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Hope

In one of the last episodes of the final season of The Walking Dead (yes we’ve watched them all, I’ve had zombie fatigue at times but himself as pushed me through), Ezekiel and Negan have a discussion about how to revolt in a prison camp. They discuss fear, but ultimately decide that hope is a… Continue reading Hope

Climate Change Collective Post 4: How climate change impacts animals

The wonderful Caroline from Enviroline has shared the third post in the series being run by the Climate Change Collective. Phenology is the timings of animal and plant yearly cycles. As the climate changes, these timings change too. For example, birds are starting to breed earlier because the peak insect abundance is happening sooner. This puts added… Continue reading Climate Change Collective Post 4: How climate change impacts animals

Thankful

I’m very thankful to know many lovely folks from the USA. Some are friends from my university years, some are ex-colleagues, some are current co-workers and some are virtual friends I know from blogging. I’m thankful for them all. Having had a bit of a writers block lately and felt sorry for myself, I’m particularly… Continue reading Thankful

My Christmas Posts

Sometimes events conspire to make something happen. On Friday I wrote about feeling fed up and uninspired and lots of people were supportive, suggesting a break might be needed. I suspect they might be right and I’m going to review what I do in the new year. However, just writing about how I was feeling has… Continue reading My Christmas Posts

misty poppy fields

Remembrance Day

Parts first posted in November 2019. Usually, around this time of year, I see a bunch of posts, profile decorations, photos about Remembrance day with Union Jacks and St George’s crosses. Actually, this year it’s been a bit less I think. Maybe, with Brexit and COVID there’s a realisation that we rely and owe a… Continue reading Remembrance Day

Sweet chestnuts

When I was a little girl, and indeed a teenager, my parents would buy sweet chestnuts on a stall at their town market. They’d roast them and then we’d burn our finger tips deshelling them. I’ve had, very occasionally, roast chestnuts from a street seller. But they’ve always been coated in sugar and way too… Continue reading Sweet chestnuts

Migraine

Ouchy! And that’s putting it lightly. This week I had my first “full blown migraine that I just couldn’t cope with” in years. My period started on Sunday so I knew that a headache would follow a few days later, it always does. So on Tuesday morning, I wasn’t bothered by the dull ache. On… Continue reading Migraine

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

October 2022 Reading

I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! I think I’ve done well extracting reviews from them this month, especially from large boy. Large boy A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After,… Continue reading October 2022 Reading

Climate Change Collective Post 3: Travel With Climate Change

The wonderful Jamie from JamieAdStories has shared the third post in the series being run by the Climate Change Collective. Many people operate as if they are on islands these days. They have a home island, a work island, a ‘going out’ island and a shopping island. They hop in a vehicle and whizz between… Continue reading Climate Change Collective Post 3: Travel With Climate Change

Taking an Autumn Break

On holiday (again)

Sorry folks. We’ve taken another holiday. The fourth this year somehow! It’s very much needed after either himself or I have been away with work for most of the last two weeks, with a Scout camp, a Beavers camp, and two rugby matches thrown in too for good measure. We’re a bit frazzled and ready… Continue reading On holiday (again)

No more babies

It was Baby Loss Awareness Week last week. I almost managed to avoid it altogether. Last year I wrote about what coping looks like, the year before I discussed our loss. Before that I looked at different ways we react to loss. But personally and in my real life, I don’t engage in BLAW. I’ve… Continue reading No more babies

Cucumbers and cats

Apologies in advance for the brief post. Himself has buggered off on a work trip and the kids have three million activities this week and I’m travelling next week. So yeah, writing anything meaningful is a stretch. Large boy came out with what I thought was absolute gibberish at tea time: Then he said that… Continue reading Cucumbers and cats

Climate Change Collective Post 2: Understanding How Climate Action Redefines Our Future

The wonderful Molly from Transatlantic Notes has shared the second post in the series being run by the Climate Change Collective. The decisions we make now will impact our future; a reality we likely can all understand because we’ve experienced this within our personal lives. We frequently make choices based on how to positively influence… Continue reading Climate Change Collective Post 2: Understanding How Climate Action Redefines Our Future

No post today

I usually do a post on a Friday. Today, I had something to write, but then the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced last night. I’m sure there will be lots of tributes and posts mourning her passing, but I’m not jumping onto that thread. I’m just going to take a day off. The… Continue reading No post today

home working set up, two monitors, laptop, printer, lots of mess, water bottle and jumper

Dilemma Resolved

This is a work post. I don’t post about work very much because, well, it’s generally pretty boring to people outside of my domain. I mean, seriously, I work in software, duller than dull right? Most people think software development is as obscure and highly technical as chemistry (doh, PhD chemist here too, double trouble).… Continue reading Dilemma Resolved

