about 4pm today that they would remain closed tomorrow. Eh? My phone says no more snow between now and then. Wtf?
If those teachers were self employed and only got paid if they actually turned up and worked I'm betting the schools would all be open tomorrow. 
Just saying...

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Well we have snow.
But like 2cm. 
NOT the 50ft drifts I was expecting after hearing the weather men getting their knickers in a knot all week.
My car insurance people even emailed me yesterday wth top tips on surviving the icy blast. What?
Either snow enough for school to text me at 6am to say they're closed and I can stay in bed, or naff off completely. It's March this week. I was hoping for spring, thanks all the same.

Monday, 26 February 2018

bored of the routine

Actually. I don't think it's so much the getting up early that I hate so much. It's the routine. I've been tied to the school routine for so long that I can't actually remember life before it. I bloody hate having to do the same thing every day. The other half suggested I change it up a bit by getting up an hour earlier, going for a jog then making him a full English. 
So that was helpful.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

back to school

The alarm is back on. How I hate the sodding thing. I'm not a morning person. I do love the feeling of being up early and getting loads of work done before anyone even starts nagging you for it. But not enough to actually live that way. I would so much rather just stay up late and send it to them before they even think about nagging. But you can't stay up late on a night and get up early on a morning for very long without having a total screaming meltdown. So I guess it's an early night for me.
Four and a half years till I'm free of the school routine. And counting...

Saturday, 24 February 2018

*free colouring page

Yay hello weekend!
I've made a colouring in page to celebrate.
If you're feeling a bit bored, or if you can't be arsed going out in the freezing cold, or if your kids need entertaining for ten mins while you put your feet up and have a glass of pinot, or if you're trying to avoid cleaning the bathroom ... this one's for you.
Click on the pic. Print it out. And put your bestest felt tip pens to work. 
You're welcome.
*for personal use only

Friday, 23 February 2018

half term

Ah half great you were. 

I loved getting up 1.5 hours later than usual and still being able to start work at the same time.
It was ace not having to break off every afternoon to do the school pickup.
It was also rather fabulous being able to sack it off completely and have the day off yesterday with my sis and the kids. We went trampolining. [Well...they did. My sis and I sat in the cafe and had a moan with a cuppa.]

I wasn't so keen on the fifty thousand meals I had to make and the general constant taxi-ing about of offspring...but you can't have everything eh!

So...until they break up for 5 weeks time...I bid thee farewell school holidays 👋🏻.


Made a pattern...

Friday, 16 February 2018

chinese new year

Happy Chinese New Year. Year of the dog. Yay.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

lots of love ❤️

The other half bought a new mountain bike 3 weeks ago. It has lived in the dining room since then. He doesn't want to put it in the garage, with the other 6 million bikes he owns, until he has installed the MotherOfAllBikeLocks. And an alarm system. As this requires more time than he actually has available (and once complete he won't be able to sit and stare at it 24/7) the sodding bike is propped up against the dining table. And it is proper getting on my wick! He has already cleaned it 10 times more than the bathroom we had installed 18 months ago. He hasn't got time to clean the bathroom. Obvs.
And last night it was so cold that the hose pipe froze. He was unable to hose it down after his jaunt through the muddiest place in Yorkshire. So NOW the bloody thing is propped up against the dining table covered in mud
I kick it every time I walk past.
Happy Valentines Day bike. You are very much loved ❤️