It’s been a week of gorgeousness, excitement and loveliness chez moi, and I’m absolutely THRILLED to be able to share Ten of my best moments with you all this weekend (and by Ten, I’m sure you’ll cope if I use that quantifier very, very lightly)
Monday: Hmm, I don’t think Monday was all that great; I was still recovering from a bad mood last weekend, but actually, I am very thankful indeed for a dear, lovely friend who pretty much stayed up all night with me, talking me out of it. There’s that for Monday, and that’s pretty, unbelievably epic (1).
Tuesday: Jen’s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday blog hop was super fun, and I loved going around the place, discovering new music (2). But I think that was it for Tuesday – it was also kind of a bust. Apart from starting a 30 day squats challenge with Alyson from The Shitastrophy. I am GONNA stick to this one (2a).
Wednesday: Now this is where the Good Stuff started happening. Settle ye back in your chair and let me regale you.
I got to pick Niece up from nursery and spend the afternoon with her. I’d previously offered to take her swimming, for her first time ever, and she’d been really excited (3), so I figured that this was the afternoon to do it. I collected her (slightly late) and off we went, after a short lunch, to a local pool, which has an amazing collection of pools and activities for kids.
She was uncertain at first, and quite clingy (not to mention a bit shivery with everso-slightly-purple lips) but we stuck with it, and made frequent trips to the jacuzzi, which was warmer than the rest of the pools. She gradually unclenched and let me move her away from her limpet-like grasp, and slowly, slowly, with encouragement and support, she began enjoying herself.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, this tiny, three-year-old girl is nothing short of INCREDIBLE, because after an hour and a half, she could SWIM! (3a)
Yes with inflatable armbands, and no, probably not well enough to save her life if she fell in, but she moved herself through the water, across the pools, through deep water, to wherever she wanted to go… I was nothing short of astounded and amazed that this small, amazing person is even related to me. I kept gushing on and on about how incredible she was, how well she was doing, and she kept laughing and grinning, and it was the best afternoon ever.
I also got a small, beautiful peek into the world of parenthood, because while I was there (4), Niece made friends with a small boy, and I made friends with his mum. We sat in the water and watched the kids and chatted, then later, (on a couple of small pools with slides from one into the other) I went into the middle pool and caught both kids as they slid down, and she stood at the bottom and caught them both as they slid back into the big pool, then we stood and watched indulgently as they both raced round to do it again and again and again. A transient, delightful friendship, lasting no more than an hour and a half, yet it was really special (4a).
Thursday: was super-special, because the wonderful Jen featured me over at her blog as part of her ‘Raised on the Radio‘ series (5), and I had a blast writing the post for her, AND it was well recieved, AND over here, I got to show everyone the finale of the Ten Things of Thankful Co-Host Interviews (the one where they all got to get their own back on me – with varied and hilarious results) (6) AND I got to introduce our two new co-hosts, Michelle and Zoe (6a).
I also got an email about my upcoming job, and had a lovely chat with the lady who previously showed me around (and who was pleasingly, very excited that I’m to be joining the team) and got my start date (7)! Roll on the 23rd September! Real Life’s gonna hit me soon!
Friday: Today I got up early and took my wonderful Sis to college, where she’s going to embark upon a new stage of academia on the route to achieving her dreams (8). On the downside, the ‘lesson’ turned out to be merely an introductory test, designed to assess her current level of learning, in order to provide her with the best curriculum from here on, so I arrived back home (on the other side of the city) to a phonecall telling me to come back and get her, but on the upside, we then went into town and spent a gorgeous couple of hours shopping for new work trousers to go with the new job (8a), and having a lovely lunch together, perched on a bench in the middle of the shopping mall, just watching the people go by (8b).
And I saw and impulse-bought this AWESOMEROCKIN’ hat (8c).
Then Husby and I worked together
very quite hard (9) to get the house cleaned up ready for our Irish guests, who arrive tomorrow morning (9a) to spend the weekend with us. (If I manage to get a second post in this weekend, it will be due to either my neglect of them and appallingness as a host, or of staying up WAY late Saturday night, after they’ve gone to bed, to type one out. I may also be rather tardy getting round to y’all until late Saturday or late Sunday once they’ve returned home, but I WILL visit you all – promise.)
I rounded off the day with a visit to Emma’s house, where we did a Wii Fit Core Workout (10) and screamed obsecenities and answered back to the irritating, animated woman on the program, who kept bossing us around and making our muscles hurt with trying to copy her effortless management of things like 6 x 12 reps of crunches. Then we turned her off (gleefully) and had a completely unhealthy, oven-tray dinner (10a), whilst thoroughly enjoying spending the time together.
Upcoming Thanks: I am HUGELY thankful and honoured that my first request for a guest post has been met with warmth and enthusiasm, and on Monday, I shall be delighted to share a post from one of my very favourites – our own Christine, who blogs at A Fly On Our (Chicken Coop) Wall. Can’t wait 🙂
(oh, alright, 11 – but I couldn’t resist)
Get yer links in, lovelies, and let’s see what you got for us this weekend…