I ought to be…

I ought to be blogging but I’m playing Lego Star Wars I ought to be working but I’m doing the laundry I ought to be reading for my leadership training but I’m absorbed in detectives I ought to be running but I’m working through lunch time I ought to be making dinner but I’m hugging… Continue reading I ought to be…

Plank Challenge Time

I’ve come back from holiday (did I mention we went on holiday? we left the country and everything! I mighthavebeengoingon aboutthata bit, sorry) having eaten all the cheese and ice cream and chocolate. This means that running is hard again (because I only did a tiny bit while away, despite my best intentions) and my… Continue reading Plank Challenge Time

On holiday

I was going to at least do my July reading post today. But, you know what, holidays are for doing nothing. I’ll be posting on Instagram regularly if you want to see what we’re up to. Otherwise, I’ll be back 19th August. Instagram.com/andsmellysocks Catch you on the flipside folks.

Almost there

Are we nearly there yet? Almost holidays Almost the end of daily routines Weekly clubs already over Taxi service to sports is done with Peace and quiet looming, stretching to the horizon Or Kids off school, bored and nagging Interruptions, requests for snacks and screen time Organising activities and friends to play Money leaking to… Continue reading Almost there

Love Thyself

This isn’t going to become a regular thing, long-time readers have probably picked up that I (we) am (are) not religious in the slightest. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think the bible or any other religious text of any denomination or faith don’t have value, truth, or wisdom. They absolutely do. So, here goes.… Continue reading Love Thyself

Boris is Going

It’s all over the news and the culmination of several days of mass ministerial resignations on the top of months and years of scandal after scandal. Here’s the thing though. I’m seeing a lot of social media posts, from usually reputable sources or groups, declaiming Boris as an immoral narcissist, for example: Now, I am… Continue reading Boris is Going

Three failures (and why that’s a good thing)

I’ve been reading How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day recently. I’m not sure how I stumbled across it but it’s a really interesting read. It’s definitely taking precedence over my reading homework for my future leaders initiative: I think we all dwell on our “failures” but what… Continue reading Three failures (and why that’s a good thing)

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

June 2022 Reading

I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy Dragon Mountain, Dragon Legend, and Dragon City by Katie Tsang Oh this boy does love a series. He sped through all these ones… Continue reading June 2022 Reading

Small boy is 7

It’s time to look back again and wonder, baffled, how small boy has arrived at another birthday. It was the same last year and the year before. The years seems to be flying past, it feels like no time since he was the baby who would only sleep wrapped in a fleecy blanket in my… Continue reading Small boy is 7

Another year passed

Here we are again, June 17th. This was the date in 2019 that boy3 was scheduled to be born by caesarean section. So even though it’s four and a half months after his actual birthday, today remains an unforgettable date for us. We’ve just made it through another holiday where we seemed to be surrounded… Continue reading Another year passed

My Garden 2022

I love growing veggies. I’ll never forget the first year that I grew 5 courgette plants in a sun blessed garden and a friend gave me 8 tomato plants. Himself took a long time to come back round to considering courgettes acceptable on his plate after 3 months of me sneaking them into almost every… Continue reading My Garden 2022

No post today

We’re on holiday. It’s beautiful and hot and we’re having a lovely time, so there’s no post today. Probably not on Friday either. Also because I need to write a guest post for TBC. Normal service will be resumed next week. Have fun everyone. Xxx

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

May 2022 Reading

I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Note: terrible light weight reviews this month, sorry. Large boy Against All Gods by Maz Evans Large boy was very pleased to find this at… Continue reading May 2022 Reading

End of an era

Well that’s it. Large boy has had his last meeting at Cubs. It’s been a strange experience for him (not that he realises this). He joined in February 2020, made his promise and promptly went into lockdown. Our Cubs pack didn’t do anything virtually for a long time, then they took part in weekly Zoom… Continue reading End of an era

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

Kids TBR piles

We do a monthly reading round up, but what’s in the kids’ TBR piles at the moment? Bearing in mind that some of the books in these piles have been there for quite a while, there still quite tall. Mine is less substantial and, besides, mostly on my Kindle. There’s no pretending we aren’t all… Continue reading Kids TBR piles

Year 2 SATs

Small boy, mainly obliviously, is doing his year 2 SATs at the moment. I’m rather sad for him. Not because of the testing, not because he doesn’t enjoy them. But because he’s only “mainly oblivious”. When large boy did his, we didn’t even have any idea. School made so little fuss about it that the… Continue reading Year 2 SATs

My running playlist 2

I haven’t blogged about running for a while. There’s a reason for that, as I’ve mentioned on my Instagram feed lately. #smellysockscantrunanymore I had a dreadful cold in February – himself had COVID, I was testing daily and negative throughout. One false negative I might understand, but not 7 in a row while I felt… Continue reading My running playlist 2

home working set up, two monitors, laptop, printer, lots of mess, water bottle and jumper

