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Life Lately

black floral print wrap tea dress with biker jacket and red heelsIt’s been a while since I wrote a good, old-fashioned diary-style post, and while this one probably won’t be “good”, exactly, I CAN promise it’ll be a bit old-fashioned, in a ‘Blogosphere Circa 2009, Here Are Some Photos Taken With My Phone’ kind of way, so at least that’s something, hey? So, here are some things that have happened lately:


Kitchen floor drama: now with added compensation!

So, for those of you following the story of our most recent flood, let the record show that, after quite a few phone calls with Hotpoint’s customer service department, they agreed that the flood was, indeed, the fault of their repairman, and agreed to give us some compensation: praise be!

To be totally honest, I actually feel a bit bad about it, because the man who came out to fix the machine (And thus brought about the Great Flood of ’18) was really nice, and I don’t like to think of him getting into trouble because of it. At the same time, though, I like to think that we are also really nice (Well, I mean, TERRY is. I’m just OK, once you get to know me…), and we did have a huge amount of stress and inconvenience, so fair’s fair, I guess?

Mostly, though, I’m just grateful to have a floor again, and not to be having to replace it, barely a year after it was put down, so, you know, kiss your floors, people: show them you love them!

(Don’t, though.)

black floral wrap tea dress with red high heels and black biker jacket

Wearing: Zara biker jacket; BT London dress c/o Spartoo; Steve Madden shoes]


We booked a holiday!

Before Max was born – before I was even PREGNANT, in fact – Terry and I used to talk about how, if we ever had a baby, it would be amazing to take him/her to Florida, to all of our favourite places there, and, of course, to Disney World. Because we’re not idiots, though, we were all, “Of course, we’d wait until the baby was old enough to appreciate it all, and not be a giant pain on the flight! Maybe when he’s 5 or something?”

So, yeah, we’re going next May. Because I HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH, DAMMIT.

Now, before you all yell at me, a couple of caveats:

01. We’re going with my parents, which will make it much easier to deal with Max on the 8-hour flight.

02. They’ve very kindly upgraded us to premiere class, which will – hopefully – make it even easier, although, obviously we have no illusions here: like, we’re not exactly going to be sitting there sipping champagne while Max just peacefully watches us, are we? No, we are not. And yes, we are SCARED.

03. If we DO go to Disney (And we don’t always…) it’ll obviously be for our benefit more than Max’s. Well, for mine, really. Because it’s been a long time since I went to the Magic Kingdom, people, and the struggle is real.

Best of all, as far as I’m concerned, we lucked out, and managed to book one of the rental homes we’ve stayed in before. Now, if you know me at all, you’ll know I get very attached to places, and just can’t deal with the though of living in a place, however briefly, and then never seeing it again (When I was a teenager, I literally used to cry when we were leaving a hotel or rental. And also when I was, like, 30, tbh.), so  I’m very much looking forward to actually getting to GO BACK. I’m like, “LOOK, AMBER OF 2009! It WASN’T the  last time you ever got to stay here!” So, yes, if we could just fast-forward to May 2018, that would be AWESOME, thanks…


We’ve been spending a lot of time in IKEA

Even more than usual, I mean, from which you will correctly have deduced, that, yes, we have more home projects in the pipeline. Because I guess we just haven’t spent enough time living on a building site in the last couple of years? So, in order of importance, we’re currently planning:

01. A mini-makeover for the en-suite bathroom.

It’s sadly not going to include the waterfall shower and underfloor heating I had my heart set on,  but there WILL be opportunities to buy more storage solutions for inside drawers, and you all know how much I enjoy a good drawer organiser, right?

02. A TV wall for the living room.

This is a thinly-veiled attempt on Terry’s part to pave the way towards a new TV at some point. I have approximately zero interest in TVs, obviously, but I DO have a hankering after a nice pile of logs for the fire we don’t yet have, so I’m happy to go along with it. Because, LOGS! And also a bit more storage for my ever-growing candle collection: what’s not to love?

03. We’re totally going to knock down the stair wall and put in glass instead, and paint the stairs white, and OMG, it’ll be just like living in a boutique hotel, for real! 

Terry says this particular project is still a long way in the future: to which my response is that, well, you SAY that, Terry, but I could just knock down that wall at ANY time, couldn’t I? (Answer: probably not, no . But I am mad keen on pushing this project to the top of the ‘To Do list, so, you know, watch this space. For, like, a very long time, probably…)

And that’s been my life lately. WBU?

  • I’m SO happy to hear you’ve booked a holiday to Florida with Max – I’m already waiting for all the posts on that because, despite the fact that we don’t actually even have a baby here yet, I’m already trying to plan when our next trip to Florida will be! Since your posts on everything else – pregnancy, life in general – have informed me on the last few months very well, I’m super excited for this too! We were already thinking around a similar age for our first Disney trip (can’t stay away too long!), so excellent timing from you!

    October 1, 2018
  • Alice


    Odds are you will be fine on the flight, flights send my daughter to sleep! He’ll be about 2, is that right? Take plenty of crayons and books and you should be covered.

    October 1, 2018
  • What a lovely experience for you all to be able to return to Disney. It is a completley different holiday with a child as we found out when we took our daughter many years ago. All the magic was there but we found ourselves enjoying much quieter evenings lol. Oh to be able to turn the clock back 🙂

    I loved this post. Carry on with your brilliant work and I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    October 1, 2018
  • lalie


    Holidays with kids are the best time with them! As long as you don’t try to recreate a careless child-free one, but plan a with-a-baby-trip, you will have a wonderful time. So much entertainment and distraction for them, on holiday mode for you, you must be counting the days already!

    October 1, 2018
  • I’m so excited for posts about your Florida trip. It’s been almost exactly a year since I was there last and I think about it so much. It’s not fancy, but one of my favorite places to eat in Orlando is Blaze Pizza. There is just something about eating a pizza that is entirely customized to what I want. *Heaven* Whatever you do, I hope you have a wonderful time!

    On the subject of tearing down walls, when I was a kid there was a wall my mom really wanted to take down in our basement, so she just handed all of us kids hammers and let us go at it. Fortunately, it was not load bearing. This is to say that, while Max is a little young to be of any help, never underestimate a woman who wants a wall taken down 😉

    October 1, 2018
  • My kids love flying, so I bet you’ll be fine, especially if there is four of you to share the joy of entertaining him.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    October 2, 2018
  • I hate myself – I’m about to be one of THOSE people, but… You hate cleaning glass, don’t you? Yes, you do. You’ve told us so before. So: leave the glass wall until Max is old enough to STOP PUTTING YOUR STICKY HANDS ALL OVER MY LOVELY GLASS WALL AND HOW DID THEY GET SO STICKY, ANYWAY? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TOUCHING? STOP IT! LET MY WALL BE NICE! Spoken as someone with lovely new, handprinty mirrored wardrobe doors.

    October 2, 2018