Apologies for the long absence from the blog. I don’t know why, but it’s only when the weather gets brighter and the days get longer that I realise how downtrodden I was feeling over the winter months. Of course at the time I think everything is going well, but now that I’ve put away the big winter coats I feel so much lighter.
My daughter’s birthday is in spring (this week, in fact), and every sunny day reminds me of the day she was born. I feel best when I’m planning something, so plotting to make her birthday lovely and her party entertaining yet free from pink-barbie-plastic type stuff has been fun. Four three-year-olds won’t need many activities as I reckon they’ll be most happy running around and playing with toys, so I’ve decided to let them plant vegetable and flower seeds in plant pots which they can decorate beforehand if they wish. I’ve chosen plants like carrot, sunflowers, beans, so everyday staples they’re probably familiar with which can be planted in spring and only take a few weeks to grow so they stay interested.
On top of this I have been accepted to present at not one, but two academic conferences! The smaller one is a one-day event in London, so I hope (depending on the programme) that I can travel there and back on the day. The bigger one takes place on an exciting Mediterranean island in the middle of July! I’m pleased to have been accepted for these conferences, especially as I haven’t presented anything since the first year of my PhD, in pre-baby times. Having to put these papers together is spurring me on in my work, but I’m just ever so slightly daunted by the financial challenge of going to the big conference. This week, on top of planning The Birthday, I’m going to write my funding application. If my university decides to be generous, that should pay for about half of the trip. We shall see.
Today I got a letter from my letting agent telling me I’ll have a house inspection (they do these every few months to make sure I haven’t turned the house they’re letting me rent despite not having a job and at a less-than-average price into a crack den) – on my daughter’s birthday! But I’m not worried because I have been tidying up and prettifying a little bit every day for a while now to make sure I won’t get too stressed before the party.
Plus we’ll probably be out anyway because we have a hospital appointment to attend. Yes, that’s right, my poor baby (quite big baby, but still) has to have a bloodtest on her birthday! I’ve been worried she might be allergic to fish, and after waiting since before Christmas, this is the one and only say available.
My daughter’s dad will take the day off work, so we’re planning to take her somewhere fun with a yummy picnic.
Then the week after that my mum will be visiting for two weeks, and a few days after she leaves, my best friend is going to visit for a few days! This will keep us nicely busy until after Easter!