I always knew that the first half of this year was going to be busy. Then some new opportunities came my way and busy turned to frantic. I have deadlines rushing up to meet me at alarming speed… and I am having the best time meeting them! I’ve achieved so much in the last couple of months, and I know it will all pay off later in the year.
That said, sometimes we all need a break. So, this weekend, while the sun shone in the sky for the first time since 2013, and the puddles actually dried up for once, I took two whole days off. And, perhaps inevitably, did more from Friday home time to Sunday bedtime than I usually manage in a week.
This weekend I:
- Walked to the train station with the daughter on Friday afternoon to meet the husband from his train home. Then we all walked together into town for dinner (and perhaps a glass of wine. Okay, two) before walking home again.
- Watched the entire of Season 3 of Game of Thrones with the husband.
- Cleared out my study (I’d just finished the first draft of a book and the room was looking somewhat… neglected. Or, you know, trashed).
- Walked into town (again!) to take the daughter to spend her World Book Day voucher, and to have lunch in a coffee shop (one of our favourite things).
- Took the daughter to see Frozen (my new favourite film).
- Cooked smoked haddock gratins with spinach and creamy mustard sauce for the husband.
- Made domino runs with the daughter for hours.
- Cleared out the daughter’s wardrobe after I realised she was wearing age 3-4 trousers (she’s a tall 5 year old. Oops?)
- Took the daughter clothes shopping, so she now has actual clothes that fit.
- Sat outside for a pub lunch with the husband while the daughter had fun in the playground, and occasionally popped back for a mouthful of apple juice or some chips.
- Went to the garden centre and bought shoes, cards, cake and biscuits (apparently they also sell plants. Who knew?)
- Watched Wales lose against England in the rugby. Sulked for a while.
- Stopped sulking long enough to cook roast chicken.
- Cleaned the house, did laundry, and caught up on a variety of domestic chores I’d been ignoring while I got sucked into the book I was writing.
- Had a pretend tea party with the daughter and a range of soft toys.
- Cleared out the medicine cabinet and discovered that we have three half full bottles of Calpol, a wide variety of cartoon plasters and more shower gel than we can use in a year.
- Read a book. (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, possibly my new favourite book ever.)
- Slept. A bit.
So, overall, a productive weekend. Which is just as well, as now I’m back at my desk and deep, deep, deep into revisions for the next week. After which, I’ll be writing again, then revising, then writing, then revising, and then it will be June. When I shall mostly be sleeping, I think.
But on the plus side, you guys have got a lot of books coming up! More info on all of them as soon as I’m able to share. In the meantime, back to work!