Sunday, October 20, 2013

Catching up

It feels like it has been a good long while since I sat down to write a blog post.  Life, work, health and wedding planning, as well as the usual social loveliness, all conspired to keep me busy.  It's often the way, I think - the busier I am the less time I have to write about things!  Now feels like a good point to catch up and to get back into the groove of blogging, even if the pace is a little slower than it has been beforehand.  So, here's how things are! good!  I'm such a lucky duck to have so much that interests me and keeps me busy and challenges me.  Whether it's a chill day in my jammies with the cats, a jaunt out of town for tea and cakes, or a mad fourteen hour workday, there's always fun to be found. going well, and I am grateful and happy to have reached half-term break! My form are super lovely and my classes enthusiastic and I'm so enjoying devising lessons and activities for them.  I'm excited for when we return next week - now we are all settled in and know how everyone works we can hit the academic 'meat' of the year well-rested (I always think November-April is the academic powerhouse of the year!).  Plus, it's the half-term heading down to Christmas.  Awesome. a little wobbly.  I haven't really mentioned it here, but now seems like the time to mention it as the impact over the next month will be tangible.  Over the summer holidays I found a large lump in my abdomen, and through a battery of tests the news and the prognosis was found to be very good – for all its size it is utterly benign, and hopefully easy to remove.  I am feeling pretty well most of the time, but on occasion I am experiencing stomach/back pain and a lots of tiredness – both common side effects of the condition and a definite downer!  I'm having an operation to remove the lump (which I have named Geffen...I like naming things) October 31st - I win on the Hallowe'en gore-o-meter this year.

Wedding going swimmingly!  Turns out being someone who likes planning makes it much more fun.  Matthew has also been a rockstar - he's so much help!  We have lots of things booked in now (I've bought my dress!) and are so looking forward to the big day next year.  More soon, I have no doubt

Everything else....lots of time with lovely folk; flying visits past to Bristol and Edinburgh, jaunts ahead to Newcastle, Glasgow, Hitchin and Forres; books and TV and cooking; little projects around the house; fun times with Matthew; cuddles with the kits; Junior League adventures; and plenty of autumnal hibernation. 

Hope this finds you all happy and well.  More soon.


  1. I cannot believe you named it!! Heal up soon and I hope the procedure is smooth. Keep me posted.

  2. Sending lots of healthy best wishes for the operation and recovery after it. Hugs.

  3. Glad to see you back and hope to catch up in person soon (health of both of us permitting!)


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