I’m going to work

Not that interesting? Well, I’m actually going to work at work. In the office. In Cambridge, 150+ miles away. For the first time since November 2019! (I think, I can’t really remember) I’m both excited and kind of anxious. I can’t wait to see everyone, and the drive doesn’t worry me. But, I have no… Continue reading I’m going to work

Snatched moments

Snatched moments A few minutes of company Pleasure in easy companionship Mundane chatter about nothing Twenty minutes of a return to before Being friends is no longer an everyday pastime Long lunches distant memories Yoga classes no more Because Children change everything And, most days, it’s a fair exchange I managed a short lunchtime walk… Continue reading Snatched moments

7.30am on a Sunday

Seriously, who voluntarily sets their alarm for 7.30am on Sunday morning? And why? Sleep Surely it’s just not a sensible move. I mean, once upon a time anything before 10am on the weekend was “early”. Then kids happened and now any and all sleep is precious. Even six and three quarter years since small boy… Continue reading 7.30am on a Sunday

Taking an Easter Break

We’re off for a little UK holiday for the next week, so I’m going to take a break from the blog to enjoy some fabulous adventures with the family. Wishing everyone a lovely chocolate holiday full of eggs and fluffy bunnies and free of vomiting, over-chocolate-filled children.

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

March 2022 Reading

I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy The Finisher by David Baldacci It was about somebody who lived in a village surrounded by darkness filled with monsters, before TVs were… Continue reading March 2022 Reading

Overwhelmed

I’m having one of those days or weeks where there are just too many things going on. I knew what I was going to write a post about, but here I am at 5.30pm the day before publishing and I haven’t started it. I refuse to let the blog be one more pressure on me.… Continue reading Overwhelmed

Springtime 2022

I’m totally loving this beautiful weather lately. OK so it’s still pretty cold in the morning, with a bit of frost, but the blue skies and sunshine are making me happy. So I wanted to share some pictures I’ve taken out and about recently. What are you looking forward to as the days get warmer… Continue reading Springtime 2022

The smelly socks family's feet

Outdoors etiquette

Some of the content in this post was originally published in April 2020, Lockdown exercise etiquette. Back then I was a learner runner, but already I’d noticed some strange behaviour when sharing roads and footpaths with other people. Since then I’ve had innumerable negative encounters as well as many positive ones. The UK highway code… Continue reading Outdoors etiquette

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

February 2022 Reading

I do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan “I really enjoyed this of course, it’s Rick Riordan what do you expect?” Yep and it’s Thursday… Continue reading February 2022 Reading

beautiful sunlit trees at Delamere Forest

Getting by

So I have about four half-written blog posts and several ideas in my head but nothing in a state to share today. Add to that the rather hectic last two weeks because himself was isolating after getting COVID, meaning that I was doing all the taxi duties for the kids, me getting large boy’s evil… Continue reading Getting by

Waves of grief

Trigger warning: miscarriage I feel like I’m treading water in my grief. I know we don’t always have to be moving forwards, that backwards is OK too. Maybe it’s not even like I’m treading water because that’s an active attempt to keep afloat. I’m rather effortlessly and aimlessly drifting. I don’t know where I am… Continue reading Waves of grief

Three angry people thinking "it's not about you!"

It’s not about you

Right, so here’s the thing that’s annoying me lately. Self-centredness. Is that even a word? I think so. I mean people who forget that there’s anything outside their little world or that other people have different experiences, needs, abilities, finances and so on. Like what? Like those who don’t want to vaccinate because the vaccines… Continue reading It’s not about you

Feeling weepy

I’m feeling weepy at the moment. Hormones. Anniversaries. Seems like so much is going on, even though it’s no more than usual. May be I’m wearing myself out with RED January. Could do with a bit of a boost of cheer and energy, that isn’t chocolate-based. That’s all I’ve got today.

Infinity lights

Reflecting on 2021

A year ago I wrote a post looking towards (not forwards to) 2021. And, well, 2020 had certainly been a rollercoaster but it wasn’t as painful as 2019 was for us. For 2021, I knew not to make resolutions or think about specific goals. Instead there were some general things I wanted from 2021, and… Continue reading Reflecting on 2021

This time next year

Bill over at A Silly Place passed on this pondering question – where will I be this time next year? He’s got some clear ideas about the inevitable and some general goals for himself this time next year. However, he generously shared the challenge with some other folks, including me. I’ve had to have a… Continue reading This time next year

You look tired…

OK, so potentially debatable opinion: I hate Zoom. Work has just switched to Zoom for conference calls and that means more video calls. I’ve managed to avoid them so far for the most part – himself almost always interrupts my regular Wednesday group meeting and I’ve started making him wave at the other participants in… Continue reading You look tired…

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