Somehow we are already 10 days into the new year and to be fair it has been a pretty busy 10 days in our household!! I was thrilled to get some time to myself this weekend and managed to get to London to see friends. Don’t get me wrong I had the best weekend, but I definitely felt there was a little family-sized gap all weekend!
I got to spend some much needed time catching up with friends and family! I essentially did a food tour of London, eating at each of my friends’ new houses! And when I say new, I mean that they moved in ages ago but I just haven’t had chance to see them yet! I also got a chance to see some stand-up courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law as they took me to the Piccadilly Comedy Club. I can highly recommend this as a night out should you manage to get some time off! There are similar things local to Cheltenham but I’ve yet to try them out – perhaps I will now what could be in store! For less than £15 we got to see 5 pretty good stand-up comedians, the last of whom was on Britain’s Got Talent last year and was actually hilarious! His name was Johnny Awsum if you fancy checking him out on Youtube! My personal favourite is his musicals song with the ever-talented Ant and Dec!
So after a wonderful evening with my sister, I moved into central London to catch up with the girls.
Now these girls I met at university and I really can’t imagine not having them in my (or the kids’) lives! We do less well at meeting up now as we all seem super busy all the time but no matter how long passes between visits, we just slip back into conversation and it feels like no time has passed. I guess that’s the sign of a really great friendship and I feel so so lucky to have that with these ones!
After eating again, (this time a warm butternut squash and feta salad – thanks veggie January!!!) we went and painted some pottery at the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Café in Clapham. Painting requires a surprising amount of brain-power so whilst the chatting was minimal, we were all pretty happy with how our creations turned out in the end! We then just spent the evening chatting and eating (yep, more eating!!). What became really clear to me is that we are all growing up….slash grown up….and that is actually a really scary thought.
Don’t get me wrong, being an adult is great, but I think we all agreed that its pretty tough having to make all these choices, and living in the hope that we have made the right ones! Deep down we all know that we’re pretty good people I think, and yet somehow we all worry that we aren’t doing the best that we can, or that we could be doing even better. Meeting the girls reminded me that we all put far too much pressure on ourselves and that maybe we should just give ourselves a break! Then I remember that that’s far easier said than done! Nevertheless, perhaps that is what I should be trying to do this year!
Maybe I’ll start with accepting that I’m not the most creative person and that actually I was quite proud of my cup and saucer that I painted!! Watch out Emma Bridgewater!
I really did have a fab weekend but I have to say it wasn’t complete until I got home and saw the kids and husband! I love going away and taking some time for me, but arguably the best bit of that is coming home and realising you were missed at home! Its bizarre isn’t it…you crave some me-time, only to get it and then realise that you miss your kids!