Sunday, 22 April 2018

What a difference.....

....the weather makes.

This morning I enjoyed the first mug of coffee of the day, outside in the garden, in the warm sunshine - the most perfect way to start the day!

The weather this week has been, on the whole, lovely - warm enough for the flip flops to venture back out and.....

.... warm enough to eat tea outside!

The roof has been down and...

....we've been busy out in the garden.

Both Sophie and Sam have been revising, just 3 weeks until exams 'proper' start....

...although Sam did have his French Speaking this week.
I gave him a Lego Star Wars advent calendar, as an exam countdown - just a bit of fun to get him through the next 8 weeks. Sophie doesn't need the same encouragement, to 'keep going' she's pretty self motivated and has Reading Uni in her sight's.

I'm feeling pretty motivated in my continuing weight loss/ management. Lost another 2lbs this week, just 5lbs to be back at target, 8lbs to see me sitting at the bottom end, which is where I want to be before the Summer and especially before we go on holiday.

Still walking every day in April, may consider starting to run again in May, will see how my hip copes.

Had a rare treat day out with Jeff yesterday.

I dragged him along to see 'The Band' musical at the Bristol Hippodrome. I bought tickets ages ago for Sophie and I but she's bogged down with revision, didn't feel she could spare the time, so Jeff came instead. To be fair I drag him to all my Take That concerts and so secretly I think he's now a bit of a Take That fan, which the musical was based around. It was a great show, didn't know what to expect but it would resonate with any 40/50 yr old. Was actually quite emotional in places, funny and of course the best music, with the boys from the TV audition show, singing all the Take That hits.

What was lovely, was coming out from the show, out into warm sunshine, driving home with the car roof down and enjoying some gorgeous weather. I really do hope we get a good Summer this year. The winter has felt so long and depressing this year, sunshine most certainly makes life better. This photo was taken from our bedroom window - so lucky to be able to see Glastonbury Tor every day, when you open the shutters each morning.

I also can't quite believe that it's now a year that I closed up shop, on dots and spots. Where has the past year gone? Seems like only yesterday we were clearing out the unit and handing over the keys. Certainly made the right decision for us all as a family. I like having set hours, like to know what I'm doing, like a pay packet every 4 weeks, like being around people, feeling part of a place. I might 'just' be working in Sainsbury's but for now, it is the right thing for work/life balance - no stress, no responsibilities = a happier me. 

Jeff goes back to work tomorrow, a 5 week term, half term, then I think he has just 4 weeks before he breaks up for the Summer. Saying that, this term is always full on, to be fair every term is so busy for him and as usual, he'll work every Saturday all day and do his late boarding house duty. In September he starts a new role/promotion but gets to give up a few of the other roles he does. This is why I work at Sainsbury's, he has no flex in his job, in term time it's so full on, so by me working less, I scoop up everything else and keep us all on an even keel.

 I work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday this week, no overtime but have a few extra school runs penciled in for extra revision sessions. The weather doesn't look as great, so just a regular week ahead - have a good one x

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