All posts tagged: travel

While the Cat’s Away…

The cat in this instance being the Greek God(zilla), who was away in Cyprus with his parents last week. I was about to insert a lame joke about him having a holiday while I slaved away at home, but then I remembered my own little trip to NYC last month and quit while I was ahead. I only half-sleep whenever he goes away, what with one ear always listening out for intruders and one eye always on the lookout for the bogey man. In fact the only play this mouse did, was on a couple of episodes of Scandal while tucked up safely in bed, with the light on, at 8.30pm. As you can imagine, it was quite a relief when the Greek God(zilla) returned home and life could return to normal. Being Friday and all, I cleared our diary, cued up Breaking Bad on Netflix, and starved myself all day in preparation for steak night. However, there was only one thing my husband was in the mood for when he got home. Not that. He …

Ouch

It was when I returned home from the airport later that evening that my leg started to hurt. Well, my knee to be exact. It started to feel a bit stiff and sore, but as I could not remember banging it against anything, I simply put it down to spending 7-hours tucked up in economy class. When I woke up the following morning and knelt down to give my 4-year old a long-awaited cuddle, my knee locked and I blinked back tears as my leg felt like it was about to snap in half.  It took me some time to straighten up again, as quite honestly I was not convinced my leg would hold my new New York weight.  After steadying myself on Buzz Lightyear, I managed to prop myself up on a bookcase and was not in too much pain as long as I did not attempt to bend again. Movement was restored! Although, I had to take two painkillers before I could even think about going for my first morning wee. And, I asked …

Back from Brooklyn

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front over the last week so we have lots to catch up on. When I left you last, I was winging my way to New York so let’s start there. Here I visited Whole Foods for the first time, felt snow on my face, went out for a long lunch, drank a couple of cocktails, did a bit of shopping, added a few new items to the accessories drawer, attended a proper American swim meet, rode the subway, purchased a couple of glass goblets and 4 teacups from Anthropologie and watched many films including About Time, Gravity, Enough Said, The Heat and One Direction – This is Us. Yeah, what of it? I did not turn a single page of either of the two books I packed, nor did I wear more than 2 pairs of the 6 pairs of shoes I packed. The Greek God(zilla) called me regularly to update me on how the solo parenting gig was going at home. The first call came in …

Where Has The Year Gone?

This year is just running away from me. I don’t want to alarm anyone by using the C-word, but in just over 5-weeks time it will be CHRISTMAS. When this year started, I was still working full-time.  My son had not yet started school.  I was eating gluten.  The big 4-0 was still 8-months away. The year has been full of surprises, adventure and change.  I am looking forward to a calmer 2014.  One where we feel settled in our new work and school routines. A year in which I remember to order prints of all the digital photos I have taken and put them into frames.  Where I am on top of the laundry pile and stop ignoring the ironing.  Next year, I am looking forward to us taking a proper family holiday. We had a wonderful week in Devon and will no doubt go back again for a long weekend.  But, it will be nice to also go somewhere hot and sunny.  We have been to Crete for the past few years, but …

A MAD Family Day Out at Legoland Windsor

One of the perks of being a MAD Blog Awards finalist this year, was being invited to a family day out at Legoland Windsor. Legoland is dedicated to children aged 3-12, so at almost 4 years-old, Zachy is a good age for his first theme park experience. We left early in the morning and even with the Greek God(zilla) driving, it only took us an hour by car from South London. Obviously, I was still up at 6am with an excited little boy who just wanted to ‘GO NOW, MUMMY!’ When we arrived, we made our way over to the resort hotel.   All the rooms are themed and totally geared towards kids, but a bit too expensive for us to justify for the sake of an extra hour in bed. Especially when that extra hour would still be spent with a 3-year old wedged between us shouting ‘GO NOW, MUMMY!’ So drive we did. After registering, we were given a special lanyard to gain access into the park and a golden wristband each, which meant …