Sick of being sick

I've been tired or ill for the last three weeks. I've not been happy! I've been feeling like a zombie most days, getting work done and then having no energy left for anything else. I think I'm over the worst of it now and look forward to getting back to normality - being able to go for a bike ride would also be great! I went out with Nicky yesterday, we only did 4km but I was knackered afterwards!

Clacton was OK, although the caravan is starting to fall apart and there's only so much you can do with duct tape! It remains to be seen if we soldier on with it or get a newer one, but at least we don't have to worry about Glastonbury next year!

It was mine and Anna's 11th wedding anniversary yesterday. The time has gone by so quickly. We didn't really do much as Anna had an Open University tutorial in the morning, so we just got a takeaway and watched Mad Max: Fury Road. It had received so many good reviews so we were disappointed when it turned out to be a …

Out of breath

I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment. I woke up last Thursday feeling a bit breathless with a feeling like something was pressing against my chest. Hopefully it's just a cold and will go soon but it's pretty frustrating - it's stopping me from riding my bike or anything too hectic. I feel fine other than this which is very annoying.

Rory seems to be enjoying his start to school life, he comes home every day with a big smile and tells us that he been doing loads of exciting things but there were too many things to remember! The other two are back into the routine without any problems.

I've not really done anything exciting over the last few weeks. We're going away this weekend to Clacton though for a family birthday and to check the fridge caravan - I replaced it after our holiday to the Isle of Wight but haven't been able to test it yet, and I have to saw a bit off the vent to make it fit - I'm sure it'll be lots of fun(!) I've also…

Back to school

Finally, the house is quiet and I can concentrate on work! Nicky and Kitty seem happy enough back at school, although I think Rory is in for a big shock when he starts next week and has to be ready to leave by 8.40! His teacher and TA came to visit yesterday and he ignored them both which is unusual for him, he seems to be coming down with something.

I've not been doing too well recently. I think having the kids at home and not having the time/energy to go for a bike ride means I've not had any time to myself for a while, which I don't seem able to cope with at all. I've started using a meditation app to see if that can help me cope with anxiety/stress. I don't really have anything to be anxious or stressed about other than silly little things.

I went to Brushfest over the Bank Holiday weekend with some friends - it was nice to go to a festival without kids and be able to drink and see who I wanted! The highlight were definitely the Mariachi Doritos, but that may w…

Roll on September

It seems like the school holidays go on forever, especially when I'm trying to concentrate on something! Working from home definitely has its advantages but sometimes I miss having somewhere separate. I might try the library one day as it has a lot of free desks and power sockets, and free Wi-Fi most importantly!

I've been fairly busy since getting back from the Isle of Wight with various things. We went to a friend's housewarming the weekend before last. It used to be the case that we were the only people turning up with kids but now everyone else is catching up. Now that ours are older it means we can almost relax and sit down whilst they entertain themselves! It was good to catch up with people and to see people react to the beard (which is now 2 months old).

I had to go on a speeding awareness course last week after getting caught a few months ago (Kitty was late for a ballet rehearsal and I was stuck in traffic for half an hour - doesn't excuse it obviously!) It w…

Isle of Wight 2017

If I was going to sum up the week in a single word, I'd probably choose "wet". Whilst it wasn't an entirely wet week, it started off very wet and windy (not great weather for putting up an awning in) and ended very wet (stuck in traffic on the M25 for most of the afternoon and the caravan storage site was soaked).

The Wednesday was fairly relaxed after we had got the caravan set up - we went to The Griffin for dinner (it was still raining so no hedge maze this time) and then went back to the venue to see the magician - in previous years he had an airzooka but he didn't this time.

On the Thursday we went to Robin Hill for the first time - previously we've only been to Blackgang Chine but we thought we'd go for the joint park ticket this time. It was still a little wet but we still had a fun day, thankfully the rain stopped long enough for us to have a go on the toboggan run which was a lot of fun! There were also lots of climbing areas and things for the c…

Time going quickly

I can't believe it's almost August already. The summer holidays have started and we're off to the Isle of Wight next week!

Last Friday was the last day of term for Nicky and Kitty. They both had excellent school reports and we had some of their Christmas money left over, so we bought a trampoline for the garden. We got it set up before they came home on Friday so it was a nice surprise for them!

So holiday next week and I have nothing ready - I've got to sort out some clothes and make sure they still fit! I'm stuck between sizes at the moment, M is a little too small whilst L is too large, I'm determined to get back to my pre-hernia weight so I'm trying not to buy clothes until then. I've managed a few bike rides recently and hopefully I can get fit again without getting injured!

Not much else to write about, other than the progress of 'Project Riker'. I've not shaved since Glastonbury and am almost looking respectable, rather than simply to…

Glastonbury and the Red Bull Soapbox Race

It's been yet another busy month so haven't had time to write everything down. Glastonbury was great, the first day was sweltering and we spent most of it looking for shade, so didn't explore as much as we normally would. Luckily they let us go to the front of the queue to get in so that the kids would avoid being in the sun too long, which I was exceedingly thankful for! 
My festival highlights would include Foo Fighters, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip, Chic with Nile Rodgers and Liam Gallagher. Lowlights would include Ed Sheeran and Radiohead. Radiohead in particular was disappointing because of the crowd - I couldn't hear the songs over people talking, no matter how near the front I got, so I left before the encore. I heard Creep on the way back to the caravan so I've heard it twice out of the three times I've seen them! I've setup an album of photos which can be seen here. Last weekend we went to Alexandra Palace to see the Red Bull Soapbox Race. There we…