Race Day…The Lie-in Has To Wait

So Half Mara week has arrived and to be honest, I’ve got little else on my mind other than how I’m going to do on race day. So if you’re tired of posts on running, that’s fair enough. I understand. No hard feelings. I get it if you want to go do something else rather […]

Do I HAVE To Run? (asked the voices in my head)

Alter Ego: “Run time” Me: “Do I really have to?” Alter Ego: “What do you think? Half Marathon in ten days” Me: “But my knee still twinges from Monday’s run” Alter Ego: “A twinge is just that: a twinge. Quit whining.” Me: “And it’s so cold” Alter Ego: “So go put on another layer.” Me: “And […]

Half Marathon Here I Come (again)

If you read Mother Loses Her Running Mojo, you’ll know that I fell off the running wagon  towards the end of 2013. I’m not sure I’m fully back on but 1st Jan 2014, I took the bull by the horns and headed out for my first 10k in ages. Then, I fell on my laptop […]

Monday Morning Mama

Short but not sweet. Let’s see: the entire kitchen bin contents fell out on the floor this morning and the time needed to a salvage job meant we were late for school AGAIN. The locking system on the car has gone beyond beserk to the point where I nearly got locked out of the car […]

Holiday Season Classic Quotes

I sat down to write a post about my favourite quotes from the 2013 festive season, thinking “oh this’ll be fun cos I bet we all made a variety of really different ones”. Um, about that…  Apparently, food and drink seems to be the only thing we do really well. Because it sure seems to […]

Last Year’s Firsts

I’ve seen numerous posts the last couple of days from people saying that 2013 wasn’t their  year. So I feel even more blessed, looking back at last year, to be able to say I had a pretty good one overall….or am I still looking at life through Christmas wine goggles? Nothing earth-shattering happened – and […]

Girls and Boys: Game On!

A few years ago, we had one of those rare Christmases where my whole family managed to reunite at my parents’ place in West London; one of my sisters S.J. flew in from Holland, we came over from Malta, my other sis M.E. travelled up the motorway from Sussex (and UK traffic being what it […]

Desperately Seeking My Festive Spirit!

I have to admit I’ve been having difficulty finding my Christmas spirit this year. It’s not the first time it’s happened and I always thought it was because of a combination of two things: 1) only putting the tree and decorations up with just days to go before the big day and hence not having […]

Ho Ho Holy CRAP What Have I Done?!

I’m really not sure what surprised me the most today. Perhaps it was the fact that I just never seem to change my scatty ways, which meant that yet again, after doing all the morning drop offs (M and D at school, K at nursery and hubster at work – and yes I AM going […]

Dear Santa…oh dear, Santa

  At the time of writing this, I have a head full of cold and a sore throat so I’m a little worried that this may not be my most complete and stellar offering. I think I may well be onto something here though and as the fog of this head cold lifts, I’m sure […]

14 Things Not To Say To Kids…

 …because there’s just no point! I sounded off at Musical M last night and said something I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have said.  Oh if only I could channel my inner Mother Teresa in such moments.  (Problem is I don’t HAVE an inner Mother Teresa to channel.) After they’d gone to bed, I got to […]

Thanksgiving is…A Piece of Cake

We Brits may not celebrate Thanksgiving but it doesn’t mean I can’t stop for a moment and take stock of all the good things in my life.  For all my flaws, one of my good points is that I usually manage to find some reason almost every day to drink from the cup of gratitude.  […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Mother Loses Her Running Mojo!

I just don’t understand what’s going on with me and the running at the moment.  I know it’s common to fall off the exercise wagon and often find it hard to motivate yourself.  But I’ve fallen off it so badly this time I don’t think I can even see the wagon anymore. I made myself […]

10 Lessons This Mama Has Learned

So in a week where I managed to miss a girls’ night because I didn’t read the details on the invite properly and came seriously close to using a tube of ear drops to stick my son’s birthday cupcake decorations together, thinking it was a bottle of sugar glue, I thought it a good idea […]

An Indian in Malta

Sitting at Cafe Juliani having a post-pilates cappuccino blogging away. Just looked out the window and there’s an Indian (Sikh to be precise) man who looks so like my dad, smart suit, turban, greying beard and all. Seriously fighting the urge to a) take a picture of him to remind my British /Indian/ Maltese kids […]

Famous Australian TV Chef Causes Lunchbox Envy!

There’s a certain female chef on TV…I won’t say her name cos I’m too damn chicken…she’s Australian though.  I can’t decide whether I love her or hate her.  I think it’s a bit of both.  I love her for the yummy oh-so-simple peach and almond tart she’s introduced into my family’s lives.  I quite liked […]

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