Monthly Archives: January 2014

off the wagon

I’ve fallen off the wagon with a resounding thump. Sod Dry January. Needs must.

On Monday I had a meeting with my line manager to discuss my workload. It went something like this:

Me: (looking at to-do list) I need to do this, this, this, this, this…oh, and this, this, this…
Him: So you’ve got quite a lot on at the moment then?
Me: Errr…yes.
Him: OK, well I’ve already told the team not to give you any more work at the moment, so you can just focus on what you’ve already got. Except this urgent job which we need you to do within the next couple of days. Do you think you can manage it?
Me: Well, if everything goes according to plan over the next few days and I get everything done that I want to do by Wednesday, then it should be fine.

Everything was going pretty well until the afternoon, when I got a call saying my dad had broken his leg and my mum needed me to come and help.

Since then I’ve been working from home and trying to juggle work with helping my mum and visiting my dad in hospital.

I’m due back in the office tomorrow morning for a meeting I haven’t prepared for, and so tonight I am sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop and a bottle of wine.

I managed 28 alcohol-free days. I think that’s quite enough now.


Spare a thought for my poor dad, who managed to do this to his leg today:


He slipped over on a wet pavement and snapped his leg, called his own ambulance and then called my mum. I had to leave work in the middle of the afternoon and get the train to where he works so I could pick up his things and drive his car home. He’ll be in hospital for a few days and is having an operation on his leg tomorrow. Thankfully he is being pumped full of morphine and seems to be in fairly good spirits!

If I go quiet on you for a little while, that’s why!

I hope you’re all having a less eventful start to the week than we are!

american adventure

After several months of sensible and frugal living I have just emptied my bank account and booked a holiday to New York. My travelling buddy Jess is turning 30 this year and wanted to do something cool, and I need something fun to look forward to while Olivier is away, so we decided to go for a long weekend in the Big Apple!

We’ll be going at the end of April, so hopefully the polar vortex will have gone and we might get some nice warm spring weather. And it’ll give me some time to replenish my depleted bank account before we go so I can enjoy everything properly.

What should we do? Where should we go? What’s unmissable?

I’m hopping with excitement! (OK, that’s a lie, I’m sitting at the kitchen table drinking tea, but mentally I am hopping with excitement!)

But oh so skint now.

Probably a good thing I don’t have much on the agenda for the next month apart from half marathon training!